I try so hard to work in more color and pattern around my home any chance I get. It doesn’t always work out for me, because I just don’t have the knack for it the way of Greenville, SC does. When Amanda Louise moved into her husband Kevin’s blank slate 1976 condominium seven years ago, she decided to do what she does best rather than sink a lot of money into the space by doing major renovations. For starters, she painted the home with bold colors — from the yellow in the kitchen to the red cabinet in the living room — and she added to her favorite collections by way of local art, dog paintings and dog figurines. “Collecting local art adds so much personality and Kevin buys vintage dog figurines for me as a gift for all of our special occasions,” Amanda Louise shares. “Filling the space with things like this is what makes it feel like home.”
As an interior designer, she’s got a keen eye for making color and textiles work well together. Amanda Louise started her business five years ago, and her home is an extension of her work. “I work hard to create spaces for my clients that are colorful, happy, and a reflection of their loves and passions… and our home is just that as well. My husband, Kevin, and I have worked hard to make our basic condo that he bought as a foreclosure almost 10 years ago representative of us, with our collection of local art, family furniture pieces and just generally things we love that make us happy.” Sure, there are things that she wishes she could change in the space — wall-to-wall carpeting on the second floor, the textured ceilings, and the lack of natural light — but for a place that they don’t see themselves living in forever, it’s the pieces in the home that make it so special to her and Kevin. “I wanted to [inject] our personalities into an overall personality-less blank slate of a space,” Amanda Louise adds.
Based around family heirlooms, thrifted pieces, and collections built together, Amanda Louise and Kevin have certainly created a beautiful home. I hope that you enjoy all the love that makes this condo a home. —
Photography by /
Image above: “A client was getting rid of that embroidered settee and I had to have it as my own,” Amanda Louise shares. “I love its worn style, and that is officially now Maisy’s sofa. To the left of the settee is a secretary where I display my collection of dog figurines and to the right, a round table that I had covered in an ikat print. I love using floor cushions in spaces for extra seating. The art over the sofa is by my friend and the prints surrounding [it] are vintage.”