Rabu, 30 November 2011

Wuz Crack-A-Lackin??

We are slowly but surely starting to put some finishing touches on some of Client Awesomes house and it's coming together FABULOUSLY!

check out the Family Room bookshelves....pretty snazzy!

We are still filling in frames, and picking out more gorge, but this is whats happening so far.

Also I have filled in more pillows in the kitchen nook!

Have ya'll forgotten about the giveaway?

I hope not

Selasa, 29 November 2011

A new born, a fracture, a beautiful blog, exceptional books and a comment I was thrilled about!

Congratulations to Luciane of the blog Homebunch, her husband and family with their new born son Matthew !

MatthewWelcome to the world dear Matthew!


As of course Luciane wasn’t blogging these days, I didn’t either!! Not for the same reason of course! No, last Friday I fell of my horse and had to go to hospital where the doctor noticed, after he had taken a CT scan, that there was a small fracture to one of my vertebrae. The past 2 days I had a lot of pain!  Fortunately I didn’t need surgery! I am at home and need to rest a lot ! I do hope that around Christmas I will feel much better and that the fracture will be repaired!! I feel so sorry to not be able to ride my horse Mango for a certain time! I really felt a bit down the days before and had not that much enthusiasm to blog as you will hopefully understand.

Anyway, life goes on and today I feel much better!


I absolutely want to thank my friend Leslie Sinclair of the blog Segreto for the amazing post she wrote about me and the work of my company.

You can read it HERE.

Thank you so much Leslie, I feel very very honored!!

I do think that a lot among us have already heard about Leslie, the author of the blog Segreto and owner of the paint finishes company Segreto Finishes.

Leslie wrote a gorgeous book in which you will discover a lot of projects on which she has worked on!! Wonderful houses of which Leslie took care of the mural as of the cabinet finishes!

The Skirted Round Table wrote a beautiful post about Leslie and her company Segreto Finishes. And Leslie was even interviewed by the Skirted Round Table. To listen to this interview, please go here.

segreto1Source : Segreto Finishes via The Skirted Round Table

shadyriver7w_watermarkSource : Segreto Finishes


Leslie’s book Segreto is a must have! Please click on book cover to order it.



Our blog colleague Diane Dorrans Saeks, founder of the most interesting blog The Style Saloniste and author of lots of publications about interior design and desigers has shared with us this week her ‘picks of exceptional books of the season’.

As this book titled Marisa Berenson A life in Pictures  

Marisa Berenson ‘Marisa Berenson, A Life in Pictures’ by Marisa Berenson, with guest editor Steven Meisel. Introduction by Hamish Bowles and a Conversation with Diane von Furtenberg (Rizzoli)


Or this book,titled Intimate Chanel


‘Intimate Chanel’ by Isabelle Fiemeyer, with photography by Francis Hammond and with a foreword by Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie (Gabrielle Chanel’s only direct descendant) (Flammarion)


Many more exceptional books to discover at Diane’s blog HERE.


I want to thank everyone of you for all of your lovely comments on my latest blogpost about the finished Lefèvre Interiors project ! It means so much to me!

One of the comments came of - I still can’t believe it – the London based and famous designer John Stefanidis!!!

John Stefanidis is a designer with a prestigious, inernational clientele. His company John Stefanidis Brands Limited is specialized in the architectural and interior design of both residential properties and hotels across the globe.

John has also created original fabrics and furniture ranges. See his website HERE.

You really have to know that John Stefanidis is one of my all times favorite designers and you will have noticed his name listed on ‘my favorite designers’ list at the side bar of my blog.

I learned to know about John’s designs and work by his first book ‘ROOMS’, Design & Decoration’ (1988), I bought years ago, at the start of my career as a decorator.

This book is full of practical ideas on lighting, placing furniture, mixing styles and arranging objects and is still a wonderful resource on design.

I still have it on the shelves of my library! It is one of my favorite books! Not so long ago I passed on the title to some of my friends who were looking for design inspiration!

Can you believe how surprised and thrilled I was to see John’s comment under my blogpost !!

2011-11-29_172937 Thank you so much Mr Stefanidis! Your comment means a lot to me!


Since his first book Rooms, Design & Decoration, John Stefanidis has written another 3 books, to discover on his website HERE.

Book Rooms


Some pictures of John Stefanidis’ designs.

Picture AD 3  Fritz Von Der Schulenburg  John Stefanidis via Architectural Digest – Photo credit Fritz Von Der Schulenburg

Every time I visit John’s website I am impressed by this hallway!! Gorgeous!


Picture AD 1  Fritz Von Der Schulenburg John Stefanidis via Architectural Digest – Photo credit Fritz Von Der Schulenburg

This mahogany-paneled library is one of my favorite rooms! Notice the Venetian mirror and the 18th century oil painting Black Hunter by John Wootton. John designed the inlaid low table.


Picture AD 2 Durston Saylor John Stefanidis via Architectural Digest – Photo credit Durston Saylor

A dining room with several mirrored panels. One of them is leading to the kitchen. A George III mahogany table.


Picture AD 4  Fritz Von Der Schulenburg   John Stefanidis via Architectural Digest – Photo credit Fritz Von Der Schulenburg

Elegant and warm room. I love the French chandeliers and the Stark carpet.


Picture AD 6  Fritz Von Der Schulenburg  John Stefanidis via Architectural Digest – Photo credit Fritz Von Der Schulenburg

A renovation of an Athens apartment.


Picture AD 3  Miguel Flores-ViannaJohn Stefanidis via Architectural Digest – Photo credit Miguel Flores-Vianna

In both of these bedrooms John used beautiful fabrics.

