Alum turns knack for interior design into new career path in Boston

From custom fabrics and furniture to historical renovations, Alexandra Slote '98 has a knack for interior design.

At Gettysburg, Slote double majored in business management and economics. But after working four years as a technology recruiter, Slote realized she just wasn't satisfied with what she was doing.

With encouragement from her mother, Slote began to pursue a career in interior design, a passion she had harbored since age 17. Chance led her to an old friend, who had connections with one of the most respected design companies in Boston, and Slote was hired on the spot with no experience, just good taste.

Slote spent five years working as a project manager and apprentice. She gained firsthand experience in dealing with high-end furniture and artwork at Boston's finest estates, but she decided she wanted more.

"I always wanted my name to be a brand of my work," she said. So in 2005, Slote started her own company in Boston, naming it Alexandra Slote Interiors.

Unlike other designers with a specialization, Slote claims to stand out because she can adapt to any style.

"I like to think I am like a chameleon, from contemporary to traditional," she said. Slote also strives to combine expert design with a welcoming and friendly demeanor. "I want to be as kind and approachable as possible to people who welcome me into their homes, and I think that sets me apart," she said.

During the past five years, Slote has worked throughout the country, using her creativity for interior design in both large homes and small spaces. She loves nothing more than gutting a room and starting from scratch, and 90 percent of the furniture used in her designs is custom-made from her own ideas. Among other jobs, she has completely renovated a few historic Boston homes. Recently, she finished working on a custom library in a Manhattan SoHo loft and completed a re-design of an Adirondack camp.

"So much of what I do with my design company is business, and my double majors in economics and management have been invaluable," Slote said. Her goal in the next five years is to expand Alexandra Slote Interiors to include her own brand of furniture and fabrics.

by: Devan Grote '11

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Thu, 11 Aug 2011

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