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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.

    Rules We Break | Knowing Why & When

    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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    Remodel vs New Build | Nostalgic or Fresh?

    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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    Remodel vs New Build | Next Time on Dear Alice

    Remodel vs New Build | Next Time on Dear Alice

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    Designing the Primary Bath | Find Comfort in the Most Intimate Setting

    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.

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    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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    Motivation to Eat at Home | Pantry Design and Organization

    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

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    Creating An Authentic Sense of Place | Interview with Thom Filicia

    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.

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    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

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Best design podcast

this is so good and informative. I bought a new house, and this podcast is helping me tremendously. I can’t believe all the good tips it has.

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The best design podcast hands down.

Such an informational & entertaining podcast! You learn so much about design and space planning, and can use their tips to create a better functioning, yet still beautiful space in your home. Unique. Different. And fantastic! Thank you guys!

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The best!

Hands down the best interior design podcast!

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