Style At Home: Alex Berlin Of Things That Sparkle

Written by on May 8, 2012 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 58 Comments

Photography: Danielle Moss

Alex Berlin makes her living creating unique, welcoming, aesthetically pleasing homes as an interior designer. She used her home decor expertise to create the perfect home for her fiancé, her dog and herself. Alex took great care cultivating the perfect mix of pieces for her home and it certainly paid off. Muted greys combine with touches of pink and gold to bridge the dichotomy of masculine and feminine, and small accent pieces pair with large statement pieces to create a cohesive space. Alex invited us into her home and spoke with us about her foray into design, style aesthetic and personal blog: Things That Sparkle.

“I wore these Valentino shoes to our engagement party so they will always be a little special to me. And who doesn’t love a 5″ heel with a big fat bow?”

How did you first get interested in interior design?
I have always been interested in interior design, ever since I was a little girl locking myself in my room to rearrange my furniture, I just never thought it could be a career. I went into advertising after college and really thought it would be a perfect fit, but 2 years in, something was missing. I started my blog and my passion for design continued to grow from there. I left my job, went back to graduate school for design and opened my firm a couple of months later.

“This is our beloved Jayson Home & Garden sofa that took us two years to choose. But I am so glad we waited because we love it! Its deep and comfy and the perfect dark accent for the space.”

What is your favorite part about being an interior designer?
I love that every single project is different. It is so much fun being a part of the creative process of making a home that my client loves to be in. I also really love the combination of design and business, for me its strikes a perfect balance.

“Our living room is the perfect place to plop down and catch up on magazines, DVR and life. We spend the majority of our time on this couch with our pup!” JBrand jeans, Iro jacket, Vince silk blouse

How did you get into blogging? What is the best thing about having a blog?
As I mentioned before, my blog was a creative outlet for me during a time where I wasn’t professionally satisfied. I figured a couple of my friends would read it and it would be a good place to store pretty pictures. And for a year, that’s really all it was. Then I discovered there was an entire community of people out there, that not only are friendly and welcoming but incredibly supportive. The best part about having a blog? I can’t name just one. The incredible people I’ve “met”, the encouragement I have been given, and maybe most importantly, the opportunities that have come out because of it. A large number of my clients come from Things That Sparkle, it is like a portfolio that is updated daily, I couldn’t ask for anything better!

“The Amanda Talley painting in the dining room, was the very piece first of real art I ever purchased. I had been in love with her work for years and knew it would be perfect for our big empty wall. I commissioned the piece and worked closely with Amanda on colors and patterns. I am head over heels for it.” Jcrew necklace, Nieves Lavi pants, Joie Silk top and Miu Miu shoes.

Tell us about your home! How is it an expression of yourself?
My home is not only an expression of myself, but an expression of me and my fiancé. When we moved in together three years ago I had no idea he had so many opinions regarding interior design. So every step of the way we made decisions together on the functionality of pieces, while still keeping a sharp eye on the aesthetics. It took us 2 years to choose a couch that he thought was comfortable and I liked the look of. Quite the challenge. In the end we made a home together that is eclectic, comfortable and welcoming. We entertain a lot and I would say we have created a perfect space to do that. There are touches of pink and gold (for me) and plenty of greys for him.

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  • christin

    OMG, Alex…I’m moving in. Okay? good! 

  • Kate {domestikatedlife}

    I love it! Such a gorgeous color scheme! 

  • Sarah Pickell

    beautiful home! I really love the pink and gold accents in every room! Such a fun way to bring in a pop of femininity!

  • christine {bijouandboheme}

    Alex has incredible style- her apartment is gorgeous, as is she.  Absolutely loved getting this look into her beautiful home!!!!

  • Annie Ceder

    All I can say is WOW!  I absolutely LOVED getting to see these fabulous pictures of Alex’s home, and seeing all of her adorable outfits in the pics :) She is such a talented designer and is also the sweetest person ever! 

  • Eva

    so pretty! love this feature! and the hot pink jimmy choo shoes + maverick deserve a standalone post. 

  • Cal

    Alex, your home is so beautiful. I really love the feminine/masculine balance, and the shades of gray throughout are spot on. The gold lamp in the living room is amazing!

