Nashville Antiques & Garden Show Recap

Whew. Nashville, you know how to put on a show. A stylish show at that. Last week, my hometown hosted its 29th annual Antiques and Gardens Show. It’s the oldest event of its kind in the country and, forgive my bias, but its also the best. From the stunning indoor flora and fauna to the more than 150 dealers, the event was a true feast for the eyes. (See below for some of my favorite finds and vignettes. And, yes, a few of these items came home with me.) More importantly, it drew some of the country’s top designers and creatives. From the Faith Hill, Ray Booth, and Bobby McAlpline key note to Bunny Williams’ panel it made for three days of learning, scheming, and, let’s be honest, talking shop with some of my best friends in the biz. (Shout out to my pal Paloma Contreras who had a lovely book signing at SB.) If you didn’t have a chance to attend this year’s show, you must put it at the top of your design bucket list for 2020. See you there!

Life of the Party: Kips Bay Decorator Show House

It’s been a cold week here in Nashville, but I’m still basking in the glow of my recent trip to Palm Beach. Over the weekend, I headed to the Sunshine State for the opening of the second annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House. (The amazing project benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach.) Let me tell you, it is a decorator’s paradise with rooms throughout the spacious home created by more than twenty phenomenal designers. (See the full list here.) I could never choose a favorite, but I will say that I came home with an awful lot of inspiration from Meg Braff’s and Danielle Rollins’ dreamy bedrooms.

From the tented entryway to the wallpapered pantry, I could go on and on about the out-of-this-world details at the show house. But, really, the photos speak for themselves. Take a peek!

In Progress: The Franklin Farmhouse

Y’all. It feels like we’ve finally turned a corner with the Franklin Farmhouse. I took on this project nearly a year ago and it has tried my patience more than any other endeavor. (Let’s remember I’m also mother to two small children.) This whole-house reno is moving slower than I would have liked, but I have to remind myself there was A LOT to address. The original floor plan was funky (I’m being generous, here) and not to code. But over the past six months I’ve used the full scope of my skillset to create a house that has an easy flow and, more importantly, meets all the homeowner’s needs. I’ve also reconfigured the layout to rework elements like the death-trap stairs so they are no longer dangerously steep.

There’s still a ways to go until we’re adding the finishing touches, but with fresh paint and handsome dark stained floors it’s getting there. And I’m already so proud of the kitchen. I pushed my boundaries with cerused white oak cabinetry and couldn’t be happier with the results. It just feels like the finish that belongs in the house—you know?

Here’s a sneak peek of where things currently stand. Can’t wait to show you the completed home later this year!

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!