Inspiring Spaces: Treillage Interiors

Right now, I’m sprucing up several spaces at home (I promise you’ll see them all soon!) and the one I’m most excited about will feature a favorite embellishment—treillage. The ornate lattice work brings a garden conservatory-like feel to a room, not to mention an element of texture and depth. Whether applied in a traditional diamond-motif or something more complex, colorful or neutral, the finish imbues a space with a bit of romance. Here are some images inspiring my in-progress project. What’s your favorite look?

Photo credits (top to bottom, left to right): Margaux Interiors, Paul Garzotto, Victoria Pearson, Amanda Lindroth, Erik Kvalsvik, Shelley Johnstone Design, Laurey Glenn, Miami Viceroy, Ashley Whitaker, Eric Piasecki, Jessica Klewicki Glynn, Werner Straube.

New Year! New Hues!

Happy 2019, y’all! Thought I’d kick off the new year with my favorite color trends. These shades are influencing many of my current projects (including a few in my own home!) and making waves in the design world. Step aside, Millennial Pink.

CRISP RED. No dated burgundy here. We’re talking a bright, sharp red that infuses a room with equal parts sophistication and cheer. I’m loving the vivacious shade for bedrooms, dining rooms, and anything lacquered.

GRASS GREEN. I’ll be honest. Right now, I’m drawn to greens of all varieties. But I’m especially smitten with mid-range takes on a grassy green. It livens up secondary spaces such as bathrooms and butler’s pantries and brings an unexpected jolt to formal rooms. (Check out Instagram for my dining room revamp, where the walls are now coated in Farrow & Ball’s Folly Green. Can’t wait to show you more soon!)

POWDER BLUE. It’s hard to go wrong with Powder Blue. The airy color works virtually everywhere and is especially pretty on textiles and cabinetry. Just opt for versions with a cool gray undertone to avoid erring on a baby boy’s nursery look. Bonus: This hue can work as a neutral, meaning that it plays nice with almost any other scheme you decide to layer in.

Photo credits: Red, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Veranda; Green, Peter Murdock, Simon Watson, Mark Sikes; Blue, Better Homes & Gardens, Jessie Preza, Peter Murdock.

Best of 2018

What a year it has been! The past 365 brought wonderful growth and success for Alexander Interiors. I can truly say that 2018 has been our best year yet. So much so, that I almost hate to tell it goodbye. Before we do, lets take a look back at some AI’s top moments. From growing our team to that nursery, here are a few of my favorite highlights. See you in 2019!

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This sweet room was truly the gift that kept on giving. From features on The Today Show, The Scout Guide, and Southern Living to making the rounds on Pinterest, the jewel-box-of-a-space stole the show at every turn. As a designer, work that resonates with others is always gratifying. But with all the problem solving (and math!) that went into this little labor of love, the recognition was especially meaningful.

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I obsessed over the details in the Belle Meade master bath, including the placement of every last piece of marble tile. (We’re talking hundreds of them, by the way.) But the results were worth it. From the custom interlocking-ring floor to that killer soaking tub, this space truly sings. Can’t wait to show you more rooms from this whole-house project in 2019!

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You asked. We answered! 2018 marked the launch of our E-Design services. Getting this initiative up and running was no small task, but now I can’t imagine not offering it. What a pleasure it has been to connect with clients across the country. Looking forward to seeing many of these projects come together in the new year.

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Who better to gab with than Gabby Home? I was flattered when the Alabama-based furniture company interviewed me at AmericasMart Atlanta. Among the items included in the feature: my favorite furniture picks for fall. (Spoiler alert: I had heart eyes for the Coralee Dining Chair).

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Some projects capture your heart. That’s the case with the Franklin Farmhouse. For those of you who follow along on Instagram Stories, you’ll know that this one is a gigantic undertaking. But, oh, how it will be worth it! From brick pavers to cerused oak cabinetry, it’s pushing my design in all the best ways. More to come in 2019!

