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Dear Alice is an Interior Design podcast brought to you by Jessica Bennett and Suzanne Hall, the spunky geniuses behind Alice Lane Interior Design. These two ladies break down the highest end of the design and interior fashion world through their beautiful lifestyle approach with a heaping dose of wit and taste.

Episode Date
Interview with Thomas Pheasant | Next Time on Dear Alice
Nov 27, 2021
Closet Design | Making Your Space Reflect You
Today we are talking about closet design and are sharing some tips for creating more closet space, including knocking down walls and using a room next to your bedroom. We talk windows and the role they play and a few other tricks for arranging storage & furniture. We have some suggestions for mirrors and our love for valet rods and hooks. We talk about using wallpaper in your closet and the unexpected surfaces to cover that will elevate the feel of the room & give some tips on how to enrich the perspective of your closet. If you are building out your own closet, we talk give some good suggestions of businesses who specialize in closet construction and design. Don't forget to listen to our earlier episode about closet organization as well!
News Letter:
Nov 25, 2021
Market Recap | Great Things We Have Come Across
We’ve been asked several times since returning from market about what we saw while there, what’s coming, what’s out, what we’re expecting, what the latest colors and trends are. We hadn’t been to market since before all the pandemic stuff, so we wanted to answer that call of those questions and we are so excited to share with you what we’ve seen and learned. We love antique rugs because they’re unique and you can’t find them anywhere else in the world, so we’ll go out and talk to our rug flipper who will pick up these old, but nice rugs which we can use to give spaces that unique, cosy, and happy look. We love going to market because we get to see these top quality setups and designs that designers have been spending 6 months on to present, which we then get to show to our own clients.

Have a piece of Alice Lane in your home for free 1:27
The color scheme 4:50
Antique rugs 6:23
Color is still a thing 8:29
Motion is important now 11:20
The diagonal arm and neutrals 12:35
More on color and rugs 15:31
Bedding 18:14
Metal 19:18
Vintage 21:06
Why we love going to market 26:43

“The nickel would look really fly with that bittersweet chocolate, I’m just gonna say, very Ralph Lauren, right? We’re still gonna see it and we’re still gonna mix metals, but gold isn’t out, guys. It’s still antique, it still has a trueness to it. It wasn’t just a brush gold.” “And we’re probably going to still choose it 70% of the time over nickel, but then nickel, we’re always gonna use nickel on a faucet, and I really don’t ever want to see gold silverware.” 19:56
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Nov 18, 2021
Entertaining with Rebecca Gardner | Hosting Great Parties
The founder and creative director of House and Creative Parties, a full service event and interior design collective in Savannah and New York City. She’s been named a top event designer by Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and her design work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Milieu, Town and Country, The Financial Times, and The New York Times. She established her design firm in 2010 and launched her online shop during 2020 called house and parties, which is a mix of private labels, artist commissions, and vintage pieces. “If your goal in hosting a party is to impress people, you have lost from the very beginning.” 24:36

Transitioning interiors to parties 4:18
How it begins with the clients 8:23
The headwear 12:46
The hostess 15:33
What to include in an intro 19:08
Inspiration 19:54
How is design a part of party planning? 22:21
The essentials of throwing a great party 24:45
A party trick 27:25
Dressing for a party 32:50
Rebecca’s dream party 34:04
The party favor 35:55
Music 38:11

“To me, the smaller parties that are like 60 tops are really where the magic happens because you have that time to stand back and pinch your chin, and move the little ditties around and step back, and play with the lighting. The bigger parties are fun because the scale is exciting and you have a major adrenaline rush, but you don’t get to split hairs and move around plastic snails under crystal goblets quite as much.” 9:37
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Nov 11, 2021
How to Create an Elevated Space | Whether your Taste is Dressy or Casual
Today we’re talking about how to create an elevated space, whether your taste is dressy or casual. Either way, you can always create something great, as long as it’s the very best version of yourself. If you’re a dressy person, you’re likely going to be into shiny things, such as shiny velvets, silk drapes, original paintings, or shiny marble. The casual client is typically someone with the casual T-shirt, their style is a little more spontaneous, and they’re not hyper formal. Jess identifies herself as a high end casual, while Sue identifies as just a casual. The more formal homes will typically have more whites and blacks, like the checkered floors, but a casual home may have more wooden flooring and earthy colors throughout.

Dressy space 5:34
The casual person 9:10
Dressy and casual colors 14:06
Casual finishes 17:28
Sheers 21:49
Cory’s music room 24:41
Rugs 29:44

“Whether you want to spend the money on a rocky mountain hardware door set for your door, or don’t, go there for your inspiration. Always look at successful things, and then try and do something that’s like unto it if you can’t afford to do the great stuff. So that’s kind of where we live on this podcast, is to give you our very best advice, and then you take it and do with it what you will, but you always want to look successful and by successful we mean you always want it to feel like a professional helped you, whether it be casual or dressy.” 16:32
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Nov 04, 2021
How to Create an Elevated Space | Next Time on Dear Alice
Oct 29, 2021
Install Nightmares | Mending Our Biggest Mistakes
In this episode we want to talk about the hurdles that have hit the furniture industry and consumer industry as a whole. And then go into install struggles and how we overcame those - make it light hearted and funny and plus our design services and how we love our clients and their understanding through it all. “We had a life coach come in and speak to us about 5 years ago and she had to release us from all of this trauma and say, ‘You guys were cowboys then.’ and she said, ‘Hurray for failure! That’s how you learn.’” 22:46

Gracie wallpaper nightmare 4:13
The cool monkey wallpaper 7:25
Installing a basement for a celebrity 10:26
Sue’s nightmare ink story 16:10
Year one of Alice Lane 18:27

“I come in and was like, ‘So what do you think? Are we good? Are there any edits you wanna make? Anything you want to add in?’ and she yells up to her husband, who was up in his office and was like, ‘Hey, so-and-so, what do you think?’ and he’s like, ‘Keep the chair. ONE chair.’” 21:36
News Letter:
Oct 28, 2021
Install Nightmares | Next Time on Dear Alice
Oct 22, 2021
Layering for Winter | Fall Time Additions
Today we want to talk about how we like to make our homes feel cozy during these winter months and our favorite layers we like to use to make our homes feel warm and inviting. There are so many warm and welcoming colors to add to your porch, such as pumpkins and velvety plants to match the season. This is the time of year you’re going to get a lot of guests and visitors, so filling up your porch with fun decorations and accessories is a great way to give your home that welcoming, warm touch. We recommend keeping some snips nearby and your eyes open during this season in case you spot some nice yew, or other similar plants to take from nature and enhance not just the visuals in your home, but the smells as well.

The porch 1:58
The entry 6:46
Entry hall table 13:10
Layers 15:33
Winter or Fall bed 22:08

“So that entry hall table, I always have some large books as well. Books that can be seasonal, like some entertaining books. I’ve got one on entertaining and the cover is like a silk, and it’s got this beautiful scene on it, and those warm earth tones look so good, especially at this time of year.” 13:11
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Oct 21, 2021
Layering for Winter | Next Time on Dear Alice
Oct 15, 2021
7 Tips to Transform a Small Space (and Make It Seem Bigger)
We all have a space that we want to feel roomier. These are some tricks of the trade to create the illusion of a larger space. Everybody’s had a small space before. That starter home or rented space, a dorm room, first apartment, so we have a lot of space expanding tips we want to get into today. Sue tells about what she has done with color in her own home to make the room feel larger by treating the whole room in a uniform colored manner. You’re going to use bigger things than you think you will to make your room look really generous, such as a large rug, lamp, or large art, but make sure to avoid sticking everything up on stilts as too many legs can make your room feel nervous.

Color 2:51
Changing the color on the ceiling 9:01
Scale 12:00
Lamps 19:36
Mirrors 21:34
Chandelier 25:21

“So depending on the size of your room, like in the old days the bedrooms were 10x10, right? Nobody’s gonna have a living room this size, but I was gonna say just for the sake of this podcast we’ll say your room is 10x10, I would still get an 8x10 rug. So go big. Do not get a 5x7.” 14:16
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Oct 14, 2021
7 Tips to Transform a Small Space | Next Time on Dear Alice
Oct 08, 2021
Design to Improve Your Everyday Life | Mixing Charm and Convenience
This is something that seems so normal in our lives as we are constantly interviewing our clientele to learn about the way the rhythm of their life goes and then design after that rhythm. We’ve had a client who had their kitchen done and everything was designed and organized according to how she operates in her kitchen, not only making everything look really nice, but it was all very neat and convenient as well. A great way to go about organizing and breaking down your space is by dividing it up into zones according to what you do, such as a place for tea, or a bar, or a place for soft drinks, whatever your ritual may be. We also did a kitchen where we put a little fridge drawer on the other side of the island in order to prevent kids from accessing the main refrigerator and getting in the way of mom while she’s preparing a meal.

Recycling and waste 3:48
Kitchen example 6:27
Tiger Oak example 10:11
Kitchens and functionality 15:07
Kids kitchen functionality 17:32
The party pantry 21:08

“As we’ve been doing home offices like this past year, I found it really lovely to kind of place a nearby ottoman nested underneath the desks, so that whoever the client is, they can put their feet up on there, but then the ottoman can also be used for the nearby pair of chairs, you know, that are in the corner of the room.” 19:43
News Letter:
Oct 07, 2021
Design to Improve Your Everyday Life | Next Time on Dear Alice
Oct 01, 2021
The Power of Organization with Sabrina | Enhance Your Interior Arrangements
In this episode we have the pleasure of speaking with home organization guru, Sabrina Gardner, who just started a company called Salt, a customer organization company that specializes in customer acrylic drawer organizers. Sabrina has a five step process to really help people narrow down how to get started. Step 1: Go into your space and assess the space. Step 2: Assign a purpose to every drawer or cabinet. Step 3: Take everything out and start fresh. Step 4: Emotionally disconnect from everything in there and see the space with a fresh set of eyes. Get rid of clutter. Step 5: Put things back in the ideal way to utilize them in the long term and get organized.

Her process and how somebody can get started 4:34
Sue’s list to organize 11:03
Under the kitchen sink 15:11
Organizing your counter/island 20:42
Dealing with surplus of inventory 24:09
Maintaining organization 27:03
Sabrina’s story getting started with Salt 31:39
The top selling product on Salt and charity 38:27

“It’s like when you guys decorate a space and how it changes it and it becomes beautiful and inviting. It’s the same thing with organization. When we organize a drawer, it becomes a joy to open. We’ve taken something frustrating and turned it into something magical.” 9:40
News Letter:
Sep 30, 2021
The Destination of Scent | An Interview with Rami Mekdachi from Lola James Harper
Today we have Rami Mekdachi, who is the founder of Lola James Harper, our favorite scent line here at Alice Lane. We’ve been air-freighting these scents out here to sell them for the last 3 years so we can get the best fragrances to our clients. We talk about what inspires the scents Rami makes and how he is able to create custom aromas for people based on where they reside or where they have planted their own identity. Rami explains that though your body is present in whatever location you are, your mind may not be especially these days with so many distractions that surround us, but when you get smell involved, your senses and present mind will bring your mind to be present.

Creating a brand that people love to be a part of 5:18
Inspiring the scent 10:07
How making a scent for Alice Lane would work 17:01
Gifting a scent to loved ones 21:17
Lola James Harper and being present 24:03
Where to buy his scents and why he doesn’t have a shop 31:25
Music and directing a film 34:50
Favorite scent 38:45
Defining luxury 40:45

“I think that’s such a good lesson for all of us in this journey because I think we’re always manifesting something, or hoping for something, or goal oriented, or whatever, but it really is about where we are right this very minute on this journey, right? Because that’s being present and I think smell makes us really present.” 25:42

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Sep 23, 2021
Drapery | The Next Level
We’ve already done an episode on drapery, but we felt like since we’ve had so many more questions on drapery recently we would go into more detail on this subject. There are different places to use different patterns and tones of saturation. We do a lot of the light linen when you’re trying to create a softness and draw less attention to those windows, kind of like nice background music. Every time we’ve done a pattern, it matches the personality of the people that live there and they love it because it just feels so them. People typically think if they have shutters, then they don’t need drapes, but shutters typically just block out light and the view, whereas drapes typically hang out on the sides to provide aesthetics.

The best way to add drapery around an old school sliding glass patio door 3:24
When do I use pattern on drapes? 7:54
How often do I change my drapes? 13:54
Budget 16:02
How to do drapery on an arched window 20:13
Are there rooms to cut costs in? 25:13

“Mine are kind of a neutral field of off white, and then they have black brushstroke faces, outlines of faces on them. They feel kind of Roman, like Roman faces and the hair is just wiggly lines and it’s really a loose interpretation, and it makes the space feel very, sort of modern, which I love and gives it this personality and I feel like I have artwork for drapes.” 9:42
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Sep 16, 2021
5 ways to add Charm to a New Build | Create Alluring Interior Spaces
We are talking about one of Sue’s favorite topics today: How to add charm to your home. Lighting often is something that everyone can improve even if you’ve been in your home for a while. Boob lights are a great way to fill your room with light, but aren’t the most charming piece of lighting. We love sconces and Sue suggests just taking the cover off the ugly lights as this can look better than what your house comes with. When placing furniture, don’t just push them up against the wall, but try to mix it up. Go grab yourself an architectural digest and study the space planning because this will really add charm to your space. A lot of your walls are made of drywall, and then you add a texture to it, but you don’t want to add a lot of texture. We’re big fans of wall paper, which can add a lot of charm to your spaces. If you’re in an older home and you don’t want to re-lay all the flooring, you can buy rad rugs, which can make a big difference and really pull the room together.

