10 Favorite Amber Interiors Kitchens

amber Interiors kitchen with wood beams
Jess Isaac Photographer


Good morning, chic readers! Do you spend as much time in your kitchen as we do? It isn’t just the cooking. It seems to always be the place that homework is done and, no matter what we plan, where friends gather. (Maybe because it’s where the wine lives?? We’re not sure.) 


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But, no matter the reason, we think that the room we spend so much time in should be one of the happiest, most loved and most attended to.


Amber Interiors kitchen with white pendants
Tessa Neustadt Photography


And, looking at these gorgeous photos, we’re pretty sure that Amber Interiors agrees!


Amber Interiors kitchen with beams
Tessa Neustadt Photography


We are people who simply need lots of sunshine.  So the gorgeous skylights in this beautiful open kitchen would suit us just perfectly. That range… Those floors… We can’t possibly pick a favorite element of this stunning space!


Amber Interiors kitchen with island
Tessa Neustadt Photography


From light


Amber Interiors with blonde wood beams
Amber Lewis Photography


and bright,


dining room Amber Interiors
Tessa Neustadt Photography


To refined yet rustic,


Amber Interiors kitchen
Tessa Neustadt Photography


Dark and moody,


Amber Interiors kitchen
Tessa Neustadt Photography


To chicly midcentury modern,


Amber Interiors kitchen
Tessa Neustadt Photography


Amber Interiors creates the perfect kitchen for every home–and has us teeming with inspiration for our own kitchens! Do you have any spruces in mind for the heart of your home?


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Chic Chat: Anelle Gandelman of A-List Interiors

ANELLE GANDELMAN kitchen and dining nook with lantern


From Parsons to DwellStudio, Sotheby’s to A-List Interiors, talented interior designer (and savvy businesswoman) Anelle Gandelman has been on the fast-track to success since immigrating to the US at age 17. Read on to find out about her inspirational journey, why travel sparks her creativity and her biggest challenge as a designer

1. How did you get started as a designer?

I did not take a direct path in becoming an interior designer. I was an artistic child, constantly painting and drawing, but I always knew I wouldn’t be happy as a fine artist and wanted a career that combined creativity with aspects of business. After high school I entered Parsons School of Design, thinking I wanted to be an art director at an advertising agency. However, while at Parsons I landed an internship with DwellStudio, a home furnishings brand founded by Christiane Lemieux, while it was in its start-up phase. I ended up working there for a few years after graduation, designing textiles, developing furnishings, and falling in love with all things home. I received an incredible hands-on education in both design and the running of a small business during my time there, but left DwellStudio to pursue a graduate program at Sotheby’s. While at Sotheby’s I developed my knowledge of antiques and contemporary art which led me to open an art gallery, representing emerging artists, in 2007. When the economic crisis of 2008 hit though, art sales became more difficult and I started providing in-home art consultations. These art consultations quickly morphed into interior design consultations which in turn developed into larger interior design projects and in 2012 I founded A-List Interiors.


2.Where do you get your inspiration?

It sounds a bit cliche, but my biggest inspiration is travel. I think it’s so important to leave my comfort zone and see things from other people’s perspective. I believe the more I see, the more trained my eye becomes at picking up on details and nuances that elevate the design of a room. Books and images are great but they can’t replace actually experiencing a space, whether that’s a luxury boutique hotel or a period room in an historic house.  


3. Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?

My favorite type of project is a large scale renovation or new build where we are involved from start to finish. It’s very fulfilling to take a home all the way from just a set of plans to a fully furnished turn key space, down to the last coffee table book. 


4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

The lack of standard business practices within the interior design industry and educating potential clients, who have never worked with an interior designer before, in what we do and the value of our services. This can be especially tricky, when furniture stores offer “free interior design services” and e-design platforms advertise low cost design packages.


5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date? 

My biggest accomplishment to date is immigrating to the US from South Africa at 17 years old. That single decision set a completely new course for my life and made so many things possible, including the opportunity to grow the business I have today. 

6.Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

I am inspired by Thomas Pheasant – his projects span a wide range of styles, from traditional to very contemporary, but they always feel classic and timeless. He has a way of creating rooms that are filled with beautiful details, yet they are never overstuffed and feel carefully edited which aligns with my own philosophy towards design. I also love the work of Parisian designers, Jean-Louis Denoit and Joseph Dirand. They both have such a strong point of view and I admire their ability to mix styles.


