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Day 12: Five Senses of Holiday Design

12 Nov

[Restoration Hardware]

We are gearing up for the holiday season here at A.Clore Interiors.

What does that mean?

Well, it means a lot of things. First and foremost, a new showroom to decorate!!

Then, a table-scape setting for the Historic Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes [located at the Secret Garden stop]

And to finish it all off, a White Winter themed holiday party at A.Clore Interiors [still in the planning stages]

When it comes to planning a successful holiday party. It is important that you create the perfect festive mood for your guests. To do so, you must appeal to each of their five senses:

1. Sight: Delight their eyes with color, contrast (textural or visual), and your individual sense of style. We like to think of holiday decorating as a large personal art project; one you create to inspire, to entice and to bring joy to family and friends.

2. Scent: Fragrance is a powerful mood changer, use it to your advantage by using scents associated with happy memories and the holiday season. Some fragrances to try: cinnamon apple and fresh baked apple pie.

3. Hearing: Fill the room with happy, festive music that captures the essence of the season. Admittedly, we dust this one off every christmas and is one of our favorites. NSYNC!

4. Taste: Yummy treats are expected. This is no time for ‘diet food’. The holiday season is the much anticipated break from “being good” – indulge your guests with rich and decadent cuisine.

5. Touch: Help them relax and enjoy the event by creating a comfortable environment with soft pillows and throws.

We are super excited about applying this concept to our White Winter party and thankful that good design and preparation will forever include the 5 senses we use everyday.

What are your plans for the holidays??

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A “Pink” Grand Opening Soiree

30 Oct

Thursday, October 18th was quite the evening to remember. Upwards of 50 people, including the Mayor, were in attendance to celebrate the opening of our first ever showroom in downtown Sanford. No detail was overlooked. From the flowing champagne fountain and the delicious lobster bisque to the flower-englufed porch and fabulous interior decorations – the evening was set up for complete success.

Our showroom is nestled in the heart of Downtown Historic Sanford. Taking up the bottom floor of a 1930’s craftsman style home, the architectural details and layers upon layers tell the story of its existence.  From a popular bed and breakfast, to a spiritual birthing center – the “Rose Cottage” has made its mark in the historic district of Sanford. And we are thrilled to be the vehicle for the next chapter of it’s story.

As you walk up the brick laid sidewalk, you are greeted by vibrantly colorful hanging plants and flowers accompanied by lush greenery and rustic fall decor. Happy pumpkins and the like!!

We admit, gardening has never been our strong suit. But when given the opportunity, we embrace all challenges! After getting some education at the local nursery – our thumbs are green with excitement!

Our private outdoor patio features a fire pit and strung lights. Flickering lanterns line the perimeter providing a spooky yet romantic ambiance.

We certainly can not forget ACI’s official  mascot, Sir Bernard!! If he is hopping around on the porch – that means we are open!!

We just love the architectural detailing this old house has. The front door alone sets the tone for the interior of the showroom.

Here is a new twist on an fairly new trend. We found some old pane glass windows at a local estate sale then came up with a creative way to keep these historic architectural artifacts alive. Voila, instant wall and conversational art!!!

The existing chandeliers are absolutely stunning and by far our most favorite element. They certainly add the victorian touch that is reminiscent of the time period. They do not stop at the front entrance, each room has its own unique hanging fixture.

These gorgeous 6 light chandeliers mimic the entry way light. Intricate forged brass with crystal teardrops illuminate the retail space and bring a old world feel.

Continuing the style with the rest of the fixtures, the studio features a massive 8 light crystal chandelier that highlights the indigo blue coffered ceiling.

By far, our favorite fixture in the house. This fabulous victorian chandelier hangs in the kitchen and lets off just the right amount of light. We love the way the light casts the shadows of intricate metal work in each layer of the fixture.

This one, we added. It just fit perfect in the “pink” bathroom and continued the crystal theme all the way through the space. So Fancy!

After a tour through the showroom, it was time to pop the bubbly!

Me and my fabulous mother, Joy, whom I could do none without her unwavering love and support. Her knowledge, creativity and dedication to life are the inspiration that makes my wheels turn!

After some minor technical difficulty, the champagne fountain was flowing!! Everyone one grabbed a glass for a toast!!

For a personal touch, we had the A.Clore Interiors logo vinyl etched on each glass. And we couldn’t for get the pink ribbons for a little sass!

The Mayor of Sanford, Jeff Triplett, and the Commissioner, Mark McCarty spoke a few words. We were so honored to have them a part of this joyous occasion! Their words will reside with us forever. We are so excited to embark on this next chapter and are assured much success in Sanford, FL.

And with that….the PINK ribbon cut – A.Clore Interiors first showroom  is officially open for business!!

The food was fabulous!! As the menu went something like this:

Lobster Bisque with Cruton (provided by Chef Michael, Corner Cafe)

Spinach and Artichoke with Pita

Red Chili Spread over Brie on Crispy Cracker

Shrimp and Asparagus in a Remoulade Sauce

Prosciutto with Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Walnuts and Balsamic Glaze on Endive

and other assorted Hors D’oeuvres…

Yummmm!! Although, I did not have a chance to try any as I was busy….

….kissing babies….

….and shaking hands….

Before we knew it, the event was over, but the love and support lingered in the evening air for hours after. So many amazing people showed up and made this night one of the most memorable to date. Thank you for your kind support, it is truly cherished.

My Mom, Joy, and Sisters, Kelly and Samara.

The adorableness that are my niece and nephews, Olivia and Isaac (Deagan not pictured).

My best friend, Megahn.

Some of most wonderful colleagues I have been lucky to meet along the path that is my design career. Jenna Roebke, Virtue Wilmot, and Marisol Roman.

My Design Coordinator, Jenny Jaynes….I see big things in our future!

The man behind the woman, my amazing boyfriend, Jason Ridlehuber.

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Until next time, with Love,

Amber.C