If you aren’t familiar with Amber Fillerup (aka Barefoot Blonde), she’s a braid-obsessed blogger, YouTuber and above all, mama to two children, Atticus and Rosie. Along with her husband, David, and dog, Chauncy, this adorable family resides in an Upper West Side apartment in New York City. She recently worked with Joss & Main’s style director, Donna Garlough, to renovate her master bedroom and nursery for 10-month-old Rosie, and the results are absolutely stunning! Scroll down to check out the makeover, hear a little bit about Amber’s design process and click through to her curated section on Joss & Main to shop the pieces featured in her home. We have our eyes on that pink couch…
It’s clear you have a knack for fashion. How does your personal style translate into the design of your home? Are the two similar?
Definitely!!! I have very different styles depending on what I am feeling that day and I definitely think it’s that way for my home. Sometimes, I want clean and bright whites, and other days, I want a pink couch and mint walls!
Pulling together a room—easier or more challenging than pulling together a wardrobe?
Much harder! So many more components, and harder to “try on.”
You’re now a mother to two children under the age of three—how has that impacted your design style?
Well, I try to stay away from white. That’s just asking for orange fingerprints! But it has stayed mostly the same. I am OK with things getting a little messy and have accepted that pieces might get a little worn in because of the kiddos. I don’t ever want our home to feel “off limits” to the kids.
New York apartments are notoriously tiny. What are your tips for making the most of limited square footage?
It is really great to find nooks and crannies for storage! We have a shower we don’t use, so we put bookshelves in there and store stuff. We try to get dressers with a lot of drawers. But mostly live by two words—THROW AWAY. You can’t have too much junk in NYC!
Walk us through your daughter’s nursery. What do you love most about the space?
I love the light! And the shag rug. And, of course, the pink couch. I just love how girly and feminine it feels. Rosie has such a sweet personality and I feel like her room really suits her. She loves to just sit on her furry rug and play with her toys.
And your master bedroom? Was there anything the room had to have?
The white dresser. It was like a breath of fresh air when we got it! We previously had a wooden dresser (we still have it, but it’s in a different room), but this white one just made the whole room feel airy.
Do you have any favorite pieces? Items that really make the room?
I love lighting, so again, I really loved Rosie’s light fixture, as well as the lamps! I think light fixtures pull the whole room together and put the cherry on top. It is always the most exciting part to me!
Tell us about your morning routine. When you’re not taping a tutorial, where do you get ready?
I get ready wherever the kids are playing. I go in my bathroom and put all the makeup I want to use that day in a bag and I go into the nursery or main room—wherever they are! I usually am sitting on the couch doing my makeup and Atticus loves to “help.” I let him put on my powder and blush!
Before we go, we have to ask—what style of braid are you loving for fall?
I am still loving boxer braids! But I also love a simple side braid with lots of volume on top!
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