sneak peek: amy allison of soda


i love whenever homes become testing grounds for great ideas, which couldn’t be more true for the chicago home of amy allison of soda. from prototypes, to a cabinet sketch that became an actual piece (with the help of a friend) to amy’s own wallpaper designs, they all make their way inside (only appropriate for a company where all the products are based of her own sketches). you can find more of amy’s work here, and CLICK HERE for the rest of the peek after the jump. [thanks, amy!] anne

[stay tuned for an interview with melinda launspach, the set decorator for hbo’s no.1 ladies detective agency next!]

[above: the living room sofa is Dunbar inspired and covered with my “wave” pattern in chocolate – most of the furniture, three tables and black chair, are either liaigre, astuguvielle or holly hunt, all acquired when i
worked for holly.  ]


the kitchen banquette that i designed is maple and is perfect with our liaigre maquis chairs and the drawing above was a pencil sketch i did for life drawing class in college. all the paint colors [in the house] are “muddy” and are either benjamin moore or ralph lauren…the only exception is the kitchen “lovebird toile” wallpaper of mine that we installed with the mint green background.

the graphic diamond shaped painting is by a college friend mika mizuhara and gets reconfigured all the time.

the book cases + cabinet i designed and had my friend make them out of rough sawn cedar which we implemented again on the coat rack and the cup shelf.

the front door plaque i made in my studio out of porcelain.

CLICK HERE for the rest of amy’s sneak peek (including additional, full-sized images) after the jump!

the bedroom shows a sweet painting of birds nesting and was an engagement gift to David by my painter friend Lee Piechocki – the graphic pillows have fabric my friend brought back from Thailand

above the coat rack are ink drawings i picked up in paris by freddy cats – love the name!  the cut out “rug” under the bookcase was a mock up of a felt rug that troscan was prototyping.

  1. wow!! so cool great job!!!

  2. rwilson says:

    Holy macaroni, Amy…your place looks beautiful. Do you sell those cups? They are fantastic.

  3. Cristie says:

    Love the colors, esp the chocolate behind the fireplace and the countertops.

  4. What a delicious place. Seriously.

  5. Sarah says:

    I LOVE this… The colors are so mellow and crisp. I would love to take a few pages from this design book…

  6. Everything is gorgeous! I love the cups and the shelf!!

  7. Aileen says:

    I love the subtle wall color in the living room…would you share with me what it is? I’m in the search for a beautiful neutral. thanks!

  8. jenp says:

    Yes, please share the paint names–I particularly like the olive green in the room with the daybed/window. What is it?!?! (I am a big fan of “muddy” colors.

  9. Mindy Harris says:

    we can go ahead and transfer all of that to my house now, please.

  10. robin says:

    pretty! that living room reminds me of mine… so i am partial :O)

  11. Kat says:

    Where did you find your pendant fixture for your living room? It’s fantastic!

  12. Very nice! I’m interested in knowing how you got those different types of picture frames in the first picture to line up so perfectly!

  13. jo says:

    so cool.. that dinner table is siik.. (and i don’t really, ever, say or type. .sik)

  14. I love love love that coffee table and theres something that makes everything seem so relaxing.

  15. .v. says:

    love this! where is the tree table lamp from?

  16. lauren says:

    i’m so in love with all the wood work – gorgeous!

  17. amy of SODA says:

    hi everyone – thought i’d reply to some of your inquiries! thanks so much for your feedback.
    **i sell the cups on etsy (SODAbyamy)
    **i don’t remember the paint names – has been a while :) but the bath was khaki by RL + the brown was Ben. Moore…bittersweet chocolate i think.
    **the pendant in the liv. room was from DWR
    **i had a brief stint at the MCA in chicago and learned to hang all those pretty prints in a row…
    **the tree table lamp i bought at anthropologie a few years back…definitely a favorite of mine!

  18. Janet Moran says:

    What a lovely surprise to see you on DS! Your place looks great Amy. John brought home some of your vases a few years back and I love them so so much.

  19. Laurie Freeman says:

    simply fantastic. What a great space to live, relax, entertain, create….
    I love the wave pattern upholstered on the sofa!

  20. Suzy Sue says:

    I love what you keep doing to the place, missy!

  21. Brenda Chrisman says:

    You are truly talented Amy! When can you come to my house!

  22. Stephanie says:

    love the coffee table! – where did you get it and does it double as a bench?

  23. JB Winterberry Company says:

    Love the new items in the collection! We carry your necklaces in our shop in Wheaton. Have them displayed on a large branch like you did in your showroom. Looks great!

  24. sosser says:

    so glad you decided to do this, amy! your place is so beautiful, down the the smallest details. just like everything you do!

  25. Kristin ...aka Kisstin says:

    Your place is gorgeous! I LOVE the chocolate brown behind the fireplace and the salmon colored pillows in the bedroom…Beautiful!Do you sell those? I especially like the cut out rug…do you sell that too? Just make me 1 of everything!

  26. noni says:

    Well done! AB FAB…

  27. catheerine says:

    i am so impressed with amy’s designs what a talented designer

  28. Carolyn Messick says:

    Peaceful… yet at the same time thought provoking……

  29. Marie-Eve says:

    I love the shelves in the kitchen with the amazing collection of pottery.

  30. san says:

    … “lovebird toile” wallpaper of mine… Lovely! Do you sell it? Where, please? I’m in love with it.
    I loved every detail, the colors and everything else. A wonderfully peaceful and clean environment, at the same time exciting! Congratulations!

  31. catheerine says:

    i love everything. a good place for love birds.

  32. Piechocki says:

    Hey Amy,
    Every once in a while I do a google search with my name to see what comes up and found a link to this site.
    Your place does look amazing and I am honored that you featured an image of my painting.

    Hope all is well.



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