About Us

Hello, I'm Amanda, lovely to meet you and thanks for checking out The Chamomile Lounge.

I created this space because I can have an opinion on anything and a lot to say about pretty much everything.

Like many women I have spent years juggling hectic careers, running businesses, raising crazy kids, cooking like Nigella, sometimes cleaning, often entertaining and socialising, struggling to stay in shape and warding off wrinkles, whilst organising holidays, running homes in Dubai, France and soon Ireland and generally supporting everyone around me. I laugh a lot and don't always have the answers but this is me....

A Welsh girl, in Dubai since the 90's with husband Billy. We have three children. Two sons in University in Switzerland and a daughter about to embark on boarding school in UK. Add to that Darcie and Hippo the two mad Havanese pups and that's the Harkins.

I love a project, big or small and generally have several on the go at once. I'm a sucker for a hack or a shortcut, I'm obsessed with house stuff, particularly cushions,  I collect clutch bags I never use and am always buying Tupperware. My style crush is Sarah Jessica Parker and I'm a tea addict.

I'm not an Interior Designer but I spend hours designing and restyling my home, my friends' homes and the homes of anyone else who will let me.

With the kids gone we've just downsized to an apartment again for the first time in years which I'm still trying to get straight, 12 months on. A house in the South of France which is my spiritual home and my passion, and the biggest project to date, a new house build in Ireland. Oh and I'm collaborating on a million new things with my friend Jen Black, whose Wear The House brand is my new obsession. Expect to see lots more about the exciting things going on there.  As I said, I've a lot to say on a lot of topics!!

So if you're interested in sharing my journey, the highs and lows, the ins and outs then come on in to The Chamomile Lounge.