Realistic (and laughable) Jobs of an Interior Designer

You guys! I was cracking up when I was reading this list that Capella Kincheloe wrote on her website. So often people do question what exactly an interior designer does and let me tell you this nails it on the head! This is the down to earth version of explaining the job of what we do and why we love it so much!! Hope you enjoy!!


  • You can get therapy and design for one price. Just kidding, most designers aren't licensed therapists, but sometimes get treated as such.

  • It’s almost impossible to have perspective on your home (too close to the trees to see the forest!!).

  • You don’t want your neighbors copying you.

  • You want your neighbors to copy you.

  • You don't want to copy your neighbors.

  • So you don’t have to live with 20+ paint swatches all over the room.

  • To not waste money resolving bad design decisions.

  • If you're spending money on the reno, spend the money to do it right the first time.

  • To keep track of all the orders.

  • Save time.

  • Professional plan of action.

  • Trained eyes will see things you're going to miss.

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  • Better resources and relationships.

  • Designers think ahead, they know what is coming on the horizon and can prepare for it.

  • They'll know if the coffee table is the right height and size in relation to the room and the rest of the furniture.

  • Designers are skilled in the "mix": high/low, time periods, styles to keep your space interesting and cohesive.

  • You'll have somebody on your team.

  • Increase the value of your home.

  • Designers want to delight and dazzle you.

  • They can push your boundaries (in a good way!) and help you think out of the box.

  • They can help incorporate historic details when appropriate.

  • Designers can help you and your partner agree on a design style by being a neutral third party.

  • A designer can maximize your space.

  • So you'll have a home you love to be in and show off to friends.

  • To maximize quality for your money.

  • They'll know how to set the priorities for the project.

  • Designers know what needs to get done first, second, and what can wait.

  • They know where to find faux plants that don't look fake.

  • Designers go beyond what is trendy and give good design.

  • They can figure out where the light switches should go based on your preferences, not the builder's.

  • White-glove installation - they can install a house from empty to lit candles & a set table.

  • They know what materials are good for houses with kids & dogs.

  • Designers can help you find a place for everything and make it easy to keep it in place.

  • To spend more time enjoying your home with your family.

  • Somebody needs to decide on the grout type, color, and width.

  • Designers are problem solvers.

  • Designers are project managers.

  • Designers are creative.

  • Designers are innovative.

  • Designers are diplomats.

  • They'll know how to keep all finishes the same or appropriately mix them.

  • Do you know the standard measurement for lights above a dining table?

  • You can avoid having your house featured on McMansion Hell.

  • Designers can turn unused space into your favorite spot in the house.

  • Fluffing pillows so they look natural, but still orderly is harder than you think.

  • You can have function AND form.

  • The devil is in the details.

  • The details are not the details. They make the design. (Thanks Charles Eames)

  • Designers know how light, direction, and other colors affect paint and can account for that.

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  • Save money

  • Spend money - wisely.

  • the WOW Factor

  • So you don't have to do it yourself.

  • Designers are not emotionally connected to your home to make the changes needed (like a doctor diagnosing and treating herself!)

  • Great sources

  • Knowledge

  • Experience

  • To style your bookshelves

  • Fewer headaches

  • Do you know what a rectified edge is? A designer does.

  • They know how high/low to hang sconces.

  • Designers come up with things you wouldn't have thought of.

  • They know a shower head can be too high or too low.

  • They know that sofa arm height is important to how you use your sofa

  • For solutions you haven't considered.

  • Designers speak the language of contractors, architects, and builders.

  • Confirmation you're headed in the right direction.

  • Designers care about the end result as much, or sometimes even more than you do.

 
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  • To be the bad cop with contractors and vendors so you don't have to

  • They worry about your project in the middle of the night so you don't have to.

  • Your project will get done and not let it languish.

  • No more piece by piece.

  • Designers deliver a full room or house complete with accessories so you can sit back and enjoy.

