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02.13.14

Hello!

I’ve had emerald spaces on my mind lately.  It was Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, and I have not stopped crushing on it since then.  If you remember from last week, I featured  Amanda from  Amanda Carol Interiors on the blog.  Her living/dining room has emerald touches, and it is absolutely beautiful!! Here’s a look if you missed it.

Wowza!!  Here is more emerald inspiration I found.

Houzz

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I was in Z Gallerie several days ago and snapped a picture of this emerald inspiration.

I decided to create an inspiration board just for fun.  Here is a glam living room with a touch of emerald. Enjoy!

Xo,

Claire 

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Favorite Valentine’s Day Projects

02.11.14

Well… 3 days until the big day and there’s still time to do something sweet for your loved ones!  Today I am sharing some fun, Valentine’s Day projects that I’ve found on some of my favorite blogs!  All of these projects are super easy and would mean so much to your sweetie, child or best friend.  Enjoy!

Free Valentine’s printables via Love From The Oven.  You can print this printable from your home computer and pop it in a frame.  Easy, easy!

Valentine’s mason jars via A Thoughtful Place.  These simple jars would be a sweet touch anywhere in the home!

DIY yarn letters via My Sister’s Suitcase. So adorable!!
Message in a bottle via A Pumpkin & A Princess.  Sweet way to give a message to a secret admirer! 😉
Cupcakes in a jar via Hi Sugarplum!  Yummmmy!!
Mini heart garland via Honey Were Home. A great last minute touch!
Don’t forget to check out my Valentine’s buffet here if you haven’t already! 
Wishing you all a sweet Valentine’s Day!
Xoxo,
Claire 
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Featured Friday | Amanda Carol Interiors

02.07.14

TGIF!!  Welcome to Featured Friday!  Today I am featuring my favorite interior designer, Amanda, from Amanda Carol Interiors.

Amanda is an interior designer and blogger out of The Woodlands, Texas.  She is an absolute inspiration to me, as I have been following her blog for some time now.  Her home tour is to DIE for!!  Take a look!

Seriously, this is the living room/dining room of my dreams!!  Love the emerald!

Amanda calls this chic office her “mom cave”!  Beautiful!!

Her master bedroom is such a serene and peaceful room.  Isn’t this what we all hope to achieve in our bedroom?!

Amanda was so kind to answer a few questions about her personal experiences.

When did you start your blog and what inspired you to do so?

I started my blog in 2008 and it was called “The Eck Life”.  I mainly blogged about my kids and projects that I was doing in my own home.  In 2010 I launched my Interior Design Business and switched the name of my blog to Amanda Carol at Home, then I went through a re-branding early last year and again changed my name to Amanda Carol Interiors.


What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

I enjoy sharing information with my readers and I also LOVE it when readers comment and interact with me.  I enjoy the blogging community and have met many “online” friends and even some who have become dear “in real life” friends!

When was Amanda Carol Interiors born?  When did you know you wanted to become an interior designer?

I launched Amanda Carol Interiors in 2010.  Interior Design has been my passion since very early age.  I can remember painting and wallpapering my room when I was 15.  When I was 19 I enrolled in a local community college and took Interior Design classes and I was hooked!

Describe your design style.

I love mixing the old and the new and really enjoy the juxtaposition of something rustic with something glamourous.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere! From fashion to art to the outdoors.  I am always buried in a design magazine or perusing Pinterest for inspiration.  I never stop thinking about design.  It’s such a part of me that I cannot imagine my life without it.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

The paperwork!  All the office details and trying to stay organized – which I am terrible at!

What advice do you have for new bloggers who might want to pursue interior design in the future?

If you are young and just starting out go to school and get your design degree-even if it’s a 2 yr ID degree.  If you are older & have family responsibilities I suggest finding a local design firm that will hire you and have a designer take you under their wing.  If I could do this all over and was still in my 20’s or 30’s I would have definitely went to work for a larger design firm and learned all I could, especially the business side! 
A big thank you to Amanda for being featured today!  Be sure to check out Amanda’s blog here, and if you’re in the market for interior design help, check out her interior design website here.
Have a wonderful weekend, and stay warm!!
Xo,
Claire 





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Valentine’s Day Buffet

01.31.14
Happy Friday!!  Today I am sharing my Valentine’s Day buffet!  I am a sucker for Valentine’s Day and love changing things up, so I couldn’t resist bringing a little pink and red into our apartment!

We don’t have a fireplace, which means we don’t have a mantel, so I decided my “seasonal decorating spot” is our buffet. This beautiful, antique buffet belonged to my Grandmother, who passed away 3 1/2 years ago. My Grandmother was one of the most influential people in my life, and I treasure having her buffet in our home. It is my absolute favorite piece of furniture and one of my most prized possessions. Seriously, if our home ever caught on fire (knock on wood), we would be hauling out Grandmother’s buffet! Isn’t she a beauty?! 

I had fun putting together our Valentine’s buffet especially since most of it involved DIY projects. The letters are paper mâché that I purchased from a craft website for $2 each. 

Here they are after a couple coats of acrylic paint.

About that cupcake… Can you say “get in my belly”?! 

I made the heart topper by cutting out a heart using construction paper. To get a perfect heart remember to fold the paper in half, draw your heart at the crease and cut! 
After I cut out the heart, I covered it in glue, then glittered. 

After my glittered heart dried, I attached a toothpick to the back. 
Easy as a cupcake! 

Did I mention I have a sweet tooth? 

The framed “art” is actually a Valentine’s card I found in the dollar section at Target. Score! 

We already had the frame, so I just popped in the card. Don’t tell Parker, but I’ll probably end up using it as his Valentine’s card. Killing two birds with one stone, right?! 
The coffee table book and votive were my only two “real” purchases. 

I love coffee table books and couldn’t say no to this Love book. I found the heart votive at Pottery Barn. 
I paired these love related items that I found around the apartment. Nothing says love more than a wedding photo and love birds, right?! 

I found the heart garland at Target and attached it to the lamp. A little cheesy, but I thought it was cute. 

I think that covers it. What do you think?! 
Are you decorating for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to see pictures if you are! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 
Xo,
Claire 
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