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Style Matters is all about the substance behind developing a personal style in your home and surrounding yourself with beauty in a way that is meaningful. We interview top stylists, designers, artisans and tastemakers both nationally and internationally about why style matters to them. The guests we interview each week inspire us creatively, and give us insight into why the art of home making is so powerful. To continue the conversation on why style matters, sign up for our monthly newsletter, packed with photos, stories, tips and resources, at www.littleyellowcouch.com.
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Dec 12, 2016

Style Matters podcast is taking a break for the holiday season. We wish all of you a happy and healthy new year. We will return on January 9th with all new episodes.

Dec 5, 2016

Our guests today are Igor Josifovic and Judith DeGraaff, co-creators of the Urban Jungle Bloggers community and authors of the newly released book, Urban Jungle.  In it, they feature people who have homes filled with plants, showing how living greenery is  incorporated into different kinds of decor.  The book is also packed with a lot of practical information on different plant species and how to care for them.  With so many people interested in bringing plants into the overall design of their homes, we thought we should talk with the experts to get some insight and inspiration into this topic.  Along with Urban Jungle Bloggers, both Igor and Judith maintain their own style blogs called HappyInteriorsblog for Igor and Joelix for Judith.  They have very different and distinct styles, which are just as much fun to look at as their combined passion project for Urban Jungle!

Nov 28, 2016

This week we talk with Hannah Russell, co-founder of Layer, an online, curated marketplace of vintage items, based in London.  The items for sale are bought and sold by professional antiquarians but anyone can apply to be a seller, much like eBay.  Unlike eBay, Layer is set up more like a fantastic thrift store or antiques shop with a charming atmosphere, rather than experiencing an impersonal online product search.  Hannah and her co-founder and sister, Faith Russell, are passionate about design and how the shoppers will incorporate their purchases into their homes.  Hannah and Faith believe the best way for your home to tell your story is to layer it with history.  The kind of history that is a mix of your own experiences and those of the objects and furniture themselves.  We are so happy to have Hannah with us today to talk about buying, styling and living with vintage!

Nov 21, 2016

Welcome to the second installment of On The LYC , a periodic special episode where Zandra and I sit down for a chat about design dilemmas, our current obsessions and some "why not" ideas.  We even answer a listener's design question.  This episode is all about the upcoming holidays, so come hang out with us on the Little Yellow Couch!

Nov 14, 2016

This week we talk with one of our favorite people on Instagram, Lisa Dawson.  Her dramatic style immediately pulled us in but it's her personality that has us hooked!  You'll know what we mean once you start listening!  In this episode, we chat about getting rid of a perfectly good kitchen, developing an aesthetic that doesn't care about other people's opinions, and how to do everything on a budget.  You can find her on her blog, take one of her workshops, if you're lucky enough to live in Northern England, or dive right in to her Instagram feed.  You will be so glad you did!

Nov 7, 2016

We are joined this week by the lovely Jeran McConnel of Oleander & Palm, a lifestyle and design blog.  Jeran shares with us about living a simple life in California.  Her website is full of visual and DIY inspiration and her design sense comes from years of living abroad in third world countries.   She lives and exudes that sense of industriousness and gives us some great tips on where to get started. 

Oct 31, 2016

We are so happy to have Melinda McCoy on the show today!  We have become friends with Melinda through many, many conversations on Instagram, where we first discovered her elegant and welcoming home. Melinda is passionate about cultivating a timeless style that makes the tasks of daily life feel pleasurable.  And that approach is exactly what she has broken down into a step by step process for her clients and students in her online courses.  We talk with her about her business, House 214 Design, her approach to decorating, and how both of these have been shaped by raising three children ranging in age from 3 - 13.

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Oct 24, 2016

This week's guest is Jennifer Harrison of Flea Market Fab.  We sit with baited breath every day looking at her Instagram feed for new drool worthy photos of her textile layered home.  Jennifer has been honing her flea market fabulous style since she was a kid being dragged to estate sales and antique markets with her mother.  Her home is expertly layered with her amazing finds and begs you to come in and put your feet up with a cup of coffee or glass of wine in hand.  Jennifer will completely inspire you in this interview and have you headed straight for your nearest antique store and thrift shop!  Even better, check out Jennifer's online shop at fleamarketfab.style to purchase her custom designed pillows and poufs made from her personal collection of vintage textiles.

