“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

Celerie Kemble

Celerie Kemble

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If you could have a second home anywhere, where would you live? I’m lucky enough to spend lots of time in Palm Beach, so my next answer would be L.A.

What are three words to describe your style? Sentimental, Colorful, and Pretty.

Tell us about your childhood bedroom? I grew up in a gazebo style room in an old deconsecrated church. My bedroom is octagonal and shingled from floor to peak ceiling. 

What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? It was an investment of love and effort, for $99 at a flea market, I found a tomato red trunk that was too heavy to carry and too tall for a car so I rode around in the back of a delivery van until he could drop me and the trunk off at my West Village walk up. It is still in my living room! 

In the history of design, if you could hire any designer other than yourself, who would it be? Tony Duquette

No room is complete without a plant. 

People think of me as blonde of hair, but I am really blonde of mind. 

 Things you omit from:

  • A flower arrangement: Baby’s Breath

  • An hors d’oeuvre platter: Sun dried tomatoes

  • A bar cabinet:  Nothing

 A song for:

  • Dinner at home - Lucinda Williams or Lana del Ray songs

  • Working at your desk - Old Frou Frou and Sia 

  • Going for a run  "I’m a Queen" by Sofi Tukker is my anthem of the year or "Talking Body" by Tove Lo

 Biggest Vice? Cheese 

If you were on an Ambien high and internet shopping, what would you buy? Easy, Vaseline glass.

Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility, if so, how? Not at all, in clothing there’s a huge spread on what is attractive and what is comfortable. It’s often an either or, that’s why there’s heels in my backpack and flats on my feet. I aspire to have more vintage in my wardrobe!

Who is your star crush? Liam Neeson or Gabriel Byrne. I also have a weird crush on Kate McKinnon which I can’t explain.

 What is the thing you would never do on a project, but don’t detest when you see others do it? Beth Webb’s all white everything is something I admire.  I don’t have the restraint to do it myself, but it pleases me immensely!

 If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be? Alain de Botton's The Architecture of Happiness 

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A Few Favorites

  • Movie: Parenthood 

  • Book: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and A Fine Balance by R. Mistry. A new one is Calypso by David Sedaris. 

  • Scent: Orange Blossom or Grapefruit 

  • The fabric you always come back to: Anything by Rose Cummings, I am crying as I write this 

  • Dream project: A cottage anywhere 

  • Meal: Some form of pasta 

  • Drink: Tequila on the rocks with a twist of grapefruit 

  • Hotel: Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic 

  • Travel Destination: Anywhere I’ve never been 

  • Artist: I have to go back to my old high school favorites, Edward Hopper and Matisse 

  • Thing to collect obsessively: Vintage metal flowers, weird and wonderful wickers, and primitive flower paintings

  • Era in the history of design: I love any era of Anglo fetishism of Asian influences, for example Brighton Pavilion

  • Museum: The Harvard Museum of Natural History, specifically their glass flower collection

  • Paint Color that always look great:  Icy Moon Drops by Benjamin Moore 

  • Favorite person to follow on Instagram: Jessica Yellin 

  • Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? In NYC no pets, but if I lived elsewhere, all of the above 

Philip Mitchell

Philip Mitchell

Ray Booth

Ray Booth