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The Design Dialogues {Alexandra Berlin}

I'm so excited to introduce you all to my friend Alex of the blog Things That Sparkle. Somehow between blogging, designing, and planning her wedding, Alex has been an incredible support to me as I venture into the uncertain territory of self-employment. Alex recently went back to school to study interior design before launching her own business! Here she is to tell you all about it.


Who you are:

Where you are:
Chicago

Five words to describe yourself:
Creative, loving, honest, emotional, passionate.

How would you describe your aesthetic?
Classic. Glamorous. Warm. Eclectic.


Who are your style inspirations?
Oh, this is a tough one! There are so many. Bloggers are so incredibly inspiring because you're able to follow their process — it's so real and there's so much talent! I've also been finding inspiration among my favorite artists. You can create an entire room around a special piece of art! Pieces from Sally King BenedictLana Gomez and Amanda Talley inspire me all the time!

How did you decide you wanted to be an interior designer?
I was always one of those little kids who loved to rearrange my room and help my mom choose fabrics but it never occurred to me to make it a career. I graduated from college and went straight into advertising. After two years, I began to see it wasn't for me. I had just started my blog and realized so much of what I loved to blog about was interior design. All of a sudden, it clicked! I haven't looked back since.


What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?
Seeing clients happy with a home or a space they love and feel good in. That really is the best feeling — it sounds clichéd but it's the end goal of everything I do!

And the least glamorous aspect?
Missed deadlines by vendors and billing. Nothing glamorous about frustrated clients and spreadsheets.

What advice would you offer aspiring creatives?
Just do it! Seriously. If this is your passion, then follow it. There is nothing more fulfilling that doing what you love every day.

Where would you like your business to be in five years?
I'd like to have my own office space, expand my list of clients, and try some new types of projects, to name just a few!



Three items on your to do list:
If I'm really being honest... Pay the dog walker. Buy bedside lamps for client. Vacuum — So. Much. Dog. Fur. Isn't my life glamorous?

Three items on your wishlist:
Is this a dream wishlist or a realistic wishlist? I'll include both! My birthday is in a month... This perfect blush and chevron iPad cover. This perfect spin on monogramming. This Céline bag.

Three tasks on your bucket list.
Travel, travel, travel — Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Prague, Istanbul, I could go on forever! Get another puppy — I've been dreaming of this ever since my dog turned one but sadly living in an apartment in the city is not conducive to two big dogs. Have my work published — it would be totally surreal to see my work on the pages of a magazine! Such a dream.

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Isn't she wonderful? I love her advice, "There is nothing more fulfilling that doing what you love every day." Now go check out her blog and say hello!

30 comments:

Liz {Sequins And Stripes} said...

I love Alex. She is such an inspiring and sweet person and it is so fun to see all of the footprints she has already made in the design world. I see big things for her!

Alex {Things That Sparkle} said...

Thank you SO much for your sweet words and for having me over here today, it was an honor. I am so excited for what you have ahead Mackenzie!!!

Cara said...

what a great interview. I love hearing that blogging is a platform to start careers :)
<3

Julie and Lauren said...

Awesome feature!! Love it.
Xx

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Hooray for Alex! She is such a great combination- totally sweet and incredibly talented.

christin said...

I'm always so inspired by girls who have the courage to venture out on their own! I really need to do it!

Lara {simply irresistible} said...

Awesome post Alex! Still dreaming about the puppy too. I've been promised within a month of the wedding/moving I can have it :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

love this!! alex is SO talented and sweet and supportive! love the pic too! xo

Leslie said...

Great interview!

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Yes, Alex is wonderful (and so are you Mack!)! Love this series, great feature on Alex. She seriously rocks.

design elements said...

the first image is fantastic!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Alex is one of those people I've 'met' though blogging, that I honestly consider a friend- she is endlessly supportive and so immensely talented. I'm pretty sure amazing things are in store for her- great post from Alex and fabulous series Mackenzie!

natasha {schue love} said...

Love Alex! She's so darn talented!! :)

Nikki Rappaport said...

Mackenzie and Alex- thanks for inspiring all of us. What a fun interview. I can't wait to see more of Alex's work hopefully very soon!

audrey marie said...

love seeing alex over here - one of my favs :)

Viviana said...

Such a great combo - Mackenzie and Alex all in one place! I love both your styles. You gals inspire me every single day. xx
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Miranda {onestylishdayatatime} said...

What a fun interview! I can completely related to dreams of a Celine bag and a life free of dog hair. I spend so much money on lint rollers!

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

ADORE Alex and am so happy to see her featured here!! She's crazy talented and also just the sweetest, most genuine person. I can't wait to see where her passion takes her.

Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers} said...

Great feature Mackenzie! I adore Alex and loved reading her interview. She really is so inspiring!

The Zhush said...

Adore that Alex! So great getting to learn a little more about her! (and I really loved your prior post as well!)

Rachel {Little Bits of Lovely} said...

I love Alex's blog and admire her immensley for following her dream - so inspirational! Great interview!! xx

Natalie said...

Alex is so sweet and her blog is one of my favorites, so fun to read more about her story!

Miya @ Design Indulgences said...

I also am inspired by people who have achieved great success by starting a blog. Great interview...

soanthro said...

Such a great eye she has! Wishing her the best of luck (not that she needs it) as she pursues interior design. Thank you both for this feature!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Loved reading about the talented Alex, great series! ;)

Gabrielle | Savvy Home said...

Very inspiring series, as always. I can’t wait to hear more about your venture. I expect nothing but greatness from you. For such a refined lady, you definitely have balls!

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

Loved learning more about Alex! I love her honesty and she has fabulous style!

Erika [small shop] said...

Really really enjoyed reading this! I love hearing more about my favorite bloggers. We often don't write about ourselves like this! You are adorable Alex!

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