Ames Ingham’s passion for interiors began at an early age, as she wandered through the halls of the auction house where her mother worked in New York City. Ames’ knowledge grew as she later accompanied her mother on business trips to shop the antique markets in the south of France, ultimately selling their finds in London and the United States.

What inspired this career path for you?
I was inspired to be a designer via my love of theater. I think the excitement of continually dreaming up different worlds that one can live in, instead of just one choice, is very freeing. The idea of nine lives has always made me feel as though life’s possibilities are endless, andone does not need to be stuck in just one style or one way to live.

What is your go-to source for inspiration?
I go onto Pinterest probably the most for inspiration. When I have a specific idea or look that is in my head or a color/material scheme that I am trying to work out, I think it is helpful to see if someone has put something already together, so I can analyze it and then fine-tune what works for me. It is also a great source to dialogue with clients. I always think they can see what I am imagining but I guess that is not always easy. I also tend to go down the rabbit hole on Instagram! I am constantly finding new artists and furniture makers from other people’s posts!
Tell us about your creative process.
I would have to say my creative process is all over the place! Of course I love to travel, and when I get to, that is probably where a lot of my ideas come from. I have family in Europe, so I must say that England and France have been feeding my creative inspiration for a while. And that is why my taste can go from tailored crisp French lines to London’s messy cozy style, mixing patterns and colors!
Usually shapes and colors are where I start for the mood of a new project. For instance, I just came back from the Salone del Mobile in Milan, and now I am back on my black and white craze. I loved the contrast and the outlines that so many of the new modern bathrooms, kitchens, and furniture are making! Along with the many shades of gray shadows that were in all of the woods and patina walls of the galleries and showrooms. I am incorporating all of that into a new modern house I am working on in Venice.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Classic, modern, organic with an edge
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
Earl Grey
Who do you look up to in the design world?
Alison Berger
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
If I could design a space for anyone, it would be Tom Hardy! I would like to design for him an English manor, but with lots of modern art and sculpture like Faye Too good pieces mixed in with gorgeously worn antique textiles and 17-18th century furniture, sort of like Wuthering Heights gets a contemporary face-lift.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
I don’t have one, but I’ll tell you my least: “I’m just mad about…”
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
The two design magazines that I feel have really spoken to me at important times are World of Interiors and Australian Vogue Living. And I do always start with Suite New York’s website when shopping for projects.
What do you love about Viyet?
Viyet is a fantastic place to sell your wonderful pieces that need a new home. I am a total believer in recycle/reuse and that means USE. So if something is in storage, in box, or in the attic, let it go! Give someone else who also has fabulous taste a chance to breathe new life into your old possessions!

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