I'm just back from visiting my parents in Florida and did not have a chance to keep up with my daily perusal of the New York Times. So, on the bus to work today I read this article in the Times from last week about Duane Hampton, wife of the late interior decorator Mark Hampton. Mrs. Hampton is quite a lady and it seems she and her husband had quite a life together.
This is the living room of the Hampton's Southampton home from 1996. According to the AD article, Hampton painted the walls dark brown because "dark walls are warm in winter and cool in summer." Oh, of course. Perfectly logical. He makes it sound so simple. Yet, perhaps there should be a caption for us average folk...don't try this at home. I wish I'd had the foresight (not to mention the nerve) to try this, including the jumble of different style chairs. The room looks so undecorated and unplanned. Was that the point? I am curious about what Hampton's process was for creating this room, if there was one. Maybe I'm over planning and over analyzing when it come to "decorating" my own home. Could it really be so simple? Naturally, I'll spend some time pondering this theory. On the bus.