It had been a long time coming, but I finally set out to have some fresh branding done for my NEW business name, Amanda Carlson Interiors, and Laine from The Branding Addicts was PERFECT. More on her in a second, but a little explanation on my name change recently…..

I loved the name The Interior Maven (and many of my trade + vendor accounts are still under that name due to my business license), but it was time to just simplify things and start using my real name. After almost 2 years of being known as The Interior Maven, I began working under Amanda Carlson Interiors in December. There were a couple of reasons for this: 1)  I found out there was a similar design name here in Nashville and it was getting a little confusing and 2) I knew that my work might be published in the near future and a PR person told me it was best for it just to be my name. So, after agonizing over it for a good week, I went for it!

I had always felt kind of weird to put my name in there because I guess it felt sort of like an ego trip, but then I realized that the company IS me. And that’s okay. And now after 6 months of doing that, it has gotten slightly less weird to see my name on everything. (Only slightly – still weird though.)

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Laine from The Branding Addicts

I had already secured Laine from The Branding Addicts (above – isn’t she adorable?) to do my branding before I made this decision and so it slowed down my process on my end. I took forever because it was such a change in my brain that I had to honestly wrap my mind around it and what I wanted this new branding idea to look like. I knew it had to look like ME since it is me.

I wanted clean and sleek and minimalist.

I wanted easy to read.

I wanted welcoming.

I wanted easy to remember and recognize.

I wanted to bridge the waters between feminine and masculine.

I wanted the logo portion to speak for itself. And I think it does.

Here is my new branding suite!


What do you think?! I am in LOVE with the colors, the textures, the entire cohesiveness of it all. (Thank you, Laine!)


Laine was a dream to work with and I think that we achieved this list of wants together. Although, I’m sure that I drove her nuts with not getting back with her on emails in a very timely manner! I was probably the worst client because I am extremely picky and it took me sometimes a couple of weeks to mull something over before I had a response or knew how to direct her. It was basically me figuring out my stuff and being busy that I didn’t have quick response time while she had to wait around for that to happen before she could move forward. (I’m so sorry, Laine, but you were awesome!)


She nailed my mood board, she nailed my colors, she nailed the logo……everything. So, I wanted to finally share that here and what direction I’m going with my branding just because I’m so excited about it! I still have to change everything over on my website and here on my blog, but that will come with time. I do that myself, so I honestly just have to find the time to sit and do it. And I can guarantee it won’t be in May! This is my insanely busy month every year. (Working mothers – you know how it is, am I right?!?!)

I have already talked to Laine about doing some more work for me going forward, but for right now I’m ecstatic that this is complete and ready to use and I hope you love it, too.  If you want to see more updates from me on the blog, click over on the left under “Sign Up Here” and they will start coming to your inbox.

(Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @amandacarlsoninteriors and on FB at The Interior Maven – FB won’t grant me a name change yet. Ugh. Come on, FB, help a sister out!)


xoxo – Amanda Carlson


Hello, friends! I am guessing that most of you found yourselves peeking in over here because Kim of Knock It Off Kim sent you over! Thanks, Kim, and hi to any new readers!

This entire week of Christmas decor tips and tricks and beautiful homes is all because of this amazing Simply Seasonal bloghop that Caroline Dilbeck from Organize Nashville has coordinated and hosted for us. Here is the line-up so you can check out all the posts if you missed the first half:


Having said that, my blog post for today is having a bit of a technical difficult with my photos – (such a pain, but it won’t dampen my holiday spirit!) – so check back later for my photos and tips on how we do Christmas and how it’s different every year.

In the meantime, it doesn’t mean that you can’t keep going with the others in the bloghop! Be sure to hop on over to Samantha from Little Bits of Home to hear how she readies her home for the holidays. I’ve added a link to everyone else participating {and the day they post} so you can be sure to check out all the amazing blogs in this series.



Monday, December 5

Organize Nashville

Creatively Homespun

At Home with Zan

Uncookie Cutter

Tuesday, December 6

Timeless Creations

Craftivity Designs

Green with Decor

My Life from Home

Two Purple Couches

Old House to New Home

Wednesday, December 7

Our Crafty Mom

A Purdy Little House

Roots North & South

Pender & Peony

Organize & Decorate Everything

Thursday, December 8

Flourish & Knot

Rocky Mountain Bliss

Pocketful of Posies

Recreated Designs

Knock it Off Kim

The Interior Maven

Little Bits of Home

Friday, December 9

Love My Simple Home

Brooklyn Berry Designs

Simple Nature Decor

2 Bees in a Pod

Country Design Style

Finding Your Joy in The Journey



Enjoy your Christmas Season and tell me what your favorite tips and tricks are for decorating and celebrating my favorite season of all!

xoxo, Amanda

The Interior Maven

Finally, I have a chance to sit down and tell you about the Nashville Event Collective, which is the new space I am now a part of starting this month! And of course I keep singing this to the tune of Black And Yellow “Brick and mortal, brick and mortar….”

