THIS INCREDIBLE TRANSFORMATION BY AMBER INTERIORS IS EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT FROM A LAID-BACK FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOME
Amber Lewis can do no wrong. At a young age, she has honed her craft to perfection and her signature style has become second to none. Can you tell I’m a fan? Anyway, she just revealed her new latest project and it might just be my favorite one yet. You almost really have to see the before to fully comprehend how amazing this transformation is.
Everything from the complete overhaul of the staircase with a simple marble table in the entrance, to the adorable nook in the little boy’s room complete with a killer wallpaper is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also positively laid back, easy to care for and most importantly stylish as hell.
“I have pretty modern taste, but I didn’t want to disregard the building’s style. I wanted to keep things ethereal and airy, and to let the natural light stream in.”
When modern aficionado Ariel Ashe of Ashe + Leandro decided to pack up the 17th floor high-rise apartment and move to the top floor of a historic Greenwich Village town house, she knew she would have to pay respect to the apartment’s classical lines. Inspired by a collection of black white and beige rooms, she set out to find the right balance between her modernist sensibilities and the Greek-Italianate character of the house.
She started with creating a stark black & white contrast with a gallery wall that her business partner Reinaldo helped arrange just a couple of days after she moved in. She mixed modern furniture with antique pieces, and softened the rooms by adding sheepskins, long neutral draperies, unusual objets d’art and fresh greenery. The Moroccan Tuareg rug in the living room helped to bring the room together while adding graphic impact.
“Most of the time I prefer to use neutral-based larger pieces, I feel like it helps to keep a calming vibe throughout the house” —Amber Lewis
Amber Lewis did it again. Her latest project involved a nursery for a growing family, a master bathroom remodel and as always, a lot of vintage exotic textiles fearlessly mixed together. Lewis says she can layer many eclectic textiles as long as the larger pieces are kept neutral. It helps the house feel collected but not over decorated. The main showstopper is the bathroom, finished with handmade moroccan tiles, white marble accents, sconces from Schoolhouse Electric, a black lacquered double vanity and a vintage Persian rug, which also ties in nicely with the breezy nursery.
Michelle Smith swears by five paint colors that bring her spaces to life: beige, blue-green, gray, black & white.
It’s official: I have a new lady-crush. After basically drooling all over Michelle Smith’s Greenwich Village apartment featured on One Kings Lane last week, here she is featured again in Lonny Magazine. Even better, it features her shingle style cottage in (be still my heart) Sag Harbor, NY. The barrister-turned-interior-designer trained with Daniel Romualdez for two years before branching out on her own and opening MRS Studio (I’m even jealous of her monogram).
I love how she masters simplicity and muted paint colors. Her aesthetic is understated and sophisticated. In case I still haven’t convinced you to fall head over heels in love with this talented lady, check out a day in the life of Michelle Smith. I basically want to emulate and become her now. If all it takes is to pass the bar to become such a creative and accomplished woman, sign me up for Harvard Law right now (can you tell I’ve been watching Suits)?