We’re thrilled to have Amanda Louise Campbell of Amanda Louise Interiors join us on the blog today. If you’re not already familiar with her work, then we suggest you RUN--don’t walk--to her Instagram feed and blog. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be scrolling for hours. Now onto our interview where you’ll see some photos of her designs, many of which feature pieces from Cottage Grove Vintage Market…
KB: Thanks so much for joining us today, Amanda Louise! We totally gush over your work. Can you tell us a little bit about what led you to interior design?
AL: Thank you so much! And I totally gush over everything in the shop! Growing up, I knew exactly that this is what I wanted to do. I was constantly wanting to redecorate my room and always making my mom go antiquing with me at age 10. HGTV--back in the good old days when it was tons of decorating and design shows--was on constant loop throughout my childhood and I studied all the decorating magazines way more intently than my schoolbooks. Trying to be practical, I decided to get my business degree, thinking it would open up more avenues. But all the paths still led me back to design.
KB: Your style is rich and colorful. Where do you find your inspiration?
AL: It sounds cliché, but I find inspiration everywhere. I do love to work with color and I love to see unexpected color schemes on a building in Charleston or on a plate of food downtown.
KB: Ok, I have a confession. Two bedrooms in my house are almost entirely gray and white. What are your tips for those who want to add more color to their space but are timid about jumping in?
AL: Work with textiles! This is my favorite way to bring color into spaces. I enjoy a neutral base that allows you build color palettes in multiple ways. Add in some pillows in bright poppy hues, Grab a colorful quilt, and get some big colorful pottery lamps for you nightstands.
KB: What’s your process for finding and styling vintage pieces? Any tips for incorporating vintage into a space?
AL: Um, well I just come to Cottage Grove and buy all the things. No, but seriously, I think it’s really important to work in vintage pieces in spaces to make them feel like they have some history. I love to do this with vintage art and accessories. Even if the client doesn’t have a collection, vintage pieces can be reflective of the client’s personality and represent it in the room.
KB: Do you ever get “stuck” creatively as you’re designing a space? What do you do to get back in the game?
AL: I do. I usually open up some design or travel books. Old or new, seeing the way colors play together or patterns work with one another is like a zap of energy