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Dear Alice | Interior Design

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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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 2:16Categorizing Clothes 5:16Displaying the Clothing 16:10Shoes and Purses 22:17Renovating/ 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

39mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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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. Remember these topics come directly come from your questions on social media so make sure you hit us up with the links below.https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

25mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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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..”https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

30mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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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. https://www.alicelaneinteriordesign.com/home-of-jessica-bennettBlending wood and furniture colors 1:282 toned cabinets 9:25Layout 11:56Open 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

33mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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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? 1:42Do what Excites you 11:09Finding New Ideas 16:44Ralph 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

25mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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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 0:15Second Hand Furniture/repurposing furniture 2:26Items to splurge on 13:30What 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.” 1:54https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

24mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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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 1:00Pendants 8:10Mixing Metals 13:06Kitchen 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.”https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

25mins

26 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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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: "https://www.alicelaneinteriordesign.com/blog/dear-alice-podcast-built-ins-episode"- 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.” 4:19https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecityhttps://www.alicelaneinteriordesign.com/blog/dear-alice-podcast-built-ins-episode

32mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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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

41mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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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 1:06Fabric Colors that are forgiving of Pet Hair 9:04Refurbishing Couches and Couch Care 13:17Storing 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.” 10:30https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

30mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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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 1:00Framing Objects 10:06Art working together in Rooms 13:54Inspiration for Art Shopping 21:19Last 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…” 13:10https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

37mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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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? 2:22Once the Vibe is Set 12:07Silhouettes / Space Planning 13:51Billing/Pricing with Alice Lane 26:31When 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…” 21:57https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

42mins

30 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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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.” 20:30https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

28mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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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 0:15Sheer Drapes 1:50Curtains, Blinds, or Shutters 3:57Blinds 11:17Do’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.” 4:19https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

33mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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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 0:35Sheets, night lights and drapes 3:45Furniture besides the Bed 7:15Smell 11:27Reading 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.” 14:18https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

19mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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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 2:00Decorating Walls 8:50How to Light a Hallway 11:16Using Closets in non Closet Way 15:36Vestibule 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.” 8:47https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

26mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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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 3:07When to include different Players? 11:05Build or Remodel? 18:31Timeline for Build 22:46Percentages 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.” 32:30https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

39mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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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 3:31Hardware 11:03Window Coverings/Stair Runners 15:57Large Scale 23:08Fireplace/Mantle “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.” 23:19https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

31mins

16 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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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

24mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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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 2:39How to interact with Clients Remotely 11:49Creating an office at Home 14:57Creating a Refuge at Home 20:28How 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…” 19:12https://www.instagram.com/alicelaneinteriors/https://www.instagram.com/alicelanehome/https://alicelanehome.com/https://www.facebook.com/AliceLaneHomehttps://www.pinterest.com/alicelanehome/https://www.youtube.com/alicelanehomecollectionsaltlakecity

34mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #20