You may have spotted Amanda Teal's styling prowess in Matchbook magazine's garden party spread, but you may not know about her burgeoning design firm, or the serendipitous path that led her to the industry.
As the daughter of a famous jockey, Amanda inherited a love of horses and spent her early twenties as a professional equestrian. A riding job lured her to San Francisco where she met fellow horse-lover and local designer, Rebecca Bradley. The two quickly discovered that they shared a common interest outside of the stables, and under Rebecca's encouragement, Amanda secured a design degree and an internship at Rebecca's firm. A quick and enthusiastic learner, Amanda moved up the ranks of the firm before finally leaving to open Amanda Teal Design in the Fall of 2010.
To celebrate the launch of her new website, I caught up with the up-and-coming designer to discuss her favorite decorating tips and design products. Keep reading for a peek inside the world of Amanda Teal Design.