“As a resident of the world of design since birth, I’d like to take some time to celebrate some of the people and things in that world that I admire. I hope you come along for the ride. And, as my name has really taken a beating these last couple of years, -thank you Mr. Bezos, - feel free to think of me here by my nickname: Lex. And, please also enjoy this completely un-recognizable and years old headshot.” - Alexa Hampton

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

photo by Peter Vitale

photo by Peter Vitale

If you could have a second home anywhere, where would you live? Nantucket or Palm Beach…

Tell us about your childhood bedroom? Growing up in the military we moved every two years. The first bedroom I remember was from when I was in High School and we had settled in Indianapolis. It was done it white French provincial furniture. So, I guess since then I’ve always loved anything French!

What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? My Picasso lithograph on corrugated cardboard that I found in Paris in a small art gallery. It remains one of my favorite pieces to this day. 

In the history of design, if you could hire any designer other than yourself, who would it be? Jean-Michel Frank

No room is complete without something personal that evokes a special memory.

People think of me as Southern, but I really grew up in the military and Midwest. 

Things you omit from:

  • A flower arrangement Greenery

  • An hors d’oeuvre platter Olives

  • A bar cabinet Red wine

A song for: 

  • Dinner at home  Hotel Costes soundtrack

  • Working at your desk London Beat – “I’ve Been Thinking About You”

  • Going for a run Only on the treadmill so I watch tv…

Biggest Vice? Candy

If you were on an Ambien high and internet shopping, what would you buy? Something fabulous and expensive!

Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility, if so, how?  Yes…they are always classic and timeless, with accessories that add a modern, stylish touch.

Who is your star crush? Emily Blunt

What is the thing you would never do on a project, but don’t detest when you see others do it?  Pattern on pattern on pattern

If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be?  Dwell by Sills and Huniford

For posterity, what would you like your work to be known for?  Inspiring…I hope my work inspires people… 

photo by Peter Vitale

photo by Peter Vitale

A Few Favorites:

Movie: The Holiday

Book: The Bill Blass Collection Catalog from Sothebys

Scent: Hermes Rouge

The fabric you always come back to: Linen Velvet from Saladino and Rustin Linen by Verellen

Dream project: Whatever project I am currently working on…with a client that says yes!

Meal: Pommes Frites

Drink: Veuve Clicquot 

Hotel: The Ritz in Paris

Travel Destination: Paris

Artist: Cy Twombly

Thing to collect obsessively: Dior, Chanel, Marni and Prada accessories and jewelry.

Era in the history of design: French modern

Museum: Versailles

Paint Color that always look great: Benjamin Moore’s White Dove

Favorite person to follow on Instagram: Goop 

Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? Cats…we had darling Birmans, Hannah and Hunter

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

James Huniford

James Huniford