sneak peek: amy osaba

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how amy osaba is able to create such a serene and elegant home with three boys under the age of 5, i will never know! she must have learned some sort of grace under pressure during her 10 years as a professional ballet dancer. now amy applies that love of beauty and movement to her floral and event designs. her home has the same vibrant mix of styles and colors as her floral designs – the end result is funky and fabulous! you can find additional images of amy’s atlanta home here. [thanks, amy! and thanks to heidi for the spectacular photos! ] -amy a.

[Robb and I moved into this house with only an 8-month old boy – now we have three: Noah, 5; Miles, 3 and Max, 2. It’s a little out in the sticks – and a long way from previous home, in town; so, we have had to make it our own and make some adjustments along the way. My sweet husband finished the basement himself and actually we both like that space much better. We wish the rest of our house looked like the basement; its more us- more industrial. He designed and created the whole space- with antiqued exposed brick and 7” moldings and hand-scrapped bamboo floors, it is much more “designed” for us. He did the garden out back with the pea gravel and stacked stone. He is very design driven as well. Can you believe I  just got that leather couch for only $150.00 at a thrift store? The chairs I got for $5.00 each in Cleveland, Ohio from my old dancing days. I am sort of a thrift/antique store-a-holic. I can’t resist! I am constantly restyling our spaces. I just find too many yummy things to play with. I want to showcase everything. Just not all at once.]

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I love my little ballet girl. My great-grandmother, Bessie Smith, gave it to me when I was really young. You can’t see it in the photo but it’s raised and puffy like the old 50’s style pics. Little did she know that I was going to become a dancer one day.

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I mean, one must have a hint of leopard. I know its cliché but I do love a tad bit of leopard. Not all animal prints, just leopard.  The table another thrift store find that I refinished and covered. The credenza my mom actually re-did as a house warming gift (it kinda’ runs in the family-the whole thrift store refinishing thing). I just love finding something and making it my own – not prefabricated or laid out in a catalog.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Amy’s sneak peek (including all 10 images on one page) after the jump!

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The ballerina sketch I actually did when I was in school for art history.  The oil is from a street artist and other local thrift store finds. The black lamp came from my grandmothers farmhouse – I think she had it since the 70’s. While visiting one summer, I told her I loved that lamp and the day I was leaving she had it wrapped up and ready for me to take home. Now I am scared to tell her I like anything. She might try to send home that gorgeous cabinet I love in her kitchen.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Amy’s sneak peek (and all the images on one page!)

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The gears again are from my grandmother’s farm in Arkansas. Out in the old tractor barn, they were just scattered around. I think they are gears from an old tractor. My son was exploring out there one day and asked me what they were. I thought they were interesting.

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This is my little desk in my studio where I am writing from, right now. That’s Leon the family cat. Yes, even the cat is a boy! I am the only female in this whole house. But they always tell me I am their princess – such sweet boys!

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The two oldest boys room, Miles and Noah. They absolutely love books (thanks to my husband who patiently reads to them every night- and never even skips pages), trains and their cowboy boots. If I would let them, I think they would sleep in their boots. The old bunny on the bookshelf, conejito, has been passed down from Noah to Max. How cute is that? They have all slept with him at some point.

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This is the nursery. I started an old toy collection when I was pregnant with my first.  The crates came from the farm. My grandmother used to have milk delivered right to her back door. The little sign, I thought was so stinkin’ sweet.

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In my studio!

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I love this table. One of the first “antiques” we bought after we were married. It’s extremely heavy and not very practical for kids, but I think it is so pretty. The little garden my husband finished when he did the basement. It’s like an old little English garden with pea gravel and everything.

Fiona Richards

Love all the iron cog parts on the wall – great change from porcelain plates on a wall! Very warm and friendly space – and your studio is gorgeous!

annie Patterson

I love it when people decorate without caring about themes, eras or matching color palettes. Then you know everything in the room was picked simply because they love it- and THAT is what makes the most beautiful interior design

Vanessa Hansford

I love how eclectic the space is and of course, the photography is beautiful! great outdoor dining area, I can imagine whimsical dinner parties here

tricia

I really L_O_V_E your sneak peaks.
It inspired me so much that I started to do some myself: sneaking at friends and friends friends. It is so much fun to document friends houses…and you get to know people in a completely different way.thanks for all the good ideas!

tara

I LOVE the dining room. I would take everything in it and put it in my home if I could! I especially like the orange walls and black/charcoal furniture. Any chance I can get the names of the paint used?

Marise

What type of paint was used on the table/chairs/credenza? I love the finish. It looks matte but I’m not sure…

Rab

I’m just here to offer my housesitting services… because WOW, your house is inspiring, elegant yet playful, and both the larger pieces and the smaller accents are pleasingly and proportionately put together.

No, really, I could house sit.

amy osaba

wow! what an honor. thank you so much ladies for inviting me to be a part of your blog. i LOVE the feature.
your blog is truly inspiring.

elle

the gears are such a great idea for wall art! great texture and really cool graphic appeal

maggie

your house is amazing! so full of personality. not always easy to do! i luv that you and your family are all on the same page! it left me wanting to see more!

B

I never would have thought to use that orange in the dining room — and I’m very daring with wall color — but I LOVE it. The garden, too – lovely. Such a unique and personal space.

Marilyn

Amy- what an inspiring house you have. you are such a talented florist and designer.

ness

please… where oh where is the mirror from? If you say it’s one of a kind I might shoot myself. It’s perfection.

Katie (Australia)

A beautiful blend of masculine and feminine… and fabulous use of orange!

tara doherty

love your house and creativity…you mentioned your grandmother…was it the Bessie Smith???

Grand Susu

AHHH…our little girl, all grown up and so, so talented! I always love coming to your house, you make every room so special… so you! It’s a gift, you know!

Rashmie Jaaju

what a place! I absolutely loved the nursery and the antique piece in the garden and the garden itself with its English look..! This goes into my wish list right now!

Brenda

absolutely gorgeous! one question, do you remember where you found the chandelier? i’m designing a store right now and it is perfect!

Melissa

Amy Osaba is uber talented with flowers, and, obviously, with her interiors as well! Great peek into her home life.

Leigh-Ann

I am in awe. I saved almost every photo to my hard drive. Her husband and kids and home and LIFE sounds perfect.

Jason

don’t let my wife see this sneak peek…I will have waaaay too many new projects on my hands if she does!

Tanya

AMY – I am SO in love with your home! I mean, I’ve been in love w/you & your whole family for eons but after seeing your temple I could just die! What a gorgeous place to call “home.”

Alicia Benedict

I love every inch! It is a style I wish I could have..rich but soft at the same time, with so much personality. I have a hankering for bright colors but wish I could create a more muted palette often as I love the look as well. I really want to know where those seat cushions are from on the outside antique seating area; I love those square cushions; so much cushiness! :)

Johanna

Another wonderful Atlanta home! Show me a towns’ thrift shops and I will tell you the history of that area – I LOVE the hunt in any thrift shop so of course I fell in love with this home. What I find thrilling is that it is not stuffy or dated. There is a very fresh take on vintage pieces. My favorite – the orange shiny dining room walls and the dark pieces. It was carefully and tastefully assembled…I love even more that the credenza is from her mom, also a thrift shop connoisseur. It works!

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