Designer Showcase: Mariah Hamilton


My name is Mariah Hamilton and I’m an interior designer at Selden’s Home Furnishings. I started here almost ten years ago and have grown with the business ever since.

I chose to pursue a career in interior design after starting my family. I knew I had to get back into work and I wanted to do something I loved. I’ve always been known to rearrange my furniture and change colors in my home. Interior design has always been a natural passion of mine. I received my degree from Clover Park and I took an internship with a top designer before finding my place at Selden’s in 2005.

Winston Sling Chair Dining. Clean lines make this dining set transitional and will fit any décor. You also have the option to add a colorful umbrella to brighten up your outdoor space.

One of my favorite parts of being an interior designer is keeping my finger on the pulse of industry trends, allowing me to experiment with the latest colors, fabrics, and more. I love the growing trend in outdoor living and the opportunity summer brings to create a new setting outside. More people want to expand their home and work on the exterior to build a vacation setting. The outdoor is a different experience and is about being somewhere other than where you are. You’re walking into a whole new organic element. You can use outdoor furniture and decor to create an escape to anywhere from the tropical outdoors to a high-rise in Soho.

Tommy Bahama Island Estate. Wing Back Chairs and a Fire Pit add style and warmth to a cool summer night in the Northwest. This set makes it easy to bring indoor comfort to the outside.

Another big trend right now is the rebirth of mid-century design. Often associated with the 1950’s, mid-century modern was a design movement that influenced everything from furniture and decor to architecture. It’s identified by quirky geometric shapes and clean, sculptural lines. As design trends shift toward simplicity, mid-century modern has had a popular comeback. I personally love the look and feel it’s more than just a passing trend. If you’re looking to have a modern retro-inspired look in your home, I suggest utilizing mid-century style to create excellent transitional pieces. You can mix and match with the look by mixing it up with paint, area rugs, or art from a different era. You’ll have a clean and classic look without seeming outdated.

The Westchester. A Mid-Century Sectional by American Leather.

Sometimes functionality is the most important thing to clients. In these cases, I can pull from experiences in my personal life. As a mother, I can understand the importance of things that are durable, safe, and easy to clean. I’m also sensitive to the needs of those looking for wheelchair accessibility and comfort.

I know some people may feel intimidated by working with an interior designer, but we’re here to listen and help as much or as little as you want. I’m happy to work with clients on creative brainstorming for the home or simply offer information and guidance. The level of involvement is up to you.

My favorite part of working with clients is the end result and the journey we take together. I love seeing their faces at the end of it all and knowing they’ve just walked into a room completely excited and happy with the end result. That’s really why I do what I do.

I love the chance to meet new people and build my connection with clients. This spring, we had an exclusive launch party for the Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living Collection. Emmy-winning actress Vanessa Marcil attended the event with us and she was really wonderful. The new patio line is really cool and we had an amazing turnout for the event. Special events like these help bring clients and newcomers into the showroom, which creates a really unique experience.

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Mariah Hamilton has been with Selden’s Home Furnishings since 2005, with a degree in Interior Design and is an allied member of ASID. Mariah collaborates with her clients by listening and understanding the total scope of the project to correctly determine the function, style and budget that will create the most effective solutions. Presenting a total plan enables her clients to see a completed vision while purchasing in phases that feel comfortable to them.


Selden’s is a family owned and operated furniture store in Tacoma, WA. The family business dates back to 1940 when Syd Selden opened his own floor-covering store with five employees. Adjusting to the postwar housing era, Selden’s became a full-service home furnishings center in 1957. Today, Selden’s now employs over 100 people, including salespeople, designers, warehouse, and delivery staff.

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