Daughter of the legendary interior designer Mark Hampton, Alexa Hampton started working in her father's studio when she was just 13 years old. Instead of taking family ski trips, she grew up visiting cathedrals in Europe to study architecture and design. With the launch of her first-ever textile collection, Alexa is making her expert design knowledge available to everyone. Alexa Hampton Home, available at HSN, includes bedding, bath, and window designs. I've written about Alexa on my blog before, and I'm thrilled to show your some pieces from her new collection and a peek into her thought process when creating it.
All of your designs are so fresh and happy in the colors and prints – where is your inspiration coming from?
I think I am experiencing a particular love for happy colors and patterns following a long stretch of beige being in fashion. Given the neutral palette in which so many rooms are decorated, I find that these fresh, fun prints can work well and be absorbed without hassle.
Do you have any tips for incorporating bolder colors into interiors? Tell us about your color choices for this line?
The best way to incorporate bold colors and brighten up a space is through smaller touches that can be easily changed throughout the seasons. Sheets, towels, plates, pillows, throws and accessories of all types are great items with which one can reinvent a room’s scheme and sensibility. In this particular case, I wanted to design with patterns both feminine and masculine, tailored and romantic. That drive led me to red and blue, floral, and animal print. That being said, there wasn’t a formula that I articulated to myself. It all just came out the way it did.
Your father was an interior designer. How important was growing up in that environment to your own personal taste?
His tutelage has shaped the designer I have become. The 15 years I have owned and run the firm alone have been a flowering of the seeds he planted in me. I am especially lucky, however, that I am a woman and he was a man because I hold him up as a design icon and role model, but I don’t want to duplicate him and no one really expects me to, either.
All of the pieces from this line are warm and inviting. How important is the bedroom in terms of creating a comfortable and livable home?
Since I am an utter failure in the kitchen, the hub of family life in our house is always the bedroom. It is where the five of us laugh, cuddle, cry and have our most meaningful family time. It is our safe haven, our cocoon and our respite. I also just plain love to sleep. For all of these reasons, the bedroom to me is a crucial space to design well.