7. Go-to paint color?

Benjamin Moore China White


Ebooks or hardbacks?



M&Ms or Skittles?



Coffee or tea?



ANELLE GANDELMAN kitchen with lanterns over island


ANELLE GANDELMAN white kitchen






Check back tomorrow for more of Gandelman’s good taste and a super chic farmhouse tour

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In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design

Jean Stoffer Design kitchen

Happy Tuesday, chic readers! We are so excited to share the good taste of Jean Stoffer Design with you today! Crisp, clean interiors with a big dose of warmth are hallmarks of this talented designer’s style. Take a break, take a peek, and let us know which space is your favorite!

Jean Stoffer Design kitchen


Jean Stoffer Design kitchen


Jean Stoffer Design kitchen


Jean Stoffer Design kitchen


Jean Stoffer Design kitchen


Jean Stoffer Design living room


Jean Stoffer Design living room


Jean Stoffer Design window seat


Jean Stoffer Design bathroom


Stoffer Photography


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In Good Taste: Read McKendree Photography

Chancey Boothby chic and timeless kitchen design - kitchen Read McKendree Photography
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Every detail can be perfect.

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The colors can pop.

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The design scheme can be beyond stunning. 

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But in the hands of the wrong photographer, the entire scheme can fall flat. 

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That’s why we were so excited to be introduced to the gorgeous photography of Read McKendree, who captures some of today’s most accomplished designers’ work in all its inspirational glory. 

Read McKendree Photography - Katie Rosenfeld kitchen with blue cabinets
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Unique angles,

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Perfect light,

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And stunning clarity are just a few of the hallmarks of this photographer’s gorgeous work. 

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From a chic vignette

Read McKendree Photography - Workshop/APD kitchen with wood ceiling

To a stunning kitchen, Read McKendree Photography captures each detail with a discerning eye. That’s why we think his work (like that of the designers he captures!) is always in good taste. 


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Things We Love: 2020 Kitchen Design Winners

kitchen design winners pendant lights over island with brass hardware


Happy second day of 2020, friends! We hope your brand new decade is off to a terrific start and that your resolutions are going great–if you made any, that is. (Of course, we think you’re perfect the way you are!)


kitchen design winners brass hardware


Here in Beaufort, we celebrate New Year‘s twice, once at 7 pm and once at midnight. At 7, disgraced pirate Captain Shack walks the plank covered in the ill humors and bad intentions of all the people of Beaufort. 


kitchen design winners brass pendants


He jumps and washes out to sea, as does the negativity of the year before, making way for a fresh beginning. (To be clear, it’s a fake pirate…) It’s such a fun symbol of letting go of the past to make way for the future. Plus, there are bonfires and s’mores, so that’s a bonus.


kitchen design winners with brass pendants and wood stained island


When it comes to fresh starts in the New Year, I bet quite a few of us begin in the kitchen, clearing away the clutter (and the candy!) of the old year.


kitchen design winners marble island with brass hardware and orientlal rugs


If you’re looking for some kitchen inspiration to start your 2020 off right, look no further! This year’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles kitchen design winners know more than a few things about what’s new, what’s next and what’s fresh in all things kitchen. 


kitchen design winners marble island with brass hardware and orientlal rugs and lanterns over the island


We are love, love, loving seeing lacquer in these beauties. 


kitchen design winners marble island with wood range hood and round pendants over island


And chic organic elements are always welcome. They give this kitchen a distinct feel.


kitchen design winners withe coffee bar and marble countertops


Brass is still happening,


kitchen design winners with wood island top and round pendantsl


Bar stools just keep getting cooler (and more distinctive),


kitchen design winners with round table and shiplap ceiling


And, of course, space for family and friends and plenty of warmth defines these gorgeous rooms, which are the heart of the home to say the least. We’re taking notes, making lists, and getting lots of ideas for a 2020 refresh in our own kitchens. What about you?


Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Kitchen OneHarrison Design

Kitchen TwoMatthew Quinn

Kitchen Three – Architect D. Stanley Dixon & Kitchen Design-Laurie Lehrich of Cardea Home Interior Design -Dennis Schuhart of Travis & Company

Kitchen FourThe Design Atelier

PhotographyDavid Christensen


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