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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 11, 2017

Today we're airing another episode of "On the LYC."  You've probably figured this out but, LYC stands for Little Yellow Couch, and it symbolizes everything we're about: making time to have meaningful conversations with friends while sitting comfortably in a beautiful space.  Or at least on an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture!  Over the past few seasons, we've  been collecting little bits of wisdom from the stylists and designers we've had on the show and quoting them on Instagram.  When looking at these quotes all together, we've noticed several different themes emerge.  So for 2017, we're going to base each of our "On The LYC" episodes on a different theme related to creating a home you love. December is all about the HOLIDAYS!

Dec 3, 2017

We're in the home stretch of 2017 and we have the perfect guest to wrap up the year and get us all in the mood for the holidays.  Sarah Schiear 's passion for entertaining is infectious.  After catering, blogging, and a stint on TV, she has now opened up an experiential shop called Salt House Market.   And has just launched a Holiday Hosting Guide, which we are really excited about!  It features three different experiences: the Sit-Down Dinner, the Cocktail Party, and the Relaxed Brunch.  The guide goes beyond delicious recipes and also tells you how to plan, shop for, and time all the aspects of food prep, along with ideas for adapting menus to suit dietary restrictions, styling your space, and even suggestions on what to wear!  Plus, you get access to Sarah herself through her Insiders' Community where she'll answer all your questions!  Head over to salthousemkt.com to purchase your Holiday Hosting Guide and get 20% off any purchase!  Now lets get started!

Nov 27, 2017

We can't wait to introduce you to Alex Evjen of AVE Styles this week!  We met up with her at Haven Conference this past Spring in Atlanta and are so excited to have her on the podcast.  She is the Pinterest Queen, a fashion stylist and her gorgeous home is now being featured in magazines and all over the web.  Her keen design sense and her authenticity shine through in everything she does and we know you will love her has much as we do.  She also shares some amazing Pinterest tips with us.  If you are not using Pinterest this way yet, you are missing out!  Let's get chatting!

Nov 20, 2017

Today we're airing another episode of "On the LYC."  You've probably figured this out but, LYC stands for Little Yellow Couch, and it symbolizes everything we're about: making time to have meaningful conversations with friends while sitting comfortably in a beautiful space.  Or at least on an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture!

Over the past few seasons, we've  been collecting little bits of wisdom from the stylists and designers we've had on the show and quoting them on Instagram.  When looking at these quotes all together, we've noticed several different themes emerge.  So for 2017, we're going to base each of our "On The LYC" episodes on a different theme related to creating a home you love. November is all about LAYERING!

Nov 13, 2017

This week we're talking about how your passion can also be your saving grace when it comes to balancing work and home.  Our guest this week is Nicola Broughton, otherwise known as The Girl With The Green Sofa.  Nicola quickly amassed a huge Instagram following for her dramatic interiors, but she also has a day job.  She's a financial director for a bio-research company, so she throws herself into decorating whenever she needs a creative fix.  We always enjoy interviewing people with fabulous style who DON'T do it for a living because they can often clearly articulate why decorating is so personally fulfilling.  And Nicola certainly does that in this interview!

Nov 6, 2017

Well Zandra and I have finally found our soulmates!  We are so excited to have Ashley Daly and Ashley Palmer on the podcast today!  They are the owners and creative minds behind Retro Den, a shop located in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they buy, sell, and trade vintage home goods and furniture as well some beautifully curated handmade goods and plants.  They are absolute experts at layering vintage and new and have so much inspiration to share. We even wrap up the episode with a  collective butchering of a furniture joke that will no doubt make you the hit a your next shindig.

Oct 30, 2017

Today we're airing another episode of "On the LYC."  You've probably figured this out but, LYC stands for Little Yellow Couch, and it symbolizes everything we're about: making time to have meaningful conversations with friends while sitting comfortably in a beautiful space.  Or at least on an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture!  Over the past few seasons, we've  been collecting little bits of wisdom from the stylists and designers we've had on the show and quoting them on Instagram.  When looking at these quotes all together, we've noticed several different themes emerge.  So for 2017, we're going to base each of our "On The LYC" episodes on a different theme related to creating a home you love. October is all about ART!