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I always encourage clients to incorporate pieces with patina and pedigree—sometimes that means shopping second-hand. Imagine my surprise, when my own dining table ended up the mother of all vintage finds. I scored my diamond-in-the-rough table and chairs off Craigslist and gave it some TLC by way of Brasso. I was pleased as punch with those results. Then, a few months later, I spotted a dead-ringer for the set listed for nearly 60-times what I paid for it. Talk about a deal!

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Last but not least, this year of growth saw the Alexander Interiors team expand. I welcomed two phenomenal talents—Mary Elizabeth with MP&F Strategic Communications who heads up our marketing and branding efforts, and Dani who, well, there’s nothing she can’t handle. These ladies are the best!

Inspiring Spaces: Decking the Halls--and Beyond!

Dropping in today to spread a little holiday cheer by way of some room eye candy. What I love about these spaces is that they prove Christmas decor does’t have to be all about the tree and or even the mantel. I’m a fan of dressing up unexpected spots with a touch of greenery or sparkle. Tucking these little “surprises” throughout the house is the secret to really twirling up a home for the holidays. So yes, deck the halls—but also the bedrooms, the bar cart, even the powder room. The more the merrier!

Photo credits (top to bottom, left to right): Laurey Glenn for Southern Living; Annie Schlechter for Country Living; Laurey Glenn for Southern Living; Ngoc Minh Ngo for House Beautiful; Annie Schlechter for Coastal Living; Annie Schlechter for Country Living; Laurey Glenn for Southern Living; Victoria Pearson for Country Living; Aaron Dyer for Martha Stewart Living; Photographer Unkown for Traditional Home; Picayo for House Beautiful; Annie Schlechter for Country Living 

AI Styles: Charming Kids' Christmas Table

I’m back with more images from our recent shoot with Corzine and Co. and Ruby and Peach, this time sharing a sweet Christmas morning kids’ table. The idea here was to set aside an area for a pretty, but practical mid-morning snack of milk and cookies. I kept things simple, forgoing a table cloth in favor of a bare table. (Because, hello, kids + cookies = So. Many. Crumbs.) But that didn’t mean the look had to be boring. I embraced a classic color scheme of red and green, pairing an oversized Christmas tree placemat with Old St. Nick plates by Vietri. In lieu of a centerpiece, I filled a tiered sterling silver stand with yummy treats (I’m a big fan of turning dessert in to decor!) and accented with a few Gerber daisies and a happy Jellycat teddy bear from Magpies. Add in a few adorable kiddos sporting peppermint KicKee Pants pajamas (also from Magpies) and you have an easy, elevated holiday moment sure to please all ages.

Life of the Party: Deck the Fall Recap

Y’all. You know how to show Southern makers, artists, and designers some love. Our Christmas pop-up shop was a rousing success. (Though we may have run out of champagne at one point—shhh.) All the merry making reminded me that I need to share another shindig that took place at my house. Back in September, we teamed up with The Scout Guide Nashville to present a preview of some of the city’s best holiday vendors. And no, that’s not a typo. We held it in September to give party-goers a jump start on the most wonderful (and busiest!) time of the year. While the season is now in full swing, it’s not too late to incorporate these amazing companies into your holiday decor, parties, and more. Read on for a full list of our wonderful participants, as well as some pretty images Warner Tidwell Photography captured at the event. My neighbors were scratching their heads when they saw those Christmas lights go up a full month before Halloween. But a good time was had by all!

LIGHTHOUSE OUTDOOR LIGHTING
THE AEROBAR
BATCH NASHVILLE
GRACIOUS GARLANDS
MANDY JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY
MARY CRAVEN PHOTOGRAPHY
PATRICIA MARIE FINE JEWELRY
THE CEDAR LANE
THE CLEAN PLATE CLUB
YOU’RE INVITED GIFTS & PAPER