Style Matters

By Zandra Zuraw

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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

Episode Date
Sculpting Light and Transforming a Room with Ted Bradley

  Today, you're going to hear from a sculptor who talks so eloquently about his craft and why we need to surround ourselves with beauty and I felt honored to talk with someone who thinks so deeply about his work.

Aug 08, 2022
Frustrated With The Rental Process? June Homes Has A Solution!

 I'm talking with Rachel Robarge of the rental services company, June Homes. 

Aug 01, 2022
Creating a Cohesive, Yet Unexpected Design Plan

I was talking with designer Anne Hulcher Tollett on the Style Matters podcast about the importance of having objects in a room "in dialogue" with one another. 

Jul 25, 2022
What You Really Need To Know As a First Time Home Owner with Jessica Velazquez

What makes this conversation a little different is that Jessica specializes in helping first-time owners through the particular challenges they face.  I also just want to mention here, because it doesn't come up in our conversation, that Jessica has a free guide that kickstarts your living room. 

Jul 18, 2022
How A Cocktail Can Inspire Interior Design with Rydhima Brar

Inspiration for a new design in our homes can come from anywhere.  One of the most playful examples I've heard of is taking your cues from a favorite cocktail.  On the Style Matters podcast, Rydhima Brar walks us through one of her moodboards for a Lavender Old Fashioned. 

Jul 11, 2022
How To Do a Renovation Without Regrets with Mona Ying Reeves

In this interview, I  talk with Mona Ying Reeves. Not so much about her design firm or any of that other stuff at all.  Instead, we talk about her latest side project called Kickstart House.  It's an online community for people who are taking on the renovation journey themselves.  And she's passionate about helping people through it. 

Jul 04, 2022
Designing a Life of Riches and Fulfillment with Sean Leffers

My guest this week is sooooo good.  Sean Leffers is a designer working out of Los Angeles and his breadth of knowledge and the insight he has on why style matters and how to make your home sing is truly inspiring.  And he's warm and entertaining and all of those other good things you want from this show.  In our conversation, we talk about art, antiques, storytelling, creativity, disposable decor... we cover so much.  But I'm pretty sure Sean has more to share so I'm guessing we're going to have him on more than once.  Oh, and I haven't even mentioned how gorgeous is work is!  You've got to visit the show notes page for this episode at to see the photos!

May 30, 2022
Making Sustainable Choices For Our Homes with Michelle Rohrer-Lauer

Michelle Rohrer-Lauer owns the design firm Michelle's Interiors in Chicago where she creates luxurious homes that meet her standards for sustainability, health, and wellbeing.

May 23, 2022
Being Expansive In Your Thinking with Chanae Richards

Chanae Richards is the design genius behind Oloro Interiors, and don't worry, we cover what that name means in the conversation! 

May 16, 2022
Design Elements of Inspiring Hotels with Kellie Sirna

 My guest today is Kellie Sirna, co-founder of Studio 11 Design, which specializes in specialty hotel design.  Kellie has led global projects across boutique and renowned nameplates such as Caesars Entertainment, Hyatt, Starwood, Thompson Hotels, and many more and she oversaw the recent launch of two new side projects within Studio 11 Design, one about branding and the other, Lou Verne, which specializes in art installations. 

May 09, 2022
The Scent of Your Signature Style with Chrissy Fichtl

In this episode, you're going to hear one of those stories where someone starts making something in their kitchen and turns it into a mini-empire.  These stories sometimes feel a little unbelievable in many people have tried this thing, never to have it come to anything?  Chrissy Fitchl is the founder of Apotheke, a scent company making handmade soaps, lotions, and candles in her factory in Brooklyn.

May 02, 2022
Why Your Stuff is Killing Your Future Self and What To Do About It with Peter Walsh

Peter Walsh is the author of many books and a TV personality who on several hit design shows.  He takes a soul-searching, tough-love approach to getting rid of our clutter so that we can live a more abundant life. In this episode we talk about the particular challenges of downsizing for ourselves and our elderly parents.

Apr 25, 2022
How a Sense of Place Defines an Aesthetic with the authors of The Maine House

If you've ever dreamed of what a perfect beach cottage, lake house or home in the woods would feel and look like, you're going to love this episode. I was delighted to see a book come out called "The Maine House" and it fulfilled all of my hopes and expectations for what beauty comes out of composing a home aligned with where it's situated. This conversation with Maura McEvoy, Basha Burwell and Kathleen Hackett, the women responsible for creating this stunning book, gave me such pleasure and I hope you'll feel the same. 

Apr 11, 2022
Style, Grief, Creativity and Diversity With Beth Diana Smith

The interview you're about to hear ended up being very personal.  Not only does designer Beth Diana Smith talk with us about healing from the death of her mom and how she had to become a full fledged adult when most of us are still clueless 20-year-olds, but we also talk about her work with the Black Artists and Designers Guild, which opened up a candid conversation about being a black woman working in the field of interior design.  I really appreciate how  open Beth was about all of these things.  And along the way, we also talked about stuff we love, like mixing styles and fearless decorating.  So this is a good one, folks!  Let's get started with Beth.  

Apr 04, 2022
Designing A Life for Parenting, Adventure and Beauty with Cortney Novogratz

You've probably heard of my guest this week, Cortney Novogratz because she and her family of 7 kids, alongside her husband and business partner, Robert Novogratz, have been in the spotlight for quite a long time.  Maybe you remember her from one of her TV shows, "Design By 9" on Bravo, or "Home By Novogratz" on HGTV.  

Mar 28, 2022
Living In, Decorating, and Respecting a Historic Home with Erica Swagler

Have you wondered what it's like to renovate an old home?  Not just renovate, but actually live in an hold home while you're working on it?  And what about moving into an old home that needs work, where you're raising kids, AND that's on the National Register of Historic Places?  Any trepidation there?  I found today's guest on Instagram, where I've been completely swept up in her story.  Erica Swagler's account on Instagram is called Living_In_A_Landmark and if you scroll through her photos, I think you'll be just as enchanted.

Mar 21, 2022
Fearless Decorating with Ariene Bethea

My guest today is the perfect example of someone who has taught herself how to train her eye and create a signature style.  Ariene Bethea is the owner of the antique shop, Dressing Rooms Interiors, in Charlotte, NC, which has been getting a lot of attention from interior designers and magazines.   But her home is just as compelling as the shopping experience she's created.  In fact, the way she so thoughtfully brings disparate objects together in beautiful ways is one of the reasons why she started offering in-person design services, in addition to curating her shop.  In this conversation, we talk about her use of color, her collections, and how, in the case of one client, she applied her maximalist style to a minimalist's home.  Let's go!

Mar 14, 2022
The Art of Storytelling in Design with Philip Mitchell

When I first saw Philip Mitchell's book, "Collected Interiors: Rooms That Tell a Story," I knew I had found a master of the mix. He's created my very favorite kinds of homes... those where every detail is fully considered and every composition and pairing of objects tells an arresting or unexpected story. 

Mar 08, 2022
Creating Self Respect Through Decor with Melissa Penfold

Melissa Penfold is a well-known Australian journalist in the field of interiors and she's just come out with her first book, "Living Well By Design."  We talk about developing your confidence, creating a sense of place, the missing wow factor ingredient in many homes... hint... it's about scale... and of course, why style matters.

Jan 31, 2022
The 5 Elements Of Slow Style

"On The Little Yellow Couch" where it's just you and me.  In other episodes like this, you've heard me go over the principles of Slow Style and the path or phases you'd go through to apply this approach to decoration and design.  Today, I'll give you some concrete ideas about what exactly a Slow Style home looks like.  There are 5 main elements that I've come up with that I think pretty much covers all homes created with Slow Style.  

Jan 24, 2022
The Healing Power of Art with Cheryl Janis

  We're going to hear about the beauty of Cheryl's natural environment, feng shui, her artwork and the importance of art overall when it comes to creating a home that gives something back to us.  Here's Cheryl.  

Jan 17, 2022
How A Quilt Makes A Home with Jen Kingwell

 I've wanted to interview many Australian designers but haven't been able to make the difference in time zones work.  Until now!  You're about to hear my conversation with Jen Kingwell, fabric and pattern designer, quilter, and now author.  She's just written a book called Quilt Recipes, and I fell in love with the gorgeous photos showing how her quilts are used in interiors.  Not only can you follow her patterns and design ideas to make your own quilts from this book, she also includes recipes from her mom who was a terrific baker.  When you think about it, it's the perfect combination for a cozy winter day... curling up with a soft handmade quilt and a sweet treat.  You'll have to check out the photos on the show notes page of this episode to really get a sense of the feeling this book has inspired in me!  Ok, here's Jen.

Jan 10, 2022
From Cookie Cutter to Uniquely Yours with Marian Parsons

I'm very happy to have Marian Parsons open up this new season of Style Matters for us.  You may also know her as Miss Mustard Seed, which is what she called herself when she started a blog over 10 years ago.  From the blog came other business pursuits such as creating a line of milk paint, creating fabric and product designs, and selling her original artwork.  She's just come out with a new book, "Feels Like Home: Transforming your home from uninspiring to uniquely yours," and her approach to design completely aligns with what we believe here at Style Matters.  And that is that your story is your style.  Let's hear from Marian.  

Jan 03, 2022
The Art of Living With Collections with Melissa Parks

Melissa Parks is a hunter and seller of vintage goods just outside of Chicago, Illinois.  She's also a regular contributor to the digital magazine, Lived-In Style and wrote for the print publication Flea Market Style before that.  You may know her as "Megillicutti," which is the name she uses on Instagram where she has over 26k fans.  n this episode we talk about how she approaches the “hunt,” what makes the cut and what doesn’t and how she fills her own home with a rotation of collections.  

Dec 06, 2021
A Beautiful Home Doesn't Have To Break The Bank with Jamala Wallace

Jamala Wallace shares her many room and furniture transformations through her personal blog, Viva La Vintage.   In this conversation, we really zero in on the idea that beauty comes from the act of finding and creating it, rather than acquiring it.

Nov 29, 2021
How a Rug Becomes the Soul of a Home with Emmy Ellison

Emmy Ellison, founder of de Maroc.  Her mission is to bring the beauty of handmade woven rugs from Morocco into all of our homes.  I'll let her tell you her story, starting with her wandering around Morocco, following the trail of the centuries-old tradition of designing, weaving, and dying these beautiful, soulful pieces.

Nov 22, 2021
Why Style Matters: Lessons From the Archives

People often ask me which episodes they should start with if they're new to the podcast. And so I thought an interesting way to answer that question would be to go over some of the best eye-opening perspectives that I have heard from my guests over the years. We'll cover a few things such as how do we really define a personal style in the first place, and why does it matter? We'll also get into why I've created the Slow Style approach to design.

Nov 15, 2021
Getting Serious About Sustainability with Rachel Fowler

Today, I'm talking with designer Rachel Fowler who's out with a new book, "My Happy Place: healthy, sustainable and human design for life and work."  She's going to get the ball rolling here in that the bulk of what we talk about is the big picture of what's really going on with how we purchase, consume and dispose of home-related things.  

Nov 09, 2021
Insider Secrets to Home Renovations with Jasmine Roth

"House Story: Insider Secrets to the Perfect Home Renovation."  I talk with Jasmine on the Style Matters podcast about the questions, mis-steps and small victories won when going through a home renovation.

Nov 01, 2021
The First Step to Creating Your Style is to Be a Noticer with Mally Skok

I'm delighted to share this episode with you.  I'm having a conversation with one of my favorite fabric and wallpaper designers, Mally Skok.  And she's also a really fabulous interior designer.  Originally from South Africa and now living in the States, near me, in Boston, as it turns out, Mally has just written a gem of a book.  It's called "Mally's Little Handbook: A guide to finding your joy through my designer eyes."  Without knowing it was going to happen, what we talked about so closely aligned with my Slow Style approach, I feel like Mally could be the spirit animal of the Slow Style philosophy!   Let's get started and I think you'll see what I mean.  