Oct 17, 2016

In this episode, we talk with Roger Hazard and Chris Stout-Hazard, founders of the boutique furniture company, Roger + Chris. We first found them on Instagram and were immediately taken with Chris's photography. You can tell right away that furniture is going to be an integral part of the entire experience they want you to have in your home.  Their pieces are drop dead gorgeous all on their own, but they really know how to bring together timeless style with personalized taste, and it helps that Roger spent years in the design industry, starring in television's first ever home & real estate show, "Sell This House."  Chris is the technology wizard behind the scenes and together, they have created not only an amazing business, but a colorful and rich life together.

Oct 10, 2016

So this is our 51st episode and we're introducing something a little new... Karen and I are going to interview each other today!  We've designed the show around 4 different segments, which we'll tell you about as we go.  We're going to try this out about once a month, mixed in with our regular interviews of guests in the home interiors world.  So, here goes...let us know what you think!  

Our first segment is about a design dilemma.  Kind of a cheesy name, we know, but it makes us laugh.  We're going to focus on a particular issue or stumbling block one of us is having in our homes and how we've decided to deal with it.

Oct 3, 2016

If you've been at all following home design blogs over the past decade, you'll be familiar with our guests this week, John and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love.  Their blog was one of the first out there to hit the big time, due to a combination of their warm  personalities and their roll-up-your sleeves attitude toward renovation and decorating.  Young House Love became a primary source of inspiration for DIYers who wanted to create a home that was personal and meaningful.   Along with developing products for major national brands and starting a podcast, they have also written two books.  In this episode, we talk about the second one quite a bit.  It's called Lovable, Livable Home, which brings up the opportunity for Sherry and John to tell us what it's like to do so many home projects and still stay happily married.  Tomorrow, October 4th, their third book hits the shelves, but it's not a typical home decor book.  Sherry and John reveal what their newest project is in the episode, so be sure to listen all the way to the end! 

Sep 26, 2016

Today we're talking with Natalie Freeman: blogger, farmer and entrepreneur.   She and her husband own a farm in Arkansas that also serves as a community gathering place.  They recently opened up an old-fashioned general store called "Freckeled Hen Farmhouse," which, like the rest of their lives, is a mix of beloved tradition and modern sensibility.  Natalie shares her farmhouse lifestyle through beautiful photgraphs and stories, all of which you can find on her blog, Natalie Creates.

Sep 19, 2016

Our guest today, Joanna Thornhill, has spent many years in the interiors industry, multitasking like crazy.  She stages photo shoots, sources props for styling and does project management and social media planning for all kinds of brands who need her particular eye for design.  And she also fits in private clients looking for help decorating their homes.  Her book, "Home For Now: Making Your Rented Space or First Home Beautiful," caught our attention because we haven't talked that much on this podcast specifically about finding your style when you're renting or when you're cash strapped after buying your first home.  There is a lot of information out there on how to save money, but what Joanna does is connect the dots between how to decorate on a budget and why going to the trouble of doing so is worth it in a temporary space.  This interview will inspire all of us to stop worrying about making great big decisions that are supposed to last for decades, and allow ourselves to decorate with less constraint. We start by talking about renting in the US vs. the UK.

Sep 12, 2016

We are delighted to have Karonlina Barnesas our guest on the show this week.  She is the editor in chief of the UK based online magazine, High In Style, which has reached 10,000 subscribers in its first year.  First we'll hear her personal story.  Undaunted by major health issues and moving to new countries with small children in tow, her passions have continued to push her forward.  We go on to talk about the ways style can impact our sense of who we are.  We love how Karolina is able to really explain why style matters! 

Sep 5, 2016

We first came across Anne Sage through her book, "Sage Living".  We were drawn to the subtitle, "Decorate for The Life You Want," because it sounded like she would be talking about the very substantial link we believe in, between your home and the foundation of a happy life.  And we were not disappointed!  This book is full of practical, hands-on ideas for setting up your home in ways that will help you bring your life goals to fruition.  So, we're going to be asking Anne a lot about the book, but she also talks a little bit about her blog, City Sage, which you should definitely check out. 

Aug 1, 2016

Little Yellow Couch is taking the month of August off but listen to what we have coming next season starting in September.

Jul 25, 2016

Today we're being graced with the presence of the Hovey sisters, Hollister and Porter.  Together, they make up the interior decor and staging team behind Hovey Design, they have authored a book called "Heirloom Modern", with jaw dropping photos and personal stories about style, and they also share a home together in Brooklyn...to save money, yes, but also to decorate as freely as they wish, each of them understanding the other's style, intimately.   We are especially drawn to their love of antiques, taxidermy, fencing gear, and the quirky way they put it all together! 

