Editor's note: Today I am wearing a dress from Veronica Beard and shoes from Adrienne Vittadini.
Happy Wednesday! Another Dallas day today—- with a trip to The World Trade Center . I love my resources in The World Trade Center.... but I have to wear shoes to walk 10 football fields to go there. Since I try to dress a bit sassier on my Dallas day.. this fact bums me out. And you have to dress like you are going to the North Pole— they keep that building SO COLD!!! So flats and a pashmina are in store for the day. I am sure Adison is looking forward to the experience —— I will try to act excited! My sweet rep Linda at Feizy Rugs is feeding us lunch— so that will be a treat. Last time she bought lunch for us — she told me she bought extra “rabbit food” for me. Because I don’t eat carbs or sugar she always gets me a salad with protein. Not to say that I would not adore to eat a big, fat, wonderful sandwich—- but the feeling of weighing 25 pounds less is more enjoyable. Some day I am going to write that book on how I lost 25 pounds while still drinking white wine....................
Today’s article I found in the publication that Schumacker publishes called The Bulletin. It is a beautiful, large magazine printed on fine, heavy paper. The articles are always wonderful. This article is on Mark Hampton’s Park Avenue home where his widow Duane still lives. I cannot believe that is has been 20 years since he past away.... his legacy is still so alive in the Design World. His daughter Alexa stepped in to run his firm and has established herself as a powerhouse as well. The Hampton family has certainly brought much beauty to the world!!
Enjoy this magnificent apartment and have a super day!
This living room is stunning! The built in bookcases were original to the apartment. Hampton added the pilasters to frame the bookcase and heighten the architectural impact. He also added the columns to the mantel... which does make it so grand.. i love the story of the Chinese chest used as a cocktail table in front of the sofa. This was a wedding gift from Duane’s mother and inspired the living room’s original red lacquered walls. As time went on... this living room went from red lacquered walls... to a room full of chintz when the girls were young... to the calm neutrals that still exist. Hampton said that a room did not fully come to life until it was lived in. This is so true !
The other end of the living room. Either I have incorporated Mark Hampton’s style into my design work because I have studied his work so much..... or I instinctively display accessories the same. I adore this room and every element in it.
A beautiful collection of accessories that meld so lovely together. None really have meaning to each other.... but as a whole tell a story. This man was beyond talented. He worked with the best of the best..... David Hicks, Sister Parish, N.A. McMillen,Inc. Mark Hampton’s style , grace, and what he brought to the world of design will never be forgotten.
The dining room’s rich, red walls create such drama and coziness all at once. I love the red framed prints placed perfectly inside the moulding on the walls. The bust on the buffet is of their daughter Kate and was done by George Kelly. The collection of decanters and the custom lamps are stunning. Note the layers of table cloths on the table.... so sumptuous !!!
The entry has faux marble panels painted by renowned muralist Robert Jackson. We had our own incredibly talented painter in the DFW area Ed Ackerman. It would be a crying shame for anyone to paint over works of art like this on the walls. The chairs are 18th-century and have fabulous attitude. The Regency cabinet is regal . What a beautiful and classy moment.
This bed!!!!!!! Look at the painted section on the canopy. Outstanding!!! The fabric canopy and the treatment on the interior.... a pure work of art. The chinoiserie wallpaper is 25 years old. It looks as beautiful and fresh today.... which goes to show that good design withstands time.
A close up of Duane’s dressing table. You can tell so much about a lady by what is on her dressing table. This is populated with jewelry and pictures of family. Mine is not this populated.... but almost. I have Herend , antique silver bowels, and crystal that hold my jewelry. I also have pictures of my family. It is like they are all with me every day when I am getting dressed. The framed hand written quote in the middle Mark Hampton found in The New Yorker one day written by Stanley Elkin. He liked it so much that he wrote it down and framed it. That is so special.
"Master Class: Mark Hampton" article featured in Schumacher's Blog
Last night for dinner I had fried chicken and salad with La Martinique dressing. Yum!