Thursday, March 4, 2010

2010 DCDH: Michael Hampton

I'm finishing my mini-preview of the DC Design House with the guest room to be designed by Michael Hampton.

Keep in mind that my series this week is but a small, small sampling of what this beautiful house will offer come April - the concepts were stellar...see who else will be working on the house here.

Back to Michael...he was wonderful to meet. You know when you meet someone and you just like them? No just do. That was Michael. I could tell he would be fun to have a glass of wine with...and he's a blogger! His eponymous blog covers art, interiors, architecture, travel...lots of subjects.

I neglected to take a picture of the guest room before (I know, bad blogger), but check out Michael's beautiful renderings of his space:

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I must say, Michael's boards win for presentation. They were mini works of art and the presentation of his fabrics and materials was just beautiful. But, that is to be expected as Michael is not only a designer but a true artist. He told me that his blog actually started as a place to chronicle the process for his watercolors, but eventually morphed into more subjects of interest to him (like many blogs do!)

His guest room will take on a very soothing, sophisticated palette in light blues, tans and taupes. I can't wait to see that bed and his other furniture choices...if his room looks anything like his beautiful drawing, it will be a knock-out.

So, I've profiled images from each designer's portfolio this week, but in Michael's case, I wanted to profile his art. His sketches are incredible - drawing is a skill I wish desperately that I had - my dad is a wonderful drawer - how did that gene skip me? I digress...

I think you'll find Michael's sketches and watercolors truly beautiful - I would love to hang any of these in my home and could you imagine being a client and seeing a gorgeous rendering of your room before it all comes together? That must be so helpful as a designer to be able to show your thoughts on paper...

Some of his interior sketches:

All works by Michael Hampton via




And his architectural watercolors:




Michael's eye for detail in his artistic work is so impressive. I am so excited to see him bring this creativity and artistic discipline to his Design House space.


  1. Wow. Michael is SO talented! I love the precision of his architectural drawings in particular. They'd be gorgeous framed as a group.

  2. Agreed, Averill. I love his drawings - what a gift to be an artist and a designer all in one!

  3. Wow, thanks for sharing this. I am off to visit his site and blog. The room looks beautiful.....the board itself is amazing. To have such talent!


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