Alexis Lane is the founder of Lane Design Studio in Austin, Texas. Alexis began her interior design career in San Diego designing residential spaces and model homes. After two years of hard work, she packed up her belongings and returned to the city she loves. Alexis has been creating amazing interiors that reflect the unique spirit and culture of the people of Austin ever since. Her designs can be found in Austin Monthly Home and have been featured in design competitions.
Q: As a designer, what inspires you?
A: I love going to funky shops that sell random finds like Uncommon Objects out here in Austin, or Anthropologie. They have such unique pieces and displays that I always walk away with new ideas that I want to try out. I am always looking for ways to work fun or funky accessories into an interior to help convey the owner’s history and personality. Without that, the space will feel staged and empty and won’t ever feel like a proper home.
Q: What is your process for selecting art, and what advice do you have for someone buying art for the first time?
A: Art is a very personal thing. It should speak to you and provide a place for your mind to rest when you sit down and take some time for yourself. I look for pieces that I really enjoy looking at and give me a sense of joy when I look at them.
If a piece of art was selected simply because it was cheap and matched the color scheme of the house, then it is just going to fade into the background of the home and won’t add any personality to the space at all. It will just be filler.
Q: For those having trouble transitioning from winter décor, what design tips do you have going into summer?
A: I don’t necessarily design with the seasons. At Lane Design Studio, I try to create designs that reflect the personality of the owner of the space. With that in mind, though, I keep the main furniture pieces like the sofa pretty neutral, so that when the mood strikes, the owner can switch out the throw pillows and area rug and create a whole new look in that room fairly easily.
For a look that is more summer inspired, I would add a natural woven fiber rug, some throw pillows with a white base color and a bright geometric pattern on them, and some accessories like a table lamp in that same bright color.
Q: Are there any current trends you love or hate? What are some of the new trends you expect to see in 2012?
A: I love how light and bright interiors are getting. Painting walls a brilliant white or a soft gray, and pairing it with vintage furniture covered in modern lush fabrics and textures is getting very popular. In Austin, the vintage and retro look is huge, and I adore it. I could happily spend all day hunting in our vintage furniture stores along Burnet Rd. I predict that we will be seeing a lot more décor with the shapes and bones of vintage pieces updated with modern colors and prints.
Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: Antoni Gaudi is one of my all time favorites. He was an architect, but everything he created was beyond anything anyone could imagine. His spaces have a clear and distinct voice that are still just as relevant today as they were back in 1898. Not many designers today have that same beauty and impact.
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