Updated: Mar 5, 2019
I’d like to first thank the power of Social Media, when used constructively it has the ability to connect and change conversations all of the world and connect people who most likely never know the other existed. Also, a big thank you to Bailey Li for being my muse to this body of work I’ve felt compelled to begin some time ago. Lastly, to my readers…I pray that through the creativity of others you are inspired to create there are so many more stories to be told.
Well, it’s no wonder that it took several weeks to connect with the free spirit and creative we know as Bailey Li. Nonetheless, after I made a few attempts to connect with her during my trip to “The Big Apple” (NYC) this past February we quickly realized that we’d have to result to Apple (trusty iPhone) to connect the dots. I first saw Bailey’s intriguing designs on Instagram several months, me being a free spirit and somewhat of a Boho-chic I was immediately drawn to her whimsical aesthetics. Bailey has the ability to make neutrals and earth tones look like the most colorful place on earth.
Needless to say, after a few attempts with our handy dandy hand held devices, Bailey and I finally connected the eve MARCH and to no surprise, her voice was just as full of life as her wondrous designs. Her positive energy was inspiring in its self and I was at ease from our fist few seconds of communication. It’s funny actually, all the questions I’d planed on asking Bailey went out the window after we connected, and I was immediately lead to ask her these questions; see below
Q: Where were you born and who was the decorator of the house and their design aesthetic?
A: I was raised by my grandparents in East Orange, NJ where my grandmother was the decorator of the house, she had very expensive taste. I will never forget going with her furniture shopping; she purchased the most beautiful red velvet couch I’d ever seen. I instantly feel in love and was excited for it to make it to our living room. When the delivery day arrived, I remember being in school anxiously waiting for school to end so I could rush home to see the red velvet beauty that we selected. To my surprise and utter disappointment, I found it completely wrapped in plastic slip covers. I was devastated, I just couldn’t understand why my grandmother would want to wrap something so beautiful in plastic! She said “she wanted to preserve it” thus defeating the point of us ever really enjoying it. I honestly think I went to my room and cried lol.
Q: What, if any of your childhood design space have you carried over into your own space?
A: Well I can’t say it’s anything in particular, but I would definitely say that my grandmothers’ glam style of design and dress from bouffant hair to beautiful mink stoles has influenced my design style and can be seen all throughout my space.
Q: What is the area in your space that inspires you most?
A: Oh definitely my canopy bed, I feel like I'm in another world in it! The bed is literally embellished with drapery and hung by ropes, when I created this bed I knew it would be my favorite place to retreat.
Q: What is the one piece or area in your space that you couldn’t imagine living without?
A: I can’t imagine life without my scooter shelf console, it’s one of my favorite pieces to date. I’m always on the hunt for amazing pieces, mostly antique/vintage. Specifically, ones that hold and/or increase in value, as I like to select pieces that have the potential to be investments, as well as, heirloom pieces that can be passed down. In my opinion beautifully crafted and re-imagined antique pieces possess so much character and are far more interesting than mass manufactured furniture.
Q: Is there a product or particular piece on your wish list that you’d like to add to your space?
A: I would really like to add a legitimate walk-in closet, you know spacious and functional all at the same time.
Q: Name one “Fun Fact” or something most don’t know about you?
A: I was a nerd in my younger days and spent a good amount of my free time reading and writing poetry.
*while sharing this we both made the connection to her poetry and design and how the two together assist in her style/ability to create such magical and fairy-tale spaces.
As I ended our interview I felt compelled to ask Bailey what she’d hoped her legacy would be. After a short pause, she stated "The positive impact that my work has on my clients lives is truly the reward I seek. So I'd have to say that the legacy I wish to leave behind would be that I was not only instrumental in transforming lives through their spaces, but that I was a pioneer in helping people recognize and tap into their best selves"…I’d say she’s off to one hell of a start. #missioncomplete