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Style Matters is all about the substance behind developing a personal style in your home and surrounding yourself with beauty in a way that is meaningful. We interview top stylists, designers, artisans and tastemakers both nationally and internationally about why style matters to them. The guests we interview each week inspire us creatively, and give us insight into why the art of home making is so powerful. To continue the conversation on why style matters, sign up for our monthly newsletter, packed with photos, stories, tips and resources, at www.littleyellowcouch.com.
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Feb 25, 2019

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.  

Jul 30, 2018

Today we're airing another conversation from our Little Yellow Couch, called "On The LYC."  These episodes are where Zandra and I get to dig a little deeper into a topic that was brought up in our interviews with stylists and designers from recent shows.  We offer some examples from our own lives where we're changing things up in our homes, and we also share one thing that each of us is currently obsessing over. July is all about Your Style, With Kids.

Jul 23, 2018

Erica Tanov is a fashion and homewares designer who finds her muse in nature.  We talk with her about her new book, Design By Nature, in which she shares her creative process, from inspiration to a final product that is graceful, soulful and very beautiful.  What we love most about Erica is her insight into the dark and messy side of nature, along with the sublime.  She takes us through different aspects of decorating as seen through her unique lens.  Tree bark becomes multiple layers of monochromatic textures and weeds become a free form, wild mix of color and pattern.  You are going to start looking at your home in a completely new way after spending a little time with Erica today!

Jul 16, 2018

Have you heard about the new interiors book called "Diary Of  Your Home"?  By the end of this interview, you're going to want to get your hands on it!  We talk with author Joanna Ahlberg about this resource she's created with her husband, Peter.  It's part record book, part reference and directory, and part journal.  And while it's meant to be used as a way to keep your home organized, it's so much more than that!  The diary aspect of it will have you actively connecting what's meaningful in your life with how you use your home.   It's a written history of a life well lived that you'll want to keep and probably pass down to your kids.  But Joanna describes it better than we can so let's start!

Jul 9, 2018

Monica Leed & Melody Mesick are the creative minds behind Simply Spaced, an organizing service and lifestyle company focused on transforming cluttered minds and spaces.  Get ready to be inspired and learn useful tips to get yourself and your home on the path to becoming organized with style.  And make room for more time and space for the people and things you LOVE!  We are so excited to have them on the show!

Jul 2, 2018

Today we're airing another conversation from our Little Yellow Couch, called "On The LYC."  These episodes are where Zandra and I get to dig a little deeper into a topic that was brought up in our interviews with stylists and designers from recent shows.  We offer some examples from our own lives where we're changing things up in our homes, and we also share one thing that each of us is currently obsessing over. July is all about 3 Things!

Jun 25, 2018

Our guest this week is Janet Crowther, author of the book "A Well Crafted Home."  We talk with her about the difference between DIY projects that you do fairly cheaply and quickly verses those you do to fill your home with heirlooms that will stand the test of time.  In some ways, the world of DIY has become overrun by its opposite: mass marketed projects that end up being disposable.  Janet takes us back to the roots of DIY and really inspires us to make something very simple, but with good materials and in a way that's truly enjoyable instead of feeling like one more thing to cross off your to-do list.

Jun 18, 2018

Lori Weitzner is the founder and creative director for the Weitzner brand of fabrics and wallcoverings that are hugely popular with the best interior designers in the world.  And she's also the author of a new book, "Ode To Color," which we have been savoring.  It's unlike most other design books in its structure because it doesn't go room by room or give step by step instruction.  Instead, Lori has created a series of 10, fully developed, rich, lush Color Worlds to use as a tool for discovering who you are and what your home might need from a design perspective, depending on what's going on in your life.  For Lori, color isn't only about shade and pigment.  It also represents history, culture, personality, mood, energy and environment.  And by starting with these ideas rather than looking at products, you can create rooms that truly express who you are.  This book spoke to us about design in a way that we haven't felt in a long while.  And once you hear the following stories in Lori's own voice, we think you're going to be just as moved as we are!  

Jun 11, 2018

Claire Staszak has a unique approach to interior design.  She combines what she's learned from years of practicing and teaching yoga into her process for uncovering what clients need from their homes.  Instead of starting with fabric choices and kitchen cabinetry, Claire looks at your lifestyle goals so that the rooms she designs put your well-being at the center.  In fact, her company is called "Centered By Design," which perfectly sums up her holistic philosophy.  We talk with Claire about how she developed her process, what a "sanctuary" looks like in a home, and a little about her own home that she's working on with her husband in Chicago.

Jun 4, 2018

Today we're airing another conversation from our Little Yellow Couch, called "On The LYC."  These episodes are where Zandra and I get to dig a little deeper into a topic that was brought up in our interviews with stylists and designers from recent shows.  We offer some examples from our own lives where we're changing things up in our homes, and we also share one thing that each of us is currently obsessing over. June is all about our DREAM HOMES!

