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Alicia Garey
Born and raised in New York, Alicia came to California in the late '70s. After many years in the television industry working at one of the largest talent agencies on the West Coast as well as in television production, Alicia made the transition to interior design, attending the nationally acclaimed UCLA Interior Design Program.

One of Alicia’s early design positions, facilitating custom made furniture, was with famed real estate developer and interior designer Bobi Leonard, who reinvigorated Main Street in Santa Monica in the late 1970's and led the way for future interior designers. Alicia was also marketing consultant at Syndesis in Santa Monica, founded by environmental architect David Hertz. Alicia has designed residential, commercial and public school interiors in Los Angeles. While Alicia’s roots were planted in city life as a child, she truly appreciates the ocean environment on the West Coast and considers nature to be a great source of inspiration in all of her projects.

AG Designs Owner, Alicia Garey is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

While recovering from chemotherapy and surgery, Alicia is a wife, mother, gardener, pet owner, daughter, sister and friend. She chronicled her journey back to health and has written a book about her experience which will be published in December, 2014.

Entries by Alicia Garey

Wear Perfume During a Skype Interview

(3) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Wearing perfume during a Skype interview could be a good idea.

Preparing the meeting as though it will be in person will take it to the next level. Technology is strange sometimes. I think people look weird on Skype. The image is often distorted and the person almost always...

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The Hazards of Being a Cancer Warrior

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:01 PM

Soon it will be October, otherwise known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in all of its pink glory and marketing campaigns. I felt like I was fighting my own personal war when I was treated for breast cancer almost three years ago.

When I participated in a breast cancer walk...

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Optimistic About a Non-Toxic Future

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 2:30 PM

It was time to buy new (preferably non-toxic) nail polish. I had visions of a nail-strengthening, eco-friendly, low odor color in mind. After all, spring is here and I was in the mood for pink. Not purple, not magenta, not red. Not too light, not too dark, not too metallic....

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Forced: The Identity I Didn't Ask for

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 6:42 PM

I was forced into this new place. I was pushed. I was thrust into a space so utterly uncomfortable and yet so defined. I had no choice. The only other option was dying. I'm not sure my brain is always firing on all cylinders these days thanks to chemo brain,...

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Feng Shui Or Not

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 7:05 PM

Apparently it might be bad Feng Shui to have an office in a closet (because it might be blocking positive or creative energy). Tell that to someone who lives in a smallish (yet expensive) Manhattan apartment.

At my place, there is a large walk in closet...

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(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 6:02 PM

I have cheated death before. In my early twenties, I worked at an art gallery. One evening, while the manager was out at a restaurant nearby, a man came in wearing a nice suit. I was all alone in the gallery at that moment. The walls were glass -- I...

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Don't Bother Me If You Stub Your Toe

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 3:38 PM

This body of mine had to put up with quite a lot this past year. I thought having two C-sections (14 and 17 years ago) were good enough. Thankfully, I've never broken any bones. Had the flu maybe twice. But after chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, a mastectomy and reconstruction, I (like...

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'Don't Be So Negative' and Other Interesting Advice

(82) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 9:49 AM

It is hard for the one diagnosed to have to deliver the news to others. I still dread telling people what I have been up to this past year if the subject should come up. I dread it mostly because it's a sad tale of woe, and it sucks. I...

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At Peace With Life as I Know It

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Although I very much want to live after enduring chemotherapy, I may have started to learn how to feel more comfortable with the idea of my life not as an infinite thing, but instead as one that is temporary.

I was on a roll. I forgot. Because my two grandmothers...

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Starting Over

(3) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 10:28 AM

Last year at this time, I had no idea what was coming my way. I had no idea I was sick. I felt great. I had all the energy in the world, my life was just fine. Sure, I felt the urgency of getting a little older and pushing my...

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The Beauty of a Bad Situation

(4) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 12:52 PM

I breastfed child no. 1 for about eight months and child no. 2 for about five months. I was glad to breastfeed, although it can be isolating. It can be an intense time for a mother, but rewarding nonetheless. I worked on and off. Mostly, though, I was home with...

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You Cannot Do It Alone

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 3:14 PM

It seems as though the strength of a thousand people cannot lift you from the despair. And yet, when your family rallies around you, you do find the resources within. On the one hand, you face it all with gusto. You immediately realize what your life means and you want...

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(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 3:48 PM

My watch stopped working about a month ago, maybe longer. Has time stood still? Is it some strange sign that the watch I have worn for well over a decade has stopped working entirely, right at the same time my very life has been at risk? Does it mean that...

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