Today we're talking with Natalie Freeman: blogger, farmer and entrepreneur. She and her husband own a farm in Arkansas that also serves as a community gathering place. They recently opened up an old-fashioned general store called "Freckeled Hen Farmhouse," which, like the rest of their lives, is a mix of beloved tradition and modern sensibility. Natalie shares her farmhouse lifestyle through beautiful photgraphs and stories, all of which you can find on her blog, Natalie Creates.
Our guest today, Joanna Thornhill, has spent many years in the interiors industry, multitasking like crazy. She stages photo shoots, sources props for styling and does project management and social media planning for all kinds of brands who need her particular eye for design. And she also fits in private clients looking for help decorating their homes. Her book, "Home For Now: Making Your Rented Space or First Home Beautiful," caught our attention because we haven't talked that much on this podcast specifically about finding your style when you're renting or when you're cash strapped after buying your first home. There is a lot of information out there on how to save money, but what Joanna does is connect the dots between how to decorate on a budget and why going to the trouble of doing so is worth it in a temporary space. This interview will inspire all of us to stop worrying about making great big decisions that are supposed to last for decades, and allow ourselves to decorate with less constraint. We start by talking about renting in the US vs. the UK.
We are delighted to have Karonlina Barnesas our guest on the show this week. She is the editor in chief of the UK based online magazine, High In Style, which has reached 10,000 subscribers in its first year. First we'll hear her personal story. Undaunted by major health issues and moving to new countries with small children in tow, her passions have continued to push her forward. We go on to talk about the ways style can impact our sense of who we are. We love how Karolina is able to really explain why style matters!
We first came across Anne Sage through her book, "Sage Living". We were drawn to the subtitle, "Decorate for The Life You Want," because it sounded like she would be talking about the very substantial link we believe in, between your home and the foundation of a happy life. And we were not disappointed! This book is full of practical, hands-on ideas for setting up your home in ways that will help you bring your life goals to fruition. So, we're going to be asking Anne a lot about the book, but she also talks a little bit about her blog, City Sage, which you should definitely check out.
Little Yellow Couch is taking the month of August off but listen to what we have coming next season starting in September.
Today we're being graced with the presence of the Hovey sisters, Hollister and Porter. Together, they make up the interior decor and staging team behind Hovey Design, they have authored a book called "Heirloom Modern", with jaw dropping photos and personal stories about style, and they also share a home together in Brooklyn...to save money, yes, but also to decorate as freely as they wish, each of them understanding the other's style, intimately. We are especially drawn to their love of antiques, taxidermy, fencing gear, and the quirky way they put it all together!
This week we are talking to our new friend, the fabulous, Dabito. It's hard to pin down exactly what he does because he's multi-talented, but along with being the professional photographer for Justina Blakeney's best selling book, The New Bohemians, Dabito is a stylist, printmaker, graphic designer and the blogger behind Old Brand New. His style mixes modern and vintage, boho neutrals with vivid bright colors, and the whole shebang is heavily influenced by a life of travel. We talk about eclectic design, the importance of beauty and organization, and how thrifting is like dating.
We welcome you to snuggle up on the couch this week with your favorite pet and listen in on our chat with unashamed maximalist Kimberly Duran of the blog Swoonworthy. We fell in love with her "eclectic boho glam" style at first sight. She has truly discovered the design balance of bold colors and tactile fabrics with luxe finishes while still making you feel that you can sit back and put your feet up. We chat about everything from living in a well designed home with pets to designing a room that will afford you a good night's sleep. Come hang out with us for a while!
If you've seen the home of Molly Madfis, the blogger behind Almost Makes Perfect, you'll know why she's one of our favorite sources of inspiration. If you haven't been following her, you soon will, along with pinning her DIYs like crazy after this interview. Pretty much everything she puts out is beautiful and accessible, not requiring major skills in the craft department. If you thought making things for your home either meant having a degree in fine art OR succumbing to the level of dry macaroni, some string and Elmer's glue, you are about to be convinced that there's a middle ground. Molly's style is minimalist with natural materials, neutral shades with only subtle hints of color, and effortlessly elegant. We're so happy to draw back the curtain on the person behind Almost Makes Perfect!
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One of our favorite designers and tastemakers is Barb Blair, founder of Knack Studios so we are thrilled to be talking with her today. Barb not only transforms old furniture into new pieces for modern homes, she gets our mantras of "buy what you love" and "every home tells a story." In her new book,Furniture Makes the Room, she shows you 15 furniture make-overs AND how to use each piece of furniture in three different settings. Barb is all about "shopping your home" when looking to refresh a space. Taking something that was in a child's room and moving it to the den, taking a coffee table and putting it at the foot of the bed, or bringing an outdoor piece inside.
We are delighted to have Sharon Santoni as our guest today. She is an Englishwoman who has now spent more of her life in France than in her native country, married to a Frenchman and raising 4 children in Normandy. She lives in a beautiful old farmhouse where she shares her French lifestyle through her blog My French Country Home. We found her through her book, My Stylish French Girlfriends, which features 20 women, of all ages, living in all parts of France. From afar, we tend to idolize the mystique and charm of the perfect "French Woman" we conjure up in our imaginations. But Sharon has made them real for us by sharing intimate conversations and photographs of her friends' homes and their daily lives. What she reveals is that these women all have one thing in common: a passion for experiencing beauty in the every-day.
Today we are over the moon giddy to be chatting with textile and product designerLotta Jansdotter. We have been inspired by her designs and books for years and are so honored to have her on the show. After chatting with Lotta, Karen has been on a printmaking frenzy ... carving rubber stamp by hand and printing on fabric and paper until her hands are covered in ink. Check out Lotta's books " Lotta Prints" and "Handmade Living" for inspiration! Karen even sewed a dress from Lotta's new book "Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style".
Our guest today is Erin Boyle, the blogger behind Reading My Tea Leaves and author of "Simple Matters". It's a gorgeously photographed and written book and its focus is on the joys of living with simple pleasures in a small Brooklyn apartment that Erin shares with her husband and young child. We cover all kinds of aesthetics on the podcast and have celebrated both maximalist and minimalist styles, and everything in between. Today, we think you'll be delighted to hear about Erin's very pared down, minimalist style that comes from a place of true happiness. We love that, for her, simple living is not about deprivation but about the beauty she sees in everyday ordinary things.
This week we're talking with Lauren Liess, author of "Habitat: The Field Guide To Decorating". In this interview, we go deep into one of the most difficult aspects of developing a personal style, what Lauren calls the "intangible elements of design." We talk about the difference between aesthetic and style and how to apply those things to the architectural aspects of your home, along with taking into consideration it's geographic and cultural locations. You can hear in our voices how excited we are to talk with Lauren! And we hope you love this interview, too.
Our guest today is Ellie Tennant, author of the books Design Bloggers At Home and Chic Boutiquers At Home. Based in London, Ellie has been an interiors journalist for several years, writing for Ideal Home Magazine and Home Shopping Spy. What we love about both of her books is her focus on people who are really passionate about personalizing their homes and using them as a visual representation of their lives.
We are honored and excited to open our 4th season of Style Matters with the eloquent, warm and charming Mary Randolph Carter. You're about to be delighted by stories of her life working with Ralph Lauren, her prolific work as a writer and, above all, her passion for collecting. She currently has a regular column in Country Living Magazine and has recently released her 9th book, "Never Stop To Think, Do I Have A Place For This?" We have fallen hard for Carter, as she likes to be called, and we think you will, too.