What makes me tick by designer and artist Amy Butler

Best known for her modern, relaxed approach to her botanical, geometric and romantic designs, Amy’s portfolio includes printed fabrics, home accessories and fashion and craft products, which are sold worldwide. Read about her favourite things here…
'I’m always looking for new inspiration and blogs are a great resource for me. I can get lost for hours looking through the amazing images I find online. ACHICA Living is one of those blogs that is full of great resources and inspiration, so when they asked me to do a guest post I was thrilled to be able to contribute...

Favourite furniture: My Eames rocking chair. I've always loved rocking chairs since I was a little kid. This rocker is comfy and smooth. It’s also lightweight so I can move it around the house easily! I love turning out all the lights at night, putting on my headphones and mellowing out to music in it. I usually fall asleep, so that means it's working.

Favourite design piece: I have several pieces of needlework embroidery from my Grandmother, which she created in the 1970s. They beautifully remind me of where I come from. My grandmother was a prolific artist and craftswoman, as is my Mom. It’s nice to see the history of creative passion play out from woman to woman in my family. It adds a great deal of meaning to everything I do.

Favourite designer of all time: I really admire anybody that picks up the tools and does the work. Honestly, it’s such a personal experience. Through having this creative business I’ve been able to meet so many fantastic artists and become friends with them. I gain so much from being with them and sharing our creative stories. I'm continually blown away by all the talent. It feels wonderful to see other people's passion in action.

I can easily hone in on one individual who never ceases to amaze me….my husband David. He is a massive talent and is always so available and down to earth. He’s an incredible designer, photographer, writer, musician and artist and posses a real passion for it all. I'm one lucky girl to share this life with him.

Favourite project I’ve worked on: I’m just putting the final touches on a new fabric collection and I’m thrilled with how it's turning out. Working on new collections gives me a real creative high. I love every minute of it.

Favourite way to spend the weekend: I love my low-key weekends at home because I do travel quite a bit and the weeks are busy. I enjoy hanging out with Dave and the cats, going antiquing, working in the garden or making a fresh home cooked meal. Our home is a very soothing place to be and with the right rituals, I can ground myself pretty quickly.

Favourite city: As far as big cities, I always love visiting New York, but London has stolen my heart, I feel I could easily live there.  I get a real sense of the city being a collection of small communities with a very 'neighborhoody' vibe. I love the gardens (The Hempel Hotel garden, below), the architecture and the entire lifestyle. I recently spent a few days in town with some 'locals' and was able to experience a whole new side of this lovely place… it was amazing and I came home with some great finds!

Favourite hotel: I do love Whatley Manor in England (below). The gardens and the service are wonderful. David surprised me with a stay at the Viceroy Bali hotel in Ubud and that was the most breathtaking view I’ve ever experienced -looking out into a huge rainforest valley!

Favourite design/fashion event: Regularly checking the racks at my local vintage clothing store for unique one of kind finds! I love the spicy boost a gorgeous new treasure gives me whether it’s an elegant dress or a colorful scarf…the thrill of the hunt is a great creative outlet for me. I also enjoy having something in my wardrobe that’s exclusive and ‘very Amy’.'

For more on Amy Butler, who creates designs such as the stylish Kalencom bags from the Solstice collection (above), visit the Amy Butler site, and visit  Graham & Brown for her exclusive wallpaper designs (as seen below).

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