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Interior designer and tastemaker, Paloma Contreras takes you further into the beloved "The Style Files" column from her blog, La Dolce Vita, for thoughtful, engaging conversations with creative entrepreneurs. Delve into the journeys of design luminaries and design industry trailblazers through these fascinating talks.

The Style Files: Conversations with Creatives Paloma Contreras

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    • 4.8, 167 Ratings

Interior designer and tastemaker, Paloma Contreras takes you further into the beloved "The Style Files" column from her blog, La Dolce Vita, for thoughtful, engaging conversations with creative entrepreneurs. Delve into the journeys of design luminaries and design industry trailblazers through these fascinating talks.

    Sheila Bridges

    Sheila Bridges

    Named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time Magazine, Sheila Bridges founded her own interior design firm in 1994. As Creative Director, Sheila has thoughtfully designed residences and offices for many prominent entertainers, entrepreneurs and business professionals including the 8,300 square foot Harlem offices for former President Bill Clinton and his staff. Sheila Bridges Design, Inc has also completed projects at Columbia University and Princeton University, bringing Sheila’s signature design aesthetic to interior spaces at both of these prestigious academic institutions.
    Bridges has been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Interior Design, House & Garden, Domino, and Traditional Home magazines. She has also been included in Gotham and New York Magazine‘s Top Interior Designer’s lists, House Beautiful’s “Top 100 Interior Designers” as well as Elle Décor’s 2011- 2020 A List, which recognizes interior designers who exemplify continually relevant design. Sheila is also the author of two books: Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing for a Lifetime, which was released in 2002 and The Bald Mermaid, A Memoir, published in 2013.
    Along with running a successful interior design business, Sheila hosted four seasons of Sheila Bridges Designer Living for the FINE LIVING Network, part of the Scripps Howard cable family. The sleekly produced half-hour weekly series and award winning hour specials showcased Sheila’s practical wisdom and hands-on advice. Sheila’s television show quickly became a trusted resource to help viewers define and express their sense of personal style in their own homes.
    In 1996, Sheila’s passion for interiors inspired her to design furniture and home furnishings under the name Sheila Bridges Home, Inc. Sheila’s home furnishing collections have been sold to design conscious consumers online, through trade showrooms, mail order catalogues and at such notable national retailers as Anthropologie and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Sheila is honored to have her Harlem Toile De Jouy wallpaper represented in the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent wallpaper collection. Her designs have been showcased in many exhibits and museums throughout the country and Europe including The Museum of The City of New York,  The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Art and Design in New York City, The Brooklyn Museum, Museé De La Toile De Jouy in Jouy-en-Josas, France and most recently The Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
    Originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Sheila Bridges moved to New York City in 1986. She holds degrees from Brown University and Parsons School of Design, and studied decorative arts at Polimoda in Florence, Italy. She lives in Harlem, New York.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Jan Showers

    Jan Showers

    Dallas based designer Jan Showers believes, “Design should relate to the way we live—it also should be beautiful, glamorous, comfortable and luxurious, even when very casual.” Showers style has been described by one of her clients as, “The interiors of Jan Showers & Associates are chic and timeless. They exude glamour and grace with an approachable and at ease feeling, much like Jan herself.”

    It’s fitting then that Jan has written two books on the subject: Glamorous Rooms and her follow-up, Glamorous Retreats, both published by Abrams. Glamorous Rooms is now in its twelfth printing. Together, her books display a cross section of the styles and decorative preferences that have made Jan and her firm one of the most prominent in the country. Jan’s third book, Glamorous Living, will also be published by Abrams in Fall 2020.

    Over the course of her career—spanning three decades—she has received many of the profession’s highest honors. Her magazine credits alone place her in the highest echelon of designers. They include Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, House Beautiful, InStyle, Traditional Home, British Home and Garden, Harper’s Bazaar, and Luxe.

    Architectural Digest has named Jan Showers & Associates to the AD100, its preeminent directory to the international world of design.

    Jan’s to the trade furniture and lighting collection, the Jan Showers Collection, highlights her signature style. The Collection was created over 20 years ago and is available at showrooms throughout the U.S.

    Jan Showers & Associates announced a furniture line, the 1308 Collection, in the fall of 2018 which is available only at her showroom in Dallas Design District at 1308 Slocum Street.

    For more than 20 years Showers has been a pioneer of French antiques for the Dallas community and designers. She travels internationally in search of antiques she imports both for her Dallas showroom and for the specific needs of her design clients.

