Sarice Amiee Interiors

Client E-Design: Transitional Living Room & Dining Room

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Right before baby girl arrived, I designed a transitional style living room and dining room for my client Michelle's new downtown Austin condo!  Today I'm going to share the e-design process and design plan I presented to Michelle.

My client Michelle initially contacted me through houzz.com to decorate the living room and dining room of her new downtown Austin condo.  The new condo was only 820 square feet, so we really needed to maximize the space for living, working, and entertaining.  Michelle wanted to keep her current sofa, recliner, and artwork, but needed help pulling the rest together.  Here are some before pictures:

I created a design plan that incorporated some items Michelle already had her eye on with fresh picks to create a cohesive and functional space.  The items of top necessity included a rug, coffee table, additional seating options; light fixture, entertainment center, work-from-home-space, and kitchen/bar storage.  Michelle gravitated toward wood tones and pops of blue, coral, and gold.

This was the first design board I compiled.

Living Room:

Dining Room:

The colorful area rug and statement making chandelier were early winners with my client Michelle! Both were items completely outside of Michelle's usual design preferences, but she absolutely loved them! I love it when that happens.  The modular entertainment center had a desk component that seamlessly incorporated a home office space.  The dining room counter height table and chairs were client picks, and I love how their sleek, modern lines balances the rest of the traditional decor.  The kitchen/bar storage wasn't quite what Michelle had in mind, so it was back to the drawing board.

Here is the first revision:

Living Room:

Dining Room:

A little throw pillow swap was requested and instead of a console table, I added leaning shelf storage units.  However, while the additional seating ottomans were well liked by Michelle, she decided to scrap them (or consider them again at a later date) and choose a larger cocktail ottoman to use as additional seating for entertaining.  The kitchen/bar storage also just wasn't right yet.

And here is the final revision:

Living Room:

Dining Room:

Instead of both leaning shelf storage units, I decided on a whim to extend the modular entertainment center that Michelle loved into the kitchen! It was a winning choice! Wall bar shelves were also just the right touch.

In all, this living room and dining room space was such a fun space to design! Now I am waiting on pins and needles for the after shots.  Stay tuned!

If you have a space that you could use some design help with, don't hesitate to reach out to me!

Where To Buy Affordable Wall Art

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After my husband and I moved into our home, I quickly realized that I hated empty walls.  Having moved from a 2 bedroom apartment into a 3,800 square foot house, we definitely did not own enough art to cover all those blank white walls.  Aside from furnishing the place, it became my goal to fill up those white spaces without breaking the bank.  Today I'm going to share some of my favorite places to buy affordable wall art!

Just like house plants, art breathes life and character into a home!  I knew that to make our new home feel homey and inviting, I had to focus on wall art in addition to furnishings.  When I first began my search for art, I quickly realized that art. is. expensive.  So in order to minimize the cost of curating a nice art collection, I decided up front to limit the cost of any one piece of art to fifty dollars.  Yes. Just fifty dollars.  This number was not based off anything really and was pretty arbitrary, but I wanted to stick with it.  My self imposed art price limit automatically narrowed down my art search using a few very important factors:

1) No Original Art

Original art pieces were pretty much off the table.  While I absolutely love original art works, they just did not fall under my $50 limit.  Thus, I was focused on choosing from art prints (printed reproductions of original art).  Though, sometimes I've gotten lucky and purchased original art pieces directly from local artists while traveling.

2) Unframed

For the most part, art had to be purchased unframed.  Art bought framed increases the price drastically.  I have found some exceptions, but every art piece I've purchased was unframed.  So what did I do? I learned to mat and frame my own art!  The cost of purchasing your own frames and mats to frame at home is much MUCH cheaper than paying someone else to do it.

3) Smaller art size

Obviously, the cost of art increases as the size increases.  Due to my $50 limit, I usually had to sacrifice art print size.  An 8x10 art print can still make a statement in a space with some framing tricks.  For example if you increase the mat size, an art piece can have a larger footprint on a wall and add some visual variety!  Also, compiling a gallery wall of smaller sized prints can take care of one entire wall span.

After three years of living in our home, I've become quite proud of the art collection I've curated!  Now all my hard work is now to your benefit.  Below are some of my favorite places to buy affordable wall art.

a. Cool tone abstract | b. Fern illustration | c. Landscape print |d. Poppies | e. Foliage | f. Duly noted | g. August | h. Black abstract | i. Lunar freefall 2 | j. Nazare | k. Seaweed | l. Wallmo | m. Canada jay | n. Shipping containers | o. Antibes

I can personally vouch for the quality of the art from these retailers!  Not only have I purchased art from them for my own home, but I have sourced art from them for my clients over and over again.  Now go forth and fill your walls!  If you need help curating a wall of art, you know where to find me!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 - Home Picks (I'm Back!!)

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Hi friends! I'm back! I thought I would ease back into the blog by bringing you my top home picks from this year's Nordstrom Anniversary sale

I'm glad to be emerging from my mommy cave!  I am about eight weeks postpartum and to say my world has changed drastically would be an understatement.  Everyday I hold my beautiful baby girl and cannot believe she is mine!  Despite sleep deprivation and long days, I could not be more grateful to be a mom.  Here is a shot of miss cutie pie at one week old! Can't believe she was that tiny! (p.s. that amazing rug makes for a great weekly/monthly photo backdrop!)

Ok, back to this year's Nordstrom Anniversary sale! Early access for card holders started last week and lasts until this thursday July 21st.  The sale opens up to the public on Friday July 22nd, but prices go back up on August 8th.  Everyone always forgets about the great home decor items included in the anniversary sale.  If you don't have a Nordstrom card, you can still view the sale items here - create your wishlist now so you can hit the ground running on Friday!  Here are my top picks from the home department-- and make sure you act quickly as many items are already selling out! Happy Shopping!

Maternity Leave

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Hi Friends!  I will be taking a little break from the blog for a while - baby girl will be here very soon!  I plan on returning to the blog in roughly 6-8 weeks.  Follow me on Instagram in the meantime!