The final speaker at Interior Inspirations in Old Lyme was world famous designer and business executive Alexa Hampton. After her father's untimely death, she took the reins of Mark Hampton LLC at the age of 28. In addition to running the company and designing beautiful interiors around the globe, Alexa also has developed signature product lines for Circa Lighting, Hickory Chair, Kravet and Stark Carpet. A busy woman indeed!
Her presentation focused on the evolution of her parents' 1970s NYC apartments to her own home today. She traced the time travel of several beloved pieces of furniture as they were reintegrated from home to home over forty years. Her take away advice — don't give up the pieces you truly love. Alexa reflected on how much her parents' design choices continue to impact her own — she says she will always have a room with dark brown walls and white trim, a combination she finds "effervescent". Do you like or dislike your parents' decorating choices? Do you find them creeping into your life?
In reviewing client projects, she offered some sound advice regarding space planning: "when you crack the logic on how a room should function, don't change that when updating. Reinvent the room in other ways." Her advice on dining rooms, "most likely the least used room in the home", it's a good place to go over-the-top. Because dining rooms can often look unihabited, she believes drapery is key to creating coziness.
Alexa was a funny and engaging speaker, and I will admit I was so caught up in her presentation I stopped taking notes! I think it was lovely she chose to travel to Old Lyme to raise money for Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. She was gracious enough to sign her book and take pictures with attendees, and design junkie that I am, how could I resist?
The book is wonderful, by the way — I encourage you to indulge!