Jul 18, 2016

This week we are talking to our new friend, the fabulous, Dabito. It's hard to pin down exactly what he does because he's multi-talented, but along with being the professional photographer for Justina Blakeney's best selling book, The New Bohemians, Dabito is a stylist, printmaker, graphic designer and the blogger behind Old Brand New. His style mixes modern and vintage, boho neutrals with vivid bright colors, and the whole shebang is heavily influenced by a life of travel. We talk about eclectic design, the importance of beauty and organization, and how thrifting is like dating.

Jul 11, 2016

We welcome you to snuggle up on the couch this week with your favorite pet and listen in on our chat with unashamed maximalist Kimberly Duran of the blog Swoonworthy.  We fell in love with her "eclectic boho glam" style at first sight.   She has truly discovered the design balance of bold colors and tactile fabrics with luxe finishes while still making you feel that you can sit back and put your feet up.  We chat about everything from living in a well designed home with pets to designing a room that will afford you a good night's sleep.  Come hang out with us for a while!

Jul 4, 2016

If you've seen the home of Molly Madfis, the blogger behind Almost Makes Perfect, you'll know why she's one of our favorite sources of inspiration.  If you haven't been following her, you soon will, along with pinning her DIYs like crazy after this interview. Pretty much everything she puts out is beautiful and accessible, not requiring major skills in the craft department.  If you thought making things for your home either meant having a degree in fine art OR succumbing to the level of dry macaroni, some string and Elmer's glue, you are about to be convinced that there's a middle ground.  Molly's style is minimalist with natural materials, neutral shades with only subtle hints of color, and effortlessly elegant.  We're so happy to draw back the curtain on the person behind Almost Makes Perfect!  

View the show notes page: http://littleyellowcouch.com/almost-makes-perfect

 

Jun 27, 2016

One of our favorite designers and tastemakers is Barb Blair, founder of Knack Studios so we are thrilled to be talking with her today.  Barb not only transforms old furniture into new pieces for modern homes, she gets our mantras of "buy what you love" and "every home tells a story."  In her new book,Furniture Makes the Room, she shows you 15 furniture make-overs AND how to use each piece of furniture in three different settings.  Barb is all about "shopping your home" when looking to refresh a space. Taking something that was in a child's room and moving it to the den, taking a coffee table and putting it at the foot of the bed, or bringing an outdoor piece inside.

Jun 20, 2016

We are delighted to have Sharon Santoni as our guest today.  She is an Englishwoman who has now spent more of her life in France than in her native country, married to a Frenchman and raising 4 children in Normandy.  She lives in a beautiful old farmhouse where she shares her French lifestyle through her blog My French Country Home.  We found her through her book, My Stylish French Girlfriends, which features 20 women, of all ages, living in all parts of France.  From afar, we tend to idolize the mystique and charm of the perfect "French Woman" we conjure up in our imaginations.  But Sharon has made them real for us by sharing intimate conversations and photographs of her friends' homes and their daily lives.  What she reveals is that these women all have one thing in common: a passion for experiencing beauty in the every-day.  

Jun 13, 2016

Today we are over the moon giddy to be chatting with textile and product designerLotta Jansdotter.  We have been inspired by her designs and books for years and are so honored to have her on the show.  After chatting with Lotta, Karen has been on a printmaking frenzy ... carving rubber stamp by hand and printing on fabric and paper until her hands are covered in ink. Check out Lotta's books " Lotta Prints" and "Handmade Living" for inspiration! Karen even sewed a dress from Lotta's new book "Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style".

Jun 6, 2016

Our guest today is Erin Boyle, the blogger behind Reading My Tea Leaves and author of "Simple Matters".  It's a gorgeously photographed and written book  and its focus is on the joys of living with simple pleasures in a small Brooklyn apartment that Erin shares with her husband and young child.  We cover all kinds of aesthetics on the podcast and have celebrated both maximalist and minimalist styles, and everything in between.   Today, we think you'll be delighted to hear about Erin's very pared down, minimalist style that comes from a place of true happiness.  We love that, for her, simple living is not about deprivation but about the beauty she sees in everyday ordinary things.

May 30, 2016

This week we're talking with Lauren Liess, author of "Habitat: The Field Guide To Decorating".  In this interview, we go deep into one of the most difficult aspects of developing a personal style, what Lauren calls the "intangible elements of design."  We talk about the difference between aesthetic and style and how to apply those things to the architectural aspects of your home, along with taking into consideration it's geographic and cultural locations.  You can hear in our voices how excited we are to talk with Lauren!  And we hope you love this interview, too.

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