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Four Women Creating a Category

Women Creating a Category

We recently invited Alli Webb of Drybar, Joy Cho of Oh Joy, and Catherine McCord of Weelicious and One Potato, to The Bedroom to chat about allll of the things.   This wasn't your average founder panel; more like four rad chicks who disrupted their industries got together for coffee — we learned how the women overcame obstacles at the start of their careers, what they would choose to do with a second lifetime, how to combat the fear of failure, and so much more. For anyone that wasn't able to make it to the panel, we were able to pick their brains a bit more and took away some key advice and learnings below.      Joy Cho     Joy is a graphic designer, author, and founder of the eponymous design brand Oh Joy!   My first job was... as the hostess at my parent's Thai restaurant. I started working there as a pre-teen and it gave me very early experience with customer service. The best career advice I've ever received was... "who says you can't?" It's a reminder that we are in charge of our destiny. I look for creativity and inspiration in... the everyday. I soak up so much inspiration from living in Los Angeles and doing all the amazing cultural activities that are available to us here. I hope my two daughters will grow up to... know they can be whatever they want to be. I also want them to be kind, compassionate, and learn to work hard for what they want. The thing that I have achieved that I am most proud of is... creating a virtual space and place where happiness is fostered, joy is encouraged, and passion is celebrated! It’s funny (and great) how things that exist in this non-physical space of the internet can affect real lives in real spaces. Alli Webb Alli founded the blowout salon Drybar in 2008, and it is now a thriving business with more than 100 locations across North America. The biggest challenge that women entrepreneurs face is... fear. When I was starting out, I wish I knew... more about raising money. I picked Buttercup yellow because... it's bright and happy. I balance family and work by... eek, doing my very best! I always leave Drybar feeling... unbelievably proud. Catherine McCord Catherine is a former model, actress, and television program hostess. She is the founder of Weelicious and One Potato, a website and food delivery service dedicated to helping parents expose their children to wholesome, delicious homemade food. I co-founded One Potato because... I wanted families to put down their devices, come back to the dinner table and enjoy organic, easy to prepare meals that would truly connect them. My big break moment was... really a career change. I had been modeling for years and when I realized that all I wanted to do was go to culinary school and have a full career change it was more than an ah ha moment.. it was the most liberating point in my life. I am most proud of... my 3 children. I’m inspired by them every single day in every way possible. My favorite meal of all time is... the first roast chicken I ate when living in Paris. It was so simple, so succulent and perfect. I balance health and indulgence by... eating healthy at home and really indulging when I go out to eat. A girls gotta have her smoothie and her ice cream! Thanks to these women for sharing their unfiltered wisdom with us all.
The Truth Behind the Truth Campaign

Founder's Musings | The Truth Behind the Truth Campaign

In early 2012, l glanced at the mirror as I headed to bed and caught my smoking hot reflection looking back at me clad in my husband's old frat T-shirt and oversized boxer briefs...  you know, you’ve been there.   I’ve heard all the reasons people don’t buy sleepwear… and with our campaign, now you have too.   Lunya sleepwear is about feeling comfortable and confident in your “you” time. With beautiful and intentional sleepwear, we aim to make your time at home and the third of your life you spend in bed a truly enticing proposition.  But frankly, even if you don’t buy Lunya I found the moment in the mirror powerful and something worth sharing.   For me I realized that the lack of attention I put into it brought up a broader point very worth exploring. It makes you think, how are you showing up for you?     - Ashley   
Emily Wickersham in her Lunya