Storefront | Nashville Event Collective

Storefront | Nashville Event Collective

I am (obviously) over the moon excited and giddy of all the possibilities I have before me at this point. Slow and steady, friends. So, without further adieu, here is the information for my new office location!

1900 Eastland Avenue Nashville Tennessee

1900 Eastland Avenue Nashville Tennessee

The Interior Maven, LLC, just signed a lease to become a part of The Nashville Event Collective located at 1900 Eastland Avenue in East Nashville.

If you are not immediately familiar with that address, I’m sure these few names will jog your memory…..

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (hello, immediate $25 down the hatch per week)….


Jeni’s East Nashville location

The Wild Cow (my favorite vegan restaurant)….

Graze Nashville (my new favorite plant-based restaurant!)….

Welcome Home (the most adorable little home store across the courtyard from us)….

Welcome Home Storefront | East Nashville

Welcome Home Storefront | East Nashville

Rosepepper (the delicious restaurant & “tequila specialist” across the street with the famous signs that change their quips constantly)….

Rosepepper | East Nashville

Rosepepper | East Nashville

….and the newest addition (which will be dangerously close – next door to us!) is the new location for FIVE DAUGHTERS BAKERY! (hello, donuts + 10 winter lbs)

If you are from here, then you now understand why this was so exciting for me! This is an area that I have been frequenting for a few years now. I take guests to this strip of town, I take my kids there for their birthday, I go here on a girls’ night out, I live *maybe* 10 minutes away.


I took the family by there this weekend and snapped some quick shots with my iPhone of the space, and of the kids checking it all out, so pardon the rough photos, but I know everyone was asking to see it!

Maddox + Magdalen enjoying the reception area

Maddox + Magdalen enjoying the reception area


Me, after coercing the kids to take a few photos of me on my first day in the workspace!

Me, after coercing the kids to take a few photos of me on my first day in the workspace!

The Interior Maven | Brick and Mortar

Selfie Success!

Selfie Success!


The kids checking out Laurie

The kids checking out Laurie’s beautiful wedding invitation display.


Move-in Ready!

Move-in Ready!

Now that you know the location, I can introduce you to the idea of the shared office space I am leasing. I am currently sharing an entire office space (including kitchen + bathroom + workspace + receiving area) with two other wonderful ladies.

Abigail Volkmann | Photo Credit: Unknown

Abigail Volkmann | Photo Credit: Unknown

The person heading this up is Abigail Volkmann of Abigail Volkmann Photography. She produces the most beautiful portraits that I get to see hanging in the space and featured online. And you know I love some excellent photography to drool over!

She had a brilliant idea, after moving to Nashville back in the winter, to open up a space that included a small number of creative entrepreneurs that could share space and have a location for client meetings, quiet working space, visibility in town and also  a place to collaborate. And it is such a beautiful space that she and her husband worked very hard on!

Laurie Montgomery of Fanciful Ink | Photo credit: Abigail Volkmann

Laurie Montgomery of Fanciful Ink | Photo credit: Abigail Volkmann

The other person who uses the space just as regularly as Abigail is Laurie Montgomery who runs Fanciful Ink. She is a calligrapher + designer who illustrates wedding invitation suites and much more! She is AMAZING at her work. I met Laurie and Abigail on the same day and they were so wonderful that I could have stayed and chatted all day long. Definitely go check both of them out!

My next step is to slowly move my product and sample books/boxes and store them in my storage space for clients. Abigail and Laurie are there a lot on the weekend and evenings for bride meetings and I will be there a lot during the weekdays once the kids start back to school this week. I will be taking appointments there, writing there, working on design projects and would love it if a friend wanted to plan to meet me at one of my favorite places in the strip for lunch some days or even an evening out after work.

Thank you to everyone for your excitement for me on this journey, it has meant so much to me! Being a solo-preneur gets pretty lonely, as I mentioned in an earlier post this year, so this came along at just the right time! I now have these two wonderful women to chat with, work side-by-side with at times, and possibly collaborate with on projects in the future.

