Amanda Nelson

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  • BA FASHION DESIGN & MERCHANDISING, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
  •  HUNTER DOUGLAS CERTIFIED

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I started at Montgomery’s in 2016 after graduating from South Dakota State,  eager to join a team of professionals grounded by their common love for design. I hope you have the chance to see some of my past projects and learn more about my personal interior style technique.  If you have any questions or would like to work together on your home feel free to reach out using the form at the bottom of the page!

Design Style & Expertise

My design expertise is unique because of my roots in the apparel world. By utilizing my B.S. in fashion design and prior job experiences as a visual merchandiser and stylist, I am able to create usable layouts with palettes that compliment not only your room, but YOU.  

My personal design style is definitely eclectic.  As an environmental lover, I enjoy being able to tie in natural elements as well as some recycled metals… Some of my favorite vendors use up-cycled materials in everything from dining tables to lighting.  When buying for myself, companies that are environmentally aware and have a small carbon footprint is pretty important.

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The Importance of Inspiration

Like apparel, everyone has their own taste in home design.  I don’t think there is a right or wrong place to draw inspiration or educate yourself on ways to revamp or start fresh with your space.  Pick up a design magazine, read home blogs, or my favorite… apps like Pinterest and Instagram.  I personally enjoy Pinterest and Instagram the most because you are able to see an array of ideas and 99% of the time, something you’ve never even thought of.  There is no title page or table of contents, what you can search for is limitless.

A Collection of Living Room Projects

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Tile Tip

Another favorite product I like to show clients, is tile.  Switching or adding a backsplash to an area like your kitchen/bathrooms/bar makes a huge impact.  The area between your counter tops and cabinetry/mirror is right at the strike zone of anyone walking into the room—it needs to be a WOW!

Last but not least, no better place to invest some money into than your sanctuary or master suite. I love getting clients creative juices flowing by showing them all of the possibilities there are through the custom bedding we can create for them.  Nothing is more important than feeling at home and relaxed in your own bedroom!  I want to create a space that my client is able to walk into and be overcome with relaxation.

Amanda Nelson

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  • BA FASHION DESIGN & MERCHANDISING, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
  •  HUNTER DOUGLAS CERTIFIED

There is no better place to invest money into than your sanctuary or master suite. I love getting those creative juices flowing by showing all of the possibilities available. Just like custom draperies or bedding.  Nothing is more important than feeling at home and relaxed in your own bedroom!  I want to create a space that my client is able to walk into and be overcome with relaxation.

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Tile Tip

Another favorite product I like to show clients, is tile.  Switching or adding a backsplash to an area like your kitchen/bathrooms/bar makes a huge impact.  The area between your counter tops and cabinetry/mirror is right at the strike zone of anyone walking into the room—it needs to be a WOW!

Sioux Falls Showroom| 605-256-4000 EXT. 350

I started at Montgomery’s in 2016 after graduating from South Dakota State. I was eager to join a team of professionals grounded by their common love for design. I hope you have the chance to see some of my past projects and learn more about my interior style and techniques.  If you have any questions or would like to work together on your hom,e feel free to reach out using the form at the bottom of the page!

Design Style & Expertise

My design expertise is unique because of my roots in the apparel world. By utilizing my B.S. in fashion design and prior  experience as a visual merchandiser and stylist, I am able to create usable layouts with palettes that compliment not only your room, but YOU.  
My personal design style is definitely eclectic.  As an environmental lover, I enjoy being able to tie in natural elements as well as some recycled metals… Some of my favorite vendors use up-cycled materials in everything from dining tables to lighting.  When buying for myself, companies that are environmentally aware and have a small carbon footprint is pretty important.
amanda nature

The Importance of Inspiration

Like apparel, everyone has their own taste in home design.  I don’t think there is a right or wrong place to draw inspiration or educate yourself on ways to revamp your space.  Pick up a design magazine, read home blogs, or my favorite… apps like Pinterest and Instagram.  I personally enjoy Pinterest and Instagram the most because you are able to see an array of ideas and 99% of the time, something you’ve never even thought of.  There is no title page or table of contents, what you can search for is limitless.
Some of my favorite products tend to be the ones most overlooked in interior design… Nothing is more fun than seeing the drastic impact made by a simple swap of lighting.  If you don’t want to invest a lot of money into new furniture, invest in one or two solid light fixtures in high traffic areas such as the dining room and foyer of your home.
 
