I have a lot of fun talking with my guest this week, Jewel Marlowe. I've been dying to get to know her because I could tell from her style that she's someone who would probably make me laugh. And she does not disappoint! Jewel is the blogger behind Jeweled Interiors and also works as an interior designer. She is a master of the mix, meaning she can take three objects that look like they have nothing in common and figure out how to make them all work in the same space using the magic of color, pattern and scale. And luckily she's able to share how she does this during the episode. Jewel has honed her talents over the 13 different homes that she's lived in as a military spouse. So if any of you can relate to that, this one's for you!
My guests this week are Sara & Rich Combs. A few years ago, they transplanted themselves from the bustle of San Fransisco to the quiet of Joshua Tree, California. But in giving themselves time to slow down, they have left themselves open to experiencing an intense drama of living in close proximity to their natural environment. They are now the owners of three properties there, all of which can be rented out as creative retreat spaces. Their book, “At Home in Joshua Tree: A Field Guide to Desert Living,” takes us through four lessons, or mantras, that they’ve incorporated into their work as designers since making the desert their home. In our conversation we talk about the mantras as well as the various environmental facts that have become entwined with their lifestyle and overall aesthetic. I start by asking them how the decision to move to Joshua Tree came about.
This episode has a little bit of everything in it and that's because my guest, Liz Solms, is a multi-passionate person, to borrow a term from my friend, Desha Peacock. She has built quite a rich and rewarding life for herself and I ask her about her career throughout our conversation. I was interested in interviewing Liz because she has woven together food, hospitality and design in a way that we haven't talked about on the podcast before. What I hope you come away with from this episode is the motivation to go look for creative inspiration from your travels, from sharing a beautiful meal with friends, or from taking the time to really notice the details in a historic building. Because our ideas for decorating our homes can't just come from retailers! They have to come from experiences. Toward the end of the interview, we talk about her projects in Philadelphia and I had the absolute privilege of meeting Liz and staying in an apartment she designed while I was there. It's not just that it was beautifully designed. Staying there was an experience in and of itself that has really made a lasting impact since my visit 3 months ago. I have a lot of photos to share with you from this trip, so be sure to look for those on the show notes page of this episode at littleyellowcouch.com and I'll post some videos on Instagram and IGTV!
Clear and critical thinking. You don’t always get that when talking about the world of interiors. It’s not just about a pretty picture, folks. Creative and thoughtful design can’t be underestimated and there isn’t enough of it these days. Sophie Donelson, former Editor-In-Chief of House Beautiful brought her keen eye to the pages of this magazine in a way that we all will miss. Luckily I got to talk with her before she left to pursue other things. And I can’t wait to see what she’s up to next!