Tuesday, October 26, 2010

interior inspirations — design luminary Alexa Hampton

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 ChairKravet and Stark Car­pet. A busy woman indeed!

Alexa Hamp­ton at Old Lyme, CT

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? 

Myself and Alexa Hampton

The book is won­der­ful, by the way — I encour­age you to indulge!

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