A Glass of Bovino is an online destination for all things interior design and home styling written and curated by Alisa Bovino. Here, you’ll find a witty and often sarcastic collection of tips and tricks to styling your home, design inspiration, how-tos, diary entries, and the occasional lifestyle post.
I encourage you to move some pillows aside, have a seat, and relax while I grab you a glass of (Bo)vino. Do you prefer red or white?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a wildly passionate creative side. A side of me that was infatuated with instant Polaroid photography, camp crafts, crocheting blankets and creating vision boards on the walls of my room with magazine clippings and scotch tape.
At the age of 7, I obsessed over having my own office – a purple Ikea desk nestled into the corner of my bedroom with a pink lava lamp and a Rolodex filled with a total of 4 contacts; all family members. That Ikea desk is where the magic happened. I launched my own “business” called Stationary Station, where I would sell decorated pieces of paper with dried-out marker scribbles to my mom for $0.25 each. No need to acknowledge the brilliance I acquired at a young age.
THE EVOLUTION OF CREATIVITY
Today, my greatest creative passions have evolved into e-designing, interior styling, and photography. I could easily focus hours on perfecting the details of a client’s design or spend an entire Saturday afternoon styling and photographing my living room.
My passion for e-designing came to fruition as a blessing in disguise when I one day showed up to my unfulfilling full-time job and was told I was being laid off due to a loss in the companies business. A few days later and feeling confused about my next move, I made the best fiscally irresponsible decision I’ve made in my life thus far: drive to my local Best Buy, purchase a brand new Mac Book Pro along with a monthly Photoshop membership and spend the following weeks learning everything there is to know about e-designing.
I eventually felt so confident in my progress that I applied to be an e-designer for the Decorist on a spur-of-the-moment decision. Before I knew it, I was designing rooms for clients via the Decorist and soon after launched my own e-design services on my website.
MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
I know that comfort, function, and style can coexist – and that can be achieved by understanding the personality and lifestyle of those who inhabit a home.
I believe that perfection is boring, and no room is complete without at least one element that makes you uncomfortable. A space can’t be truly spectacular or unique without taking a few risks.
I believe in being the bizarre, quirky person who says inappropriate things, laughs at their own jokes and (occasionally) enjoys one too many glasses of vino.
I believe in creating a home that’s imperfect, yet comfortable, functional and stylish.
But most importantly – I believe in creating a home that reflects you.
MORE ABOUT ME? WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO KNOW…
x As a kid, I had two drastically different personalities; part tomboy and part girly-girl. As I got older that split personality stayed, and the way I style my home is reflective of who I am – feminine yet masculine.
x Celebrity crushes: Tom Hardy in Lawless and John Krasinski in 13 Hours (need to be specific here – not The Office John Krasinksi).
x I come aliveee in the fall time. I’ve had a significant infatuation with autumn since I was a kid and could go on for paragraphs talking about all the things I love about the season. There are few things I enjoy more than sitting on my porch with a cup of black coffee on a cool autumn morning.
x In November 2017, I married my husband, Angelo and we now live in our first home located in Northern NJ. He caught my eye on the first day of college and I thought to myself “holy shit that is the most handsome man I’ve ever laid eyes on.” After an immense amount of stalking and over 8 years later, he’s now my husband. Dreams do come true. Especially if you stalk your future husband for long enough. Don’t give up.
(I mean, do you blame me for stalking him)?
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for stopping by. I encourage you to pour another glass, sit back and relax – because life is enjoyed best with a glass of vino.