Details draw us in as the ultimate luxury in design.
That is the sentiment in Alexa Hampton’s newest book, Decorating in Detail. Alexa Hampton will be speaking at The Women’s Board 2015 Art & Antiques Show on December 4th at 10AM and signing her book after her lecture.
We now live in an age where accessibility is literally at our fingertips. If we see a fabric in our favorite magazine, it can be ordered in a few clicks. An “on-trend” chair silhouette can suddenly be found in every design store we enter. According to Alexa Hampton, “We may have reached the point where the only things that distinguish us, and our houses, are the details.” Without them, our homes may all end up telling the same story, and that would be such a shame.
Alexa Hampton’s own story begins in the world of design. As the daughter of legendary interior designer Mark Hampton, who worked with everyone from George H. W. Bush and Jackie Kennedy to Estee Lauder and Brooke Astor, Alexa embraced the art and mastered its language. Growing up, she always found his job interesting. “He was always talking about beautiful houses and interesting people, and he was traveling places looking for furniture” (New York Times, September 2010).
After graduating from Brown University and doing graduate work at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, she began officially working at her father’s firm as an apprentice. Upon his death in 1998, she became president and head designer of Mark Hampton Inc. Since then, Alexa Hampton has been a force in both the domestic and international design world as a perennial member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer lists as well as a member of Elle Décor’s A-list.
Her talents are multifaceted. As a writer she has published two critically praised books and is a contributing columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s Saturday “Off Duty” section. She has a growing portfolio of acclaimed products for the home, which include fabrics, and trims for Kravet Inc., her own furniture line for Hickory Chair Co., and carpets for Stark Carpet. In 2012, she became the first female designer to win the International Market Design Icon Award.
Despite the chapters of her life that are filled with accolades and formalities, Alexa Hampton, the self-proclaimed “homebody,” is down to earth, and her aesthetic is accessible. And because of her father’s influence on her narrative, she knows how important the past is to the present. While we all may have access to mass-market sameness, the details and objects we choose to distinguish our rooms need to tell our story.
Our rooms are more valuable when we garnish them with special pieces, pieces that would have lives beyond us because “vintage and antique pieces add great luster and variety to what might be an otherwise monotone room” (Architectural Digest, July 2015).
December 4th at 10AM is a perfect time to hear Alexa Hampton share her story and expertise, get her newest book signed, and then shop the Art & Antiques Show for a perfect piece that will add a distinguishing detail to your home’s story.
Mollie Peterson lives in Jacksonville with her husband Matthew. She is a member of the Art and Antiques Show Public Relations and Vice Chair of the Blog Committee. Mollie is a teacher at James Weldon Johnson College Prep and a 2015 Gladys Prior Award Winner for Career Teaching Excellence. She is the creator of the blog HOSTandSERVE and is a grateful stroke survivor.