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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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Apr 10, 2017

This week we're talking with the design duo behind Jersey Ice Cream Company, Tara Mangini and Percy Bright.   They offer "full service" home design, and they mean that very literally.  Tara and Percy specialize in moving into a home for several months, actually living there to understand its particular quirks and to give themselves time to let the bones and atmosphere of the home sink into their consciousness.  From there, they reveal hidden potential and, in most cases, completely overhaul every single detail.  If you take a look at the show notes page for this episode you'll see why we're tripping over ourselves, trying to find the right words to express our obsession with their work.  

Apr 3, 2017

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. April is all about why your home should be an AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

 

Mar 27, 2017

Our guest today is interiors expert, Anna Smith, founder of the blog and interior design firm,  Annabode and Company.  Anna lives in Colorado and really enjoys working face to face with clients in her community.  But she also does e-design for people across the country.  We particularly love seeing her own home as she and her husband renovate and decorate a 1970s ranch that they bought before ever seeing it in person!  In our conversation, we're really excited to hear about her very actionable suggestions when it comes to approaching the development of your own personal aesthetic and making decor decisions over time.

Mar 20, 2017

Hannah Bullivant is our lovely guest today!  She is a stylist for dozens of brands and loves her work.  But a couple of personal upheavals led her to completely change her lifestyle and the aesthetic of her home and surroundings.  On her blog, she chronicles her transformation and the home that has resulted from celebrating every day delights that change with the seasons. And while she may have purged her old eclectic style in favor of embracing a simpler approach, she has not lost that feeling of abundance in how she lives.  And today, she's going to share with us exactly how she does it!

Mar 13, 2017

Today we're talking with Emily Henson.  By day, she's a professional stylist making brands look their absolute best.  But the other side to Emily is the blogger who feels that only showing perfectly styled vignettes, rooms and whole houses is unproductive and unhealthy for our self esteem.   She's the author of three books.  Modern Rustic and Bohemian Modern came first.  And then most recently, her book Life Unstyled, which is a beautiful companion to her blog of the same name.  Emily is on a mission to show the behind-the-scenes reality of what real homes look like when they are actually being used by real people!  She is a breath of fresh air to all of us who want to find the balance between beauty and chaos!  Let's get started.

Mar 6, 2017

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. March is all about finding the PURPOSE & MISSION of your home!

Feb 27, 2017

Jennifer Harrison of Flea Market Fab joins us for a special bonus excerpt about our shared love for Mr. Abe Lincoln.

Feb 20, 2017

Today we're interviewing our first stylist who is creating a beautiful home...  on wheels!  Katie Nathey of Mountain Modern Life blogs about living in a 280 sq ft RV camper with her handy-man husband, Eric.  Katie's style, actually her whole lifestyle, is focused on nature, and in particular, the inspiration she gets from spending time in the mountains.  When she and Eric were looking for the perfect mountain town to call home, they realized that they weren't ready to choose just one place to settle down.  So instead, they decided to take time away from a brick and mortar home, rebuild and renovate an RV, and travel from one beautiful natural spot to another.  At this point, Katie and Eric have been living in the RV for several months but have only traveled to places where they have family.  We've caught her just as they're about to head out for the first leg of their non-family related adventure.

Feb 13, 2017

Our guest this week is the wildly entertaining and talented Emily Murray of The Pink House. Her mission is to translate her sparkling life as a no- strings- attached London girl into a home that is now filled with a husband and two children.  But rather than write a blog about the ups and downs of being a mom, she decided to figure out how to create a home that hasn't forgotten who she is.  In doing so, she has embraced imperfection and small sticky hands smearing chocolate on the sofa. And so, after years as a lifestyle journalist for print magazines, she decided to start a blog about gorgeous interiors, all the while acknowledging that life is messy and never perfect.  And that blog, by the way, just won the very-big-deal AMARA Interior Blogs award for best newcomer.   We have been so looking forward to talking with Emily and you're about to find out why!

Feb 6, 2017

Today we are excited to bring to you our chat with Jana Roach, co-founder of the enchanting Vintage Whites Market, an antiques market with over 150 vendors in 4 different states.  Jana shares with us the humble beginnings of the market in a garage as well as great stories behind the inspiring event the market has become.  She also shares her personal stories as a renter and how she makes each new space her own with a sense of history and connection.  We can't wait for you to take a listen!

Jan 30, 2017

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. January is all about getting ORGANIZED!

Jan 23, 2017

Max Humphrey is an interior designer based in Portland, Oregon with an unfussy style and commitment to creating interesting spaces that reflect the people that live, work, and play in them. He's been featured in national and international design magazines and recent work has included residential home designs in Oregon and down the West Coast as well as commercial commissions for two retail stores, a restaurant, a corporate office space, and styling gigs for a variety of shelter publications and home decor brands. His first line of custom fabrics will be out this year. Follow him on Instagram at @MaxWHumphrey.

Jan 16, 2017

Today we're talking with Megan Pflug, a Brooklyn based interior designer who is committed to hands-on decorating that includes DIY, as well as layering a home with a mix of vintage finds and newly purchased products.  Her projects are some of our favorites in terms of fearlessness and creativity.  You absolutely must check out her photos on the show notes page of this episode at littleyellowcouch.com.  After listening to the interview, we think you're going to be truly inspired to try something new!

Jan 9, 2017

We are so excited to introduce our first guest of season 6! We are talking with none other than Rebecca Atwood, the very popular textile designer and author of "Living With Pattern."  We love Rebecca's beautiful pillows, linens, wallpapers and fabrics, and in this episode, we get to ask her about her own story, her business philosophy, AND really dig into the hows and whys behind developing your own personal style.

