In Good Taste: Amy Berry Interior Designer

entrance with Bunny Williams round table of Amy Berry Interior

We could tell pretty much everything we needed to know about Amy Berry’s style from her skirt and her dog. When we heard that she was one of House Beautiful’s “next wave” designers, we weren’t even a little bit surprised.

four club chairs with living room - Amy Berry Interior Design

Good taste is pretty clear at first sight.

living room with large map and orchid -Amy Berry Interior Design

And one glimpse at any of Amy’s perfectly curated rooms, and we could tell that she was the kind of designer whose rooms we would watch, study and come back to again and again.

sunroom with labradoodle and oomph side table

In addition to giving us Spring Redesign Fever, she has also given us puppy fever. Have you ever seen a face this sweet? 

kitchen with marble countertops and farmhouse sink

A hoard or flowers can only make a home more beautiful. We can only imagine how beautiful these will be around the house.

kitchen bar with marble countertop- Amy Berry Interior Design

A well stocked bar–and coffee bar–is a necessity for guests and homeowners alike!

closet -Amy Berry Interior Design

Speaking of starting the day out on the right foot, this closet is completely stunning!

built in bunk beds -Amy Berry Interior Design

And you know how we feel about a built-in bunk. A built-in bunk with Hermes blankets is almost too good!

cozy corner in a nursery -Amy Berry Interior Design

Why invest in a changing table when it’s so easy to convert a pretty chest that will grow with her? 

office and study space -Amy Berry Interior Design

This office is the perfect place to work and play. We love how the storage space is maximized.

blue and white nursery with lucite crib -Amy Berry Interior Design

An acrylic crib is oh-so chic.

blue and white nursery with lucite crib

These babies will be dreaming in style! (Hopefully dreaming and not up all night…) 

nursery -Amy Berry Interior Design

This menagerie is too, too cute. And all the little clothes are so precious!

bla bla dolls in nursery

Too sweet for words!

bla bla mobile in nursery

We love a Blabla mobile better than about anything. Will’s was made of Carolina blue rams, a very appropriate gift for a family of Tar Heels. We aren’t sure which of Amy’s rooms we love the most. The good news is, we don’t have to choose just one! Which is your favorite? 

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Styling the Ottoman

ottoman styling
Plum Furniture Design

 

Good morning, design chicers! Do you love an ottoman? We sure do! Especially this time of year when we want to feel cozy and comfortable in our homes, having an ottoman to put our feet up on is a necessity.

ottoman surrounded by 4 chairs
Robert Brown via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

They are a great alternative to a hard coffee table with all its angles and points. (Although, don’t get us wrong, we love a good coffee table too!)

ottoman at the beach
Jean Randazzo Photography

 

The only tricky part about an ottoman is that, sometimes, how to style it is a little less obvious than with a coffee table.

living room with cowhide ottoman
Suzanne Kasler via One Kings Lane

 

Because ottoman surfaces tend to be smushy and soft, we always like to start with a hard base. A tray is a great option. This orange accent color is a great way to accentuate the pop of color in the room.

living room with tufted ottoman
Melissa Hayes Interior Design

 

Oh my gosh. THESE DOGS! They are so beautiful. The ottoman isn’t bad either! This is a great example of how, when you start with a tray, you can accessorize as usual. We don’t often see a lot of height on an ottoman’s accessories, but we love it when we do!

Burlap ottoman in sunroom
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Of course, the great thing about using an ottoman as a coffee table is that is doesn’t have to have any accessorizing at all. This throw is the perfect accent and brings in that cozy feeling we were talking about earlier. 

round ottoman as a coffee table
Anne Decker Architect

 

Accessories can be simple and streamlined…

zebra ottoman
Lee Ann Thornton Design

 

Or have a little more going on. Books are great options for creating a fun layered look, and we always tend to use a tray shape that is opposite the shape of the ottoman, so a round tray for a rectangular ottoman, a rectangular tray on a round. It helps mix things up a little and adds interest.

