Creator of leading interior blog, Fabric of My Life, Kate Baxter was the perfect choice for the new A by Amara AW18 trend, Architect, ambassador. A lover of cool, clean interiors, the striking lines and monochrome palette is instantly at home in Kate’s interior so we asked her to style a few of her favourite pieces from the Architect trend in her own home. Here she tells us how she did it and what she liked the most…
The new Architect trend from A by Amara marries cool geometric monochrome with warm metallic accents in a wide range of home accessories, textiles and tableware pieces to give your home a fresh, modern update as summer gives way to autumn. Perfect for contemporary loft living, this new range combines plenty of strong statement pieces with more understated and minimal pieces, which can be mixed-and-matched to create as striking a style statement as you dare!
Go Go Geometrics
With geometry at the heart of this trend-led collection, the range has a strong masculine feel tempered by a softer, more subtle, feminine flair. One of the standout pieces for me is the dotted lines rug; a plush, deep pile statement piece that is soft and cosy underfoot. The bold graphic lines of this design have raw uneven edges, helping to soften the overall feel and allowing it to slot seamlessly into decor schemes that are based upon minimal, boho or eclectic trends, all incredibly popular just now.
The vast range of decorative vases in the Architect collection means that pretty much everyone can find something to suit their current home decor style and give their shelfie an instant update! The head vase – available in two different sizes – reflects the current trend for ‘face-inspired’ decor, which Pinterest highlighted as one of the biggest interiors trends for the year. It may seem a little odd, but throughout the ages we’ve surrounded ourselves with depictions of the people around us – from early cave drawings to ornate portraits of our ancestors and the more contemporary family photographs in frames – and the familiar curves of facial features actually makes for an incredibly pleasing addition to our surroundings.
The Architect head vase feels like a sculptural work of art, and really deserves to be presented solo on a shelf and given a bit of breathing room to truly make its mark. There are further vases in the collection which also demand a starring role: both the Aphrodite handmade vase and the Allen Ink Stain vase truly hold their own; the former a resplendent vessel for a floral centrepiece, as seen on my coffee table.
Mix Your Metallics
The monochrome palette of the Architect collection is countered with a range of metallics in cool stainless steel and warm copper, and whereas once it was frowned upon to mix your metals, this autumn a clever mix of hues is all you need to create a warm, inviting and subtly glamorous vibe in your home. The great thing about metallics is that they suit pretty much any decor scheme: offering a great foil for minimal masculine styles or an opulent addition to a more decadent theme.
Get the Glow
Introducing candlelight in close proximity to metallic elements is a wonderful way to bounce light around and create a magical cosy atmosphere, perfect for when the nights start to draw in and we’re all craving a little bit of hygge again! Whether you’re a fan of tealights or taper candles, there’s a large selection of (usually multi-purpose) candlesticks and holders in the Architect collection – I like to light my candles in the early evening, when the first G&T of the night is brought out! Speaking of gin, another little gem in the collection is the stainless steel coaster set, housed in their own little tabletop holder, to bring a little bit of contemporary rough-luxe to cocktail hour.
Autumn and winter are when textiles and soft furnishing really come into their own in my opinion, and the Architect collection has a wonderful array of designs to choose from. The Dash and Fade boudoir cushions are probably my favourite of the decorative designs, weaving subtle copper dashes (that mimic the rough edges of the dotted lines rug) across a tactile canvas surface, edged with metallic piping. It’s possibly the most decorative textile design in the collection but works as a perfect foil to the more structured masculinity of some of the other pieces. I’ve paired mine with the understatedly opulent white velvet cushions and the soft slubby citrine handspun blanket, both of which add gloriously tactile elements to my sofa which are hugely appreciated during the winter months.
Add Personal Touches
My final key piece to highlight from the Architect collection is the black marble effect box; a highly functional decorative piece which can be used throughout the home. I was torn as to whether to use mine on my dressing table for my favourite lipsticks, or in my living room as a home for my polaroid collection! In the end I opted for the latter; it’s found its place in my glass-fronted cabinet, both looking stylish on the shelf and as a perfect storage box for my favourite photos.
Which are your favourite pieces from the Architect collection, and how will you style them in your home?
Kate's Top Architect Picks
Dotted Lines Rug
“I love the fact that the strong graphic design in the dotted lines rug is tempered by the ragged edges and haphazard breaks in the vertical lines, and am just obsessed with how soft and snuggly it feels beneath my toes..”
Dash and Fade Cushion
“The dash and fade cushion is possibly the most decorative textile design in the collection but works as a perfect foil to the more structured masculinity of some of the other pieces.”
Marble Effect Trinket Box
“one of the most versatile and highly functional pieces in the collection is the marble effect trinket box, which I feel would be equally at home in the bedroom, bathroom or living room.”