Making Space for Intentional Living with Designer Amanda Blair

Amanda Shares 5 Tips For Creating An Effortless Space Intentionally Designed For You & Your Family

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05/26/2017

Here at Modern Sanctuary, our slogan is to “Nurture Your Space. Your Life. Your Soul.”, and part of that means setting aside some time to give your surroundings, and more importantly yourself, a little TLC. We know this can sometimes feel nearly impossible to do, but finding the time to focus your energy towards creating a life and space that is intentional – a reflection of who you are – can help you find harmony, support your growth, and truly be life-changing.

After having a major “Aha!” moment, Interior and Event designer Amanda Blair of Amanda Blair by Design took time to do this for herself. Amanda invites us into her home and shares her journey to creating space for intentional living.

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Radian Photography

“My mid-20’s were shaped by personal and professional adversity – the kind that rocks you to the core, but was also the catalyst that led me to what I affectionately refer to as my adult time-out. It was the space I needed to walk away from the fear and pain that had engulfed me, and walk into a life that I would craft with intention for myself. It was in that space of healing that Amanda Blair by Design was created.

“Now that I’m in my 30’s, I crave and pursue a style of effortlessness. Being effortless does not connote laziness, but to the contrary it is focused intentionality that is expressed in my wardrobe, my home, my business and my relationships. By learning to operate at this higher plane, the complex can be made simple, the extravagant can be made elegant. In order to stay authentic, I strive to weave these concepts of form and function through all phases of my work and personal life, seamlessly.

“The following are some tips that I’ve found useful in creating an effortless space intentionally designed for your family.”

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Radian Photography

Strip Away The Excess

“If you want to unclutter your mind, the first step is to unclutter your home. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it!”

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Radian Photography
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Radian Photography

Create A Vision Board

Clip magazines, pin like crazy, screenshot images you see on Instagram. Soon you will start to see a trend in the types of spaces and accessories that you are drawn to.”

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Select a Color Scheme

“I decided to keep the foundational palette of my home neutral, which makes transitioning into seasonal decor seamless.”

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Radian Photography
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Pick A Focal Point

“Each room in my home often has one element that visually draws you in. Often this is the one item I splurged on, or it was hand-made by a local craftsman (In my case, by my sweet husband).”

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Radian Photography
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Radian Photography
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Radian Photography

Make It Uniquely You

Try to incorporate personal mementos and heirlooms into each space. My home is replete with photos of our travels, signage from our wedding, water color postcards from my time abroad as a student at NC State, and even the vintage chair that my husband’s grandfather reclined in at the end of each day. These are pieces and parts of us… and this is what makes our house a home.”

Photo by:
Radian Photography
Photo by:
Radian Photography
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Radian Photography

An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance. John Maxwell

Meet the designer Amanda Blair by Design
Bio:

Amanda Blair by Design is a boutique event planning and design company in Raleigh, NC. By Design means “as a result of a plan; intentionally”. This is the heart of Amanda Blair by Design – homes, events, spaces, moments and relationships all created through intentionality. I love the Don Draper quote, “Make it simple, but significant.” That is exactly how I approach styling events and the mentality I walk into every client meeting with.

My dream is simply for my clients to have an exceptional experience. I look forward to being a sounding board, an inspiration, and a design guide, as we bring our shared vision to life. From small intimate settings, to corporate events, I’m committed to making your special day, just that!

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