Oct 25, 2021
One Woman's Cinderella Story (and how you can have your own castle) with Carley Summers

My guest today is one of my favorite interiors photographers and she's also an accomplished, sought after designer. You'd never guess that her life was kind of in shambles a decade ago. I'll let Carley Summers tell her own story. Let me just say that I'm so happy to have met her and been introduced to her work. Along with her personal journey, we also talk about how to make sure you're making good decisions while you're thrifting and antiquing, why you can't have great style without having patience, and why we all deserve sacred spaces in our homes.

Oct 18, 2021
Dragons, Pagodas and All Things Chinoiserie with Aldous Bertram

Today I'm talking with Aldous Bertram about his first book called "Dragons & Pagodas: A Celebration of Chinoiserie."  He traces hundreds of years of the development of the Chinoiserie style, into what reads like a novel.  And then gorgeously illustrates all of the major motifs under the Chinoiserie umbrella.  

Sep 27, 2021
A Very Special Home for the Public with Peter Pennoyer

Several years ago, passionate philanthropists Kelly and Scott Meuller had a vision for expanding and sharing their private art collection with the public through an endowment to the Cleveland Museum of Art. They went to the firm Peter Pennoyer Architects with this idea.  What has emerged is Rowdy Meadow, a property that is both home and museum, as well as a 150 acre sculpture park with 30 pieces by some of the most renowned artists working today. 

Sep 20, 2021
Hosting Parties the Relaxed and Happy Way with Elizabeth Van Lierde

Today I'm talking with cookbook author Elizabeth Van Lierde. We talk about several different types of gatherings with her eye on creating experiences inside her home that make for the best kinds of parties... the ones where everyone, including the host is relaxed.

Sep 13, 2021
Creating Outdoor Spaces That Actually Work with Margie Grace

My guest is Margie Grace, founder of Grace Design, a landscape design company in southern California and we're talking all about our outdoor spaces today.  Margie tells it like it is when it comes to residential backyards and gardening in terms of what you should and shouldn't plant and why being honest with yourself about maintenance is so important. 

Sep 06, 2021
Your History, Your Home with N'Ckyola Green

Today I'm talking with N'Ckyola Green, founder of eXtraordinary By Design.  Nikki is passionate about many things having to do with creating a home, from rolling up her sleeves and doing her own projects to eco-conscious lifestyle choices and natural beauty regimes, to gardening, cooking, and honoring the benefits of an interdependent community.  

Aug 29, 2021
How To Mix Design Elements: A Masterclass with Pulp Design Studio

My guests today are Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry, founders of Pulp Design Studios.  For this episode, I chose one of the rooms they've worked on and break it down into its component parts...color, scale, pattern, flow, materials... and explain to us how all of these elements come together to create what I consider to be a beautifully designed room.

Aug 23, 2021
So You Think You Want To Be a Superhost?

My guests today are Sarah Karakaian and Annette Grant, founders of Thanks For Visiting, which includes a podcast, a membership and a free introductory course on how to start and maintain a successful short-term rental business.  They give us a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a Superhost on Airbnb and why putting the guests first is critical to the bottom line. 

Aug 15, 2021
Handmade Goods From Around The World with Rebecca Haskins

Rebecca Haskins is the founder of the online shop NOMA Collective which is a collection of handmade goods for the home made in collaboration with the artisans themselves. She has developed such wonderful relationships with people across the globe to create modern iterations of ancient designs and the results are not only beautiful, but incredibly meaningful. 

Aug 06, 2021
For The Love of DIY with Nicole Jackson-Bertrand

 My guest today is Nicole Jackson-Bertrand. She is blowing up on Instagram because of her beautiful projects. Herself, along with her wife, Diane had been doing for years, everything, themselves, just from the vision to the execution. It's pretty amazing. They live in Florida. So there's a lot of attention they'd paid to their outdoor living spaces. I just want to encourage you to think about while she's talking is what are your plans? What is your vision for your outdoor spaces and how do you want to live in them? And what's on your dream list.

Jul 12, 2021
Living The French Lifestyle with Sharon Santoni

I'm delighted to have Sharon Santoni back on the show again.  I first met her when her book, "My Stylish French Girlfriends" came out.  And she has put together a life that embodies all of the components that I admire: beauty, inspiration and the company of great friends.  Her blog, My French Country Home," has turned into a multifaceted business, including antiquing tours in Paris and Normandy, two books a magazine and more.  And today, she's going to take us to France.  

Jul 05, 2021
How To Get Your Dream Home

Today I'm doing a solo show talking about the idea of a dream home and how to not put off having one!  I'll walk you through the Slow Style approach that allows you to create your dream home, right now, no matter your circumstances.  And then, I'll give you a few ideas you can try out to get started on that dream home today.  

Jun 28, 2021
A Life In Color with Annie Sloan

I am honored to introduce today's guest, the one and only, Annie Sloan, creator of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Annie has been called a leader in the design scene by the UK Telegraph, Elle Decor and the venerable World Of Interiors magazine. 

Jun 21, 2021
What You Get When You Buy Handmade with Anitra Terrell

My guest is Anitra Terrell, founder of Reflektion Design, an online shop that sells handcrafted art, textiles and serving ware all made from artisans Anitra has sought out in several African countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Uganda.  In this conversation, we talk about how she first started collecting textiles, the stories behind some of the objects she sells, and the impact you can have when you know where things come from.  

Jun 13, 2021
What We Cherish In Our Homes with Christina Fluegge

Christina Fluegge of Greige Design has turned her focus specifically toward pattern design for fabrics and wallpaper, which you can find at Greige Textiles.  I was really drawn to these products because of her points of inspiration, which are mainly travel and nature.  Today, we're talking all about her wide range of work as well as how she mixes in art and antiques into her own home.

Jun 07, 2021
A Big Impact Starts with Simple Questions with Maria Viola

My guest today is Philadelphia based interior designer Maria Viola.  She's been heading up her own team for about 15 years and her award winning firm, Viola Interior Design, while being active on several boards in the city.   We dive into lots of reasons why good design is essential... in other words, why style matters!  

May 31, 2021
How to Be a Pattern Mixing Ninja with Bari J Ackerman

My guest today is Bari J Ackerman, artist, maximalist, floral enthusiast, and now, author.  Her first book, Bloom Wild, A Free Spirited Guide To Decorating with Floral Patterns showcases Bari's own work on walls, fabric and furniture while teaching us how to mix patterns, even crazy, wild patterns, in ways that are joyous rather than chaotic.  

May 24, 2021
Who We Are In Our Homes During and Post Pandemic with The Spruce

 My guest today is the General Manager of The Spruce, Melanie Berliet and we're going to talk about her perspective on how we've been living in and using our homes over the past year and thinking about what we can look forward to for the rest of 2021. 

May 03, 2021
Anything Goes When It Comes To Your Walls with Geraldine James

My guest is Geraldine James, a prolific author of design books, including the very popular "Creative Walls" and "#shelfie."  These are the two books I wanted to talk about with her in particular because buying art as well as displaying collections are two things I think we should all be embracing.   

Apr 26, 2021
Creating a Natural Eclectic Home with Heather Ross

Heather Ross is my guest this week and she's been living a multi-passionate life, for sure.  She's an artist in several mediums, she's been a boutique owner, and the author of a gorgeous and thoughtful design book, The Natural Eclectic.  In our conversation today, we  re-examine what we mean when we say we're decorating with nature, or that we're "eclectic" in our style, as well as taking apart words we see all the time these days such as beauty and authenticity.   

Apr 19, 2021
How to Find and Incorporate Antiques Into Your Home with Debbie Mathews

My guest this week is Debbie Mathews, a well established antiques dealer in Nashville, who has also moved into the design arena because so many of her customers have recognized her exquisite taste, her eye for detail and her ability to mix antique pieces with contemporary ones in ways that make a room feel relaxed and welcoming. 

Apr 12, 2021
Modern Americana with Max Humphrey

Maxwell Humphrey is out with his first book. It's called Modern Americana and in it, Max takes us through all of the pieces that signify his particular outlook, which tend to be classic, nostalgic, and very American. Think vintage boy scout handbooks, Teddy Roosevelt on horseback and Hollywood's wild west. His aesthetic is laid back, very comfortable and livable, but he pays very close attention to detail, composition and environment. 

Apr 05, 2021
Empowering Women, One Power Tool At A Time with Cara Newhart

Cara is the woman, the carpenter, the visionary behind Never Skip Brunch where she is on a mission to empower women to hold a drill as easily as you hold a handbag.

Mar 29, 2021
You Gotta Know Yourself To Find Your Style with Carmen Rene

My guest is Carmen Rene of Aquilo Interiors. She's baed in Oakland, CA and has worked on everything from hotels, restaurants and bars to private homes all across the Bay area. Carmen's aesthetic is pretty wild, very bold and unlike a lot of other work done by traditional designers, which is what drew me to her in the first place. Be sure to take a look at the show notes page for this episode on the little yellow couch website and you'll see photos of what I'm talking about. But what I really loved about digging in to Carmen's mind during this conversation is that she isn't afraid to go deep and talk about the substance and reasons behind why we want to live in beautiful spaces and how you have to get real with yourself about who you are if you ever want to create a home you love. 

Mar 22, 2021
New Inspiration for Vintage Lovers with Ki Nassauer

Ki Nassauer is a repeat guest on the Style Matters podcast and I'm so happy to have her back.  Ki has been rolling up her sleeves and digging in to all things vintage for many years.  This time, I wanted to talk with her about her newest venture, an online magazine called Lived-In Style.  When I first met Ki, she was the editor in chief of Flea Market Style, a print publication and was the founder of one of the best antiques shows in the country, Junk Bonanza.  She's still producing that show in Minneapolis... or, she will be again, as soon as the pandemic allows, but I was curious about her transition from print to online when it came to the shelter magazine arena.  And of course, we also talk a lot about vintage in this conversation!  Let's jump in.

Mar 15, 2021
Marlo Thomas on Feminism, Travel and Home

I'm talking with the one-and-only Marlo Thomas.  She has recently collaborated with Williams Sonoma on a 10 piece entertaining collection.  We talk about how this all came about and the inspiration behind it, but of course, I had to also ask her about her acting career and her work as an activist. 

Feb 22, 2021
Investing In a Community, One Home at a Time with Mina Starsiak Hawk

You may know my guest this week from the seemingly boundless energy she shares on her HGTV show, Good Bones.  Mina Starsiak Hawk is the real deal when it comes to construction and renovation.  With her mom, she started the Two Chicks & A Hammer construction company.   Mina has continued to be an integral part of the communities in which she lives and works and has used that platform for all kinds of initiatives.  

Feb 15, 2021
How to (Finally) Define Your Style!

How do YOU define your style?  Today on the show, I'm going to dig into our new Style Mash Up guide where you can finally, once and for all, forever put to bed that annoyingly difficult question to answer: What is your style???  Download the guide.  Play the game.  Have some fun and hopefully a lightbulb will go off when you need some direction for your next project! 

Feb 08, 2021
Change Your Home, Change Your Life with Michelle Ogundehin

Michelle Ogundehin is a leader in the interior design world.  Most recently, her first book, called "Happy Inside: How to Harness the Power of Home for Health and Happiness" has just been published.  The  interview you're about to hear is one of the most substantial conversations I've ever had about design, on a personal scale.  How design affects real people, in real homes.  

