8/27/2014

LOCAL LOVE: FLOWERSHOP AT MIXSON


There are so many little gems around our city, it seems that with every weekend comes a new thrilling discovery of somewhere or something that makes me so very happy to live here.

A few weekends ago, we went to the Mixson Farmer's Market with the intention of sampling tomato pie and maybe popping in Mixson Market for King of Pops or a coffee. I'd seen Flowershop before, at dinner at Basico, but it was a little late, so I saved my curiosity for a time when they'd be open.

To my great delight, they were open this trip and the little shop is just too pretty not to share.


It's a small place with a free-sprited vibe complete with nude bohemian photography and the most magical little dried floral crowns, which I of course scooped up without a second thought.


This laurel beauty now hangs under a pair of antique deer antlers in our kitchen and the above pictured lavender crown came home with us too, but she's been moved several times around kitchen cabinet knobs. I have to find a better place for her. 

With so much local love, I think it's about time to put together a little Amen Loves Charleston city guide (though there's no shortage of them, and I think I haven't already for fear of being repetitive). 

But for now I'll just say check out Flowershop at Mixson next time you're in that cute little pocket of an area. You'll be glad you did. ;)



8/19/2014

INTERN NEEDED!


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8/12/2014

HEY, HEY HOMMEMAKER!

I usually like to create somewhat okay, fairly original blog content. But y'all, it's been a crazy few weeks and between client work, the Pretty Little Pop/Up, and continuing to work on Amen Domestics, I've had little time to generate anything you'd be even faintly interested in. 

So today I'd like to share with you something that has nothing to do with me or us at Amen {Inspired} Design. As I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram the other night after the Pretty Little Pop/Up left me basically comatose (#victim), I found my self literally laughing out loud, as I often do, at Orlando Soria's Instagram captions and hashtags. His blog, HOMMEMAKER, is equally funny and you can learn more about this delightful human being here. Also, by scrolling through some of my favorite Instas...



"Which I tenderly designed using my own fingers and eyeballs..." 

#tender #american




I think I can relate to the bottom right because yes, I do in fact rip palm tree arms off and put them in vases all the time and waddle to (and from) spin class.

Gah. Orlando, you really get me.





8/05/2014

EXCUSES + PRETTY LITTLE POP-UP SHOP

Well, well, well. I'm sure not doing a good job keeping up with y'all, am I?

A few days ago, I sat down to write a little "around here lately" post, which got cut short to attend to my loco toddler as all of our babysitters were out of town last week and Brendan was working crazy hours. 

Not complaining though, because we have so many exciting things going on. I'm dying to share some amazing before-and-afters of a couple installations we've completed. Both are very different and it's been so fun and rewarding to be stretched creatively and see everything come together really well. 

Besides client work, we have another fun little summer endeavor that I've been preparing for. I'm excited to tell all my Charleston friends about our Pretty Little Pop-Up Shop this Saturday and Sunday (8/9+10) at 218 King St. downtown, in the studio of Sweetgrass Social, who've so graciously offered up their space. 

Y'all, it's gonna be so good. Here's a little look at just a few of the goods...



As if that weren't enough, the talented and lovely Blakely Little of Blakely Made will be featuring some of her beautiful work, along with cool vintage from GrayMkt and Charley + Bee for your hip littles. 

And since I know it's about to be back-to-school for all you College of Charleston kids, come with your student ID and get 10% off all Amen Domestics to bring a little chic to your in-school digs.

I'm hammering out the details, but at some point we're going to be hosting a little sip + shop happy hour, and the best way to stay in the loop is to follow me on Instagram. 

If I haven't met you, I'd love to! So I hope to see ya there!

7/28/2014

LOCAL LOVE: BLOG TALK @ ECLECTIC

There are two things that I really, really love about Charleston. One is beautiful coastal style that can be found just about everywhere, and two is our beaming creative community. 

So naturally, I had such a great time last week with Sidney Wanger, who opened up Eclectic, her fantastic little shop, for design + style bloggers to chat and sip some vino while perusing pretty treasures. 


Our sweet little swag bag goodies!



There's some serious chair charm going on in here, and I have a feeling we may be back to snag a few for an upcoming project.

It was so nice to meet and chat with some local lovelies. Thanks again for hosting, Sidney! 