  • Designers wrangle contractors and vendors while you can focus on the rest of your life.

  • To help manage and control your budget

  • Designers can set realistic expectations of what is possible.

  • Network and industry connections only available to the trade

  • They have learned from past mistakes and can help avoid future ones.

  • They provide a guiding vision throughout the process

  • Share creative solutions

  • Access to customization

  • Working with a designer provides added protection and project insurance.

  • They can make a perfect bed and know what makes a bed perfect.

  • They can discuss the virtues wood, hand-tied construction, and sofa fillings.

  • Do you know that composite "leather" is not really leather? Designers do.

  • ADA Standards for Accessible Design

  • Designers know how to utilize negative space.

  • They can add color to your home without it taking over or being too colorful.

  • Designers know the right scale and when and how much they can push scale up or down.

  • Because they're awesome.

6 Actual Benefits of Hiring an Interior Designer

Well hello there, we are writing this blog post not because we are interior designers trying to sell our service but because we really want to lead you in the direction of having an awesome home! Interior designers can get bad rep and that's just a thing of the past! 

 
 

We will keep it short and sweet as to why it's the coolest thing ever to hire an interior designer!! Ok maybe not the coolest.. but maybe up there!

WE SAVE YOU MONEY.  

Need I say more?! Ok I will though. It's the inevitable when choosing your materials, whether it be flooring to furniture, you can make costly mistakes. Even though you are paying for a service, designers lead you in the right direction with our expertise. We went to school to be able to create spaces that add value to your home and keep you honed in on what is important to upgrade and what is not. We are trained to be able to give anyone what they desire on any budget.

We Save you Time.

We all have our things going on between work, fam, and friends right?! Sometimes we get over excited and start a project only to leave it hanging for weeks on end! Well guess what, TIME IS MONEY. We sort, we shop, we manage to keep you and your project on track! We guide you in the right direction at all costs and help you keep that line of vision for the end game! It's hard to stay focused on all the pretty materials out there, trust us we know!!! 

We Have Cool Secret Discounts.

Ok maybe not so secret but hello! We are in the trade, which means trade discounts on all your fave retailers!! We can even find you specials that aren't open to the public! Right on!

We give you a vision.

Some of us were born lucky enough to have the ability to see a 3D vision when walking into a home! We hear your wants and needs then create a preliminary example of your home before you even purchase! This saves time and money right there! Bam!! We know how to give you the best functionality while giving your home the character that it deserves. This living room below was filled with nada by the way!!

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We Bring your Pinterest Board to Life.

Don't lie, you have home goals on Pinterest or any other awesome inspiration sites. No matter what, your home is the place that you spend most of your money and time on. This place represents you and all who live in it. Imagine being able to have that perfectly styled home that you just can't put your finger on knowing where to start. You know what you want but we help you actually achieve it with our expertise.

We Have Passion for the Potential of your Home.

This is our baby. Seriously, this is what we went into business for!!! We want you to-

  • be reflected in your home

  • have the most bang for your buck

  • to have your dream home no matter what budget you have

  • be proud of your home and have kick ass parties

Liiiiike what the heck to do with this odd nook?! It has so much potential we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it!!

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Ok done rambling for now, thanks for reading and hope that gives you some interior designer faith!!

Your design BFF’s,

Em&Rora

How to Make a Huge Change on a Small Budget for Your Window

I am so excited! I just moved to a new place in Downtown Phoenix! I have always been a West Side girl and now I get a wonderful taste of the authenticity this city has to offer! I think the thing that sold us are these big windows with views to the wonderful buildings! Oh my goodness, obsessed! There was only one thing.. a big thing… A nasty thing.. BLINDS! Throwing off my groove! Honestly! This actually could have deterred people away since you couldn’t see the potential behind them! But I sure did!

 
 

We got those bad boys off asap and look at the results! We did a trip on over to Ikea and grabbed the softest, creamy white goodness of curtains and draped them on a brass rod from Target Project 62!

