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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. January is all about CHANGE!
Zandra and I are so happy to have Nicole Cole of Vestige Home on the podcast this week! Nicole is a maker and interior designer based in Philadelphia. Her online shop is filled with her gorgeously crafted one-of-a-kind wooden housewares as well as carefully curated items from other designers and makers. Her interior design services also focus on this attention to craftsmanship and the idea of living well. On the podcast we talk about creativity, caring for handmade items and why it is important to invest in them as well as her amazing new guest room / office space which she revealed during the most recent One Room Challenge!
Bari Ackerman, better known as Bari J, the highly successful textile designer and artist, is pure joy to chat with. Her designs have been made into everything from rugs to stationery to wallpaper and pillows. And we were really interested in how someone forges that kind of career and we were completely enthralled with what she had to say. If you have any shred of self doubt about what you're pursuing, Bari's story will pull you out of the muck and into a place of purpose and determination! Which is why we wanted to share this interview right at the beginning of the year when we can all use a shot of optimism!
We are so excited to be back for a new season of the Style Matters Podcast and our first guest is one of our favorite designers and people of all time. Justina Blakeney is the designer, artist and author behind the Jungalow. She is the author of The New Bohemians : Cool and Collected Homes and her newest book The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home To Good Vibes. We chat about her business, creativity, her books and what makes a home have a good vibe. She will inspire you to begin 2018 with a home that supports who you want to become.
Today we're airing another episode of "On the LYC." You've probably figured this out but, LYC stands for Little Yellow Couch, and it symbolizes everything we're about: making time to have meaningful conversations with friends while sitting comfortably in a beautiful space. Or at least on an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture! Over the past few seasons, we've been collecting little bits of wisdom from the stylists and designers we've had on the show and quoting them on Instagram. When looking at these quotes all together, we've noticed several different themes emerge. So for 2017, we're going to base each of our "On The LYC" episodes on a different theme related to creating a home you love. December is all about the HOLIDAYS!
We're in the home stretch of 2017 and we have the perfect guest to wrap up the year and get us all in the mood for the holidays. Sarah Schiear 's passion for entertaining is infectious. After catering, blogging, and a stint on TV, she has now opened up an experiential shop called Salt House Market. And has just launched a Holiday Hosting Guide, which we are really excited about! It features three different experiences: the Sit-Down Dinner, the Cocktail Party, and the Relaxed Brunch. The guide goes beyond delicious recipes and also tells you how to plan, shop for, and time all the aspects of food prep, along with ideas for adapting menus to suit dietary restrictions, styling your space, and even suggestions on what to wear! Plus, you get access to Sarah herself through her Insiders' Community where she'll answer all your questions! Head over to salthousemkt.com to purchase your Holiday Hosting Guide and get 20% off any purchase! Now lets get started!
We can't wait to introduce you to Alex Evjen of AVE Styles this week! We met up with her at Haven Conference this past Spring in Atlanta and are so excited to have her on the podcast. She is the Pinterest Queen, a fashion stylist and her gorgeous home is now being featured in magazines and all over the web. Her keen design sense and her authenticity shine through in everything she does and we know you will love her has much as we do. She also shares some amazing Pinterest tips with us. If you are not using Pinterest this way yet, you are missing out! Let's get chatting!
Today we're airing another episode of "On the LYC." You've probably figured this out but, LYC stands for Little Yellow Couch, and it symbolizes everything we're about: making time to have meaningful conversations with friends while sitting comfortably in a beautiful space. Or at least on an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture!
Over the past few seasons, we've been collecting little bits of wisdom from the stylists and designers we've had on the show and quoting them on Instagram. When looking at these quotes all together, we've noticed several different themes emerge. So for 2017, we're going to base each of our "On The LYC" episodes on a different theme related to creating a home you love. November is all about LAYERING!
This week we're talking about how your passion can also be your saving grace when it comes to balancing work and home. Our guest this week is Nicola Broughton, otherwise known as The Girl With The Green Sofa. Nicola quickly amassed a huge Instagram following for her dramatic interiors, but she also has a day job. She's a financial director for a bio-research company, so she throws herself into decorating whenever she needs a creative fix. We always enjoy interviewing people with fabulous style who DON'T do it for a living because they can often clearly articulate why decorating is so personally fulfilling. And Nicola certainly does that in this interview!
Well Zandra and I have finally found our soulmates! We are so excited to have Ashley Daly and Ashley Palmer on the podcast today! They are the owners and creative minds behind Retro Den, a shop located in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they buy, sell, and trade vintage home goods and furniture as well some beautifully curated handmade goods and plants. They are absolute experts at layering vintage and new and have so much inspiration to share. We even wrap up the episode with a collective butchering of a furniture joke that will no doubt make you the hit a your next shindig.
Today we're airing another episode of "On the LYC." You've probably figured this out but, LYC stands for Little Yellow Couch, and it symbolizes everything we're about: making time to have meaningful conversations with friends while sitting comfortably in a beautiful space. Or at least on an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture! Over the past few seasons, we've been collecting little bits of wisdom from the stylists and designers we've had on the show and quoting them on Instagram. When looking at these quotes all together, we've noticed several different themes emerge. So for 2017, we're going to base each of our "On The LYC" episodes on a different theme related to creating a home you love. October is all about ART!
We are so excited to bring our chat with designer and blogger, Victoria Smith of SF Girl By Bay. She started her blog in 2006 and Zandra and I have beenfollowing her for inspiration since the beginning. We talk about her unique style as well as her new venture, her online shop Super Marche. We also had quite a few laughs including getting to hear the story behind her blog name! Listen in and you willleave with tons of inspiration and might even be asking yourself “What would Victoria do?” We also want to note that this conversation was recorded before the launch of Super Marche. But lucky for you, its already open for business! Head over to Super Marche to check it out!
Heather French is one half of the design team behind French & French Interiors, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We talk a lot about how that city has influenced her culturally and visually and how to incorporate your surroundings into your home. We also hear about how she first became interested in interiors, starting as a student of anthropology, and what it's like to feel her best self as an interior designer. She gives us lots of insight about her process working with clients, how design creates atmosphere, how to make a room feel cohesive, how to choose what goes in your home and what stays out.
Popular blogger Nikki Brantmark of My Scandinavian Home is our guest this week. She has won numerous awards for her work and is recognized for bringing Scandinavian style to the world outside Northern Europe. We talk with her about her recent book "The Scandinavian Home," which examines three different kinds of living spaces across the Scandi countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Nikki shares her perceptive eye for design from the vantage of being a transplant from London. By the end of this interview, we wanted to move to Sweden, right next to her in the town of Malmo, in a house by the sea. You probably will, too! Also check out Nikki's newest book "Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life".
For the first time, we are welcoming back a previous guest to the Style Matters podcast! Desha Peacock has written a new book called "Your Creative Work Space" and we thought this would be a great time to check in with her. If you do anything at all creative, whether it's with a paint brush or collaborative problem solving, you need to honor that work by creating space for it in your life. We talk about how to get focused, how to eek out a space for yourself when you have no room or no budget, and how the traditional office might not work for our modern times. We felt an immediate connection to Desha during our first interview with her because she so beautifully articulated why style matters. So if you haven't already, give that one a listen, too!