Jan 25, 2021
Using Ayurveda to Set Up a Harmonious Home with Susan Weis Bohlen

My guest today is going to come at the question of how to design our homes from a very different perspective than what you're used to hearing on this show.   Susan Weis Bohlen isn't a designer.  She's a chef and author and practitioner of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian holistic approach to life.  Susan gives us a quick intro to the basics of Ayurdeva and then we talk about applying Ayurvedic principles to our homes.  

Jan 25, 2021
Turning Any Beige Box into a Home with Ariel Garneau of PMQ for Two

My guest today is Ariel Garneau who is known for her bold, colorful, quirky, somewhat retro, mash up of styles.  I wanted to know where it comes from, how she defines it and how it's evolved over time.  

Jan 18, 2021
Do You Need an Architect or a Builder? with David Supple

David Supple is the founder and CEO of New England Design & Construction.  Schooled in architecture and trained in carpentry, David is about to explain how the profession of architecture has come to be and how it has estranged itself from its roots where craftsmanship and design went hand in hand.  Now, David has a great personality so,  he's very entertaining and makes history interesting.  But if history isn't your thing, keep listening because we also talk about another of his passions, which is sustainability and he's got a practical tip that I've never heard of that should probably top your list if you're prioritizing eco-friendly practices in your home. 

Jan 11, 2021
How to Apply Color Psychology To Our Homes with Mehnaz Kahn

My guest today is Mehaz Khan.  She's a color psychology specialist and talks with us today about choosing color from the perspective of how it will affect our behavior, via our emotions.  She's very much invested in her client's mental and emotional health, and understands the connection between those aspects of who we are and the environments we create for ourselves.  Let's jump in.  

Jan 04, 2021
You Don't Know What You Can Do Until You Do What You Haven't Done Before with Bertille de Lestrade

Bertille de Lestrade is an artist and her Instagram account is called Cette Maison Bleue, where she showcases her paintings of private interiors so we talk about the connection she makes between art and interior design.  But this conversation turned out to be a whole lot more than that.  We also talk about coming through to the other side of depression, developing self confidence, and finding beauty in the world, as well as putting beauty into it.  

Dec 06, 2020
How To Get Your Spouse on Board with Sarie Taylor

Today, I'm asking Sarie Taylor about 4 of the biggest sources of conflict between spouses or partners when it comes to our homes.  They are: money, time, self expression (meaning what to do when the two of you are clashing over what colors and styles to use in your home), and sentimentality, 

Nov 30, 2020
Small Steps Toward A Sustainable Home with Sara Bird

Sara Bird is my guest today, and along with photographer Dan Duchars, she's just come out with a new book called Home For The Soul: Sustainable and Thoughtful Decorating and Design.  Let's hear what she has to say about the direction the sustainability movement is taking inside our homes.  

Nov 23, 2020
Feeling Overwhelmed? Here's What To Do!

In this episode I address several listener dilemmas by first showing how they all have to do with battling the feeling of overwhelm.  When I asked you what your biggest struggle was when it came to your homes, you said not enough time, loads of clutter, and too many choices!  Not to mention a lack of confidence.   Today, I talk about three ways to deal with feeling overwhelmed so you can get unstuck and start living a beautiful life in the homes you have right now!  

Nov 16, 2020
Cultural Shifts in Southern Style with Alyssa Rosenheck

My guest this week is interiors photographer Alyssa Rosenheck.  She's just come out with her first book called "The New Southern Style: Interiors of a Lifestyle and Design Movement."  To define this new movement, she casts a wide net across the south, sharing the homes of activists, designers, chefs, and other creatives.  The focus of the book is on healing deep social divides using creativity as a means of communication and hope. 

Nov 09, 2020
How To Buy Art with Katharine Earnhardt

Today I'm talking with Katharine Earnhardt, founder of the art advisory firm Mason Lane.  She is going to crush any mental blocks, hesitations or insecurities you may have when it comes to buying art.  And she does this by being incredibly approachable. 

Nov 02, 2020
How to Use The Slow Style Framework

I realized it would be really helpful if everyone listening to the podcast and everyone who interacted with Little Yellow Couch in any way, had big picture framework that you could refer to when trying to figure out what to focus on when it comes to the design of your home and the development of your style.  So we're going to take a look at the Slow Style framework and figure out which aspect of it would be most helpful to you right now, given what's going on in your life and home.  

Oct 26, 2020
Your Books Tell the Story of Your Style with Juniper Books

If you are a book lover, how central are they to the feel of your home?  In this episode I interview Thatcher Wine, founder of Juniper Books.  Juniper is a very unusual company in that they don't publish new books.  They create covers for books and, more specifically, covers for whole collections.  When you look at the shelves, the book spines, an image across them emerges.  It's a whimsical way to to have your books tell a story about what's in the pages, and more importantly, these images tell a story of who owns the books and what they're passionate about.  Thatcher takes styling with books to a whole new level! 

Oct 12, 2020
Taking Ownership of Your Style with Studio LaLoc

Lauren Caron is the owner and principle designer of Studio LaLoc, now based in Seattle.  But she started her career working at Tiffany's flagship store in Manhattan working on product display.  From there, she worked her way up at the iconic Bergdorf Goodman's, managing entire floors of the store, creating many, many atmospheric experiences for the Bergdorf client.  That background and everything she learned there is sprinkled throughout our conversation and, you'll hear how excited I get by all of the ways in which Lauren has translated those talents into creating meaningful homes.  

Oct 05, 2020
Your Aesthetic is an Experiment in Who You Are with Sean Scherer

Sean Scherer is a painter by training and profession, and currently a passionate shop owner and creator of interior environments that envelope you in very particular atmospheres and emotions.  Sean has also written his first book.  In our conversation today, Sean talks about what different elements go into the creation of a home, a room, or even a small vignette, based on his years of training his eye on composition, balance and story telling.  

Sep 28, 2020
Mixing Different Cultural Styles in Your Home with The Good Abode

Christine Martin of The Good Abode talks with me about her extensive travel history and how she incorporates a mix of different cultural experience into her decor.  We also talk about the power of re-arranging furniture and the universal elements she uses to create well being.

Sep 21, 2020
A Masterclass in Layering with Marie Flanagan

Marie Flanagan is a designer in Houston, TX and she's just come out with her first book called The Beauty of Home.  I found Marie's chapters to each be a foundational lesson in design that clarifies so much of the intangible elements such as composition, character, palate, depth... and my conversation with her is like sitting in on several master classes rolled into one.  

Sep 14, 2020
The Power of Design Serendipity with Melissa Mary Jenkins

Melissa Mary Jenkins is a Canadian watercolor and mixed media artist who also makes her own inks from plant materials she grows or forages on her rural property. In our conversation today, we talk about the art of layering colors, materials, moods...both in art and in our rooms. 

Sep 07, 2020
How Your Home Tells Your Story with Heather French

This is a re-released episode from our archives.  Heather French is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  We talk a lot about how that city has influenced her and how to incorporate your surroundings into your home.  

Aug 31, 2020
Foundational Design Lessons with Anna Smith

This is a re-released episode from 2017.  Interiors expert, Anna Smith, founder of the blog and interior design firm,  Annabode and Company shares her very actionable suggestions when it comes to approaching the development of your own personal aesthetic and making decor decisions over time.  

Aug 24, 2020
Mixing Bold Color, Pattern and Styles with Kimberly Duran of Swoonworthy

This week we have self-proclaimed unashamed maximalist Kimberly Duran of the blog Swoonworthy.  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 and a brilliant way of choosing colors.    

Aug 17, 2020
Finding Freedom in Minimalism with Erin Boyle

This episode originally aired in 2016.  Our guest is Erin Boyle, the blogger behind Reading My Tea Leaves and author of "Simple Matters: Living With Less and Ending Up With More".  For her, a pared down, simple style is not about deprivation but about the beauty she sees in everyday ordinary things.  

Aug 10, 2020
Infusing Floral Design Into Your Interiors with Cynthia Zamaria

My guest is floral and interior designer Cynthia Zamaria.  She embodies the soul of this podcast, which is to tie together beauty and meaning, style and substance.  We cover a lot of ground from personal philosophy, to home renovations, to specific suggestions on what flowers to grow and how to build an arrangement.  

Jul 27, 2020
How Failing Leads You to Your Signature Style with Domicile 37

My guest is Jessica Reilly the blogger behind Domicile 37.  She have an incredible eye for design, but here's what I want you to take away from this episode: you have to be willing to try things and fail in order to figure out what you love and how to execute it.  

Jul 20, 2020
Making Your Home Work For You with Heather Jorde

My guest this week is designer Heather Jorde, who also writes the blog, Restless Oasis.  We talk about design philosophy, moving houses, incorporating sentimental objects into your decor and how to personalize a cookie-cutter new build. 

Jul 13, 2020
Trusting Your Gut and Finding Joy with Tiffany Brown

I'm inspired by people who are just really good at making their homes their own, without any training.  Tiffany Brown is my guest today and she's the blogger behind My Eclectic Nest, When you hear her talking, the joy she experiences is so infectious, I want all of you to feel the same way in your homes!  

Jul 06, 2020
Pulling Inspiration from Travel with Found & Collected Design

My guest this week is Sarah Ramirez of Found & Collected Design and her inspiration comes mostly from traveling, taking in the colors, patterns, textures, landscapes of the places she visits and bringing those cross cultural experiences into her work once she's back home in California. 

Jun 29, 2020
Art & Rugs: The Missing Links with Impeccable Nest

Emma Carole Paradis is one half of the design power-duo, Impeccable Nest.  But her other half in the case, isn't just a business partner or a spouse, it's her mom, Kimberly Carole!  And you're about to hear their story.  You'll also hear us talking a lot about art.  And rugs.  And art.  Because it turns out, both Emm and I belive that rugs and art are key to pulling a room together!  There's so much in this interview that I resonate with, in fact, it was kind of surreal as we were talking because Emma kept saying things that are perfectly aligned with the master the mix course!  Obviously, I've found a kindred spirit.  Let's go! 

Jun 08, 2020
House Lessons: Renovating a Life with Erica Bauermeister

Erica Bauermeister usually writes fiction.  She's the author of novels such as "The School Of Essential Ingredients," "Joy for Beginners," and most recently, "The Scent Keeper."  But she's also just written a memoir about a house.  One she bought quite awhile ago and has been working on ever since.  Or, as you're about to hear, the house has been working on her.  It's called "House Lessons: Renovating a Life," an inspiring story because she's used her home to help her become who she's wanted to be.

Jun 01, 2020
Free Your Home with Russell and Jordan of 2LG

Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead met as professional actors in London.  And we talk a bit about their careers in that world, which is really interesting.  But then they made a big life change, together, to enter the world of design.  And their book, Making Living Lovely: Free Your Home with Creative Design is about exactly that.  How to free yourself up from any expectations of perfect homes so that you actually create a home that works very specifically for you.  As I say in the beginning of our conversation, there just aren't that many design books out there talking about this stuff and really connecting the goals you have for the kind of person you want to be with the interior of your home environment.  And as a side note, their sweet dog, Buckley, makes an appearance a few times.  So yes, you'll hear some barking.  But hey, we're all working from home these days with dogs and humans who aren't usually in our space, so I figured you'd just roll with it.  

May 25, 2020
The Power of Handmade with The Slower Home

Today I'm talking with Melissa Parman of The Slower Home.   Her beautiful photographs of simple, every day pleasures drew me and I encourage you to follow her on Instagram and check out her website.  She and her husband live in a small home in north Texas into which, she has brought many practical things made beautiful by the hands that have created them.  In particular, Melissa talks about how using and working with handmade objects allows time for meditation and gratitude.  Let's get started.  