7/23/2014

COLOR QUEUE : CITRON

I've been so excited to share this in the Color Queue! It's been awhile since anything's been posted in CQ because deadlines have been getting the best of us around here, but not to worry, the queues full and today coming down the pipeline is one of my very favorites, Citron, which can be found in our eco-chic LE PAINT line for littles (and not so littles) here.


The unexpected versatility of this bright, bold color is perhaps what I love most. We like to shoot a few of these at a time, so when this color's turn came, my first thought was something a little edgy with a youthful vibe. In fact, you'll see it come down the queue again in that style. A color this good has to be a double feature. ;)

But I was surprised to find myself pulling much more classic, sophisticated elements for this one. I think the golden tones really work well something a little more old school and when put up against some interesting, lovely patterns, textures and natural elements this vibrant hue becomes surprisingly usable.

So what do you think? Would you pair Citron with traditional elements like these? Or would you take it out to the edge?

I don't think you'd go wrong either way! 

7/22/2014

CASE STUDY: TIMELESS DESIGN [ HOLD THE TWIST ]

We hear it thrown around all the time. The phrase "timeless design" probably rears it's head in 80% of designers' bios (mine included), followed closely by "traditional with a twist." You will never hear me say that though. Sorry, but for some reason I hate using the term "[anything] with a twist" to describe, well, anything. Except maybe an old fashion with a twist of orange peel.  

Old fashioned. So timeless, and I didn't even plan that. 

Anyway.

What does timeless design really look like? And what does traditional even mean? Isn't it a sort of relative term?

I think the answer is yes. I find myself describing our work to potential clients and sprinkling in these terms as freely as Old Bay on crab legs, but this weekend at a client meeting, it dawned on me: as simple as this label is, it's often misconstrued.

Traditional doesn't mean your Grandma's porcelain doll collection (please, no), or stuffy, uninteresting spaces. And timeless doesn't mean stagnant and stuck.

I'm a visual person, and I'm guessing, since you're the type who reads design blogs, you are too. So instead of me trying to articulate this point in a million words, let's consider the following beautifully designed spaces.



What I love about these two spaces is how bold they are. And their boldness may not even be the first thing that hits you. They're done so well that their rich color and interesting elements work  so seamlessly together, that there's nothing garish or really crazy going on. 

To get down to the nuts and bolts of it, these paint colors have a timeless appeal for their interior and exterior historic use. The elements themselves have vintage appeal (many are probably genuine antiques) and chic, global textiles would be just as timely now as they would have been somewhere in the world 50+ years ago. 



This space by Nina Griscom via Architectural Digest back in February 2012 is another bold move that strikes a chord one might not always associate with traditional style because of it's saucy animal print and alluring lines, but take another look. From what I can tell, probably 80% (if not more) of that room is vintage. In other words- pretty traditional and pretty timeless if they still feel sexy after so long. 

PS- loving the loosely spaced gallery wall. It brings a certain sense of relaxedness in a room that may otherwise feel a little untouchable. 


I love this hallway in Lori Tippin's home via Tradition Home, obviously because of the chinoiserie, herringbone floors, and uh-mazing furniture, but check out those antelope antlers. They temper the femininity of the graceful gallery wall and soft blue and white with a fierce, edgy elegance that transcends any time period. Totally bad. In the best way. 


I wish this image could made the size of the others, but it gets pretty pixelated. When I started my research for this post, I pulled some pics on my iPhone and this must've been one of them, because aside from it being from Trad Home, I can't really find the source to give credit or find a bigger pic. If you know who's work this is please let me know!

But I wanted to incorporate this last space because you can see that it's decidedly more subdued than the others. And I think that sometimes when people hear terms like traditional or timeless, they think boring. What I think this space does a great job of demonstrating is how traditional, neutral design can be anything but boring. This soft color pallet is gorgeous on it's own, but I'm sure it was used mindfully to accentuate the room's very best features which are it's architectural bones. 

That stone wall and sweeping, arched window is an unmistakably gorgeous focal point and isn't overpowered by anything in the space. And the ceiling beams aren't too bad either. 

A neutral space doesn't have to be boring. 

So if you're one of those who tends to shy away from anything labeled traditional or timeless, I hope you've been able to broaden your scope a little bit to understand that timeless design really just means a space that's done so well, with such a tightly woven scheme of both old and well-designed-new, that you'll just love it for a really, really long time. 

In other words, there is no expiration on a timeless space's style.