Before, During, AfterDec 7, 2018

Client West Coast Is The Best Coast

Written by All Sorts Of
Photographed by Tessa Neustadt

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten to reveal a big project — and because the holidays are right around the corner, and my book won’t be hitting shelves ’til 2020, I figured it would be a good time to share a project we worked on this year. Everyone, please give a warm welcome to this Santa Monica, California thriller #ClientWestCoastIsTheBestCoast. This was a big ‘ol family home that needed a major refresh and myself and the design team’s main goal for this project was to tone down the traditional white box look and make the space feel homey, layered, collected, and filled with texture and warm tones. While we felt like the Amber Interiors design philosophy and overarching vibes were apparent, we loved the more moody tones this project had.  We are all pretty stoked with how the house turned out and are very excited to share. And because it’s the season, we added in a way for you all to “shop the look” if you fancy. Take a gander at the entire project, as we break down design details from room to room. Feel free to pin, or ‘gram, or tweet, or scream from the rooftops as well…we welcome all the sharing.

Living Room and Dining Room

This turned out to be one of our favorite rooms in the house!! When we walked in, the first thing we noticed was that we had some really pretty molding and trim work to play with, but lots and lots of stark white blaring us in the face. Trust me, we love white rooms around here, but even for us it was too much and we needed a solution to warm up the very large space. We added a textured Phillip Jeffries wallpaper above the chair rail in a beautiful creamy, beigey, gray tone. Although the wallpaper is technically pretty “neutral,” the textured material added a layer of warmth and coziness that was really needed here. In typical Amber Interiors form, we filled the room with several vintage pieces, and mixed in leather, colorful pillows, our Shoppe Woodlake Coffee Table, our newest member of our Shoppe sofa collection (coming soon), some dark evergreen curtains, and a custom designed and built hutch in the dining area, for all the things. 

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Amber Interiors - Client West Coast Is The Best Coast
Amber Interiors - Client West Coast Is The Best Coast
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Large Coupe Tray



Woodlake Coffee Table



Vermont Large Colander



Ethan Pillow



Tawa Vase



Brass Beads



Vincent Van Gogh



Bent Ply Lounge Chair Pair






Shull Pillow



Condiment Bowl



Norden Planter


Kitchen and Breakfast Nook

When we first laid eyes on the space, we realized we had an all white, all chrome kitchen situation on our hands and we needed a dramatic change for sure. It felt cold, to say the least, and not the slightest bit family friendly. With a little reluctance from our client, and a weeee bit of push back, we managed to convince them that going dark, would actually make the whole area not feel dreary and dark, but much more rich and inviting!  We took the plunge, and landed on a color match of Farrow + Ball’s “Down Pipe”. We also went about adding a custom blackened steel hood and switched out the glass cabinets to solid doors. There was some yucky existing beveled and shiny glazed traditional tile backsplash, that we replaced with a Matte brick subway tile. To play better with the more deep color tones, we switched out all the plumbing and hardware for ones in a dark bronze finish. Although we did not change out the island, or perimeter countertops, we honed the marble and took the shiny shine off a bit. The light fixtures were updated, bar stools were added, and we zhushed the whole room with accessories. Because the kitchen flows right into a bay area of windows, we built a breakfast nook so the family could all squeeze in and chow down. The table was designed and built custom for the banquette, and the chairs were vintage from Shoppe.

Amber Interiors - Client West Coast Is The Best Coast
Amber Interiors - Client West Coast Is The Best Coast
Amber Interiors - Client West Coast Is The Best Coast
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Baker's Dozen Spoon Set



Brass Pepper Mill 9'


Serving Board Set



XL Coupe Vessel



Brass Pepper Mill 10'



