11/21/2014

SAY IT!

I've been super convicted lately about the lack of thankfulness in my life. I think busyness is the culprit, and that totally falls on me. But with Thanksgiving being next week (!), it's the perfect time to course correct.

One of the things I've wanted for this blog is to be place to share authentically, not just about design, but about life. I design the settings for real life, and occasionally, I like to talk about real life. I'm looking forward to sharing a little bit about what I've been learning about thankfulness lately, but for now, I thought I'd just share something a little shorter, because hey, it's Friday.

And right now I just want to look at something pretty. Which is exactly what these tangible little tokens of appreciation are!


I feel a little skeezy because I L O V E Mac & Murphy and usually shop there for all my stationary needs, but today I was picking up some artwork for a client and came across these gilded little pretties- perfect for sending notes of thanks to people in my life that I really don't know if I could survive without. 

It's the perfect time of year to express gratitude those you love. There's still a little time to pop a note in the mail and really tell someone thank you!




It's something I should do more often, and I hope you'll join me in genuinely spreading thanks this year! A little gratitude goes a long way!




11/13/2014

POPPIN' UP EVERYWHERE! {BLOGS + POP/UP SHOPS!}

I feel like I've been majorly slacking on quality content around here lately. Buuut I have been blogging elsewhere!

If you haven't seen it already, check out the post my team and I put together, sharing our little quest to bring the natural beauty of Daniel Island inside as elements of versatile, seasonal decor, over at A Blissful Nest blog.


We had so much working on this!

If you follow my on Instagram, you may be tired of seeing the dining room this little number was shot in, but just really quick, I wanted to share some more pictures we snapped of this room as it comes together.


We're still hashing out some of the details and are very much still in the creative process as far as some of the elements go, so I'm excited to share more when this space is finished!

This is also part of the painstaking process I'm going through of updating my sadly outdated portfolio, which has ashamedly hit the back burner as we keep up with our work load. As our team and project schedules grow, I'm really looking forward getting yet-to-be-photographed projects posted. 

That's just one thing on my growing list of to-do's, which this week has been a little nuts because we're in Greenville getting ready for our second Pretty Little Pop/Up, which is this Saturday, November 15th at Park View at Verdae (in the Verdae community- 7 Legacy Park Drive) from 10-5! 


I'm so excited about all of the fun Amen Domestics pieces and more from our friends at Charley + Bee, the Gray Mkt, Emily Jeffords art (eek! If you don't know her, you must), and some cute, cute jewels from Stella + Dot (hello Christmas presents!). 

So if that's your neck of the woods, come see us! We'd love to meet you!!

Next week, I plan on regrouping a bit and I can't wait to talk a little more about trending color at High Point in the next installment of our High Point Color Stories

Stay tuned! 


11/11/2014

WE ♥ VETERANS

Being Veteran's Day, there are a lot of sales and deals, and while that's great, I decided against running a sale over at Amen Domestics

I have nothing against any of this, but for some reason it just didn't sit right with me. I don't want to use this day to sell a bunch of pillows and stuff that (is awesome), but ultimately, I might not even have the freedom to sell if it weren't for the sacrifice that our veterans have made and continue to make so that our country can remain safe and free. 

So today, and all this week, I decided I'd rather give back to our veterans who have given so much to us. There is no such thing as a coffee break or sick day for some of these men and women. They sacrifice precious family time, comfort, and safety so that we don't have to. So that we can sit here at our computers and read blogs and pretend to be working in our cubicles or offices when we're really online shopping. 

We can think about what we want to with our living room our how we want to remodel our kitchens because we're safe. We don't have to worry about the things so many in the world deal with on a daily basis. It doesn't take but a few seconds watching the news to realize that though we are not a perfect country, we are so incredibly blessed. And we're held up by brave men and women every single day. 

So today, I want to so say thank you, thank you, thank you to all veterans who have given so much. 

