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Wine Country: The perfect Cincinnista Get-Away!

So this Cincinnista is finally back after a fabulous 1st Anniversary trip with my husband, Tom.  As Tom’s never actually been to wine country, I thought it was the perfect place for us that he’d appreciate.

 

Everything from the hotel to the food to the topography, and of course the wine was perfect.  A referral from a friend, we stayed in Sonoma at the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa, a place of beauty yet with tons of history and character.  Despite, the long flight to San Francisco,  we were ready for two days of wineries in both Sonoma then Napa.  We selected only those wineries with good reputations and of course hired a driver!  It’s hard to say which was our favorite, but we did love the energy at Wellington, the amazing cabernet at Etude and the incredible view at Stag’s Leap. Not to mention, everyone working at the wineries was incredible nice and passionate about their jobs.  We also lunched at the famous Auberge du Soleil hotel.

 

After the wine tours,  it was time to change gears.  Tom went golfing at the scenic Sonoma Country Club  while I spent and afternoon at the Fairmont’s amazing spa.  The service was impeccable and the interior beautiful. (and we all know how much I care about that!:)  After my services, I sipped sparking wine by the private outdoor pool basking in relaxation.

 

Finally on our last day,  we hung at the lovely pool for a bit then ventured in to the actual town of Sonoma for dinner.  We stopped at an authentic Mexican Restaurant for a yummy, hand made margarita,  then off to the Girl and the Fig for an amazing main course.

 

Overall,  it was hard to leave and I can’t wait to go back.  Thank goodness this Cincinnista stocked up on some good wine that we are still drinking!  Cheers!

Downtown Sonoma. Tons of character. Notice Tom on his phone…I thought this was vacation?
On our way to downtown Sonoma in front of our hotel.
The “quiet” pool outside the spa.
I couldn’t help but photograph this water sculpture inside the spa.
At Stag’s Leap Winery in Napa. A breathtaking view not to mention amazing wine.
The view from the Auberge Du Soleil restaurant. Fabuous.
Lunch and wine tasting at the famous Auberge du Soleil.
Waiting for our driver outside the hotel.
An front view of our hotel, the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa.
A view of the enchanted grounds from our hotel room.
Tom getting to know wine. Not easy for a beer drinker!

 

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The Jumpsuit: A Cincinnista’s Go To Piece!

Since it’s introduction to the fashion world in the 1970’s the jumpsuit has come back in style, and it is here to stay!  I recall buying my first neck-plunging black halter piece in 2010 and my collection has since grown.   From strapless to off-the-shoulder,  to wide legged to tapered leg,  the silhouettes are endless.  Not to mention,  the array of colors and patterns!  The jumpsuit is a way to “hip up” your wardrobe regardless of the occasion.  And what Cincinnista doesn’t want to accomplish that?  Here are some examples of my fav’s and ones I own.  Cheers!

 

From a girl’s trip to Miami Beach in early 2014. I couldn’t resist the aqua green jumpsuit with neck cut-out by Catherine Malandrino.
An elegant version by DVF with tapered legs. Love this rich satin red color with the sash belt!
Pre Ladies Night shopping event with The Wardrobe. I opted for a comfortable version in silk snake skin print by Haute Hippe. Perfect for a woman in flip flops who has just broken her toe!
The clean lines, flared legs, and stripes makes the jumpsuit by Michael Kors a classic.
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The Royal Bouquet Fashion Show A Huge Success!

So, my post is a bit belated, but last Saturday the 11th, I attended my first Junior League of Cincinnati’s Fashion Show and had a fabulous time!  Hosted at the the historic Cincinnati Club,  downtown:),  the event started with a delicious sit down lunch, followed by a silent auction,  shopping with top Cincinnati vendors, and finally, a very fun and well done fashion show.  As a pretty discerning Cincinnista,  I was impressed by the quality of the fashions in the show as well as the merchandise for sale. The fashion show was also emceed by Kara Sewell,  an accomplished Fox 19 anchor and member or the Junior League herself.  Another part that was unique to this event was that it included men as well as kids in the show. One of my favorite acts, was my good friend Dave Sanders modeling a tuxedo by Ramuldo’s with a glass of champagne in his hand!  Cheers!

