So Cal Cool

I was paging through the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living when I came across a spread featuring the coolest Southern California home.  I keep coming back to it because it's so hip and minimal, but feels comfortable and warm as well.  The owners are clearly cool too - the husband is a musician and the wife is a trend forecaster...whatever that means!  She described the home as "family-friendly, bohemian, and not too precious, but with a definite edge."  I think she hit the nail on the head.  And after days of swooning over it, I realized that Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors was the designer - now wonder I love it!  Here are some pics I took with my iPhone (unfortunately I can't find the images online to repost).  And here is a link to the project within Amber Lewis' portfolio.  The images are just as beautiful there, but I always love seeing how a home is really lived in, per the showcase in MSL.  Enjoy!

This is the photo in the opening spread.  The vintage leather chairs bring that edginess to the room while the sofas and pillows are more bohemian.  I love the rug too!   Compare this to the photo in  Amber's portfolio here  and you'll see how different a room can feel just by showing it more "lived in".

This is the photo in the opening spread.  The vintage leather chairs bring that edginess to the room while the sofas and pillows are more bohemian.  I love the rug too!   Compare this to the photo in Amber's portfolio here and you'll see how different a room can feel just by showing it more "lived in".

I love the casualness of this custom sofa in a linen that looks like a denim.  A layered rug look is always a great way to add texture to a room.

I love the casualness of this custom sofa in a linen that looks like a denim.  A layered rug look is always a great way to add texture to a room.

Framing a cool poster is a great way to add art to a room, especially if it's meaningful to the homeowner.  That being said, there's still no way I'm framing my husband's old beat up Red Sox posters in our living room ;)

Framing a cool poster is a great way to add art to a room, especially if it's meaningful to the homeowner.  That being said, there's still no way I'm framing my husband's old beat up Red Sox posters in our living room ;)

A few more photos of the gorgeous kitchen, the dining area, and another framed vintage poster.

A few more photos of the gorgeous kitchen, the dining area, and another framed vintage poster.

The daughter's room is pretty in pink, but feels sophisticated and like a room they can grow into.

The daughter's room is pretty in pink, but feels sophisticated and like a room they can grow into.

Photographs by Abby Ross

Text by Catherine Hong

Design by Amber Lewis

Updating a Family's Home in Somerville

I had the pleasure of working with a lovely young family recently in Somerville who wanted to update their family and dining rooms.  While they had a few great pieces of furniture they chose to keep (a sofa, chair, dining table & chairs), they wanted to add new elements such as lighting, rugs, artwork and accessories to update the space and make it lively and fun, but also durable and functional for the family of four.  Here's how I helped them out:

The dining and family rooms are open to one another so I used navy rugs in a stripe and herringbone pattern to anchor the rooms. The rugs are indoor/outdoor and can literally be hosed off if something spills on them.  Incredibly family friendly!

In the family room, I rearranged the furniture to center it around the gas fireplace.  The tan leather poufs can be used as ottomans or extra seating when friends are over to play.  I incorporated some acrylic nesting tables and a side table from Oomph that can easily be moved around as well for adults to sit their coffee (or wine!) on while the kids play.   The side table also doubles as a stool for extra seating.

I found this awesome photograph of an old Union Pacific train to use as artwork above the sofa. Their oldest son LOVES trains so this is a favorite of his.  It's refined and interesting enough for grown-ups too!  The blue geometric pillows and orange floral pillow balance one another out and provide more pops of color on the sofa.

One request was good looking storage for their boys toys.  I used some basic shelves from Ikea with navy and white striped bins from Land of Nod to keep smaller toys contained in an attractive way.  Larger baskets from Serena and Lily hide some of their larger toys.  

In the dining room, we swapped out the existing drum light fixture with this awesome gold urchin chandelier and boy, did it bring some excitement to the space. While their style is more transitional, I wanted to add something that made a statement. I love how it works with their more traditional dining set.  

The artwork on the wall is of Rosemary sprigs and adds a little emerald green color to the room (a current favorite of mine).

This was all done on a modest budget, proving you can make a big impact with any budget.  I hope you love it as much as they do!

Photographs by Marisol Marquez Photography.