Oct 23, 2017

We are so excited to bring our chat with designer and blogger, Victoria Smith of SF Girl By Bay.  She started her blog in 2006 and Zandra and I have beenfollowing her for inspiration since the beginning.  We talk about her unique style as well as her new venture, her online shop Super Marche.  We also had quite a few laughs including getting to hear the story behind her blog name!  Listen in and you willleave with tons of inspiration and might even be asking yourself “What would Victoria do?”  We also want to note that this conversation was recorded before the launch of Super Marche.  But lucky for you, its already open for business!  Head over to Super Marche to check it out! 

Oct 16, 2017

Heather French is one half of the design team behind French & French Interiors, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  We talk a lot about how that city has influenced her culturally and visually and how to incorporate your surroundings into your home.  We also hear about how she first became interested in interiors, starting as a student of anthropology, and what it's like to feel her best self as an interior designer.  She gives us lots of insight about her process working with clients, how design creates atmosphere, how to make a room feel cohesive, how to choose what goes in your home and what stays out.

Oct 9, 2017

Popular blogger Nikki Brantmark of My Scandinavian Home is our guest this week.  She has won numerous awards for her work and is recognized for bringing Scandinavian style to the world outside Northern Europe.  We talk with her about her recent book "The Scandinavian Home," which examines three different kinds of living spaces across the Scandi countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark.  Nikki shares her perceptive eye for design from the vantage of being a transplant from London.  By the end of this interview, we wanted to move to Sweden, right next to her in the town of Malmo, in a house by the sea.  You probably will, too!  Also check out Nikki's newest book "Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life".

Oct 2, 2017

For the first time, we are welcoming back a previous guest to the Style Matters podcast!  Desha Peacock has written a new book called "Your Creative Work Space" and we thought this would be a great time to check in with her.  If you do anything at all creative, whether it's with a paint brush or collaborative problem solving, you need to honor that work by creating space for it in your life.  We talk about how to get focused, how to eek out a space for yourself when you have no room or no budget, and how the traditional office might not work for our modern times.  We felt an immediate connection to Desha during our first interview with her because she so beautifully articulated why style matters.  So if you haven't already, give that one a listen, too!

Sep 25, 2017

Today we're airing another episode of "On the LYC."  You've probably figured this out but, LYC stands for Little Yellow Couch, and it symbolizes everything we're about: making time to have meaningful conversations with friends while sitting comfortably in a beautiful space.  Or at least on an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture!  Over the past few seasons, we've  been collecting little bits of wisdom from the stylists and designers we've had on the show and quoting them on Instagram.  When looking at these quotes all together, we've noticed several different themes emerge.  So for 2017, we're going to base each of our "On The LYC" episodes on a different theme related to creating a home you love. September is all about EMOTIONAL LIVES!

Sep 18, 2017

You are going to love our guest this week!  We talk with Becki Griffin, stylist for major shelter magazines, interior decorator, and the blogger behind Curious Details.  Becky is one of the funniest people we’ve had on the show, and you’re going to feel like you’ve made a terrific friend by the end of the interview.  She’s also a straight shooter when it comes to what she likes and doesn’t like about home decor trends, bucking up against your fears, and not taking everything so seriously when it comes to making choices.  We love her and we think you will too!

Sep 11, 2017

We are completely honored and downright excited to have Holly Becker of Decor8 and Blogging Your Way on the podcast this week!  Zandra and I have been reading her blog since it was launched in 2006.  Holly was one of the first interior design bloggers and has lead the way for many of us who are passionate about interiors and about sharing our love of it with others.  First, she digs into why blogging is still relevant and a way for us to get our voices and stories out there.  Then she dives into her most recent book "Decorate for a Party: Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings“ to inspire us to create homes where we will want to gather our friends and family, let our hair down and enjoy one another’s company.

LINKS:

Blog Post:  I Am Enough
Kvadrat Textiles
Milan Design Week
Book:  Decorate for a Party

Aug 7, 2017

If you need a mood booster, this episode is going to be like taking a happy pill.  Will and Susan, photography coaches and the bloggers behind House of Brinson, talk about their life changing move from New York City to becoming stewards of an old country mansion in the Hudson River Valley.  The love they feel for their new home is infectious and we pretty much guarantee you’re going to feel uplifted after listening!  Plus, we get some great design insight into honoring the history of a home while at the same time, adding your own considered style on top of it.  They’ve become masters of giving life to the past while living in the present.  We ended our conversation completely inspired and we hope you will, too!

