By MARIE TABELA | Contributing Writer
It’s an Instagram page come to life: Shoppe Amber Interiors on Swarthmore Avenue.
Each item is specially curated by owner Amber Lewis and her team. The treasures found in the Shoppe (both in her Pacific Palisades location as well as her Calabasas location) are made by local craftsmen and artisans from around the globe.
Lewis has a strong affinity for vintage pieces as well: “My team and I are obsessed with vintage items, and are always scouring near and far for the best for our customers. Flea markets, international travels, you name it; we’ll do anything for good vintage.”
Lewis’ Shoppe and interior design business were a natural evolution, beginning when she was 5 years old as she watched her father, a builder, renovate and build residences. From there, she began her work on window displays while she spent time in UCLA’s interior design program.
She then began working for an interior designer as an assistant, eventually began working on her own. Lewis found her calling when she began her blog, which focused on designing her first home.
As a pioneer in the design blogging world, Lewis quickly made a name for herself and developed a following. After she began sourcing and selling home goods online, her and her husband, Mike, went into business together and launched her career as an interior designer.
When Instagram made its appearance in the social media world, she used the app to boost her visibility online and showcase her work.
Now, Lewis proudly told the Palisadian-Post, “Amber Interior Design is a full-service residential design firm,” and the team also designs their very own custom line of furniture, Made by Shoppe. Each piece is made-to-order locally.
As a Malibu native, Lewis feels at home with her Shoppe in the Palisades.
Finding space for her Shoppe was truly a chance opportunity. In a twist of fate, Lewis rescheduled a meeting in neighboring Brentwood and fit in a meeting with her client in the Palisades. When Mike went to park the car after dropping Lewis off at her meeting, he managed to find a space right in front of the since-closed Cottage (finding a space on Swarthmore in and of itself is a miracle).
Noticing the “for lease” sign, he knew he had stumbled upon their next brick-and-mortar location.
“We called the owner, met within the same week and signed a lease within days,” Lewis shared. “I am such a believer in fate, and this location couldn’t be more perfect.”
She said that she hopes the new boutique will allow its patrons to find key pieces to incorporate the “Amber Interior style” into their homes.
Lewis’ enthusiasm over her Palisades location and the community is indisputable: “The support from the Palisades locals has been overwhelming in the best way possible,” Lewis said. “We have amazing neighbors, and so many locals have stopped by the store just to tell us how happy they are that we’re here.
“We’re just so grateful for all the love.”
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