Nightstand Tour | Emily Wickersham

Confidently comfortable, eyebrows to envy, her Pinterest worthy home , what's not to love...   We have been fan-girling over actress Emily Wickersham since we first discovered her on the hit show NCIS, which is about to premiere it's 16th (yes, SIXTEENTH) season next week. We stopped by her Beachwood Canyon home — a gorgeous space with plenty of plants, personal treasures, and natural light. See all of the details and how she unwinds for a good night's sleep below.    As an actress on a hit TV show, your days must be crazy busy. How do you unwind before bed? If it’s not too late and my call time the next morning isn’t too early, I like to have a glass of red wine after a relaxing shower.     What can we currently find on your nightstand? Give us the tour!  All the books I’m trying to finish reading - Sacred Contracts amongst many others,  Lucas Papaw lip balm, Genteal eye ointment for my super duper dry eyes, CBD, and calcium magnesium for a good nights rest.      Bath or Shower? Shower    Fave Binge TV show? Schitt’s Creek      What do you typically wear to sleep? The Washable Silk Tee Set! I love it.      What's the atmosphere of your home? It’s modern bohemian.    Describe your bed and the best thing about it. It’s a Casper mattress wrapped in parachute sheets. It’s like a firm cozy cloud.     Favorite late night indulgence? Dark chocolate    After long days being on set, how do you prep your skin before bed? I wash my face with LuzernLabs Face wash, Dr Goldfaden bright eyes, Kypris Antioxidant Dew, I mix DNA vitamin C crystals into a Kypris rose oil.      If you had to pick, good sleep or good sex for the rest of your life? Hmm... that's a toss up!    Which outfit from our collection would be the most "you" and why? The joggers because they’re causal and low key.   
Dermalogica x Lunya Event

