Last year, our friend Amanda renovated her home. Amanda does everything with intention, so we knew we wanted to photograph it! Read more to see photos of her relaxing, neutral space and the feature on Modern Sanctuary!
Here’s what Amanda had to say about designing her home:
My mid-20’s were shaped by personal and professional adversity – the kind that rocks you to the core, but was also the catalyst that led me to what I affectionately refer to as my adult time-out. It was the space I needed to walk away from the fear and pain that had engulfed me, and walk into a life that I would craft with intention for myself. It was in that space of healing that Amanda Blair by Design was created.
Now that I’m in my 30’s, I crave and pursue a style of effortlessness. Being effortless does not connote laziness, but to the contrary it is focused intentionality that is expressed in my wardrobe, my home, my business and my relationships. By learning to operate at this higher plane, the complex can be made simple, the extravagant can be made elegant. In order to stay authentic, I strive to weave these concepts of form and function through all phases of my work and personal life, seamlessly.
The following are some tips that I’ve found useful in creating an effortless space intentionally designed for your family.
STRIP AWAY THE EXCESS
If you want to unclutter your mind, the first step is to unclutter your home. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it!
CREATE A VISION BOARD
Clip magazines, pin like crazy, screenshot images you see on Instagram. Soon you will start to see a trend in the types of spaces and accessories that you are drawn to.
SELECT A COLOR SCHEME
I decided to keep the foundational palette of my home neutral, which makes transitioning into seasonal decor seamless.
PICK A FOCAL POINT
Each room in my home often has one element that visually draws you in. Often this is the one item I splurged on, or it was hand-made by a local craftsman (in my case, by my sweet husband).
MAKE IT UNIQUELY YOU
Try to incorporate personal mementos and heirlooms into each space. My home is replete with photos of our travels, signage from our wedding, water color postcards from my time abroad as a student at NC State, and even the vintage chair that my husband’s grandfather reclined in at the end of each day. These are pieces and parts of us… and this is what makes our house a home.
You can see the feature on Modern Sanctuary here!