J.K. Kling Interior Design

 

We adore the idea of accessorizing with a beautiful game. It’s attractive, fun, and ensures that you’re always ready for family game night!

leather ottoman in living room
Alexa Hampton via Architectural Digest

 

What is your favorite way to style an ottoman? Looking at these gorgeous photos, we’d say you really can’t go wrong!

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Finding the Perfect Bench for the End of the Bed

blue and white bedroom
Robert A M Stern Architects, Steven Gambrel Design via AD

 

So many details go into making a bedroom feel warm, cozy, restful and relaxed. 

canopy bed in blue and white bedroom
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

The linens, of course, are critical. 

blue and white bedroom with bench
Cullman & Kravis

 

The curtains are key.

chandelier over bed
Shayelyn Woodbery via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And, if you’re lucky enough to have a sitting area, making it comfortable and spa-like is a priority.

canopy bed
Phoebe Howard via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Right now, one of the things we’re looking for is a fabulous bench for the end of a bed. Well, at least we thought we wanted a bench… But now that we see this loveseat we might be rethinking things since this one is so charming! Furthermore, Phoebe Howard always gets it right!

blue and white bedroom
New England Home Magazine

 

The great thing about the end-of-the-bed bench is that so, so many things work really well.

bedroom with two bench at bottom of bed
One Kings Lane

 

A pair is charming and sweet–and perfect for two people to put their shoes on in the morning.

blue and white beach bedroom
One Kings Lane

 

If you’re not the curl-up-in-bed-and-watch-TV type, a little settee is another great spot to watch or read or relax before turning in…

twin bedroom
One Kings Lane

 

While a small bench at the end of a twin bed gives a finished touch, especially when you don’t want to use a footboard, we love trunks for toy storage at the end of twins as well!

pink and white bedroom
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

I have a little French bench in a fun fabric like this at the end of my canopy bed. Don’t these chairs look positively luscious? Pale pink is such a soothing accent color for a bedroom. 

green and white twin bedroom
Serena & Lily

 

It seems like the fun–and really, really hard–thing about picking seating for the end of a bed is that you really can’t go wrong! These little leather director’s stools are so charming. We love, love them for a boy’s bedroom, or a guest bedroom like this one. With all these choices, we were originally thinking of doing an upholstered stool at the end of the guest bedroom bed, but, taking the TV watching into account, now we’re thinking about something a little more comfortable because of all these great rooms.

What would you choose–or did you choose–for the end of your bed?

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)


Things We Love: The Heart of the Home

kitchen
Studio McGee

Hi, friends! Is the kitchen the heart of your home? It definitely is in our houses.

kitchen
Tara Fingold

We don’t know why it is that people always tend to gather in the kitchen, but, when your kitchen looks like one of these, it’s no wonder, really!

kitchen
Adore Magazine

You know we’re a big fan of neutrals, but of all the places to be white and clean and streamlined, the kitchen is our favorite. 

glass
BHG

(We have glass jars with scoops like these. We love the way they look and they are also super convenient.)

kitchen
Mariann Simon Design

We don’t know about you, but we spend so much time in our kitchens. We love walking in to total simplicity, and, for us, a mostly white kitchen is simple and chic.

 

wood
Emily Followill Photography

The juxtaposition of white cabinets with these fabulous brick and wood floors is gorgeous.

kitchen
Chango & Co

We are gigantic fans of a farmhouse sink, and this one is totally on point!

stainless
AD

Ok. Now we’re thinking our glass jars need an upgrade. Forget the lentils, rice and beans. Bring on the Oreos!

wood
Lisa Luby Ryan

No window? No problem. This mirror adds light and makes the space feel larger!

kitchen
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

We love bobbin chairs, but bobbin barstools? Obsessed!

marble
Sam Allen Interiors

This marble backsplash is stunning!

kitchen
BHG

If you’re worried about your white kitchen looking boring, just make sure to mix up the texture. It adds tons of interest. A little something green never hurts either! 