Better Sleep, Better Skin with Dermalogica

We recently hosted Dermalogica in The Bedroom LA for an evening of relaxation and restoration. A nighttime yoga flow with Love Yoga was followed by mini facials and skin consultations, and we learned about some key elements of the science of sleep and the effect it has on your skin. We discovered that the hours we spend asleep are actually among our most constructive: certain areas of our brains work their hardest during sleep, and skin is best able to repair and regenerate itself at night.   After the event, we sat down with Dermalogica's Sr. Director of Education, Heather Hickman, to chat about the most important components of building a nighttime routine, the science of sleep (and skin), and the ideal nighttime regimen based on skin type.      Why is sleep so important for your skin?   The time we spend asleep is more active than most people realize. The mind and body enter a biological regeneration mode while we sleep, performing reparative functions that don’t really occur during wakefulness.  The brain clears out waste products, ramps up its production of protective brain cells and consolidates memories to enhance problem-solving and creativity.   The skin follows a similar regenerative process. Sleep-inducing melatonin is produced at night and is known for its antioxidant properties and levels of stress hormone cortisol fall during sleep, allowing skin to repair and protect itself from outside damage. Sleep also allows the body to make more collagen, which minimizes fine lines and releases more human growth hormone, which increases muscle mass and strengthens skin.   Conversely, sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on skin. Just a few nights of missed sleep can result in sallow skin and puffy eyes, and chronic sleep deprivation can lead to dark circles under the eyes and premature aging.     What are the most important components to building a skin care regimen?   The key component of building an effective skin care routine is to ensure you know your skin type and condition. We all have those products lurking in the back of our bathroom cabinets that made us breakout, or had a drying effect on the skin, right? More often than not, this is not due to a bad product formula, it’s just not the correct product formula for your skin. The most common mistake that we see is purchasing products for a dry skin, which is a skin lacking oil, when really your skin is dehydrated, lacking moisture, two completely different concerns with two completely different product needs. Before building or improving your daily and most importantly nightly skin care regimen, take the time to have your skin FaceMapped to ensure you are choosing the products that will provide you with your best skin ever while also ensuring you save your pocket book from any more costly mistakes!     Kayla is wearing the Washable Silk Set in Cloud     What advice do you have for fitting a routine into a busy lifestyle?   Multitasking is a girl’s best friend! Water friendly products can be taken into the shower for quick and easy skin cleansing and exfoliating. Need to vacuum? Wear your skin specific treatment mask while you’re doing it. Netflix binge before bed? Don’t skip the intro to the next episode, use that time to apply your vital nighttime treatment products instead. Maybe you’re a morning gym person, keep your bag packed with travel friendly sizes so you can include your skin fitness plan as part of your health fitness plan.     Are there certain ingredients or products specifically that are best for at night?   Absolutely! As we’ve established, your skin is nocturnal. Because the skin is in repair mode and blood flow increases at night, it’s best able to absorb active ingredients while we sleep. Dependent on your skin concerns, nighttime is the best time to apply products such as retinols or vitamin C that can diminish the signs of aging, salicylic acids for a breakout prone skin or peptide rich oil based serums for a dry skin.      What type of product isn’t recommended at night that you might use during the day? Is it “bad” to use day time products before bed?   Unless you’re taking a daytime nap on your sundeck, sunscreens should be avoided while you sleep. If your daytime moisturizer contains sunscreen (this is a good thing!) ensure you are switching out to a sunscreen free moisturizer at night. But sunscreens aside, it really is not detrimental to use your daytime products at night, although layering with additional active ingredients that will work while you sleep is of course beneficial. What is detrimental to your skin is using no products at all or worse still, going to bed with your make up on. Double cleansing your skin before bed and applying a skin specific moisturizer and active treatment products for your inherent needs will ensure you wake up fresh faced and bright skinned.     Kayla is wearing the Restore Base Long Sleeve and Restore Short in Moonstone       Ideal Nighttime Regimen:  Skincare and style are personal. We've curated our top picks for a personalized approach to your nighttime regimen based on skin type, and included the Lunya pieces to ensure your best night's sleep.    For the girl with Oily Skin: Cleanse: Dermal Clay Cleanser Treatment: Overnight Clearing Gel Moisturizer: Active Moist Added hydration and sleep optimization: Sound Sleep Cocoon Wear it with: The Cool Collection   For the girl with Dry Skin: Cleanse: Essential Cleansing Solution Treatment: BioLumin-C Serum Moisturizer: Intensive Moisture Balance Added hydration and sleep optimization: Sound Sleep Cocoon Wear it with: The Restore Collection   For the girl with Combination Skin:  Cleanse: Special Cleansing Gel Treatment: Skin Hydrating Booster Moisturizer: Skin Smoothing Cream Added hydration and sleep optimization: Sound Sleep Cocoon Wear it with: The Organic Pima Collection   Premature aging/age prevention Cleanser: Skin Resurfacing Cleanser Treatment: Overnight Retinol Repair Moisturizer: Super Rich Repair Added hydration and sleep optimization: Sound Sleep Cocoon Wear it with: The Washable Silk Collection     
The Bridal Edit

