Inside Tan France's Dream Closet

Inside Tan France's Dream Closet

Designing a closet for any client is always exciting, but when fashion expert Tan France of the Netflix series Queer Eye asked us to design his dream closet, we were completely honored to jump right in.

Tan and his Husband, Rob, recently purchased and renovated their dream home in a charming, historic neighborhood in Salt Lake City. Although their home is nearly perfect for them, the small closet space in the master bedroom isn’t cutting it for Tan’s major collection of shoes and clothing. Enter the solution: The attic, which previous homeowners had converted into a bonus room…

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How to do Big Design in a Small Space

How to do Big Design in a Small Space

If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you may have already seen some teasers of this luxury remodel we’ve designed for our lovely client, Ashlee Kennedy (and if you’re not following us on IG you should be ;) @alicelanehome & @alicelaneinteriors). Lucky for us, Ashlee has impeccable taste and is a lover of the Frank Sinatra era, 80s rock-n-roll and designer, Kelly Wearstler. Packing all this style into an older 4,000 sq. foot home was a challenge we were excited to accept.

This home was built in 1986, with that came low 8-foot ceilings and small rooms. In the entry, we used one of our favorite space expanding tricks. This busy tile pattern, made up of three different stones, confuses…

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Say Yes to Color

Say Yes to Color

Gone are the days of “builder gray” or all white kitchens. Color has officially taken over the design world. As you can imagine, we’re all for the color therapy trend manifesting itself in bright yellow pillows, deep orange sectionals, and blue drenched walls. Being surrounded by color is truly just that—therapy for the soul. There’s something about it that instantly puts you in a good mood and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that?

Buying a pink velvet sofa or painting your walls, molding and ceiling might be intimidating (or it might not, and if not, you’re our kind of person!). If you’re hesitant to go all in, here are some ways to dip your toes into the pool of color.

  • Start in the powder bath. It’s a small footprint and you…

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The Parcell Entryway

The Parcell Entryway

Making an entrance is a designer’s dream, especially when your client is taste maker and influencer, Rachel Parcell. She is known for her beautifully fashioned looks that she has shared from her entry selfie mirror for years now. In her new home we created a few photogenic scenes in the entry where she could take snaps of her lifestyle and where her guests could be welcomed in for one of her picture worthy events. Here is a peek into her beautiful new home, where she lives with her husband Drew, two darling kids and their pup, Dash!

This gracious space boasts tall ceilings, custom finish work and intricate floor design. We really wanted to evoke Rachel’s love for high fashion and small details from top to bottom. To get the inside scoop, we sat down with…

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Mid-Century Mountain

Mid-Century Mountain

Sitting on the 3rd hole of Promontory Pete Dye Golf Course and minutes from some of the world’s greatest ski resorts, this home is the perfect escape. With a warm fusion of large windows showcasing mountain views, clean lines and natural materials this space seamlessly combines mountain + mid-century modern. Hickory wood flooring, walnut encased windows and walnut slab cabinetry add warmth and texture throughout the open concept living spaces. The multitude of guest bedrooms, including two bunk rooms, house both friends and family for a classic mountain getaway.

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Finding the Perfect Rug

Finding the Perfect Rug

If there is one thing every room needs it’s a rug (yes, even over carpet). Rugs are what really defines a space and pulls it all together which is why in our design center, we almost always start from the ground up and pick out the rug before anything else. In honor of our Rug Sale happening now through Wednesday, March 20th, we’re sharing some important things to consider when searching for the perfect rug.

  • Make sure you’re using the right scale. Buying a rug too small is one of the most common design mistakes. As a general rule of thumb, never use anything smaller than 8x10 for your living room or bedroom. There is nothing worse than seeing a “magic carpet” (as we like to call it) floating in the…

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The Parcell Library

The Parcell Library

The long awaited time is FINALLY here. If you’ve been following #parcellhomexalicelane, you’ve seen a handful of teasers inside Rachel Parcell’s stunning new build we have been designing throughout last year.  Starting today, we’re sharing her home, room by room, kicking it off with one of Rachel’s & Drew’s favorite spaces, The Library. We chatted with owner & design principal of Alice Lane, Jessica Bennett, to get the inside scoop on the design process, inspiration, and favorite moments of this moody & cozy space. Plus, you can shop this room for yourself now on our website!

