Alicia Bailey—founder of Bailey Li Interiors is a self-taught interior designer and decorative artist specializing in commercial and residential design. She is a curator of artfully inspired, “insanely” stylish spaces and is a creative visionary who has the ability to transform spaces into stunning environments through her discerning eye. Bailey has made a reputation for herself through her famous hand painted wall murals and textures that she envisions and paints herself without any formal training. Her breathtaking walls combined with her fresh and fearless design perspective are what make her stand out in the industry.
Bailey, originally having a background in real estate and corporate sales, unknowingly began her journey into the world of interior design while working as a real estate agent in 2003. At the time, there was an influx of professionals from the increasingly expensive New York City market seeking to put down roots in Northern New Jersey. This created an increased demand for home staging services. Without thought, she began staging as a means for clients to easily visualize potential properties as a place to call home. What began as a need sparked her passion for interior design.
Throughout her journey, she began to carefully hone her skills with each design. Every project was an opportunity to grow creatively by not only designing spaces, but it became an opportunity to birth an interior artist—one that conceptualized and implemented techniques for hand painted, textured walls, acquired knowledge from master upholsterers to create show stopping bespoke chairs, and mastered the skill of combining antiques and rare vintage pieces with modern elements, colors, and textures that would together combine to be masterful works of interior artistry.
With her burgeoning artistry came the unyielding need for broader creative expression. She satiated this need through careful collaboration with visual artists, fashion designers, and photographers to create installations and other works of visual art. This did not go unnoticed. In October 2018, Bailey partnered with a collective of women from varied creative backgrounds to launch FEM/N/3D at the annual Newark Arts Festival. The exhibit contained large-scale installations and visual art by Bailey that garnered the attention of award-winning actress, comedian, and television host Whoopi Goldberg. Not only did Bailey’s work grab the actress’ attention upon entering the exhibit, but she walked away with two newly purchased pieces.
The interior designer and artist goes by the belief that by transforming one’s space, you can transform their lives. She muses “Interior design has helped me uncover my true passion— bringing out the best in people by interpreting who they are at their core and translating that through their environments. The impact that my work has on my clients' lives is truly the reward I seek.”
Bailey currently resides in the Valley Arts District of Orange, New Jersey. She dwells among a community of artists from various mediums— music, visual arts, and fashion—in a refurbished firehouse built in the late 1800s. She believes in immersing herself in the creative arts and surrounding herself with like-minded individuals as a means of continuous inspiration. Bailey recently Partnered with the famous Property Brothers and is listed as a featured designer on their Casaza furniture website.
Her attention-grabbing work is featured in Essence Magazine’s November 2019 issue. Bailey was also selected by Authority magazine to be interviewed in a series called “Learning to Love Yourself” where entrepreneurs share their insight and give advice on self acceptance and self love. In addition, House Beautiful listed Bailey as one of 29 Black Designers Making History. Bailey’s unique ability to hand paint murals and textures was also noted in the article. Bailey was a guest panelist at The New York School of Interior Design for a discussion about how to break the mold in an industry where black interior designers have been underrepresented and widely overlooked. Her work has been mentioned in Forbes, Vogue.com, seen on NBC’s Open House NYC with Sarah Gore, Apartment Therapy, XONecole, and PBS’s State of the Arts, a program highlighting extraordinary people, communities, and works of art from around the world.