Dave Sanders in action. Always a classic!
Rachel Hamilton, owner of Bling, selling her fashion forward clothing and accessories.
Love the kiddos in this show!
The always beautiful Megan Stacey!
EmCee, Kara Sewell, managed the room with class and style!
Myself with Kara Sewell
Love Erin Wachs Jewelry!

 

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Why I love Main Street!

Ok fellow Cincinnista’s, a bit of a break from fashion talk.  Many of you know I moved my design firm, Amy Youngblood Interiors, to Main Street in OTR last October.  What you may not know is all of the great existing and new spots to visit on Main Street.

First of all,  Amy Youngblood Interior’s home office is a beautifully transformed space, with tons of hip character, and yes furnishings and artwork to sell!  Check out our front corner window if you are in doubt.  We also have great restaurants and bars such as Liberty’s Bar and Bottle (one block south of Liberty), Goodfella’s Pizza and soon to come Buzzed Bull Creamery.  Yes,  Buzzed Bull Creamery will be Cincinnati’s first ice cream store with adult style ice cream. Get the picture?

 

In addition to food and drink,  two great art galleries are a stone’s throw away from AYI.  The Brush Factory,  a niche furniture and accessory store just opened across the street from us in December as well. In to special events?  The Woodward Theatre is an beautifully restored venue to varies fundraisers and parties.

 

Besides these spaces,  there are countless buildings currently being renovated for up and coming businesses.  While Main street is not yet as developed as Vine,  I love being off the path of complete weekend chaos…not that we won’t be there soon!  Not to mention, our proximity to new hot bars and restaurants off of Main is excellent. So, come and visit Main Street and see why we love it!

 

Cincinnati Art Underground is consistently bringing in top artist and hosting art talks and opening parties.
Good love the friendly bartenders at Liberty’s!
Our favorite watering hole at AYI! Liberty’s Bar and Bottle.
Can’t wait for them to open! Fun for kids AND adults!
Check out this amazing mid-century console with twig style lamp in the window at Amy Youngblood Interiors. For sale!
We get more compliments on the funky egg chair. Come buy it!
Love the Woodward Theatre.

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Clash or Creativity?

So, I’m a bit torn over this issue.  While on my latest airline flight, I perused the latest fashion magazines,  and all the haute couture looks are a crazy mix of patterns and textures.  From striped shirts, to ruffled skirts mixed with studded heels,  it feels a bit like the “Clash of the Titans” to me.  I suppose this Cincinnista was always schooled in the the theory that if your top is complex, go with a more simplified baseline, or visa versa.  So what do we choose?  It seems to me that going with one or two focal points on your  outfit should suffice and let the rest follow.  Kind of like deciding between bold earrings or a bold necklace.  Can’t do both.  Check out these looks…hmmmm….might be fun on the runway, but to work?  Really?

 

I love Gucci, but I don’t think the pirate hat would work for me:)
Too much going on here!

 

 

Again, just the busyness of this outfit is too much. They would look great separately…but together?
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Decorating for the Holidays!

While this Cincinnista doesn’t talk much interior design on this blog, when it comes to the holiday decorating your home correctly is important.  ‘Tis the season!

Amy Youngblood Interiors graciously appeared on the Channel 19 Fox Morning Show last week to discuss tips and trends in holiday decorating.  In case you missed it, here is the scoop!