Lighting 3:41
Kelvin levels 12:47
Space planning 14:09
Architectural accents 19:28
Walls 21:54
Hang art 30:22
Flooring 32:48
Layering 37:37

“When we’re in these little spaces I think there’s a real safety to them, and that is going to be the definition of a charming space. Like really dial those in, you know? The window seats can be full of down feathers and can be a small pattern, and you can have jumbo wells, or it can be like a French mattress type of a construction. Even a French ticking is darling with mismatched pillows, and all of those things are going to give you that feeling of charm.” 16:16

News Letter:
Sep 09, 2021
Q&A with Home Furnishing Design | Finding Value in Your Style
Today we wanted to introduce our Home Furnishing Design Team, which we developed specifically for those people that live in a home and just need furniture. Often we will present the client with about 2 options and they’ll ask why we’re only presenting two, but we go through a whole process of looking at multiple options, and then narrowing them down until we have 2 that are curated for their unique style. We only work one room at a time as this will ensure everything will be planned and completed correctly and of the highest quality, whereas if we’re focusing on more than one space at a time, things can get mixed up or mistakes can be made. Some people worry that their choices will go out of style, but if you love it and it is totally and completely you, even if it doesn’t quite go with current trends, it’ll never go out of style.

Team introductions 1:35
What sparked creating the home furnishings design team 3:32
What brings clients to call this team 5:57
Narrowing down the right options 14:00
Timeline 15:35
One space at a time 18:55
Example of custom pieces 24:33
How to go about this process 29:23
Helping clients all over virtually 36:01
What is your why? 39:55
Staying inspired 43:00
How to access our services 46:40

“This is a team of designers that just work specifically on furnishing your home. They do wall coverings, they’ll do custom draperies, they will talk you through hanging your chandelier. I mean, it’s really full service.” 1:20
News Letter:
Sep 02, 2021
Our Opinions Uncensored | 21 Questions with Alice Lane Part 2
Last year in May we had a fun episode where we answered a lot of questions from our listeners, which seemed to gain a lot of interest, so we wanted to do the same thing today. We talk about our dress styles, Jess’s preference being something without a repeating pattern, whereas Sue prefers the pattern, like walking art. We talk about finding our divine callings in interior design and how we got to where we are, and then funny trends we used to adopt that we can’t stand now.

Start of questions: Where do you shop for professional dresses? 1:20
Skin care routine 4:37
Hats 13:51
Favorite space in your home? 15:27
How did you know interior design was your divine calling? 18:38
Any trends you regret? 23:32
Favorite design trend right now 26:45
Design trend or pet peeve you can’t stand 29:04
Celebrity dream client 31:15
Designing our own products and pieces 33:46
Favorite piece we’ve ever designed 35:24
Most anticipated upcoming piece 36:52

“I love that right now that anything goes. Do you know what I mean? If it’s your style, we can make it beautiful and I love that design trend because that’s one of the most, in my head, when people are like, ‘So what’s trending?’ When people ask me that, I’m just like, ‘It’s whatever you love.’” 26:50
News Letter:
Aug 26, 2021
Tiger Oak | Deep Dive
Today we wanted to talk about a home we dedicated to tiger oak that was in the Parade of Homes in Utah and won many awards for its beauty. We discuss the various designs and choices we went with for our client, which you can see in our portfolio on our website linked below. We chose the paint color and style before choosing the furniture or finishing, which helped guide us in deciding on how to approach these other aspects. One unique thing about this home is when you enter it, you can see all the way to the back end, which gives you a greater understanding of depth and how big the place is. In the kitchen there are two tiger oak islands, one of which was a butcher block top and the other was marble, and then we put a big service window which is such a great party trick.

About Tiger Oak and the client 2:28
The entryway 6:26
The neon sign 12:31
The parlor 14:37
The family room 18:00
The dining room 21:08
The kitchen 23:01
The pantry 29:23
The pink heron powder bath 30:44

“That’s the cool thing about color blocking. Do you know what I mean? When you’re just working with colors in general, once you figure out your color, then you have that out, and then all the other decisions can kind of help decide themselves, especially when you had the wallpaper. That was happy up there and it had so many tones to pull from.” 16:46
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Aug 19, 2021
Wallpaper | Fashion for Your Walls
Another request was given to us to talk about wallpaper, which is one of our favorite topics right now and we haven’t focused on in the podcast yet, so today we want to discuss this fun topic. There are various different types of wallpaper, such as murals, which can evoke a unique scene in each room and give your space a greater sense of adventure or specific emotion you want brought out, and then we talk about what you can do to wallpaper your ceiling, why you’d want to do that, and how to go about it. Another fun or unique place you can wallpaper is in the smaller rooms, such as your kids’ clothes closet where they can hang up all their cute clothes in a cute room.

Different types of wallpaper 3:05
Cori’s Gucci wallpaper 7:07
Finding good murals 9:12
Wallpaper your ceilings 15:21
The party pantry/small print 22:05
Vinyl 25:54
Almost every company sells, ships, and prices their wallpaper differently 28:15

“One other thing I wanted to say about murals that's just so magical is that it’s an escape. It is larger than life, like it is life size if not larger and it’s just such a fun party trick. It’s fun for you to get to use every day. This isn’t a mural, but your tiger wallpaper, you said that if you have to go to the bathroom, you will trek it down the stairs to use the tiger bathroom because it’s so much fun.” 13:38
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Aug 12, 2021
Libraries | Changing for Modern Lifestyles
We’ve had a request from you guys to talk about libraries, so that’s what we wanted to go over today. Libraries have been quite the necessity during 2020 and 2021, and they can be a great place that provide space for study or alone time where you can go to ponder and think. You want to make your library reflect you and your family, so whatever it is you do or love, that’s how we’ll decide to space plan. For the aesthetic of your library you generally want it to feel like a serious place. You want it to feel “smart.”

About Cori 0:36
How our podcast is doing 1:17
The library 2:24
Space planning 4:08
Telling your story 7:11
The aesthetic of your library 10:22
A woman’s office/library we’re creating 13:13

“You could even put a piano in this room depending on how big it is, or a keyboard.” “Yeah if music is your thing, you’ll have a music library. That’s probably something that you’d do, Cori, because you’re a musician. So that makes more sense than having like Harvard Law books everywhere. You would have Rolling Stones and cool stuff, instruments on the wall, which would be way cooler.” 5:41
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Aug 05, 2021
An Interview with Rachel Parcell | Balancing Work, Life, and Style
Today we are on site at the fabulous library of Rachel Parcell, one of our favorite clients who is a blogger, influencer, business owner, and inspiring woman to over a million followers on Instagram. She tells us how she got into interior design, starting in high school when she needed to fill her schedule with some extra classes. That’s when she realized her passion for design and she began pursuing this career. We talk about discovering your own style and how fashion and design can often work really well together, and then you don’t need to worry so much about having nice things when you have kids.

A day in the life of Rachel Parcell 3:09
How she got into interior design 5:45
Why Alice Lane? 8:58
Do fashion and design go hand in hand? 13:46
Finding your own personal style 17:32
Her favorite part of the design process 19:48
Living her lifestyle with children and a dog 24:53
Rachel’s favorite room 28:32
The nursery 30:04
The mud hall and dog bath 32:03
Something that people would be surprised to know about Rachel 35:00
What projects she’s working on next 36:14
Defining luxury 38:50

“We bought it when we could see up the canyon, and then as homes started being built, we lost the view. And so, we decided, ‘Let’s go. Let’s move closer to the mountains. Let’s get an unobstructed view.’ It’ll be hard to replace this property, so who knows, maybe if we don’t ever find another property with a great view, this will be forever.” 23:24

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Jul 29, 2021
How to Curate the Right Artwork for Your Home | Adorning Your Living Space
We had a recent question from one of our listeners asking if we could do an episode dedicated to putting up artwork in your home, so today that’s what we will be talking about. When trying to figure out how to decorate your home, first think of what kind of art you like, and then we recommend using Pinterest where you can create your own compilation of artworks that you like. We discuss some of the different types of art and have noticed that most people don’t like a figure or subject in their art, but others, like Sue who is an extrovert, love having people in their art, so really it comes down to who you are. Pay attention to size and scale to determine how your art will fit into the design of your living space.

Where to start 2:33
Forming your own opinion 4:09
Scale 7:08
Photography 11:29
Gloppy oils in the kitchen 13:49

“When you are curating art, a lot of people don’t know, again we’ve said this before on previous podcasts, art is the hardest layer. Most people don’t know what to do with themselves when we come up with art. They’re like, ‘Should I like that? Is it personal? How should I respond to this?’ So we often do a few presentations, reselections on art.” 2:11
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Jul 22, 2021
How to Style When You Have Conflicting Tastes | Work with Differing Opinions
Today we are talking about a highly visual topic, so you’re going to need to tap into your visual mind to really understand this one. If you share your life with somebody, you most likely have different tastes, so we want to talk about how you can style with clashing tastes. We suggest creating a North Star, or a spot where you can both compile visuals of what you want in your home so that you can have a good idea of what the other person wants, and then come to an agreement in the areas where your tastes can work together. Based on our experience, men tend to have a more contemporary style while women lean toward a more cozy style, but this can also vary depending on a person’s age and what they think portrays success.

Creating a North Star 3:09
Color 8:13
Never hate anything in your home 10:39
Whoever will be using the room most should have say 13:21
Masculine and feminine elements in style 18:50
Learn the reason behind why they hate something 22:25

“Always start with what we call as the North Star, and that is pages and pages of visuals. We do this for our clients in Pinterest boards, and then we put together packets. You could have a large bulletin board at your house, you can take an entire wall and just continue to tape things up. You can do it all virtually if you’re a paperless household, do it on your computers and save back and forth. You can both be on a Pinterest board.” 6:59
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Jul 15, 2021
How to Make a Rental Feel Like Home | Spruce Up Your Lease
We’ve received a question from one of our listeners asking, “We want to know how to decorate a rental.” and we realize a lot of you might be in that same situation and want to know how you can make your rental feel beautiful and homey. We talk about how you can hang art in your rental and the best way to go about that using art hangers, and the brand we recommend is OOK. Being in a rental is also a great time to invest in some rugs because you can take them with you when you move, and then draperies can really soften the feel of your rooms, lending a sense of comfort to your living space.

Art 3:03
Rugs 7:22
Drapery 7:55
Replacing hardware or paint 10:47
Furniture 12:38
Lighting 15:06
Plants 18:13

“I think drapery rods, you’re gonna use them wherever you go. Your ceiling heights may change, you might have to get new draperies, but it will add such a layer that it’ll make it feel like home. It’ll make it feel finished and softer, and I’m a huge advocate.” 8:14
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Jul 08, 2021
Buy, Build, or Remodel? | Determine Your Ideal Option
In this episode we are going to talk about if you are a person that’s going to do better if you buy a home, build your own home, remodel an existing home, or hire a designer to help you. Remodels are perfect if you want something with history and are okay with redoing things, which can turn out more expensive, but at the same time more rewarding. Doing a new build is recommended for anyone who wants something completely new and unique to them where they can start from ground zero and create something that really stands out and represents who they are.

Is remodel for you? 2:17
Is the timeline of a remodel quicker than a rebuild? 10:53
Is a new build for you? 13:40
How much window coverings can be 18:47
Remember this when working with a contractor 21:17
If you haven’t owned a home yet 26:30

“Here’s what’s not in a new build. This is shocking to people. Landscaping. That does not come with your new home. It does come with an existing home if you’re just gonna build. So here’s a pro tip, if you’re any chance married to an accountant, do not new build.” 16:39
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Jul 01, 2021
Accent Pieces | Distinct Items Unique to You
Today we’re talking about accent pieces, which is the stuff you put in your house that contradicts the ordinary. These are the things that none of your friends would buy, the stuff that tells your story, and it can be placed throughout the whole house but really tells who you are. We like to see feet on our pieces, such as hooves on chairs because it just adds character. You can put a rug on your wall to create a unique wall piece, and then we talk about teak root balls, which are fun and always have their own unique look.

What is an accent piece? 0:51
Accent feet, or hooves 6:02
Pedestals and busts 6:59
Screens 7:51
3D art and rugs 9:08
Teak root balls 12:04

“We also love rugs on the walls.” “Yes we do.” “We just installed one in Rachel Purcell’s nursery right behind the crib and that crib feels like a four poster crib now because it travels all the way up the wall and it’s dimensional. We did a Moroccan rug.” 10:14
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Jun 24, 2021
Staircases | Bringing Quality to Your Risers and Runners
In this episode we’re going to be talking about staircases, a designer’s guide to staircases, decorative railings, and runners. The Newel Post isn’t as important as getting a balustrade for your railing, and then when it comes to metal, we want a natural feel with a natural forge to it. With stair runs, if you have a straight run, a stair rod is something great to use to make things look more expensive, and you can do something more like a geometric or a stripe, whereas if you have a curve, you’ll want to do a pattern that’s more organic, like a cloud.

The anatomy of the staircase 1:28
Should you mix materials? 3:53
Tread and riser 6:23
Show wood 11:24

“Often we’ll do stair runner rods, if you’re fancy, stair runner rods are what goes in that kind of a crotch where the stair meets the riser. You’ve all seen them, and they’re really, really beautiful. There’s really decorative ones, there’s simple ones. We’ve even gotten them on Signature Hardware. Online is a great source. If you just type in stair runner rod, if you wanna add a little bit of jewelry to your staircase, I think that’s a really fun trick.” 7:17
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Jun 17, 2021
Countertops | Essential Surface Styles
Today we are going to give you a refresher on what we are loving for countertops right now and kind of break down all of the different types and price points for various usages. We discuss various different materials you can use for your countertops, including quartzite, which can go really well on bathroom surfaces, and then marble can look great, especially over time as it becomes more worn, as long as you take care of it, it will look great. Soapstone, wood, and concrete have their own looks that are useful depending on what your style is, and then we discuss going to the slab yard and how you can pick out your preferred features.

