Every home I’ve lived in has always appeared to me as a chapter – a step in the narrative of where I’m going and where I’ve been. The special tokens I take with me as I move around hold such special memories for me as well, whether they’re a family heirloom or a favorite vintage piece. My fondness for mementos and memories is what drew me to art director Amber Hampton’s Chicago home. Amber has called this loft in Chicago’s South Loop home since 2009. Its floor-to-ceiling windows were a huge draw, but it was a challenge for her to find clever ways to reinvent her space as a renter. We think she did a wonderful job (that wallpaper above? It’s a hand-painted stencil!) and love the way each book, nook and keepsake tells a specific story. -Garrett
Photographs by Amber Hampton
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Image above: Amber’s self-proclaimed addiction to antlers meant her Dad’s prize mount found its way to her modern home.
Image above: The mount and this mid-century pottery contrast nicely with her luxe wall treatment. And that’s no accident. She purposefully matched the curve of her antlers with the curve of her local pottery and lamp’s base.
Image above: Cooking is both fun and therapeutic for Amber. She likes to spend time cooking and working, so this space is perfect for keeping an eye on her boiling pots and email at the same time.
Image above: This is no run-of-the-mill magic 8 ball. It’s a prized memento from Amber’s former boss and a reminder of her professional accomplishments.
Image above: A lustrous sliding door opens to reveal a bright and airy bedroom. Amber’s cherished $15 vintage typewriter desk from Brownstone Antiques offsets the clean lines of her bedding and bed frame perfectly.
Image above: This 1930s portrait from Etsy instantly adds softness to the space. The Gourd table lamp is from West Elm.
Image above: These tabletop art prints are Amber’s most treasured possessions. She purchased the larger one in college – when she says she could, “only afford ramen,” from an art gallery in Santa Fe. The smaller etched piece was a graduation gift from her college art professor.