May 28, 2018

Summer is just around the corner and whether your summer plans include actual travel to far flung places across the globe, or you are simply dreaming of these kinds of experiences, you're going to be inspired by our guest this week.  Julieta Tello, the blogger and purveyor of handmade goods behind the brand Design Junkie, talks with us about her incredible life traveling all over the world and collecting pieces made by artisans that she then sells in her online shop.  Travel isn't only a passion for Julieta, it's a way of life.  And she wants to make it accessible to all of us, especially if we can't visit as many different countries as she does!  We also talk with her about why collecting pieces from places you haven't actually visited is good for the soul and how she's on a mission to blur the lines between art and interior design. 

May 21, 2018

We all know that flipping houses is a popular thing to do.  But have you considered a "slow" flip?  Our guest today is Emily Netz and she and her husband have lived and breathed their Slow Flip Formula that they're now teaching to others.   By actually living in the homes they flip rather than buying a second home as an investment, they have created financial freedom for themselves that would otherwise be out of reach.  The trick is to buy with an eye toward getting a return, but to never skimp on the amount of love you pour into your temporary home.  In this interview, we learn all about the hows and whys behind the Slow Flip.  And who knows?  Maybe you'll be motivated to do it yourself!

May 14, 2018

Today we're airing another conversation from our Little Yellow Couch, called "On The LYC."  These episodes are where Zandra and I get to dig a little deeper into a topic that was brought up in our interviews with stylists and designers from recent shows.  We offer some examples from our own lives where we're changing things up in our homes, and we also share one thing that each of us is currently obsessing over. May is all about ANCESTRY as a design element!

May 7, 2018

Maybe you've been following House of Hipsters for awhile... Kyla Herbes is a very popular blogger, and for good reason.  But if you haven't seen what she's been up to, we are so happy to introduce her here.  She is someone you just want to meet for a coffee date on a weekly basis and swap stories about new decorating projects. We love her bold powder room with the killer wallpaper and ornate mirror, and we learn some new tricks on how to make the most of an estate sale.  But most of all, we love her passion for her home and her interest in getting all of us to feel that way through her "No Makeup Home Tour" project.  We talk about that at the very end and share how you can join the movement!

Apr 30, 2018

Sometimes we can get a little serious on this podcast because we're looking at the substance behind style.  Our purpose is to dig into the reasons behind why style matters.  But since we're talking about decorating, we also want to remember that sometimes it's just about having fun!  We know you can relate to that feeling of excitement you get when you're about to change something up, start a new project or redecorate an entire room.  And to start off our spring and summer season,  we've got the perfect guest for you!  Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse has been collecting, curating, speaking and writing about her lifestyle approach to decorating for many years.  By the end of the conversation, you're going to be grabbing your calendar and planning out your numerous visits to antiques fairs with that sweet, energized feeling of anticipation!  You know what we mean.... that feeling of knowing you're about to find that one-of-a-kind perfect thing that you didn't even know you were missing!   We also talk with Kim about her beautiful new book, City Farmhouse Style, what "farmhouse" means to Kim and why it's so versatile.  Get ready to be inspired!  

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Kim & David Leggett pose in front of the 1962 Globe Trotter Airstream that they recently purchased from singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow. The Airstream originally belonged to the President John F. Kennedy’s family. Tour the Airstream at the upcoming City Farmhouse Pop-up Fairs in Franklin, Tennessee in June and October.

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 Country Living Magazine : Kim Leggitt was recently named one of the Country’s 100 Most Creative People.

Country Living Magazine : Kim Leggitt was recently named one of the Country’s 100 Most Creative People.

 Book Wall : Cabin in Leiper’s Fork, a community in Franklin, Tennessee. 

Book Wall : Cabin in Leiper’s Fork, a community in Franklin, Tennessee. 

 From the book, City Farmhouse Style , a brownstone in Brooklyn, NY Photo: Nicole Franzen

From the book, City Farmhouse Style, a brownstone in Brooklyn, NY Photo: Nicole Franzen

 From the book, City Farmhouse Style , Singer/Songwriter Sheryl Crow’s Writers Loft, Photo: Alissa Saylor

From the book, City Farmhouse Style, Singer/Songwriter Sheryl Crow’s Writers Loft, Photo: Alissa Saylor

 Interior Design, Small Space Design, Kim Leggett, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

Interior Design, Small Space Design, Kim Leggett, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

Apr 9, 2018

When we first found out about Sean Scherer, all we knew was that he had a cool antiques shop in upstate New York called Kabinett and Kammer.  But after getting the chance to talk with him, we now know he's so much more than a shop owner.  At home and work, Sean creates entire worlds filled with wonderous objects reminiscent of scientific exploration in the 19th century.  He calls his style "masculine maximalism" and if you love taxidermy and other collected pieces from the natural world, you'll be right at home with him.  He's also an accomplished abstract painter and speaks eloquently about how his idea of what it means to be an artist has evolved.  His medium now includes not only his canvases, but his shop and home as well.   This is one of our most thought provoking episodes and we are truly excited to share it with you!

