These massive reconfigurations started in 2018 and the final result was a beautiful ‘a 4,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath final product.’ The home renovationended in March, “right in time for my life to blow up.” The designer is, of course, referring to the global pandemic that destroyed our lives, and worse than that, she was received a diagnosis of multiple scleroses this spring.
The year 2020 is definitely being a change for all of us, specially for Amber. But despite the ongoing life challenges, the designer launched a special home collection, in partnership with Anthropologie for this fall; and opened a new outpost of her Shoppe Amber Interiors in Newport Beach this summer.
Fortunately, for Lewis, her father is a contractor and helped her finish her renovation just in time. This year, due to the pandemic crisis, our house had to serve many daily tasks that didn’t have to do before, such as an important business meeting, homeschooling, home gym, and more, and this reconfiguration of the house couldn’t be finished at a better time.
While Lewis is grateful to have finished her home, just in time to shelter in place with the rest of the country, she says it should have been finished sooner. “My dad is a contractor and builder, and he built the house for us,” explains Lewis, who grew up in Malibu. “When the destructive Woolsey wildfire hit in November 2018, he had to stay up in his canyon for two months. It derailed everything. The hardest part was renting for two years. For me, my environment is everything, and it was a bummer not to be home.”
“GSLA Studio designed the exterior landscaping to highlight the mature oak and olive trees on the property. During the remodel, Lewis added a pool with Fireclay Tile on the water line—with matching Oliver James floats—along with an outdoor fireplace coated in the same stone from the front of the home, seating area, and pergola built from vintage timber trucked to California from Ohio”, AD Magazine.
“I have a skewed version of what I like versus what I can afford,” says Lewis. “My taste is expensive, but I had to be on a realistic budget and knew I could do a lot with less if I honed in on materials selection, textures, and colors. I showed off the best I could given the dollars I have.” says Lewis.
And we couldn’t be more surprised with the final result!
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