Coley Home Spotlight: Alexandra Norwood

Meet Alexandra! Based in Nashville, TN, she was an Editor at Country Living Magazine before becoming an interior designer! We’re always inspired by her mastery of layered spaces filled with color and incredible prints! Tap to learn all about Alexandra!

Tell us about yourself

My husband and I live in Nashville with our 8 month old and within the last year completed the build of our house. I grew up in Virginia so am very inspired by classical architecture, collected interiors, and anything with a rich history. I firmly believe a home should tell the story of its owners and aspire to create that for each of my clients.

How would you describe your design style?

After having spent almost half a decade in the magazine industry before ultimately landing in interior design, I had been exposed to such a wide variety of styles, which has greatly influenced my personal aesthetic. My style is classic in nature but interpreted in a fresher way, always with the goal of creating timeless and approachable spaces.

You recently designed the most beautiful nursery for your baby girl and used the Upholstered Hadley Swivel Glider! Walk us through the design process of the room.

It all started with the wallpaper. I’ve had my eye on this Schumacher paper for years and when I found out I was having a baby girl I knew this was the perfect opportunity to use it.

Since the paper is so geometric and orderly I needed something soft and more organic to balance it, so I pulled in a floral chintz using it as my main fabric. From there I honed in on the more obscure colors from the chintz like the mustard velvet and upholstered the glider in it to ground the room and just kept mixing patterns to keep it playful. 

The art you selected for the nursery is stunning. Where are some of your favorite places to source art?

Art is such an important aspect to a home, and oftentimes it feels like this is where clients tend to stop. But, this is where your personality and preferences really get to shine. When at all possible I prefer to bring in an art consultant to help clients select meaningful pieces and one of my favorites is IG Art. However, if that’s not in the budget, Natural Curiosities is a great resource for a wide variety of prints and they offer them in oversized sizes which is great when you need a large piece but don’t want to break the bank. I also love Chairish. 

Your pattern play in the nursery is flawless! Any tips for mixing and matching patterns?

Don’t be afraid to step out of the box a little bit. This is where you get the opportunity to make a space unique. Start with a common thread, like a particular shade of pink and build upon that. If you have a large scale print wallpaper then your drapery might need to be a tight block print or stripe, it’s all about visual balance.

Go-to places for design inspiration?

Travel, museums, historic homes, etc.

Favorite coffee table book?

The Big Book of Chic, Miles Redd is my design idol.

Dream travel destination?

Travel through Europe on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Favorite book or TV show at the moment?

The Real Housewives of New York City.