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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.

    Styling and Accessorizing | A Fine Touch To Perfect Your Home

    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

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    • 52 min
    The Family Room | Creating Space for Beauty and Ease

    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.

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    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

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    • 34 min
    Designing a Primary Bedroom for Luxury and Comfort | You Deserve It

    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.

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    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

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    Defining Luxury | Never Saving Anything for Best

    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 (https://www.lunya.co/products/the-robe-1?variant=31349641019435), luxury sheets (https://alicelanehome.com/collections/sheets/products/white-tencel-sheet-sets) and a counter spray called Rosewater Driftwood by Caldrea (https://www.caldrea.com/fragrance/homekeeping/rosewater-driftwood/). 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.

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    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

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    • 28 min
    The Guide to Making an Entrance | First Impression of Your Home

    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

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    A Designer's Lifelong Quest | Where We Find Inspiration

    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

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LeahMirandaM ,

So informative!

Absolutely love this podcast! As an interior design student and general design lover this has been informative and inspirational! I hope they keep making more episodes!

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