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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.

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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.

    Decorating for the Holidays 2020 | Next Time On Dear Alice

    Decorating for the Holidays 2020 | Next Time On Dear Alice

    • 1 min
    Living in Linen | Ed Reisert of Libeco

    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.

    Shop our linen collection here: https://alicelanehome.com/collections/shop-dear-alice

    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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    • 33 min
    Kitchen Styling | Beautify the Heart of your Home

    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: grove.co/dearalice

    Grove.co 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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    • 35 min
    Taking Your Vision to the Finish Line | Be Authentic and Bold

    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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    • 41 min
    Memory Lane | Celebrating Our Design Evolution

    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.

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    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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    The Mud Hall | The Hardest Working Room In The House

    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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R. Letitia ,

A Thursday Addiction

Hello from Toronto! This podcast is the reason for Thursdays. All other work gets put on hold. These ladies are endearing, quirky, lovely, the best friend you never had and oh, so knowledgeable on all things interiors. Jess and Susan - love you guys! Give us more! ;)

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I love this podcast. So many wonderful tips and fun to listen to. ✨💓🙏

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I discovered your podcast just a few weeks ago and binge listened to every episode! Every time I listen I feel like I’m sitting down with some very stylish and sophisticated friends and just having a really inspiring design chat. Having just started my own design business I find this podcast to be the perfect complement to my other business podcasts. It keeps me inspired and reminds me what design really is all about. And you make me laugh! Thanks so much for doing this podcast, I just love it!

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