My Top 10: Sasha Malchi
Interior decorator and owner of Sasha Malchi Home
Growing up, Sasha Malchi channeled her entrepreneurial spirit as she hosted kids’ summer camps in her neighborhood and operated a flea market booth with her best friend.
Living in Oklahoma City, she managed booths in the Mockingbird Manor antique store, where her desire to open her own shop was cemented.
Today she connects her business acumen with her passion for interior design via her Brookside store, Sasha Malchi Home, 3716 S. Peoria Ave. She opened its doors in late 2012 to feature lighting, bedding, pillows, home accessories, jewelry, gifts and more. She recently expanded the store to stock nursery items such as gliders, cribs, bedding and baby gifts.
1. My family: My parents have always encouraged my entrepreneurial spirit and never stifled my creative nature. My husband and best friend, Zach, is my biggest fan (perhaps tied with my mother). He pushes me to dream big. I am honored to be his wife. My mother, Anna, works with me every day. I am blessed to call her my mother and my role model.
2. Chinoiserie: It is a French term meaning “Chinese-esque” — the perfect mix of both fanciful and elegant; joyful, timeless style that can be enjoyed in doses large or small. I prefer the large dose.
3. A good chocolate chip cookie: Whole Foods and Old School Bagel Café both have an excellent chocolate chip cookie. I have to put the red velvet cookie from Petty’s in the mix, too. Red velvet, after all, is chocolate.
4. Monograms: I grew up without a middle name, so the minute we were married the monograms began. Monogrammed towels are a top choice for me, along with personalized stationery and my new favorite monogram doormats we sell at the store.
5. Fresh flowers: A bouquet of peonies (not quite in full bloom), hydrangeas and English garden roses is my all-time favorite. When I’m out and about running errands, I’ll always swing by the flower buckets at Whole Foods, Sam’s or Target and see if anything catches my eye. A nice candle makes a good runner-up.
6. Coffee table books: Essentially oversized picture books! I have a growing collection. A decorator favorite and a great way to daydream when the Golf Channel has been on too long on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
7. Trays: I collect all types and styles of trays. From serving to mirrored and gilded to lovely Lucite, a tray provides the easiest way to make a collection of items you love look like they belong together.
8. Road trips: I am in the car a lot of the time for work finding things around Oklahoma and other states. The treasures I encounter on these journeys keep me enthusiastic about being in the car so often.
9. Diet Coke: I go to QuikTrip every morning for a Diet Coke. Always with crushed ice. It’s a daily (terrible) habit that I have tried to break myself of ... many times.
10. Poodles: My husband and I are head over heels for our “furry baby,” Bo. Our standard poodle accompanies me nearly every day to the store and can often be seen riding along with his head out of the sunroof of one of our vehicles, sporting his signature mohawk.