What has influenced the way that you decorate?
I would say the biggest influence has been my budget. I am only a few years out of school, so most of my purchases thus far have been thrift store makeovers with a mix of Ikea and West Elm favorites added to the mix. I’ve kept the decor pretty safe, not wanting to waste money on items I’d tire of in a few months. But who knows what wild pieces I’d add to the mix if the price were of no concern? I can say with certainty I’d definitely own a yellow Chesterfield couch and a neon pink Wegner wishbone chair by now, and that’s just off the top of my head!
Alaina keeps her baubles accessible, displaying them in vintage teacups and jewelry boxes on her dresser.
Left, J.Crew necklace and a vintage Juliana bracelet. Right, Ann Taylor sequin top and a Tory Burch sparkly purse.
Do you find that certain aspects of your décor reflect your personal style (or vice versa)?
I would say that when it comes to both my décor and style, I err on the side of caution. I would never spend a lot of money on something I wasn’t sure I’d love years down the road. I look for “investment pieces” as my mom always called them. “Your daughter can wear it someday!” she’s said. And she’s right… there are purses, dresses, and countless other items I’ve worn for years because they are classic and never go out of style. So just as I gravitate toward more conservative, non-trendy apparel, I’d say I stick to more traditional, neutral pieces when it comes to furnishings. But all restraint goes to the wayside when it comes to the details: the more feathered pillows and oversized baubles, the better!
Alaina appreciates both classic designs and fun, feminine styles when it comes to accessorizing.
From left: Tory Burch tortoise shell clutch, Banana Republic striped clutch with bow, Express glitter clutch, Tory Burch sparkle clutch, Jess LC canvas clutch.