The reason I went with this scheme was to completely compliment the view without taking anything away from it, which goes to my next thing! Hanging the curtains so they are only on one side of the window. This gives a luxurious look and minimal feel that you wouldn’t have with curtains on both sides of the window! This means you have to buy a rod that can withstand the weight without the middle bracket! But I am telling you guys, do this! It’s a simple change that won’t break the bank but seriously EVERYTHING you need.

This is the before, Bye bye.

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This is simply perfect and all for a nice weekend project! Heck yes!!

Obsessing Over - Organic Baby Space

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We’re obsessed with little babes spaces. We can’t help it!! The best part is that now and days we aren’t looking to be cutesy with matching nursery sets, we are actually creating small adult spaces! This is a room you as a parent will be spending A LOT of time in and guess who is going to remember how it looks, not your sweet babe, YOU! So style it for you! I love of course adding all the necessities for the babe but the actual aesthetic being like a second master bedroom!

This is the room you need to be calm and relaxed in so your sweetie can feed off that energy. So here are some of our faves to use in the nursery!

 

This rug will be the center of attention (other than your little human)! But come on this color is everything!!

There is nothing better than a simple crib that will grow with your babe alone the way. My favorite wood right now is this light oak because it is such an earthy gorgeous feel!

This is the all rage. The necessity to make baby feel comforted and you as a parent feel at ease letting your baby rest away securely! PLUS there are some seriously cure cover for this guy, so it’s a win win!

In love with the simplicity of this guy and can be layered with blankets and pillows. Even though we all know it will turn into a toy catch all eventually lol!

Again, when your big pieces are simple yet rich they can grow with your style and transition into the future! You’re accessories are where you can play with fun color and pattern because I know just as well it’s hard as hell to keep up with trends since it’s ever-changing! I love the fact that you can literally switch the entire vibe of the room just by changing up the pillows in the room! And it’s so damn easy!

Because you can’t not have a stand out light fixture in here!!!! I also added a sconce to the design above since I’d rather have the floor or table space for something fun! And the lighting features give a serious custom look to any space!

 

How We All Relate Fashion to Interior Design

Hello Hello Hellooooooo,

We all choose our outfits based on what makes us feel best in and what reflects our style most. When we feel GOOD in our outfits and when you are having a superb outfit day, I know you feel more confident with yourself!! It’s the inevitable whether it be at work or a fun friend day date we feel most comfortable when our style is on point. Alright now here is my point, your home should reflect who you are just as your fashion does!!!

 
 

If someone were to walk into your home, they should know that it’s yours. How fun that you can express yourself in the place that you reside in and spend a good majority of your life in! What’s important is to find pieces that are unique to you and make you feel good to see on the daily. Often times we are drawn to ideas that are trendy or pre-done but is that really you? Maybe, maybe not. Lets take a moment to remember that this is for you, this is your investment. 

Just as you are picking out an outfit, it’s flattering to you and your liking! You’ll also be surprised to see that the colors that you love to wear most and colors you are drawn to in your home decor! For instance, I love my jeans and a black tee! Well those are definitely my go-to accent colors! What colors are you drawn to? Do you prefer eclectic or contemporary? Clean cuts or frills?

As interior designers we are hired to make our clients happy and the main way we do so is to create a YOU space. That’s our main goal and this is the best job to be able to create beautiful spaces that reflect so many amazing personalities. We flourish when we are inspired by our surroundings so remember not to neglect that and let’s find some amazing ways to express ourselves!

Here is a way we express ourselves through warm tones and natural desert-y vibes! And of course we all have our grunge, bun in hair days just like our homes when we just don’t have the time to clean! We’re only human damn it!!

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Want some inspo?! Here are some photos of awesome bloggers and interior spaces that just nail the whole aesthetic that has some serious reflection of their personal style!