Q: What were Rachel’s & Drew’s requests for this room while Alice Lane was designing?

A: “We explored a couple of different space plans for the library originally. There is always a desk solution with…

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Show N' Tell — Suite Escape

Show N' Tell — Suite Escape

When we approached Emily Jackson of Ivory Lane about her dream bedroom, she had one request: "I want it to feel like a spa." As designers, we put our minds together to create a calm, inviting space where Emily could relax (especially with twins on the way!). We designed the room to make it feel like an outfit Emily would wear—refined silhouettes, sophisticated color palettes, traditional with a modern twist.

We've fallen head over heels for this master suite ... but can you blame us?

One of the ALID designers on the project recently spilled the beans on our design process for Emily's room, including the challenges we encountered and some favorite aspects of the space. Read more below!

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Show N' Tell — Historic Avenues Art Scene

Show N' Tell — Historic Avenues Art Scene

Love it or leave it? After seventeen years of living in their 1895 two-story Avenues home, owners Dean and Tiffani Peterson faced this dilemma. “I’ve lived in the Avenues for thirty years,” says Dean, CEO of Harmon’s Neighborhood Grocer. “I love that it’s close to the city and in a walkable neighborhood. At first, Tiffani and I thought, maybe we should fix up the house to sell. Then, we concluded: ‘No, let’s fix it up to stay.’”

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Inspo of the Week: Art + Color

Inspo of the Week: Art + Color

Art is inspiring in so many ways—from strolling through a museum to scrolling through Instagram you can pull inspiration from different artists and make it your own. This week one of our designers is using colors found in various art work to use as inspo for her current projects. Painters like De Kooning, Monet, VanGogh and Vermeer (to name a few) are masters of color and studying their work can help develop a better understanding of how, where, and why they use color the way they do.

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Finding the Right Paint Color

Finding the Right Paint Color

Every once in a while, we feel the need to change up the colors in our home. Painting is one of the most fun ways to add something new to an existing space! But then the questions come: How do I choose the right color? What is the best way to test them out? How do I make sure my paint color doesn't pull the wrong accent colors?

Well, today we met with Kim—one of our amazing designers—to get some answers. Here's what she said:

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The Breakdown of Fabrics

We love incorporating different types of fabrics into our designs, so today we met with Lauren from our design team to learn a little bit about our favorite fabrics! Lauren reminded us that it is so important to consider durability and clean-ability before deciding on a fabric for your space. These are major factors on whether or not your furniture will last! She told us about some of the best fabrics that she uses when she's designing.

Crypton

You may have seen crypton before in hospital waiting rooms - that rough, kind of ugly fabric covering the chairs. Well, now crypton is being repurposed and used in homes! It is now soft, in beautiful neutrals, and has great patterns. We love using this for furniture because it's hydrophobic, so it completely repels moisture! (Seriously, you can spill a Diet Coke on it and it won't stain - or even get wet!)

Polyester

This isn't the polyester of your grandma's bell bottoms. This stuff is perfect for furniture! We love using this synthetic fabric for its durability. Because it is man-made, it doesn't break down like the natural fibers in linens and cotton do. Polyester also comes in a lot of different styles, like velvets, linen look-alikes, tons of colors, and lots of patterns.

Leather & Hides

As Jessica, our design principal says, with leather, we make sure to get some skin in the game! We love leather for its beautiful texture and durability, not to mention how easy it is to clean.

Furs & Hides

We love furs and hides for smaller pieces, like pillows and rugs! They add a lot of interest and new dimension to spaces because of their wonderful textures.

And last but not least, Cottons & Linens

We love cottons and linens...but only for smaller pieces! Because they are all natural, they will break down more easily, so they are great for bedding, pillows, and pretty things, but not so much for furniture.

