Today is for all of you who are thinking about hiring someone to help you furnish or decorate your home. You might be considering a full on, top to bottom, in person interior designer, or someone who simply works with you online to give you some ideas and sources that you then implement yourself, or someone like me and some of my past guests who act as consultants to help give shape to your own vision. In any of these cases, I thought it would be helpful to know what to look for when hiring someone because you're going to be plunking down some cash before you get the service. So let's minimize the chances of disappointment! My guest this week is Abbie Naber of A Naber Design and she's giving us her tips in how to best work with someone else, especially if you don't share the same language around style. We then talk about her own home, which is outstanding, and her goal of seamless living between the outside and inside, which you really want to take advantage of if you live in Southern California. And given the fact that as I record this, I'm in the dead cold of winter in New England, that sounds pretty great to me right now.
My guest this week is Anthony D’Argenzio. He launched his art direction company Zio & Sons in New York City before moving to Hudson, NY where he’s now the owner of This Old Hudson, a work and living space open for photo shoots and travelers wishing to stay in a beautifully styled setting while visiting the Hudson Valley region. I talk with him about the renovation of the property, the aesthetic he’s created there and how he goes about mixing and layering texture, style and materials in a space. If you haven’t seen photos of This Old Hudson, you can do so on the Little Yellow Couch website. And believe me, you’re going to want to know what we’re referring to as we talk about his incredible kitchens!
My guest today is author Shannon Ables. Her newest book is called "Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self." She covers a lot of ground in this book, talking about aspects of our lives such as money, our health, our careers.... and we don't have time to talk abou it all! So in our conversation, we start with the big picture, talking about where luxury, true luxury, comes from and how to attain it. And then, we zero in on the home, especially our kitchens, our rituals and finding the perfect pieces to furnish them. Shannon is so warm and easy to talk with, I know you're going to love her.
This week's interview is jam packed with information and inspiration. I'm talking with Steve Schrenk, a sculptor and media director for Polycor, the largest natural stone quarrier in North America. We cover a lot of ground, starting with Steve's training as a sculptor and then he teaches us about the different kinds of stone you might want to consider using in your own home, how to use stone as a design element, where to find it, what kinds of quarries it comes from and the environmental impact of extraction. I'm pretty sure that at least half of you are going to want to start a kitchen renovation after this. We wrap up with two of his favorite sources of inspiration, one of whom is an interior designer and the other is an installation you can visit when in you're in New York City.