These are just a handful of designers that I learned about in school:
Colefax and Fowler | Mariette Himes Gomez: Rooms | Colefax and Fowler: Interior Inspirations | Roger Banks Pye: Interior Inspirations | Charlotte Moss: Creating a Room
I poured over these books, studied their spaces and admired their techniques. But above all, I fell in love with their ability to sketch! Their words inspired my mind and their drawings ignited my hand. I couldn’t stop! I was determined to illustrate my ideas as a designer because seeing a room on paper was magic and being able to communicate this information to a client was invaluable!
During college, I worked at a kiosk in the Logan mall selling t-shirts. And in my down time, I taught myself to sketch. I would stare at images in these design books and draw exactly what I saw. I learned perspective and space planning while admiring the precious details these artists would pencil in. From the grand window treatments down to the very last last teacup atop a stack of old books, I fell in love!
I’ve worked at several design firms but none like Alice Lane! Most often I would only be asked to render if a client was really important or the design was complex but Jessica lets me sketch all day:) When design hours are purchased and we work on a clients home it is expected that a rendering will be included in a presentation! Majority of people have a hard time seeing the whole picture and that is why they hire us because we’ve already seen your home finished and its breathtaking!
Below are drawings from a beautiful home we are designing in Arizona. The home is not complete and we still have more to design but it gives you an idea of how many drawings it takes to complete a home!
I love what I do and Alice Lane allows me to do what I do best! Sketch!
It’s time for a reveal on one of our favorite spaces. We started this project a little over a year ago and posted the initial concepts and sketches. We wanted to share how it turned out.
We worked side by side with the finish carpenter in creating just the right pattern for the railing and cut-outs.
We had a lot of fun with the playhouse and developing the layout for the built-in kitchen, charming cut-out windows, and gingerbread molding.
The storage in a toy room is essential, to hide puzzles, books, and a few of the grand-babies favorite things.
With construction over, it was time to do the finishing touches with hardware, paint and pillow fabrics.
It’s finished! And as absolutely charming as we imagined!
Thanks to our amazing client and the opportunity to “play” along with her in creating this beautiful space. It brought us back to the time when we were kids, and the imagination that went into the space was limitless.
- Natalie & Suzanne
Remember the homes we were working on last month in the St. George Parade of Homes. You can see our posts about this home, the Ferrara at Brookhaven Fields, here, here, and here. We were able to have one of our favorite photographer’s, Nicole Gerulat, come down and shoot each home. Some of you may have stopped by and seen it but for everyone who wasn’t able to make it to St. George, here it is… the finished product!
[photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat]
The last layer of a home is what gives people the most joy in my opinion. It is the life stories, the collected art, the family heirlooms and cherished memories you have held onto that give your home soul and conviction!
Recently we were invited to implement this imperative layer into a home that was almost there! The homeowner and designer did a wonderful job with the shell of the home and what a pleasure it was to help them take it to the finishline. Each visit was filled with more pictures, art and records to be framed. It takes decades to really curate a home and this client has held onto the most beautiful chotskys that we were able to pull from! Below are just a few of my favorites from these heart filled installs-Enjoy!
Remember our gracious client that let us design a cozy retreat for her guests? Well – Ta Da – here is the final reveal! Our client couldn’t be more pleased and neither could her guests! (Which by the way, haven’t stopped visiting – we may have made this room a little too inviting!) This guest bedroom is all about comfort. We filled the room with luxurious linens, plush pillows, functional storage, loads of seating and whimsical artwork to create a cozy retreat fit for a Queen (and her baby)! This cocoon of beautiful details will make anyone want to stay in bed all day!
[photos by Meikel Reece]
There’s just something about starting with the shell of a room and transforming it from top to bottom that I really love- designing everything from the fireplace and built-ins, to finishes and furniture, and getting to really transform a room to resemble our client is just so inspiring. For this particular project, I had the opportunity to work with the husband of a client on his sophisticated office/man cave. He wanted to create a place where he could work or relax, and where his kids could be near him while they did homework- picture a cozy fireplace, gorgeous cabinetry, and loads of books!
We wanted the room to feel enveloped and handsome, so we selected a rich walnut for all the cabinetry and built-ins. To give contrast to the space, we selected a limestone fireplace and then played with parchment and gray tones in the furniture.
We anchored the room with a tufted sofa in a cognac colored leather and incorporated a sculptural chair to add some flair. Instead of a traditional cocktail table, we selected two weighted ottomans in a luxurious gray velvet. In addition to a built-in desk under the window, our client wanted a large table in the center of the room that he and his kiddos could pull up to. We selected a large leather-wrapped table and a pair of chairs upholstered in a graphic fabric. Now, imagine this whole scene against a herringbone wood floor- yep, that happened.
This room is going to be absolutely fantastic- I can’t wait for the final reveal of this perfect den!
We had one of our favorite photographers, Nicole Hill Gerulat, come down today and shoot. We are so excited to share all of those photos! In the mean time, the Parade starts this Friday and is open until the 24th, so stop by and see it in person!
Stay tuned and see #3 The Somerset tomorrow!