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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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Featured Friday | The Creativity Exchange: Cyndy Aldred

01.24.14

Welcome to Featured Friday!  To kick off my new series, I am bringing you a very special DIY blogger.  Meet Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange!

Cyndy is a dear friend of mine and so special to me because The Creativity Exchange was the very first blog I started following.  She is so talented and truly enjoys inspiring others to use their creativity.  Cyndy loves art, design and paint and is always finding new ways to bring these elements into her life.  I was lucky to snag Cyndy for a few minutes to ask some questions about her blogging experiences.

When did you start your blog and what inspired you to get started?

I started my blog as a hobby 4 years ago, back in 2010.  I really wanted a creative outlet and I wanted to share step by step tutorials of the projects that I was doing to help and inspire others to create and DIY.  I also wanted to be inspired myself through my readers and other bloggers.  I had no clue when I started blogging that the experience would turn out to expand my creative horizons in ways that I never imagined.  It’s truly been such a tremendous joy getting to know bloggers and readers from all around the world.

What is your favorite kind of DIY project?

Oh that’s easy – My favorite DIY project is anything that involves paint.  Wall paint, furniture painting or crafts.  Anything to do with paint or color just makes me happy.  Over the last year, I have really narrowed my focus on the blog to paint projects and color palettes because it’s really what I love to do the most when it comes to DIY.

What is your favorite project you’ve ever created?

Oh boy, thats a hard question to answer…I have so many favorites but I think my poster board Christmas tree cones is my favorite.  I saw these expensive tree cones at Neiman Marcus and spent weeks trying to figure out how to make them.  When I finally figured it all out and shared them, my readers fell in love with them too and everyone started making them.  I felt like we were all virtual crafting/DIY-ing together because everyone was sending me their tree cone pictures.

Where do you get inspiration?

It’s funny, I find inspiration in almost anything, especially when it comes to colors.  I went to Italy for the first time this fall and I think I have enough color palette inspiration to last me a lifetime.  My biggest DIY inspiration has always come from great design and I spend a lot of time keeping up with trends in design and color.  I love to to take a high-end design idea and recreate for a lot less in my home and then share it on my blog.

What are a few of your favorite aspects of blogging?

I love the connection and friendships that I have made with other bloggers and readers through this journey.  Blogging has pushed me creatively to do things that I didn’t know I was capable of doing.  Hearing from readers that they were inspired to create or DIY by a project or post that I shared is really my favorite aspect of blogging for me.  It’s really about the sharing of creativity in this unique way that just speaks to me.

What are a few of your favorite aspects of blogging?

I love the connection and friendships that I have made with other bloggers and readers thorugh this journey.  Blogging has pushed me creatively to do things that I didn’t know I was capable of doing.  Hearing from readers that they were inspired to create or DIY by a project or post that I shared is really my favorite aspect of blogging for me.  It’s really about the sharing of creativity in this unique way that just speaks to me.

Describe your personal style:

Because I love design so much, I am really eclectic.  I can appreciate elements from every design style. There is a side of me that is drawn to very ultra modern and sleek but then there is this traditional side of me that loves something old with a history and rich colors with depth.  I also have a family to think of that wants a cozy livable home.  I have to constantly force myself to balance modern and traditional. I call it traditional-chic.

What are some easy and inexpensive ways to spruce up a room?

I always tell people that updating the paint color of room, switching out lamp shades (Target has the best and inexpensive shades) and beautiful original art is such a great way to update a room quickly.  You can buy original art or a collection of prints on ebay super cheap.  You can place the prints ready-made frames from Hobby Lobby and it will make such an impact.

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Here are a few of Cyndy’s favorite projects:

Tree Cones

Garage Pegboard

Tips for Choosing Paint Color

Be sure to check out The Creativity Exchange for more fun projects!!  A big thank you to Cyndy Aldred for being my first featured blogger!  
Xo,
Claire 
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Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

01.15.14

If you haven’t heard yet, Pantone, the global authority on color, named Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year!  Here is a color palette Pantone provided on their pinterest page.

What do you think?  Is this a color you’d like to see in your home?  I personally love the color and think Pantone was on trend with their selection.  A pop of Radiant Orchid would add instant, feminine glam to any room.  Here is more inspiration from Pantone’s pinterest page.

*gasp*

Looks like a bachelorette pad to me!

The color brings such warmth to this room.

I love how the soft whites paired with this piece of art demands your attention.

Pantone also provided Radiant Orchid fashion inspiration.  I LOVE wearing this color!  I really think it compliments all skin types and hair colors.

That’s all for now! Let me know if you find a way to bring Radiant Orchid into your life. Exciting announcement coming to the blog on Friday!

Xo,
Claire 
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