There’s just one word to sum up Alejandra’s
mix of skills: phenomenal!
When we decided to re-do our entire house, naturally we wanted
her to do the design. We kept in contact with her--- even though
she had moved to Bali. She is just so creative. And now, she has
made a whole new shift in her life, interiors/architecture/ mixed
with I want to say an ability to read a client…
So it really wasn’t a huge surprise, when Alejandra said
in her inimitable, full-of-life style, “You’ve got
to come to Bali! You wouldn’t believe this place and its
I’m a Libra and characteristically jump into things, feet
first! My husband, George, is a Capricorn, which seems to make
him a bit stubborn! So, I booked the tickets and made all the
arrangements while Alejandra sent photos and lists to us of everything
that might be interesting, including online links to artisans’
sites. Most of all, we agreed to go with an open mind.
We have little children who enjoy traveling a lot. They were little
troopers on the 18 hour stretch to Singapore. We booked ourselves
on a tiny island off the coast for the first 5 days of our trip
to chill out before actually going to Bali. We were there for
one month, during which time Alejandra had arranged a car and
driver for us; two, full-time babysitters, and a caretaker who
would walk across a beautiful rice paddy each morning, balancing
a giant basket filled with fruit for breakfast, on her head. My
son absolutely loved her. He would see her coming across the field,
run outside, pluck a flower and present it to her. We love Southeast
Asia. It is especially hard not to dissolve into the atmosphere
and experience of Bali.
Mornings were reserved for something fun for all of us. We took
the kids elephant riding and river rafting. We visited the Bird
Park, the Monkey Forest or just went to the beach. We played hard
and we worked hard. In the afternoons, we would just “scour”
artisans’ showrooms, particularly those that Alejandra had
preselected for our particular project before our arrival.
We’d take photos, gather all our information, (stop for
our ginger martinis!) and meet at Alejandra’s house to talk
about what we had seen on a given day. Her staff entered this
information into the computer. She wouldn’t let us buy anything
for ten days so we would make sure to keep the entire project
flowing…We just did research and compiled our findings.
I envisioned our house as “Frank Lloyd Wright meets Bali”;
modern with an island flair. I was convinced once we saw the range
of possibilities that I was going to do the entire house with
no problems, whatsoever. When we actually began shopping, it was
easy because we had seen what we wanted in our preliminary scouting
We used Alejandra’s immense expertise, trusting her to lead
us to the best of the craftsman for more intricate designs, like
our dining room chairs. Alejandra would do a quick sketch, then
a showroom artist the artisans would present their drawing and
a price. The original design for our dining room chairs is now
also selling in a showroom in Bali!
We had the same experience with our lighting fixtures. We would
start with a simple drawing, making it “longer” or
“more delicate”, as we went along. This was so much
fun, because Alejandra has some knowledge of the language and
was able to communicate our needs, perfectly.
This would never happen in the states! The whole environment,
the way you shop, select materials and products, and the savings
(of about sixty-percent!) are all so incredible.
Our favorite purchases have to be our 15,000-pound stone tub and
a leaf-shaped shade chaise for the master bedroom. We purchased
everything for our entire house---furniture, lamps, sisal-type
rugs, art and decorative pieces and actual wood and stone flooring,
doors, windows and cabinetry, interior and exterior furniture,
lighting, paintings, and bathroom fixtures.
I guess a job like ours can be done from the states. It’s
possible. But I am now a true believer that you just have to go
to Bali and let Alejandra work her magic. I recommend her to everyone
I know! She has a way of being able to get inside each person
and see their vision and then translate into something that brings
it all together.
~ Janet Hoover