Life’s Too Short To Live In A Beige Room!

We have all been living through times of constant change that have created a multitude of life experiences. We have discovered these experiences and our belongings only define us if we let them and that experiencing life is not so much about what happens to us but much more about how we react to it. The designers here at A.Clore Interiors have explored this idea reflecting on how this interprets into four strong global trend messages we see emerging for the year ahead.

Bohemian Charm, Rock Candy, Earthen Wonder and Voltaic Clash

Inspired by emerging trends in art, fashion and interior design from around the world, with the help of our color experts at Sherwin-Williams and Pantone, we have created these exciting new color palettes to help you find the perfect colors for your home or office.

The Bohemian Charm collection features the retro glamour of pearls, florals and classic feminine silhouettes. They are tempered by fun and funky accents and attitude. The pastels are a bit bolder, including semi-precious gem tones like citrine, peridot and amethyst, set off by crisp neutrals. The look is still ladylike — but much more free-spirited.

The signature colors for Bohemian Charm are:

Awesome Violet, Radiant Lilac, Obi Lilac, Darkroom, Gauzy White, Rosedust, Independent Gold, Rosy Outlook, Bathe Blue, and Aloe from Sherwin Williams.

Everyone has a dark side, and we’re irresistibly drawn to exploring its murky depths and shadows. The colors are moody, the vibe is masculine and the aesthetic is both Victorian and futuristic. Visible mechanicals intrigue us, while theatrical effects, eerie collections and menswear-inspired fabrics like tweed and houndstooth evoke Sherlock Holmes and the Prohibition era of secret doors and speakeasies.

The signature colors for the Rock Candy collection are:

Roycroft Bottle Green, Olde World Gold, Plum Brown, Rockwood Dark Red, Rustic Red, Mink, Chamois, Loyal Blue, Outerspace and Rare Gray from Sherwin Williams

Time and nature work hand in hand to create a softened beauty that is restful and soothing. We experience it in the layered hues of mineral deposits, sea-buffed stones and the weathered shutters of a rustic farmhouse. The colors are chalky and earthy, the materials raw and organic, the finishes matte. It’s a homespun aesthetic inspired by our renewed appreciation for artisan craft, handmade quality and homemaking as a valued skill rather than a chore.

The signature colors for the Earthen Wonder collection are:

Silver Strand, Roycroft Suede, Spiced Cider, Safari, Smokey Topaz, Mountain Stream, Wickerwork, Herbal Wash, Unusual Gray and Poolhouse from Sherwin Williams

Electronics, alternative rock and digital technology — plug those influences into one socket and you get a blast of high-voltage look-at-me colors. We’re not shying away from them; we’re splashing them across everything from cars to appliances to upholstery. It’s consumerism as self-expression, giving the bold and the not-so-bold equal permission to be non conformists. All those bold hues need a palette purifier, bringing black, white, gray and clear acrylics into the picture.

The signature colors for the Voltaic Clash collection are:

Electric Lime, Dovetail, Frank Blue, Calypso, Extra White, Gladiola, Black Magic, Eye Catching, Exuberant Pink, and Feverish Pink from Sherwin Williams

Get inspired and say “Buh-Bye” to your beige room!!!

A “Pink” Grand Opening Soiree

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