  • Ruth

    Wow – I need to sort my apartment out!! This is beautiful………

  • Chassity Evans

    What an awesome feature, Girls! I just love Alex and am thrilled to get to see her on here. Her home (and shoes too) is gorgeous, thanks for our first official peek inside! 

  • Lexi

    Alex, how were you able to find such wild success at such a young age?

  • Julie Q

    Absolutely love the balance of colors so its accommodating to both Alex and her fiance! Gorgeous.

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  • Thenowstylebook

    Alex has impeccable style! So happy to see her home on here!!! She is so inspiring! xo Elizabeth

  • Katharine Tang

     Wow. Can you come help decorate my place when I move?? Beautiful!

  • Jessica @ Becoming Refined

    Love her personal style, she looks lovely.

  • Hello Lovely

    WOW! Beautiful feature! Alex sparkles just like her home! Oh and her shoes are to DIE for!

    xoxo, Sarah

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  • Becca | Lowlifecouture

    absolutely fabulous. every single bit! well done, and so inspiring!

  • Erika [small shop]

    Stunning! All of it! I would not expect anything less from the uber-stylish Alex! The touches of pink are just right.

  • Jamie @ Like Me Some

    Stunning! Her design is always amazing and her house is as well!  Thanks for letting us see more!

  • Lisa

    A stunning interior!  I love that the glamour is balanced with the everyday and the colour palette is perfect for a space to be shared a male.  You’ve captured how I’d love my place to be… and I think my husband might just approve! Well done…

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  • Vista Stores

    Classic one! Have you seen that black table lamp? Just love it!

  • Alex (Things That Sparkle)

    Thank you all so much for your sweet comments, it means so much! I am so glad you enjoyed my home!! xo

  • Sentrell

    I love the Amanda Talley painting in the dining room! It’s gorgeous! Her home overall is beautiful. 

  • Sarah

    what a lovely home – does anyone know what paint colour the walls are? I love grey! Thanks

    • Alex (Things That Sparkle)

       The walls of the living room are Stormy Monday by Benjamin Moore and the bedroom is Plymouth Rock by Benjamin Moore

  • wonderfulandmarvelous

    What a beautiful home!! I’d move in instantly, you think the lady needs a roommate? 😉

  • Rachel Hooper

    Where can we find that gorgeous gold lamp?  is it Nate Berkus?!

    • Alex (Things That Sparkle)

       Yes it is, for HSN!

  • Rebeccah

    Super cute home love the white, gray and touches of gold! You take such great pictures Alex! 

  • Heather Pranitis

    So, when is Alex having us over for cocktails and cupcakes? I’d like to move in too, her home is fabulously decorated.  I’m loving the streamline look and feel of her home, love it. 

  • Heather Pranitis

    So, when is Alex having us over for cocktails and cupcakes? I’d like to move in too, her home is fabulously decorated.  I’m loving the streamline look and feel of her home, love it. 

  • Ashleigh @ Jolie Jouel

    She is so cute! I love her style…neutrals with pops of color and gold. So perfect!

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  • Mpwelch48

    I love her.  Her home is amazing.

  • laura

    Style at home is always my favourite feature and this one is just beautiful! Love how it manages to combine pretty, and sleek and light and cozy. Beautiful! 

  • Lauren

    Loved this feature on Alex.  What a gorgeous home!  

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  • Marilyn

    love how your rooms are just so you.

  • Victoria Williams

    I love the girly chic style… lovely!

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  • Victoria Boyd

    where is her bed from?

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  • Tiffany

    What is the fabric name on the Jayson Home and Garden sofa?

  • Katharine Allison

    anyone know where the wood side table is from that the gold lamp is sitting on?

  • Alex (Things That Sparkle)

    @twitter-21630219:disqus the table is from Jayson Home @disqus_PygsJURSRL:disqus the fabric is a grey wool that is no longer available I believe @twitter-501850645:disqus The bed is from William Sonoma Home

  • kenley

    Where is that amazing gold chevron rug from? And the bedside table? Lovely home! @578776bdfeab0390766978132270e62b:disqus

    • Alex (Things That Sparkle)

      Sorry just seeing this now. The rug is from West Elm and the beside tables are from a thrift store!

  • Robyn

    great blog! where did you get that gold lamp? it looks very kate spade. love it!

  • Ash

    WOW! Girl you got it all! Talent, beauty, creativity….love love love!

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