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A Alicia + Styling Ideas

I was out in twitterland chirping from my nest when I heard a distant tweet from blogger Erin at Kind and learned about A Alicia Handmade. This eco fashion and home brand is small and sweet, and though I’m not turning into a fashion blogger anytime soon, I do love to share what inspires me outside of home decor from time to time because so much of this fuels my passion for interiors even more.

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The things I see in the fashion world tend to creep into my home in other ways, for instance a skirt may inspire an idea that I have for a patterned shower curtain in my bathroom or the trim on a sweater makes me think of how I should add some trim to my guest towels. I would love to execute more of my creative ideas at home for this year, it is part of my resolve as the clock struck twelve on January 1st. So far, so good — I made a curtain for my office out of Liberty fabric and I am soon to wallpaper my hallway. I also bought a ton of beautiful beads from my last two trips to Morocco and Turkey and now they are displayed on gorgeous hooks on the wall because jewelry so beautiful shouldn’t be hidden away in a drawer and most of these necklaces I won’t wear on a daily basis (especially the large felted beads from the medina in Marrakesh).

Displaying fashion and accessories in the home is also a huge trend in styling and has been for a long time now. You must notice the occasional flowy dress hanging from a closet door or the beads on hooks in some of your favorite books and magazines? Of course, a handbag over a chair and high heels on the floor are common styling tricks of the trade as well.


Because they warm up interior photographs and bring a certain feeling of home to a shot. You frequently see these tricks more in magazines than in books though but they’re still there and if styled casually they can add warmth and life to a room. If styled perfectly however, they can make a shot seem lifeless because then the room looks like a catalog or the focus can be on the items and not the room, giving the appearance of a product shot.

You see, styling is an art just like anything else and though I do not consider myself an expert in this area I did learn quite a bit last year while I was traveling around styling rooms for my book. One thing I learned is that to make a room come to life — well, it requires a special awareness in my opinion at least — for instance, when you style a room for a book you have to not only think of the editorial angle but also what feeling you want to bring to the reader while still making sure that home reflects the personal style of its inhabitants. You have to consider the senses and how you can help the reader to tap in to some of them. Food stylists know the art of making the viewer’s mouth water because they introduce certain elements to a shot — steam, the bubbles in foam, drips, smears, all done expertly to make you crave what you see. You have to capture that same craving with the photos that you style for interiors — the viewer should want to live there.

But back to fashion and accessories to use in the home as decor. Yes, it’s a great idea and an affordable way to change up a room – your coat rack in the hallway, if better organized, could serve as a beautiful display of coats, bags and scarves in addition to providing a practical storage space. Why not pretty up functional storage areas in your home so that these otherwise mundane areas can look nice and inspire you?

Now back to the talented A Alicia. About A Alicia her bio says, “Anna Alicia took a round-about route to accessory design, via a degree in Art History at the University of Kent and an MA in Fine Art at Central St Martins, London. Her background in Art History and her practice as an artist play a huge role in inspiring her collections, as do the travels of her childhood, and the buzz of living and working in London. Alongside these influences, Anna Alicia also explores a fascination with historical craft and particularly Japanese craft and design. Ethical and environmental concerns are central to her collections – all A Alicia accessories are made by hand in Anna Alicia’s London studio, using fair trade organic cotton and vintage elements wherever possible. Far from finding it restrictive, Anna Alicia feels that working with limited materials inspires her to make the most of their possibilities.”

Psst: She has a second shop for wedding accessories and she is on Etsy.
(images: Anna Alicia)

Posted by decor8 in Decorating Tips, fashion + accessories on January 26, 2011

Your comments...

  1. Arianna commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 3:13pm

    Great find Holly! I always find fashion and interiors kind of interrelate with one another. I love how fashion images are great for concepts when trying to recreate a room, you really can pull out so many ideas from a picture, the colours, textures….ect.
    Arianna´s last blog post ..Today Im Loving

  2. Casa e Cose commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 3:26pm

    Just went to check her etsy shop and the dip dye cord necklace is super!
    Casa e Cose´s last blog post ..I just can’t get enough…

  3. ANETTESHUS.COM commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 4:14pm

    Just lovely!!

    ANETTESHUS.COM´s last blog post ..MALE!

  4. Rocio Rincon commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 4:23pm

    Thanks for sharing this post, I really like the idea of inspiration coming from different sources. I love to get inspired by flowers and things in nature for my fashion illustrations. Inspiration can also come from anything, even from unexpected things like the ones you mentioned such as inspiration from fashion to interior design and vice versa. Love, Rocio
    Rocio Rincon´s last blog post ..DIY Fabric-Covered Pencil Holder

  5. Ele commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 4:36pm

    As someone who came from fashion to interiors, it’s a given that I love this styling look… it’s probably something I’d have adopted anyway, even if it hadn’t become such a trend. At the moment I like playing with displaying my jewelry, but once we have a bigger place I’d love to get creative with my vintage pieces, shoes, etc.

    Oh, and I love those cushions, and the designer’s use of organic and vintage materials.
    Ele´s last blog post ..What the house doctor ordered- Sweet Potato Sformato

  6. Sanja commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 4:51pm

    I love using my jewellery in home decorating – such as my creative nook. It brings color and sparkle and texture and I love when I raise my head from work and see it. I can’t even begin to describe how much joy it gives me :)
    Sanja´s last blog post ..Random Friday – My Ladybugs

  7. Rachel commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 5:30pm

    I really like what you are saying about using accessories in styling your home. I think that this is not only a way of styling your home but an important rule to live by! For so long I have been worried about an open coat rack that I have in my hall way. It is so cluttered and I have never known what to do with it. When I get home today, I am going to select some of my fashionable coats to display and stack colorful large boxes to store my things that I use from time to time (my snowboard bag, and fold away music stand). Thanks for the thoughts!

