Our guest this week is Janet Crowther, author of the book "A Well Crafted Home." We talk with her about the difference between DIY projects that you do fairly cheaply and quickly verses those you do to fill your home with heirlooms that will stand the test of time. In some ways, the world of DIY has become overrun by its opposite: mass marketed projects that end up being disposable. Janet takes us back to the roots of DIY and really inspires us to make something very simple, but with good materials and in a way that's truly enjoyable instead of feeling like one more thing to cross off your to-do list.
Lori Weitzner is the founder and creative director for the Weitzner brand of fabrics and wallcoverings that are hugely popular with the best interior designers in the world. And she's also the author of a new book, "Ode To Color," which we have been savoring. It's unlike most other design books in its structure because it doesn't go room by room or give step by step instruction. Instead, Lori has created a series of 10, fully developed, rich, lush Color Worlds to use as a tool for discovering who you are and what your home might need from a design perspective, depending on what's going on in your life. For Lori, color isn't only about shade and pigment. It also represents history, culture, personality, mood, energy and environment. And by starting with these ideas rather than looking at products, you can create rooms that truly express who you are. This book spoke to us about design in a way that we haven't felt in a long while. And once you hear the following stories in Lori's own voice, we think you're going to be just as moved as we are!
Claire Staszak has a unique approach to interior design. She combines what she's learned from years of practicing and teaching yoga into her process for uncovering what clients need from their homes. Instead of starting with fabric choices and kitchen cabinetry, Claire looks at your lifestyle goals so that the rooms she designs put your well-being at the center. In fact, her company is called "Centered By Design," which perfectly sums up her holistic philosophy. We talk with Claire about how she developed her process, what a "sanctuary" looks like in a home, and a little about her own home that she's working on with her husband in Chicago.
Today we're airing another conversation from our Little Yellow Couch, called "On The LYC." These episodes are where Zandra and I get to dig a little deeper into a topic that was brought up in our interviews with stylists and designers from recent shows. We offer some examples from our own lives where we're changing things up in our homes, and we also share one thing that each of us is currently obsessing over. June is all about our DREAM HOMES!