Amanda Hamilton, founder and creative director of Amanda Hamilton Interior Design and Palette Archives, is an award winning entrepreneur and Interior Designer based in Calgary, Alberta. Celebrated for her tenacious entrepreneurial spirit and vibrant persona, Amanda’s bold and unorthodox approach to design and business has made her one of the most sought-after creative personalities in Canada.
Notable accolades include 2020 WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, the 2020 Calgary Influential Women in Business Emerging Leader Award, 2019 Women of Inspiration Trailblazer Award, 2018 AWE Entrepreneurship Upsurge Award, 2017 Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Award, 2017 Silver Stevie Female Entrepreneur of Canada, 2017 Calgary Herald’s Most Compelling Calgarians, 2013 Western Living Magazine’s One to Watch and 2012 Mount Royal University Alumni Award.
Committed to supporting and elevating the voices of entrepreneurs, Amanda recently launched a number of initiatives including Hardbar Friday, The After Hours Podcast, and Office Hours: Open Source Learning. Her satirical memoir, Not That Likeable: And Other Stories I Told Myself is set to release Fall of 2021.
Amanda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Interior Design from Mount Royal University, completed her NCIDQ Certification which is the industry’s recognized indicator of proficiency, and is also a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional. She is a mentor for the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program and chairs the Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta World of Choices event. In 2016, Hamilton launched a Travel Scholarship through her Alma Matter to promote design exploration.
Not that Likeable
and Other Stories I Told Myself
A satirical memoir, Not that Likable: And Other Stories I Told Myself, is Amanda’s first book releasing Fall of 2022 and chronicles her childhood exploits while leading the reader through relatable lessons in both life and business. The stories begin with her less than conventional upbringing in a multi-generational family of seven, crammed into a modest bungalow with one washroom. Amanda shares the lessons of her entrepreneurial beginnings opening a library in her grandparent’s basement and her kindergarten antics of boycotting panties, building a foundation for her affinity to breaking all the rules. Her horrifying self-inflicted teenage drama starts with unforgettable moments like spending her 13th birthday concocting a trash bag smock stapled with garbage to wear to school on Earth Day to succumbing to her competitive strategic nature to lock down her high school crush (only to find out that he was getting jiggy with her best friend.) Whether Amanda was working to “build her brand” by launching an anti-smoking campaign the first week of grade seven or learning not to trust her guts with IBS-D, Amanda weaves readers through her weird antics which are raw, relatable an ultimately share a story of hope.
Speaking + Campaigns
A gifted and spirited speaker, Amanda’s knack for storytelling along with a healthy dose of humour, charms and inspires audiences. Amanda has delivered dynamic keynote presentations as well as hosted, moderated and participated as a panelist at various events. Notable events include Pecha Kucha, ACE Breakfast Series, Scotiabank Small Business, Dream Connected Life at Telus Spark, Master of Ceremony for Alberta Association 60th Anniversary Gala, Edmonton and Calgary Home + Design Show, Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta and the Western Living Conversation Series.
Not that Likable, At First: The Makings of an Entrepreneur
Chronicling her childhood exploits, Amanda leads the audience through her childhood adventures as she candidly recounts her less than conventional upbringing in a multi-generational family of seven, crammed into a bungalow with one washroom. Sharing wild and wonderful lessons of her early entrepreneurial beginnings, Hamilton’s sense of humour disarms and inspires audiences with what is ultimately a story of hope.
The Diversified Business Model: How to Vertically Stack Your Business + Develop Different Avenues for Revenue
With three integrated businesses, community initiatives and internal strategies aligned, Amanda shares her story of how she has effectively diversified her business to beat the odds in a downturn and meet an ever-changing market. Drawing form her experience, Amanda will provide tactical advice on how best to leverage your area of expertise to transform your business and create additional avenues for revenue.
Confessions of An Interior Designer: The Evolution of Style and Business
Quitting her cushy job and starting her Interior Design practice in the midst of a recession with no savings and no money, Amanda recounts her early beginnings and the many humbling lessons she learned along the way. From her modest beginnings working in a 10’x10’ bedroom to building an profitable, award winning studio, Amanda draws a comparison between her evolution of style and leadership.
Launched May 2021, the After Hours Podcast hosted by Amanda Hamilton, is a platform for conversations with some of Canada’s most dynamic creative entrepreneurs. Driven by open, honest conversations, Amanda digs into what makes these businesses survive, thrive so that listeners gain tactical insights and takeaways to fuel their own success, rituals and strategies to drive business.
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The studio that cool projects with stylish people. Amanda Hamilton Interior Design has earned an extensive and intentionally diverse portfolio spanning residential, hospitality, commercial and retail markets across Western Canada. The studio is committed to a collaborative, inclusive process that is rooted in exploration to ensure spaces embody the values and capture the character of each client. Hamilton unearths inspiration from significant cultural and social influences which are purposely woven into her work, providing depth to the design narrative.
Palette Archives is an e-commerce based business that provides designer-curated finishes palettes and specifications that bridge the gap between hiring an Interior Designer and DIY. At its core, the company democratizes design, makes it more affordable and accessible to the masses and ensure homeowners protect their investment. Palette Archives received an honorable mention in the 2019 Fast Company Best Design products.
Previously under the moniker The Loft Speaker Series, newly relaunched Hardbar Fridays will continue as a small-group format speaker series that will occur monthly, during happy hour Friday afternoons. As the moderator and host, Amanda leads a group of panelists from diverse backgrounds that are hand-selected based on subject matter. The event creates a safe space for business owners to connect, learn and advise.
Office Hours is a community initiative at Amanda Hamilton Interior Design that enables the general public, design enthusiasts, interior design students and creative entrepreneurs to have access to the studio space. With a large library of books on design and entrepreneurship, as well as an extensive finish and materials collection, the studio acts as a hub for collaboration, learning and exploration. The studio is available to the public (almost) every Friday afternoon between 1pm – 4pm. Please note that registration must be confirmed in advance to gain access.