There's never enough thanks we can give or ways to repay, but all this week, 20% of ALL Amen Domestics sales are going to The Wounded Warrior Project. You can learn more here



The more you shop, the more you support. And I'd LOVE to send over a big 'ol check at the end of the week. 

But whether you shop or not, thank a vet today. For all they and their give, we have so much to be thankful for. 

11/03/2014

STORY TIME: COLORS OF HIGH POINT I

Woah! Has it really been weeks since my last post?

Oopsies. 

As always, there is so much going on and a lot to share. So without all the gratuitous chit-chat, let's just dive right in! 

A few weeks ago, took a quick trip to High Point. If you're unfamiliar, you can basically search #hpmkt on Instagram and find all you need to know. It's essentially the fashion week of interior design + furniture + basically everything home-décor related. 

Even if it's just a quick trip, I really like to make it up for each market, because I always leave feeling so inspired (and usually with a trunk full of goodies). This trip was short, but we squeezed in so much ...maybe more than one blog post's worth. 

So since I'm totally in neutral gear with the recent launch of Amen Domestic's Neutral Territory collection, I thought that would be a good place to start. (Yay for eye candy-heavy posts!)




So much goodness here, I just don't even really know where to start. We saw lots of ambiguously toned metals and metallic fibers. So glam, but with a very organic, patina and slightly industrial vibe. These paired with buttery, sumptuous leathers, deep inky blue-blacks, and little hints of silvery blues where just stunningly gorgeous. 

Let's start with some art. I could run on and on with commentary, but let's just feast our eyes, shall we??




These are all from Benson-Cobb Studios. Trust me when I say I would have no problem taking up permeant residence in any of these little showroom nooks. Basic necessities like kitchens and bathrooms seem unimportant when you're in the presence of this beautifulness. 

Ok, I know it's hard to pull yourself away, but we have a lot to take in, so we have to move on to metallics and ceramics. Weather glossy and glazed or roughly aged, I love the subtle tonal variation of these pieces and can just image what they'd do to bring soft dimension to a space. 

Goodness here coming from Surya + Go Home.





PS- recognize that gorgeous scalloped shade double pendant?? It's over at Amen Domestics! Such a stunner in person.

Moving right along, we go to textiles. So much love for all of the herringbone, linen, upholstery, and rug goodness. So. much. goodness. Via Four Hands, Surya, Dash and Albert, and Pinecone Hill.

Sidenote: one day I will have this chair (actually two of them).



(Yes, this the Jessica pillow in rug form. I can't even handle it.)




{Our sweet intern Lacey who obliges all of my photo op requests! Here with the Margo pillow. Thanks, Lacey!}

I know you don't want it to stop, but the end of the line does not disappoint. Leather. In rich cognac, inky black, and chic taupey gray. Coming to you from Four Hands, Go Home, and Bungalow 5.





If we ever have another baby, I'd like this rocking chair, please. Actually, now that I look at it, I think it was hide, but who cares. I love it. 

That was fun, wasn't it!? I can't wait to share the rest of our HP Color Stories soon! 


10/13/2014

IN THE OFF SEASON

I love the ocean in the off-season. The thick veil of sticky humidity is graciously lifted, leaving empty, gray beaches and crisp, salty air for all kinds of cozy enjoyment. It's a time of year when the locals reclaim their coastal territory and get bundled up for oyster roasts, beachside bonfires, and holiday boat parades.  

The magic of the coastal off-season is unlike anything else and has been the sole inspiration for our recently launched Amen Domestics Neutral Territory collection. (Which we're so stoked for!!)

But for designers, this wonderful off-season can also be quite busy. Rental property owners and managers often call on us in the fall and winter months to help breath fresh life into properties that sometimes haven't seen a new paint job or furnishings since 1992. 

We're working on several vacation parcels and I thought I'd share a little peek at one of the concepts we've put together for one such deserving (and in-need!) space. 


I always have so much fun working with these spaces because I know how much enjoyment they bring to so many people. As almost all Charleston locals do, I get such a thrill out of seeing people enjoying the unique and precious culture of our amazing city. And I feel like I get to play a part in that with this work, which is really cool. 