Camel and black inspo for dayyysssssss. pics via pinterest and amber interiors.

Camel and black inspo for dayyysssssss. pics via pinterest and amber interiors.

You guys our fave colors to accessorize with are your nautal greens and warm red yaasssss!!! Pics via pinterest

You guys our fave colors to accessorize with are your nautal greens and warm red yaasssss!!! Pics via pinterest

Insta is our fave way to express ourselves too, and the coolest home trends from what yours truly think ;)

xoxo,

Emily and Aurora

How To Fake a Green Thumb for Those Plant Killers

I'll admit it, I am a lover of all things greenery but boy do I sure know how to kill them!! I always have such envy over rooms that are filled with jungle life wonder and such lush plants! So naturally I find myself at the local nursery with at least 20 plants in my cart. Then there I am planting all of my new beauties in their pots and placing them carefully throughout my room. Well well well, three weeks later low and behold my plans are starting to wilt and brown. Sound familiar? It's tragic! Even the cactus that people say you can't kill is practically shriveled up.

 
 

-Yes this sadly depicts me and my wine a bit too accurately-

After my devastating discovery I knew that the answer was NOT to go with artificial plants. It just doesn't give the same look as real ones do! Right?! So I started doing some research and some lovely people had given advice on some of the easiest plants to take care of. This is why I am now sharing with you because it was so helpful!! (****Side note, they have come up with some AMAZING fake plants these days and we can totes source some for you if you are interested)!!

Coming from my industry of interior design it is highly important to know about plants because they are absolutely a must in the world of the decor these days. Each design that we create for our clients and ouselves are graced with at least three plants lol. Whether you're designing on a budget or money is no object plants are on the least expensive side yet give one of the boldest elements in a room.

So here we are, let's try to fake this together and see if we can keep our plants lush and vibrant as they should be!

Plant Tip - One of the most common plant killers is over watering! While we think we are helping them thrive we are actually drowning them! Before you decide to water stick your finger in the soil and make sure at least an inch is dry!

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Pothos (I put this one first for a reason, I can’t kill this guy!!!) - These plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They do well in bright indirect light as well as low light and can be grown in dry soil or in vases of water. They will thrive in nutrient rich soil, but do almost as well in nutrient poor soil. So basically you can't go wrong here! It's like a weed but this time we are all over it!!

Idea - This is the greatest plant for those hanging pots! This will grow and dangle down perfectly! Especially when they are in front of a window. Mine grew a foot within a month!!!


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Fiddle Leaf Fig - This is my all time FAVE. I would use it in every design because it knows how to magnify a rooms beauty! These plants are often over looked as a hard plant to keep alive but really all it needs a the right amount of sunlight! If it gets too much it may start to fade so try shifting it away from the direct sunlight if you see this happen! 


PLANT TIP - Keep the instructions that come with each plant you purchase! Just tape it under the pot for a little refresher on the best care for your pant!


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Philodendron - Love love love the vibrance that this plant gives to a space! This plant comes in many form but can really withstand neglect! Here is one that has some split leaves giving more of a tropically vibe!


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Spider Plant - This modern looking plant is definitely a great visual interest to any space! Pair it with a softer plant and you have a great combo! These plants do well with evenly moist soil and neutral lighting conditions. So keep it in a room with some natural light and water regularly for a happy guy!


PLANT TIP - Add rocks to the bottom of your pots for the best drainage! This will help the plants hold the right amount of water!


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Dracaena - These plants are so unique and the perfect plant to spruce up your floor! Keep it dry and in more of a warm area you are gold!


And of course…. THE cactus.

Let's not forget about our lovely succulents and cactus! These truly are easy care because they don't need to be watered as much as your average plant! I think we all know this but just in case for those of you who are just starting this greenery journey!! Hope this blog helps and we will be posting soon some of our favorite plant combinations and how to get that effortless jungle look! 

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sourced from amberinteriors.com

xoxo, 

Em & Rora