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Day 30: Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes

2 Dec

A little late, but here is what we were up to on the last day of giving thanks for design.

A day spent setting up our table scape for the Sanford Historic Trust Holiday Tour of Homes. Thats a mouthful, and it was certainly an event to match. Nearly 900 people spent their Friday evening walking the streets of Historic Downtown Sanford. The weather was perfect and the homes were cheerfully decorated to the nine. Here are are a few shots that I took with my iPhone – not the best quality, but you will get the picture. I will have to gather the pictures that my sister took with her Nikon and post them this week!

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The concept of An Urban Christmas for Two is simple…Anything Goes. We used mixed media to create an eclectic and worldly atmosphere. Setting the mood with lots of candles and creatively strung lights.

Reflective Perspective A.Clore Interiors

We wanted to set the table with a simple elegance. No table cloths or runners, just the exposed wood trestle table we had donated from Washburn Imports. The setting was silver square chargers with gold rimmed Noritake China and atop we used an antique birds nest to tie in a natural element. Gold rimmed wine glasses accompanied by silver accessories create a subtle sense of glamour.

Birds Eye View A.Clore Interiors

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The raffle table was illuminated from below creating a romantic ambiance and also provided a space to showcase some of my mothers body soaps. Six months ago, she launched her own brand of all natural bath and body products named Submerge. She graciously put together a “Stress-Less Bucket ” filled with samplings off all her products. On the table I used one of my favorite Frank Lloyd Wright quotes:

FLW Quote A.Clore Interiors

skirt the rules A.Clore Interiors

The accessory table vignette showcased a variety of different design elements. Here we said to “Skirt the Rules” – its okay to mix Silver and Gold, Old and New, White and Cream, Masculine and Feminine, Rustic and Chic. What some say you are not supposed to do…..we did.

Opposites Attract A.Clore Interiors

Barbed Backdrop A.Clore Interiors

 

This backdrop was the focal point of the scape. Put together with some supplies at home depot, some creativity and a little time – we created this awesome backdrop for only $20! Rebar, Barbed Wire, Bed Sheets and Christmas lights…voila!!

DIY Backdrop A.Clore Interiors

Hope you enjoyed our sneak peak into this weekends festivities. We will do a feature with the professional photos that were taken during the day tour soon!!! So check back!

 

 

 

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.

Thanks to for taking the time to read the first post!! Check back for more stories, design, fashion, and home living tips as I discover the world of Blogging!!

Until next time, with Love,

Amber.C