Dec 12, 2016

Style Matters podcast is taking a break for the holiday season. We wish all of you a happy and healthy new year. We will return on January 9th with all new episodes.

Dec 5, 2016

Our guests today are Igor Josifovic and Judith DeGraaff, co-creators of the Urban Jungle Bloggers community and authors of the newly released book, Urban Jungle.  In it, they feature people who have homes filled with plants, showing how living greenery is  incorporated into different kinds of decor.  The book is also packed with a lot of practical information on different plant species and how to care for them.  With so many people interested in bringing plants into the overall design of their homes, we thought we should talk with the experts to get some insight and inspiration into this topic.  Along with Urban Jungle Bloggers, both Igor and Judith maintain their own style blogs called HappyInteriorsblog for Igor and Joelix for Judith.  They have very different and distinct styles, which are just as much fun to look at as their combined passion project for Urban Jungle!

Nov 28, 2016

This week we talk with Hannah Russell, co-founder of Layer, an online, curated marketplace of vintage items, based in London.  The items for sale are bought and sold by professional antiquarians but anyone can apply to be a seller, much like eBay.  Unlike eBay, Layer is set up more like a fantastic thrift store or antiques shop with a charming atmosphere, rather than experiencing an impersonal online product search.  Hannah and her co-founder and sister, Faith Russell, are passionate about design and how the shoppers will incorporate their purchases into their homes.  Hannah and Faith believe the best way for your home to tell your story is to layer it with history.  The kind of history that is a mix of your own experiences and those of the objects and furniture themselves.  We are so happy to have Hannah with us today to talk about buying, styling and living with vintage!

Nov 21, 2016

Welcome to the second installment of On The LYC , a periodic special episode where Zandra and I sit down for a chat about design dilemmas, our current obsessions and some "why not" ideas.  We even answer a listener's design question.  This episode is all about the upcoming holidays, so come hang out with us on the Little Yellow Couch!

Nov 14, 2016

This week we talk with one of our favorite people on Instagram, Lisa Dawson.  Her dramatic style immediately pulled us in but it's her personality that has us hooked!  You'll know what we mean once you start listening!  In this episode, we chat about getting rid of a perfectly good kitchen, developing an aesthetic that doesn't care about other people's opinions, and how to do everything on a budget.  You can find her on her blog, take one of her workshops, if you're lucky enough to live in Northern England, or dive right in to her Instagram feed.  You will be so glad you did!

Nov 7, 2016

We are joined this week by the lovely Jeran McConnel of Oleander & Palm, a lifestyle and design blog.  Jeran shares with us about living a simple life in California.  Her website is full of visual and DIY inspiration and her design sense comes from years of living abroad in third world countries.   She lives and exudes that sense of industriousness and gives us some great tips on where to get started. 

Oct 31, 2016

We are so happy to have Melinda McCoy on the show today!  We have become friends with Melinda through many, many conversations on Instagram, where we first discovered her elegant and welcoming home. Melinda is passionate about cultivating a timeless style that makes the tasks of daily life feel pleasurable.  And that approach is exactly what she has broken down into a step by step process for her clients and students in her online courses.  We talk with her about her business, House 214 Design, her approach to decorating, and how both of these have been shaped by raising three children ranging in age from 3 - 13.

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Oct 24, 2016

This week's guest is Jennifer Harrison of Flea Market Fab.  We sit with baited breath every day looking at her Instagram feed for new drool worthy photos of her textile layered home.  Jennifer has been honing her flea market fabulous style since she was a kid being dragged to estate sales and antique markets with her mother.  Her home is expertly layered with her amazing finds and begs you to come in and put your feet up with a cup of coffee or glass of wine in hand.  Jennifer will completely inspire you in this interview and have you headed straight for your nearest antique store and thrift shop!  Even better, check out Jennifer's online shop at fleamarketfab.style to purchase her custom designed pillows and poufs made from her personal collection of vintage textiles.

Oct 17, 2016

In this episode, we talk with Roger Hazard and Chris Stout-Hazard, founders of the boutique furniture company, Roger + Chris. We first found them on Instagram and were immediately taken with Chris's photography. You can tell right away that furniture is going to be an integral part of the entire experience they want you to have in your home.  Their pieces are drop dead gorgeous all on their own, but they really know how to bring together timeless style with personalized taste, and it helps that Roger spent years in the design industry, starring in television's first ever home & real estate show, "Sell This House."  Chris is the technology wizard behind the scenes and together, they have created not only an amazing business, but a colorful and rich life together.

Oct 10, 2016

So this is our 51st episode and we're introducing something a little new... Karen and I are going to interview each other today!  We've designed the show around 4 different segments, which we'll tell you about as we go.  We're going to try this out about once a month, mixed in with our regular interviews of guests in the home interiors world.  So, here goes...let us know what you think!  

Our first segment is about a design dilemma.  Kind of a cheesy name, we know, but it makes us laugh.  We're going to focus on a particular issue or stumbling block one of us is having in our homes and how we've decided to deal with it.

Oct 3, 2016

If you've been at all following home design blogs over the past decade, you'll be familiar with our guests this week, John and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love.  Their blog was one of the first out there to hit the big time, due to a combination of their warm  personalities and their roll-up-your sleeves attitude toward renovation and decorating.  Young House Love became a primary source of inspiration for DIYers who wanted to create a home that was personal and meaningful.   Along with developing products for major national brands and starting a podcast, they have also written two books.  In this episode, we talk about the second one quite a bit.  It's called Lovable, Livable Home, which brings up the opportunity for Sherry and John to tell us what it's like to do so many home projects and still stay happily married.  Tomorrow, October 4th, their third book hits the shelves, but it's not a typical home decor book.  Sherry and John reveal what their newest project is in the episode, so be sure to listen all the way to the end! 

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