Here's Why Galey Alix Uses Hearts on Social Media and in Her Designs

'The hearts are a reminder to the home that what I'm leaving behind was created with love, but they're also a reminder to myself of what these families have done for my own heart's recovery.'

April 27, 2023

Related To:

Viral content creator Galey Alix is an outspoken advocate for spreading happiness. In fact, the Wall Street executive shared so much love across social media with her home designs, she landed her own HGTV show, Home in a Heartbeat With Galey Alix, where she refreshes one of her Instagram followers’ homes in the timespan of just a few days.

If you're a longtime follower of Galey, you've probably noticed she's obsessed with hearts. She incorporates them into her designs, usually by stenciling them onto clients’ walls with inspiring notes before painting over them, like a secret message from her to the home. In photos, you'll often see her making a heart shape with her hands. We're calling it her signature pose — and it turns out it has everything to do with her struggle with mental illness.

“Ever since I started my mental health recovery, I felt like I kept seeing hearts everywhere. For example, after I finished my extensive therapy treatment, it was January and a tree in front of my house started dropping leaves for the first time (thousands of them) and they were all in a perfect little heart shape,” says Galey. “It felt like some sort of message at the time, but I didn't quite understand what the message was.”

The design guru — who tells HGTV she's "terrified of looking straight at the camera" in photos (hence classic baseball cap and "heart post") — says around the time she felt healthy enough to jump back into social media post-recovery, she saw strangers had messaged her about helping them with their homes.

“I was alone, I was recovering from battling myself, my fiancé had just left me before our wedding, and I didn't know how I'd ever feel okay again,” says Galey. “So ... I started to say yes to these requests — even though I had no design experience and still worked in finance full-time. By saying yes to them, I was saying yes to my heart.”

She started renovating people’s homes over a weekend and doing surprise reveals. The joy from her clients' reactions became addictive.

“The hearts are a reminder to the home that what I'm leaving behind was created with love, but they're also a reminder to myself of what these families have done for my own heart's recovery.”

Galey Alix

“Today, three years later, I find a way to leave some sort of heart in every project. I've drawn hearts on walls behind oven hoods before installing them, I've painted hearts on large blank walls before hanging wallpaper, I'll draw a heart with my finger in the thinset before placing tile on top of it,” says Galey. “The hearts are a reminder to the home that what I'm leaving behind was created with love, but they're also a reminder to myself of what these homes and families have done for my own heart's recovery.”

Keep up with Galey on Instagram and TikTok (@GaleyAlix) and catch new episodes of Home in a Heartbeat with Galey Alix Wednesdays at 9|8c on HGTV and discovery+.

Next Up

HGTV Gets Ugly on New Year's Day With the Return of Retta and 'Ugliest House in America'

Actress and comedian Retta tours more hideous homes in the Season 3 premiere of Ugliest House in America, airing on HGTV and discovery+ Sunday, January 1.

Social Media Influencer Carmeon Hamilton Will Star in New HGTV Reno Show

The Memphis-based series will premiere on HGTV in 2024. We have all the details.

Behind the Scenes of 'Married to Real Estate' Season 2

Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson reveal how they accomplished filming Season 2 of Married to Real Estate — with kids, a business and all.

New Series Featuring 'Australia’s Thunder From Down Under' Stars Comes to HGTV

These steamy construction gurus are ready to 'Flip the Strip.' Here's what you need to know.

We're Swooning Over Galey Alix's Latest Home Transformation

You won't believe what the home — as seen in a recent episode of Home in a Heartbeat — looked like before.

Drag Superstar Trixie Mattel Comes to HGTV in New Series

Trixie and her partner David Silver will star in the greenlighted series Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home. HGTV has all the details.

Retta Stars In New Season of HGTV’s ‘Ugliest House In America’

A second season of Ugliest House In America is coming to HGTV. Get ready for the ugliest of the ugly in the prettiest vacation destinations. We have all the details.

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Hall Compete Against Each Other in Epic Real Estate Showdown

The longtime hosts and exes are back with their new partners, Heather Rae El Moussa and Josh Hall, for some competition — HGTV style.

Get to Know Ray and Eilyn Jimenez — the Dueling Designers in ‘Divided by Design'

The Miami-based couple, creative directors of their own respective interior design firms, vie for the same business. Here's how their competitive spirit makes their marriage even stronger.

Nicole Curtis Opens Up About Her 'Rehab Addict' Spinoff, 'Lake House Rescue'

Here's all the cool stuff you can expect to see in the spinoff.

On TV

Zillow Gone Wild

11:30am | 10:30c

Zillow Gone Wild

12:30pm | 11:30c

Zillow Gone Wild

1:30pm | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30pm | 1:30c

House Hunters

3:30pm | 2:30c

House Hunters

4:30pm | 3:30c

House Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

House Hunters

6pm | 5c

House Hunters

6:30pm | 5:30c

House Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c

Zillow Gone Wild

9:31pm | 8:31c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

10:31pm | 9:31c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Zillow Gone Wild

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

House Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

Vacation House Rules

2:59am | 1:59c
What's Hot

Home Town

Sunday Nights at 8|7c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.

Luxury Home Giveaways

HGTV Smart Home

A sophisticated modern home in Atlanta, Georgia

HGTV Dream Home

A gorgeous getaway on Anastasia Island, Florida

HGTV Urban Oasis

A Southern-inspired escape in Louisville, Kentucky