Decorating Details with Alexa Hampton

In an age when everyone can buy the same sofa silhouette, whether it’s from George Smith or Crate and Barrel, and find all the same fabrics via the Internet, we may have reached the point where the only things that distinguish us, and our houses, are the details. . . . .Today, uniqueness has become the ultimate luxury. Details allow you to customize a piece of furniture or curtains to make them yours alone – a one-of-a-kind piece.”

Alexa Hampton, Decorating in Detail

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Living room of decorator Alexa Hampton via Mark D. Sikes blog (September 24, 2013).

Decorator Alexa Hampton has an amazing eye for detail, but she does not “believe in detail for detail’s sake.” As you look at the rooms in this post, note how Ms. Hampton’s thoughtful details add to the comfort and function of each space. Tables are placed next to chairs so people have spots to set drinks. Sconces provide reading light just where it is needed – especially in the bedroom. Colors and shapes travel from room to room to create continuity and harmony. Some of Ms. Hampton’s rooms contain an incredible number of colors, yet she creates a soothing atmosphere that is warm and richly layered. Swags, lambrequins, and bed curtains may be traditional design styles, but in Ms. Hampton’s hands, they appear fresh and modern.

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Before-and-after photos of sitting room decorated by Alexa Hampton for Kips Bay Show House 2014. Image via Alexa Hampton Inc.’s Facebook page.

Lambrequins are a traditional style of window treatment, but the effect in the Kips Bay Show House sitting room is fresh and modern – offering a bold punctuation mark to counter the pastel walls.

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Larger image of sitting room decorated by Alexa Hampton for Kips Bay Show House 2014. Photo via Alexa Hampton Inc.’s Facebook page.

The sitting room contains so many colors, but somehow, they work together. Alexa Hampton paints and draws, and I believe her love of art informs her ability to mix colors.

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Sitting room decorated by Alexa Hampton for Kips Bay Show house 2014. Habitually Chic photo via Pinterest.

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Sitting room decorated by Alexa Hampton for Kips Bay Show House 2014. Photo from Habitually Chic blog via Pinterest.

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“For Alexa Hampton balancing the sharp lines of what was essentially a straight-edged box meant pulling out some of the true-blue standards of traditional decorating. To add softness and femininity to her [Kips Bay Show House] bedroom, she deployed . . . [crown moldings, swag curtains] along with antique furniture and engravings, a soaring pleated canopy, and a juicy, taupe-gray lacquer paint job all over the walls. ‘You don’t usually see it in bedrooms because people think of high gloss as cold, but lacquered walls can be so sexy,’ she says, ‘and they look great in flickering candlelight.’ ” Text by Mario Lopez-Cordero. “Expert Thinking” produced by Eugenia Santiesteban Soto. Veranda (September – October 2012).

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Bedroom in Kips Bay Show House 2012 decorated by Alexa Hampton. Photo via Facebook page of Alexa Hampton Inc.

“Like her father, the late 20th Century design legend Mark Hampton, Alexa Hampton has the rare ability to make classic design comfortable – and make people comfortable with classic design. The classic, comfortable style that has become Hampton’s hallmark has been translated into a collection of made-to-order furniture by Hickory Chair. Each of the designs exhibit Hampton’s sophisticated eye as well as her passion for distinct geometries, proportion, contrast and composition. The pieces also showcase her rare talent for designing furniture that combines classic inspiration with modern sensitivities to comfort, scale and elegant, personalized details.” Source: Hickory Chair.

Alexa Hampton has designed a furniture collection for Hickory Chair, and the following photo features some of the pieces that were displayed during the High Point Market in April 2014. Once again, note the layering of color in the space:

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The Alexa Hampton Collection at Hickory Chair, High Point – Spring 2014. Photo via Alexa Hampton’s Pinterest boards.

The Studio at Janet Brown Interiors is your Richmond source for Hickory Chair, including Alexa Hampton’s collection for the company.  Many of Hickory Chair’s pieces can be customized, so you can select the details that will make your furniture perfect for your home. A variety of patinas, striping, hardware, nailhead options, fringes and tapes are available. Hickory Chair can even match the finish of a new piece of furniture to that of a family heirloom.

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The following home, which Alexa Hampton decorated, features many Hickory Chair pieces:

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“Smart black shingles and board-and-batten siding distinguish Liz and Chris Pollack’s Fairfield County, Connecticut, house, which was designed by architect Joel Barkley, of Ike Kligerman Barkley, and decorator Alexa Hampton, of Mark Hampton. The landscape design was by Mario Nievera.” Photography: Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“The white stucco façade of the entrance court.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“The foyer, as seen from the living room, contains quatrefoil chairs and a stool, all by Hickory Chair; the living room’s Swedish clock is from Liza Sherman Antiques, and the table lamp is by Christopher Spitzmiller.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“A view from the foyer into the living room, where vintage loop chairs by Frances Elkins surround a pedestal table; the ebonized bookcase is from 145 Antiques.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“Artworks by Alexander Calder (left) and Joan Miró hang in the living room; the club chairs, sofa, cocktail table, and bench—covered in a Cowtan and Tout velvet—are all by Hickory Chair.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“Hampton reupholstered the Pollacks’ club chairs in a brown Rogers and Goffigon linen and a patterned cotton for the new family room; the sofa and nail-studded hassock are by Hickory Chair, and the carpet is by Stark.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“The dining room features a reclaimed-elm pedestal table from Mecox and a silver-leafed ceiling; the mirrored sideboard and silver candlesticks are from John Rosselli Antiques.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“The kitchen’s Wolf range and twin Sub-Zero refrigerators face an island topped with absolute black granite.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

“My father had a line with Hickory Chair, and his furniture is still carried today. I wanted to have a line,” Alexa Hampton told Architectural Digest. “I shamelessly wore them down. It makes so much sense for designers to be creating furniture, because we know what our clients need and what’s useful.” “Alexa Hampton” by Nicholas von Hoffman. Architectural Digest (July 2005).

When asked: “What is your favorite gift to give or to receive?” Alexa Hampton told blogger/decorator Mark D. Sikes, “A great book of any kind.” Ms. Hampton’s second book, Decorating in Detail, which was published in November 2013, is a beautiful and practical design resource. It is available for purchase at Janet Brown Interiors.

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Post by Kathleen Sams Flippen for Janet Brown Interiors.

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2 comments on “Decorating Details with Alexa Hampton
  1. Ubi says:

    Another great post , great design sensibility and ideas. I love it!!!

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