The Bridal Edit

Whether your dream wedding is a lavish affair with more flowers than an arboretum, or a laid-back affair with your closest friends and a pile of donuts, we know that not all brides are the same. Planning your big day can be stressful, but finding your bridal style doesn’t have to be.     Look, no matter what kind of bride you see yourself as we know that your wedding night is just as important as the ceremony itself. Let us help find the look that’s totally you, and designed to make your partner’s jaw drop. Read along to find the perfect look for your big day (and night)!         The Romantic Bride: When you think of this day, everything is soft and dreamy and includes all of your best friends as bridesmaids (wearing matching flower crowns, of course). Maybe your personalized vows include the lyrics from the song that played when you danced together for the first time (who cares if not everyone loves Ed Sheeran!?), and you plan to walk down the aisle, lined with candles, in the lace wedding dress of your dreams. Just try and hold it together during your vows, k? We wouldn’t want you to ruin that perfectly dewy makeup!   If soft and feminine is your vibe, then your day won’t be complete without our Washable Silk Slip Dress and Washable Silk Robe in Starlight. These pieces are the perfect compliment to sipping rose with your girls while preparing to become a Mrs! You’ll feel so feminine and beautiful in these sumptuous, silky things, you’ll want to wear them long past your wedding day.         The Sexy Bride: You aren’t worried about being modest on your wedding day. You love a daring neckline, sexy slit, and some peekaboo fabric. You’re styled in Veronica Lake waves, with a bold red lip, and you want to see jaws drop when you walk down that aisle. Damn, girl… we already see it and we think you’re a total smokeshow.   On your big day, we want you to feel sexy from the moment you wake up to the end of your wedding night, and what better way to do that than in a luxurious silk set? Try our Washable Silk Set. The alluring cut of these pieces will have you feeling confident and foxy enough for any wedding dress. Careful though, once you’re newly betrothed sees you in this set, we have a feeling it won’t be on for long.       The Modern Bride: You’d rather wear a chic jumpsuit than a princess gown, and you feel that getting married is no reason to abandon your personal style (girl, we hear you!). You’re not big on typical wedding traditions, focusing more on making sure that your wedding is a rocking party, from which it’ll take guests more than a few days to recover. Whiskey bar, anyone?      Don’t worry - we’ve got you. You’re going to love our Washable Silk Jumpsuit -  this contemporary piece takes the traditional white of your big day and flips it into an elegant, clean silhouette that couldn’t be more stylish. It’s the coolest way to live out all of your David Bowie-esque rockstar bridal dreams. Who says you can’t look incredible while riding out that day-after hangover?       The Classic Bride: You’re drawn to all things traditional – think Grace Kelly crossed with Amal Clooney. You’ve probably given this day some thought, and your vision of the perfect white wedding is like four tiers of chiffon wedding cake perfection – complete with a 3-course sit-down dinner and champagne fountain. And a tiara, don’t forget the tiara, because why shouldn’t you look like a real princess on your wedding day, dammit!     You want a look that will remain just as chic in photos ten years from now as it does today – well, we’ve got the silk set of your dreams. Try our Washable Silk Pant Set. A timeless dream, perfect for living out all of your Kate Middleton bridal fantasies, but without all of the annoying rules and curtseying.        Gift Guide:    Whether you’re in search of the perfect wedding day items for yourself or looking to find a gift for the almost-bride in your life, we’ve got the perfect items to help make any woman look and feel her most beautiful and confident (because confidence is sexy AF). We've curated the perfect gifts for the engagement party, to the bachelorette, all the way to the big day.      
Ashley reading on the couch

