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How to Rock Not One but Two Pink Sofas in Your Home

We’ve fallen in love with many a pink sofa but never ever have we happened upon a home as elegant as they come and boasting two deliciously pink velvet sitters. Yes, TWO! It’s enough to warrant full on home crush; especially when you see the rest of the goods designed by Amanda Barnes Interiors with pretty, pretty photographs by Alyssa Rosenheck. See the full tour right here!

Amanda Barnes Interiors had two goals with this remodel. The first goal was to make the project family friendly. The second task was to give this old 1920s Spanish Revival home a contemporary flair with decor and finishes influenced by traditional Spanish design.

When the client purchased this home, the original charm had been removed in a previous remodel and they wanted to keep it feeling contemporary with just a hint of it’s old history.

Entry

Many old homes have long hallways and small doorways. To bring in more light and connect the entry space to the rest of the house, we knocked out most of the entry wall and put in an oversized doorway. This allows light to pass through the home from morning until evening and makes the space feel bigger.

We finished the entry with a cow hide which keeps the energy flowing in all directions to adjacent rooms. The hide can also withstand high traffic and of course, kids! A hand poured white cement table with brass finishes to toss everyday items onto completes this room.

 

Entry Stairway

The entry floors were initially a bleached wood with carpeted stairs. By putting in new dark stained wood floors throughout the house and painting the walls white, this area was immediately infused with its old charm. The simplicity of the arches with the white walls and dark floors makes for a big statement.

Living Room

One of the biggest challenges of an old home is how to address the oversized formal living spaces. This living room was no exception. My clients love to entertain. He wanted a place to have a drink with his friends and she wanted a space to entertain.

We divided this room into two sections to achieve their wish list. He got a bar and two oversized leather chairs and she got a more formal seating arrangement with two couches. The room is married by an open seating area in the middle. Mission accomplished.

Dining Room

When presented with an oversized dining room that includes high ceilings and a long entertaining space, there was only one way to go. Together with my clients, we selected a piece of marble that would serve as both a piece of art within the room and as an oversized table top. Constructed with custom stained legs and a steel base (almost as pretty as the marble!), this table can now accommodate up to fourteen people.

To compliment the seating area, I designed a custom seven foot long buffet for them to use while entertaining. This dark and sexy dining room is now perfect for entertaining. With the doors facing the back of the house open, the room can be lit up by the outdoor fireplace in the backyard as well as the fireplace in the adjacent living room.

Kitchen

One of the fastest ways to make your kitchen family friendly is to create a space where you can keep your eyes on your kids playing from all areas of the room. In order to achieve this, our clients agreed to knock out the wall between the kitchen and family room while raising the floor to make both rooms one level.

They also turned the direction of the room from facing the window to facing the family room. Now cooking and playing can happen simultaneously and everyone feels like they are sharing the moment and space with each other.

My clients opted for a timeless white kitchen with floor to ceiling storage and white marble with a proprietary sealer that makes it more durable than a synthetic stone. A paneled wine fridge, two sinks and two dishwashers make this kitchen a dream for entertaining!

Powder room

When the owners bought the house, this little powder bath was reminiscent of a diner, complete with checkerboard floors and a fluorescent mirror. Hand painted arabesque floor tiles paired with a round cow hide mirror instantly bring this small space back to its Spanish roots.

Guest room

Creating a small oasis for guests to enjoy is a simple way to show them you appreciate their visit. My clients wanted to keep the space simple and serene so we opted to layer a palette of soft, neutral textures to achieve this.

Guest bath

This bathroom got a complete overhaul. A new arched shower was built and tiles lining the bathroom in a traditional Spanish layout were installed using contemporary materials that matched the rest of the home. This family also needed extra storage space as there were no linen closets in the home. Amanda Barnes Interiors designed this built-in to include oversized drawer space that functions as towel and linen storage just as a closet would. Oil rubbed bronze hardware against the white stone and dark wood infuse old Spanish charm in this new and very functional guest bathroom!

Master Bedroom

A calm and cozy space with a reading nook was all my clients wanted for their master bedroom. Once again, we opted for a soft palette and layered in neutral textures. A combination of faux fur, leather, distressed metal and resin-cast raffia keep this room interesting and peaceful all at once. A few personal pieces were scattered throughout the room to keep it feeling intimate and relaxed.

