Alexis grew up with her mother’s nationally recognized interior design firm Garrett Paschen in her home. Her childhood memories were the smell of wallpaper samples, Saturday mornings watching ‘Style with Elsa Klensch’ with her mother, designer Christine Paschen, and walking the halls of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.
Shaped by her early unique childhood, she decided to further her education in residential interiors at the New York School of Interior Design which is internationally recognized for a distinct focus on residential interiors. While in New York, she also worked in the Buying Department for ABC Carpet & Home in Manhattan. ABC Home & Carpet is a global leader in sourcing contemporary international, retail goods that are created with sustainability and fair labor standards.
Alexis worked with Chicago residential designers to create custom interiors in the Lee Jofa Showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.
Lee Jofa is a historic English manufacturer or both traditional and contemporary fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, lighting and rugs.
Alexis further honed her custom design and customer service skills with Chicago’s The Golden Triangle. The unique experience of incorporating antiques from South East Asia, Eastern and Western Europe in all types of homes informed Alexis on how contemporary design is less driven by styles and more on proportion and scale.
Alexis eventually returned home to Garrett Paschen, Ltd. where she worked with her mother to design custom interiors in the city and North Shore of Chicago, Dallas, Montana, Colorado, Los Angeles & Hawaii.
Alexis and her husband Dan decided to move to Madison four years ago and raise their two boys Philip & Christopher and an extra large Golden Retriever, Hillsboro. Madison’s wide range of homes styles, natural beauty, architecture, arts community and the cultural engagement of a university and state capital, continue to inspire Alexis and her designs.