To me, this concept showcases the laid-back vibe of our Charleston coast with it's comfy-cool upholstery and rich neutral texture. It feels coastal, but not like your typical mint green and coral dolphin themed ocean-front property (#fixitjesus).

And the best news is...if you like any of the pieces in this concept and are interested in having them in your own home, you can order the pillow, throw blanket and table lamp (items 7, 8, and 9) in our Amen Domestics shop! And if you're drooling over any of the other pieces (like I am), don't be shy! Drop us a line at hello@ameninspireddesign.com, and we can get you pricing and availability! 

A while back, I started this Pinterest board, Beach Bungalow, full of coastal cool inspiration! Check it out and be inspired. 

Happy off-season, y'all! 


10/11/2014

SAY HELLO!

So it's been an absolute madhouse around here. We have only two clients who are not pregnant/did not have a baby within the last week.

Babies for days!!

Seriously though, I am so, so happy for all my sweet clients and their new babes! And I'm also so thrilled for our very own Jessica who's baby boy is due this month!! Can you believe it?

So we've been working hard to make sure everything is scheduled on time so as to make our mamas happy and comfortable. We've also been super busy working on our new Amen Domestics website which is launching the new collections in our online shop THIS MONDAY! Maybe even sooner if we can really make things happen! 

I seriously can't believe how amazing our new collections are and I can't wait for you to see!

But in the midst of the craziness, I realize I've been super lax in introducing two lovely ladies who are helping making it all happen. I'd like you to say hello to our two awesome interns, Lacey + Brooks!

They're so fabulous, we decided to make them models too! You'll see them in a shot just like this on our new Amen Domestics site!

And I'm sure you want to see their faces, so it's my pleasure to introduce you to them and let them tell you a little bit about themselves in their own words:


Brooks (left):

Greetings! I am Brooks , a junior Arts Management major at the College of Charleston. Originally from Charlotte North Carolina, I am happy to begin my interior design intern work at Amen Inspired Design. I have mainly worked in fashion, but hope to expand my knowledge in interior design with the Amen Inspired Team! 
Designing and creating home spaces is a personal job, specific to each client, which is why I enjoy interior design. Homes are a space where families feel comfortable, and can entertain, so they wish for their home to look finalized and welcoming with all the décor designers choose.

Lacey (right):

Hi! My name is Lacey and I am from Raleigh, North Carolina. I have the pleasure of living in the beautiful city of Charleston as an Arts Management major at the college. I am so excited to be apart of the Amen {Inspired} Design team. I am ready to find my own aesthetic interests and experience the world of interior design and entrepreneurship with these fine ladies. I hope to take what I learn with this team and apply it to my own future home or maybe even a little coffee shop [fingers crossed]. In my free time I love walking around the city taking pictures of all the fabulous sites.


We're so thrilled to have these girls as part of the Amen Team this fall/winter and I can't wait to see what amazing things these girls will do!

Happy weekend, friends! (And get ready for Amen Domestics THIS MONDAY!)


10/02/2014

LOVE, NOLA

One of the things I love about my job as a designer is the challenge to stretch and grow creatively. Sometimes it's  hard to comprehend working on a project that doesn't feel like it's in your wheelhouse, and while I do think you have to know your aesthetic and know that design work isn't one-size-fits-all, it's good (and fun!) to take on challenging work.

So I'm super excited to be working on a space that has strong roots in old-world, French + european influence. It's generally guaranteed that you'll find some variation of laid-back white upholstery or a slipcover in our finished projects, so when my client said she really doesn't dig that vibe, I was surprisingly excited to take on something different and I'm having so much researching for this space. 

This client spent time in New Orleans as a student and fell in love with the aesthetic, which is really shines through the eclectic, gracious elements already in her home. 






And I'm super inspired by these gorgeous interiors from the Big Easy and translating similar elements into this space.

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You can catch more NoLa loveliness on my Love, Nola Pinterest board. 

So what about you? Is there a city that's stolen your heart?