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Western Livin MagazineHow to Decorate for the Holidays When You Don’t Care About the Holidays

Designer Amanda Hamilton proves that festive doesn’t always have to mean classic as she invites friends home for the holidays.

Photographic evidence in these pages notwithstanding, Amanda Hamilton is not obsessed with the holiday season. She’s even gone so far as to say she doesn’t celebrate Christmas. She’s not religious, but perhaps more importantly, like Charlie Brown, she long ago became frustrated by the increasing over-commercialization of the season. “At some point, I’d just had enough,” says the Calgary designer, whose impressively varied portfolio of residential and commercial clients includes the stylish likes of 80th and Ivy, Native Tongues and the Beltliner restaurants. “The gift giving and a lot of the rest of it just started to feel forced.”

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