Master bath

The ultimate getaway! This bathroom uses all the same materials found throughout the rest of the home but takes it up a notch.


A crystal chandelier, an oversized soaking tub and steamy shower are taken over the top with the finishes. Faux horn, calcutta marble, and reclaimed wood give this glam bath a little edge and a whole lot of character.

Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography | Design : Amanda Barnes Interiors | Entry Gold Bookshelf Case: Arteriors Home | Entry White Paint : Benjamin Moore Simply White | Entry Light Fixture: Circa Lighting | Living Room Paint Color : Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray | Living Room Mirror: One Kings Lane | Living Room Coffee Table: Arteriors Home | Dining Room Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Deep Space | Dining Room Light Fixture: Robert Abbey | Dining Room Table : Amanda Barnes Interiors | Kitchen Light Fixture: Arteriors Home | Toddler Boys Room Rug: One Kings Lane | Toddler Boys Room Paint: Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue | Toddler Boy’s Room Prints: The Animal Print Shop | Toddler Boy’s Room Fox Blanket: Katy Skelton | Nursery Rug: Anthropologie | Nursery Floor Tile : Tabarka Studio | Nursery Crib: Oeuf | Master Reading Chair: Restoration Hardware | Master Tassel Blanket : La Chance | Kitchen Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White |

Give Your Home Instant Curb Appeal in 3 Easy Steps

Curb appeal is a major thing when owning a home. It’s the world’s first impression of your most favorite space but probably the last thing you think about when decorating. First comes paint, then furniture and accessories and maybe you get around to throwing a mat outside the front door or a flowers if you’re really lucky. Well Ashley Brooke and her crazy cute red door abode are coming to the rescue with three easy steps to instant curb appeal.

I’m going to be honest here, the design feature that truly sold me on this home was the entrance. Specifically the red front door. Seriously. As soon as the Realtor showed me a photo of the house, in my brain, I had already moved in! It didn’t matter to me what the inside looked like because it had a red door and all was right with the world. A few years after moving in, we’ve finally settled in and are beginning to make all kinds of fun changes to it. But the one thing that will forever be is the red door.


Since my obsession with the front of the house is real, I am always looking for ways to dress it up. Having the big red door is wonderful, but it’s really not the easiest to style since it’s SO. RED. It also does not help that Central Florida presents a few unique challenges to landscaping outside. Between the balmy Florida heat and humidity and the flower-eating deer that roam the neighborhood, many plants do not stand a chance! So when we decided it was time to get serious about the front door decor situation, we needed a serious plan!

The first order of business: accessorize! Before thinking about plants we knew we needed new planters. The ones we had were falling apart. They were also charcoal black and not really giving the front of the house that Southern charm we were looking for. And that’s when we found these pretty ones from Pottery Barn! We relocated the red Adirondack chairs to the front porch from the back yard and chose striped blue and white pillows to soften the look of it all. Besides, blue and white stripes match just about everything and especially red. WIN!

Once all the new front porch staples arrived we called in some reinforcements for the landscape design. Our gifted friends at Porch Therapy came to the rescue! I have a “green-ish” thumb and can keep things alive, but I needed some advice on what in the world to plant in our gorgeous new pots. Something that could handle extreme heat and an insane amount of humidity. If that wasn’t all, I really didn’t want to plant more deer food.

The ladies from Porch Therapy recommended all kinds of plants and came up with the Preppy-Meets-Southern-Tropical theme for the arrangements, which I had never thought to do! The front of our home is very “Southern” looking and I always thought that without hydrangeas or geraniums it just would not work… But I had never thought outside the box, and I am SO glad we did. After that, we were ready to whip our front door into tip-top shape!

In our Planters

Silver Buttonwood, Caladiums, Diamond Frost Euphoria, Echinacea, Alocacia, Canna Lily, and Blue Daze. The trees are Weeping Podocarpus.

Okay, so I know what you are thinking, “Ashley, that is a lot of work!” But honestly, you just need a plan and it will all fall into place. I pinky promise! So here you go friends, get out a pen and write down these three steps to help you get started:

Step 1. Assess your space.