 

A Collection of Living Room Projects

Living Room Collection
Living Room Arrangement

Living Room Arrangement

Living Room Arrangement

Cozy & Conversational

Sofas can be arranged to face each other with a coffee table placed in the middle for a conversational favorite.This is perfect for easy conversation with a foundation to hold drinks and snacks! Of course, there are many living room arrangement options, but this is our fan favorite.

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Defined Dining

Create a defined flow by separating your dining room and living room. Placing a sofa facing away from your kitchen or dining space adds purpose to a open space without boundaries.

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Circled & Spacious

Small spaces can be super touchy. Some furniture can actually make a living room appear smaller. In a small living room, find a circular coffee table. Square coffee tables are great for definition but can close off a space easily. 

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Furniture :

Avoid pushing furniture up against the wall, always leave a small amount of space (at least 5 inches). This will create a sophisticated room. 

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Squared Situations

Too boxy of a room? Switch things up and place furniture diagonally. Your space will feel more welcoming. Place all furniture on the same diagonal line. 

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Break it Up

A common mistake is to throw a sectional into a small living room to create as much seating as possible. Instead, break up your seating by finding small sofas and accent chairs to fit into your space. A large sectional will make your living room look small. Shopping for more than one piece is more fun anyways!

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THE HOME OFFICE HURDLE:
HOW CAN I MAKE IT FIT?

Don't Cut Corners

 To be able to fit an office into your small space you must become a master at utilizing the most out of your space! Finding a small nook desk is the easy part, but finding this nook in your home can be a little bit more challenging. Even the tiniest of nooks can be rearranged to fit in a desk and a chair.  Sometimes, the desk will be the only thing you can squeeze. Don’t stop here! Think tall not wide! Open walls can be just as valuable as bare floors. Floating shelves are very inexpensive and can be easily installed to hold a variety of office supplies, not to mention decor!  Small nooks can be easily hidden by hanging some sheer curtains.
 
 

Storage Savy

We all fall head over heels for a piece of accent furniture that is stunning and also comes along with spacious storage features. Some of us though, can get a little carried away. These spacious pieces usually are larger than other regular furniture, causing more space to be used in the apartment in the long run. If you have a nightstand, ottoman, side tables, etc., all with storage features, do you think you are actually using all of them? For myself, I realized I had some things stored here and some things stored there. Take a look at your space and get rid of furniture that you don’t  necessarily need. For example, if you have an accent table that has a few drawers full of things, transfer those materials to other storage spaces with room (dresser, closet, nightstand) now you can make space for an office desk!

The Entryway Exception

Instead of the expected chest or console table (which is usually unneeded storage space). Find a small office desk with a great accent chair to cozy up and make the entry more inviting. I myself have been obsessing with accent chairs and look for any opportunity to fit them into my space.

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White for the Win

Compact spaces are the most likely to look cluttered quickly. Sticking with light tones will help to make your small nook look clean and more balanced. Need more pop?  Break the monotony of white by adding a patterned wallpaper or floor tiles but stick to the same family of colors.

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Kitchen Kozy

 

Everyone loves a nice open kitchen, but adding a small office will not close yours off! You can still add a small office to your kitchen and keep a great open feeling. Look for the dead space and walls in your kitchen. Here you can repurpose some of your kitchen storage and shelves to be double-duty. A lot of us keep calendars, to do lists and more in our kitchen, why not fit int the rest of your work here?! Some of your kitchen storage may not be fully utilized, see where you can reorganize your area to feature both office and kitchen elements. 

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Side Note:

The List of Essentials that I provide is my personal style “steals”. I choose style steals that can be budget friendly “quick grabs” to design your space. While I do try to choose style steals that are good quality, please keep in mind that these are inexpensive products and purchasing great quality furniture is always more recommended and better in the long run. 

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That's all for now...

The Montgomery’s team and myself hope that this helps you create a  plan to add a small home office you have always wanted!  Did we miss something? Got questions? Ask below! We will be happy to direct you for your styling needs, our design team here is quite impressive!  

We LOVE talking everything furniture and design, lets start a conversation and find inspiration together! -Abby

I do not own any graphics used during this blog. 

SmartStrand: The carpet built for elephants

SmartStrand: The carpet built for elephants

Here at Montgomery’s, we are very selective when choosing products to supply to our customers. So when Mohawk flooring claimed their SmartStrand carpet was built to hold elephants, I had to dig in. Just how good could this carpet be? Check out what I found below. 

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What is SmartStrand?

First, let’s cover the basics of what this technology is and what it claims. 

