Top interior designer Alexa Hampton inherited her love of beautiful surroundings and elegant architecture from her father, design legend Mark Hampton.
Since taking the helm of his firm, Mark Hampton LLC, in 1998, Alexa has brought the principles of cultivated design -- contrast, proportion, color, and balance -- to a wide range of stunning residences around the world, several of which are showcased in her new retrospective, "The Language of Interior Design."
Top interior designer Alexa Hampton inherited her love of beautiful surroundings and elegant architecture from her father, design legend Mark Hampton.More Bright Ideas
For easy dressing on a family trip, pack a child's suitcase full of ready-to go getups. Put outfits in separate resealable plastic bags; use stickers to label with day or type of outfit (such as "for rain" or "for special occasion").
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 13 2004
Here's an easy way to protect the other burners on your stovetop when frying or sauteing.
Place a rimmed baking sheet upside down over nearby burners to shield them from splatters, which are often hard to clean up. Then simply wash the sheet.
SourceEveryday Food, June 2004
Don't throw out the foam peanuts or bubble packing material the next time you get a box in the mail; put them to use.
When filling outdoor planters, sub the packing material for up to half the soil. The plant won't know the difference, the container will be lighter, and you'll use less soil. Place the packing material in a plastic bag at the bottom of the pot, and cover with the soil.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2010
Use bungee cords to keep items from tumbling off freestanding shelves. The cords are especially helpful in high-traffic areas, such as the garage, where shelves might get jostled. Hook a cord across the front of a shelf, or use an extra-long one to wrap around the sides as well. If the cord isn't taut, wrap slack around the leg, then hook the cord to itself.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2006
A flowerpot filled with garden supplies, such as a spade, shears, seeds, and gloves, makes a good gift for any friend with a green thumb. As a bonus, attach a gift tag made from decorative paper embedded with wildflower seeds; the recipient can plant it after reading your note. On the tag's front, draw a hint of what's to come.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
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