Countertops, quartzite 2:18
Marble 5:50
Grove 10:27
Soapstone 11:32
Wood 14:21
Jess’s parents’ bathroom 20:13
Concrete 25:55

“Give yourself some flexibility. Just have an emotional reaction to whatever is speaking to you. Just understanding some of these, I think usability. I think it’s important and hopefully whoever is selling these to you will also kind of lead you in the right direction as well.” 22:16
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Jun 10, 2021
Carpet 101 | What to Put On Your Floor
In preparation for this episode we got on the phone with our favorite people and we interviewed them to get all of their findings and best practices of what’s hot and what’s not, and kind of what categories of carpet are surprisingly doing so much greater than ever in the history. We talk about where we would put carpet, such as in a bedroom or somewhere you want to be more comfortable, especially with bare feet, and then we discuss where you wouldn’t want carpet, like in bathrooms or around your toilet where it can get wet or gross. We discuss various different types and levels of carpet you can have depending on the quality on which you want to walk through your home.

Where to put and not to put carpet 3:29
Closets 7:21
Places not to put carpet 9:06
The anatomy of carpet 12:27
Wool 16:34
The pad 21:28
Accent carpet 26:57

“One thing that I thought was really interesting is that he said, ‘Probably 10 years ago--’ I think he called it solid surfaces. So hardwood floors, basically, ‘Solid surfaces were only 10% of the home where today they’re 50% of the home.’” 2:18
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Jun 03, 2021
Outdoor Spaces | Firepits
In this episode we’re gonna be talking about outdoor living spaces. Some people have decks, some have really nice patios and it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a pool, but it’s just a really nice gathering spot. We’re going to focus a lot on the firepit because this can just provide such a great place where everyone can be together next to the warm cosy fire, under the night sky and get into deeper conversations, building lasting memories. We discuss putting the fireplace next to your pool and creating a nice spot outside of shade for those times when you want to be outside watching the kids, but not in the hot sun.

A project we worked on 3:52
Different firepits and s’mores 7:28
Shading 11:23
A fun place to have the fireplace 13:44
Dealing with bees 20:36
Altitude and quality metals 24:53

“Last Summer was quarantine, right? And so we were like, ‘We have to get out of the house. We have to have some sort of outside experience.’ and so that’s what we did. We bought a firepit, it was a propane one, dug the–you know what I mean? We made it look as best as we could and it was awesome, and we loved it. So we were like, ‘ever Summer this is what we’re doing. Covid, no Covid. Firepit.’” 2:04
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May 27, 2021
Textures | Selecting the Right Finish
Today we're talking about using different textures, which is especially interesting in any room where you’re doing furnishings. Something that at times is overused is shiplap which we discuss, as well as using too much of one thing. Many people may not realize that velvet can be dry and so we discuss other textures with dry or wet looks. People used to style their homes with all whites, but now approaching texture is like picking out your outfit. You don’t want to wear a blue shirt with blue jeans, but wear something that will go with those jeans.

Is there such a thing as too many textures? 3:44
Fabrics 5:15
Velvet 9:11
Any one texture within an entire space 15:59
Rug 17:54
Textures feeling more formal 21:01

“Be aware that textures can feel more formal. We wanna make sure and not have the room feel cheap by using certain satins or certain velvets that don’t look good. You’ve seen it at Home Goods, you know, in the isle. Those little chairs that have the satiny velvet. It’s too thin and it’s the wrong color, and the legs are usually too long and it just kinda looks like a nervous piece in the room. Yeah, it’s not going to be doing you any favors.” 21:06
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May 20, 2021
Pool Houses | Outdoor Style
Today we are answering the request to do a whole episode dedicated to the pool house and pool bath. Now is the time of year when everyone will start setting up their outdoor furniture outside! The pool house can be a great place to go inside and get out of the heat during summer time. Having a dressing room that’s separate from the toilet is perfect for when you simultaneously have people changing and people who need to use the bathroom. Outdoor furniture is built to withstand the elements outside and the cost can therefore catch people by surprise. Try to order your outdoor furniture early in the year so that you can receive it by the time the weather is getting warm.

What is a pool house? 1:06
Dressing room 4:57
The Good Time Hotel 9:53
Space planning outdoors 12:38
Outdoor drapery 19:29
Woven caddies 24:17
Tile 24:59
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May 13, 2021
Trend Forecast | The Future of Style
We are going to be talking about the Spring market trend forecast. We feel that everybody is ready for rejuvenation, to understand what’s new or trending, and where we are going with designs and styles. We tend to stay away from things that are highly trendy, so the things we suggest in this episode will only be somewhat trendy. We talk about switching from an OG edge to a straight edge, and then the importance of fluting and reeding on your tables, chairs, or banisters. We recommend high styling, or using high quality products instead of a larger quantity of less expensive, or valuable items to keep your space a little more minimalistic and less cluttered.

Take your own taste into consideration 2:36
From OG edge to a straight edge 6:30
Fluting and reeding 8:39
Color blocking 12:00
High styling accessories 15:54
Entertainment spaces 18:54
Luxe minimalism 19:57
Martyn Lawrence Bullard on trends for 2021 27:22

“It’s so busy, and that’s everywhere in the market. Everyone is slammed on home projects and house building and remodels because that staying in is so, so true, and we all realized how important our homes were. Not to us, but to our families, to our kids. That environment is so critical to our happiness and how we live.” 19:19
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May 06, 2021
Past Cool Unique Spaces | Distinctive Designs We Have Done
Everybody’s asking about cool different spaces that we’ve designed such as past projects, so that’s what we want to talk about today. We’re doing a unique home for a Sikh family who have an aromatic kitchen, which is an area containing various potent spices that give off many different smells. The family entertains a lot, so they have the need for many large containers where they can store big amounts of food for guests and events. We did a home where the owner wanted to put a Hobbit home on the property and make it a part of their whole structure, so we created a long tunnel underground and made a unique layout, which turned out to be really fun for them. Closets are often unique spaces that people will want us to design based on their own lifestyles and we did one that felt like a treehouse, using paints and constructing it in such a way that it felt a lot bigger and open than it actually was.

Designing a home for a Sikh family 1:28
Aromatic kitchen 2:22
Shoe storage 6:21
Dallas Texas home 10:57
Hobbit house 13:05
The glam room 14:52
Tatami room 17:32
Closets 20:38
A game room for an NBA player 25:03

“People are changing the way that they work, and so she has a huge closet. The builder has told us that women in Dallas never wear the same thing twice, so if you can imagine, you need 365 outfits to house these closets. So they’re as big as kitchens today, and then on the opposite side of her closet is her office. And so she can walk right in there and take a Zoom call, look fabulous, you know? Or sit down there in the evening and she doesn’t have to run down a flight of stairs to sit in a more formal office, so we just combined all of that space right into one.” 16:50
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Apr 29, 2021
Design on a Budget | How to Style When Things Are Tight
In this episode we go over tips on how to design when working with a tight budget, which is a request we have gotten from a few of our listeners. Many people want to have a tall, two story ceiling in their home, but don’t realize how expensive it ends up being and there are ways to work around that. Your budget generally should be 10-20% of the cost of your home. We discuss how you should approach what to keep versus what you should get rid of, and then we talk about what to have on your floor, such as a hand-knotted rug. Sue tells about a great way to make your ceiling look bigger if yours is only eight feet tall, and then we discuss what an estate sale is and how to find amazing deals through these. You can also go on Facebook Marketplace and find great things on there.

Two story ceilings 5:14
Figure out what your must-haves are 7:43
For the ground 10:03
What to sit on 12:58
Invest in your window treatments 16:06
The golden rocker 18:09
Estate sales 21:02
What not to do 25:34

“I have 8 foot ceilings. That’s 96 inches. Not very tall and probably a lot of older homes, if you’re living in an older home, are only 8 feet, so by taking that color of the wall onto the ceiling, I think it grew. Jess, would you agree?” “Oh yeah, for sure.” “It just looks opinionated like there’s no regrets. It’s a super confident way to design a space by just taking that color and wrapping it, and paint is the cheapest thing you can do.” 16:39
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Apr 22, 2021
Backsplash | Kitchen Tile and Wall Patterns
Our latest podcast is all about backsplashes and wall treatments. We were asked about whether a grass wallpaper would make a good backsplash in a kitchen, to which we reply that it would not be as water could damage it. Zellige Cle tile is an excellent option as it will provide your home with a more authentic, natural look and won’t be ruined when it gets wet. We recommend going on a date through a slab yard to get inspired and just enjoy the beauty of all the natural designs you will see there.

Different Wallpapers and tiles 0:38
Zellige Cle tile 2:13
Patterns 5:21
Go check out a slab yard 10:44

“If you go on and just look at tile layouts, you’ll see a myriad of options. So consider something that you haven’t seen before when you’re trying to figure out what you want to do. That’s kind of how we navigate tile.” 6:46
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Apr 15, 2021
Pillow Story | What to Look for in a Pillow
In this episode we discuss how to create a great pillow story. A pillow story is a combination of pillows that you put on your sofa or sectional in conjunction with what you also put on your chairs, such as what is the formula to use, what you’re going to be looking for, and what not to buy. We discuss what sizes, tones, and types of pillows you should have in your living spaces, but also what you should not have and the mistake many people make when buying a new couch.

What is a pillow story? 0:39
How we do it 1:30
Important tip 2:46
Starting in the corners 4:30
Tone and color 7:29
Key components when shopping for pillows 9:42

“I recently have liked having matching pillows. I’ve got 24 inch pillows in the corners, and then in the front are 22 inch, and it’s like twins. It just looks really edited right now, that’s my vibe. I mix it up sometimes, like my living room I have 3 pillows that are different. They all have the same tones in them.” 7:03
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Apr 08, 2021
Extra Spaces | Maximizing Your Additions
There are various different extra spaces found in homes, such as the attic, side rooms, closets, and more, which is what we will be talking about today. Sue tells about when she lived in an attic above her parents and the fun aspects and perks of using vaulted ceilings. We discuss the various options you can consider when designing a home and how most people don’t think to add the fun little spaces that can be used by the kids, like a reading nook, or a music room. We talk about having different closets dedicated to one thing such as candles, or linens, and the benefits that come with having a space specifically for one thing. Bunk rooms and game rooms are perfect to help keep your kids entertained, especially when they bring over their friends or cousins to play and have sleepovers. We also discuss creating a gym, library, prayer room, and massage room for your own luxury.

The attic 2:46
Homework rooms 9:14
Cori’s home 13:04
Susan Hable 16:31
Bunk rooms 20:40

“It’s just so magical to live in those spaces and to occupy those. Anytime you have a space in your home with a vault, you feel kind of like you’re in a tree house. It becomes a magical story book and you should absolutely do something with those spaces, be it for your children–They will love being up there.” 3:29
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Apr 01, 2021
Design World 101 | The Basics of Interior Design Lingo
Recently we have had some people asking about the definitions of certains words or how things generally work, so today we wanted to break down the design world a little bit so you can better understand what we’re talking about. I go over the definition of market, which is a show you can go to to see essentially any product that you could need in the home. Show houses are used for showing off home designs and some times, especially in Utah, there will be big shows called the Parade of Homes where you will see a series of homes that have been put up for show. We talk about different books and what you should look for to showcase in your home.

What is Market? 1:06
What are show houses? 8:52
Must read/must have books 17:06
Must have tools 26:02

“All of the different ways of displaying art. There’s several different types of easels. We’ve got lucite, we’ve got painted, kind of white plastery color, we’ve got walnut, we’ve got a walnut book cradle, a lucite book cradle, and we’ve also got some really beautiful plastery white pedestals to display sculpture and it looks so smart and so gallery.” 27:55
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Mar 25, 2021
Lighting and Design | When to Use Cans
When do I use a can and what are cans good for? We get a lot of questions about cans and lighting so today we decided to dive into this topic to help you better understand the best tactics you can use for can lighting. If you’re in a home that has cans already, but need to replace them, you should be able to get a can kit and replace them fairly simply, and then you want your can lights to be close enough to where the light on the floor will overlap as they shine down. We go over mirror lighting and recommend making sure you can get lighting on both sides of your face. Situating your lamps in a place where you can hide the cords coming from them is crucial for keeping a clean look.

RCP, reflected ceiling plan 1:29
Light temperature 5:03
Lighting and mirrors 12:49
Dimmers 20:57

“Your art heights, in general, you’re going to want to do those from the floor up. I like 60 inches off the ground, so that’s 5 feet off the ground. That’s right around your eye level–” “And that’s for the center of the piece of art.” “Yeah, so the subject of the art should sort of hover right there at your eye level.” 11:43
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Mar 18, 2021
Working with the Right Architect | Interview with Colton Broadbent
Today we have Colton Broadbent, one of our favorite architectural designers with whom we’ve done quite a bit of work lately. We talk about the importance of the architect and what role they play in the whole design process where the architect is like the surgeon. We talk about what to look for in an architect, such as someone who will provide share-ables to you, and then look for someone that you get along with because often you’re going to be working with your architect for a couple of years. Colton tells us what goes into working with unique terrain such as putting a home on a mountain side, or working with a river that runs through a property. We emphasize the importance of putting together a team that you get along with from the beginning to have the right flow in order to get optimal results. We also go over how to talk about and bring up budgets with the client and the best ways to work a budget into a project.

