Designing Brunonians



Design by Sheila Bridges, Photo by Manuel Rodriguez

What do top tier New York City designers Sheila Bridges and Alexa Hamptonhave in common?

  • Both are on House Beautiful’s Top 100 Designers list and Elle Décor’s A-list
  • Both have a hugely successful home furnishing product lines and…
  • Both are Brown alums! 

Join us for a conversation with these two design luminaries to discuss career paths, design approaches, building a business and maybe even some tips for your home office, or at least how to spruce up your bookshelf Zoom backdrop!


Sheila BridgesSheila Bridges '86 founded her own interior design firm in 1994. As Creative Director, Sheila has thoughtfully designed residences and offices for many prominent entertainers, entrepreneurs and business professionals including the 8,300 square foot Harlem offices for former President Bill Clinton and his staff. Sheila Bridges Design, Inc has also completed projects at Columbia University and Princeton University, bringing Sheila’s signature design aesthetic to interior spaces at both prestigious academic institutions.

Bridges has been featured in numerous publications and has also been included in Gotham and New York Magazine‘s Top Interior Designer’s lists, House Beautiful’s “Top 100 Interior Designers” as well as Elle Décor’s 2011- 2020 A List. Sheila is also the author of two books: Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing for a Lifetime, which was released in 2002 and The Bald Mermaid, A Memoir, published in 2013.

In 1996, Sheila’s passion for interiors inspired her to design furniture and home furnishings under the name Sheila Bridges Home, Inc. Sheila is honored to have her Harlem Toile De Jouy wallpaper represented in the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent wallpaper collection. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Sheila Bridges moved to New York City in 1986. She holds degrees from Brown University and Parsons School of Design, and studied decorative arts at Polimoda in Florence, Italy. She lives in Harlem, New York.


Alexa HamptonSince Alexa Hampton '93 took the reins of Mark Hampton, her father’s iconic firm, as owner and president in 1998, she has advanced its legacy of elegant, practical, classically based interiors for modern living. Regularly named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list as well as Elle Décor’s A-List, Hampton translates the classical principles of good design and decoration into some of today’s most elegant, enduring, and functional domestic landscapes.

Like her father, Hampton is a highly regarded author with two critically praised books on design to date – The Language of Interior Design and Decorating in Detail. In an ever-expanding portfolio of acclaimed products, Hampton provides smart, stylish, design-rich solutions for every aspect of the home. On-going Hampton-designed collections include furniture for Theodore Alexander, lighting for Visual Comfort & Co. and Generation Lighting, fabrics and trims for Kravet, broadloom carpet for Stark, pillows and bedding for Eastern Accents, table linens for La Gallina Matta, hardware for SA Baxter, mantels for Chesney’s, architectural mouldings for White River, and flooring for Globus Cork.

An alumna of Brown University who took her degree with honors, Hampton pursued graduate studies at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and holds honorary doctorates from Moore College of Art & Design and the New York School of Interior Design.


Barbara Laskey WeinreichBarbara Laskey Weinreich ’80 ( Moderator) is the Director of Undergraduate Programs at The New York School of Interior Design She is a registered architect, NCIDQ certified and was a founding Principal at MNA, a leader in retail design whose clients included Ralph Lauren, Patagonia, West Elm and Bergdorf Goodman. Barbara is co-chair of the Interiors Committee for the AIA NY Chapter. She also sits on the Executive Board of the Brown Club in NY. At Brown, Barbara ‘s concentration was in Art History. She received a master’s degree in Architecture from the GSAPP (Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.)