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10 Things I'm Obsessed With

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I'm constantly coming across images of inspiring design and obsessing over artfulness in any way. These are some of the things that I can't get off my mind this Fall, from TV and tasty treats to gorgeous silk flowers.

1o. The Borgias. I am absolutely obsessed with this Showtime series set in Renaissance Italy; the Borgias are all things lavish, drama and scandal.

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9. Finding the Perfect Pumpkin. If you haven't started looking, now's the time to go picking through the patch. Orange is classic, but there are so many sizes, shapes, and colors to incorporate into your decorations! Read More...

Book Friday: The World of Muriel Brandolini

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Last month, I noted Muriel Brandolini's beaded mechanic sling chair as one of the ten things I'm obsessed with. Her new book, The World of Muriel Brandolini: Interiors lives up to her passionate and distinctive design reputation. It is loaded with images of her various projects and bursting with the sumptuous color, textures, and artful arrangements that she is known for.

Muriel's background in fashion design, travels throughout the world, and love for all things art and design are evident in every image this book holds. I know you'll enjoy the images from its pages!

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The furniture arrangement in this room is brilliantly balanced in both color and form.

1 The furniture arrangement in this room is brilliantly balanced in both color and form.

Isn't this rug so wonderful? The clean lines of the shelving and furniture allows its design to pop without being too busy.

2 Isn't this rug so wonderful? The clean lines of the shelving and furniture allows its design to pop without being too busy.

Here Muriel's creative expertise is seen in the irreverent and playful display of wall hangings. I love her mix and match mentality.

3 Here Muriel's creative expertise is seen in the irreverent and playful display of wall hangings. I love her mix and match mentality.

What a welcome surprise from this splay of colors on the stairwell! Although bright and varied, the shades are strategically linked with elements from the room's other decor to create a harmony of tones.

4 What a welcome surprise from this splay of colors on the stairwell! Although bright and varied, the shades are strategically linked with elements from the room's other decor to create a harmony of tones.

This whimsical arrangement of lanterns evokes the edginess of a modern sculpture.

5 This whimsical arrangement of lanterns evokes the edginess of a modern sculpture.

Neutral doesn't have to be boring. Here, Muriel incorporates unique pieces, interesting textures, and a range of tones to a space.

6 Neutral doesn't have to be boring. Here, Muriel incorporates unique pieces, interesting textures, and a range of tones to a space.

This whole arrangement of shelves (especially the ones used for bedside knickknacks) is so playful and sharp.

7 This whole arrangement of shelves (especially the ones used for bedside knickknacks) is so playful and sharp.

Matte black wall paint doubles as a giant chalkboard in this modern kitchen.

8 Matte black wall paint doubles as a giant chalkboard in this modern kitchen.

How exquisite is this bed dressing?

9 How exquisite is this bed dressing?

Wall art doesn't have to be lifeless; this graphic letter display is dramatic and inventive without being over the top.

10 Wall art doesn't have to be lifeless; this graphic letter display is dramatic and inventive without being over the top.

I find the boldness of this wall graphic is absolutely stunning. And how perfect are the flowers?

11 I find the boldness of this wall graphic is absolutely stunning. And how perfect are the flowers?

More exotic wall graphics are modernized with a quartet of edgy class coffee tables.

12 More exotic wall graphics are modernized with a quartet of edgy class coffee tables.

This floating bed occupies the center of the room with drama and elegance.  Rich textiles and a celestial rug push the artfulness even farther.

13 This floating bed occupies the center of the room with drama and elegance. Rich textiles and a celestial rug push the artfulness even farther.

Book Friday: Mark Hampton: An American Decorator

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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 Brown University, nearby. 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. Today, Alexa carries on her father's incredible legacy as the President and featured designer of Mark Hampton, LLC.

Mark Hampton began his career working for some of the greatest interior designers of his time: Mrs. Henry Parish II, David Hicks, and McMillen, Inc. He later went on to design for such clients as Brooke Astor, Estee Lauder, Jacqueline Onassis, and the Henry Kissingers, in addition to his work on the White House, Camp David, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the American Academy in Rome.

Mark Hampton: An American Decorator (Rizzoli, 2010) is a tribute to the designer compiled and written by Duane Hampton–Alexa's mother and Mark's widow. The book features exquisite photography of Mark Hampton's work. As I poured over the book, I flagged images of rooms that I have seen in person, which I am sharing with you below. While these images are beautiful, they hardly do these finely-decorated rooms justice.

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A portrait of the esteemed designer.

1 A portrait of the esteemed designer.

Mark painted a watercolor of one of the rooms he decorated for Pamela Harriman in the American Embassy Residence in Paris.

2 Mark painted a watercolor of one of the rooms he decorated for Pamela Harriman in the American Embassy Residence in Paris.

A Hampton-Hicks collaboration. I love the steel-and-glass tables mixed with antiques–a balance of modern and traditional styles.

3 A Hampton-Hicks collaboration. I love the steel-and-glass tables mixed with antiques–a balance of modern and traditional styles.

This room is so whimsical thanks to the use of floral upholstery paired with floral wallpaper and palm fronds.

4 This room is so whimsical thanks to the use of floral upholstery paired with floral wallpaper and palm fronds.

The door to this dining room is flanked by orchids on gilded pedestals.

5 The door to this dining room is flanked by orchids on gilded pedestals.

Inside the dining room green-and-white trellis paper lines the walls. The blanc de chine over-mantel mirror is the room's focal point.

6 Inside the dining room green-and-white trellis paper lines the walls. The blanc de chine over-mantel mirror is the room's focal point.

Mark outfitted this East Hampton sitting room in blue-and-white batik. It is so sophisticated, yet still beachy.

7 Mark outfitted this East Hampton sitting room in blue-and-white batik. It is so sophisticated, yet still beachy.

Long before ikat was a hot home design and fashion trend, Mark favored the fabric.

8 Long before ikat was a hot home design and fashion trend, Mark favored the fabric.

This San Francisco living room has all of the bells and whistles. The curtains are strie silk, with tassels, fringes, rosettes, bows, and tiebacks.

9 This San Francisco living room has all of the bells and whistles. The curtains are strie silk, with tassels, fringes, rosettes, bows, and tiebacks.

This card room has many vibrant elements including the tiger rug. Gilded accents lend an distinct sense of luxury to the room.

10 This card room has many vibrant elements including the tiger rug. Gilded accents lend an distinct sense of luxury to the room.

Duane calls this living room

11 Duane calls this living room "a Victorian/Edwardian riot of color and pattern." I couldn't have said it better myself.

I love the use of a calming palette of pale yellows and cream.

12 I love the use of a calming palette of pale yellows and cream.

The dining room of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, with Marks's decoration largely intact. In the 1980s Mark decorated many rooms and suites for the hotel.

13 The dining room of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, with Marks's decoration largely intact. In the 1980s Mark decorated many rooms and suites for the hotel.