In SmartStrand Silk, each strand of carpet is packed with 700 silk-like, stain-resistant fibers. That’s 3X more individual fibers than found in traditional nylon carpet.

  • Proven superior durability
  • Permanent, inherent stain resistance
  • Nanoloc™ Spill & Soil Shield for easy cleanup
  • Protected against pet odors and accidents
  • All Pet Protection & Warrant
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Elephant Theory

So how can Mohawk claim that this carpet is durable enough for elephants and zoo animals?  They went all out and actually tested it. 

Mohawk installed both SmartStrand Silk and a competitive premium soft nylon in the Birmingham zoo enclosure of Max the Rhino. After two weeks with a 5,400-pound rhinoceros, both carpets were covered with more than just mud.

After a thorough professional cleaning, the nylon soft carpet showed signs of matting, crushing, and stains. Only the SmartStrand Silk carpet released stains and remained beautiful, once again proving that SmartStrand is the most durable, easiest to clean carpet on the planet.

In conclusion, it can withhold messy zoo animals, but what about a house of adventurous kids?

Kids: The true test

Blogger Emily Clark, recently posted her recent blog onto Pinterest reviewing the SmartStrand Carpet. After moving into their new home, her kids had destroyed her carpet in a matter of two weeks. After installing SmartStrand, Emily tested messy ice cream sundaes on the new Mohawk carpet. 

After her kids had finished their sundaes Emily claimed:

“Besides the whole stain-resistant thing, the best benefit for me was that I could “chill out” and not be so worried about every bite that was spilled.  And, that’s always more fun for everyone.

We actually did have a few spots on the carpet after it was all said and done.  And, as promised, it came right out with warm water and a little liquid dish detergent.”

Read Emily’s full blog here

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Favorite SmartStrand Swatches

We carry limitless options and colors of SmartStrand carpet at all Montgomery’s locations. Here are a few named favorites of mine for inspiration. Find a designer to install SmartStrand here.

That's all for now!

I would love to speak further with you about home inspiration or any questions you have, comment below! -Abby

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I do not own any graphics used during this blog. 

Spring Preparation for your Home

Spring Preparation for your Home

We are more than ready for Spring, warmer weather and sunshine! Is your home ready for Spring? Has your space been hoarding items and fuzzies from the winter? Either way, there is a new season coming and it’s time to freshen up and boost your living space!

Decoration: Faux greenery & Flowers.

Spring is the season of blossoming trees and gorgeous flowers. Embrace the beautiful season by adding some greenery to your space. Everyone loves fresh roses, but let’s face it, they are EXPENSIVE. Aside from cost, fresh flowers only last around a week with a dirty vase and mess to follow. Check out your local Micheals,  or arts & crafts store. You can purchase faux greenery for just a few nickels and dimes. To spruce it up some more, add some mason jars or vases that fit your style.

Looking for long-lasting luxe decor? Shop here.

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Lighting

Cleaning your windows can make a HUGE difference on the space you walk into. As spring approaches, so does more daylight so take advantage. Start by washing the insides of your windows followed by the outside. This will ensure your glass is glistening from top to bottom.

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Furniture Rearranging

During the cold season, people tend to arrange their sofas and seating around the fireplace. This Spring, try rearranging your furniture to face the windows to soak up the sun.

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Organization: it's time to declutter.

Many people who suffer from allergies, struggle as Spring approaches. Decluttering is your new best friend this allergy season!  Go through your closets, drawers, and get rid of items that you don’t need. The less stuff in your house, the fewer places for allergens to hang out. The less clutter you have, the more organized you will feel.

 

 

Cleaning: It's time to face those dreaded spaces.

What dreaded spaces are we referring to? The cleaning room, the storage closet, the mud room, etc. Cleaning these spaces is far from fun, but can make a world of difference when deep cleaning your home for spring. Clean your walls with a non-toxic cleaner, scrub away molding on pipes, and inspect water pipes for leaks.

Check your ventilation fans. Make sure that they are routed to the outside, and run them for 30 minutes after a shower or bath.

Not sure what products to use to clean? Check out 30 Best Spring Cleaning Products Here

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The iComfort Hype

The iComfort Hype

Getting enough sleep doesn’t just feel good; it’s a fundamental element of overall health and well-being. Both the mental and physical benefits of sleep are numerous, with a growing body of research continuing to underscore this point. Investing in an optimally designed sleep environment is central to achieving quality sleep, and it starts with the proper mattress and base.