May 18, 2020
Using What Matters with Natalie Papier

My guest today is someone who I can't take my eyes off of when I'm on Instagram.  Designer Natalie Papier of Home Ec has one of the best profiles on IG because her designs are so arresting.  She really does combine things in ways you're not expecting with beautiful results.  I'll share some photos on the show notes page at, as well as a link to her Instagram account.  And speaking of the show notes page, you'll also find a list of some of Natalie's favorite artists, whom you can follow and buy from online.  I mention this because Natalie is an artist herself and so we talk about the importance of bringing art into our homes.  Let's jump in!

May 11, 2020
Slow Style Philosophy OTLYC

This week is an episode of On The Little Yellow Couch (OTLYC) where it's just you and me.  I'm going to share my Slow Style philosophy, which I've developed as a framework for you to create a beautiful, meaningful home.  I'll explain what Slow Style means to me, and introduce 3 Pillars of Slow Style.  They are:

1. Style Evolves

2. Creativity Leads to Confidence

3. Life Informs Style 

If you want to know the best way to get started with Slow Style based on your particular situation, take my free quiz called

What's the #1 Mistake You're Making in Your Home?

May 04, 2020
Perfection Isn't the Goal with Myquillyn Smith

You might know Myquillyn Smith as “The Nester,” or as the author of “The Nesting Place,” her first book, and the name of her popular blog. She has long subscribed to the belief that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful,” to which I say, Amen! Well, she’s just come out with her second book, “Cozy, Minimalist Home,” in which she promises that you can still have plenty of style, but with less stuff. You may already love how she writes, but once you hear her voice, you’ll instantly feel her warmth and generosity of spirit. We laugh a lot during this interview and I hope you’ll feel like you’re right here in the room with us! Myquillyn shares how she went from being a maximalist to a minimalist, but still kept her home from feeling slick, soul-less and cold. And, best of all, she gives us several of the guidelines she uses when making big decisions such as buying furniture, to small decisions, such as what to put on your mantel. So, after you get on board with the philosophy of embracing imperfection, get ready to make some decisions on how you want your home to serve you.

Apr 27, 2020
Your Home Needs Art! with Danielle Krysa

Hello and welcome to the Style Matters podcast, brought to you by Little Yellow Couch.  I'm Zandra, your host, and I'm so glad you're here but you've caught us during a break!  That doesn't mean you should tune out, though, because during this break, I'm re-releasing some of my all time favorite episodes from the archives!  And today, you'll hear from someone who really helps us understand why and how to bring original art into our homes.  Danielle Krysa is an artist herself, she's also written several books about art and creativity, and she's the magician behind the very popular blog, The Jealous Curator, where she introduces us to and champions other artists, many of whom, you might want to bring into your home yourself.  This episode was first released in 2016 and included my co-host, Karen Grant, so you'll hear her voice along with mine and Danielle's.  If you're interested in checking out what she does, you can find links to her sites on the show notes page of these re-released episodes at  On a side note, I'd really like to encourage you to think about brining artwork that feels personal and meaningful to you into your home, even during this time of crisis.  There are lots of ways to find artists online and support them while we're all stuck inside and not able to go to galleries or art fairs.  Hopefully the corono-virus will not be taking over our lives for too much longer but we really don't know, do we?  So my other purpose in re-releasing this and all of these older episodes is to give you something fun and inspirational to listen to and think about.  I'll be back with all new interviews starting May 4th.  Ok, let's jump back in time and hear what Danielle Has to say.  

Apr 13, 2020
Everyday Home Style with Hilary Rose Walker

Today's re-released episode takes us all the way back to 2015, but it is still so good and absolutely relevant right now.  You'll hear the voice of my good friend, Karen Grant, who is no longer co-hosting with me, along with our guest, professional photo stylist, Hilary Rose Walker.  At the time of our conversation, Hilary was writing her blog and podcasting under the name Our Style Stories.  Her clients include Sunkist, Samsung, Behr Paints, and Loloi Rugs and A few years ago, she took on a full time position with Magnolia Home.  She is still styling for brands, living and working in Texas.  

Apr 06, 2020
Inspiration from Literary Settings with Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

Hello and welcome to the Style Matters podcast, brought to you by Little Yellow Couch.  I'm Zandra, your host, and I'm so glad you're here, but you've caught us during a break!  We'll be sharing all new interviews starting May 4th, but in the meantime, stick around, because today you'll hear a re-released episode with one of my all-time favorite guests.  Now, this one took place several years ago when my good friend, Karen Grant, was still co-hosting with me, so you'll hear her voice along with that of our guest, Lisa Borgnes Giramonte.  Actually, Lisa isn't just one of my favorite guests on the show.  She's also one of my all time favorite authors when it comes to design books.  Hers is called Novel Interiors: Living In Enchanted Rooms Inspired By Literature.  

Mar 30, 2020
Home is More Than Shelter with Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Breegan Jane and Carrie Locklyn are two awesome people who are also pretty humble, considering what they're doing with their lives these days.  They make up two-thirds of the design team behind HGTV's reboot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  And I was really taken with how much they talked about feeling gratitude towards the people whose homes they are transforming, as well as a deep sense of purpose and connection they are experiencing with their team and the volunteers who help them in every town they visit.  This is such an uplifting conversation that goes way beyond talk of design, but it's certainly rooted in the premise that all people, regardless of life circumstance, deserve to live inside beauty.  On a side note, their 3rd partner on the show, designer Darren Keefe Reiher was supposed to join us as well, but was having tech difficulties so we, unfortunately missed hearing his voice in the conversation.  But when you watch Extreme Makeover, you definitely see how integral he is to the magic of the show.  

Mar 23, 2020
Entertaining History with Amy Azzarito

This one is for all you history geeks out there... and for those of you who used to fall asleep during history class, today's episode will actually keep you interested in it for once.  My guest is author Amy Azzarito and her new book, "The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories Behind Every Day Household Objects, From Pillows to Forks," is the most entertaining history book I've ever read.  We talk about how knowing some of the stories behind how people used our everyday objects enhances our appreciation and enjoyment of them, and might even spark some ideas of how you might display antiques in your home.  I think you're going to love it.  Let's get started.  

Mar 16, 2020
Leaning In to the Outrageous with Divine Savages

Joining me today are Jamie Watkins and Tom Kennedy of Divine Savages.  Together they produce lines of wallpaper and fabric that are both a bit outrageous in terms of color, pattern, and even subject matter, but with such attention paid to the smallest detail that when you look close there's a delicate beauty to their designs as well.  We'll talk about the patterns themselves and their recent collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London, the first time ever that the Museum has sold wallpaper based on their rarified collection.  We'll also get a peek inside Tom & Jamie's home, which they use as a bit of a laboratory for ideas.  I'm now dying to meet these guys in person because you can tell they'd be fabulous hosts and we'd have a lot of fun together.  I think you're going to want to meet them too!  

Mar 09, 2020
Decorating 101 with Melissa Michaels

Many of you may already be familiar with my guest this week.  Melissa Michaels is the blogger behind The Inspired Room and author of many books, my favorites being "Love The Home You Have," and "Make Room For What You Love."  She has just come out with a new book, "But Where Do I Put The Couch?  Answers to 100 Other Home Decorating Questions," which she co-authored with KariAnne Wood.  I had the pleasure of meeting KariAnne at a conference several years ago and then had her on the show.  So I was delighted to see that she was pairing up with Melissa Michaels.  And since I've wanted to have Melissa on the show for years, I was thrilled when we got he on the calendar.  Let's get started.  

Mar 02, 2020
Living and Decorating with Books: Nina Freudenberger

Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interior joins me today to talk all about books.  Now, if you're someone who reads voraciously, you're going to love this conversation.  I, for one, literally can't fall asleep without reading and when I finish a book and don't have a new one to start right away, I go into a slight panic.  I'm sure many of you can relate!  So I was super excited to find Nina's new book, "Bibliostyle: How We Live At Home With Books," because she marries two of my personal passions: reading and home.  In her book, she answers the question, does the way we display our books tell as much about who we are as the books themselves.  I think you're going to love it!  

Feb 24, 2020
Understanding Color with Rockett St George

My guest is one half of the partnership behind Rockett St George, which is a fanciful interiors shop that has a home in Liberty's of London as well as an extensive inventory online.  Jane Rockett, along with Lucy St George, have taken their passion for all things home and written two great books on "Extraordinary Interiors," the newest one being all about color.  In this conversation, Jane explains the two ingredients that make up color confidence: one is understanding how the color wheel works, and the other is understanding color theory rules so that you can break them intentionally if needed, to be true to yourself. I've included a color wheel and definitions of different schemes on the show notes page.

Feb 17, 2020
How the French Live at Home: Danielle Postel Vinay

My guest today is Danielle Postel-Vinay, author of "Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home," which gives you a pretty good clue as to what we'll be talking about.  In Danielle's book, she encourages us to embrace the idea that our homes are our sanctuaries and a visual representation of who we are, which makes them very special places.  I'm so excited to share this conversation with you today!  Here's Danielle.  

Feb 03, 2020
Sacred Spaces In Your Home with Bea PIla

My guest today is Bea Pila, who, for over 25 years has been making the connection between design and the spiritual, emotional aspects of our well being.  We talk about her book, "Sacred Spaces" where she lays out the principles of she calls "design enlightenment."  Her creative process starts with functionality, specifically making sure that the furniture placement encourages a flow of energy between people and then she moves on to interpreting her clients' lifestyle into tangible design elements.  Let's dig in.  

Jan 27, 2020
Getting White Right with Chrissie Rucker

Chrissie Rucker is the founder of London's The White Company, which sells affordable luxury linens, accessories and furniture, all in neutral colors.  She's just written her first book, For The Love Of White, showcasing people's homes where the predominant color palate is a mix of creams, whites and soft greys.  The rooms are not only beautiful and peaceful, they are full of personality.  We talk about how to achieve this by looking at all of the elements that go into the perfect mix of texture.  

Jan 20, 2020
Your Style Manifesto OTLYC

Well, it's still January and I don't know about you, but I'm still bathing the glow of a new year, clean slate and my own motivation to make changes and follow through on some resolutions, before I lose steam!  In the spirit of setting goals for the year, I thought it might be helpful to walk you through my free worksheet on creating a Style Manifesto for yourself and your home.  If you don't already have a copy, you can grab it by going to the show notes page for this episode, or just going to the homepage, which is, and clicking on "Your Style Manifesto" at the top.  The purpose of the Style Manifesto is to figure out how your home can help you with your life goals.  We're going to look at how your home is currently serving you, or not, and then figure out what changes you can make in your home to  encourage you, uplift you, inspire you and all of those good things.  Let's get started.  

Jan 13, 2020
Declutter & Organize with Monica Leed

Monica Leed of Simply Spaced, a pro organizer and author of the new book, also called Simply Spaced, said to me that organization is not a once and done kind of thing.  And I think I've been kind of assuming it was.  In other words, I've been telling myself that if I set up the Right system, with the Right tools and the Right bins, file folders and compartmentalized drawer inserts, I'll never have to organize or declutter anything ever again.  And if I do, that means the system I've set up must be wrong.  But Monica reminded me that there's this thing called Life that happens.  Unexpected paperwork, gifts we may or may not want, tools for  project we didn't plan on having to do... and so we didn't know we needed to create a space for them.  So of course we're going to have to revisit our organizational systems.  And that's ok.  Permission given to go back to the drawing board and re-do stuff.   In the rest of the episode we cover things such as how a good decluttering is growth for the soul, how getting organized is empowering, how to agree with your spouse or partner on what "neat and tidy" actually means, and why style is critical to staying organized.  

