Home is where the heart is! Part 2 Amanda Shebiel
Welcome back to Part 2 with Amanda Shebiel. Missed Part 1? You can find it here. Amanda states that her home is her heart, and I think that is apparent in every room. She puts thought into her decor, and only chooses things that she loves. She is also not afraid to get personal which I admire and find inspiring. A good case of this is found in the personal portrait she had commissioned! More on that later! For now, how much do you love that yellow door?? There are some sweet art deco aspects to this house that give it a lot of personality. The mirror she chose for the entry fits that bill as well.
This framed print on the entry console reads "I gave away my pretty years." A female mentor gifted this to Amanda. She had admired it, and after leaving the company for another job, it arrived in the mail from that mentor. (As a side note, I love this and everything Girlboss that it implies. I love women supporting other women. Rock on.)
I really love how Amanda handles her built-ins. There are so many ways to do this, but I think it's smart that she doesn't have them filled to the max. This is something she will see every day so she chose to make it a collage of books, photographs, and other items meaningful to her. She told me when she moved into this house she purged everything except the things she truly loved. I am a HUGE fan of this and truly am on the team that says too much stuff weighs us down physically and mentally. Purge baby.
Amanda is a fellow Water Sign so we bonded over this many times. (No wonder we both love that photograph on her mantel!) One of the truisms of Water Signs is that we do not like clutter. Amanda nailed it when she said,
Water can not flow if there are all these obstructions
Amen to that!
Ok here is the portrait Amanda had commissioned. The story behind this is so interesting and has got me thinking about what the experience would be like. Talk about putting yourself outside the comfort zone! She spent 30 hours with the artist Paul Rutz, getting together every Monday and Friday to work on this portrait. When she looks at the painting she loves the art, but mostly what she likes is remembering the experience and the process that it took.
I am such a fan of this understated bedroom. If any room needs to be zen it's this one! And I was shocked to hear those lights came from Target. Seriously, Target has upped it's decor game in the past couple years. Those lights look like they are from Schoolhouse Electric all the way.
One thing I've always thought is that normal curtains are too bulky for some windows, like in the bathroom. Amanda must feel the same way because instead of curtains she uses a white set of tea towels (bought on Etsy), and these cool patterned cloth napkins on top! I love how airy and loose this effect is. Amanda says one of the keys to this look is to starch and press the linens.
I hope you all got as much out of Amanda's home as I did! I love learning people's creative tricks and sharing them with you guys. Please be sure to share this post with your friends who love art and their homes. Amanda, thank you so much for sharing your home/heart with us!!