Design Detour: Amelia Carter


While Amelia Carter is never one to skimp on color or fun, her spaces retain an element of lightness and breathing room. From a winsome Shoreditch loft to the more restrained palette of a Hyde Park mews house, Carter’s aesthetic is elevated and eclectic, echoing the spirit of the city she calls home. “The underlying theme of London is luxury and quality. You wouldn’t survive as a designer here if you didn’t deliver both.”

Photography: Nick Smith


"I can’t wait to be back at Lucio on Fulham Road in London. The family-run restaurant is a firm favourite of mine. More than anything I’d want to be there with my fellow interior designers, Sophie Paterson, Natalia Miyar and Turner Pocock to share the highs and lows of the past year. I’m sure we would all love to add Douglas Friedman and William McLure to the mix."


"I love dropping into Alfies Antiques Market. It's a treasure trove of iconic design pieces and I have never left empty handed. From vintage chairs to Murano chandeliers, there's something for everyone."

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"I prefer to use feature lighting as focal points, then add additional layers of light from unseen sources, whether that means uplighting from floors or lighting incorporated into cornice details. You can really control the atmosphere through lighting, and that is essential to a well designed home. The Melange Large Floating Disc Chandelier by Kelly Wearstler is a great option for asymmetric spaces where balance needs to be purposely thrown off to work.”


"I use unique pieces from Tyson London in all of my projects. His wonderful metal furniture and mouthblown glass accessories are so unique, and Tyson is always a pleasure to design and collaborate with. His hand-applied finishes are a refreshing addition to a room and are so much more spectacular than what can be achieved by a machine."


"I have a rainbow collection of grasscloths available through Altfield London, and I adore the way they balance vibrancy and a lovely tactile touch. Grasscloth is gorgeous for so many rooms in the home, especially bedrooms—it envelops the space, making it feel cocooned and intimate. The colour ‘Amelia‘s Jacket’ is by far my favourite. It’s a nearly neon purple, which is a colour I love to wear on dreary grey days in London."

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"The alabaster finish of the Clayton Wall Sconce by AERIN has a lovely natural texture, and the simple yet striking design makes it an incredibly transitional piece for so many schemes.”


“The Culloden Table Lamp by AERIN have a rich deep glaze you can only appreciate when you see them in person—the finish reminds me of a deep ocean.”


"I love the Alberto Medium Sconce by Julie Neill for an all white scheme. It just whispers on the wall and is the ultimate understatement.”