What do you have room for? A wreath? A pot or two? Chairs? Map it out and decide what the space can handle and what you could do that really would make an impact. I already had the chairs and knew I wanted to incorporate them, so I just added pillows and pots. That part was easy!

Step 2. Find your colors/know your climate

Too often I find myself picking up a “pretty” wreath for the front door and bringing it home only to realize, “yes, that is pretty… but your door is red. Pink and purple flowers do not match. At all.” Honestly, that has happened far too many times. After realizing that we needed to stick to primary colors, everything got a lot easier. Those aqua blue pillows are pretty, but they won’t match, get the blue & white ones….etc. etc.

This also helped a ton when it came to plant selection! We knew our lane. Also, I had to come to grips that we didn’t live in North Carolina where we could have hydrangeas galore. I live in Florida. It’s 1,000 degrees in the Summer and, strangely enough, our neighborhood has more deer than people. So once I came to grips with that, the plant selection made more sense. Also, it’s comforting to know that we didn’t just pot a whole bunch of deer food.

Step 3. Get outside of your box!

This is hard for me. I like the comfort of a box, but after talking to professionals I realized… I can pot an actual tree? Again, no idea why I didn’t comprehend it until now, but pots aren’t just for flowers.

Also, move those pots around. If you have a perfectly symmetric front porch or entry way like we do, don’t just stack them up on your steps. Get a little asymmetrical, add some interest! You’ll be so proud of yourself when you do!

See, not so hard! Just get yourself some new pots, talk to your local nursery about what really works in your climate, and play around with it! Whether you are in an apartment or house, you want your guests’ first experiences in your home to be special. So why not start with the front door?!

Photography : Danielle Nichol Photography | Floral Design: Porch Therapy | Dress: J. Crew | Art Direction: Ashley Brooke Designs | Chairs / Planters / Drinkware: J. Crew

This Bohemian Home was Inspired by One of Our Favorite Blockbusters

For these homeowners, building their dream home meant really honing in on their vision. The end result looks a little like the classic Father of the Bride abode (which let’s be honest is one of the best movie homes ever) meets bohemian, eclectic details. Things picked up on travels, gorgeous family photographs and cozy layers can all be found in this winning combo captured by Daphne Mae.

After planning this home of ours for over three years, we couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate such a thrilling change in our lives than with photos. We chose a traditional floorpan with a large foyer, complete with a rounded staircase, stone cast fireplace, and a white kitchen.

I always wanted our home to feel very, ‘Father & the Bride’ with a twist of Modern Boho, if thats even a thing.

Kitchen and Nook

Pendants: Circa Lighting | Barstools: Wisteria Home Decor | Jute Rug: Rugs USA | Dining Table and Chairs: Cost Plus World Market  | Juju Hat: Etsy

I always wanted our home to be traditional with a twist of modern eclectic. I love the look and feel of a home well lived in, something that has collected memories from places and time.

We’ve incorporated things that my Husband and I have picked up on our travels, as well as, things we’ve simply had forever but still love.

Beyond that, to have a welcoming home, one that just kind of hugs you when you walk in was our main goal. We’re in the season of life where dirty floors and little visitors are the norm, so keeping it a place that is relatable and reflects our lifestyle was also huge.

Living Room

Rug: Rugs Usa | Coffee table, sofa and chairs: Restoration Hardware | Pillows: Danielle Oakey Interiors, MaeWoven, Pillows by Elissa, BohoPillow | Gallery Walls Photo Frames: Pottery Barn | Black and White Woven Bench: Cost Plus World Market | Planter: Lowes | Console Table: Wayfair | Woven Stool under Console: Target | Basket under console table: Target

Bedroom

Bed: Restoration Hardware | Positano Print: RubyandB (Etsy) | Rug: The Woven Home | Mudcloth Blanket: The Bee and The Fox | Lamps: Target | Nightstands: Pottery Barn

Playroom

Rug: Rugs USA | TeePee: Etsy | Play Table and Chairs: Restoration Hardware Kids | ToyBox: The Land of Nod | Wall Decals: Urban Walls

Nursery

Crib: Babyletto | Rug: Etsy | Horse Print: Minted | Wallpaper: Spoonflower

 

Photography: Daphne Mae