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COVER FEATURE | Meet Alisha Rylander of Glen Ellyn, Home Design Enthusiast

by Kristen Kucharski


It is said that The Home should be the treasure chest of living and tell a story of who you are and what you love. “Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well-being.” – Albert Hadley

GLEN ELLYN–This Glen Ellyn mom of two children ages 9 and 12 years old understands how important it is to design a home with kid-friendly materials like upholstered furniture that can stand up to Sharpies and mud, as well as incorporating new wave technology such as a voice activated or touchless kitchen faucet for ease of washing those messy hands from all the cooking, baking, art projects, and mudpies!

When Alisha worked for Pottery Barn, the concept of her own business Styled Interiors was created after countless interactions with customers.

“I recognized the need to offer an interior design service that is price-conscious, yet does not lack in quality, design or client service,” she says. “I believe that you don’t need a gigantic budget to have your home looking the way you hope and dream.”

She loves to transform homes by adding dimension through texture, color, mixed metals/materials, layers, and depth by sourcing the perfect decor, furniture, and furnishings; and as a Certified Psychological Paint Color Expert™, Alisha integrates all the hottest colors of 2021 - shades of blues, whites, greiges, blacks, charcoals while bringing in pops of color to provide interest and personality.

“When working with a client I always remind them that their home is for them to enjoy,” Alisha says. “I want them to feel 100% comfortable and relaxed in their own space.”

With that being said, she draws inspiration from a home's architecture style, personal statement pieces like a rug, artwork, or wallpaper; and of course, Pinterest or Instagram ideas.

“I'm obsessed with The Frame TV by Samsung. This isn't just any TV. It displays a curated collection of art when it is off. This is a beautiful addition to a room especially when a little more sophistication is required,” she adds. “Whatever your mood or style you can change up the displayed artwork. Simply brilliant!”

Adding smart technology is all the rage in design these days and she is also fascinated with motorized or automated window treatments, refrigerators, coffee makers, and even toasters that can all be controlled using Alexa.

Alisha loves that even when life is busy with work and kids, quality and uniqueness can be found close to home at her personal favorites, such as Amy Storm & Company Glen Ellyn, 610 Home Geneva, The Perfect Thing Wheaton, Good Roots Glen Ellyn, The Shade Store Oakbrook; and, when she needs a total refresh and recharge she grabs her best friend and husband and heads for a date night at Moveable Feast, Maize & Mash, Marche, and Common Good Cocktail House. -Photos by Mike Catuara, Interior Shots Submitted





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