by Marisa Marcantonio

Few designers channel the grand tour grandeur like Alexa Hampton. Evoking the historical sensibility found in precious objects collected over time,  Alexa recently debuted a collection of classically inspired decorative accessories with Maitland-Smith. Bred in the bone, Alexa spent her formative design years traveling and learning about classical antiquities and great rooms from her father, the late, great interior designer Mark Hampton. Filled with lush materials like porphyry quartz, terrazzo stone, marble and gilt metals, expect urns, dishes, trays and candlesticks inspired by a range of important design periods. Taking her cue from Egyptian, Art Deco, Empire and Neoclassical styles, her accessories are elegant and hard to distinguish from the original antique pieces. When I saw her assortment on display at High Point Market, I could barely contain my excitement-- a designer finally designed traditionally inspired accessories that look beautiful and elevated. Here is a look at the her decorative assortment that will make you eager to write your own Ode On a Grecian Urn.

 Photos courtesy of Maitland Smith

Photos courtesy of Maitland Smith

A giant snakeskin stone lidded urn on base 

A green hued stone urn with lid

A large scale urn made from mauve terrazo stone.

My favorite piece is this low pedestal bowl on a black wax stone base. I can't believe its a reproduction.

A piece I like almost as much, for its modern lines and geometric flair-- an hourglass bowl with statement-making base

If you have been searching high and low for stylish decorative obelisks, your search ends here! Alexa has designed several wonderful versions, each with their own unique take on a classic.

Placed on a stepped base, brown snakeskin stone makes this small obelisk a charmer

A stylists rule of thumb? Always display things in clusters! Three spherical sculptures add visual interest and a bit of color to a bookshelf or coffee table.

In a nod to 1920's Just Anderson Danish pieces, an elegant fluted vase with scroll handles 

A little bit Egyptian, a bit Empire, gilt brass candlesticks would add a warm glow to a dining table

This pair of candlesticks fuses Deco and Arts and Crafts together with a burnished brass patina

And in a surprise turn, an elegant metal-edged wood screen brings the Art Deco glam, just the thing to divide a space or place behind a sofa

A draped bench in a soft silver finish is influenced by  a famous English piece. Greco-Roman times. Grecian robes and classical columns converge in a smart little bench.