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When On Decorating was published in 1989, it immediately became a touchstone for design profesionals and enthusiasts. Since then, the ideas and illustrations within these pages have inspired countless room schemes, vignettes, and color palettes. Mark Hampton's expert insights into the creation of elegant rooms, and his remarkably immediate voice, remain just as relevant today.
Posthumously celebrated by Architectural Digest as "one of the wold's twenty greatest designers of all time," Hampton regarded every design project as a collaboration. That same generosity of spirit pervades this book, offering signature principles that can easily be applied to any home. In the Colors section, Hampton makes a convincing case fo using dark green as a neutral, and encourages readers not to fear painting walls red. In Plans, he explains the keys to arranging a living room that telegraphs comfort, not just refinement. In Materials, Hampton demonstrates how strongly patterned wallpaper can visually enlarge a small space, contrary to popular belief.
Throughout this colleciton of essays, which were substantially expanded from his popular House & Garden columns, Hampton shares witty anecdotes and observations that render this education in home decoration a delight. Faithfully reproduced with his original, often-emulated watercolor illustrations and with an afterword by his duaghter, reowned designer Alexa Hampton, this beautiful reprint edition is a book to pore over, savor, and share.
Between 1984 and 1987, designer Hampton wrote a delightful column for House & Garden ; magazine; those who followed it will savor the short essays and nine new pieces collected here. Written in an easy, conversational manner enhanced by the author's very evident enchantment with interiors, the articles comprise a ``common reader'' on design, touching on areas of basic concern to decorators--colors, styles, plans, raw materials. Hampton opens each with anecdotes about his favorite rooms--which happen to be the very best of their kind--engaging us in a personal and spritely shoptalk. Read individually, the pieces gather momentum; unfortunately, when read consecutively, their careful construction reveals a formulaic style. Decorated by the author with charming watercolors and black-and-white sketches, the book seeks the look of a one-of-a-kind object much like Hampton's line of designer furniture. Well aware of the quixotic nature of his field, he is careful to avoid the quicksand of the soon-to-be-forgotten trend, and if one theme resounds throughout, the volume, it is that the most sought-after goal in decoration is the expression of individual style.