Alexandra Rae has designed beautiful homes for clients throughout the country. Her rooms are a clever mix of clean, traditional lines, unusual objets d’art and vintage luxury furnishings. Rae is a visual artist who followed in the footsteps of her artist father and grandfather. After studying French and Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she spent a decade in advertising. Postgraduate study at the San Francisco Art Institute and Atlanta Portfolio Center of Design, later led to a career as an art director. Eventually, she realized her greatest passion was in art directing interiors, pursued further study in interior design, and opened her eponymous firm in 2006.
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"I am always focused on a home as a sanctuary of comfort."
"My spaces tend to be eclectic, comfortable mixes of fresh new pieces with vintage modern finds, antiques, and tactile fabrics. I create spaces that are sophisticated and pulled together, yet feel layered and lived-in. I like to mix both styles and qualities and think something should always be a little 'off.' I especially love the contrast of something avante garde in a more traditional space. As Diana Vreeland once said, 'Every room should have at least one thing that is garish.' To me, that's the best, most exciting design; like a lively dinner party between opinionated personalities. Wouldn’t you rather sit next to the person at that table who might say something off-color, than be bored sitting next to a person who never does?"
"Lived-in and layered is far more sophisticated and comfortable than perfect."
"While I love the look of layered, eclectic design, I think classic lines or silhouettes are the most important bones of a room. I rarely deviate from the forms that have worked for centuries. A woman is and always should look like an hourglass. Her form should invite what she was meant to invite, just as the form of a sofa should invite sitting. Seating arrangements should invite conversations, and so on. Most importantly, I am always focused on a home as a sanctuary of comfort. I want my clients to feel that every time they walk through the door."