Picture AD 5  Fritz Von Der Schulenburg   John Stefanidis via Architectural Digest – Photo credit Fritz Von Der Schulenburg


Picture AD 7  Fritz Von Der Schulenburg   John Stefanidis via Architectural Digest – Photo credit Fritz Von Der Schulenburg

I am glad to hear that John is a ‘bookaholic’ as much as I am.

“Where to put my books was a priority,” says Stefanidis, who sits in the small library.(Text AD).

Well I have to say that this was a priority for me too! The library was the first room in our house that was finished! I had to store my precious books!


John is also the author of the blog ‘The Developed Eye’ !

Blog John Stefanidis



I wish you a wonderful week!



Home girl has it goin ON!!!

Wha Wha Whaaaa Whaaaatttt ?!!???!?!?!?!

That's what I said when my bloggin homey Naomi of Design Manifest got this pretty little feature in Design Sponge.

I have always known Naomi to have quite the talent, but I am very very impressed with her home. 

I got a glimpse a while back when she did a "One Room Two Ways" post for me HERE. If you have not ever seen it, please go do.

anyways back to this..

Ready for a gob smack??

I know right??

Let's discuss

Talk amongst yourselves.

Senin, 28 November 2011

Black Monday

Hope you all had a nice black Friday and a quiet weekend to recuperate after stuffing your guts full of bird.

In honor of "Black" lets start the Monday off right and illustrate all that's right with this perfect color..

shall we?

{all images from my Pinterest}

So I worked all day Saturday with a little bit of installation at Client Awesome's house..

I am going back there on Tuesday so I will have better photos to send you then. 

The ones I took were garbage and the house is not even CLOSE to being completed,
but here is a sneaky peaky of the new chandelier...{ignore the weird half on half off thing going on}

Just a little news: YOU GUYS ARE GONNA FLIP..at least I hope..about Client Awesome' progress...

It's B-A-N-A-N-A-S

don't forget to enter in the giveaway for the gorgeous Josef Frank pillows from Woody Liana,

Jumat, 25 November 2011

Black Friday GIVEAWAY

Even though I know you are prob scoring deals left and right with Black Friday Deals......

Here is an opportunity to not have to spend any money at all!

Why not get some awesomeness for FREEEEEEE??

I am happy to offer you lovers a giveaway from the spectacular 

The lovely Liana is giving you lovers a chance to win a pair of these gorgeous Josef Frank "La Plata" pillow Covers in Blue!
They are 20" square with pattern on the front and off white Belgian linen backing.
Knife edge finish, invisible zipper closure and accent tassels 


To Enter the Giveaway, Leave a separate entry for each for added chances to win!

1.Follow my bloggy HERE
2. Follow Amber Interiors HERE on twitter
3. Like Amber Interiors On Facebook HERE
4. Go favorite Woody Liana Shop on Etsy HERE

Seems easy enough yes?

I will be announcing the winner on Dec. 1st...so get entering.
Good Luck

I am still waking up form my Turkey Coma....It is not normal at all to consume as much food as I did yesterday and to still be hungry this morning.

I think I have a hollow leg.

love ya lovers!

Kamis, 24 November 2011

Finished Lefèvre Interiors project – Before and After

My readers who are following my blog will remember the post I wrote a few weeks ago about a project I was working on.

Earlier post HERE.

I told you about all the design ideas my clients had in mind and about the color scheme we wanted to bring in. There was a lot to think about before starting the project and the execution of the cabinets and paneling in our working shop.

We needed to order new seats and reupholster some existing bergères, ordering a new carpet and some new furniture. We had to think well about the way we should stain the wood for the paneling, the parquet floor and about a very important subject : the window treatment.

Meetings with the painter, the electricien, … had to be organized.

Weeks and many discussions later, plans were designed and the project could be started.


This was the moodboard, with my design ideas and color scheme, I already shared with you in my earlier post about this project.MB_thumb[4]


And here are some pictures of the “before” situation. In some of these pictures you will notice the bergères which needed to be reupholstered.Mosaic 3


Project in progress in our atelier.Mosaic 2


Installation of the cabinets and paneling at our client’s home. Our employees and the painter-artist at work.Mosaic 4



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Belgian linen is chosen for all the window treatment as for the new slipcovered seats.

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The owners had a serie of 7 gorgeous paintings of our Belgian artist Pierre Alechinsky. The serie is named ‘The 7 Days of the Week’. So these works belong together and should not be split! We had to take care of the design of the paneling in order to create 7 panels to hang them up.

The linen upholstered new seats.  Foto 22 november 2011 042The double door you notice in this picture is the one to the entry hall which is also given a refreshment (see following pictures).


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Library corner with painted desk and cabinets and the reupholstered bergères.Foto 22 november 2011 051 

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Above the doors towards the kitchen we placed a painted panel to give the doors more ‘grandeur’.

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Our clients decided to refresh the hallway at the same time. We brought on a painted wainscotting and created this arched passage to the staircase.Foto 22 november 2011 028


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I am so thankful to the owners for their confidende in our company and their always positive approach in conversations which contributed to this successful project. A special thank you to the lady of the house for always serving coffee and biscuits and with whom I spent hours, having wonderful conversations, And of course I am very thankful for their permission to reproduce these pictures on my blog.

Also a thank you to the LEFEVRE INTERIORS employees for their incredible commitment to finish this project in a successful way.

A thank you to Jan Beyens of NEW INTERIOR who was so patient to demonstrate so much fabrics and for assisting us in making the right choice for the window treatment.

Thank you to the painters Karel and Bernard Duthoy for their exquisite work.


Although it is not a professional taken photo shoot, I do hope you enjoyed this post with these pictures taken only by me!

Happy Thanksgiving!