Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Amanda Nisbet: What She's Up To

The name conjures up images of fresh and colorful design, the perfect blend of tradition and modern edge, comfort and chic elegance.
You know her from her frequent forays into the pages of the top shelter magazines: Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, House and Garden and Southern Accents.

Many of you have been introduced through design blogs such as All the Best and La Dolce Vita (two of my personal favorites!!)

Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with Amanda and ask her a little bit about what she is up to right now. And believe me when I say, she has been up to quite a lot!
Here is some of our conversation:
How did you get your start?
I was a struggling actress and found myself getting more attention for the design of my apartment than for my acting talents so I transitioned from one creative role to another. I have to say my background as an actress comes in very handy as a decorator.

What/who inspires you?
I am so lucky to live in New York where I’m constantly stimulated and inspired by the art fashion, architecture and all the creative people who make their mark on this city.

How would you describe your own personal style?
Comfortable cozy, elegant and not too perfect. I like things to be a tad off balance and not too matchy and predictable. Formulaic decorating seems too “easy” for me I’d rather stretch myself and create more of a personal environment for my client.

Amanda has been working recently on a new line of chic fabrics and brilliant lighting.

Tell us a little about your new fabric line:

My new fabric line is essentially about the transformative powers of colour. I have 10 designs and 32 colours all hand-printed on either oyster linen, oatmeal linen or silk.

What was the inspiration for this particular project/product?

Some of my patterns are very painterly and loose some are more precise and clean. Achieving exactly the right shade and tint for my colours was of paramount importance. I was really inspired more by what I felt I needed yet couldn’t find for my own client’ projects.

What color are you and why?

Fuschia- its bright and happy gets along with everyone yet isn’t wimpy.

What is on your nightstand?

An Aquiesse candle, my kindle, “”The Week” “Laughter On The Stairs” by Beverly Nichols and “the New Yorker”

Here is just a peek at Amanda's new fabric line. Fresh, classic, colorful. I can just imagine all of the possibilities!

Pizzetta and Positano

Maderia and Chip 2

Alannah 2

Note in the first Living Room photo above, Amanda used her Chip 2 fabric on the stool behind the sofa. So perfect!

Amanda's full fabric line can be viewed on her website HERE and is available though the Holland and Sherry Showrooms.

Amanda has also introduced a fantastic lighting line which you can also see on her site. It is available through The Urban Electric Company.

It was so much fun corresponding with Amanda Nisbet. She is one of my all time favorites, and I have to say everyone in her office is top notch as well. Thank you all very much for your gracious attention!

Last, but not least, I just wanted to mention that Amanda Nisbet is one of the judges for the Bedroom Design Contest being held over at Ronda Carmen's All the Best blog HERE. If you have not had a chance to check out all of the amazing entries, please hop on over! AND there is going to be a "Reader's Choice Award", so do stop by and vote!


Freck said...

This woman is so talented. I love how she puts colors together, her rooms flower together so well!

3StinkyBoysAndMe said...

To die for! Thanks for the post. So pretty.

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...


Her work is very fresh, unforced, modern, feminine and intelligent. Thanks for these.

We missed you last week at Gump's (Charlotte Moss was fantastic and Gump's decor was glorious) but it sounds like you had your hands VERY full.
My dearest friends from Sacramento drove down for the evening. Next time: share the ride, perhaps?
I hope to see you soon--love your blog.
Cheers, www.thestylesaloniste.com

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

We all just love her work.

Cristin said...

I love Amanda's work too! She is the best. In fact, I am in the process of writing about some of her work, so I really enjoyed this interview. Thanks!

Your blog is looking great!

cristin @ simplified bee

Philip Hone said...

Wow, great fabrics... and I second that talent remark, great style!

Mélanie said...

She is very chic ! The mix of colors is perfect

Linda/"Mom" said...

* What great attention to the fine details~~~a beautiful n' stunning- yet-livable style... "ME LIKEY- MUCHO"!!!

I simply ADORE "oversized" accents, as it eliminates clutter. Having said that, I PERSONALLY feel the humongous (FAB but HUMONGOUS!) mirror over the small covered table w/ the sunflowers, is just TOO oversized... May I ask Y*O*U*R opinion on that???? MANY THANKS!!!

Linda in AZ *

Rachel said...

Thanks for sharing all the pics of this very talented designer. So few designers really grab my attention (because I find the same ol', same ol' boring), but she is one designer who really knows how to make a room interesting and is very good at picking out art to complement the space.

Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow said...

I've always been a huge fan of her work! I can't wait to see more of her fabric line.

Amanda Nisbet said...

thank you so much for taking the time and effort to post such a nice article. i love what i do and am so flattered when people respond positively to my work. thanks to everyone for their kind comments. btw re the overscale mirror-it was a showhouse porch and we were all scrambling at the last minute as the construction was finished the night before the showhouse opened. I'd been hunting forever for the right mirror for the space and luckily found this fabulous unique zinc mirror that actually made a lot out of a nothing awkward space. you are right it is a tad big but i went with it anyway as its aesthetic benefits outweighed its slightly overscale size.

Hello Lover... said...

Thank you for this post! I absolutely adore all of her designs and never tire of seeing them. I love how she can use such an array of colors and it never looks overdone!

Renae said...

fun fresh design....love those fabrics...I like fabrics like some like chocolate!

Greet said...


This is a wonderful post about Amanda! I love her work! Beautiful!

Thank you so much fof sharing this!


Sweet Nothings said...

love her!