Introducing the Midnight Garden AW18 Collection from A by Amara

I know we are still in the throws of a summer heatwave and talk of the Autumn seems totally out of place, but in a few weeks the weather will cool, we’ll dig out our ankle boots and start embracing the cooler days. (Now it’s at this point you can thank me for not bombarding you with Christmas in July posts – yes, that’s a thing!)

On a more serious note, I’m thrilled to be chosen as an ambassador for interiors emporium Amara Living to help showcase one of their new collections this Autumn.

Welcome to the Midnight Garden Collection from A by Amara for AW18.

I’m going to kick off by giving you a 3D tour of how it looks in my living room. I would love to know what you think of the colour palette in particular.

YouTube video

As you can see, Midnight Garden is a collection of home interiors offering rich, deep hues and luxurious finishes. 

It must have been a good omen when a friend knocked on my door the night before I styled and shot these images with a hand picked bunch of sweet peas from her garden, in exactly the right colours to complement the range.

Now of course you don’t need to style the pieces like this. You could just take one or two accessories and add them to your current decor, place a few candle holders on the dining table or pop a vase on a kitchen windowsill. The choice is all yours.

I like to style in a fairly uncluttered form, adding symmetry and balance to the displays.

I’ve veered away from styling in 3’s or 5’s this time, which is often the done thing, and gone more for mixing textures and heights, adding more impact and allowing the pieces to make their mark.

Let’s talk about the purple. It’s not a colour I’ve touched much since the late 1990s when Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen convinced us that it was the colour of the moment and we painted every wall in every shade of lilac we could find.

I think I had my fill.

But now it’s back with a vengeance. Pantone has named Ultra Violet as the Colour of the Year and it seems that the announcement is filtering through to our home interiors.

I can certainly see its appeal in this collection. Married with the bold designs, the variety of texture and the injection of metallic finishes, the purple sits easily with my dark decor and complements my love of yellow beautifully. 

I am completely blown away by it.

As for my favourite pieces, well it’s hard to choose.

The Agate table is a definite crowd-pleaser. It’s solid and heavy, yet neat enough to sit inconspicuously at the end of the sofa and large enough to hold a small display, some flowers and your coffee cup.

I chose a myriad of vases for my photo shoot and fell in love with them all (I’m a big vase hoarder). The gold drip vases (below) really did catch my eye though, as did the smaller round ripple vase styled on the mantle. 

I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a rich, vivid look which perfectly epitomises the warmth and comfort of winter. The deep tones and opulent finish are reminiscent of cosy night’s in beside a roaring fire. Yet, I’m happy to say it’s still possible to pull out several pieces and use them successfully against different decor styles.

To me, it’s this factor that gives a new collection its appeal. After all, very few of us will go and purchase multiple items from a new range but instead, want to update our homes with the latest trends little by little.

The Midnight Garden collection from A by Amara allows the home lover to do exactly that. 

You can see all of these products and more of the collection on the website HERE

Plus if you want to see more purple home decor ideas, and see how the Midnight Garden collection can be styled, check out my Pinterest board:

I would love to know what you think of the new pieces and particularly of the updated colour scheme in my living room. Do leave a comment below and let me know.

Jen x


If you love purple but have no idea how to use it in your home, check out how amazing rich purple and gold accessories look so amazing in dark rooms. The dark wall trend is here to stay so update it for Autumn with vibrant hues of Pantone's colour of the year, and give your interior design a trendy look for this coming cold season #lovechicliving #abyamamaraAW18 #abyamara #purpledecor #purplehomeaccessories

Disclosure: This post forms part of a collaboration with Amara Living where I will aid promotion of the new collection – thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. 

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Kimberly Duran
    August 8, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Oh it all looks so luxe and gorgeous! Adore the combination of blues and purples – perfect for winter and yes, I admit, I am ready for cooler weather too now 😉 xx

    • Jen Stanbrook
      August 9, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks Kimberly, I’m sure we’ll see more of this colour palette as the months move on x

  2. Kate Baxter
    August 8, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    You’re right Jen, it’s a fab colour palette against your grey walls and I love all the warm metallic accents too – perfect for autumn.

    • Jen Stanbrook
      August 9, 2018 / 6:53 pm

      Thanks Kate, so different to your look 🙂

  3. Karen - Making Spaces
    August 9, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    Loving those iridescent vases, I think they’re my fave. You’re such a natural in front of the camera Jen, I wish I had just an ounce of that. Great post!!x

    • Jen Stanbrook
      August 9, 2018 / 6:52 pm

      Oh thanks Karen, I was having a bit an off day really so I’m glad it all turned out ok! x

  4. Stacey Sheppard
    August 9, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    This collection looks so great in your home Jen. I love the metallics against your dark walls. It looks so glamorous. I would never have chosen purple but works so well. Lovely video too.

  5. Sam
    August 11, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Ahh so luxurious! Perfect for autumn winter too! I need some of those vases!

  6. Lin
    August 11, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    This collection works perfectly in your home – a great contrast against the dark walls. I wasn’t keen on the pantone choice this year of ultra violet – but I can see purple mixed with metallics creates quite q glamorous combination.

  7. Sarah Roberts
    August 11, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    I’m thrilled! These are drop dead gorgeous! my oh my! This is so brilliant, wow! The color is beautiful, so cool and luxurious at same time. Those vases…they’re blwoing my mind up. I love them all

  8. josh
    August 13, 2018 / 1:01 am

    cool. perrfect for autumn though.
    I must say, i do really appreciate your blog posts Jen. they are all captivating
    I wish i could write like this though

  9. vicki
    August 13, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    gorgeous images, i love the purple too, always feels quite lush and expensive!

  10. Fiona
    August 14, 2018 / 12:20 am

    I love the rich colours. The purples and golds are perfect for bringing warmth into a room and a great contrast against your dark walls.

  11. Maria
    August 14, 2018 / 11:33 am

    I’m loving how the rich purples and metallic accents work in your room Jen. Great video too! Lots of inspiration to take on board:D x

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