Amber & Her Home
Since launching our #GGatHome hashtag, we've had the extra-special opportunity to peek inside your homes, and to say that we've been wowed would be a gross understatement. From magazine-worthy styled shelves, impeccable furniture choices and stellar lighting, too, we don't mind bragging that GG readers (you guys!) are some of the most stylish people around! You might come to us for home interior inspiration and shopping roundups to guide you in your quest to a perfectly manicured and cozy home, but our editors gather just as much inspiration from you.
And that's precisely why we decided to host our very first #GGatHome tour contest this past April. We were blown away by the beautiful submissions, and had a blast perusing the pictures shot right inside our readers' spaces. Although it was practically impossible to narrow down the entries to a trio of finalists, we finally managed to choose our favorites. Then we turned the tables and asked you to pick the number one #GGatHome space you wanted to see more of.
Fast forward to today, and Amber Chambers is officially welcoming us into her award-winning home. We were all smitten with Amber's black, blue and gold-accented New Mexico abode, but it turns out that we were experiencing just a tiny taste of what we'd find beyond the Chambers' front door. Scroll on to see Amber's entire swoon-worthy home, plus learn what she chose to spend her $500 Lulu & Georgia prize money on. Spoiler alert: We've added every single piece to our running shopping cart so that we can get the look in our own homes this season!
Tell us everything we need to know about your blog, The Beautiful Savages. When and why did you launch the site?
I decided to launch my blog, The Beautiful Savages, on Oct. 5, 2013 in order to produce a décor and fashion outlet in which I could display my personal tastes to the entire world. God bless my entire family and group of friends, but I needed to branch out globally to effectively pursue my dreams as a stylist instead of constantly inundating those close to me with fashion and décor (which I still do). I felt I had come a long way in developing my own brand after years of sifting through my likes and dislikes. It was time to efficiently and effectively organize my preferences in hopes of providing a service to those around the world.
We love the moody vibe of your home! Tell us how you came up with the sophisticated color palette.
The moody vibe of my home originates from a simple and timeless color palette of black and white. However, in order to pull off a simple color palette, I feel that you must add pops of color here and there, and my favorite is definitely gold. I have always been drawn to the moodiness of black, and nothing complements black better than stark white. From there, I simply pull together those two colors with a hint of gold using paint, fabric, art and other accessories.
What is a favorite room in your home, and why?
My favorite room in the house is definitely the family room for a multitude of reasons. First, it is the room we always congregate in for family time in which we watch TV and movies, play games and enjoy each others' company. Secondly, we have put an inordinate amount of work into this area, and it continues to evolve. While it may never be "complete," this area of our home is cozy, moody and a great representation of my style.
What are your tips for decorating with black walls?
Black is ultimately a neutral color. Literally any color can be incorporated into a black wall. The possibilities are endless, and black walls serve as a blank canvas for anyone to get creative with.
In addition to your blog, you're also a hairstylist, artist, mother and a wife—wow! How do you manage to keep up with everything? Do you have any go-to apps or calendars that you use?
My life is crazy, unpredictable and, at times, very disorganized. I juggle a lot of responsibilities, and I could use an app or calendar to help myself organize duties and their order of importance. My husband helps me out tremendously, but even with his help I feel overwhelmed at times. Logistically, because my hair studio is at my home and most of my décor projects are at my home, I do not have to travel far to accomplish my tasks.
I felt I had come a long way in developing my own brand after years of sifting through my likes and dislikes. It was time to efficiently and effectively organize my preferences in hopes of providing a service to those around the world.
What's your idea of the perfect date night?
Our perfect date night involves going to our favorite sushi bar and enjoying fresh sushi, a few cocktails and returning home to put the kids to bed. After the little ones are asleep, we continue date night on the couch with maybe one more cocktail and a funny movie that we have seen at least 30 times. Date nights are important in any couples' marriage to help reduce stress and anxiety, and to help balance the fine line between work and life.
You have such a unique collection of artwork! Who are your favorite artists, and why?
Goodness, that is a tough one. I draw inspiration from many artists, but my favorite artists are Stephanie Vovas, Chad Wys and Nicole Cohen. Their aesthetics really coordinate with my vision and style, and I view their work as very edgy and bold. Apologies to those not mentioned—I love you all!
Where do you love to shop for home décor?
I decorate on a budget, and part of my vision is to show everyone that beautiful décor does not have to break the bank. My favorite places to shop are Lulu & Georgia, CB2, Target, HomeGoods, local thrift and vintage shops and, of course, Craigslist.
Go-to outfit for a girls' night out?
- Good pair of skinny jeans
- A sequined top
- A sleek clutch
Take us through your daily beauty routine!
Some days I wear makeup, and some days I go natural. On the natural days, I do a beauty mask because I am most likely working at home all day.
Congrats again on winning our #GGatHome tour contest! Tell us what you chose to spend your $500 to Lulu & Georgia on.
Date nights are important in any couples' marriage to help reduce stress and anxiety, and to help balance the fine line between work and life.
Which room in your home proved to be the most difficult? What was the biggest challenge in designing this space, and how did you overcome it?
The dining room was by far the most difficult room to design. For one, it is very narrow area, especially with the dining table that seats six. The space the table takes up proved to make it a challenge to incorporate a buffet I wanted for style and extra storage, but ultimately I was not able to add it because it cluttered the area. I decided to keep it simple due to the lack of room and overcame the challenge by adding a small bar cart. Also, the art and lighting helped accentuate the area.
What's on your desk right now?
The items and accessories on my desk are constantly changing, but right now candles, long-stem matches and my favorite gold skull grace my desk.
I have always been drawn to the moodiness of black, and nothing complements black better than stark white.
What are three pieces in your own closet you couldn’t live without?
Three pieces I can't live without are the vintage faux fur jacket that my grandmother gave me, my gold strap platform heels and my beautiful wedding dress.
What are you most looking forward to doing with your family in 2017?
Now that our youngest is growing older and he will be more travel-ready, we would like to start taking small family vacations to show the kids the world outside of New Mexico.
Diptyque Candle / Piedmont Vase / Nasty Galaxy Book / Dekla Faux Fur Pillows / Milas Throw Blanket / DwellStudio Vase / Cantilever Floor Lamp / Acrylic Coffee Table / Taper Candle Holder / Metropolis Metal Arm Chair / Slither Clear Dining Chair / Entangled Dining Armchair / Black and White Rug / Needle Point Bad Bitches / Monogram Pillow / Mantis Wall Sconce / Up the Stairs Print / Out of Shape Print / Cylinder Pink Champagne Flute / Chad Wys Print