What to look for in an architect 3:47
Working with unique terrain 15:15
Decorators vs designers 27:20
Order of operations for setting up the team 30:11
Everything we wish a client had before working on a home 32:47
Tip for our listeners 37:50
How to talk about budgets and be realistic about costs 40:22
Budgets that Colton works with 50:42

“My job as the architect is to either get them a great interior designer, or a lot of times these guys will bring work my way, and so we’ll work together to program the house. So we say, ‘The house can be anything. What do you want it to be?’ and we kind of define that and that’s where we should start.” 16:51
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Mar 11, 2021
Common Design Mistakes to Avoid P 2 | Maintain Your Home’s Magnificence
In this episode we are going to be rounding out this podcast with common design mistakes, which is part two of our previous episode. Sometimes people get too carried away with certain "heroes" and just have too many items representing one icon in history, causing the room or home to feel less unique. Try to avoid the karate chopped pillow, as it will give it a less inviting, don’t-touch-these look to your furniture. We talk about when people request that we do their bedroom like a hotel room and the flaws that can produce. We also touch on tourist, condo, or timeshare art and why you should not be hanging any of that on your walls. Make sure to avoid putting your family photos on canvas, but instead put a frame around them. We discuss wallpaper and what you should avoid, such as using the same wallpaper throughout your whole home and how to make it look ideal.

Iconitis 1:27
The karate chopped pillow 4:50
Fake metal finishes 6:56
Dried flower arrangements 10:26
Hotel inspired rooms 12:28
Avoid condo art or tourist art 15:17
Over protection of furniture 20:08
Room dimmers 22:51
Different wallpaper 26:51

“We have so many people when we talk to them about their primary bedroom, ‘What do you want this to look like?’ It can be anything on Earth, right? It’s a new construction, no decoration has been done yet. It can literally be anything, and they’ll say, ‘I just want it to feel like a hotel.’ And you’re like, ‘No, you actually don’t. Nobody wants that. Nobody wants that really generic, stale, dark fake wood nightstands and upholstered headboard that’s flat up against the wall.” 12:47
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Mar 04, 2021
Common Design Mistakes to Avoid Part 1 | Simple Fixes and Ideas
Today we have Cory as the MC and we’re going to be talking about “party fouls,” or common design mistakes. We start out talking about arch niches, which many home builders will install in homes, but they almost always do it wrong. Another thing people often get wrong is their window treatments, where they put one single curtain on either side of the window and end up just looking like a wall scarf. We want them to feel very full and cover your window with gusto and fullness. We talk about rugs and the sizes that people tend to get, such as 8x10, because they think it’ll be big enough, but rarely is that the right size for your main areas. You’ll want a 9x12 to go under your furniture and coffee table in the front room. Some other things to avoid are brass kitchen faucets and vessel sink faucets, which are just impractical because they make cleaning a little harder and are hard to reach for shorter people/kids.

Grove 0:57
Weird arch niches 3:07
Awkward hardware 8:18
Window treatments 11:04
Scale 14:23
Don’t forget to edit 20:41
Reclaimed wood 23:26
Brass kitchen faucet, vessel sink faucet 25:50
Don’t just put color on a throw pillow 29:20
Quick fix 33:02

“It’s a hard thing to get really right and I think that like reclaimed wood –not really like reclaimed wood, but like that I think it’s had its time in the sun and everybody’s done with that movement, and we're just integrating everything. Integrating the sinks under the surfaces, we’re integrating the hardware. That really beautiful, built-in, well made look is what everybody’s wanting right now.” 28:25
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Feb 25, 2021
The Art of Styling with Aren Muse | The Final Layer
In this episode we have with us design artist Aren Muse, who has his own team of stylists and a great amount of experience and knowledge in styling that he shares with us today. We start off talking about the finishing touches in a room and how to accessorize, mainly with a fireplace and tables. We discuss the different greenery we want, the types of books we should put out on the coffee table, and then the candles that will go well as an accessory for your coffee table or side tables. Try to keep things balanced because if you use too much of one texture, such as marble for example, it will no longer be special. Books typically have a less glossy, flashy look under their cover, so a way to improve the look of your books is to remove the jacket, giving them a more dark and handsome look.

How to approach the finishing touches of the room like accessories 1:50
Coffee table books 10:44
Crystal on fireplaces 20:24
How to transform the look of your books 31:27
What has inspired/influenced Aren 41:23
Small or big? 46:06

“Stuff that they wouldn’t normally make or couldn’t put on the rack, but it is absolutely editorial and extraordinary. And that is the work that we are trying to create is the more unexpected we can, but still believable, useful, and tell the story of the homeowner, but don’t do it in a way that everyone else is doing it.” 24:20

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Feb 18, 2021
Moulding & Millwork | The Icing On the Cake
In this episode, we talk about “The icing on the cake" (as Jess would call it) a.k.a finish work and moulding. Finish work is baseboards, casing around your windows–it’s the paneling that people love and adore in your homes. We go over different styles you’ll find in various homes or buildings, such as coffered ceilings found often in libraries, or shiplap. You can also see various examples of finished work on our portfolio, such as Tiger Oak, House of Kennedy, etc. Another type of finish work we discuss is chair rail, which if done correctly can look great, but there are other styles that will create a look far from what we want if not done right.

Something that is often missed 3:45
Shiplap 8:05
Rules of where to start/stop 10:44
Chair Rail 13:11
Pro tip 21:28
Crown Mouldings 24:59
Styles 30:02

“I would say libraries, oftentimes you’ll see the coffered ceiling, which is also the work of a finish worker. They’ll create those boxed beams, and do that tic tac toe pattern that you guys have seen before on the ceiling and it’s got a lot of depth. Maybe it’s like 8-10 inches, even a foot deep coming down from the ceiling. That’s finish work.” 7:05
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Feb 11, 2021
Fresh Taste Making with Courtney Grow | Fashion to Interiors
Today we have Courtney Grow with us, a fresh taste maker who we find sincere, genuine and believable in her quest to discover and share fashion in an accessible fresh way. We discuss ways you can get a more expensive look than your pocketbook might afford. The trick is, you have to be prepared with the elbow grease for the search and know the pieces you never want to get rid of are the ones with a story. Courtney says if you've created something that everybody agrees looks amazing, then you aren't doing it right and ought to try taking a risk and do something new.

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How and why she started Great Things I Bought 3:46
Our tactic of helping someone see our vision 12:07
How to mix High Low in fashion for interiors 21:24
Where to start when putting a room together (comparing fashion to interiors) 31:40
Diffusers 41:25
Where Courtney gets inspired 48:16

“I really like a worldly style. I like something that just looks like a person that has seen a lot and done a lot. I know that’s a very weird way to describe my personal style, but those are always kind of the words that I go to when I think about how I want to dress, or what I like about other people’s styles.” 8:40

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Feb 04, 2021
Styling with Crystal | Finding Beauty in Translucence
We had a listener reach out asking how to integrate the crystal and silver she has had around for years, so we decided to take that on today. In the grand millennial movement, styles have moved to a more casual look but we think you should show off your antiques and we talk about to tastefully pull that off. We talk about the quality of crystal and why it makes a difference and great places to showcase it. We suggest having a bowl of yummy candies out for family and guests who visit to create a nostalgic feeling every time they have that same candy elsewhere.

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How to use crystal and silver 2:11
Crystal quality 10:25
Crystal in the powder bath 16:37

“Kind of a pro tip is if you’re using something like an obelisk, which Sue is saying is non-directional so it looks good from every single side, like if you’re sticking them on a center hall table or even on a console, most people’s tendency would be to stack them so that they’re straight and their edges are parallel with the front of that table. The pro tip would be to maybe slightly throw those off a little bit. Maybe two are straight and the third one is thrown off on a diagonal.” 13:33
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Jan 28, 2021
Rules We Break | Knowing Why & When
In this episode we talk about the design rules we break and the rules that aren't really rules at all. We went to school to learn all the rules, so we can know when and why to break them. We talk about upper cabinet doors vs open shelving and the rules we follow around fireplace hearths. We talk about putting area rugs on carpet. When to do it and why. We discuss other space planning rules including what to do when you have a shorter ceiling in terms for good balance and scale. We feel strongly that rules were meant to be broken, just do it right.

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Are upper cabinet doors making a comeback? 1:13
Rugs on carpet 7:44
Fireplace hearth 10:24
Space planning rule that breaks people’s brains 20:39
Short ceilings 23:03

“Any designer on the AD100, and you look at their spaces, they are putting things at all different angles, using things for different intentions than what they were originally built for and that’s why they’re so magnificent. And you’re just like, ‘Whoa!’ ...I think by knowing these rules and how to break them, and studying these spaces, I think that everyone on this that’s listening can get closer to that type of look, and should.” 28:47
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Jan 21, 2021
Remodel vs New Build | Nostalgic or Fresh?
Today’s topic is about the ever present question: New Build or Remodel. We get a lot of questions about this so we've decided to discuss this subject and help you guys understand what to focus on when considering either option. Cory tells about his DIY remodel and the ongoing challenges he faced and his vote is on a new build. Sue however, just bought and is in the process of remodeling because she likes the sentimentality and nostalgia that goes into a remodel. WIth a new build, it gives people the opportunity to start fresh and assures the buyer that everything will work. While some people love to have a space that contains memories and feel the challenges are worth the trade-off.

“When we're starting to work with a client and we're building a new home, we ask them, ‘Do you have anything from your previous home you want us to catalogue and make sure we include?’ And the majority of the time they say, ‘No, we want to start all over.’ And in my heart I kind of sink a little bit because I'm like, ‘Dang it.’ They've obviously invested in pieces, but none of it is important enough. There’s no memory tied to it to bring it to this new house.” 33:09

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Cory’s remodel 7:04
One of the hard things about a remodel 12:49
New Construction 18:35

“We've worked with people, often when we're starting to work with a client and we're building a new home, we ask them, ‘Do you have anything from your previous home you want us to catalogue and make sure we include?’ And the majority of the time they say, ‘No, we want to start all over.’ And in my heart I kind of sink a little bit because I'm like, ‘Dang it.’ They've obviously invested in pieces, but none of it is important enough. There’s no memory tied to it to bring it to this new house.” 33:09
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Jan 14, 2021
Designing the Primary Bath | Find Comfort in the Most Intimate Setting
Today we talk about the master or primary bathroom and the tricks we have learned over the years designing this space for respite and comfort. Are you a baither or do you prefer a shower? A lesson we have learned the hard was is to be sure you take the time to sit in your tub before you install it to make sure it is a good match for your body and lifestyle. If you are the kind of person who likes a shower, be sure you are measuring for your shower heads and body sprayers so they hit in all the right spots. Something we are doing a lot of work on is shower rooms that contain both a shower and a bathtub for those who like to enjoy both. We discuss the vanity and emphasize storage space for your various beauty products and toiletries. We are also fans of getting a mirror that fills the whole space from the countertop to the ceiling will make your space feel twice as big. "

What type of bathtub material should you get? 5:41
The one thing we recommend you keep 9:12
Showers 9:53
Shower rooms 17:09
Vanity 23:35
Lighting 33:34
Toilets 37:37

“If you’re building today, or even if you want to do this as a remodel or an add-on today in your home, toilet’s have come such a far way and I know that it seems extra, but once you’ve had a great toilet that completely washes all the undercarriage and has all the bells and whistles, you could never possibly go back to having a normal toilet again.” 37:43
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Jan 07, 2021
Motivation to Eat at Home | Pantry Design and Organization
This is a rebroadcast of an episode we wanted to share as we get into the new year. We brought Morgan back on to help us talk about pantries. We cover everything from beginning design stages to organization and upkeep. We discuss what kind of shelving, the difference between butler’s pantries and a typical pantry, and then all the amazing tools that Morgan uses to help organize pantries. Everything as usual is focused on lifestyle and how to enjoy your home more.

History of the Pantry 2:27
Pantry Design and Plans 5:05
Organization and Tools 8:10

“I feel like a pantry is really interesting. You kind of see how people are, like food people have is really funny. I’m like, ‘wow! I’ve never eaten this before but you have a bulk of it! The other day someone had a bulk of marshmallows!” 7:41
Dec 29, 2020
Creating An Authentic Sense of Place | Interview with Thom Filicia
This is a rebroadcast of our interview with Thom Filicia, one of the original designers from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. He is a well seasoned interior & product designer with amazing experience and has such a great way of working with clients. We discuss what inspires him, how he works with clients, we get to know his background. We also get to hear some amazing advice on styling. Join us for such a fun episode as we learn from Thom Filicia.

About Thom 3:57
Finding Inspiration 11:45
Working with Clients 17:13
Product Design Approach 31:21
Styling Advice 38:27

"A great interior should have the same attributes as your best friend: interesting, dynamic, stylish, approachable, fun, a little bit goofy…” 15:06
Dec 22, 2020
Design Trends | What’s In and What’s Out
In today’s episode, Cori chooses our topic and we go over an article about the top design trends in 2020 according to designers. We go over a plethora of things that are in and things that are out, with most of which we agree, but there are a few trends with which we don’t completely agree and we explain the reasons why.