Khonsu Pillow


Family Room
The family room is right next to the kitchen. Well actually, it’s pretty much IN the kitchen. This whole area of the home is an open concept layout and because everyone is always asking just how to flow from one room to the other, we will be sharing that info in the book!! For now, we will give you the cliff notes. This room had the same wainscoting throughout. In order to make the space feel different, but again homey and inviting, we decided to flip the switch a bit and paint the trim a darker, contrasting color. We went with one of our go-to fave gray paints (Dunn Edwards Foggy Day, to be exact) so that it would stand out ever so slightly against the white walls. The thought here was to create interest, without also painting the walls a darker color like the kitchen. When it came to the furniture, we added a huge-normous custom sofa from Shoppe, loads of vintage items, and some of our top Shoppe fave furniture pieces. A giant custom square Chautauqua Ottoman, custom Carpenter Sectional, Topanga Cubes, vintage pillows.. you know the drill. 
Amber Interiors - Client West Coast Is The Best Coast
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Gwynnie Sofa



Ottoman Cube



Kurlisuri Throw



Ethan Pillow



Healy Pillow



Nolas Pillow



Paola Pillow


Office Space

The team wanted to keep this office space bright, airy and functional. They added custom built-in shelves — because, duh. And a seating area, so the client could have a comfortable meeting space.

Amber Interiors - Client West Coast Is The Best Coast
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Byron Leather Chair



Copabu Bowl



Straight Edge Catch-All



Foraged Flora



XL Coupe Vessel


Master Bedroom

There wasn’t much to do in this room besides trying to make it feel like it now belonged, especially with all the other changes we made to the house. This master bedroom was very bright and very ready for us to bring in the good stuff! We started by layering and mixing solids, and patterns, while staying in a calm and neutral color tone throughout. All the fabrics, colors, textures really play off of each other in the space, which in my humble opinion, just worked. As always, we paired vintage pieces with new furniture pieces, like the Mandeville Side Table in Ebonized from Shoppe. 

Amber Interiors - Client West Coast Is The Best Coast
Amber Interiors - Client West Coast Is The Best Coast
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Mandeville Side Table



Victoria Morris Lamp



Seagrass Carafe


Large Coupe Tray



Brass Chandelier


Kurlisuri Throw - Grey

Kurlisuri Throw



Melan Pillow


Kids’ and Play Rooms

Moving onto some of the most layered and textured rooms in the entire home — the kids’ rooms and playroom. One of the major standouts in the girl’s room was adding wallpaper to the ceiling. Yes, you heard that right. Wallpaper on the ceilings is A-OKAY. We thought it was cute as can be with all the layers, especially the Schuyler Samperton fabric they used for the curtains. The team added custom built-in cabinets for storage with a rolling library ladder and a pretty sweet loft for the kids to play. PS. The cabinets are Farrow and Ball’s Manor House Grey.  

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Amber Interiors - Client West Coast Is The Best Coast
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Penny Bed



Hassa Pillow



Shull Pillow



Alexandra Pillow



Nolas Pillow



Khonsu Pillow



Leather Valet Tray



Leather Wrapped Vase


All Sorts Of - Add To Cart: Storage

Floor Basket


Shop Entryway

Anderson Console



Bone Beads



Surf Shake



Vincent Van Gogh



  • Heather T.

    I love this house! Do you sell the current rods or can you provide your source? The corner window in the kids’ bedroom is exactly the situation I’m trying to resolve in our living room!

  • Taylor B.

    Soooo good! Same question as Heather! Where do you source your curtain rods? Thank you!!!

  • Michelle S

    Wow and wow! Just lovely!

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  • Jaclyn

    I actually have the same exact question as Taylor and Heather. Where do you get your curtain rods? Love them!!!!

  • Kim

    This house is absolutely beautiful. I love the wood chairs in the living room, where can I find something like that?

    • anjali

      Hi, Same as Kim love everything especially the wooden chair in the living. Where can I find them please? Or what are they called.

  • Jenn

    Love this space! Obsessed with the side table with stitching detail in the family room. Is this a vintage/one of a kind piece or do you have a source/do you sell this item?

  • Devon

    This design is my favorite yet, the mix of traditional and modern and organic is perfect! Is there any chance you would share the source of the amazing dining room chandelier? I’ve been looking all over for something with that same mix of modern and traditional and have had no luck at all. Please!

