Amber Lewis on the Ultimate California Kitchen
The designer sheds light on her clean approach.
Growing up between her parents’ houses in Malibu—her father’s clean-lined glass structure and her mother’s bohemian, textile- filled retreat—interiors whiz Amber Lewis wasn’t just traveling to opposite ends of the coastal enclave, but also the design spectrum. “My aesthetic is 100 percent my environment,” says the 35-year-old, whose way with blending disparate crisp and textured elements resulted in her quick-fire design-world ascent (and insatiable Pinterest following) upon launching her namesake firm in 2013. The designer claims an influential blog and more than 300,000 Instagram followers, and helms an e-commerce and Calabasas brick- and- mortar, Shoppe by Amber Interiors, to boot.
While her penchant for punchy, pink-tinged interiors is what landed her on the map, Lewis has since shifted to a fresh, neutral palette. Nowhere is this more evident than in the newly transformed kitchen of the Calabasas home she shares with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their young daughter, Gwyneth. The space, which she dubs “eclectic modern farmhouse,” abounds with earthy materials including Calacatta marble, whitewashed wood, black limestone and rustic floating shelves—elements in line with her current obsession: all things Australian design. “They’re straddling this line of nothing looking too new but everything looking clean and modern,” she notes.
With all of her kitchen projects, Lewis takes advantage of the light and space that California affords, while still making the central hub of the home feel cozy—lately by adding warm tones such as dark forest green and blue-gray cabinetry. “I trust that people can start putting color in their kitchens,” she laughs, adding that this trend isn’t limited to indoors: “A lot of my clients treat their outside like their inside, and build outdoor kitchens, too.”
Along with home projects (she’s finishing up new builds from Ojai to Connecticut), she’s also growing her line of custom furnishings (think vintage rug- upholstered ottomans and white-oak coffee tables) at her newly expanded store, plotting a range of home accessories and bedding, and releasing her debut coffee-table tome, The California Eclectic. “Good things come to those who hustle,” says Lewis of her weighty workload. “And I’m a hustler.” amberinteriordesign .com. • LINDSAY KINDELON