  8. Danielle of Pretty Ingrid commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 6:26pm

    Wow, the chunky beaded necklace looks amazing with a white tee. Her work is so striking and has such a warm quality. Thanks for sharing such a great find!
    Danielle of Pretty Ingrid´s last blog post ..Patience 5×7 Print

  9. Katie Truelove commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 8:15pm

    Thanks for sharing those thoughts and tips– I love your comparisons to food styling. It is so interesting to ponder what invokes feeling through a photo beyond simply color and focus.
    Katie Truelove´s last blog post ..Spicing It Up Popcorn Style

  10. Ana commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 9:05pm

    This is amazing! I needed a bunch of ideas today!

  11. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    January 26th, 2011 at 10:28pm

    Oh, this is great….I love hearing tips like these and they are so inspirational hun. Thanks for this and now, I am off to check out her shops!
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Cheap &amp chic

  12. Nicole commented
    January 27th, 2011 at 12:08am

    Great find! I’m always fascinated by creative people.
    And thanks for the styling tips. Very useful for the future :)
    Nicole´s last blog post ..Storage Art- Top 5 Design Trends for 2011

  13. Rosalynn commented
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:15am

    What an idea! I don’t really accessorize when I dress up. (huh? dress up? do I even do that?) But I think that idea of using necklaces and other fashion accessories to decorate the house is brilliant! Especially when you love ethnic stuff. Recently I’ve just started hanging some of my bags on hooks around the house. I should hang necklaces as well (not that I have many, mind you). Who knows, because they are readily available, I’ll be more motivated to wear them. haha…

    Thanks for the inspiration, Holly! Absolutely brilliant!
    Rosalynn´s last blog post ..A little ode

  14. Lori commented
    January 27th, 2011 at 4:02am

    Love A.Alica’s work!

    The idea of fashion intersecting with interior design is a natural. I have been thinking about using lace or crochet in a contemporary way for a line of cushions.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    ps. huge fan of the blog – long time admirer – first time commenter

  15. debra commented
    January 27th, 2011 at 7:34am

    Thank you Holly for this informative post. I enjoy what you write about-thank you. Any chance of one of your E-courses to be held here in Durban South Africa?! ;) Debra x
    debra´s last blog post ..Guest Style Sheet author…

  16. On A Day In November commented
    January 27th, 2011 at 4:48pm

    Good find! Really like the cushion’s colours and pattern.
    Great blog btw:)
    On A Day In November´s last blog post ..SATURATED

  17. PJ@Home Decor Accents commented
    January 27th, 2011 at 5:16pm

    It’s always a pleasure coming back to your blog, Holly. there is always something new and interesting you share with your readers.
    I never heard for Anna Alicia before but will check her design line out.
    I fully agree with you saying, displaying fashion and accessories are a great way to accent a room in an affordable way.

  18. Kate commented
    January 27th, 2011 at 6:33pm

    What a great find and I love the inspiring tips about styling. I’m slowly, slowly accepting that cleanliness and styling make a space. Now how to incorporate these ideas and make it look artful…
    Kate´s last blog post ..Paralysis in the Aisles of Bed Bath and Freaking Beyond

  19. Laura R commented
    January 28th, 2011 at 8:07am


    I have nominated you for Stylish Blogger Award.
    Hope it’s okay though it is in Danish (I just want to let you know)


  20. Marlene commented
    January 28th, 2011 at 10:40am

    Sooo beautiful!!

    Xou always find so gorgeous things in the deeps of the internet – I enjoy visiting decor8 :-)))


  21. Karena commented
    January 28th, 2011 at 4:56pm

    Holly I love your new look ! Accessories really make it!

    I was given an award if you want to lear more about me!

    Art by Karena
    Karena´s last blog post ..A Winner and an Award !!

  22. Emily Fitzhugh commented
    January 28th, 2011 at 5:05pm

    What a great morning read. I love the idea and try and do the same in my space. Everything is potentially a design element. Thank you for reminding me of this. I am inspired!!
    Emily Fitzhugh´s last blog post ..Ride With a Pantone Messenger Bag

  23. Lindy Gruger Hanson commented
    January 28th, 2011 at 5:21pm

    It’s fun to come back to a blog and find something so interesting. I agree about using accessories to decorate one’s home interior spaces. It’s just like art and using it in interesting ways. I love paintings that are on boxes for instance and can sit on a table or shelf. And I love Anna Alicia’s jewelry. I visited her Etsy Shop and love the fabric feather necklace she created out of unique materials.

  24. T commented
    January 28th, 2011 at 5:35pm

    i love this post, holly. i am so into the idea of using interesting jewelry for decorating! i do the same thing in my bedroom and looking at jewelry i got from my travels just puts me in a grateful, joyful mood.
    T´s last blog post ..The Sweetest Thing

  25. Lea- cuadro infantil commented
    January 28th, 2011 at 8:36pm

    Just gorgeous!!! Congratulations, I love decor8 full of inspiration everyday!

  26. Stockton commented
    January 29th, 2011 at 7:32pm

    wow. I love this work! Especially the cushions. And the crow necklace. I have to second PJ, this is why I read your blog!

  27. artlover commented
    January 29th, 2011 at 7:50pm

    Lots of inspiration here! Thanks

  28. Margaret commented
    January 31st, 2011 at 6:31pm

    After reading this blog, I had a look around my room and found that I have been using my jewels to decorate as well! I seem to have a lot of pearls and right now they are grouped together in a beautiful bowl ….jazzing up my bedside table.
    Margaret´s last blog post ..Something for the Monday Blues

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