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.
Cabinets | Everything You Need to Know Part 1
We’ve had so many questions about cabinets, so we have gone to some experts and done quite a bit of research in order to be able to answer the various questions you might have on this subject. The cost of cabinetry is speculated to be around 15-20% of the home, which is similar to what we recommend for furniture when people are willing to go all in and style their home to its fullest potential. The cabinet work and finish work are two separate things, which many may assume is the same worker, and then your sizing is typically going to be custom, being what we often push on this podcast.
The cost of cabinetry 2:29
1960’s Colonial home and cabinet door profiles 5:31
Is your cabinet maker also the one to do the moldings? 15:06
What to expect from your cabinet maker 18:42
Dimensions of drawers for pots and pans 26:56
Ideal height of sideboard/buffet and barstools 27:48
Paint vs stain 33:31
Is white out? 37:16
Timeless wood stain and grain of wood 40:07
Should white cabinets match the trim color? 45:28
Backsplash, order of install 46:39
Refinishing and filling knots 48:28
“Somebody wanted to know, is your cabinet maker also the one to do the moldings? So these are like your door casings, your window casings, your crown molding, that paneling you’ve always dreamed of in your dining room. The answer is no, that’s your finish worker. You do need a finish work budget and you need a cabinet work budget, they’re two different things. Maybe in a small town he does both, but for the most part they’re different specialties.” 15:09
Cabinets | Next Time on Dear Alice
High Point Market Spring 2022 Recap | What Jess Experienced While There
We’re talking about one of our favorite topics, which is High Point Market. We’re gonna tell you all about it, answering the questions of what’s new, what’s the latest, and addressing concerns about making huge purchases like new furniture, which can cost a lot, so we’re here to answer your questions and give you the information you’re searching for. High Point is an entire city and all they do is furniture, so you have to know your lay of the land and have vendors with appointments and special buyer’s cards. It took us a while, but we’re finally good at it and want to share our experience with you.
A consistent trend Jess saw 9:07
What space she felt the most at home in 17:51
What blew Jess away 23:51
A funny story at Market 30:43
What Jess bought for herself 37:10
“Do not ask me if you can buy them because then I’ll have to sell them to you because everything’s always for sale, but I do not want to sell them. They’re so beautiful… It’s one of the things that I purchased that I just love so much that really I’m like, ‘Please don’t buy it. I just want it to stay in the store forever, it gives it soul.’” 29:32
Remaining Unique with Laura Kirar | Next Time on Dear Alice
Interiors with Kara Mann | Smart Design Choices and Process
Today we’ve got a really fun guest with us who is a big hero and favorite of Susan’s and mine.
Kara Mann is the founder and creative director of KARA MANN established in 2005 with offices in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Over the past fifteen years, she has acquired the reputation of a cultural vanguard for pushing the boundaries of tradition. Her impactful, refined interiors draw inspiration from a myriad of creative fields including art, architecture, and fashion, where Mann began her career. Join us in this episode to listen to our discussion about Kara’s design process and some of her favorite design choices.
How Kara started 1:45
Leather Collection 9:41
From where Kara draws inspiration 16:08
Travel and books 21:18
What scent she’s crushing over now 23:59
What influenced her to get to her point of view 24:42
Her design process 26:14
Favorite piece she’s designed 29:07
Defining luxury 38:28
“I like to dialogue with my client a lot to get to understand who they are and what they are, and I always say you have to pull some references for me. And if they don’t have references, I’m like, ‘Here’s a second magazine, look at this thing and pull some images.’ Because I wanna know what they see, and so for me it’s sort of getting into their head and into what they see, and what they gravitate to and how I can take that and turn the volume up or quiet it down a little bit, or guide that in a certain way.” 27:51
Kara Mann | Next Time on Dear Alice
How do I define luxury?
This podcast!! I always walk away with super helpful nuggets of information after listening to an episode, I pull them out at the most useful times- so grateful for their honest opinions! ❤️
Also Sue and Jess *both* took the time to respond to a DM I threw their way recently regarding a carpet conundrum- appreciate that SOOOO much!!! Thank you ladies for putting out such quality content 👏👏👏
Great advice, great chemistry with the hosts.
It’s effective because now I shop Alice Lane.
And Ms. Jess, I, too, have no doorbell.
Fun and Informative a Love!
I enjoy listening to all 3 on this pod. and I love your voices Jessica, Suzanne and Cory. You guys crack me up a lot. I get loads of info. on your design process, and yes unfortunately products that stand the test of time are usually more expensive but can still be found in different price brackets nowadays for all price levels of design. I do think any advice you receive from this pod can be adapted to any level of design anywhere in any style. I love binge listening which is what I’m doing now and I’m so happy I found it bc I enjoy Design/fashion so much and there’s only so many to listen too. I absolutely LOVE the pics on your IG and portfolio and the Kennedy kitchen was a fav of mine the whole project practically I adore Kelly Wearstler (who doesn’t) and that bathroom mirror that wallpaper the bathroom knobs the tile layout and the paneling up the stairs OMG and the dark sexy fireplace room I really liked it. I loved everything in that kitchen minus the black/white kitchen chairs used at the table that was next to that gorgeous orange bench. Sorry those clunky chairs just didn’t fit that beautiful scene. Chairs aren’t ugly just didn’t fit my eye. Thank-You so much for sharing everything with us! We people behind keyboards anonymously can be mean so don’t listen to the bad unless it’s constructive of course lol !