Getting enough sleep doesn’t just feel good; it’s a fundamental element of overall health and well-being. Both the mental and physical benefits of sleep are numerous, with a growing body of research continuing to underscore this point. Investing in an optimally designed sleep environment is central to achieving quality sleep, and it starts with the proper mattress and base.

Technology has become integral to offerings in sleep products, creating significant advancements in recent years. Providing solutions born out of improved engineering, superior materials like cooling fabrics have raised the bar on achieving comfort.
 
Shopping for a mattress can easily become an exhausting exercise, as the available options on the market continue to proliferate. However, the newest technology from Serta, the Comfort Point Discovery System (CPDS), isn’t just superior in its quality – it simplifies the shopping experience as well. Mattress First by Montgomery’s is the exclusive retailer offering this system in the upper Midwest, with models in the Sioux Falls, Watertown and Madison locations.
 
The Serta CPDS utilizes proprietary technology to identify preferences and pinpoint what comfort means to you. This narrows the field of contenders in your mattress search, making it possible to quickly and accurately determine the best fit.
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To get a read on your ideal sleep haven, a visit to the showroom is a must. Take the time to test out the Serta CPDS, where a quick minute to lie back offers a view of the 4000+ pressure points identified in the interactive process of selecting your mattress. A sleep specialist will get to know you and your typical sleep positions, using that information to further customize your options – right down to a pillow uniquely matched to your needs.
 
You’ll be guided through the five different comfort levels the Serta CPDS has to offer, varying in firmness achieved through air chambers contained within the mattress. A simple numeric identifier is assigned to the winning combination that best suits you. Each mattress on the Mattress First by Montgomery’s showroom floor is labeled according to the corresponding comfort levels evaluated using the Serta CPDS – which means you’re given a clear set of options corresponding to your needs.
 
With the help of technology and a trained professional, you’re more likely to find the right mattress, and without wasting time. A quick and easy process will lead you to higher quality sleep and all its associated benefits. At Mattress First we’re confident in our full selection of products, as well as our ability to help you achieve sleep health. To solidify this commitment, our 365 Night Sleep Promise ensures you’ve found the right fit – and if not, you’ve got a year to choose a new mattress.
 
Step into a Mattress First by Montgomery’s and get the rest you deserve.
How to Create a Romantic Haven

How to Create a Romantic Haven

Turn your Bedroom into a Haven

Your home is a true reflection of you and your way of life. It is important to invest in yourself and over-all health. Taking pride in your home and space should be one of the biggest priorities in life. Once you invest in your sanctuary, watch how your life unfolds.

The Romantic Style

As Valentines Day approaches,  we wanted to focus on a very popular interior style; romance. Coming home with your partner to a romantic retreat to relax in and feel nurtured after a long day tingles everyone’s senses. If you are single, practice self-love by creating your own personal haven.  Always come home to a space of bliss and comfort.

What is Romantic Style?
Most assume romantic style sticks to feminine fluff and frill but a romantic bedroom can be designed without just sticking to feminine themes. Furniture follows more of a traditional style, many pieces used in the romantic setting are rustic and vintage instead of sleek and contemporary. Incorporating soft colors, sheer curtains, and layers upon layers of blankets and is where romantic interior style finds it’s home.

Setting the Mood

Adding a relaxed mood to your space can be easily done with a couple of small changes and additions.

  • Candles
  • String Lights
  • Flowers
  • Pictures of your loved ones
  • Canopy Beds

Color Palettes

This is a great opportunity to incorporate what some refer to as the ice cream palette i.e. strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. The key is to incorporate light and pale shades. Don’t quickly flee to red, while this color does symbolize love, red can be quite overpowering. Save bright and loud colors for accent colors to compliment creams and blushes.

Lighting

Avoid strong and large lighting techniques. Instead of having one harsh overhead light, incorporate various lighting techniques with medium strength, you will be surprised just how elegant this looks. If you choose a pretty chandelier over your bed, add some bedside lamps and candles to incorporate the romantic semi-darkness mood. Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous chandelier or a small lamp to add that extra glow to your nightstand, Montgomery’s has options for whatever concept you’d like to see come to light.

Bedding

Unlike sleek contemporary styles,  romantic style encourages the layering of  blankets and pillows. Find pillows that match your color scheme and throw as many as you’d like on top of your bed. Layer cozy comforters and blankets with various textures. Playing with different types of bedding can be fun and the variety is endless!

Silk

Not only do silk pieces feel great but look even better in your elegant space. Instead of spending a ton on silk sheets that are mostly hidden anyways, try some silk curtains and windows fashions. A number of silk and sheer curtains can be found at our Montgomery’s locations.