  1.  Embrace a color scheme.  Red and green?  White and gold?  Blue and silver?  Pick a palette and stick with it to create a unfied look.  Accent with a pop of red if need be.
  2.  Wrap gifts early and get them under the tree….even if they are empty boxes!  A decorated tree with a variety of fun wrapping paper adds to the already festive scene.
  3. Make the holiday table a special one.  For your big holiday dinner, besides a great centerpiece, add decorative items such as round metallic balls or holday glitter.  Layer different patterned tablecloths for a more customized look.  Another tip: for buffet style dining, secretly elevate areas of the table for serving and display with paint cans!
  4. Engage your senses with light and the scent of fun candles…..always adds to the ambiance of the room.
  5. Accent items in your home that are unique and special.  Fill a decorative bowl with metallic balls or add festive bows and garland to a stylish pair of sconces.
  6. Modernize your decorations.   I’m not saying throw our Grandma’s Christmas village set, but like everyday decor in our lives, the trend is towards more clean-lined modern pieces.
  7. Bring in the Great Outdoors!  Now this decoration can last not only through the holidays but throughout the entire season.  Fill a glass or metallic vase with corkscrew willow branches of something similar to give interest and height to your table.
  8. Finally, “Less is More.”  While we want to be festive, we highly recommend decorating with class.  Lighting up your home like a Christmas tree is overkill, not to mention dangerous!

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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Add a festive bow and fun branches to an already cool sconce.
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Myself and designer Chelsea Moeller on set. Table finished!
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Working away to set up the “demo” table. The clock is running!
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Loved talking to Fox anchor Kara Sewell. She is so professional and a class act!
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Getting There!

Well I’m embarrassed to say it’s been almost a month now since my last post….High Point Market travel and buried with moving!  Along with a good size client load and renovating the new space, life has been more than busy.  We moved however without a hitch last Friday and are working away in our new digs.

 

The process of completely upgrading the space, however, is still in the works.  While we have all of our new office furniture installed, most new showroom furniture in, flooring and most painting done,  we ran in some plumbing hurdles.  Our lovely local building inspector stopped in one day and after much hassle…we were forced to post pone our bathroom renovation. So beware… our bathroom is much cleaner but still uglier than you know what!  Our landlord has been very  helpful with this issue and we finally have our plumbing and kitchenette cabinetry ordered.  Given that…we are in a waiting stage on many items at this point.  As an interior designer,  I know how many of my clients feel!  But stay tuned.  The world class artwork from Malton Gallery is to be hung tomorrow, a few stunning furniture pieces and amazing entry way floor tile on way , more cool light fixtures, and a fabulous kitchen/bathroom area coming.

 

Check out our latest pics….and yes I decided to skip the moving pics just to forget about that part of it!

 

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The front area has been totally transformed. Just loving the amazing wallpaper as the backdrop for this amazing oversized chandelier. New dining table and sofa on way!
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Kitchen area with new tile, lighting and painting.
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I almost forgot signage! ABC Sign did an amazing job refurbishing this historical sign with our updated logo. Fun to watch the installation too:)
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Proud to have my name in OTR!
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The new fabric and selection library
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My big new office! Still waiting on two mid century modern guest chairs. Loving the floor planks that we designed generously donated by Shaw!
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AYI Moving to OTR!

So off the subject of fall fashion and on to bigger news!  After looking for over a year at various locations in the Hyde Park/Mount Lookout/Oakley area,  I finally turned my gaze to downtown OTR.  My love for the area really kicked in earlier this year when I began a remodeling project for a great client on Vine Street.  I found myself downtown several times a week and was fascinated by the vibe and indigenous beauty of the architecture there. Our new space is on the corner of Main and Orchard, boasts 12″ ceilings and hardwood floors.  However, the place is old and needs a lot of work to come up to Amy Youngblood Interiors’ standards!  Besides just refinishing the floor, we are upgrading other areas with new tile and vinyl floor planks,  fresh paint and wallpaper, new chandeliers and lighting… not to mention hip, modern furniture!

Stay tuned for our journey from a basic mess right now to the final product.  You may have also noticed my Cincinnista Facebook posts regarding all the good and close bars and restaurants. It’s going to a great home for us.

In the meanwhile, check out some of our before pics just for the record!

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Love the corner location and Orchard Street is just darling. Of course, need a sign and new transom windows.
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Our future kitchen. Need new tile, lighting, paint and of course, a kitchenette.
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The front room entry space. We will be painting and wallpapering as well as furnishing with edgy and mid-century modern furniture and lighting!
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My future office. Need to level off the floor, install cool vinyl plank flooring, new chandelier and paint.
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The bathroom. Need I say more? Ugh!

 

 

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