Abbie Naber is an Interior Designer/Stylist based in San Diego. A self-professed style mutt, her spaces incorporate Mid-Century, Scandinavian, Modern, Eclectic, Bohemian, and Global influences. Abbie’s aim is to design unique and approachable spaces for her clients, often incorporating a variety of textures, patterns, and vintage finds. Her inspiration stems from travel, textiles from around the world, and art of all kinds. When not designing, Abbie enjoys trips to the flea market, thrifting and creating one of a kind pillows and blankets from vintage and globally sourced textiles that she sells in her Etsy shop. She lives in the coastal community of Cardiff by the Sea with her husband, her two year old daughter, and their dog, Diego.
All The Basics
Name: Abbie Naber Company: a. Naber Design Location: San Diego, CA Website: anaberdesign.com Instagram: @anaberdesign Design Services: Interior Design, Interior Styling, E Design, Curated Vintage Goods, One-of-a-kind Pillows and Blankets How You Can Get In Touch with Abbie: 310.922.8667 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Answers You Want To Know
How would you describe your signature design style?
I am a self -professed style mutt as mentioned above. I believe that my style is a fusion of mid -century, Scandinavian, modern, eclectic, bohemian, and global. If I look back at my design preferences, I was definitely more of a purist favoring all things mid -century. Over time and the accessibility to so much design around me and on social media, I believe my style has meshed together and is influenced by a variety of factors.
If someone wanted to be totally on trend when it comes to decorating their home today what elements should they be incorporating?
Hmmm, well I try to stay away from being too “on trend” as that trend will eventually find its way out. I try and listen to what speaks to me and stay true that. However, if I were to steer someone in the direction of a current trend, I would say play around with wallpaper and patterned tiles. Within those items, there is a lot of room for opinion and preference, but you’d be current on trendy décor at the moment.
What design trend is on its way out?
I hate to say it, and maybe it’s because I’m personally tired of it, but too much wicker in one room is tiring me. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good vintage wicker find, but too much of it in one space screams boho galore. If you love wicker, try working with cane or mixing in wicker with other modern pieces to break it up a bit more.
Save Your Money People!
Where are your favorite places to shop for inexpensive furniture and accessories?
I LOVE flea market shopping. There aren’t always deals to be had, but you often find some really unique scores. On my last trip, I found a beautiful 5×8 100% alpaca wool rug for $65. My favorite is the Rose Bowl flea market. If you have the time, try Facebook marketplace and Ebay. It takes a bit of digging, but you can often find some good pieces. I also visit swap meets and thrift stores around town. I’ll always be a fan of Ikea too. I love the Scandinavian overtone. This isn’t necessarily “inexpensive”, but I feel that Urban Outfitters often gives you a bang for your buck. Their pieces are unique, current, and reasonably priced.
Best budget-friendly find you’ve purchased recently that you can’t stop obsessing over?
My most recent budget friendly purchase was a gorgeous white textured rug with a beautiful fringed edge that I scored at the flea market. I mean seriously, how beautiful is this? It’s amazing what you can find if you just take some time to really look. It’s one of my favorite pieces in our home.
What is the most affordable thing someone can do in their home to make the biggest design impact?
I’m always a fan of painting an accent wall, applying texture to wall (board and batten or shiplap), or using temporary wallpaper. Especially with the latter, you don’t feel guilty investing the money if you tire of the space. There are so many incredible wallpaper options out there right now!
What’s one DIY everyone should try?
I wish I could say I was more of DIY’er! I’m pretty proud of the art gallery I recently curated in my home. It wasn’t so labor intensive, but it took a lot of forethought in gathering the right art. The layout was also a giant puzzle. I think people tend to overthink art placement, so I say go for it. I also really enjoyed helping plant our exterior landscaping. We went through some trial and error, but in the process learned a lot about plants!
Go Ahead & Treat Yourself
When budget isn’t an issue what are your go-to places for furniture and accessories?
I’m sticking with my previous answer of thrift stores, flea markets, and swap meets. I’d also like to add in estate sales to the mix. There are so many treasures to uncover if you have some patience and skillful eye.
Biggest splurge that you don’t regret for one single second?
I will never regret splurging on the tile in our home. We have patterned tile in 4 different locations and I love each application. In the guest bathroom, we were able to splurge on the patterned tile but then pull back on all other items. That helped balance it out. For our master bathroom, I had my eye on the patterned tile for awhile and was set on designing around it. I’m really happy with the results in all of the cases.
What’s the one renovation/design project you should always leave to the experts?
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t ever touch anything to do with plumbing or electrical. That’s probably my inexperience speaking, but I’d rather be an innocent bystander.