Jan 06, 2020
Rebecca Gardner: Best Party Hosting Tips


Well, everyone, this is the last episode of the season!  And we're going out with Rebecca Gardner, owner of the interiors and event planning company Houses & Parties.   She's known for her over-the-top events and her signature style of mixing high-end, top-of-the-line decor with a funny, unexpected playfulness that allows everyone to relax, even in the most formal of settings.  Her work has been featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazzar, Town & Country, Southern Living and Architectural Digest.  I found her when I was flipping through the latest issue of Veranda Magazine and I could tell right from her photo that she must be the most gracious, fun-loving host.  Given the holiday season we're all about to enter, I thought having her on the show to talk about parties would be helpful and inspiring.  Now like said, earlier, this is my last episode of 2019.  I'll be back with all new interviews starting January 6th!  Ok, back to today, on our call, Rebecca and I got right to chatting and I decided to leave in the first part before the official interview started because she was telling me about a pop-up shop collaboration she's currently doing for the holidays and I wanted to make sure I got that info into the episode.  There's a link to it in the show notes page.  Here's Rebecca.

Nov 25, 2019
Annie Selke: Building an Empire

I am delighted to introduce you to the woman behind the rug and linen brands Dash & Albert and Pinecone Hill.  Annie Selke is a true powerhouse of an entrepreneur and she's also a lovely human being.  I remember when I first started seeing her quintessential Dash & Albert rugs in the speciality home shops I was poking around years ago in Maine.  And I thought to myself, wow, those are not only really fun and they make me smile, I bet they will also stand the test of time.  And I was right!  Annie's aesthetic is classic and timeless, it's elegant but also has this playfulness to it that you'll never get tired of.  Fast forward to this interview, which led to spending time with Annie and her staff, who by the way love her, at her offices, warehouse and beautiful 8 bedroom historic inn in the Berkshire mountains.  You'll see all kinds of videos of my trip there on Instagram so I hope you check that out.  Oh, and one note, Dash & Albert, the company, was named after her two beloved dogs.  They've passed on but Annie always has several dogs, some of whom are related to the original Dash & Albert, around her studio and you can hear them barking a bit in the background.  Here's Annie.  

Nov 18, 2019
Borrowing Design Ideas from an Inn in the Woods with Eliza Clark

I was introduced to this week's guest by my friend Susan Brinson of House of Brinson.  I had Susan and her husband Will on the show several seasons ago and their episode is definitely one to check out if you haven't already.  Anyway, I was talking to Susan about finding a venue for my next style retreat in NY and she said I absolutely had to get in touch with Eliza Clark of Foxfire Mountain House, and I am so grateful for the introduction!  Eliza and her husband, Tim Trojian, have created a truly magical, 11 room inn and restaurant in the Catskill mountains.  If you were to see her photos (which you can do on the show notes page), you'd understand why Eliza and I immediately hit it off and why I think you're going to be swept away, too.  She is a master at mixing old and new, elegance and comfort.  She and Tim have just released their book, "Foxfire Living" full of design inspiration, recipes and stories of how they restored the old inn.  Today I talk with Eliza about the major risks they took in buying the place as well as some of her most interesting strategies she used to decorate it.  She has so many great, creative ideas that I think you're going to want to borrow!  Let's start.  

Nov 11, 2019
Donald Rattner: Optimize Your Home for Creativity

I spend a lot of time in my retreats and on this podcast talking about how to be creative.  And I'm a big proponent of an expanded definition of creativity to include creative thinking and problem solving so that we stop thinking of creativity as solely belong to artists and crafty people who emulate Martha Stewart.  My guest on the show today, architect Donald Rattner, takes us way beyond the who and what definitions of creativity and focuses on the where.  As in, where are we most creative and how can we set up our spaces to encourage the flow of creative thinking.  In particular, he argues that our homes are actually the spaces that are most conducive to creativity.  Way more than the kinds of utilitarian spaces where we've traditionally done our professional work.  Donald Rattner has done a ton of research, combing through academic journals, studies and experiments that support this idea of how our built environments affect our moods, our health and ultimately, our ability to be creative.   And he's gotten rid of all of the dry, academic lingo and given us a guide, with actionable steps we can take, to create a home that's primed for many more lightbulb moments.  Here we go.  

Nov 04, 2019
Windy Chien: The Year Of Knots

Windy Chien is an artist with several past lives which means she's one of those people you can relate to because her path in life hasn't been a straight line.  She's done many things, tried many things, had ups and downs, all before landing where she is today.  And speaking of straight lines, her medium as an artist has everything to do with lines... and more specifically, with the knots she creates out of those lines.  Windy Chen has just come out with a book, The Year Of Knots, detailing her 365 day long project where she challenged herself to learn and perfect one new knot a day and record her progress on Instagram.  I was blown away by the end result when I saw a video of her final art installation.  

Oct 28, 2019
The Antiques Diva: Toma Clark Haines

I'm opening up the second half of this season with a dynamic woman. Toma Clark Haines, otherwise known as The Antiques Diva, has literally built an empire. Over a decade ago, living in Paris, she started helping other ex-pats furnish their homes from the flea markets and brocantes around the city. The thrill of the hunt was her hobby and her passion and soon it became her business. A global business because there are treasures to be unearthed in every corner of the world. She has a wonderful story and even better, she's a great storyteller. She's so generous in the way she shares it I know you're going to feel like you've got a new friend. I know I do.

Oct 21, 2019
Questions From The Audience - OTLYC

This week I’m answering questions from the audience! All summer I offered free design & decor advice to anyone who wrote in. I loved all of the back & forth conversations we had about your homes. For this episode, I talk about a couple of big picture issues that came up over and over again. And then I dive into some specific questions that you can apply to your own situations. I hope this is helpful… let me know!

Oct 07, 2019
Why Craftsmanship Maters with Ben Soleimani

My guest this week is Ben Soleimani.  You may have come across his work through years of collaboration he's done with Restoration Hardware.  We talk about why they wanted him to elevate their rug collection to the highest quality it's known for today.  But Ben has recently moved on and has opened his own studio creating rugs and furniture to be sold direct to the public.  Ben's designs continue to be full of layered texture, color and a mix of references to the natural and built environments.  He's got a great analogy for us about how his brain is like a slide show to explain his creative process.  But I start by asking him about his background and his family business, the famed Mansour rug company.  Let's jump in.  

Sep 30, 2019
Going Bold To Uncover Who You Are with Emily Henson

Ok, this one is juicy.  Emily Henson is back on the show after writing her 4 book.  I often say, your home is your autobiography.  Or at least, it's your chance to create one.  A visual autobiography that reflects who you are, where you've been and your aspirations for who you want to become.  And this is where Emily and I start our conversation.  Emily is a stylist and author of 4 books, her most recent called "Be Bold: Interiors for the Brave of Heart."  And in it, she talks a lot about this idea of using your home as a canvas the way an artist might paint something that reflects both what she sees and how she comprehends the world around her.  We cover a lot of ground in this episode so let's just dig in.  

Sep 23, 2019
Tracy Kinnally: Art Advisor

My guest is Tracy Kinnally and she has the really interesting job of advising people on how to start and build private art collections.  Her clients are looking for both great monetary investments as well as the acquisition of some stellar pieces of culture to adorn their homes.  I thought it would be interesting to hear about her background, her work and her thoughts on why art is such an important piece of creating a meaningful home, no matter your budget.  And with that in mind, I want to take a minute to tell you about two articles I've written related to buying art that you can find on the show notes page of this episode.  One is my personal take on why art is such a critical component of any home, where to find it and how to get started.  It's called "How Not To Be Afraid Of Art Galleries."  And the second is a photo guide called "17 Ways To Hang Art," because once you get it home, you gotta know how it fits into the rest of your living space.  I share 17 examples of interesting ways to hang artwork that you may not have thought of before.  Just go to, click on "podcast," and then click this episode with Tracy Kinnally.  

Sep 16, 2019
Copy This Creative Process from Designer Caroline Cecil

Creativity is elusive.  Where inspiration comes from is sometimes a mystery.  This week, artist Caroline Cecil take us through her creative proces and shares the story of the many jobs and many hats she's worn  before landing in her sweet spot as a designer, working for herself.  Since the opening of her eponymous textile and wallpaper company, she uses every aspect of her past lives. I love a good life story and Caroline's is so interesting!   I don't want to give away any more.  Let's get started.  

Sep 09, 2019
Creating Transcendence at Home with Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon is a designer, an artist, a businesswoman, and best of all, she's incredibly intuitive when it comes to creating dream homes.  Not the kinds of dream homes that are filled with expensive luxury items.  But the kinds that really fulfill us in an emotional, creative and even spiritual way.  Kim doesn't shy away from honoring the mystical.  And what I mean by that is she connects our deepest desires with our intentions for our homes, and then, sort of magically, other areas of our lives get better. 

Sep 02, 2019
Design Inspiration from the Natural World with Erica Tanov

When Karen Grant was co-hosting the podcast with me, we both fell in love with Erica Tanov and her book, Design By Nature:  Creating Layered, Lived In Spaces, Inspired By the Natural World.  I knew this episode was one that I'd want to re-release and now is the perfect time because I'm excited to say that Erica has generously given me copies of her book to give everyone who comes to the Glamping Design Camp in Tulsa this October.  Since that retreat is all about using nature as inspiration in our homes, I'm using her book as a jumping off point for the entire premise of the retreat.  What I love about Erica is that she goes beyond just copying natural motifs in her designs.  While she does have some literal things like fern leaves in her wallpaper, she also looks to natural objects for abstract inspiration. Tree bark, seed pods, rippling water and even weeds are re-imagined as color palates, textures and patterns.  And that's what we're going to be working on during the Glamping Design Camp.  You can get the full picture of what to expect during the retreat weekend at  It's truly going to be a spectacular weekend, with great conversation, individual attention to each of your homes, hands-on workshops, delicious food, and,of course, the opportunity to sleep in total luxury under the starts!  I hope you can join us!  In the mean time, you're going to be energized to start bringing nature into your home after spending a little time with Erica today!  So let's get started.  

Aug 19, 2019
Create a Timeless Feeling Home with Melinda McCoy

This interview with Melinda McCoy of House 214 Design was originally aired in Oct of 2016.  What we so appreciated about Melinda was her understanding that just saying "your home should tell your story," isn't clear enough.  What does telling your story mean and how does that show up in your home and design choices.  Since then, Melinda has created a course and membership site that you should definitely check out.  But her core principles remain the same, making this interview just as helpful today as it was 3 years ago.  

Aug 05, 2019
Philosophy of Design with Maxwell Ryan

This week I'm sharing our interview with Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy and author of several books on home and design.  We recorded this interview in 2015 when he was on a tour for his most recent book, Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home.  Even though this was several years ago, it's still one of our best interviews ever and I think you're going to get a lot out of it.  In this re-release from our archives, Karen Grant is co-hosting with me and she just asked Maxwell to tell us about his overall approach to design and making a home.  

Jul 22, 2019
Connections Weave Our Homes Together

On this episode of On The Little Yellow Couch I talk about the power of connections. Not the networking kind. But the power of feeling truly connected. To each other. And to the deepest reserves of strength and optimism we all have somewhere inside us. To encourage you and I to have real conversations where you get to actually speak with me instead of just listening to me talk, I hope you’ll take me up on my offer of some free consultation this summer! I’ve had the absolute pleasure of meeting some of you in person at one of our Style Retreats. And even though not everyone can make it to these special weekends, we can at least talk via email. I encourage you to subscribe to the Little Yellow Couch newsletter and send me an email about a decor or design dilemma you’re facing. I’ll get back to you ASAP (hopefully within 24 hours!) and we can work it through together to a solution. I look forward to hearing from you!


Jul 15, 2019
To Find Your Style, Lean In To Who You Are with Retro Den Tulsa

I am having two lovely friends back on the show with me today.  I call them "the Ashleys" for short because they are Ashely Daly and Ashley Palmer, co-owners of Retro Den Tulsa.  Today we talk about finding your true style by leaning in to who you are.  Let's get started.  

