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.
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.
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".
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.