In: Integrated Hardware, Out: Oversized Pulls 1:55
In: Floral Wallpaper, Out: Geometric Prints 4:34
In: Grand Millennial Style, Out: Grey On Grey 5:39
In: Bold Monochromatics, Out: Pale Monochromatics 8:17
In: Layering Old with New, Out: Perfection 10:02
In: Dark Painted Doors, Out: Standard White Doors and Trim 14:23
In: Earth Tones, Out: Cool Tones 16:52
In: Fun Bathroom Design, Out: Open Shelving 17:49
In: Washing a Room in One Paint Color, Out: Accent Walls 19:36
In: Faux Marble, Out: Real Marble 31:30
In: Classicism, Out: Industrial Design 34:34
In: Real Plants and Flowers, Out: Faux Plants and Flowers 35:53
In: Multifunctional, Out: Formal Separation of Spaces 37:50
In: Classic Interiors, Out: All-White Kitchens 40:56
In: Furniture with Rounded Edges, Out: Metal Framed Furniture 44:42

“Another decorator trick is to take 10% or 20% of that wall color and use it on the ceiling. So even if, say, the room is pink, the ceiling isn’t stark white. It’s a really light, light tint of white so that the pink continues on and doesn’t feel like you’ve left out one of the surfaces.” 25:35
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Dec 17, 2020
Space Planning | The Primary Bedroom
In this episode we discuss the primary bedroom, which was formerly called the master bedroom. This is one of the most important rooms in the home, especially if you are wanting to put your home up for sale. We talk about the benefits of having a desk in this room and whether it’s a good idea to have one or not, and then how to fit this in there. Four-poster beds are kind of like a room within a room, so make sure you have a big enough space if this is what you want in your primary bedroom. We also discuss what to do in regards to windows and how to space plan around those with your bed, night stand, or even a guest bed, and we talk about using that window space for a balcony. We also talk about various different bedrooms we have done and the details of how they are planned and spaced out.

What do you want that space to feel like? 1:49
Desks in your space 2:29
Visualize what we’re talking about 5:01
Wander Lane 12:12
Floor mirror 21:07
Rachel Parcell’s room 24:34

“But when you walk into any space, you want the space to tell you what it is. You want the space to kind of write that story book for you, and so when you think about a magazine shoot, or a page on a magazine, it shows you exactly what it is, and that’s when you’re orienting your furniture. That’s how you space plan it, so you have that magazine shot as soon as you walk into the room.” 9:35
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Dec 10, 2020
Defining Your Style | Follow Your Instincts
Today we talk about figuring out what your style is and how to discover what works best for you. If you think about design as making choices that are super authentic to who you are, then we’re going to be able to tell your story for you, and you’re also going to be a part of that story telling. We discuss traditional design and the role it plays in understanding where design originates, which can often be the basis of your individual style. We then go over transitional style and how this can blur the lines between the traditional and modern, providing an awesome opportunity to blend multiple styles and giving you that unique look that shows your personality. We discuss the difference between modern and contemporary styles, modern being that 1950’s look and contemporary being something that’s looking toward the future. Sue tells what her style is, what works for her, and why she loves what she does, and then Jess explains hers as well.

Traditional design 6:16
Transitional style 10:00
Contemporary versus modern 19:45
Jess’s style 31:15
Learn about traditional design 37:21

“You guys have instincts. You know what you love when you see it. You know what you love when you smell it. You know what you don’t love when you see it.” 35:20
Dec 03, 2020
Holiday Decorating | Get the Mood Lift You Need
It's time! Today we are going to give you tips on how you can get your decorations to stand out this season. We take a tour of each space, starting with the entry scene: We vote using real garlands outside around your door so as people arrive they can see and smell it when they arrive. Put a diffuser near the entryway with a nice seasonal fragrance to invite the holiday spirit. In the entertaining area and kitchen, we like to use a large bowl of winter fruit such as oranges and other citrus for a colorful accent and festive feel. Don't forget some great smelling & looking soaps at your sink. For your tree, get more ornaments than you think you need so you have plenty to work with. We love to put garland on mantles, draped asymmetrically to give it a very designer look and feel. Don't forget the music, it will be the bow on the whole package. We have made a playlist for you here: 1:20
The entry scene 3:57
Ornaments 10:12
The mantle 21:35
Stockings 26:38
The entertaining area 28:24
Some favorite foods, recipes, and traditions 33:06

“And it’s just so fun when you have someone come over to make them a beautiful drink. So just have those things on hand. Have some cheeses, have some beautiful fruits to pair with those, have chocolate, have just all the fun things that you want to feel the season. Go to the grocery store and just feel it out and see what you’re feeling like and that you’ll be excited to share those things with your guests and your family.” 32:26
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Nov 26, 2020
Living in Linen | Ed Reisert of Libeco
In this episode we have with us Edward Reisert, the National Sales Director of Libeco Home who is going to be talking to us about linens. Ed tells us the origin story of their linens and what defines the quality. We talk about the many different benefits of living in linen from a study showing people who sleep in linen, sleep 20% better to how this fabric helps your body thermoregulate and is 8 times more absorbent than cotton. We also get some tips on the wear and tear of linen, how long it lasts and how to care for it.

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Background on the origin of linen and what separates Ed’s company 2:06
The benefits of sleeping with linen sheets 7:11
Linen towels 14:40
Wear and tear of linen 26:01

“We as Americans grow cotton here. So it is the fabric of our lives and it has fabulous usage for our lives, and I’m not going to knock cotton because I use it. I’m wearing it from head to toe right now, but it’s got its limitations and it’s where I think linen takes off is in the home textile arena in particular. The ability for it to give us these functions with as light a footprint on the planet that it does, we think that’s just the perfect recipe for a home textile.” 24:53
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Nov 19, 2020
Kitchen Styling | Beautify the Heart of your Home
Today we’re talking about styling your kitchen. The place to start, the island. We will tell you a few tricks to wrangling the little things that tend to occupy large kitchen surfaces and some styling tips to keep things fresh and seasonal. We address the stove and give recommendations for what to put on the wall behind your stove and ways to incorporate a painting or a cutting board. If you have open shelves or a deep window sill we like to use these to display dishes and keep them accessible. Be sure you are displaying pretty cookbooks to add to the culinary aesthetic. Your sink styling should have pretty bottles paired with your favorite scents. Use this link to stock up on great product and receive a free gift with purchase: 1:10
Vase, tray, and bowl 5:46
The stove 8:23
If you have a shelf 14:20
Recipe cards 26:11
Mixing bowls 28:14
Candles 30:35

“This is a really personal thing that you can do because it’s the kitchen, food is personal. It just brings us back to a place. And so with grandma’s silver dishes go ahead and grab her recipe cards, or your mother’s, and the more oil spills and flour and stuff that they have on them, because they’ve been loved and used, the better. I think it makes it so beautiful to frame” 26:48
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Nov 12, 2020
Taking Your Vision to the Finish Line | Be Authentic and Bold
Today we’re talking about taking your vision to the finish line, or following through with your dream. We share some insight into a unique, wonderful project we worked on years ago, which the owner didn’t want us to share until just recently. This man wanted us to design a chandelier room, which we felt was a terrible idea, but he insisted it would be great, so we took it upon ourselves to do the best we could and turned it into something amazing. When painting, it doesn’t necessarily cost more because you’re going to have to redo it all anyway, so you’re better off to be courageous and bold when venturing into your new design. “The best color in the world is the one that looks the best on you.” It’s exhilarating to get to do something great and authentic, and it’s like jumping off the high dive as opposed to just the regular diving board.

The project we worked on 4:42
Have courage and conviction in your design 16:28
Reach further than the mainstream 26:32
Painting one wall can really make a difference 34:57
Surround yourself with bigger ideas than just what are in your head 37:52

“I like [the client’s] confidence. Not only to say this to you, to be like this is what this room should be, but also his confidence to not care about what anyone is going to think coming into this space. I think a lot of the time a lot of people let outside opinions outside of their household affect the things they do in their own home.” 14:21
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Nov 05, 2020
Memory Lane | Celebrating Our Design Evolution
In this episode we're celebrating two major milestones with the one year anniversary of the podcast launch and 12 years in this business. We started Alice Lane because we saw a spot in the market locally that wasn't being represented. We talk about what we have learned over the years from our successes and mistakes. It started as a store front and has grown to a full service design firm that has been around long enough that we are seeing repeat customers. One of the most valuable things we have learned is that you don't need to feel insecure about your ideas or your own unique design, but get comfortable with getting creative and letting your imagination flow.

Opening a store 3:31
Greatness comes from mutual desire for greatness 19:51
When you buy something truly great 27:51
Let people do what they’re best at 33:42

“We’ve worked with people, often when we’re starting to work with a client and we’re building a new home, we ask them, ‘Do you have anything from your previous home you want us to catalogue and make sure we include?’ And the majority of the time they say, ‘No, we want to start all over.’ And in my heart I kind of sink a little bit because I’m like, ‘Dang it.’ They’ve obviously invested in pieces, but none of it is important enough. There’s no memory tied to it to bring it to this new house.” 33:09
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Oct 29, 2020
The Mud Hall | The Hardest Working Room In The House
Today we talk about one of the hardest working rooms in the house, the mud room. A space that sees all the comings and goings in the household and is your entry & exit. There are a few tricks to organizing this space and contain the mess. Start with a large format tile floor with a walk off mat on the garage side and a nicer rug inside the house. We suggest using plenty of hooks so you don't overload them and putting them above your bench where it will become difficult to sit down. Be sure to include drawers to contain the mess and some open shelves where you can have easy access to the things that come and go often. If you include lockers, they should be wide to avoid things getting shoved in there, and being difficult to remove. A great trick is to include a mirror to check yourself on your way in and out, highlighted with a great light fixture. Give this room good light because inevitably it’s a place you're going to be searching for stuff.

The ground floor 2:51
Storage 9:05
Hooks 15:15
Depth and width 24:34

“We love a playful tile and so this is a way to not just kind of phone it in and get a beige porcelain tile. I always think of a gas station, that’s generally what they’re going to use is something that’s like a fake travertine… I have a natural limestone in two different colors and I’ve made a playful pattern out of it. Large format is going to be your friend because you’re gonna have less grout joints that you have to try and scrub all that soccer cleat mud out of.” 8:13
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Oct 22, 2020
Living Room Space Planning | The Art & Romance of a Room
In this episode we define and describe. space planning and give some examples of how to arrange your space to inspire conversation. Space planning is a critical part of the design process and we find that often architects don’t create the right amount of space for your furniture because they use generalized sizes, not specific to your furniture selections. You’ll want to work with the architects and figure out how much space you'll actually need for your style so that your home can tell your personal story. We talk about how to situate your room depending on what you want your focus to be. A reoccurring piece of advice is to not let your room get to “leggy,” otherwise everything looks too tall and like it’s about to tip over. To be successful, make sure you are considering the different vantage points in the room and how you want to build the social interactions in the space.

What is space planning? 1:54
Fireplace and rugs 8:04
Chairs 11:26
Space planning for a room with a corner fireplace 19:13
How important are sectionals 24:57
Indoor trees 29:50

“I just wanted to give you guys the permission to not have to have every single thing in a room be comfortable. It doesn’t have to be. There are certain pieces in a room, and this one is probably not the perfect space plan to talk about that, but sometimes you have a little chair by a fireplace and that chair’s job is to be sculptural and beautiful and just fun to look at. Maybe on occasions somebody’s going to go perch there because they’re completing the conversation circle, but it’s really just a perch and its silhouette is just doing its job. Not everything has to sit like a lazy boy. Not everything has to sit like a sectional.” 14:53
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Oct 15, 2020
Fireplaces | Creating a Mood With Architecture
We are talking about fireplaces today on Dear Alice. Because most homes today have central heating, fireplaces are mostly used as a piece of architecture or to create a mood. Because of this we have a little more control of the size, look, and when we use it. We talk about what materials to use when building, what to match this material with, and how to update or change a current fireplace in your home.

Size of Fireplaces 4:08
Fireboxes 11:36
Fireplace Materials 17:10
Updating Fireplaces 23:15

“If you have marble countertops, you’re probably going to want to see a marble or something relative to that on your fireplace.” 19:38
Oct 08, 2020
The Laundry Room | Find Your Spirit Animal
Today are talking laundry rooms and we want you to make this space one you enjoy spending time in because it will likely be a lot. Take some risks with the wallpaper and don't forget to style the space with good looking containers and smells, like Mrs. Meyer’s, to make it comfortable and enjoyable to be in. We talk about the different options for sorting and drying clothes, whether it be a rod to hang and air dry your clothes or an outside clothes line. We also talk about laundry chutes we have had in the past, which can be a fun and convenient way to move laundry around the home.

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Can you mix metals with light fixtures? 3:20
Drying 12:36
The laundry chute 22:05

“Think about your floor because honestly the square footage of a laundry room isn’t that much typically, so I think it’s something worth investing in… And if you’re building, make sure that they give you a window into that room.” 21:08
Oct 01, 2020
Vintage Pieces & Heirlooms | Giving Loved Pieces New Life
In this episode we discuss those special hard to find pieces, which will be exactly what you need for your style. We love vintage decor because it can bring an original point of view to your space, if you are using it right. Sue tells how she got into vintage shopping and finding heirloom pieces she could use in her own life and offers a word of caution as well. When you find a piece you love, it should feel like you can't snatch it fast enough. If you don't feel that way, it isn't worth taking. We love vintage lighting and is one of the easier pieces to find and use. Think about ways to repurpose your heirloom pieces to give them new life and pair it with something modern for balance.

