Brooke Milne is the travel blogger behind "Look It's Brooke!" I met her at a conference in California and in getting to know her, and learn about her business, I realized she would be full of advice for us about traveling and how to incorporate your travels into your style at home.
My guest this week is Melissa Coleman, otherwise known as The Faux Martha. I'm sure you know which Martha that refers to and we'll get to why Melissa chose that name. But first, I'll tell you a little bit about her, in case you don't know. Melissa is a cook, a baker and a writer. I brought her on the show so we could talk about kitchens, one of the most used rooms in our homes, and one that can fill us with dread. It's often cluttered with too much on the counters and piles of dirty dishes and it's where we constantly go when we want to stare at shelving filled with a bunch of stuff that we don't know what to do with when its time to get dinner on the table. Melissa also has a great eye for design, which is really helpful when getting our kitchens to work for us. Oh, and full disclosure here, my kitchen is far from perfect so I'm using her book, The Minimalist Kitchen, to get it on track. I'll be sharing how it's going over the next few weeks and if you want to join me in a little personal challenge, I'd love to have some company as I clear out my cupboards, stock my pantry and start doing a little meal planning. Ok, let's get started!
My guest this week is the sought after interior designer, Nicole Gibbons. You might recognize her from the Oprah Winfrey TV show "Home Made Simple." Or maybe you've seen her as a guest on The Rachel Ray show, or in the pages of any number of design magazines. She's done it all! But her newest venture, which has basically taken over her life, is a paint company she calls "Clare." I wanted to know what made Nicole drop everything else and pursue a product based company when she's always been in the service sector. And, to tell us the story behind the brand.
My guest today is Anita Joyce of Cedar Hill Farmhouse, located in Round Top Texas, which you may recognize from the hugely famous antiques show that happens there twice a year. Anita and I met several years ago at a conference where we talked about podcasting because we were both about a year or so into it and it was especially nice because there aren't a whole lot of us our there who have interior design focused shows. Anyway, we're finally getting around to recording a conversation! We start off with Anita sharing very honestly a really dark time in her life and how the creative act of decorating and homemaking helped her dig her way out. Since then she's gone on to produce her blog, Cedar Hill Farmhouse, co-host the podcast, "Decorating Tips and Tricks," and write a beautiful book called "French Accents."