Mixing and matching with the confidence and nuance of the second-generation decorator that she is, Alexa Hampton finds the through line for this Manhattan sitting room not in a period or a style but in strong patterns and textures. “Though there are many things going on, nothing is competing,” she explains.
“The embroidered fabrics, tiger-velvet chairs and colorful gallery art are grounded by neutral glazed walls, classic wood antiques and an apple-matting carpet.” The composition of the room is also pleasingly balanced: a pair of barrel-back low chairs, an unmatched pair of high-back chairs, to sofa tables, twin lamps. Easy. Or, as Hampton sums it up, “This project is a not-so-vanilla-mille-feuille, with layers and layers of warm color and eclectic pattern.”