What Keeps Me Up At Night | Late Night Thoughts from Ashley

What Keeps Me Up At Night: an internal dialogue from our founder, Ashley Merrill, as her passion for reading fuels an array of deep and wide-ranging thoughts that can’t help but to get us all thinking…and wanting to learn more.    Today, she's tackling how big to go and when to get out, the hedgehog concept, and the luxury of hindsight.      I am by no means the end-all-be-all authority on business, but as an entrepreneur, investor and someone who has been in the web business a long time, I have been afforded a unique vantage point so I felt like if sharing some musings helped someone, even one person, it would be worth it. I just read this article on Birchbox and it got me thinking a bit on how to know when you’ve hit on a great idea, how “big” to go and when to get out.  Birchbox was a darling of the VC world for ages and really built something interesting and unique for its time. I admire how they recognized two problems; brands needing to acquire new consumers and consumers wanting to try before they buy and offered a unique solution that solved for both.   In many ways landing on a business that can solve both a business and a consumer problem is a holy grail idea. Businesses are complex and solving a problem isn’t a business unto itself; you need a lot of pieces to land together if you are planning to build something with lots of potential.  What are those pieces? The book Good to Great presented a three circle framework that I really like and reference often called the Hedgehog concept.  This framework says that you know you have a good idea if you have passion, an economic strategy, and a plan for defensibility/differentiation. Passion is something you will need to keep you from overriding the urge to quit (or drink too much wine) but it’s also something that will help you inspire people to follow and invest in you. Having a sound economic engine is about making money and takes something from being a hobby to being a business.  Building a plan towards profitability that doesn’t hinge on billion dollar status (since that happens about .00006% of the time) is a good idea. The last circle is defensibility/differentiation and asking yourself what you can be best in the world at. When people start entering your business niche, is your product/business/Brand offering unique enough that people will still want it? I see a lot of young companies as investment opportunities and probably a disproportionate number of female-founded businesses. For some reason, with female run companies in particular I see failure to address the economic engine and defensibility. I know I’m generalizing but I’m more worried about the painful success stats (or lack thereof) than I am about generalizing.  I want to see more women running successful businesses! So, getting back to Birchbox.  Honestly, a $15M company isn't a bad valuation, but when you have raised $90M to get there it’s definitely not a glowing success story. So with the luxury of hindsight, I thought it would be interesting to use the Hedgehog concept to evaluate Birchbox and see if we could have seen some of these problems. Economically speaking I think the plan was to make money off their subscribers, the makeup “advertisers,” and hopefully the customer converting on a purchase after sampling it.  The subscription part makes sense and is predicated on the value the customer perceives from the product and the makeup brand benefits from lots of exposure. So while these feel like string value proportions, they are probably the smaller part of the pie. Birchbox would have to do something pretty revolutionary to intermediate the Sephora and Amazon purchase loop. One challenge I see for Birchbox is that they attract a lot of young value driven consumers. I say this because everyone who told me about it was young and had not yet established the strong beauty preferences you tend to see from a woman 30+.  This means there was a limit to how much money they could really expect from their young deal seeking consumers. The second issue I see with intermediating the consumer loop is the challenge of bringing a value proposition that fits their customer. Sephora and Amazon nail the pricing part of the equation with low prices, convenience, and loyalty programs that only massive scale can really enable.  Even if Birchbox couldn’t make it in the conversion loop substantially limits the company’s potential but doesn’t mean it wasn’t still a business with a strong economic model—just maybe not one you raise $90m on. When we think about defensibility and what Birchbox can be best in the world at, I would say they are the go-to company for sampling beauty products. How defensible is this? Sephora is already a great place to try things, both companies offer returns and both companies could easily launch a sampling kit which they are positioned to make more from because they already own the consumer transaction. I have no doubt that the Birchbox CEO, Katia Beauchamp, was well aware of this threat and was working to build defensibility around her offering, but we can see clearly she had some pretty big challenges from the get go. Beauchamp had a great run and a strong idea.  I think it all comes down to when, how much, and from whom you raise money.  When you raise big money, all the press outlets talk about you and its pretty sexy stuff but honestly with lots of VC money comes lots of responsibility.  VC’s are looking for 10x return in a short period of time so let’s do the math… if you raise 90M, they are assuming you are building a billion dollar business.  With all these inherent market challenges what do you think the probability is of this being a billion dollar business? From a valuation perspective, how much would a potential acquirer be willing to pay to buy Birchbox before deciding to build it themselves? I'm going to caveat this whole analysis with this: I'm in it and it’s always harder and more complicated than it looks.  Beauchamp busted her behind and swung for the fences and I commend her for that. The luxury of hindsight is a real one so I'm not saying I could have done any better and I’m mainly highlighting the usefulness of the Hedgehog concept as a tool for the entrepreneur.  It’s is a great way to challenge your own ideas and assumptions so you can hopefully lead a more successful enterprise.   - Ashley  
The Labor Day Edit

The Labor Day Edit

Summer is coming to an end (that was quick!), and Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. Whether you’re staying local or getting out of town, I’ve shared a few of my personal summer highlights.   What a summer it has been! For starters, we opened our first store in our largest market, NYC... and we made it happen in just 3 weeks. We couldn't be happier — and we’re still recovering.    The Bedroom, New York   Personally, some highlights included an incredible trip to Bodrum Turkey, with a dinner in the temple of Apollo, a lot of waterskiing, helicopter riding with the kids, and a sunrise run (followed by skinny dipping at an abandoned beach!)          There were also too many beach weekends in the ‘bu to count— tide-pooling, dinners with friends, and paddle-boarding.  I've decided to spend my last weekend of summer at the beach, and I'm wearing plenty of Lunya while there.   Clearly, I won't be abiding by the 'No White After Labor Day' rule. This is LA, after all! ;)    —Ashley    
The Bedroom, New York