Jul 08, 2019
Designing For Real Life with Paige Lewin

My guest this week is a designer who is local to where I live, which is in the Boston area.  We've now met at two design conferences and I feel so lucky to have met her in person!  She's a designer who really listens to her clients' frustrations and gives them a big bath of Calgon.  (If you don't get that reference, I want to know.  I want to know exactly how much older I am than you.  Just out of curiosity).  Anyway, Paige not only loves what she does, she truly loves her clients and her genuine desire to help them comes through loud and clear.   You'll see what I mean in a minute. 

Jul 01, 2019
Becki Griffin: pro stylist teaches us her tricks

This week, pro stylist Becki Griffin talks with me!  How she does it, what she uses, what she shops for and lessons she's learned on a photo shoot that can be used by all of us in our regular, every day homes.  She's been working in the interiors business for many years, styling covers and pages for magazines such as Country Living, as well as taking on her own clients for interior design.  Becki is super funny and easy to be with, which is a big plus for anyone who gets to hang out with her.  Which, by the way, could be you!  Becki is teaching the styling workshop during our Little Yellow Couch Style & Antiques Retreat that's happening in September at The Vintage Round Top in Round Top, TX!  As of this airing, early bird prices have just opened up so grab your spot so I can meet you in person!  But first, let's get on with my interview with Becki.  

Jun 24, 2019
How & Why to Use Vintage in any Style with Paige Hull

This week I'm talking with Paige Hull of The Vintage Round Top, a beautiful retreat space in the heart of antiquer's heaven in Round Top, TX.  Pagie and her husband Smoot have put a lot of love and soul into it, starting with a gut renovation of the first house, "No. 1450," and then adding another they call "Boho," and most recently two small cottages named after their children, The Pierce and The Eisley.   This magical place is where you can join me on the next Little Yellow Couch style retreat so be sure to check that out on the website, but today, I really wanted to give Paige the floor to share why and how she designs her homes with antiques.  If you're a true vintage lover, this episode will naturally resonate with you.  But if you skew more modern, I'm particularly excited for you to hear what Paige has to say.  Because I think she and Smoot have really nailed it when it comes to incorporating a few chipped and scarred pieces in the most clean-lined, minimalist of spaces.  Proving antiques really are for everyone.  

Jun 17, 2019
Creative Ways To Get Unstuck

This week it's just you and me!  I'm going to share my process when overhauling a room design and then walk you through some ways in which I get myself unstuck if I hit a roadblock.  It's all about creativity -- where it comes from and how to cultivate it.  We're talking about problem solving in a way that feels great!  

Jun 10, 2019
Laurence Carr, Holistic Design

My guest this week practices holistic design.  And by the end of the episode you'll know exactly what that means to Laurence Carr.  She has taken her classical ballet training, her life lived on many continents and her passion for sustainability and translated all of that into a thriving interior design studio.  Laurence introduces us to three elements that show up in almost everything she creates: space clearing, interior realignment and sensory design.  Let's dig in.  

Jun 03, 2019
Traveling with Brooke Milne

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.  

May 27, 2019
The Simple Kitchen with Melissa Coleman

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!  

May 20, 2019
Why The World Needs A New Paint Company with Nicole Gibbons

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. 

May 13, 2019
Creativity and Mental Health with Anita Joyce

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." 

May 06, 2019
Designing a Home with Plants in Mind with Hilton Carter

Kicking off Season 12 of the Style Matters podcast is the full-of-life plant lover, Hilton Carter!  He's totally someone you want to hang out with as soon as you start talking with him.  And talk we do!  He's just come out with his first book called Wild At Home and it's all about how to bring plants into your home and work with your style.  We happened to both be at the Alt Summit conference in Palm Springs last month so we got to meet in person.  That doesn't always happen with my guests, so I was really happy it worked out for us.  Let's get started.  

Apr 29, 2019
Creating a Layered Aesthetic with Max Humphrey

Great story.  Great designer.  One of  those who can really express how and why he does what he does.  This episode originally aired in January of 2017 and I continue to go to his portfolio over and over for my own inspiration and when I'm looking to learn something specific about design.   I think you're gonna love him as much as I do!  

Apr 22, 2019
Jen Harrison Pulls a Room Together

Jennifer Harrison lights up a room.  Or, in this case, she's lighting up our earbuds.  When we first met Jennifer, we were pulled into her undertow of happy energy and ended the interview on such a pure high that I knew I wanted to share it again for those of you who missed it the first time.  In this episode, Jennifer talks so beautifully about the design value of incorporating vintage, antique and flea market finds into your home.  She's the founder of the online shop Flea Market Fab, which you'll be jumping out of your skin to go check out as soon as this is over.  But best of all is probably toward the very end where, completely off the cuff, Jennifer paints a picture of how she pulls a room together, starting with a single piece and imagining all of the different furniture and accessories she'd use.  So good.  Here she is.

Apr 15, 2019
Life Goals with Anne Sage

One of my favorite books on design, and one that's had a lot of influence on how I think about helping clients with figuring out their aesthetic, is by Anne Sage and it's called Sage Living.  In this episode, which originally aired in 2016, we talk with Anne about her realization that her home could be a source of support as she was making a major life transition.  She talks candidly about her personal life and how her professional life has taken many different turns, with the ups and downs all of us can relate to.  I think you're going to get a lot out of this episode when it comes to connecting the dots between how you want to feel and how your home can foster your goals.  

Apr 08, 2019
Get Creative with LIz Kamarul

This is a re-release of our episode with designer Liz Kamarul, originally recorded in the summer of 2017.  We talk about her stunning home in Portland OR that she was leaving behind to spend several months traveling around the country in an RV that she and her husband had just started to renovate.  Since then Liz has settled in New Orleans, working her style magic from there.  I wanted to re-release this episode because I think Liz's "just do it" and "why not" approach to decorating is a good reminder to all of us to lighten up and let our homes be incubators for our creativity.  Here we go.  

Apr 01, 2019
Get Organized with Peter Walsh

This week starts a 5 episode series of re-released interviews from the archives.  First up is our interview with organizational guru, Peter Walsh, which we aired almost exactly three years ago in April, 2016.   I first saw Peter on Oprah's show and I still cut out the articles he writes for O Magazine.   What I loved about him then is that he helped people get organized from the inside-out and in a soulful way.  I mean, that's totally Oprah, right?   Now, I love him even more because he's so kind and approachable in real life.  Or, at least, on the phone.  One of these days, I'll meet him in person and have him autograph a to-do list or a storage bin or something.  Anyway, maybe you know him from the two TV shows where he's been front and center:  Extreme Clutter and Clean Sweep.  Or maybe you've read one of his many books, my favorite being "Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?"  Peter is very entertaining and highly quotable, dropping wisdom bombs all over the place.  If you haven't been in his orbit until now, you're in for some great advice.  And, I figured, with the warm weather just starting to come around,  you might be in the mood for some Spring Cleaning.  And this episode is the best place to get started!  

Mar 25, 2019
Solving Design Dilemmas with JoannaThornhill

I have a repeat guest on the show this week!  Once again, I'm interviewing author Joanna Thornhill because she's just come out with a new book and I'm giving it my full and sincere endorsement!  It's called "My Bedroom Is An Office, and Other Interior Design Dilemmas).  I'm gonna tell you all about what makes this book so useful once I've got Joanna on the line.  But for now, I'll just say that during our conversation, we cover things like choosing the right white (cuz you know there are about 50 million paint choices out there), when creating a feature wall is actually ok, how to mix up different styles, the first thing you should do when you walk into your new home And the answer to the question, "how will I know when I'm done?"  Let's jump in

Mar 18, 2019
Living Beautifully Isn't A Luxury with Ingrid Fetell Lee

My guest this week is author Ingrid Fetell Lee.  She's just written a book called "Joyful:  The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness."  And let me tell, you, I read it a few months ago and I can't stop thinking about it!  It's not an interior design book and yet it has given me so many ideas and so much inspiration for continuing to create a home I love.  Ingrid followed her curiosity for 10 years before putting pen to paper.  She wanted to figure out why certain objects or environments illicit a spontaneous, immediate feeling of joy and why.  And I think you can relate to this because I assume that one of the main reasons you listen to this podcast is because, just like me, you do a crazy happy dance when you find the perfect score at an antiques show, or a new artist whose work you can afford, or some new fabric or color you can bring home with you... I think you'll find Ingrid's line of questioning really interesting.  Why do these things make us feel the way we do and why does it matter?  On top of that, is our love of things completely materialistic or is there some important good that can come from our purchases.  Ingrid makes me feel like I'm some kind of reporter on NPR because of how deep we go into sociology, psychology and design... and because of how smart she is.  So I hope you get a lot out of this interview because I sure did!  Here we go.  

Mar 11, 2019
Raising Chickens and Making Cocktails with Kate Richards

So this week's episode is not as much directly related to interior design as they usually are.  But, it's still ultimately about how our environments and the atmosphere we create is connected to a life well lived.  My guest is Kate Richards of the blog, Drinking With Chickens.  Now, if you already follow Kate, you know she's a ton of fun and that her home and, more importantly, her backyard are well worth taking a look at for their design appeal.  She hosts some amazing outdoor parties, complete with pet chickens for entertainment, and her photos are both funny and beautiful.  So you'll get plenty of visual inspiration if you take a look at the show notes page this week.  But for this interview, we mostly talk about the lifestyle Kate has created for herself, her husband and their friends who come over, which probably happens all the time.  She is a great reminder that the reason why style matters is ultimately for the pure joy it gives us and those we love.  So... here we go.  

Mar 04, 2019
What to Expect from an Interior Designer Abbie Naber

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.  

Feb 25, 2019
New Renovations, Old Soul with Anthony D'Argenzio

My guest this week is Anthony D’Argenzio. He launched his art direction company Zio & Sons in New York City before moving to Hudson, NY where he’s now the owner of This Old Hudson, a work and living space open for photo shoots and travelers wishing to stay in a beautifully styled setting while visiting the Hudson Valley region. I talk with him about the renovation of the property, the aesthetic he’s created there and how he goes about mixing and layering texture, style and materials in a space. If you haven’t seen photos of This Old Hudson, you can do so on the Little Yellow Couch website. And believe me, you’re going to want to know what we’re referring to as we talk about his incredible kitchens!

Feb 18, 2019
Finding Luxury in Simplicity with Shannon Ables

My guest today is author Shannon Ables.  Her newest book is called "Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self."  She covers a lot of ground in this book, talking about aspects of our lives such as money, our health, our careers.... and we don't have time to talk abou it all!  So in our conversation, we start with the big picture, talking about where luxury, true luxury, comes from and how to attain it.  And then, we zero in on the home, especially our kitchens, our rituals and finding the perfect pieces to furnish them.  Shannon is so warm and easy to talk with, I know you're going to love her.

Feb 11, 2019
Why Choose Natural Stone with Steve Schrenk

This week's interview is jam packed with information and inspiration.  I'm talking with Steve Schrenk, a sculptor and media director for Polycor, the largest natural stone quarrier in North America.  We cover a lot of ground, starting with Steve's training as a sculptor and then he teaches us about the different kinds of stone you might want to consider using in your own home, how to use stone as a design element, where to find it, what kinds of quarries it comes from and the environmental impact of extraction.  I'm pretty sure that at least half of you are going to want to start a kitchen renovation after this.  We wrap up with two of his favorite sources of inspiration, one of whom is an interior designer and the other is an installation you can  visit when in you're in New York City.  

Feb 04, 2019
Putting Yourself Out There

In this behind the scenes episode, I talk about the necessity of putting your true self out there so that you can achieve a life you love.  I then talk with designer Megan Pflug about how she recently did this and how it's changed her life.  We tie it all into making your home work for you as you challenge yourself and take risks.

