8/28/2015

SUMMER RECAP PART I : HAYDEN + MICHAEL'S WEDDING

So last week, I posted about our good friends' Michael + Hayden's early summer upstate wedding as a part of a Summer Recap series, reminiscent of those grade school journals entries or essays about family vacations/summer camp/personal injuries/doing nothing. As it turns out, we had a super eventful summer and if I was in third grade, I'd have a journal full of stuff to talk about.

So starting in chronological order (and just because I've been wanting to share forever) , let's talk about this dreamy upstate wedding. We were lucky to get away kid-free for a bit for this one, and Brendan had the honor of officiating. 

Back to last week and my original post: I'd taken a lot of pictures of this lovely day with my phone, and had used them to share. But then I came across some of the professional photos shared by the bride, and they were obviously a million times better. As it turns out, The Olivers, a husband and wife team in Anderson/Greenville, SC, just launched their beautiful new website the day after I posted originally.

After reaching out to this talented couple, I'm so happy to share some gorgeous, non-grainey photos of the day. They did a fantastic job of capturing the indoor/outdoor setting of this private Anderson, SC residence, full of boho-southern charm that in some strange way made me feel like Elvis would fit right in (in a classy way).



Helloooo mint floral + aviary wallpaper! 


What I wouldn't give to have that wallpaper in my life. Not at all surprised that the fabulous bride wanted a ton of pictures in this room. So, so gorgeous, Hayden! 



White House + White Dress




Sweet baby Jesus, I just basically can't deal with this. 









One my favorite parts of this day was the dreamy walk from the house to the ceremony site,  tucked away in secret among lush rolling hills. 












So who wants to have another wedding at this place and hire The Olivers to take amazing pictures?? This girl! (Sidenote: same groom as my last wedding...if you don't clarify, things could get weird.) 

Thanks so much to The Olivers for letting us share their pictures and huge thanks to Michael + Hayden for letting us be a part of such a special day. This was definitely one of my favorite moments of summer! 


8/21/2015

WHERE'D THAT WEDDING GO?


Remember that super gorgeous wedding I posted about yesterday? Well here's why it's not here today. When I was writing it, I included a few pictures from the bride taken by their amazing photographers, The Olivers

For some reason I couldn't get their website to load at the time (probably due to the crazy storm we had that affected our internet connection). Anyway, this morning I was finally able to see all of their stunning photos of the venue and realized that my iPhone pics did this place nowhere near the justice it deserves. So I'm in the process of rewriting. 

For now just look at these lovely flowers and random armoire. Re-post coming soon! 


8/10/2015

LATELY

Y'all! It has been so long! I don't even know where to start, so much has been going on. 

Speaking of so much going on...I don't really know everything that's going on here, but I just randomly wanted to tell you that I LOVE this garland by GenWoo for Felicity's nursery. One day her nursery will be done. Maybe before she gets here, but don't count on it.

In terms of the design biz, we've got some really exciting new things in development both project and big-picture related, and instead of just dumping a ton of project updates, insights, and pics all at once, I'm going to have to pace myself. I feel like these last few months have had a ton of creative momentum, so I'm so excited to share.

Hide shopping for a client/fellow hide enthusiast's home.

Glamazon chandelier at a clients' that I can't wait to share! 

Personally, this has been by far the craziest season of our lives. At least I think so. We've done so many fun things that have inspired me tremendously, and I definitely plan on sharing them now that I'm back to blogging (thank you maternity leave).

A little pic I snapped at The Paris Market during our anniversary trip to Savannah. LOVED this place! More to come!

Some things I'd planned to talk about before now, but here are the top four reasons why I haven't time:

(Because I'm a list person...)
  • Baby #1 isn't really a baby anymore:( She just turned three, and let me just tell you. My understanding of the term "three-nager" has increased exponentially.
  • Baby #2 is in the final count down (I feel like she's trying to kick her way out on a daily basis)
  • No summer intern 
  • House is on the market and house hunting has commenced! 
Packing + rearranging for showings. When you're basically nine months preggo, you take what help you can get. 


If I'm being honest, I only foresaw one of the four things listed happening this year, and that was obviously that Eva would turn three. Can I insert that emoji of the monkey covering his eyes?? Cause that's basically how all this makes me feel. Excited, bewildered, and wondering if I'm absolutely crazy. 