The Bedroom, New York

New York is always a good idea! We've finally opened our doors in the Big Apple earlier this month, and were overwhelmed by our warm NYC welcome.       The Bedroom NY was bursting at the seams on opening day. #LunyaLadies and well wishers formed a line wrapping around the block, and some of them even got lucky in The Bedroom with scratch off gift cards valued up to $1000.        Founder, Ashley Merrill, breaking in the new 2,500 square-foot space, which she said is meant to evoke the feeling of "walking through your door at home, kicking off your shoes and dropping all of the day's baggage." Count us in!         "The space was designed to bring intention to our bedroom choices with a handful of curated pieces. The nighttime routine and environment can be an important part of getting good sleep, so we set up the store to showcase our sleepwear and our favorite nightstand finds in a clean, modern interior that helps us quiet our minds", Ashley said.        The newly launched COOL Collection on display.      If our store opening is any indication of what’s to come in New York, it’s going to be a good time in The Bedroom.       Come in and shop with us at 255 Elizabeth Street.           
FIGTNY - The Cool Collection

The Cool Collection | Styled by FIGTNY

When it came to launching our new Cool Collection, we looked no further than our favorite cool girl, Michaela Babuskova, to show us how she styles the collection.    Living in New York, Michaela understands better than anyone the struggle of the unbearable NY summer heat. No longer do you need to crank the AC and hope for the best - Cool has your back.    Hot Sleepers Rejoice!        Because Michaela works from home, where sometimes the bed can double as an office, she's guilty of wearing sleepwear & loungewear as her #ootd.       From conference calls, computer sessions to actual lounging.... all-in-one outfits are the go-to for work, play & sleep. Lucky!        Versatility at its best, COOL helps to curb the summer heat and keep you feeling cool and looking chic.        Dressed up or dressed down, the COOL romper is definitely the crowd pleaser of the collection and can be worn seamlessly from the bedroom to the street.         The COOL Tee and Short make a perfect match. You'll never want to take off this set — and that’s ok; it’s built for multiple wears, and our functional fabric means that you’ll feel just as cool and dry as day 1.          SHOP COOL   
Pamela Salzman

Breakfast in Bed with Pamela Salzman

We have long been admirers of Kitchen Matters author and acclaimed cooking instructor Pamela Salzman. Her mantra is simple: eat well, live well, be well, and stems from her lifelong love of food, cooking, gardening and nutrition. Here at Lunya, we couldn't agree more. Second to sleep, we believe eating a healthy breakfast is vital to leading a productive day, helping maintain focus at work, and jumpstarting metabolism.  Pamela came by The Bedroom to help us create seven simple breakfast recipes for each day of the week, inspired by the busy woman on the go. We also got to chatting about her busy morning routine, because let's face it - we’re all familiar with that morning scramble. We hope you enjoy!  What time do you usually wake up?5:45am weekdays and I usually can’t sleep past 6:30am on the weekends! Tell us a bit about your morning ritual. What's the first thing you do each morning?I scrape my tongue, then make a quart of warm lemon water and drink half of it before working out. After I get my kids out the door, I go to my work out - usually some type of cardio mixed with a few weights. I drink the other half of the lemon water, shower and then I eat breakfast. Coffee or Tea?Tea, either green or matcha. Morning Jam?I listen to podcasts in the morning while I am getting ready and in the car on my way to work. Right now, I'm really loving the goop podcast, and Rich Roll.  Sit-down breakfast, or grab and go?Weekdays are grab and go, but I bring my frother and tonic essentials with me to work and make myself a proper superfood matcha latte or tumeric latte before I start prepping for a class.It’s usually quick and sometimes eaten in my car on the way to teach a cooking class! I’d rather eat slowly in my car than swallow my breakfast in 2 seconds in my kitchen. Weekends, I take my time with breakfast and the newspaper.         
Angie Banicki - Tarot Card reader to the stars