Jan 28, 2019
A Designer Designs Her Own Home with Michelle Gage

My guest this week is Philadelphia based interior designer, Michelle Gage.   We talk about her obsession with floor plans, her time working at Anthropologie and her latest project, her dining room.  We actually talk a lot about this room because not only is it fabulous to look at, Michelle wrote about the costs associated with doing a makeover of this scale.  And I thought that it was so refreshing to hear honest talk about money.  Toward the end, Michelle also says a few things that I think make for great mantras when needing a little design inspiration.  Let me know if you can tell what I'm referring to!  Ok, let's go.   

Jan 21, 2019
A Beautifully Considered Home with Shavonda Gardner

Many of you have probably seen Shavonda Gardner's home on Instagram, on her blog or from the One Room Challenge.  Her bold, eclectic style has had a big influence on those of us who follow her on social media.  But today, we get to hear a more personal side of Shavonda.  I love how she and Naomi have really taken their family values into consideration when choosing where and how they want to live.  I think that's my favorite part of this interview.  But, of course, we also talk about lots of fun things like tile, wallpaper and color.  And, being a master gardener, she also gives us her top three house plants to start with if you're a beginner or just not having luck keeping those babies alive. 

Jan 14, 2019
Helpful Color Rules with Angela Bunt

Angela Bunt is an interior designer in London, known for her ability to find the perfect colors for anyone's home.  She shares her secrets with us, along with a joyful description of her long career.  

Jan 07, 2019
It's getting personal: Bonus Episode

Hey y’all. I thought we had wrapped up the Style Matters podcast for 2018 last week. But then I started reflecting on the year and writing down a few thoughts about the biggest transition I’ve faced with Little Yellow Couch. Namely, becoming the sole owner/creator/chief bottle washer. And it got me thinking about trying to pull back the curtain a bit more than usual and share some of what goes on behind the scenes as an entrepreneur. I’ve never done an episode like this one. It’s personal. And it’s just me. No guests and no filter. I hope you can connect to it. And I wish you the very best end to your year and that you start 2019 with fresh eyes and an open heart.

Dec 10, 2018
Stripping Down the Holidays

So for this installment of OTLYC (On the Little Yellow Couch), I have a very special guest... Karen Grant, my former co-host of this podcast, and dear friend, is back in the studio!  And when I say studio, I mean my living room.  Now, we're all in the thick of holiday season so Karen and I are going to be talking about holiday stuff. She’s doing something really creative out of town and I’m on a mission to embrace the pairing down of shopping, decorating and guilt. Ha! Yes! No more guilt when the expectations for the perfect holiday don’t yield the perfect holiday!

I'm also already looking ahead to 2019 and want you all to know that I'll be offering another Style Retreat in Feb!  If you didn't know about the last one or just want to get a feel for what it was like, you can go to and click on Retreat News where you can see photos and hear what the participants had to say about our weekend away.  Honestly, I wasn't planning on doing one again so soon, but it was such an amazing time that we didn't want to wait before offering another one.  I'll once again be teaming up with interior designer Megan Pflug to host this fabulous getaway at Woodhouse Lodge in the Catskills.  So, if you have people in your life who have no idea what to get you for the holidays, you might want to direct them over here to Little Yellow Couch so they can spoil you with the best present ever!  Ok, so enough about that.  It's time for the last episode of 2018, On The Little Yellow Couch!  

Dec 03, 2018
Jeweled Interiors

I have a lot of fun talking with my guest this week, Jewel Marlowe.  I've been dying to get to know her because I could tell from her style that she's someone who would probably make me laugh.  And she does not disappoint!  Jewel is the blogger behind Jeweled Interiors and also works as an interior designer.  She is a master of the mix, meaning she can take three objects that look like they have nothing in common and figure out how to make them all work in the same space using the magic of color, pattern and scale.  And luckily she's able to share how she does this during the episode.  Jewel has honed her talents over the 13 different homes that she's lived in as a military spouse.  So if any of you can relate to that, this one's for you!  

Nov 26, 2018
The Joshua Tree House

My guests this week are Sara & Rich Combs.  A few years ago, they transplanted themselves from the bustle of San Fransisco to the quiet of Joshua Tree, California. But in giving themselves time to slow down, they have left themselves open to experiencing an intense drama of living in close proximity to their natural environment. They are now the owners of three properties there, all of which can be rented out as creative retreat spaces.  Their book, “At Home in Joshua Tree: A Field Guide to Desert Living,” takes us through four lessons, or mantras, that they’ve incorporated into their work as designers since making the desert their home. In our conversation we talk about the mantras as well as the various environmental facts that have become entwined with their lifestyle and overall aesthetic.  I start by asking them how the decision to  move to Joshua Tree came about.  

Nov 19, 2018
Liz Solms

This episode has a little bit of everything in it and that's because my guest, Liz Solms, is a multi-passionate person, to borrow a term from my friend, Desha Peacock.  She has built quite a rich and rewarding life for herself and I ask her about her career throughout our conversation.   I was interested in interviewing Liz because she has woven together food, hospitality and design in a way that we haven't talked about on the podcast before.  What I hope you come away with from this episode is the motivation to go look for creative inspiration from your travels, from sharing a beautiful meal with friends, or from taking the time to really notice the details in a historic building.  Because our ideas for decorating our homes can't just come from retailers!  They have to come from experiences.  Toward the end of the interview, we talk about her projects in Philadelphia and I had the absolute privilege of meeting Liz and staying in an apartment she designed while I was there. It's not just that it was beautifully designed.  Staying there was an experience in and of itself that has really made a lasting impact since my visit 3 months ago.   I have a lot of photos to share with you from this trip, so be sure to look for those on the show notes page of this episode at and I'll post some videos on Instagram and IGTV!  

Nov 12, 2018
Sophie Donelson: House Beautiful

Clear and critical thinking.  You don’t always get that when talking about the world of interiors. It’s not just about a pretty picture, folks. Creative and thoughtful design can’t be underestimated and there isn’t enough of it these days. Sophie Donelson, former Editor-In-Chief of House Beautiful brought her keen eye to the pages of this magazine in a way that we all will miss. Luckily I got to talk with her before she left to pursue other things. And I can’t wait to see what she’s up to next!

Nov 05, 2018
Myquillyn Smith

You might know Myquillyn Smith as “The Nester,” or as the author of “The Nesting Place,” her first book, and the name of her popular blog. She has long subscribed to the belief that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful,” to which I say, Amen! Well, she’s just come out with her second book, “Cozy, Minimalist Home,” in which she promises that you can still have plenty of style, but with less stuff. You may already love how she writes, but once you hear her voice, you’ll instantly feel her warmth and generosity of spirit. We laugh a lot during this interview and I hope you’ll feel like you’re right here in the room with us! Myquillyn shares how she went from being a maximalist to a minimalist, but still kept her home from feeling slick, soul-less and cold. And, best of all, she gives us several of the guidelines she uses when making big decisions such as buying furniture, to small decisions, such as what to put on your mantel. So, after you get on board with the philosophy of embracing imperfection, get ready to make some decisions on how you want your home to serve you.

Oct 29, 2018
Wendy Morrison

My guest this week is artist and rug designer Wendy Morrison.  I first learned of Wendy's rugs through Sarah Akwisombe, who we interviewed awhile ago.  Sarah is fearless when it comes to design and she's always looking to stretch herself beyond whatever's currently trending.  And Wendy's rugs certainly do push us to be bold and go for what speaks to us, personally.  Wendy shares how she got started with rugs, having no idea how they would change the direction of her life.  She also explains a little bit about how rugs are made and then we wrap up with Wendy taking us through the symbolism she uses in her designs that give her rugs  rich and layered narratives.  This episode in particular really needs to be seen as well as heard so that you can fully understand the impact that her rugs can have on a space.  So I highly encourage you to check out the photos on the show notes page.  Just go to the podcast section on the website, 

Oct 15, 2018
Alessandra Wood

If Mad Men and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel had a baby, and pitched it to Netflix for a new TV series, you’d have a handle on this week’s epsiode.  If you're not following me, let me explain.  My guest is Alessandra Wood and she is going to give us the most interesting history lesson you've heard in a long time!  Her dissertation for her PhD was essentially about the influence mid-20th century department stores have had on our personal style choices, for our homes and our clothing (think consumer psychology behind advertising in Mad Men) and pair that with the highly fashionable world of B. Altman in New York, circa 1950 (where Midge Maisel works) and that’s the intersection where today’s conversation resides!  We also touch on where we are today when it comes to interior design and how our style is a reflection of, and reaction to, broad cultural forces.  It's a great conversation and I hope you'll find it as fascinating as I have!  We start out talking about Alessandra's rather high-tech role in the online design company, Modsy and by the end we hear how she has used her training as a historian in a most contemporary way.   

Oct 08, 2018
Miv Watts

Are you a maverick when it comes to your home?  Or, to be more clear, does your home represent your soul and the life you’ve lived rather than a particular style category? Interior designer and author Miv Watts explores the homes of people who “decorate” in just this way. In her new book, “The Maverick Soul: Portraits of the Lives and Homes of Eccentric, Eclectic and Free-Spirited Bohemians,” Miv takes us through spaces that deeply reflect the creative lives of their owners. Miv herself started her career as a window dresser for Burberry before launching into set design for films, which took her all over the world. I have learned so much from talking with Miv. She can spark your creative imagination and commitment to being true to yourself like no one else. This episode is truly packed with so much goodness, I can’t wait for you to soak it up with me!

Oct 01, 2018
Heather Bullard

Have you ever wondered what exactly it is that a Prop Stylist does? My guest is Heather Bullard who does prop styling and art direction for a number of different magazines and brands. By the end of this interview, you'll have a better understanding of what that means! She talks with us about the importance of sometimes getting away from the very images she creates so that we can remain true to our own, individual tastes and not be quite so influenced by social media. She shares with us her own source of inspiration and how her style has evolved over the years.

Sep 24, 2018
Donna Garlough

In this episode of the Style Matters podcast, I interview Donna Garlough, Style Director for Joss & Main and author of the new book,  "Your Home, Your Style: How to Find Your Look and Create Rooms You Love."  What I love about this book is how practical it is!  Donna is really good at breaking down some of the more "mysterious" aspects of creative design.  She does this by having you start with an inventory of sorts.  She refers to it as figuring out your design disposition. It takes into consideration how you approach things--how you tend to make decisions, how you take in and process information, where your comfort zone is--things like that.  After she takes you through the different design dispositions and outlines the 5 things you'll need to consider for every style decision you make, there are all of  these little "ah ha" moments sprinkled throughout the book. It's so helpful!   Ok, let's get started.  

Sep 17, 2018
The Painted House - Angela Chrusciaki Blehm

The Style Matters podcast:  Interview with artist, Angela Chrusciaki Blehm.  We talk about her artwork and stunning home.  She explains how she uses scale to create atmosphere and how she keeps her bright color palate looking sophisticated rather than childish.  

Sep 10, 2018
Hygee & West: Wallpaper & Pattern Experts

I'm delighted to talk with the founders of Hygee & West, Aimee Lagos and Christiana Coop.  If you haven't heard of them, they are a wallpaper company, one of my personal favorites, actually.  Recently, the've expanded into printing some of their wallpaper lines onto fabric AND they've just written their first book called, "Hygee & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life."  In this interview we get to hear about how wallpaper is made, what their own homes look like, and why they think wallpaper is such a powerful design choice.  

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Sep 03, 2018
On The LYC - Your Style, With Kids

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 30, 2018
Erica Tanove

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 23, 2018
Diary of Your Home

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 16, 2018
Simply Spaced

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 09, 2018
On the LYC - 3 Things

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!

