At Floor Coverings International North Central New Jersey, we love doing interviews with bloggers who have beautiful and unique design ideas. Amanda is the blogger behind AMA Designs, and was kind enough to answer some questions and share her knowledge about how she got started in the design world! You can read more about her blog and designs at byamadesigns.com.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hello! My name is Amanda. I am an Interior Designer and the owner of AMA Designs & Interiors LLC. I love to create, draw, paint, and help others express their personality and style through design. My design philosophy is that your home should be a reflection of your personality. I help the homeowner express themselves by displaying collections, photographs, artwork, fun fabrics, and through pops of color to make their house “feel like home.” All my projects are as unique as the individual….and that is what makes my designs exciting!
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
My first job was at a high-end furniture store as an Interior Design Consultant. I had a large following of clients who enjoyed working with me and wanted to stay in touch after their project was completed. My clients were the ones who requested that I start a blog, and so I did!
My blog has transformed greatly since those early years. I share tons of design inspiration, decorating tips, design advice, DIY projects, behind the scenes stories from projects, and life experiences. I have also created a digital magazine series called “The Designed Life” that is loaded with design inspiration for readers who are on-the-go.
What I love most about blogging are the connections that I have made, the opportunities it brings, and exciting collaborations with others. I have met some amazing people in the blogging community, who I now consider good friends of mine.
How would you describe your interior design and DIY style?
My personal design style is always evolving since I am constantly being inspired by new design trends. I gravitate towards transitional and contemporary design, however, I do appreciate the detail found in traditional pieces.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
I have a few recent projects that I am proud of. I am most proud of an attic transformation that I have designed. Each project has its own set of challenges, especially with older homes that have choppy layouts and small rooms. In this particular home, a family had their children move back into the house and there wasn’t enough room for everyone.
The unfinished attic space already had a walk-up staircase which was convenient in this case. There were no pull-down stairs so it would be a smooth transition from floor to floor. One of the features in the room is the amount of storage. Not only did we add a closet but we left a crawl space on both side of the room for additional storage. I also added industrial wall sconces and put up recycled palettes on the wall to accentuate the bed. I added floor to ceiling drapery to emphasize the height and make the room feel taller. This attic space feels cozy and inviting. It is “the space” that everyone wants to secretly retreat to.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I have several new projects scheduled for the upcoming months. I am most excited about an industrial and rustic kitchen design that I am designing for a local firehouse. The renovation will start mid-April so stay tuned for the big reveal!
I have also created an online magazine called “The Designed Life” that gets delivered straight to your inbox once a month. It is a mini-magazine series for people to read on-the-go. Although it is a short read, it is jam packed with inspiration for the home with design tips, what’s trending, recipes, gift ideas, and even motivational quotes.