Hollywood's Favorite Intuitive | Angie Banicki

Here at Lunya, we're an office packed to the gills full of women. Topics around the lunch table regularly include our monthly and daily horoscopes, zodiac signs, and astrology in general. When it came time for us to delve deeper into what our star signs could reveal about our personal style, we tapped our friend and celebrity Tarot Reader, Angie Banicki, to tell us why we're the dark and twisty people we are... and she gave us the outfit to match.      Angie has read for everyone from Usher to Allison Janney, and is also the astrology contributor for GOOP. We sat down with her to pick her brain on how she got her start reading Tarot, her nighttime ritual... and picked up a whole lot of wisdom along the way.   What is currently your favorite hour of the day? At this moment in time, 2pm, because my baby girl is up for her nap and I am usually in between readings so we get to have a snack and snuggle together.   How important is sleep a factor in your life? Since reading tarot – SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT!  There are days after I do big events with lots of readings when I just need to sleep 10/12 hours a night.   Tell us about your nighttime ritual. Put baby to bed, take a shower or bath, finish last minute emails and writing, and snuggle with my man.  This week, using this time to ask the cards about some upcoming travel.    How did you first get into reading Tarot Cards? My friend Holly Weirsma gave me a deck of Prada Tarot cards and I played with them for fun.     We can imagine you run into some naysayers - what do you say to them? Usually I laugh and say, ME TOO!  Then I had some really harsh ones and cried.  Then my brother really nay-sayed the heck out of me – it was amazing because my brother loves and looks up to me so I realized it’s not personal!  We are all wired differently.  All living different realities. I love choosing my magical one but yours might be just as fun for you.    What do you find people are seeking most when they come in for a reading? Love advice, career advice, home advice. Probably in that order.    You were a Hollywood publicist for many years, living a fast-paced lifestyle much different to your life today - words of wisdom for your past self?   Try to relish all the fast pace, the interesting people, the dramas!  One day you’ll miss it and yet still never need it again.      You're known for your Tarot readings - how sensitive would you say you are to picking up on someones energy?  This is something I am growing to understand more every day.  Sometimes I feel so sensitive as if I’m stuck in the person’s head.  And then sometimes I have days that I feel like a personal trainer just giving you the tools to make your body and mind work best from the side bench as you lift the 50 lb weight off.    Have you ever been scared by what you've seen, and not wanted to share it with the person? Yes, this is a big lesson I’m working through now.  Fear is something we all should be working on.  What is fear really?  How can we take information and use it to our advantage?  How can we understand something for someone and help them understand too?  I am trying really hard to see and understand and feel this for myself and in how I help others.  I also think my cards know my limits and are slowly growing with me.  Giving me only as much as I can handle and know how to give the other person.  Bohemian Rhapsody - Remastered 2011 – Queen is playing saying –Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me!     What is your star sign?  Scorpio   Interesting! Would you say you're a true Scorpio?  I am a Scorpio, yes for sure!  But I feel that I relate so much to certain signs and times in my life.  And I love that we all have different plans and signs in our charts.  We are all such fascinating corroborations!    Personal theme song of the moment? We know you love a good playlist. I Love to Love - Radio Edit – Tina Charles is this week’s. But also one of my all time greats is - Everywhere I Go – Lissie   Image credit:  Sami Drasin   SHOP BY SIGN
Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors

Nightstand Tour | Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors

Functional design, SoCal inspiration, on growing a business, being half-dolphin and her own toughest client - talking it out with Amber Lewis.    Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors is one of the most sought after interior designers not only in Los Angeles, but with a client roster expanding across the U.S. Her half-million-plus Instagram followers are offered a daily glimpse into her SoCal-inspired breezy, contemporary style. After opening two brick and mortar stores in Calabasas, and the recently opened Pacific Palisades Shoppe, she's moved into designing a line of one-of-a-kind furniture. Not to mention, she's also in the process of renovating her own home. So, when does the woman sleep? She brought us into her bedroom to chat all things interior design, motherhood, and what comes next for this maverick designer.    What can we find on your nightstand? Give us the tour! A pretty lamp with a dim bulb and a vase with greenery or flowers is a must. I also have a marble trivet that holds my ceramic hand with palo santo and a candle from my Essentials by Amber Lewis line (which is launching SO soon!!) It doubles as a ceramic mug and the bottom can be used to strike a match. The most important thing is keeping my nightstand simple and clean. Otherwise, it'll stress me out!  Speaking of nightstands, you've recently designed your own line of furniture. Who or what inspired you while creating these pieces? Designing the 'Made by Shoppe' furniture line has been a dream come true. I've been designing for years, and one of the biggest struggles (as any designer can attest to) is finding the perfect piece of furniture for specific spaces. I decided it was time to do something about it and work with the best craftsman in Los Angeles to bring my designs to life and offer customizable pieces. The designs are inspired by the cool, laid back California aesthetic and the most important part to me is that each and every piece is made locally in LA and made to order. I'm not about mass production, so I'm thankful for everyone who orders from us, knowing it may be a longer lead time, but the quality will be incomparable.    You're currently in the process of renovating your Los Angeles home - when you're designing for yourself, how does the process differ? Oh, it's 100,000,000 times harder! I am my toughest client and I can't make up my damn mind. We're finally breaking ground and I'm being forced to make decisions. My clients are muuuch more easy going than I am!!     Seeing so many different homes and projects come to life, what do you find is the most functional design element that you'll be incorporating into your space? Our new home is going to have windows galore, because natural light is so important to me.    How much sleep would you say are you getting a night right now? Sleep? What is sleep?! I'm notorious for having a hard time sleeping. Fun fact, I'm half dolphin, because did you know they never fully sleep?! Half their brain is on even when they're asleep! Same here.    We hear you're a big Netflix junkie - what are you watching? Handmaid's Tale! It's really the most terrifying and potentially realistic show out there right now.  Has being a mother changed your relationship with decor? It definitely has. Everything changes when you become a mother - in the best way possible. Gwynnie is probably one of my biggest inspirations - her carefree, laid back personality is pretty much my design aesthetic -- and she is my daily reminder of that! G's been involved in the design of our new home, too and let me tell ya, she may be my future boss! She's got a real eye.      Social media has hugely impacted your business - do you find it affects your personal life as well? Yes and no. I have it to thank for being one the best tools in promoting my design work, and it also lets me interact and talk to so many more people than I would've been able to pre-social media. I'm truly very thankful for it. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I try not to take it too seriously either. I'll never put on a front and you're always getting the real deal! So, no, I don't think it affects my personal life, other than it can take a lot of time, which I'd rather be spending with my family.    You've dominated the interior design scene, you've opened wildly successful stores in Los Angeles... what does evolution look like for you now personally and professionally?  First of all, THANK YOU! We are in this really exciting time now with so many exciting things in the works. My client roster is growing, which means my team is growing, hence our move into our brand new office next week. I have a book coming out in 2020, I'm launching a new blog called All Sorts Of at the end of this year, we have two brick-and-mortar Shoppes (and we're looking for our next space!!) - OH and because of all this growth, we're in the process of a full re-brand of Shoppe and Amber Interiors. I couldn't be happier with the direction we're moving in right now. Feeling beyond lucky and grateful!


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