One of Canada’s most sought after interior designers, Amanda Hamilton, has just unleashed her creativity on our city. Hamilton is the Principal and brilliant eye of Amanda Hamilton Interior Design, as well as the director of The Loft in Calgary – a unique space that double duties as a showcase of curated goods and an inviting place for design workshops, seminars and private functions. Cementing her influence on the Vancouver design scene, Amanda recently opened the doors to her Vancouver office, as well as unveiled her self-titled home accessories collection.
In celebration, Amanda hosted a style savvy evening earlier this month at Provide Home – one of our city’s go-to stops for beautiful decor – with the local industry’s who’s-who to launch her lifestyle goods line. The collection is a full extension of her brand and offers Vancouver a look at Hamilton’s twist on how to create wow-factor design at home.
Looking at what decor pieces are key for this season, Hamilton’s line is offering up some of the must-have essentials for Fall weather living: sleek candles and statement ceramics for a warmer entertaining vibe. With cooler temps outdoors, our gatherings and parties are moving indoors – it’s now all about creating curated ambiance through standout decorative pieces with big impact, and this collection nailed it.
Hamilton’s signature scent – NO. 001 Virility candle – sets an instant-sultry mood with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, black tea, lavender and tobacco leaf while gently lighting the home. With a seductive, marbled black appearance (my favourite palette for accessories this season), the inspiration behind the scent is described as “reminiscent of a single moment in time. The smell of a man’s collar that is perhaps sweaty, rich and warm. An aroma that lingers upon the pillow top the morning after. Curiosity and longing”. Yes, please.
My favourite aspect of the collection lies with the custom ceramics line Hamilton created in collaboration with btw Ceramics’ Brooke T. Winfrey. The artisanal pieces have an overall playful vibe, yet maintain an underlying level of chic with a polished nude, black and white palette. Bold colour blocking and organically graphic elements make these pieces a definite conversation starter around your table, but still offer up the functionality of everyday dinnerware. When asked about her inspiration and thoughts on the collaboration, Amanda shares, “Originally I was attracted to Brooke’s mantra of ‘embracing the irregular’ which aligns with our brand philosophy and how we approach design. The inspiration behind the collection represents the duality of both of our personalities. The patterned portion embodies our eccentric and playful side, while the colour block portion is much more thoughtful. I also love the practicality of this collection; you are getting something that is hand tooled without giving up the beauty of convenience, as all of these pieces are dishwasher friendly”.
If you’re looking to explore the collection, Amanda’s line is available at Provide Home, located in the heart of the Armoury District at 1805 Fir St. For interior design services, Amanda’s by-appointment only Vancouver studio is now open at 1275 Venables, Suite 330.