Apr 2, 2018

Today on the show we have Kelsey Johnston, the blogger behind My Simply Simple.  She shares the story of designing and building their passive home and why energy efficiency and a simple well-lived life are so important to her.  From capsule wardrobes to balancing old and new in design, we get a great glimpse into how to live a thoughtful and sustainable lifestyle.  So let's get started!

Mar 26, 2018

This month, we're doing something a little different.  We've gotten together with a few other fabulous podcasters and we've all agreed to take on the same topic, interpret it however we like, and release all of our episodes this week.  We are excited to introduce you to The Home Hour - Hosts Graham and Kirsten's show is the Home-Ec class you wish you’d taken!  They are two moms trying to create homes that are beautiful, welcoming, and functional ...all while dealing with real life schedules, budgets, and children !  North South Makers  -  Hosts Charlotte & Erin are design bloggers, friends, and moms. They talk about all things DIY and making… and a little bit of momming. They believe if they can do it, then so can you! and Shailey & Katie The Podcast are Two business-owning, work-from-home moms who are laughing their way through parenthood.   We think you're going to be very happy we've introduced you to more podcasts for your binge listening pleasure!

Mar 19, 2018

We are really giddy with excitement this week to share our interview with KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farm.  She is the author of "So Close To Amazing" and her newest book "The DIY Home Planner".  We first met her at the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and she has a way of welcoming everyone into her wonderful world the moment you meet her.  Her positivity and kindness are equally contagious and her sense of humor had us laughing throughout.  We can't wait to have her tell you all about how she wakes up her house every day, her favorite yard sale treasures and all about her imagination room!

Mar 12, 2018

Artist Katie Saro is our guest today and in this conversation, we get pretty deep into the reasons why our homes and personal styles are so essential to our happiness.  We talk about finding the balance point between being consumers of pretty things and being mindful of how easy it is to loose ourselves in materialism.  We also talk about the value of being bored, online alternatives to Craig's List and eBay, and the best ways to renovate without actually renovating,  This interview is packed with so much goodness, we are really happy to be sharing it with you!

Mar 5, 2018

Blogger Ashley Goldman is our guest this week.  Her blog, The Gold Hive, is the real deal when you're looking for stories behind the step-by-step transformation of a home.  We've been following her since her first participation in the One Room Challenge series because we love her style.  Since then, we've gotten so much out of how she describes her thought process behind all of her design choices for her beautiful California bungalow.  And then she shot to blogger stardom by wowing everyone with her hand-painted mural in the most recent One Room Challenge.  As soon as you see it, you'll know what we're talking about!  In this interview, we get to know more about Ashley, where her inspiration comes from and why style matters to her.  

Feb 26, 2018

Our guest today is Paige Rien, author of one of our absolute favorite books called, "Love The House You're In: 40 Ways to Improve Your Home And Change Your Life."  Before writing the book, Paige hosted the home renovation show, "Hidden Potential" on HGTV.   Her passion for helping all of us to develop confidence in our own, personal style is clear throughout this conversation and we know you're going to feel just as empowered as we do by the end.  We touch on some of her core principles such as breaking rules, finding your true starting point for any decorating decision, and even parenting choices in relation to kids' rooms.  This one is packed with gobs of inspiration and we can't wait to get started!

Feb 19, 2018

We can't wait for you to meet this week's guest! Creative Director Whitney Leigh Morris is the blogger and stylist behind Tiny Canal Cottage, a 1920's Craftsman-style house by the Venice Beach Canals in Southern California.  We talk about how living in a small space has given her more time for taking care of the planet, her family and her community as well as challenging her to consume more responsibly.  Whether you live in a tiny cottage or a rambling estate, you are going to be inspired to take a look at how your home can foster the values you hold closest to you.

Feb 12, 2018

This week we’re chatting with Lorraine Aaron, founder of the online home goods shop, Curious Egg, based in Scotland.  The name of her shop suits her perfectly because it’s her curiosity that has driven her success.  Lorraine wants to know the stories behind the objects people create that we then bring into our homes.  And she has traveled extensively to find them for her shop.  She talks about her passion for creating truly unique homes, through artwork, by displaying personal objects in interesting ways, and by treating our outdoor spaces as opportunities to surprise and delight us.  Be sure to check out the show notes page for this episode for links to the places she describes... you'll love seeing what she's talking about!  We start by asking Lorraine about her background as a creator of public art works.

Feb 5, 2018

We discovered Homme Boys on Instagram and their feed never fails to impress us.  Austin Carrier and Alex Mutter-Rottmayer, own a design/build firm in Sonoma, CA, but we think their true calling is in designing interiors.  As you're about to hear, they are all about playing with their small space, squeezing potential out of every square inch and inspiring us to layer story on top of story in our own spaces.  You've got to go to the show notes page for this one... you're really going to want to see photos of all of the things we talk about with them.  This episode was pure fun for us and we expect you'll be smiling, too, as you get to know Alex and Austin.

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