@214modern 3:33
How Sue incorporates this into her home 5:33
Should you reupholster your furniture? 9:38
Oly Studio 18:19
Client story 21:18
Avoid making it look like a garage sale 29:09
Vincent Wolfe 32:43

“She 100% loves it and I want to say when they were first married they bought this chair and so it was that she felt she wanted to have as part of this story book that was their home. And so anyway you can work these pieces in and you should if it means something to you. Luckily we had each other, and so we were able to make something really great where this backdrop for this chair --that again it means something to her and that’s why it was successful.” 22:07
Sep 24, 2020
Inspiration | Where We Find It
In this episode we discuss from where we draw our inspiration and how we inspire our own ideas and styles. Sue tells us what her inspiration is and why you shouldn't get rid of everything that is “out of style.” She suggests using Pinterest to find inspiration, and if you're kind of tired of the things you're seeing on there, follow someone else. Look for new designers until you find something that gives you that spark of interest. A question you can ask yourself is “What do I want this to feel like?” And you can make it feel like your honeymoon, using photos that captured a moment in your past that you can draw inspiration from. We want an emotional response invoked through all your senses that sparks and opens your imagination to ideas that resonate. Make your decisions emotional because these experiences will last your whole life and won't go out of style. It needs to be something that makes you happy when you look at it.

Sue’s inspiration 4:27
Drawing inspiration from photos or memories 9:15
When we designed with tiger oak for the first time 13:22
Something our friend does for inspiration 18:21

“You can do anything. That’s the rad thing about design is it doesn’t have to be a ‘Me too,’ you don’t have to buy that set. You can do anything. And that’s the space you’re going to want to stay in and invite your people into.” 13:06
Sep 17, 2020
Open Concept Floor Plans | A Place to Gather
Today we talk about the things that really make the open concept work and how to define those spaces. We discuss our opinions on open concept versus segmentation of rooms and the benefits or advantages of each. We bring up the fact that an open concept can often get loud, so we provide solutions for ways to dampen that sound like adding drapes and rugs to absorb the sound. We answer a question about how to create more intimacy in an open floor plan by using rugs and good, creative space planning. We talk about how large rooms usually turn into a space of multiple smaller conversations and how that can help optimize the space.

Open concept vs. segmentation of rooms 2:11
How to dampen sound when things get noisy 5:13
Tips on how to create more intimacy on an open floor plan 14:27
The Keeping Room 22:10
Should the flooring all be the same? Or should there be transitions between the spaces? 24:42

“The more you can kind of angle things in there in an interesting conversation, people can sit down and naturally see each other’s faces and not be squared off like soldiers. And the room should look like it’s having a conversation even without humans in it.” 16:18
Sep 10, 2020
Closet Design | Making Your Space Reflect You
Today we are talking about closet design and are sharing some tips for creating more closet space, including knocking down walls and using a room next to your bedroom. We talk windows and the role they play and a few other tricks for arranging storage & furniture. We have some suggestions for mirrors and our love for valet rods and hooks. We talk about using wallpaper in your closet and the unexpected surfaces to cover that will elevate the feel of the room & give some tips on how to enrich the perspective of your closet. If you are building out your own closet, we talk give some good suggestions of businesses who specialize in closet construction and design. Don't forget to listen to our earlier episode about closet organization as well!

If you have a window in your closet 4:49
Vantage points 7:45
Valet rods 10:22
Wallpaper 13:14
If you’re gonna build a whole new closet 20:29

“These spaces are personal. It’s a very intimate space and it should reflect you. These do not need to be white and they don’t need to be neutral. You can do custom carpet in them and that really gives it kind of that scarf effect on an outfit. You could use animal prints or plaids if you’re more sophisticated and want it to feel like a Burberry store. There are a million different looks to achieve in a closet so don’t feel like you have to use the same carpet as the rest of your house. Don’t feel like you have to use the same wall color. You can paint the scene whatever makes you happy because it’s your personal space.” 24:06
Sep 03, 2020
Jen Dolan | Design in Your Voice
In this episode, we talk with Jen Dolan, Director of Sales for residential and retail at Arteriors. Jen tells about where Arteriors started, how far they've come in design and how they have moved into all aspects of interior design development, including furniture, accent furniture, upholstered seating, wall decor mirrors, lighting, and accessories, so that people can come in and decorate basically a whole room through Arteriorswe. She tells us about some of the new projects Arteriors is working on and what has inspired those. She lets us in on what she is seeing coming up with a lot of raw & natural textures, organics juxtaposed with hard surfaces like metals, stone, and glass mixed with geometric shapes. We discuss outdated trends and how you can make almost anything fit into your space if you really love it and making it your own. Jen talks a little about fashion and what she wears and takes with her being reflection of the journey you have been on and the places you have visited. Jen wisely tells us, ""As long as you love something and are true to who you are, it will never be dated.

What Arteriors is doing 1:33
How Arteriors started out 9:09
How long can you live with a trend before it starts looking out of date? 11:43
One of Jen’s favorite projects they’ve worked on 23:59
What’s next and what Jen is looking for 30:22

“When you work in a neutral palette, so grays and creams, and beautiful charcoals and sleights, you ensure that you can incorporate that perennially. So it’s not specific to a particular season or time that dates itself and I feel that working in something that is a little more subtle allows you to transition it. So the palette is definitely something that we look at.” 13:22
Aug 27, 2020
The Dining Room | A Place to Celebrate
In this episode we talk about the dining room and how it’s a place for celebration and we say go wild and really embrace the fact that a dining room is a special place for special occasions. We discuss the details of lighting, how your chandelier should hang and a few tips to make it look exquisite. We discuss the round table vs a rectangular table and how it interacts with the shape of your dining room and the type of rug you should get. We bring up the walls and ceiling and the use of paint or wallpaper. Design your dining room to be different from your kitchen so it stands out as a special place where you and your guests can gather to share special moments.

What to look for in terms of dining room chandeliers and lighting 4:02
What the dining room needs to be 11:10
How to get started 12:46
Wallpaper and wall paint 20:54
Chairs 25:49
Host and hostess chairs 29:18

“As far as formal versus opinionated, I think you should still be opinionated about it. Make it an experience as far as being formal and really upright and tight. I would say if it’s open I would still loosen it up a little bit just so it feels livable and I wanna go in there, but I want it to scream.” 32:23
Aug 20, 2020
The Powder Bath | Exercising Your Creativity In A Petite Space
Today we talk about the powder bath, our favorite room in the house where people can play all their cards and take some risks because you won't be in there for long. Choose wallpaper for this room like you are choosing art. You should feel excited and have an emotional connection with it. We prefer large organic prints to loosen up the space and lose the hard corners amongst the leaves or foliage. Choose a beautiful pedestal sink, especially if you're going to be doing your walls, let your sink be a silhouette against your wallpaper and choose a mirror with a nice frame to compliment your wall and sink. This is your chance to go wild because there are no other mirrors, so you can test some new things out. For lighting, use something magical like a small pendant or chandelier and sconces to flank the mirror. You can fit a little etagere in almost any powder bath where you can put small paintings, candles, or other storytelling articles. It’s also a nice place to put small toiletries or trinkets your guests can use to freshen up. Get creative with your hand towel rack, hook, or ring. Candles, diffusers, and other scents can really improve this small space where smells will stick around longer. The door should match the space, and the only white things should be your toilet, and maybe your sink. This is one place where you are up close and can really admire that art, so we recommend getting art which people can enjoy.

How to pull off a large print in a powder room 2:32
Can you mix chrome and brass? 4:38
How to improve your mirror 11:21
Etagere 18:13
Hand towels 22:20
Places to find specialty hardware for powder bath 24:42
Art 30:50

“If you have a crazy wallpaper and there’s a lot going on, you can leave it if you’re like ‘Nope, I don’t want any art on that,’ you can leave it. That’s the art story. But a lot of times we’ll take a three dimensional object--a butterfly, a shell, something, and we’ll have that framed so you have a center of focus. Usually above the potty where there’s just a wall with blank wallpaper, wild wallpaper, and you’re gonna frame that so you have some focus and a lot of white matte around that object so you can focus in on it. It’s not complicated art, but on top of complicated wallpaper you’re simplifying.” 31:11
Aug 13, 2020
Mixing Styles | Unifying the Traditional and Contemporary
Today on Dear Alice we will be talking about mixing styles. The best way to successfully mix an overstated design with a more understated style is to start by neutralizing the colors then start to add the layers back in. An important thing to ask yourself is how your room makes you feel. You want your design to match your personality, and that can even include your children so if it feels good and matches your overall vibe, then it’s right for you. If your style is tradition, try throwing in some modern art and styling pieces to change it up and keep it from being too predictable. Design has evolved over time and with interiors today we try to break the rules and mix old and new, using the best of both worlds. If you are stuck in an era, you can freshen it with a few touches and still honor its history.

@Aris_Empire question - how to balance understated style with overstated style 1:11
Is mixing styles more of a modern thing? 12:47
@northloganrealtor - A table in a traditional house trying to be transitional 20:01

“If you are more transitional, but you live in a traditional house, start getting those pieces that feel like you. That feel a little more modern because again they’re going to shine in this traditional shell even more so than they would in a contemporary space, because of that juxtaposition.” 22:04
Aug 06, 2020
Styling and Accessorizing | A Fine Touch To Perfect Your Home
We discuss the final layer that brings everything together. You can help kids to keep things neat by accommodating some styles to their interests, and giving them their own shelf to display their own stuff. Make a distinction between their toys and “your toys.” This can give them pride in their own stuff. Give them a delicate collection of their own delicate toys with which they have to be gentle and learn to take care of. Art books and design books are what you want to display. The average household should have about 20 cocktail table books to display. Try and get non directional items for the center of your console, such as a bowl. A bust, of family members or yourself, is a great thing to have on display, as well as vases. Candles should be large and never leave your wicks white. Candles should be in a place you can tend to it. A diffuser should be somewhere your guests will smell it, such as an entry. Avoid a round rug in general. Boxes can be used to fill space which large accessories cannot. Coral helps a lot as an accessory. It’s white, so it goes well with most things. Try to group your different coral together. You want to style for your vantage point. Hide things such as your printer down low instead of at eye level where you’re going to see it often. You can do a couple different stacks of books and stacking vertically is good in order to be able to read the title. End table needs a lamp, more books, and maybe a sculpture or bowl. Bowls are great because you can fill it with pistachios, or candy. A tray is almost always necessary. Then you can stylize everything with the tray and don’t have to worry about the rest of the coffee table. Coasters go well with the tray.

How to go about styling and accessorizing with kids 2:25
The Delicate Collection 9:32
Books 11:55
Candles 20:20
Greenery 26:07
Steve Cordony @stevecordony 33:04
Nightstand and end table 44:12

“So you’re going to want to use more non-directional things on a non-directional surface, so a circle is non-directional. The center hall table you’re going to be coming at it from all different directions because it’s the center of your household, or at least the center of your entry. So grounding it with a really large vase or ginger jar is probably our best go-to thing that I would say, and then filling that with whatever is in season.” 40:16
Jul 30, 2020
The Family Room | Creating Space for Beauty and Ease
Today we discuss the family room, and why it is different than the living room, which is usually more dressy and reserved for company and adults. Some houses get rid of the living room and instead have what some would call a great room, one really large scale room, which is open to a kitchen and an open floor plan and could also be considered the family room and the nucleus of the house, where you want to be very comfortable. We talk about the use of wallpaper and the placement of console tables and how to maximize the its decorating power. We talk about sizing the right rug and how layered rugs can be sophisticated and how your rug is the easiest way to understand your color scheme. There are some tricks to space planning, like drawing the room out and then leaving 18 inches between the sofa and coffee table to make the table usable and the size of your TV needs to be half the length of the distance from your couch to the location of your TV. We also talk about we avoid putting it above your fireplace. Case goods such as console tables or coffee tables are oftentimes what family rooms are missing. When choosing fabrics, every room needs something woven, or maybe some leather, but use them sparingly. Velvet always goes a long way as well. When choosing an ottoman, If you're more of a lounging person, you'll want a cocktail ottoman. But if you're more of a dressy type, a table will be better than the ottoman to get a better look for your room.

Living room definition 1:36
Family room definition 2:00
Grasscloth 3:20
Console Tables 10:34
Where to start 13:50
Case goods 22:05
TV’s, Cory’s take 30:00

“Often what you’ll see is a sectional and a chair, or two chairs, and they’re like ‘I don’t really know why, it just doesn’t feel finished’ and you’re like ‘Well we need to bring in some tables and some lamps and get you the right throw pillows and a rug.’ It’s just that they got started, but they don’t quite know how to finish and it’s usually that they don’t have any casegoods. Casegoods are tables. Console tables, end tables, coffee tables.” 21:47
Jul 23, 2020
Designing a Primary Bedroom for Luxury and Comfort | You Deserve It
In this episode, we talk about the master or primary bedroom and advantages of investing in your own sleeping space, which can tend to get neglected when you're a parent trying to tend to the other rooms in your house. We want to help the listener have a better experience sleeping & living in your room of privacy and repose. We start our discussion by answering questions from listeners, including how to pick furniture while not being too “matchy.” We feel the answer is to look at function by addressing the habits of those living in the room, as well as room design and color.

We discuss space planning with the bed, dressers and nightstands, how to get the right scale of art above your bed, using a 30” lamp for your nightstands and when to blend TV’s into walls. We share the advantages of using a rug, even if your floor is already carpeted and how that helps delineate space and benefits of a settee or small sofa at the foot of the bed.

Are you struggling with styling your nightstand? Our recommendation is to start by cleaning off the top completely, then adding the lamp (softer, round shaped to soften angles and corners in the room), faux florals, coasters, and whatever else you need and use. Trays and bowls can be useful to keep things from falling. Don't feel pressured to fill the whole space up -- less is more.

We talk about our favorite way to dress your bed including our favorite sheets, white quilts and adding interest with the duvet or pillows. There are easy ways to make your room feel luxurious, therapeutic, and soothing by getting the right scent, selecting candles that will help you relax and linen sprays.

All these elements work together to create an amazing space for you to relax and enjoy.