Jul 02, 2018
Janet Crowther

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 25, 2018
Lori Weitzner

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 18, 2018
Centered By Design

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 11, 2018
On The LYC - Dream Home

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!

Jun 04, 2018
Design Junkie

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 28, 2018
Slow Flip Formula

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 21, 2018
On The LYC - Ancestry

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 14, 2018
House of Hipsters

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!

May 07, 2018
City Farmhouse

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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Apr 30, 2018
Using Your Home for Personal Exploration with Sean Scherer

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 09, 2018
My Simply Simple

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!

Apr 02, 2018
On The LYC - Spring

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 26, 2018
Thistlewood Farm

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 19, 2018
Katie Saro

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 12, 2018
Gold Hive

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.  

Mar 05, 2018
Love the House You're In with Paige Rien

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 26, 2018
Tiny Canal Cottage

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 19, 2018
Curious Egg

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 12, 2018
Homme Boys

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.

Feb 05, 2018
On The LYC - Change

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!

Jan 29, 2018
Vestige Home

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!

Jan 22, 2018
Bari J Ackerman

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! 

Jan 15, 2018
Justina Blakeney

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.

Jan 08, 2018
On The LYC - Holiday

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!

Dec 11, 2017
Salt House Market - Sarah Schiear

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 to purchase your Holiday Hosting Guide and get 20% off any purchase!  Now lets get started!

Dec 04, 2017
AVE Style - Alex Evjen

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!

Nov 27, 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. November is all about LAYERING!

Nov 20, 2017
Girl With The Green Sofa

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!

Nov 13, 2017
Retro Den

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.

Nov 06, 2017
On The LYC - Art

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!

Oct 30, 2017
SFGIRLBYBAY - Victoria Smith

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! 

Oct 23, 2017
French & French Interiors - Heather French

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.

Oct 16, 2017
My Scandinavian Home - Nikki Brantmark

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".

Oct 09, 2017
Desha Peacock

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!

Oct 02, 2017
On The LYC - Emotional Lives

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. September is all about EMOTIONAL LIVES!

Sep 25, 2017
Curious Details

You are going to love our guest this week!  We talk with Becki Griffin, stylist for major shelter magazines, interior decorator, and the blogger behind Curious Details.  Becky is one of the funniest people we’ve had on the show, and you’re going to feel like you’ve made a terrific friend by the end of the interview.  She’s also a straight shooter when it comes to what she likes and doesn’t like about home decor trends, bucking up against your fears, and not taking everything so seriously when it comes to making choices.  We love her and we think you will too!

Sep 18, 2017
Holly Becker of Decor8

We are completely honored and downright excited to have Holly Becker of Decor8 and Blogging Your Way on the podcast this week!  Zandra and I have been reading her blog since it was launched in 2006.  Holly was one of the first interior design bloggers and has lead the way for many of us who are passionate about interiors and about sharing our love of it with others.  First, she digs into why blogging is still relevant and a way for us to get our voices and stories out there.  Then she dives into her most recent book "Decorate for a Party: Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings“ to inspire us to create homes where we will want to gather our friends and family, let our hair down and enjoy one another’s company.


Blog Post:  I Am Enough
Kvadrat Textiles
Milan Design Week
Book:  Decorate for a Party

Sep 11, 2017
House of Brinson

If you need a mood booster, this episode is going to be like taking a happy pill.  Will and Susan, photography coaches and the bloggers behind House of Brinson, talk about their life changing move from New York City to becoming stewards of an old country mansion in the Hudson River Valley.  The love they feel for their new home is infectious and we pretty much guarantee you’re going to feel uplifted after listening!  Plus, we get some great design insight into honoring the history of a home while at the same time, adding your own considered style on top of it.  They’ve become masters of giving life to the past while living in the present.  We ended our conversation completely inspired and we hope you will, too!

Aug 07, 2017
Contemporary Life - Melia Malmquist

You guys are in for a treat today because we’re about to step into a calm and reflective space with our guest, Melia Malmquist of the blog, Contemporary Life. Melia works as a stylist for several brands and her Instagram account was recently voted one of the Top 10 for Interiors by Vogue magazine.  She consistently brings her Swedish sensibility to her professional and personal work.  We talk with her about creating rituals to change habits, why style for style sake isn’t very meaningful and how, when done with mindfulness,  style can be a tool to create a life you want to live.  Let’s get started. 

Jul 31, 2017
On the LYC - Style

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. July is all about STYLE!

Jul 24, 2017
The Vintage Rug Shop

If you’re obsessed with rugs, you’re going to love this episode!  We talk with Brittany Chinaglia, interior designer and owner of the online boutique, The Vintage Rug Shop.  She also gives us some eye-opening advice about how to work with a contractor on a home renovation project.  She and her husband recently did a huge backyard makeover and we were surprised at some of the bumps she experienced along the way.  So if you want to be prepared for that first meeting with your contractor, you’re going to be so happy you listened to Brittany’s stories first!

Jul 17, 2017
Around The Houses - Fiona Cameron

This week we are excited to have designer Fiona Cameron joining us on the podcast! On her blog, Around the Houses, she lets us step into her charming home in a beachside suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland.  She challenges us to overcome choice overload and to unlock our own styles to create homes that feel like us.  Join us as we have some laughs and really connect about why style matters.

Jul 10, 2017
Ki Nassauer

We are extremely excited to have Ki Nassauer on the podcast today!  She is the queen of all things junk and vintage.  Ki is the editor of Flea Market Style Magazine and  founder of Junk Bonanza vintage markets.  Her entrepreneurial spirit is contagious and reminds us to find something that we love and put our hearts and souls into it.  Ki has an amazing eye for collecting and displaying and you will be in junking heaven listening to her talk about her fantastic vintage finds.  

Jul 03, 2017
On the LYC - Travel

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. June is all about TRAVEL!

Jun 26, 2017
Liz Kamarul

This week we're talking with stylist Liz Kamarul.  She's one of the most creative people we know when it comes to making a one-of-a-kind space!  We ask her all sorts of questions about our favorite projects, and she has some great stories to share.  She recently packed up her gorgeous home and has hit the road with her husband in a renovated Winnebago.   She's documenting her travels and we're looking forward to living vicariously through her.  Liz is so personable and easy to talk with, you're going to want to hang out with her long after you're done listening!  Let's get started! 

Jun 19, 2017
Sarah Akwisombe

This week we are chatting with the smart, fearless and statement making designer and blogger, Sarah Akwisombe!  She is on a mission to empower you to confidently show your wicked personality and she will have you seriously inspired to take on your home and your life in a fresh and exciting way by the end of this show!  

Jun 05, 2017

We are very happy to have Joanna Hawley as our guest today.  Creator of the well loved blog, JoJotastic, Joanna also works with brands such as Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Fossil and Serena & Lily on things such as content creation, styling and product design.  She's also a pro Pinterest user and has curated very popular boards for her over 3 million followers.  We love her aesthetic and eye for design, her tips for small space living, and her love of donuts.

May 29, 2017
On the LYC - Decisions

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. May is all about making DESIGN DECISIONS!

May 22, 2017
Natasha Habermann

We love it when we find an interior designer who can really explain their process.  And that's what our conversation was like with this week's guest, Natasha Habermann.  Her portfolio is full of beautiful spaces that she's created with lots of layers, pattern, color and history.  But she also seems to know how to take things away and edit a room so that nothing feels overwhelming or too busy.  We talk with her about mastering a small space, why having a budget is actually freeing, and how to use what you've got, even if you think you don't like it! We've packed a lot into this interview so let's jump in!

May 15, 2017
Erica Reitman

We fell head over heels in love with L.A. Designer Erica Reitman when she told the world "you can rock out your whole damn life with great interior design!"  Erica goes big with design even in small spaces and you will fall in love with her approachable nature and dry wit.  Seriously, you need to check in with her daily on Instagram Stories for her morning Starbucks fix and rundown on everything from design to politics.  If you haven't met her yet, we can't wait to introduce you and you are not going to want this interview with this design guru to end!

May 08, 2017

Our guest this week is Caroline Rowland, founder and editor of 91 Magazine, a bi-yearly print and online publication for interior lovers.  She's also the blogger behind and the author of the beautiful book, Shopkeeper's Home.  Now, you know when you find a little gem that you didn't know about before and suddenly you have to tell everyone you know about this great thing because you want them to be as excited as you are?  Well, that's how we feel about 91 Magazine!  It will completely inspire you to change things up in your own homes and maybe even start a few DIY projects as well.  So let's get started with Caroline!

May 01, 2017
Jersey Ice Cream Company

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 10, 2017
ON THE LYC - Autobiography

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.


Apr 03, 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 27, 2017
Hannah Bullivant - Seed & Stitches

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 20, 2017
Life Unstyled

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 13, 2017
ON THE LYC - Mission & Purpose

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!

Mar 06, 2017
Bonus Excerpt from Flea Market Fab

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

Feb 27, 2017
Mountain Modern Life - Katie Nathey

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 20, 2017
The Pink House - Emily Murray

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 13, 2017
Vintage Whites Market

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!

Feb 06, 2017
On The LYC - Get Organized

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 30, 2017
Max Humphrey

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 23, 2017
Megan Pflug

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  After listening to the interview, we think you're going to be truly inspired to try something new!

Jan 16, 2017
Rebecca Atwood

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.

Jan 09, 2017
Season 6 Teaser

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 12, 2016
Urban Jungle Bloggers

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!

Dec 05, 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 28, 2016
On the LYC - Holiday 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 21, 2016
Lisa Dawson

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 14, 2016
Oleander & Palm

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. 

Nov 07, 2016
House 214

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.


Oct 31, 2016
Flea Market Fab - Jennifer Harrison

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 to purchase her custom designed pillows and poufs made from her personal collection of vintage textiles.

Oct 24, 2016
Roger + Chris

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 17, 2016
On the LYC - Never settle for less

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 10, 2016
Young House Love

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! 

Oct 03, 2016
Natalie Freeman

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.

Sep 26, 2016
Joanna Thornhill

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.

Sep 19, 2016
Karolina Barnes

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! 

Sep 12, 2016
Anne Sage - Sage Living

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. 

Sep 05, 2016
Summer Break

Little Yellow Couch is taking the month of August off but listen to what we have coming next season starting in September.

Aug 01, 2016
Autobiography of a Home

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 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! 

Jul 25, 2016
Decorating Is Like Dating

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.

Jul 18, 2016
Unashamed Maximalism

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!

Jul 11, 2016
DIY Minimalist Home

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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Jul 04, 2016
Furniture Transformed

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.

Jun 27, 2016
Effortless French Living

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.  

Jun 20, 2016
Living With Textiles

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".

Jun 13, 2016
Simple Style For A Happy Home

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.

Jun 06, 2016
Intangible Elements of Design

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.

May 30, 2016
Homes of bloggers and boutiquers

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. 

May 23, 2016

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.

May 16, 2016
Season 4 Teaser
May 02, 2016
Leatrice Eiseman
Apr 25, 2016
Rachel Smith
Apr 18, 2016
Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
Apr 11, 2016
Peter Walsh
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Desha Peacock
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Ellen McGauley
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Eddie Ross
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The Jealous Curator
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Season 3 Teaser
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The Bold Abode
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Abigail Ogilve
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The Effortless Chic
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Sugar And Charm
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Show and Tell Design Studio
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Holiday Stories 2015
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Bigger Than The Three Of Us
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Fuji Files
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Apartment Therapy
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What's Your Style Story? with Hilary Walker
Nov 09, 2015
Rain on a Tin Roof
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Red House West
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Design Sponge
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The Makerista
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Apartment 34
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You are my Fave
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Miss Mustard Seed
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