A Visionary Life

Today’s guest took the reigns of a prestigious design firm at a young age and built it into her own empire. Now, she is sharing her story and talking about her process for finding smart, stylish design solutions, as well as best practices any entrepreneur can relate to.

Alexa Hampton is a New York designer renowned for her extensive knowledge of classic and eclectic European design. She is the Owner and President of interior design firm Mark Hampton LLC, as well as the home furnishing products line Alexa Hampton Inc. She is also an international lecturer, two-time author, Wall Street Journal columnist, and television personality with the distinct honor of being the first and only female designer to make regular appearances on “This Old House.”

Stay tuned to hear more from Alexa herself about building out a visionary career, the importance of honesty at work, asking for help, and owning your mistakes—and enjoy a good laugh as well!

Today’s episode of Women WorldWide, which features a Visionary Woman Award winner, is being sponsored by Moore College of Art & Design. Moore is the first and only women’s visual arts college for undergraduates in the United States.

In This Episode

  • Growing up a design legacy
  • Early life and career
  • Design process and practical considerations
  • Managing stress and overcoming obstacles
  • Importance owning your mistakes

Quotes in This Episode

“I’ve been coming to the same office since 1984!” —Alexa Hampton

“There’s not only one good solution for a design dilemma.” —Alexa Hampton

“You gotta be willing to get lucky.” —Alexa Hampton

“I hope I don’t have a trademark style… I don’t design in a vacuum. But, I see my job as a decorator as really to tease out the best version of my clients’ style. ” —Alexa Hampton

“When I first took over the firm, after years of observing the boom of the ‘80s and the early ‘90s, I needed to go cleaner… I needed a purge, and now the notion of not having all those flourishes is beyond me. I love them–I desperately desire them. I’m affected by the pendulum swings of environment.” —Alexa Hampton

“I never swan in and preach from on high. It always starts with an ample amount of practical information.” —Alexa Hampton

Resources

Alexa Hampton, Interior Designer, President Mark Hampton LLC, President Alexa Hampton Inc., Moore College Visionary Woman Award winner, with Deirdre Breakenridge on Women WorldwideAlexaHampton.com
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