Pinewood Tour and Why You Should Always Talk to Strangers

Good morning, friends! We are so excited to share this fabulous house tour from our friend Lucy at Lucy Williams Interiors. We always love her work and this Pinewood house is no exception. It is the kind of place where you want to gather friends and family to celebrate all the wonderful moments that life has to offer. 

Speaking of wonderful moments, we think that one of those moments is meeting new people. Which we did at brunch last weekend. In the “do as I say, not as I do” category, this is a prime example. My parents always told me not to talk to strangers. And they always did. 

Now I always do too. Constantly. In elevators. On a train, a plane, waiting in line at the post office. Even in New York. I know. 

So, as we were sitting outside on a beautiful morning at Beaufort Grocery Company, one of our favorite Sunday brunch spots, we started chatting with some strangers. It was January in North Carolina, so we only assumed they were from North Carolina too, had day tripped from somewhere nearby. 

When we found out that they were from New Orleans, we were more than a little surprised because, well, most people come here for the summer. They don’t realize how wonderful the stillness of the winter can be. Nevertheless, we recently visited New Orleans so I could take part in their Women’s National Book Association event, and everyone, everywhere we went was so incredibly friendly to us that we couldn’t help but mention it.

We could tell right off that these were those kind of New Orleans people. Warm and welcoming and so nice. 

It was a Sunday. In January. And those are a little slow around here. So we had them over for drinks, of course. 

And between the Rose and the pimento cheese, we laughed and shared stories and shared mutual friends–and then, in no time at all, became them as well. 

And now next time we go to New Orleans, we won’t be staying at the Windsor Court. We’ll be staying with our new friends. (It really can’t be said enough. New Orleans has the best people. Food too.)

And that is why you should always talk to strangers. We have met some of our most favorite people that way. Because after you talk they aren’t strangers any more. So then you really aren’t breaking any rules at all. 

Besides, there are times when the rules can be bent. Design is one of those times. Because, just like with new friends, if it feels right, it usually is. We think you’ll agree that this fabulous Lucy Williams home feels pretty all-around wonderful. We hope your Wednesday does too!

 

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

In Good Taste:Park and Oak Design

Even their name conjures good feelings. Park and Oak Design. It sounds like a firm that brings the outdoors in. That creates simple yet beautiful design schemes that feel totally livable.

It’s kind of like judging a book by its cover. You’re really not supposed to but, sometimes, the cover does give you a really accurate glimpse into what the book is about.

In this case, we judged a firm by its name. And like that book cover, it did give us a pretty accurate glimpse into what was to come.

If we had to pick one word to describe Oak and Park Design, we think we’d choose… airy. (It’s hard to choose one word, especially when you’re used to getting 85,000 to describe things.)

There’s a minimalistic air about this firm’s work that we find incredibly appealing and totally refreshing.

A modern streak runs through all of these designs that pairs well with traditional touches.

And you know how we love our subway tile!

We love how simple this kitchen is. You can never go wrong with black, white and a touch of natural fiber.

It took us a while to warm up to the idea, but we are now big fans of mixing metals. This kitchen is case and point!

These pendants are perfection.

Speaking of pendants, this is one of our favorites. It’s even more stunning in real life!

Saarinen tables are always a favorite. Sleek, modern and totally functional, they’re a great pick for a breakfast room, especially one that isn’t huge.

The right combination of high and low, rustic and modern, this gorgeous bathroom is the perfect mix of favorite elements blended together in just the right way.

A great wallpaper can totally make a bathroom. We love the vintage feel of this marble sink. The simplicity of these fixtures is a perfect complement to the fun wallpaper. All in all, we think you’ll agree that the work of Park and Oak is in good taste. Which is your favorite room?

We hope you’re having a great day and staying warm! 


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