Only time will tell. Meanwhile, I'm excited to catch up on some inspiring summer trips we've taken in my next post! 



5/21/2015

EXTERIOR INSPIRATION

In the south, front porches are a big deal. Yes, there's a point when sitting out too long can become pretty intolerable (or maybe just for a northern transplant like me). But there's this magic window of time when the thick humidity and pesky mosquitos are still at bay and sitting on the front porch with a glass of chardonnay or sweet tea is the absolute dreamiest. 

I'm so excited to be working on a few front porch styling projects this spring, especially since truth be told, I really don't love the exterior of our house. There's not much we can do to change it/it's not worth it for the amount of time we plan to be in this house, so being able to channel a little bit of exterior energy for our clients is a welcome task. 

We always start our creative process with a little bit of design research, and I thought I'd share some of my very favorite front porches/stoops/exteriors. 



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Of course I love these two pastel pretties. The top image is actually from here in Charleston, and I'm pretty sure I could do a whole series of posts on Charleston's amazing front doors. No detail is left to chance with these two. From the tile work to the lion head knockers and brass hardware, to the transom windows and marble steps, I just love! 

Sometimes you have to look beyond your city for inspiration. These European beauties simultaneous make me drool and give me a serious case of wanderlust. 


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Hello gorgeous! There is so much prettiness in this Sardinian facade, but when you dissect it, the formula's really pretty simple. White facade + contrasting inky door with soft arched shape and nice beadboardish texture, + vibrant vines. No crazy architecture (at least that this picture shows) or clutter. Done and done! 




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London may be known for it's fog, but this super posh stoop is anything but gloomy. The crisp, classic contrast of deep hunter green and cream, punctuated by framing topiaries, a gorgeous light fixture and that knocker + center-set doorknob is absolutely timeless perfection. 


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Turning to Aerin Lauder for timeless style inspiration in any facet is never a let down. And love her front porches' take on the more traditional look of the previous London stoop. Of course, it's still trad, but the super cool striped door and patina planters bring it down a notch, in the very best way. 


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Last is this amazing reclaimed farmhouse front door. Y'all my (sort of) southern soul can't even take it. It's decidedly different than the rest for it's rugged, knotty charm. But the details cut straight to my heart. If I could marry a door, this would be the one. 


This is just a little peak into our design research! For more exterior inspiration, check out our exteriors board on Pinterest


5/08/2015

FRIDAY FAVES : FAUX GLOW

Hey mama friends! In honor of Mother's Day this weekend, I thought I'd talk to all you expecting ladies who may feel a little like this...


This made me laugh so hard. Mostly because it's so stinkin' true. Somewhere in between hugging the toilet and spending ten extra minutes in the shower dealing with all the rapidly shedding hair, it dawned on me that someone, somewhere had mentioned something about an illusive, perhaps imaginary "pregnancy glow."

Well I'm here to tell you that I don't really believe in that crap, but there are lots of things you can do to achieve what I call a faux glow during this magical/maybe a little miserable time in your life. 

Disclaimer: I may seem totally high maintenance for admitting to using all of these things on an almost daily basis, but because I can't stay holed up in the house all the time, I gotta do something. 


* Sidenote: As with all our compilations of faves, none of these are paid endorsements, but if anyone mentioned wants to make that happen...lauren@ameninspireddesign.com! Haha. All are tried and true. Just look at the mess on my bathroom countertop.


Like I said, I tend to shed a ton of hair in the shower when preggo, so I actually hate washing my hair. Dry shampoo to the rescue! And here's a little tip: dry shampoo isn't just for dirty hair, ladies! I like to use a little on freshly washed and dried hair too because my fine hair tends to get a little limp when it's squeaky clean and this helps add a little volume. 

Because we usually end up with a two-yea-old in our bed at some point, one of those crazy-big curly Q body pillows isn't an option. But a simple one like the ones from Target (with a pretty cover) do the trick and add an extra layer of pillow goodness on our bed. Mostly what I'm trying to say here is sleep as well as possible. Even if it's not super attainable, good rest is as valuable as a billion million dollars. 

This is such a cool little thing! It looks like a bar of soap, but is actually compounded body oils that go on nice and smooth with a little body heat. Just rub right on that growing bump and keep stretchmarks/itchiness at bay. 

