Interior designer 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 led to a career as an art director. However, she eventually realized her greatest passion was art directing interiors and pursued further study in interior design. She opened her eponymous firm in 2006.
"While I love the look of layered, eclectic design, I think classic lines or silhouettes are the most important bones of a room. Whether I am helping clients with a kitchen remodel or new construction, I rarely deviate from the forms that have worked for centuries. 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."
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"I always focus on a home as a sanctuary."
"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."
"Lived-in and layered is more sophisticated and far more comfortable than 'perfect.'"