“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

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

photo by Eric Piasecki

photo by Eric Piasecki

If you could have a second home anywhere, where would you live? House on the beach!  I’m from California!

What are three words to describe your style?

1.  Colorful

2.  Unexpected

3.  Comfortable

Tell us about your childhood bedroom? Traditional and filled with different craft projects that I’d be working on

What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? An antique at auction

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

No room is complete without flowers

People think of me as color all the time but I also have an appreciation for neutrals and softer colors too.

Things you omit from:

  • A flower arrangement – nothing the more the merrier!

  • An hors d’oeuvre platter -  It’s important my guests always can find something to eat and drink!

A song for: 

  • Dinner at home: Norah Jones – Come Away With Me

  • Working at your desk: Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

  • Going for a run:Upbeat Motown

Biggest Vice? Chocolate Cake

If you were on an Ambien high and internet shopping, what would you buy? I don’t shop online – I need to see it in person! 

Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility, if so, how?  Yes, layers of nice fabric.

Who is your star crush? Peter Pennoyer.

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

If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be?  The Interiors and Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision

photo by Eric Piasecki

photo by Eric Piasecki

A Few Favorites

  • Movie:  Woody Allen movies

  • Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

  • Scent: Prelude to Love by Kilian Hennessy

  • The fabric you always come back to: Farman-Farma fabrics

  • Dream project: a project on a tropical island like Hawaii

  • Meal: Any meal cooked by my husband! 

  • Drink: good wine

  • Hotel: The Connaught Hotel London

  • Travel Destination: A family house at Mishaum Point, South Dartmouth, MA

  • Artist: Karl Schrag

  • Thing to collect obsessively: Vintage fabrics

  • Era in the history of design: Regency

  • Museum: Sir John Soane's Museum

  • Paint Color that always look great: Farrow and Ball - Borrowed light

  • Favorite person to follow on Instagram: my children

  • Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? Dogs!

Ray Booth

Ray Booth

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler