“Beige is boring.”
After working for shelter magazine group Cottages & Gardens Publications and British designer William Yeoward’s luxury brand, Alexa launched her design firm, Alexa Stevenson Interior Decoration, in 2010. She brings her editor’s eye to the spaces she creates and her bright and happy interiors show off her deft hand at combining good taste and an impeccable sense of color with functionality. Her spaces reveal her devotion to the traditional but enlivened with a fresh and energetic approach. Alexa believes a house should above all things be livable and comfortable, and that nothing is better than a space that makes you happy to come home to. After 13 years in New York City, Alexa relocated to Athens, Ga., where she continues to work with clients across the country.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- I love all colors in almost any combination, but I am a sucker for blue and white.
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- Any Kit Kemp hotel, but I am particularly obsessed with The Whitby.
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- Pretty much anywhere! I really love people watching in New York City, but it's also fun to see what all the college kids--I live in a college town--are in to.
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- The National in Athens, GA.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- The beautiful and peaceful Frick in New York.
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- On the sofa with my boys for movie night.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- My grandmothers. They both had tremendous style and taste. One favored extreme traditional and she worked often with McMillen. The other had a more contemporary edge and had a penchant for Lucite and Modern art.
- How do you keep it all together?
- Running and lots of mini-notebooks.
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- Groomed with some free-flowing flowers here and there.