We’re back with a new guest tastemaker for some quick-fire questions and a mini-curation of some fab Chairish finds!
This week we are joined by Nashville-based photographer and interior stylist Alyssa Rosenheck. Through her artistic work and motivational speaking, Alyssa’s intentions have always been to inspire others to think creatively and affect change. In fact, she decided to lead by example and affect change herself when she realized that outsiders had an outdated perception of what Southern style was all about, pegging it unfairly as clichéd and stuck in old traditions. With keen knowledge of the wide range of ideas that the South has to offer, she started a movement called The New Southern Style, which shares the name of her upcoming book. The movement and book showcase the fresh and exciting work of modern Southern artists and makers, which pays homage to the great traditions of the South, and shakes things up with the spirit of a new generation.
Read on to find out what she hopes readers take away from her book, and and why she can’t choose just one style icon.
Last show you binge watched?
Game of Thrones. I was a late adopter to the series and recently watched eight years of TV in nine weeks. #SoGood #IWantAPetDragon
Ultimate style icon?
I don’t have one. I am more inspired by a collective spirit of courage from women – those who unapologetically stand in their truth and use their craft for good. This inspires me – from the passionate words of Maya Angelou, to the multi-textural elements of Kelly Wearstler, and everyone in between.
Most memorable career moment you’ve had so far?
The most notable so far was writing and photographing my first coffee table book, The New Southern Style debuting September 2020 with Abrams Publishing. This is a labor of love and a true celebration of creativity and community sure to inspire the home and soul, no matter where you live.
Hot food on an airplane (should be illegal), speaker phones in the airport (should be fined) and loud talkers in terminals.
Do you collect anything?
Yes! My love language is in the form of old burl dough bowls, vintage statement chairs (these are a form of art in my opinion), obscure oil paintings with a story, and old rugs (give me all the layers)!