When it comes to interior design, Alexis Pawling doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. “My motto, inherited from my mother, is to only buy what you love,” says the designer. “If you love it, the item will spark creativity to surrounding areas of your home.” Pawling applies that design principle to her clients’ homes and to her own, as well. “My main objective when starting a project is to harness the client’s vibe, discover what brings them joy in their surroundings, and translate that into an elevated space with a concise vision,” she says. And many times, she finds that  the things her clients are most drawn to are furniture, fabrics, and lighting—items that promote livability on an everyday basis. “Comfort and function are paramount in designing a space, but so is an elegant and inviting surrounding,” Pawling explains. Though Pawling’s work does not fit into a box, her calling card is her ability to seamlessly mix a neutral base palette with layered pops of color and texture while still allowing a space’s architectural details to shine. “Furniture in a myriad of styles and periods is what makes the home timeless and original.”


Turn Into Something Beautiful, Marcy Cook /$2,300 / anneirwinfineart.com

Continental Burl-Wood Center Table / $42,500 / 1stdibs.com


Pair of Rock Crystal Lamps / $20,250 / craigvandenbrulle.com

Leila Rug / $675–$4,575 / milagrocollective.com


Roma 3-Piece Sectional Sofa / $4,797 / cb2.com


Regina Andrew Hadley Mirror / $500 / crazyjanesinc.com

Halo XL Bowl / $970 / kleinreid.com