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Book Friday: The Language of Interior Design

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Alexa Hampton, daughter of the influential interior designer Mark Hampton, is an old friend of mine. We met while I was studying architecture at RISD and she was attending nearby Brown University. I will never forget the summer day when Alexa typed up my first resume on the living room floor of her beautifully appointed apartment in Providence, Rhode Island. I was lucky enough to be able to see her recently when she came to my NYC apartment to celebrate this year’s September Decorating issue.

Now Alexa (a designer in her own right)  is carrying on her father's incredible legacy.  Her newest book,  The Language of Interior Design highlights her work in 18 unique spaces.

Alexa understands that for something to be beautiful it has to be functional. I can not think of a better book for someone to read who is an interior designer or architect, a student of interior design, or someone who is just passionate about the subject.

It's obvious that Alexa is fluent in the language of interior design -- the colors she chooses, the architectural details she employs, and the balance and elegance of every room shows just  how detailed and informed her work is. She retains a timeless aesthetic throughout every room she creates.

Take a look inside of her gorgeous masterpieces…

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The Language of Interior Design by Alexa Hampton. All of the photos given in this slide show are images from the book published by Clarkson Potter Publishers.

1 The Language of Interior Design by Alexa Hampton. All of the photos given in this slide show are images from the book published by Clarkson Potter Publishers.

I love the detail on the fireplace.

2 I love the detail on the fireplace.

The patterned and solid walls compliment each other.

3 The patterned and solid walls compliment each other.

This sleek looking kitchen makes the room feel clean and bright.

4 This sleek looking kitchen makes the room feel clean and bright.

The old architectural engravings are framed and hung perfectly behind the dining room table.

5 The old architectural engravings are framed and hung perfectly behind the dining room table.

The patterns and shades of colors make the room feel more exotic along side all of the textiles and baskets.

6 The patterns and shades of colors make the room feel more exotic along side all of the textiles and baskets.

These patterns are gorgeous!

7 These patterns are gorgeous!

The blue pattern and the white pillows and comforter make this bedroom feel clean and fresh.

8 The blue pattern and the white pillows and comforter make this bedroom feel clean and fresh.

The Louis XV oak paneling is beautifully carved.

9 The Louis XV oak paneling is beautifully carved.

I love the warm hues of this room.

10 I love the warm hues of this room.

Father and daughter's paintings hangs next to one another.

11 Father and daughter's paintings hangs next to one another.

Here, neutral floors were used between rooms with brighter colors.

12 Here, neutral floors were used between rooms with brighter colors.

What a breathtaking foyer.

13 What a breathtaking foyer.

The colors and detailing in this room are perfection.

14 The colors and detailing in this room are perfection.

I love a beautiful round table in the middle of a grand foyer.

15 I love a beautiful round table in the middle of a grand foyer.

The coloring of the wall color is discreet -- but the ellaborate detailing on the fireplace is not.

16 The coloring of the wall color is discreet -- but the ellaborate detailing on the fireplace is not.

I love how Alexa has created a mix of modern and classic furniture to fit this room.

17 I love how Alexa has created a mix of modern and classic furniture to fit this room.

The wallpaper fits in perfectly with this dining room.

18 The wallpaper fits in perfectly with this dining room.

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In addition to being an author, Alexa Hampton's products can be found at Visual Comfort (lighting), Kravet (fabric), Stark (carpet) and Hickory Chair (furniture) -- and these products can all be ordered online!

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Comments (1)

  • This looks like an amazing book! thank you Kevin for recommending it. I love her style of design from the photos posted. Definitely will order her book.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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