Friday, August 3, 2012

Linda and Joni Chat With Alexa Hampton

This week, Linda and Joni sat down to talk with Alexa Hampton, the popular and very talented interior designer. Unfortunately, Megan was off on jury duty!

Alexa, now 40ish, took over her father's highly respected interior design firm, Mark Hampton LLC, after his untimely death at just 58.   A graduate of Brown University, she was only 27 at the time - so young!  Alexa tells us all about how and why she bought the firm outright from her mother.   

Mark Hampton

Alexa is a bonafide Type A personality (aren't they all?) and it comes through loud and clear in her voice.  She is very, very, very WARM and friendly.   She might be the most friendly designer we have talked to yet.

The living room of a large estate recently designed by Alexa Hampton

Besides her busy career, Alexa is also a wife and mother.   She is married to a businessman from Greece and they now have twin sons and a little girl who was born on the anniversary of her father's passing.  On the day of our interview, it was her daughter's 4th birthday and they were on their way to celebrate it at Le Cirque!

A beautiful bedroom pictured in Alexa's design book.

We talk shop:   Alexa describes how she works with clients and her design process, along with how she presents the plans.  

The famous flush mount light fixture Alexa designed while in her bathtub.

She is a very, very busy lady.  Besides her interior design work, she has a line of furniture with Hickory Chair, a line of rugs with Stark a fabric collection with Kravet, and she designs light fixtures for Visual  Comfort.  One of her designs was bought by Restoration Hardware and is a best seller - while her flush mount fixture (pictured above) is one of the most popular fixtures at Visual Comfort.  

Alexa's work is often published, and she is continually named to Architectural Digest's Top 100.  And, to top it all, she is the author of a design book that shows many of her projects.  One interesting thing about her book is she shows the inspiration boards that go along with the pictures:

Alexa includes inspiration boards in the book to go along with the pictures.