By Jennifer Ebert published
This home belongs to Jessica Bennett, owner and design principal of Alice Lane Interior Design.
Her aim was to design a home worthy of the dreamiest vacation, and Jessica did just that. This beach house in the middle of the dessert is everything she could have hoped for.
This is a truly transitional home, filled with antiquities, curious and found objects. This minimalist beach house has been truly dressed up.
Jessica wanted the kitchen to feel original to her and not like so many of the white kitchens that Alice Lane was designing at the time.
The kitchen cabinetry is a rift sawn white oak which was chosen to reinforce the feeling of a laid-back beach house while giving it a modern edge, with a subtle bow to traditionalism. This look was inspired by interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks’ home in Malibu.
The countertops are Macaubas quartzite to create the look of the marble without the formality or maintenance. The quartzite runs all the way up the wall to enhance its effortless feel.
The family space feature and extra large sofa, perfect for lounging. Jessica brought her rug from her last home. It was created after a Gustav Klimt painting, and features organic rectangles and a refreshing colour palette.
The warm colour palette in the living room is the perfect resting place for Jessica. The sofa is a firm favourite and has moved all over the country with her.
The home office is the moodiest room in the house. The walls are painted in a black navy colour scheme, yet the room still feels so bright and open because of the large windows.
For the walls behind the desk, Jessica wanted the wallpaper to look like the inside cover of an old book so she found individual pieces of art paper and had them installed as wallpaper.
Bespoke cabinetry lines one side of the wall and has been styled with personal pieces the Jessica and her husband have collected throughout their lives together.
Jessica describes this space as a ‘dream’ to get ready in. The position of the window in relation to the dressing table means that light bounces around the room perfectly.
Photography/ Nicole Gerulat
Alice Lane Interior Design/ alicelaneinteriordesign.com
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space.
Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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