Bedroom Dressers and Tables 1:54
Space Planning 11:39
What to Put Above the Bed; Bedding 18:03
Getting the Right Scent For Your Room 25:42
How To Style a Dresser/Nightstand in a Master Bedroom 27:54

“I’m picturing more of a darker, coffee-stained or a walnut nightstand that’s a chest, and then next to that, on her side of the bed, is a round table that has a marble top. And maybe it’s a black iron base, so it feels like an estate. So they’re actually not the same finish, but they have depth -- the black iron does, and so does the dark, burled wood.” 6:42
Jul 16, 2020
Defining Luxury | Never Saving Anything for Best
Today, we talk about how we at Alice Lane Interior define luxury and ways to experience luxury in your everyday choices. We start our discussion by talking about a conversation between Whitney Robinson (former editor in chief of Elle Decor) and Martyn Lawrence Bullard (star on Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators and decorator for Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, and Eva Mendes), had on “what is luxury?” We discuss how luxury is not saving what you have “for best,” meaning that we should use and enjoy our finest possessions. We talk about a few products that we feel are luxurious. For instance, we recommend Lunya’s, The Robe, found here (, luxury sheets ( and a counter spray called Rosewater Driftwood by Caldrea ( We talk about bringing home fresh flowers or clippings from flowering trees, and decorating with art or family photos. We finish by inviting you to subscribe to our newsletter, where you can find the links to everything we talk about on our show.

What is Luxury? 1:03
Items and Routines of Luxury 4:12
“Live So You Look and Feel Beautiful” 17:28

“We sell a pair of sheets here at Alice Lane. It’s a tencel sheet, we’ve talked about them before, but they sleep four times cooler than cotton, and they’re just a little bit silky (you guys have slept with bamboo sheets before).” 14:38
Jul 09, 2020
The Guide to Making an Entrance | First Impression of Your Home
Today’s episode is all about entryways and entrances to your home. We give you advice and solutions for entry spaces of all shapes and sizes. We recommend useful and inviting items like a tall pedestal console table, a mirror, a lamp, or a piece of artwork for small entryways. We talk about the importance of making your home inviting to your guests with your entryway, prioritizing accommodating needs such as removing shoes or coat. We recommend adding sculpted or organic shapes for entryways with stairs to interrupt the straight lines that stairs present. For larger entries, we give tips on the choice, placement, and decoration of center hall tables. We also discuss balancing both walls as well as the color, knob, and knocker of your door. We talk about common mistakes like hanging family portraits in the entry (TMI for salesmen, not enough visibility for those who live in the house), having rugs that are too small, and using boob lights. For all entryways, we invite you to create a positive first impression to your home by involving more senses with diffusers, lighting, and jewelry.

Small or "Nonexistent" Entryways 0:54
Larger Entries -- Start With The Center Hall Table 15:11
Additional Tips: Mirrors and Opposite Wall Reflections, Front Door 24:02
Common Design Mistakes in Entries 28:00

“Also accommodate for that. If that’s what you require, then put a little ottoman tucked under that console, so that they could sit down on it and untie shoes if they have shoes they can’t just slip off easily, and then they can just park their purse and you can take their coat.” 12:48
Jul 02, 2020
A Designer's Lifelong Quest | Where We Find Inspiration
Today, we discuss what inspires us as designers, creators, and people. We talk about how to find inspiration from design books and the unique view they give into the creative process. We talk about the inspiration that can come from extraordinary people who live exemplary lives. We also share the unique perspectives and experiences that come from nature and travel. We give other tips for resources you can access to draw inspiration in small ways every day, including observing how sets and design contribute to the emotions in movies. We talk about our favorite sights from movies and places, and how you can bring those memories into your space with art, fashion, and objects.

Design Books; Role Models of Great Behavior; Experience and Nature 1:46
Tips for Inspiration in Daily Life 9:28
Favorite Sets From TV and Movies; Favorite Places 16:16
Don’t Try So Hard; Make Room For The New 26:57

“The visuals alone are usually so gorgeous -- especially to open it up and have a double-page spread of some really fantastic lifestyle, well-appointed home or kitchen or outdoor living space.” 1:53
Jun 25, 2020
Creating An Authentic Sense of Place | Interview with Thom Filicia
In this episode of Dear Alice, we get to interview Thom Filicia, one of the original designers from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. He is a well seasoned interior & product designer with amazing experience and has such a great way of working with clients. We discuss what inspires him, how he works with clients, we get to know his background. We also get to hear some amazing advice on styling. Join us for such a fun episode as we learn from Thom Filicia.

About Thom 3:57
Finding Inspiration 11:45
Working with Clients 17:13
Product Design Approach 31:21
Styling Advice 38:27

"A great interior should have the same attributes as your best friend: interesting, dynamic, stylish, approachable, fun, a little bit goofy…” 15:06
Jun 18, 2020
When are there too many moving parts? | Pairing Pattern with Patterns
"In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about patterns. Mixing patterns with patterns takes some effort and there is definitely an art to helping patterns work together so have dedicated an entire episode to it. We discuss matching patterns and colors, where to put patterns, maximalism, and what NOT to do.

How to match patterns and colors 4:12
Patterns in Drapery 14:48
Maximalism/Studying 18:20
What NOT to do 24:32

“If you are going to do something grand, pair it with something humble.” 14:43
Jun 11, 2020
The timeless way to use Trends | Ashley Stark Kenner Interview
In this episode of Dear Alice, we are so pleased to have Ashley Stark, the creative director from Stark Carpet. We get to dig into Ashley's creative process when starting a room, what inspires her and what advice she has for how and when to use trends when designing a room. We also learn a bit more about Ashley's role at Stark and some secrets about her life that not many people know. Subscribe to Ashley's content for the reveal of her home that will be featured in a major magazine soon.

What Inspires Ashley 4:35
How to Start a Room 8:06
Describing Personal Style 12:57
Best part of job 15:51
Ashley’s Personal Life 19:26

“If you’re feeling color right now, my advice to you is to do pops of it that can be easily changed out...You don’t want to feel dated in 5 years.” 23:10
May 28, 2020
Our Opinions Uncensored | 21 Questions with Alice Lane
In this episode of Dear Alice we do a series of rapid fire questions followed by a game of Would You Rather. Our answers are personal preferences, so you don't need to agree with all we say but hopefully you can ask yourself the same questions and learn more about your own tastes. We hope you enjoy this fun episode.

Introduction 0:22
Beginning of Questions 1:27
Stones 7:27
Design Pet Peeves 20:02
Would you Rather...27:30

“Nobody is more full of false hope than a mom who places items on the stairs for her family members to carry up.” 21:41
May 21, 2020
Our Design Crush | Interview with Ray Booth
In this episode of Dear Alice, we are privileged to interview Ray Booth, an architect, product and interior designer. Ray’s work is widely known and we are so excited to have him on our show. We discuss Ray’s approach to understanding his clients and how he sees past the design to the heart of what is important to his clients. We also dive into the differences and similarities between interior and product design. Join us for an inspiring interview on this episode of Dear Alice.

Ray’s Background 3:12
Working Beliefs/Habits 8:36
Interior vs Product Design 25:10
What Inspires Ray 40:29

“If we’re gonna do this work and if we’re gonna be successful and we are going to create emotional architecture and interiors, we gotta know what hits people in the heart. You gotta know what gives them joy, you gotta know what breaks their heart…” 9:46
May 14, 2020
The Cleaning Supplies We Cannot Live Without | Maintaining your Home and Furniture
There wouldn't be much purpose to spending your money and time on beautiful home furnishings and finishes without knowing how to care for them. We have interviewed the experts around us to find out what to and what not to use to keep your furniture and home beautiful. This is an episode for those moms out there that feel like they can't have anything nice till their kids grow up. Yes you can!! We cover different surfaces, what products we trust and how to keep your home looking and feeling clean.

Marble vs. Quartzite 2:43
Cleaning Countertops 5:19
Wood Floors/ Carpets 12:43
Acrylics/Linen 19:01

“So many nervous moms feel like they can invest in their homes. They’re like, ‘I can’t have anything nice because I have children.’ If it’s easy to clean, then you should be able to live well.” 18:20
May 07, 2020
Curating Your Art Collection | Interview with Alex Marin
In this episode of Dear Alice, we take a deeper dive into the world of art with our interview of Alex Marin, the Executive Vice President of Sales, at Soicher Marin. Soicher Marin is an exceptional art vendor we use often in our projects at Alice Lane and we are excited to introduce them to our listeners. We discuss how to find art, what the Soicher Marin process is like and what new products we will see in their spring line. Alex also shares tips on framing and choosing art for yourself.

How do you find great content 2:53
Favorite Piece 16:25
Reproduction Process 22:51
Framing 26:40
New Spring Collection 31:36

“You can’t cuddle up with a piece of art. It’s cold and hard but what you can do is, it can reflect who you really are.” 5:32
Apr 30, 2020
A Room for Any Age | Designing the Perfect Kid's Room
Rooms for children can be tough. It can feel like organization is a constant struggle so where should your energy be focused when designing? Designing kids bedrooms, especially when you give the child a chance to help in the process, can be amazing and special. We discuss how to design the room so children will love it, how to plan so that it will last longer than 4 years, what things to invest in, and how to plan for the space to work for you as the parent.

Designing for different stages of Kids 1:29
Shared vs Personal Rooms 10:43
Collections and Displays for Kids 13:21

“If you want them to actually enjoy their room and sleep there and not sleep in your room, then really pay attention to what they love and I think it will really pay home.” 12:19
Apr 23, 2020
The Art of Wallcoverings | 4 Generations with Jennifer Gracie
On this episode of Dear Alice, we get the chance to talk with Jennifer Gracie, the Creative Director and the 4th generation to run her family business of producing hand painted wallpaper, Gracie. She tells us about the history of the company, how to use wallpaper, where she gets inspiration from, and talks about some of her favorite and most unexpected projects. This beautiful hand painted wallpaper is created by artists from around the world for some of the world's top designers and is an amazing compliment to any space.

Background of Gracie 2:08
Finding Designs 6:13
Installing/Handling Gracie Paper 19:39
Where to Wallpaper 25:52

“I love wallpapers on ceilings. I think that’s really fun and a place that people don’t often think to do them.” 25:52
Apr 16, 2020
Outside of Interior Design | Landscape Architecture with Jeremy Fillmore
As being specialists in interior design we often get questions on what happens outside the home. We have brought Jeremy Fillmore, a landscape architect, to talk through everything outside your home. He talks about what role landscaping should play in your home. How your lifestyle should determine what’s around your home. We also talk about the benefits of hiring a landscape architect and what you can expect during the process.

Picking Style for Landscape Architecture 6:53
How to Grow a Garden 14:39
Why Hire a Landscape Architect 17:34
Costs 26:54
Do’s and Don’ts of Landscaping 32:29

“Don’t be afraid of landscaping...Take chances. It’s ok to be risky… It can change.” 44:09
Apr 09, 2020
Living Beautifully from the Inside Out | Curb Appeal
In this Episode of Dear Alice, we talk about extending your design to the exterior of your house with exterior finishes. It is hard to know what details on the outside will make a difference but we have a few suggestions. We talk about painting brick, doors, and upgrading your railings and windows. Join us as we discuss how to give your home more curb appeal.

Painted Brick 1:13
Exterior Paint Shades/Windows 8:51
Front Doors 13:09
Window Sizes 22:47
Railings 27:11

“[You can’t think that] you’ve made yourself a tropical home by painting your front door teal. You gotta get the shutters on board. You gotta invite some other things to that party.” 18;05
Apr 02, 2020
Making Home a Refuge | Making Quarantine Comfortable: COVID 19
In this episode of Dear Alice we are talking about how to make a refuge while most of us are working remotely. We typically work for most of the day so making sure that where you work feels uplifting can really affect your work and how you overall feel. However, this isn’t just about work. Being asked to social distance ourselves and stay home gives us all a challenge to keep home feeling comfortable and alive. Join us as we talk about how feel best during this difficult time.

How to Style a Desk 2:39
How to interact with Clients Remotely 11:49
Creating an office at Home 14:57
Creating a Refuge at Home 20:28
How to stay Positive 26:40

“I know that this moment in time might be short for some of us, but I think it’s gonna be a lot longer than any of us realize, so you might as well make it beautiful and be intentional about it…” 19:12
Mar 26, 2020
Motivation to Eat at Home | Pantry Design and Organization
In this Episode of Dear Alice, we talk again with Morgan Hadley. We brought Morgan back on to help us talk about pantries. We cover everything from beginning design stages to organization and upkeep. We discuss what kind of shelving, the difference between butler’s pantries and a typical pantry, and then all the amazing tools that Morgan uses to help organize pantries. Everything as usual is focused on lifestyle and how to enjoy your home more.

History of the Pantry 2:27
Pantry Design and Plans 5:05
Organization and Tools 8:10

“I feel like a pantry is really interesting. You kind of see how people are, like food people have is really funny. I’m like, ‘wow! I’ve never eaten this before but you have a bulk of it! The other day someone had a bulk of marshmallows!” 7:41
Mar 19, 2020
Designing for your lifestyle | Living with Kids & Pets
In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about how to have a beautiful home even if you are living with kids or pets. So many people say they’ll wait until their kids are grown up before they will invest in decorating their home they way they really want to. We don't think you have to wait. We talk about what fabrics to choose for your lifestyle from color to composition so it can be forgiving with spills, stains, and pet hair as well as how to maintain and refurbish your furniture. We also address the constant challenge of toy organization.