Jul 31, 2017

You guys are in for a treat today because we’re about to step into a calm and reflective space with our guest, Melia Malmquist of the blog, Contemporary Life. Melia works as a stylist for several brands and her Instagram account was recently voted one of the Top 10 for Interiors by Vogue magazine.  She consistently brings her Swedish sensibility to her professional and personal work.  We talk with her about creating rituals to change habits, why style for style sake isn’t very meaningful and how, when done with mindfulness,  style can be a tool to create a life you want to live.  Let’s get started. 

Jul 24, 2017

Today we're airing another episode of "On the LYC."  You've probably figured this out but, LYC stands for Little Yellow Couch, and it symbolizes everything we're about: making time to have meaningful conversations with friends while sitting comfortably in a beautiful space.  Or at least on an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture!  Over the past few seasons, we've  been collecting little bits of wisdom from the stylists and designers we've had on the show and quoting them on Instagram.  When looking at these quotes all together, we've noticed several different themes emerge.  So for 2017, we're going to base each of our "On The LYC" episodes on a different theme related to creating a home you love. July is all about STYLE!

Jul 17, 2017

If you’re obsessed with rugs, you’re going to love this episode!  We talk with Brittany Chinaglia, interior designer and owner of the online boutique, The Vintage Rug Shop.  She also gives us some eye-opening advice about how to work with a contractor on a home renovation project.  She and her husband recently did a huge backyard makeover and we were surprised at some of the bumps she experienced along the way.  So if you want to be prepared for that first meeting with your contractor, you’re going to be so happy you listened to Brittany’s stories first!

Jul 10, 2017

This week we are excited to have designer Fiona Cameron joining us on the podcast! On her blog, Around the Houses, she lets us step into her charming home in a beachside suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland.  She challenges us to overcome choice overload and to unlock our own styles to create homes that feel like us.  Join us as we have some laughs and really connect about why style matters.

Jul 3, 2017

We are extremely excited to have Ki Nassauer on the podcast today!  She is the queen of all things junk and vintage.  Ki is the editor of Flea Market Style Magazine and  founder of Junk Bonanza vintage markets.  Her entrepreneurial spirit is contagious and reminds us to find something that we love and put our hearts and souls into it.  Ki has an amazing eye for collecting and displaying and you will be in junking heaven listening to her talk about her fantastic vintage finds.  

Jun 26, 2017

Today we're airing another episode of "On the LYC."  You've probably figured this out but, LYC stands for Little Yellow Couch, and it symbolizes everything we're about: making time to have meaningful conversations with friends while sitting comfortably in a beautiful space.  Or at least on an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture!  Over the past few seasons, we've  been collecting little bits of wisdom from the stylists and designers we've had on the show and quoting them on Instagram.  When looking at these quotes all together, we've noticed several different themes emerge.  So for 2017, we're going to base each of our "On The LYC" episodes on a different theme related to creating a home you love. June is all about TRAVEL!

Jun 19, 2017

This week we're talking with stylist Liz Kamarul.  She's one of the most creative people we know when it comes to making a one-of-a-kind space!  We ask her all sorts of questions about our favorite projects, and she has some great stories to share.  She recently packed up her gorgeous home and has hit the road with her husband in a renovated Winnebago.   She's documenting her travels and we're looking forward to living vicariously through her.  Liz is so personable and easy to talk with, you're going to want to hang out with her long after you're done listening!  Let's get started! 

Jun 5, 2017

This week we are chatting with the smart, fearless and statement making designer and blogger, Sarah Akwisombe!  She is on a mission to empower you to confidently show your wicked personality and she will have you seriously inspired to take on your home and your life in a fresh and exciting way by the end of this show!  

May 29, 2017

We are very happy to have Joanna Hawley as our guest today.  Creator of the well loved blog, JoJotastic, Joanna also works with brands such as Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Fossil and Serena & Lily on things such as content creation, styling and product design.  She's also a pro Pinterest user and has curated very popular boards for her over 3 million followers.  We love her aesthetic and eye for design, her tips for small space living, and her love of donuts.

May 22, 2017

Today we're airing another episode of "On the LYC."  You've probably figured this out but, LYC stands for Little Yellow Couch, and it symbolizes everything we're about: making time to have meaningful conversations with friends while sitting comfortably in a beautiful space.  Or at least on an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture!  Over the past few seasons, we've  been collecting little bits of wisdom from the stylists and designers we've had on the show and quoting them on Instagram.  When looking at these quotes all together, we've noticed several different themes emerge.  So for 2017, we're going to base each of our "On The LYC" episodes on a different theme related to creating a home you love. May is all about making DESIGN DECISIONS!

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