You might know Myquillyn Smith as “The Nester,” or as the author of “The Nesting Place,” her first book, and the name of her popular blog. She has long subscribed to the belief that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful,” to which I say, Amen! Well, she’s just come out with her second book, “Cozy, Minimalist Home,” in which she promises that you can still have plenty of style, but with less stuff. You may already love how she writes, but once you hear her voice, you’ll instantly feel her warmth and generosity of spirit. We laugh a lot during this interview and I hope you’ll feel like you’re right here in the room with us! Myquillyn shares how she went from being a maximalist to a minimalist, but still kept her home from feeling slick, soul-less and cold. And, best of all, she gives us several of the guidelines she uses when making big decisions such as buying furniture, to small decisions, such as what to put on your mantel. So, after you get on board with the philosophy of embracing imperfection, get ready to make some decisions on how you want your home to serve you.
My guest this week is artist and rug designer Wendy Morrison. I first learned of Wendy's rugs through Sarah Akwisombe, who we interviewed awhile ago. Sarah is fearless when it comes to design and she's always looking to stretch herself beyond whatever's currently trending. And Wendy's rugs certainly do push us to be bold and go for what speaks to us, personally. Wendy shares how she got started with rugs, having no idea how they would change the direction of her life. She also explains a little bit about how rugs are made and then we wrap up with Wendy taking us through the symbolism she uses in her designs that give her rugs rich and layered narratives. This episode in particular really needs to be seen as well as heard so that you can fully understand the impact that her rugs can have on a space. So I highly encourage you to check out the photos on the show notes page. Just go to the podcast section on the website, littleyellowcouch.com.
If Mad Men and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel had a baby, and pitched it to Netflix for a new TV series, you’d have a handle on this week’s epsiode. If you're not following me, let me explain. My guest is Alessandra Wood and she is going to give us the most interesting history lesson you've heard in a long time! Her dissertation for her PhD was essentially about the influence mid-20th century department stores have had on our personal style choices, for our homes and our clothing (think consumer psychology behind advertising in Mad Men) and pair that with the highly fashionable world of B. Altman in New York, circa 1950 (where Midge Maisel works) and that’s the intersection where today’s conversation resides! We also touch on where we are today when it comes to interior design and how our style is a reflection of, and reaction to, broad cultural forces. It's a great conversation and I hope you'll find it as fascinating as I have! We start out talking about Alessandra's rather high-tech role in the online design company, Modsy and by the end we hear how she has used her training as a historian in a most contemporary way.
Are you a maverick when it comes to your home? Or, to be more clear, does your home represent your soul and the life you’ve lived rather than a particular style category? Interior designer and author Miv Watts explores the homes of people who “decorate” in just this way. In her new book, “The Maverick Soul: Portraits of the Lives and Homes of Eccentric, Eclectic and Free-Spirited Bohemians,” Miv takes us through spaces that deeply reflect the creative lives of their owners. Miv herself started her career as a window dresser for Burberry before launching into set design for films, which took her all over the world. I have learned so much from talking with Miv. She can spark your creative imagination and commitment to being true to yourself like no one else. This episode is truly packed with so much goodness, I can’t wait for you to soak it up with me!