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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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A Successful Appearance on Fox Channel 19!

As my blog Cincinnista continues to grow, I think that the highlight of the last year and a half, was our segment and fashion show on Fox Channel 19 this morning.

After appearing on Fox 19 twice now as an Interior Design Consultant, this was a new experience for me (Cincinnista.)  My mission was to discuss and display Fashion Trends for 2017.  The result was a great success!

With the collaboration of one of the best boutiques in Cincinnati,  The Co-Op on Camargo, as well as our three beautiful models,  here is a re-cap of what’s Hot for 2017:

-Cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops and dresses:   all the rage right now….another carry over from 2016.

-Embroidered and lace tops and dresses; this feminine and detailed look provides a great pop with simple denim and solid fabrics.

-Wide leg pants:  Not only are they stylish, they are comfortable and flattering especially on a taller silloutte. Not tall?  If your waist can handle it,  pair those high waister trousers with a shorter fitted top to elongate your legs…without showing your belly…remember Cincinnista’s are all about class!

-Stripes are in!  No, not your father’s pin striped button down, but stripes in unique repeats and angles such as flared sleeves and alternating lengths.  Very fun!

-Booties of all types: Check out Vinni’s “sock booties” that are a hybrid of short booties and tall boots,  and comfortable yet stylish at the same time.

In short, 2017 has a lot to be excited about….especially with fashion!  Stay tuned and check out our looks….

 

Our lovely Gina Elliott Rocking a 70′ inspired outfit with flared Level 99 jeans and embroidered striped top.
Myself, Amy Youngblood, in conversation on set with Anchor Charisse Gibson.
Models Vinni Brown, Heather Herr, and Gina Elliott
Vinni looks amazing in this black dolman sleeve dress!
Off the set with Vinni and Heather
Heather Herr rocking in an embroidered top and skinny jeans!
Myself, Amy Youngblood, chatting away with Charisse.
The whole gang!

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Cincinnista to be featured on Channel 19 Fox Now Show!

Well, after the honor of appearing twice as an interior designer on Fox News,  I am excited to announce that Cincinnista will be featured on the February 1st show at 10:10 am!

We will be discussing Fashion Tips and Trends for 2017.  In addition,  we will be featuring some fellow Cincinnista models in clothing, shoes and accessories provided by The Co-Op on Camargo.  So stay tuned and mark your calendar!

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End of Season Sale at the Co-Op!

Ok, I’m back from talking about ruffles to even more exciting news!

The CO-Op is having a big End of Season Sale starting Thursday, February 9th-Saturday February 11th.  Some of the fall/winter seasons hottest items will be drastically discounted not to mention,  join us for cocktail and appetizers on the 9th from 6-8.  A $5 donation at the door with also go to benefit the always worthwhile Karen Wellington Foundation.

For those of you not familiar with the CO-OP,  it is a store conveniently located in Madiera, housing several top fashion vendors in Cincinnati.  In addition,  the Sale will include additional vendors for a total of 6:   Elizabeth’s Closet, Erin Wach’s Gallery, Folchi’s, La Silhouette, Rambling Rita’s, Rory Maxwell and of course the CO-OP.

So put on your comfy shopping shoes and get ready for fun and deals!

 

 

 

 

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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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Prada, Valentino, Gucci….the Holiday Sales are On!

So  this Cincinnista has been caught up in the Thanksgiving rush, in addition to a full work load and yes,  did I mention we are still renovating our offices and to top it off I caught the holiday sinus infection?!

 

So, enough of my excuses, back to some fun shopping and deals:)  Forget about Black Friday.  I was pleasantly surprised to find several high ticket shoes and bags I had been eyeing on sale up to 40% off early last week!  I scooped up a Valentino tote I’d seen at Saks months ago, but put off due to the price.  As we all know,  it’s rare that Premium Designer labels go on sale go hurry…these items will be gone way before Christmas!  Another hint,  Gucci has a big sale twice a year…but you will have to wait until end of December for that one..grab it while you can Cincinnista’s!

 

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Can’t go wrong with a simple black Prada bag now on sale at Saks.
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I bought this exact Valentino bag on sale as well. Love the rich caramel color with the unique Valentino stud detailing!
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These Prada Mary Jane’s are also on sale at Saks. The chunky heal is so in this season as well as comfortable!
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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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