This week starts a 5 episode series of re-released interviews from the archives. First up is our interview with organizational guru, Peter Walsh, which we aired almost exactly three years ago in April, 2016. I first saw Peter on Oprah's show and I still cut out the articles he writes for O Magazine. What I loved about him then is that he helped people get organized from the inside-out and in a soulful way. I mean, that's totally Oprah, right? Now, I love him even more because he's so kind and approachable in real life. Or, at least, on the phone. One of these days, I'll meet him in person and have him autograph a to-do list or a storage bin or something. Anyway, maybe you know him from the two TV shows where he's been front and center: Extreme Clutter and Clean Sweep. Or maybe you've read one of his many books, my favorite being "Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" Peter is very entertaining and highly quotable, dropping wisdom bombs all over the place. If you haven't been in his orbit until now, you're in for some great advice. And, I figured, with the warm weather just starting to come around, you might be in the mood for some Spring Cleaning. And this episode is the best place to get started!
I have a repeat guest on the show this week! Once again, I'm interviewing author Joanna Thornhill because she's just come out with a new book and I'm giving it my full and sincere endorsement! It's called "My Bedroom Is An Office, and Other Interior Design Dilemmas). I'm gonna tell you all about what makes this book so useful once I've got Joanna on the line. But for now, I'll just say that during our conversation, we cover things like choosing the right white (cuz you know there are about 50 million paint choices out there), when creating a feature wall is actually ok, how to mix up different styles, the first thing you should do when you walk into your new home And the answer to the question, "how will I know when I'm done?" Let's jump in
My guest this week is author Ingrid Fetell Lee. She's just written a book called "Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness." And let me tell, you, I read it a few months ago and I can't stop thinking about it! It's not an interior design book and yet it has given me so many ideas and so much inspiration for continuing to create a home I love. Ingrid followed her curiosity for 10 years before putting pen to paper. She wanted to figure out why certain objects or environments illicit a spontaneous, immediate feeling of joy and why. And I think you can relate to this because I assume that one of the main reasons you listen to this podcast is because, just like me, you do a crazy happy dance when you find the perfect score at an antiques show, or a new artist whose work you can afford, or some new fabric or color you can bring home with you... I think you'll find Ingrid's line of questioning really interesting. Why do these things make us feel the way we do and why does it matter? On top of that, is our love of things completely materialistic or is there some important good that can come from our purchases. Ingrid makes me feel like I'm some kind of reporter on NPR because of how deep we go into sociology, psychology and design... and because of how smart she is. So I hope you get a lot out of this interview because I sure did! Here we go.
So this week's episode is not as much directly related to interior design as they usually are. But, it's still ultimately about how our environments and the atmosphere we create is connected to a life well lived. My guest is Kate Richards of the blog, Drinking With Chickens. Now, if you already follow Kate, you know she's a ton of fun and that her home and, more importantly, her backyard are well worth taking a look at for their design appeal. She hosts some amazing outdoor parties, complete with pet chickens for entertainment, and her photos are both funny and beautiful. So you'll get plenty of visual inspiration if you take a look at the show notes page this week. But for this interview, we mostly talk about the lifestyle Kate has created for herself, her husband and their friends who come over, which probably happens all the time. She is a great reminder that the reason why style matters is ultimately for the pure joy it gives us and those we love. So... here we go.