Style At Home: Alex Berlin Of Things That Sparkle

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

Do you gravitate toward a certain design aesthetic, color scheme, etc in your own home?
In an effort to satisfy both parties, there are a lot of neutrals. accented by big statement making pieces like the art in the dining room, or the antique chairs in the living room. I think in general I tend to gravitate towards a collected look, a mix of contemporary pieces with vintage finds, all while keeping comfort in the front of my mind. I like a little bit of rustic to be mixed in with a larger amount of glam. Everything is a balance. Feminine and masculine, colorful and neutral. I paid attention to that balance in every room.

How do you come up with design plans for your client? Do you have a particular design style you like to stick with?
I first listen to what they want and what they envision for their space. Pinterest has also become an incredible tool for me. I can look at client’s Pinterest boards and immediately get an idea of the spaces they gravitate towards, even if they aren’t able to articulate it themselves. I wouldn’t say that I have a particular design aesthetic across the board. My goal is for a prospective client to look through my portfolio and see the common denominator of a comfortable, personalized, welcoming home. A lot of my clients come to me because they want to step outside of their comfort zone, I love that!

“We love to entertain so it is perfect that our kitchen opens up right into the living room and dining room. Popping champagne and serving cupcakes for no particular reason is one of my favorite hobbies!” Marc Jacobs dress and Jimmy Choo shoes

“My little work nook is the perfect place to sit down and really get some work done. I have a big inspiration board, a comfy chair and piles upon piles of fabric samples. But I am not going to lie … my work spreads across the dining room table and kitchen island too”

What is the most sentimental piece in your home?
The antique chairs that I had recovered in a grey ikat, originally belonged to my grandparents. They recently redecorated their home and were going to throw away the chairs. Their shape was so beautiful, I had to snatch them up. They had been in their home since the ’60s and needed quite a bit of love and care, but after some rebuilding and reupholstery they look as good as new. They make a statement from the second you walk in the door and every time I see them I think of two very important people!

“I got the idea of repurposing a candle as a makeup brush cup from Pinterest and absolutely love it! And I constantly paint and repaint my nails so having a couple different colors reminds me of all the choices!”

“I love our bedroom. There is so much natural light and it is so perfectly cozy. Bedrooms are an easy place to decorate and redecorate. You buy a bed, bedding and nightstands you love but switch out the pillows and art really easily. I’ve done that quite a few times in here, but I really love where we are at now. I was even allowed to add in some pink”

What are your favorite places to shop for home décor?
Well I am very lucky to live in Chicago where Jayson Home & Garden is based. They are definitely towards the top of my list. Jayson carries an amazing variety of pieces and always has something new to lust over. There are also so many amazing vintage and antique stores all around the city. I love scouring them on a weekly basis for new finds. The one of a kind pieces are the ones that can really define an entire space. Every room should have something old in it.

“Maverick is the love of my life. My puppy son. He is so happy to be allowed on the bed, you can’t help but invite him up. And luckily our all white bedding hides his fur.”

What advice do you have for people who want to redesign a room in their home?
Start with a plan. I know sometimes it can be hard to know what you want from the beginning, but don’t start buying pieces until you have a vision. I made this mistake when I decorated my first apartment and within a year I ended up selling almost everything I had bought and starting fresh. Create mood boards, print pictures, look at Pinterest, hire a designer (wink wink), whatever you need to do to create a vision.That’s not to say it will all come together in a month, it usually won’t, but at least you have a goal. Invest in pieces you love slowly, rather than filling it with things you just like quickly.

How do you add sparkle to your life and to your home?
I’m a girl drawn to sparkle in every aspect of my life! In my home I add touches of gold whenever I can and having fresh flowers everywhere is also very important to me! But importantly I really love where I live (even if its covered in white dog fur 99% of the time).

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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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