She stayed full time for the next 8 years. ‘Veronica was my mentor, my idol and taught me everything. “We created beautiful spaces for banks, homes, game lodges, boutique hotels and overseas clients”. In 1996 Alexis broke away and The Rainbird was born. Her first project was a London banker relocating to JHB, her second a small hotel, her third a safari camp in the Okavango Delta. And her trademark style germinated and grew - perhaps a little Colonial, , maybe a bit African, but all inspired with the blending of colours and always relaxed and very lived in.
Since her return to the UK Alexis has worked on apartments and houses in London, full scale country house rehabilitation projects, holiday homes in Europe and chalets in the Alps. I can do the home counties Thing too if you like’ she smiles ‘but to me a home should be unique to you, welcoming and warm that says come in and sit down, pour yourself a drink.”