So remember, next time you're trying to choose the perfect fabric make sure you keep in mind its durability and clean-ability. That way you'll get amazing pieces that will last and you won't have to replace every time something spills!

Springtime Bow Tie Pasta Recipe

Forget scalloped potatoes and corn pudding, this pasta recipe will take your Easter brunch — or a simple spring Saturday — to a whole new level.

Serves 5 - 7 

1 lb. bowtie pasta

1 cup chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1/2 cup roasted pinenuts

1 bag mixed greens and arugula

1 container grape tomatoes (cut in half)

1 cup yellow pear tomatoes (cut in half)

Red pepper flakes, to taste

Sauce

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 garlic clove

3/4 cup olive oil

Mix the sauce in a blender and pour over the pasta. Chill for one hour before serving.

And don't forget: shop the dishware featured here in our Spring Collection today! 

Spring 2017 Collection!

We are so excited to announce the launch of our Spring 2017 Collection! We think you'll really love what we have to show you. We drew inspiration from so many places, but here are just a few of the ideas we loved.

We fell in love with the bright contrasts and muted pastels  from this Tsumori Chisato image.

We couldn't help but become O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with this bright—and sexy— Céline chartreuse!

We knew embracing fun textures was the only way to go.

And we decided to bring in lots of mid-century silhouettes and design ideas!

Now we know you're curious to see how Jess Bennett incorporated all these ideas into her home. Here are a few of the highlights.

For the front porch, Jessica made sure to include plenty of pretty Greenery and neutral colors to keep things looking natural.

In the entry way, she used plenty of the pastel colors you saw from our inspiration ideas! We love the pinks and the natural wood tones. The table echoes some of the mid-century silhouettes you saw above.

In the kitchen, she made sure to keep things bright and beautiful with lots of natural, contrasting colors.

With plenty of light in the space—and lots of fun textures—we think the kitchen is a delight!

Spring is such a happy and rejuvenating time, especially for decorating your home. We are so excited to bring the items you see in our photos to our store and online shop!

Happy spring shopping, everyone!

Legendary Designers

If you haven't seen yet, our design principal Jessica Bennett was featured in the most recent issue of Western Art and Architecture! You can see our post about it on Instagram here. She talks about the beginnings of her career and some of the designers who have inspired her the most. As a master mixer of design styles herself, it's no wonder Jessica talked about designers like Thomas O'Brien and Kelly Wearstler!

Design by Aero Studios.

Thomas O'Brien, principal of Aero Studios, has a very traveled look. He is an expert at blending traditional and modern styles! His work is timeless.

Design by Aero Studios.

He mainly pairs creamy neutral colors with darker woods - curating the perfect balance. He creates spaces that are inviting and comfortable, but oh-so stylish! We just love how classic his looks are.

Design by Kelly Wearstler.

Kelly Wearstler's designs are bold and unapologetic. Her spaces are so energetic and upbeat. Her work is full of color and soul. We are definitely crushing on her style!

Design by Kelly Wearstler.

She can take furniture from different periods and blend them together in the same room. She can blend any design styles together and make them look good. Talk about talent!

Design by Jean-Louis Deniot.

We also draw inspiration from Jean-Louis Deniot! His clean designs are open and balanced, and the perfect mix of old and new.

Design by Jean-Louis Deniot.

We love his use subtle colors and tones, and that the lighting in his spaces is always impeccable! Not to mention his perfect placement of accessories. We love the details!

These are just a few of our favorite legendary designers. We hope they inspire you as much as they do us!

Featured Image by Aero Studios.

Runways to Rooms: Romantic Valentino

We love this romantic look in Valentino's spring collection. The pink is so dreamy, and we can't get over the subtle metallic hints in this dress! Here's how you can turn this look into the perfect bedroom!

Ingrid Bed

Julien Champagne Duvet

Shortwool Pillow

Gold Foil Pillow

Hampton Big Cream Pillow

Darlene End Table

Anderson Lamp

Dynasty Leaves & Blossom Ginger Jar (For a little splash of blue!)

Blush Emergence Art

And tie the room all together with the Constellation Vintage Rug!