In the Raw

Today we're rounding up our favorite projects using pieces from AVE Raw, our collection of unfinished furniture that can be custom finished to work in any space. While these classic designs look beautiful painted or stained, lately we've noticed designers opting to keep the pieces in their raw form, and we're loving the results. The unfinished wood is a great way to add warmth to a space while also making a statement. Keep reading below for some design inspiration.

 
Via One Kings Lane.

Via One Kings Lane.

 

Amy Stone partnered with The Studio at One Kings Lane to redesign the living room in her Manhattan apartment and selected our Camille Demilune for her entryway.

The neoclassical style piece features hand carved details and delicate, tapered legs. At only 14 inches deep, the demilune is perfect for areas where space is limited. Pair it with a colorful painting to complete the look.

 

Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen recently completed her home office renovation, where she chose to use our Colette Desk

"The raw wood adds a ton of warmth to an otherwise crisp and cool palette," said Jacquelyn, "And the carved details and turned legs add the most glorious details." The simple, classic piece also offers plenty of storage and a ton of surface space, making it the perfect place to settle in and get some work done.

 

 

We were blown away when Mollie Openshaw of Design Loves Detail revealed her #OneRoomChallenge office makeover. Our Louie Dresser works perfectly in the bright, cozy space. 

Mollie says she loved the look of the natural wood, so she chose to keep the dresser in it's raw form, applying only a light coat of wax. This is a great way to protect the piece, while maintaining the raw wood look.

 

A recent DIY tutorial from One Kings Lane details the transformation of OKL President Debbie Probst's powder room. If you've ever wanted to learn to upholster walls, this post is for you!

We love the way our Philippe Mirror complements the warm, earthy tones of the fabric on the walls and the other natural accents.

 

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Spotted: Anders Sideboard on Paper & Stitch

We recently teamed up with Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch to bring you some tips for styling a sideboard. Brittni selected our Anders Sideboard to use in her Atlanta-based studio, and we're loving the way the space turned out.

The mid-century inspired piece works seamlessly with the rest of the studio's decor, which features clean lines and pops of color.  The interior shelving and drawers provide plenty of storage for Brittni's collection of tableware, while the top of the piece displays a colorful arrangement of art, flowers, and accessories. The final result is a vignette that is both stylish and functional. Head over to Paper & Stitch to read all of Brittni's styling tips

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Summer Color Inspiration: Serenity

Ethereal and natural with a calming effect, the soft pale blue of Serenity has permeated the design world after being dually named the Pantone Color of the Year in 2016 alongside Rose Quartz. Reminiscent of the ocean's waves, we can't get enough of this color now that Summer is officially in full swing. 

From the classic Palisades home designed by Mark D. Sikes to our Regent Side Chair reupholstered in a hue inspired by the trend, see what we're coveting in this new season. 

Clockwise from left: Mark D. Sikes Pacific Palisades Home, 'Faraway Love' by Agnes Martin at the Tate Museum in London, Delpozo Spring 2017 Collection, Cole & Son Great Wave Wallpaper, Ave Home Regent Side Chair, Coco Republic Interior Design North Shore Residence

Clockwise from left: Mark D. Sikes Pacific Palisades Home, 'Faraway Love' by Agnes Martin at the Tate Museum in London, Delpozo Spring 2017 CollectionCole & Son Great Wave Wallpaper, Ave Home Regent Side ChairCoco Republic Interior Design North Shore Residence

Design Profiles: Ave Home's Lisa Rickert

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We're thrilled to announce the newest series we will be rolling out on the blog: profiles covering the best and brightest design minds Ave Home works with in our day to day. 

First up in the series? None other than our Founder and Creative Director, Lisa Rickert. Lisa is the founder of both Ave Home and Unfolded. In addition to building two companies from the ground up, she is a mother of two. We sat Lisa down to discuss design, entrepreneurship and everything in-between. 

 

Name and and occupation.

Lisa Rickert. CEO / Creative Director of Unfolded and Ave Home.

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Check my emails and take a quick peek at Instagram.

 

 

Name one thing you never leave the house without.

My iPhone (i.e. my mobile office).

Describe your design philosophy in three words.

Elevated, versatile, classic.

Where do you pull inspiration for the pieces you create?

A constant source of inspiration for my work is the history of design...each different period and style. The past is usually a starting point my design process, then I work to make sure it is appropriate for modern applications. My goal is to create a sense of timelessness with each piece.

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You're a mother of two and have also built two companies from the ground up. How do you get it all done?

First off, I have an amazing husband, Scott, who has always supported me regardless of my wild ideas and aspirations. Not only are we business partners where he routinely manages all the operations of both companies, but he is always there for the kids and I. He is my emotional rock and my soulmate through life. We are often asked, "How do you work with your spouse?", but I couldn't imagine it any other way. 

I also have two incredible teams, made up of family and employees. My brother has been a part of our company from the beginning. My teams are very capable and I have formed extremely valuable and trusting relationships with them. I always tell people that our employees must have two characteristics that are essential to working with me: they must take initiative and be able to work autonomously under my direction.

What is one thing every home needs?

A well designed living room!

How have you created a workspace you can thrive in as an entrepreneur and a designer?

Keeping things light, quite literally. My office at our headquarters and at home is filled with natural light and a neutral palette. We've created a place we can be both productive and at ease in our surroundings. 

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What are some exciting things you're working on?

Currently, we are moving in a direction that will layer in transitional pieces that can act as a perfect compliment to our existing collections which exhibit stronger qualities of antiquity. We are also expanding the hugely successful Aria and Carlyle Collections. 

Additionally, we are creating bedroom furniture - we'll have more options such as nightstands, as well as a canopy bed and headboard which I'm very excited about. The designers we work with also love AVE Raw, so you there is definitely more to come there as well.

Describe Ave Home in one word.

Beautiful.

 

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Spotted: AVE Raw Louie Dresser in the One Room Challenge

It's One Room Challenge Season, and blogger Mollie of Design Loves Detail selected our Raw Louie Dresser for her newly refined home office space. Keeping the piece in its natural wood color, Mollie finished her dresser with simply a light coat of wax for protection and durability.

Anchoring the room with a bold piece of abstract art, we love how Mollie pulled colors from the work to integrate into her interior. She achieved a perfect balance by juxtaposing pops of emerald and antique blue with the blush sofa and raw wood of the Louie Dresser.

We love to see our pieces in such a thoughtful context. The result of this artfully-minded project is fresh, balanced and clean. Bravo to Design Loves Detail! Read her full post on the One Room Challenge reveal here

Welcome!

We are so excited to introduce the brand-new Ave Home blog!

As we have grown as a company the past year, we’ve also come to crave a space where we can curate all the things that inspire us day-to-day, from the designers we work with to the most covetable home ideas around. We want to share with you our deep appreciation of timeless design concepts and elegant interiors, as well as guide you through the colorful city of New Orleans.

Every one of these things influences us daily, and is ultimately embedded in the carefully crafted pieces we create.

Without further ado, welcome to our blog!