So last week I was invited to the Amara Home Refresh Event. Which was pretty exciting. Me and a few other bloggers got a little insight into starting interior design projects and styling home accessories. It was wonderful to be able to meet the people behind Amara too!
We were given different workshops through out the morning helping us for our own home designing. Our first workshop was with the founder of Amara, Sam Hood. She bought in a few design mood-boards to show us the process of where to start with an interior design project. It was lovely to have an insight from an interior designer of what goes into designing a room and how to place all of the furniture.
So here’s what I learnt, a lot of work goes into making the client happy and making sure everything in the room works well together. It was also very interesting to find out that a room can be designed around one item. For example, a piece of furniture that a client really likes, it could be the print of the furniture or even the style of it. This then gets incorporated into the rest of the room through curtains, cushions or even colour scheme.
One very important tip I took away from Sam’s workshop (which I plan to use in the future) is to always choose the paint colour last when designing a room. I’ve always thought that you would choose the paint colour first and then choose similar coloured furniture to go around. But thinking of it now, it is much easier to choose a paint colour based on similar furniture. (No wonder I haven’t finished decorating my home yet!)
After Sam’s workshop, we had a little coffee break and headed off to Elle Taylor’s workshop (Amara’s stylist). It was quite fun to watch a whole table filled with home accessories being placed on a shelf.
As Elle placed each item on the shelf, she also gave us tips with styling the accessories. Here are some of them I will share with you.
- Never use more than four different colours when styling an area. You always want a similar kind of theme running through what you are decorating.
- The rule of odds. Group your accessories in 1’s, 3’s or 5’s, basically in odd numbers. They seem to always look better when they are grouped in odd numbers.
- Take items that are varied in height and put them together.
- Use your whole surface area. For example, place some items forward and some at the back.
- When using books, play around with the way your put them. Place them flat down on top of each other rather than side by side. This way you can create height by placing accessories on top of them.
- If your book cover doesn’t go with your colour scheme, place them backwards on the shelf or you can change the cover.
- Lastly, use plants! They make everything look better. And they don’t have to be real.
At the end of the event, we had a lovely food demonstration by Linda Duffin. She made a Rissotto and salad for us to try and make at home too. I didn’t get to try the Rissotto as there was chicken stock in it. I did however taste the salad she made which was absolutely delicious.
I am planning to make the Rissotto at home sometime using my own chicken stock. The reason I chose not to eat it is because I usually eat Halal meat. But it was nice to see her demonstration as I got to learn how to make it.
At the end of the event, we were given our goody bags. And inside were Amara Home Accessories which we were allowed to choose before hand. And here is what I chose from the Amara Home Accessories:
- Cote Noire Spring Floral Flowers
- Isa Bowl in Black/White/Gold
- “A Stroke of Genius” Pencil Holder by Kate Spade
You can check out more of their Home Accessories on their website > here.
Can anyone guess which of the styling tips I used to style my Amara items from the pictures? Well, let me just explain it anyway. So from the styling list above, I used numbers 2, 3, 4, and 7.
Can I just say, as I styled these, the tips kept coming back to me while I placed items together. For example, I started to consciously place accessories together in odd numbers. Here I have done them in groups of 3 or just by themselves.
I tried to put items of different heights together too. As I went looking through my own home accessories I kept thinking, of varied sizes to go for. I also used the whole surface area which was great to play around with a bit when I didn’t feel like something was working.
And lastly, I have never been huge on keeping plants because I’m not so great with looking after them. Which is why all of the plants and flowers in the pictures are fake. But I definitely understand how they can totally transform and improve the look of room. The just have a way of lifting everything and completing a look.
(PS, For those of you who follow me in Instagram, I know I said I would get the DIY for the black side table up, but because I was so excited to style the Amara home accessories, that ended up coming forward. I will post the DIY up very soon, hopefully in my next post! Thanks for reading!)