  • Launie Maldeis

    This home looks amazing. Love all the natural wood accent pieces.

  • Lauren

    I love the rug in The girl’s room. Do you sell that?

  • Beth

    It would be so helpful to learn more about your lighting sources. More of that please!

  • Elle

    Hey there! I know the curtain rods are custom…where can we find the curtains themselves? Thanks!

  • Lauren

    Do you sell the rug in the girl’s room? Or can you source? I absolutely love it.

  • Julia

    Each and every space in this home is INCREDIBLE. I love the shoppe pieces, as well as the vintage finds! Would love for you to dedicate a post to your favorite flea markets and spots to find the best vintage treasures! #goalsgoalsgoals

  • beth freeman

    hi —
    i’m with everybody about the most excellent mix here. very elegant and comfortable, both. i’m wondering about the small table off the sofa in the top room. where can i locate another one?????

  • Anissa R Kotzman

    Love all of your designs! What is the paint color used for the play room built ins?

  • Janna Jeakins

    What absolutely gorgeous work on this home! I recently did an update on three rooms and am finding my living room “stark” (as you described the living room here before the wallpaper). The wallpaper color is exactly what I am looking for to soften things – but on more of a “teacher’s budget.” Any ideas for a paint color similar to the wallpaper?

  • Katrina

    I love the multicolored rug in the kids bedroom with the wallpapered ceiling. Could you tell me where I could source a similar rug from?

  • Bee

    Love the dunn edwards foogy day, I didn’t see what white you used with it, would you mind sharing the wall color?

  • Michele

    Can you please share artist who made the floral pi print in the little girl’s room? 😍

  • Kathryn Whitworth

    Would you share where the kitchen hardware is from? I love how delicate the lines are.

  • I love this house! Do you sell the current rods or can you provide your source? The corner window in the kids’ bedroom is exactly the situation I’m trying to resolve in our living room!

  • Sarah Hannay

    Can you tell me the source of the master bedroom bed? Thanks!

  • Jenn

    Let’s talk about this amazing girls room! I love the wallpaper on the ceiling, and somehow the rug manages to tie it all together and incorporate every color a girl coul love in such a subtle way. Can you tell us if the rug is vintage or can be sourced through you?

  • Lisa

    Hello! All projects featured here by the Amber Lewis team are beautiful and so so inspiring. Been trying to find pieces that resonate with our (seemingly more west coast) style here in Miami and it’s frustrating to keep falling short in this market. The master bed in this project hit home for us – where can I find this? Or is it custom made?

  • Elise Meslow Ryan

    Hi. Is the oval dining table in the breakfast area available as a custom order through the Amber Shoppe?

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  • Brandon Henderson

    Fabulous!!!! I love everything about this livable but curated space. Is that soapstone around the fireplace or something else?

  • Meghan

    So beautiful! I also would like to know where I can get those dark curtains. I’ve been searching everywhere! But can’t seem to find any like it.

  • It’s official, my jaw just dropped passed the floor. Holy moly, this project truly is legendary! A fave for sure. Keep kicking that design mold with all your epic creativity xx

  • Lacey

    I would like to know how you source your florals and greenery. Obviously, you choose fresh when you can, but the spaces that have vases of color-lots of Orange touches, for example, in this space- where do you get these? I’m guessing they aren’t fresh clippings. How do you do these throughout your spaces without them feeling to “fake and cheap”? I LOVE the look of them throughout the house, but find when I try to replicate with dried greenery, it rarely looks good.

    • All Sorts Of

      Hi Lacey! They are fresh, fresh, fresh — we never use fake florals. We love a trip to the farmers market or flower marts!

  • Meg

    This is the most beautifully-designed home I’ve EVER seen. Congratulations!

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  • jesica

    where do you get your curtains from? i’ve seen this light blue one you used with 2 charcoal sofa and i can’t seem to find them

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