I'm pretty picky about body wash, and when I was super nauseous, something too fragrant killed me. So I love this wash by Puracy for it's light citrus + sea salt fragrance and easiness on my crazy skin. 

I blame my obsession with skincare products on my days in college working at a spa. And I have to say for the price and availability, this serum is absolutely the way to go. I have combination skin, and being chalk-full of wild hormones and closing in on the big 3-0, this stuff really does it for me. I've seen a complete improvement in my skintone evenness and texture since starting this stuff a few months ago. 

I really like to keep my nails painted on the regular, but my nails tend to grow really fast and then get chippy/brittle during pregnancy. So a simple clear coat keeps things kosher without being high maintenance.

7. Swedish Dream Sea Salt Hand Creme
Not just for hands. Smells amazing. Enough said.

8. BeBand
Sort of like a Bella Band but less expensive and just as good. Sometimes you just need a little extra support + smoothing and this little band does just the trick! I love it under more fitted pieces so as to hide my gaping preggo belly button.

9. CaudalĂ­e Lip Conditioner
Dry lips don't stand a chance and natural glow is a go with with this tried and true fave. I don't leave home without it!

10. eos Shave Creme
If you have sensitive or dry skin in general or during pregnancy, this stuff rocks so hard. Ashy skin and bumps stay at bay and even though it basically feels like lotion, doesn't leave a nasty film in the shower like similar products.

Happy Mother's Day + Happy Glowing, Mamas!!



4/30/2015

SPRING FAVES

Here in Charleston, springtime usually comes on fast and is short-lived, quickly giving way to the hot hot heat of summer. But this year has been so nice. It's actually been a bit on the mild side, although there has been occasion to break out the bathing suits. And while I haven't had the time to know for myself, I've heard we've had a few days of beach-worthy weather. 

I couldn't be happier that spring has sprung, and of course, I want to share my seasonal faves!



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For whatever reason, I'm feeling super romantic this spring. I think it's just the so-very-welcome blooms + colors of the season, which inspired our Amen Domestic collection, and subsequently my own personal style. 

I love the idea of switching out pieces in the home seasonally, and while that's easier done with accessories like our Solid Sky leather-bound decorative books by Go Home, I'd like to think that if it work, changing up large pieces like art would be super fun and a great way to breathe new life into a space. 

I promise this post isn't all about self-promotion, but the Gallini Rose Textile by Natural Curiosities available in our Amen Domestics shop this season is possibly the most swoon-worthy piece ever. I have to tell you that pictures really just don't even do it justice. It's a large scale piece and the texutre + color in person are absolutely gorgeous and perfect for a little floral freshness. 

So to follow suit, I think the rest of the vibe I'm feeling this spring is soft, feminine and youthful while still remaining totally chic. 

What about you? What are some your favorites this season?





4/22/2015

COASTAL CONCEPTS

We're working on a project right now that I'm really excited about and have to share! Getting ready for baby number two, taking care of a two-year-old and taking care of business doesn't leave me with a ton of time for commentary, so I just thought I'd drop in and share the very beginning stages of this classic, coastal concept that I can't wait to see come to life!


This is the living room, which my clients already have a lot of great pieces for. The natural light in the space is phenomenal and the ceilings are nice and heigh, so we've already got a great, open vibe going on.

These clients moved to Charleston from DC, so I can relate to some of the pieces they came down with, which are definitely a little richer and more formal looking than the all-white-everything coastal craze down here. But they love their new home,  so our goal is to create a space that honors a more traditional aesthetic of rich tones and classic elements while infusing bits of coastal style that are a little more subdued than your typical coral and cobalt beach house.

The result is a super chic Ralph Lauren-esque space that just feels so timeless and livable to me.

I'd only planned on sharing one part of this project, but while I'm at, I have to share the dining room concept too.


Again, they already have a lot of great inherited pieces, so we're not starting from scratch. We're just breathing some new life into what they're working with and I'm so, so exited about it.

I always like stepping it up a little in the dining room, and I think this strikes just the right chord. We have some pops of red, which carries throughout the house, and we're adding texture and dimension with some really cool multi-tone grasscloth that has flecks of deeper neutrals and rusty red.

I think it's gonna be fabulous and I can't wait to share our progress!