Fabrics on sofas for pets/children 1:06
Fabric Colors that are forgiving of Pet Hair 9:04
Refurbishing Couches and Couch Care 13:17
Storing Toys 27:02

“I think that the most important thing to make sure this [sofa] is forgiving is not to go super dark. It’s like a black car. It doesn’t show dirt well.” 10:30
Mar 12, 2020
Thinking for the Long Term | Where to Invest and How to Save
In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about which pieces to invest in and where to save when designing a room. We try to focus the investment on the pieces that people will come in contact with the most. We talk about second hand furniture, repurposing furniture, how to know when you need to jump on something you connect with and when to wait.

Introduction 0:15
Second Hand Furniture/repurposing furniture 2:26
Items to splurge on 13:30
What items to spend on what items to save on 19:08

“I think one thing we’re always going to say invest in, is the stuff that you come into contact with. So the things you sit on... like the things you lounge on.” 1:54
Mar 05, 2020
Being Inspired by your Home | Artwork
In this episode of Dear Alice we are talking about art. This seems to be one of the harder things to get right the first time in a home. You want to find something that speaks to you, something that you would love to look at everyday. This can depend on your experiences in life, what makes you happy, and what it is that you want to remember. It’s also important to find what styles you like. We talk about how to find art, what to use as art, how to get art to work together, and more simple things like how to find the right height for your art.

How to find art you love 1:00
Framing Objects 10:06
Art working together in Rooms 13:54
Inspiration for Art Shopping 21:19
Last Tips 27:04

“So next time you’re in your mother’s house and you see something that you grew up looking at, that you love, say, “Mom, put my name on the back of that. Cause it reminds me of this time…” 13:10
Feb 27, 2020
It's About the Journey | Hallways
In this episode of Dear Alice we are talking about hallways. Especially in this age of open floor plans, it sometimes feels like the journey of walking through a house can be lost. The hallway is an opportunity to have a smaller, more intimate moment and doesn't have to be a means to an end. We talk about how to make hallways more exciting with flooring choices and transitions, lighting and artwork. All of this can help your hallway become a place where you can stay a little longer.

How to Spruce up hallways 2:00
Decorating Walls 8:50
How to Light a Hallway 11:16
Using Closets in non Closet Way 15:36
Vestibule 20:39

“So to collect all of your groupings of family photos, a really great place to do that is in a hallway. And the reason why is because it’s an intimate space; you’re up close. So you can actually see the details.” 8:47
Feb 20, 2020
Kory Robison | A General Contractor's Guide to a Successful Home Build
In this episode of Dear Alice, we get to interview Kory Robison, a great builder that we love working with here in Utah. We often have many questions on the design side about timelines, the average cost per square foot, if you should remodel or build… Sometimes we don’t even know what questions we should be asking before starting. Today we are going to using Kory for his knowledge and figure out what we should be asking, and how to find those answers as well.

Questions to ask before a new build or remodel 3:07
When to include different Players? 11:05
Build or Remodel? 18:31
Timeline for Build 22:46
Percentages of Builders Fees/Average Cost per Square Foot 30:24

“It’s probably a pretty good idea if you’re getting ready to build a home right now that you ask your builder what are his fees. Most builders should be pretty open with that information.” 32:30
Feb 13, 2020
Think Big, Act Big | Scale and Proportions
In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about scale and proportion. Scale is everything. You don't want to feel like a giant among dollhouse furniture so listen in to learn how to make your space feel generous by choosing the right scale for your furniture accessories, art, rugs, and lighting.

Right Scale for small room 1:05
Starting Point for Rooms that “Feel Off” 10:19
Free Space Planning with Alice Lane13:32
Accessories 16:23

“I think your going to be surprised. You don’t have to think small just because your space is small.” 2:47
Feb 06, 2020
The Alice Lane Experience | Our Designing Process
In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about our process. The design discovery process is much more than just making something beautiful, it is about understanding who our clients are and how they live their lives. We discuss the importance of finding a designer you can trust and who will push you to take risks. It is also important to understand the scope, timeline and mutual expectations. All of this makes for a smoother process for everyone involved.

Where do we start? 2:22
Once the Vibe is Set 12:07
Silhouettes / Space Planning 13:51
Billing/Pricing with Alice Lane 26:31
When looking for a Designer 33:52

“We are designing a lifestyle for someone and we gotta try and find all the ways to include their lives, their interests, their travels, their heritage… There’s a lot of ways to get meaning into a space…” 21:57
Jan 30, 2020
A Detail You Can't Overlook | Window Treatments
In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about window treatments. Treating the windows is the finishing touch to a room and it never quite feels put together until done so. Window treatments can be a large investment, considering the size of windows increasing, so we want you to get this right the first time. We talk about the options you have: Drapes, curtains, blinds, and shutters. We talk about what each will feel like, how each react to light, privacy levels, where you need window treatment, and where you could do without. Join us as we discuss what might be the missing thing linking your room together.

Introduction 0:15
Sheer Drapes 1:50
Curtains, Blinds, or Shutters 3:57
Blinds 11:17
Do’s and Don’ts of Drapery 20:45

“If a panel and a beautiful window treatment is like mascara, I feel the shutter is a really bad false eyelash that’s falling off and just overwhelming the face.” 4:19
Jan 23, 2020
Builder Grade to Custom | Ways to Make your Home Unique
In this episode of Dear Alice, we give some advice on making a
builder-grade home feel more custom. If you are looking to upgrade, update or just freshen up your existing home, join us as we walk through multiple ways to achieve that. From simple changes like changing out your kitchen hardware or adding window coverings to updating your builder-grade lighting to something a little more interesting, there are so many ways to give your home a little more personality.

Lighting 3:31
Hardware 11:03
Window Coverings/Stair Runners 15:57
Large Scale 23:08

“Everything that’s affordable is going to be small and that’s gonna make you play small and it’s going to make your house look really cheap.” 23:19
Jan 16, 2020
Trendy or Timeless? | Navigating Design Trends
In this episode of Dear Alice, we dive deep into trends. Often we are scared to commit to something that could be short lived, rather than timeless. Or maybe we are afraid to make that jump to commit to any style for fear of judgement. In this episode, we talk about when to play it safe, what things to avoid, when to jump into a style, and really how to commit to what speaks to you.

What is trendy vs timeless? 1:42
Do what Excites you 11:09
Finding New Ideas 16:44
Ralph Lauren 20:57

“Figure out what your style is. It’s your personal style and don’t worry about what’s in fashion so much, cause fashion will maybe fail you…” 24:22
Jan 09, 2020
Closets Are Not What They Used to Be | Closet Styling and Organization
In this episode of Dear Alice, we sit down with Morgan Hadley of
@posysclosets to talk about closet organization. Having an organized closet not only looks better but also makes getting dressed everyday much more fun. In this episode, Morgan shares all her tips from what hangers to use, how to display accessories, and how to recreate the feeling of your favorite high-end retail store. For those building or looking to renovate, we also discuss how we create the ultimate walk-in closet.

Introduction to Morgan Hadley 2:16
Categorizing Clothes 5:16
Displaying the Clothing 16:10
Shoes and Purses 22:17
Renovating/ Building a Closet 30:47

“If you are living in a household and maybe your kids have left away from home, the adjacent bedroom to your bathroom is a really great opportunity to bust through the wall and make that bedroom a closet. Just because your house wasn’t born with a big closet, does not mean that you cannot make it a closet.” 31:26
Jan 02, 2020
Kitchens Part 2 | Finishes and Styling
In this two-part episode on kitchens of Dear Alice, we talk specifically about styling the kitchen. We cover topics from lighting,
mixing metals to what we go for every time we style a kitchen.

Easy Updates for Existing Kitchens 1:00
Pendants 8:10
Mixing Metals 13:06
Kitchen Styling Essentials 17:08

“I think the hardware is an easy thing to do. It’s not going to break the bank, but will give you something exciting to actually interact with.”
Dec 26, 2019
Kitchens Part 1 | Making Long Term Decisions
In this two part episode of Dear Alice, we will be talking all about kitchens. In this episode (part 1) we talk about making the right choices the first time with the more permanent choices in your kitchen. We'll cover things like the "working triangle", how to blend different wood tones, how to choose appliances and overall design.

Blending wood and furniture colors 1:28
2 toned cabinets 9:25
Layout 11:56
Open Shelf vs. Cabinets 22:50
Painting Cabinets 25:45

“When you’re appliance shopping, for all these pieces… really go and study them out... and get an idea for how you want to live; Not how you currently live, but how you want to live.” 15:24
Dec 19, 2019
Styling Built-In Shelving | Being Intentional with Your Collections
In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk all about built-ins. It can be tricky balancing a room with a fireplace, drawers, open shelves, cabinetry, etc. In this episode, we try to simplify how to approach all of these things in the most beautiful way. See a few examples referenced in the show here: ""

- Are Built-In Entertainments Still in Style? 1:21
- TV’s 5:22
- Drawers vs. Doors 10:04
- Shelves 12:29
- Corner Fire Place 25:33

“Built-ins are so great because again you have a spot for everything, everything is in its’ place and you can really account for that and take inventory of how you live, what you live with, and build built-ins to accommodate for that.” 4:19
Dec 12, 2019
The Ultimate Guest Room | Making Your Guest Room Feel Like Home
In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about how to set up your guest room to give your guests a welcoming experience away from home. It is truly about making them feel special by considering all of their needs from luxurious bedding to small thoughtful amenities.

Decorating Small Guest Bedrooms 0:35
Sheets, night lights and drapes 3:45
Furniture besides the Bed 7:15
Smell 11:27
Reading Material 12:53

“We all know we can put an air mattress in a room, but this one is about sort of up-leveling that whole guest experience.” 14:18
Dec 05, 2019
Gracious Gift Giving | Holiday Preparation
In this episode of Dear Alice, we share all you need to know about the art of gift-giving. Learn a few of our "no-fail" gifts for the practical ones on your list and some luxury gifts that someone might not buy for themselves. It doesn't have to be big or over the top, it just needs to be thoughtful. Happy gifting!

Introduction: 058
Practical vs. Luxury Gifts 2:17
Avoid Pride in Gift Giving 8:04
Giving Experiences 10:46
No-Fail Holiday Gifts 14:07

“I think a great part of giving gifts, is giving the gift that you think the person would like to receive. Don’t be selfish. Don’t just give the thing that you want to give because it’s a reflection of you...Really think about the person…” 8:04
Nov 28, 2019
Hosting for the Holidays | How to be a Generous Host
In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about how to be a generous host. From the food you choose, the music you play, the lighting, and even the set up of the furniture.

- Introduction 1:13
- Being the Host/Hostess 6:28
- Music 11:11
- Games/Entertainment 17:01
- Question on Updating Art 23:04

“Be pretty if you can, witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.” 2:16
Nov 21, 2019
The Jewelry of Your Home | How Lighting Can Elevate Your Space
In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about the importance of choosing the right lighting. In addition to the typical standards of hanging height, finishes and use of lamps, we tell you about our favorite lighting designers and why they get us excited. Most importantly, we share what lighting tricks make you look the best.

- General Rules for Hanging Lights 1:15
- Examples of Lighting Bids 8:12
- Lamps 14:12
- Finishes of lighting 23:31
- Favorite Lighting Designers 31:12

“I think that that’s a common mistake that we see when we go into most homes. We’ll often go in with clients if they're buying an existing property and it seems like in general most homes, the lighting is too small in the room or they don’t even hang chandeliers…” 5:29
Nov 14, 2019
What's Below Your Feet | Flooring
In this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about the daunting task of choosing flooring. Learn when and where to use an area rug, what spaces work better with carpet vs wood or tile and finally, how to transition between each, to give your home a flow you will love to live in.

- Types of Flooring 3:17
- When to use wood, carpet, or tile 11:13
- Rugs 16:55
- Making all Parts work together 18:29
- Last Words of Advice when Shopping 21:31

“When you’re looking at all your rugs, just print them all out, look at them all together maybe before you purchase that next one, and make sure it’s going to get along with what you already have.” 20:30
Nov 07, 2019
One of the Quickest Ways to Redecorate your Room | Wall Coverings
in this episode of Dear Alice, we talk about Wall Coverings. We discuss topics including how to pick your paint, types of paint, how to address the ceiling, accent walls, and wallpaper. These aesthetic choices can make one the biggest impact for a minimal investment.

- How can we pick the perfect color? 5:05
- The Fifth Wall (The Ceiling) 14:14
- Accent Walls 19:44
- Wallpaper 22:56

“Paint is the biggest impact you can make in a room for the least amount of money. So let’s just get it right..”
Oct 31, 2019
Starting With The Rug | Space Planning & The Foundation of Your Room
Always Start with the RUG! The Rug is the biggest piece of art in the room and the foundation of creating your space. Understanding how the whole room functions start by picking out the rug, which is why you don't start with a small one.

In this episode, we talk about the 'flying carpet effect,'how to pick the right rug for your space, the different between hand-knotted oushak rugs, blanket rugs, jute rugs, machine rugs, and country styles, Carpeting, carpet cleaning, and heaps more.

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Oct 22, 2019
A Lifestyle Approach to Interior Design; Origins
From starting as an art director in advertising to taking the scene with Alice Lane & Alice Lane Interiors we break down the beginnings of how we got the name, Alice Lane. Let us tell our stories about how we got here and why you should listen to us!
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Oct 22, 2019
All About Dear Alice | Start Here
Dear Alice is an Interior Design podcast brought to you by Suzanne Hall and Jessica Bennett, the spunky geniuses behind Alice Lane Interior Design. These two ladies break down the highest end of the design and interior fashion world through their beautiful lifestyle approach with a heaping dose of wit and taste.
Oct 22, 2019