Cheers! xoxo

  • August 5, 2016 - 5:49 pm

    Elizabeth Scruggs - How EXCITING!!!!! Your space is beautiful and I’m THRILLED for you!!!! Way to MAKE IT HAPPEN GIRL!ReplyCancel

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    • August 5, 2016 - 9:11 pm - Thanks so much, Yolanda! I appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2016 - 9:39 am

    Sandra Turpen - I say lets meet at Graze for lunch this week! 😉
    I still haven’t tried it!ReplyCancel

    • August 8, 2016 - 3:55 pm - I would love that! Maybe Thursday? Or maybe next week after I get kids started in school. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2016 - 2:59 pm

    Karen Hattan - Way to work it!! It is a beautiful space, and a most excellent location!!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2017 - 11:36 am

    Ashly Bright - I wish we had one of these in Dallas! Such a great way to meet new people while helping and supporting each others business’ReplyCancel

2016-08-01 11.29.58I am pretty excited to say that The Interior Maven LLC is saying hello to East Nashville starting this month! I know……WHAT?!?!?! So, so, so crazy and it all has happened so fast.

But let me back up for a second. I have been loosely looking around for an office or work space locally for about a month now. I wasn’t coming up with anything except for a perfect little spot about 2 miles from the house, but it ended up being way out of my current budget. I was pretty sad once I added up overhead, because it was a historic building being remodeled and would really be perfection for my business. (Maybe down the road one day.) I quickly regrouped and moved on in my heart….

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As usual, things have a way of working themselves out if you keep your mind and heart open.

Just this past Friday, I was randomly scrolling through my Instagram feed (I say that as if I never look on there, but we all know that’s the opposite of true) and came across a gorgeous photo a local calligrapher had posted of her workspace. I was totally intrigued by her post and contacted her directly to inquire whether there was an open office to rent. She promptly responded and told me all about it and put me in touch with the person I needed to speak with.

(Here’s where I want to take a second to encourage others. People are always saying how lucky I am when things work out, or they can’t believe how things work out for me because it’s unreal sometimes. But the honest-to-God truth is that my parents taught me that you don’t get anything unless you ask. JUST ASK. What if I had been afraid to ask this girl about details? What if I already had a negative feeling that it wouldn’t work out? I would never have found this perfect situation. If you have anything that you want, JUST ASK. Say it to someone OUT LOUD. You can’t just sit around all day and never take chances. I thrive on taking chances and I’m so thankful for parents, and now a husband, who have always encouraged me to take these chances. So, get out there and do something!)

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Things moved pretty quickly after that…I hopped over to the potential office over the weekend, LOVED it, LOVED the location, and most importantly, LOVED the amazing creative business women I met and talked with. It was like a little nod from God telling me to keep on hustling and working and doing my very best. I was giddy. Sometimes when you feel in a rut and have been busting your tail and you’re not sure which direction you need to go, it’s nice to get a little nudge. But always keep your eyes OPEN. If you are always looking down, you’ll keep missing the opportunities ahead of you.

Chad and I talked over the pros & cons and he quickly agreed that it seemed like a perfect opportunity. (Score! Sometimes I dream up ridiculously big schemes and he talks me down, but I knew I was onto something with this one. I could just feel it.) So on Sunday evening, I emailed and told them that I was in.

I . WAS . IN.

This morning, August 1st, at 8am, I was officially handed a key.

I officially signed a lease for The Interior Maven, LLC.

I suddenly have a very clear picture of my business and where it is headed and it is the most exciting feeling. I am also aware that sometimes pictures change and that’s okay, too, but as long as I’m moving onward, I know I’ll get where I’m going.
2016-08-01 11.26.07One of the great parts of the new office space is I will now have a space in a VERY popular area of town to meet clients and lay out tile, carpet, flooring, etc., for design meetings. This was a little difficult before because I would haul it everywhere in my van. And then haul it into a client’s home that may or may not be under construction. Not always ideal.

Now I don’t have to haul it everywhere until I’m finalizing finishes, I can come up with my design plans in the space AND present the plans in the space.

Plus, piles of tiles are heavy, people. Not sure if you noticed that.

I’ll post more specific details and photos later, but I wanted to share my exciting news with you before my crazy packed Tuesday gets going.

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  • August 2, 2016 - 1:23 pm

    Glor // Always Creating Blog - What an amazing accomplishment! I am so happy for you, congratulations! I love that you’re pursuing your dreams! May all great things and God’s blessings continue to come your way, especially for your business, The Maven Interior, LLC! XOXOReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2016 - 10:26 am - Thank you so much! I am working hard, praying this through, and making mistakes along the way. It’s the only way to learn. Every client is different, every day is different, that is the part that you have to get used to. :) Thank you for your encouragement, I really appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2016 - 6:43 pm

    Heather Steinke - What an amazing blessing! So proud to know you and to see your business thrive! Hugs girl!ReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2016 - 10:27 am - Thank you so much, Heather! I really, really appreciate your comment! This has been a hard road for me with two kids along for the ride as I have pushed and pushed to get to the little spot I’m in today in my career. Lots of prayers have been said over the past 1.5 years. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2016 - 8:25 pm

    Katrina - What exciting news! God is good!! I can’t wait to see your space!ReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2016 - 10:29 am - Thank you, Katrina!! I am so so so so excited! :) God IS great! I have prayed over this business so many times, asking for direction and when I get these types of answers, it is such a relief to see a solid answer.ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2016 - 12:39 pm

    Kim Pearse - Congrats and great inspiring words for all
    Of us to remember.ReplyCancel

    • August 5, 2016 - 1:30 pm - Thanks, Kim! I hope things are going great on your side of things! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2016 - 11:09 am

    Abigail - Just want I needed to read today!! I love learning your journey and I love the advice to keep looking up for opportunity!! XOReplyCancel

    • August 5, 2016 - 1:30 pm - Thanks so much, Abigail! I’m so excited to be joining the space with you and Laurie! You have been wonderful! <3ReplyCancel

WEEKEND SNAPS. Because I take so many photos and never share.

It is no big secret that I love to take photos. I’ve had a camera of some sort attached to my hand since I  was 7 years old and I was gifted a blue plastic camera with a disposable flash and real film. It was all I really wanted and I put it to good use. Some things never change.

So I thought I would start sharing a bit of our weekends and what makes them fun, what makes them sad or thoughtful and what makes them mine.

And honestly, I own this minuscule corner of the internet and I can do what I want here. Ha! It will be a hodge podge of subjects and photos, but real life.

Here goes, all from my phone or someone else’s:

Sabbath afternoon view | Snooze by the pool and watch the clouds roll by

At church that morning, my dear friend Sandra handed me a jar of something from her purse. At first I was confused because the last time she did this, it was a jar of homemade whiskey sauce. 😉 This time it was homemade strawberry jam that is DELISH.

After church lunch with old friends | Chef’s Market, one of our favorite places

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BUCKET LIST | Chad and I received last minute passes to the CMAFest and I finally got to hear and see Steven Tyler play a few favorites live with 75,000 other fans. A FAVORITE LIFE MOMENT to add to so many others.

Sweet Friends | Thanks to Linda for making sure we took a selfie before heading home after the Steven Tyler show. Drew, Linda, myself

Sunday Morning Vibes | I ran down to The Urban Juicer first thing Sunday morning to grab a Well-Being juice to jumpstart my week of healthy(er) eating.

Mom/Daughter Date | My sweet Maggie surprised me by planning our Sunday afternoon together while I grabbed a quick shower. When I saw this, my heart melted. So we ran out and tried to do everything on the list. We didn’t get to every single thing but we enjoyed our time together after she had asked for time with just me for weeks now. Love her.

First Cinnabon | I introduced Mags to the wonderful world of Cinnabon. She is in love now! I ditched my healthy eating plan for an afternoon treat with this girl. Worth every calorie!

Cinnabon Heaven | I’m late the game, possibly, but did you know that Cinnabon has a cup of Center-Of-The-Roll cinnamon?!?! I think I have found my new favorite! Mmmmm.

Shopping with this child is always a pleasure | Love having Opry Mills so close by to run and grab things when we need them.

Favorite girl. <3

Chef Chad | My sweet husband always is on board when I jump back into healthy eating. I dug into my amazing salmon/avocado salad before I got a photo, but it was worthy of a magazine shot. He had made this deliciousness and had it ready when I walked in the door from our ladies afternoon. This was all that was left. I devoured it.


As for other events of the weekend in Orlando, I can’t NOT mention it. Chad was born and raised in Orlando. That is his original home. So many friends there and family still and the tragedies that unfolded this weekend are heartbreaking to say the least. Many people that we know work at one of the main hospitals there that I’m sure saw the victims as they rolled in. I can’t imagine.I would like to publicly solicit your prayers for that city and the family & friends of all those that are gone now.

I also want to remind people that you can’t live in fear. Yes, this happened. And yes, when I was at the CMAFest with 75,000 people Saturday night, don’t think that these thoughts didn’t creep into my mind as I walked around for hours there. But I didn’t voice it. There is no reason. I said a prayer for safety in my mind and knew that was all that I could personally do and then I moved on and enjoyed myself. How shocking it was to me to find out the next morning that something DID happen at a venue/event that same night, just in a different place, with different people.:(It broke my heart. But I  urge you to not let this change the way you live and love and enjoy the days that we have here.