WATERHOUSE in Hingham
Amber Waterhouse opened up her antique shop in Hingham Square in April of 2014. Not only does she have amazing taste in antiques but she's a talented painter who's been working on her craft for 15 years. Combine the two and you've got one of my favorite paces to shop for art and antiques South of Boston.
Her shop is filled with pieces that look like they came from the English countryside. A federal style mahogany sideboard, a pair of Stafforshire porcelain dogs, an Empire four drawer chest, a Japanese campaign chest, majolica and blue willow dishes and Asian garden stools.
Asked about her personal style Amber admits she will always love Empire period pieces, blue and white and all things collected over time which is probably why I love her style so much. That aesthetic is reflected in her carefully curated pieces and paintings are a big part of that.
The artwork that covers every wall is inspiring and personal. Amber has many artists represented as well as her own paintings and they mix seamlessly with the antique pieces in her shop.
Amber was an art history major in school and that's where her love of art took hold. "It's your personal signature" Amber says about adding art to a room and I think that's so true. One painting I fell in love with was a piece by Margaret McWethy. Margaret studied at Swathmore then was mentored by Henry Hensche. This impressionist piece makes me wonder what is at the end of this lovely tree lined road. A beautiful antique barn? A hayfield? A pasture? This piece speaks to me (along with the bamboo chairs with blue pillows.)
I actually met Amber through my dear friend Cecilia Walker (Cecilia Walker Design) and ironically Amber and I both ended up having space at the Boston Design Center in the Market Stalls area of the building (art and antique dealers). Right away I loved her style. Because of the way she mixes her pieces you can easily envision how they would fit in your own home as statement or accent pieces.
Ambers knowledge of antiques and art makes shopping at Waterhouse a fun trip. Lot's to see, to learn about and get inspired by.
Waterhouse is located at 106 North Street in Hingham, Massachusetts. They are open from 11-5 Tuesday through Saturday. You can also see Amber's collection on facebook, instagram and pinterest at @waterhousedecor