    Collaboration is very important to Jan and her team. She has created a complete lifestyle collection for Kravet Couture, a line that includes fabrics, wall coverings, rugs, furniture, and lighting. Showers second Kravet furniture collection was introduced in 2019. Being released in spring 2021 will be her second line of fabrics with Kravet. Her other partnerships include a hand-knotted rug series for Moattar, Inc., a lighting series with L.A. based designer Joe Cariati and a cowhide rug collection for Kyle Bunting.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Tina Ramchandani

    Tina Ramchandani

    Tina Ramchandani Creative (TRC) designs warm, modern interiors that fully capture our clients’ polished lifestyles. The firm's passion -- Soulful Minimalism® -- allows their clients to experience life surrounded by the things that matter, so they can focus on the people that matter. Tina’s work has been nationally recognized by publications including Elle Décor, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Cottages & Gardens, Lonny, Gotham, and Cover. She was most recently named a “2018 Next Wave” designer by House Beautiful, the winner of the 2019 IDA by Cottages & Gardens and Rising Star 2019 by NY's D&D Building.

    • 54 min
    Timothy Whealon

    Timothy Whealon

    Timothy Whealon Inc. specializes in high-end interior design with a focus on fine and decorative arts.
    Mr. Whealon's design philosophy finds its roots in classicism; however, he approaches each project with a fresh, 21st Century eye that makes them both modern and timeless. He layers items from different periods and cultures, artfully mixing the pristine and the patinated. Each interior is unique, often incorporating custom pieces specific to the client and the environment. His work is enhanced by both his extensive knowledge of the international art and antiques market and by his team of skilled artists and craftsmen who adhere to Mr. Whealon's commitment to quality and attention to detail.
    Timothy Whealon is a graduate of Kenyon College, where he studied English Literature and Art History. He moved to New York to begin a career in banking and completed a credit training program on Wall Street before pursuing his passion for the arts and design. Mr. Whealon completed the Sotheby's Works of Art course in London and the corporate management training program with Sotheby's New York before opening his offices in 1994. His work has been published in ELLE DÉCOR, House Beautiful, Veranda, House and Garden, Architectural Digest, Domino Magazine, The NY Observer, The New York Times – Home Section and numerous books.
    Mr. Whealon serves on the board of the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College. The first monograph of his work, "In Pursuit of Beauty: The Interiors of Timothy Whealon," was published by Rizzoli in 2015.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Lauren Liess

    Lauren Liess

    Lauren Liess is a decorator, product designer, shop owner, TV personality and author known for her natural, relaxed style and down to earth approach to design and living.  Lauren writes the blog Pure Style Home, where she has been sharing bits of her life as a mother of five, interiors projects, and design philosophy for over a decade. She believes in living a simpler, more relaxed life in homes that are real, natural and lack pretense, and encourages an appreciation of the natural beauty around us and fully enjoying the present moment with those we love. She and her husband/business partner, David, host the HGTV show Best House on the Block, which features the design and renovation of Washington, DC-area homes by the couple. They recently opened up a real estate brokerage in Great Falls, Virginia where they rehab properties and sell them.  Lauren’s first book, bestselling Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, was published in Fall of 2015 and was chosen by NPR as a “Book of the Year.”  Her newest book, Down To Earth: Laid Back Interiors for Modern Living, was released in October 2019 and was also a bestseller.  She has furniture collections, a tile collection, a kitchen cabinet collection, and a fabric line.  Lauren and her projects have been featured in numerous national publications including Southern Living, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Luxe, Better Homes and Gardens, Domino, Martha Stewart Living, and Country Living.

    • 55 min
    Charlotte Moss

    Charlotte Moss

    With35 yearsin the business of design, Charlotte Moss has received numerous honors, including the New York School of Interior Design’s Centennial Medal, Housing Works’ Groundbreaker’s Award,The Royal Oak Foundation’s Timeless Design award, andis named one ofElle Décor’sGrand Master List of Top Designers.Charlotte has used her experience culled from thirty-fiveyears of decorating homes to design collections of furniture and upholstery with Century Furniture,fabricsand trimsfor Fabricut, carpets and sisals for Stark Carpet, china for Pickard, clothing with IBU Movement, and cuff bracelets with P.E. Guerin.Charlotte has re-launched her photography prints withSoicherMarin and created five distinct pillow collections with Eastern Accentsall available onPerigold. This Spring, she collaborated with Artemis Design Company to create the “Moss Mule”using ikat textiles from her world travels.Charlotte lectures widely and isa prolific author, having published ten books to date.CHARLOTTE MOSS ENTERTAINS, is her most recent title (Rizzoli, 2018).Of all her work,philanthropy plays an important role in her life.Charlotte is a Trustee of Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, The Bone Marrow Foundation, American Corporate Partners, TheMadooConservancy, a member of the International Council of Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, and on the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design where she holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
167 Ratings

167 Ratings

MDforsberg ,

the who's who of design!

What a wonderful podcast during what has been an uncertain time. The roster of talent is amazing and Poloma is a great host. Her style is relaxed and it's obvious the rapport she has with all of these creatives. So many of the designers i can recall rooms they designed in my archive of elle decor. With shelter mags falling to the wayside it's great to hear from such great talent. Can't wait for season 2!

jaimefrench ,

Creatives unite!

I LOVE this podcast. I am not someone easily impressed by Hollywood or movie stars, but interior design and the wonderful artists who create beautiful spaces leave me in absolute awe. It is so inspiring to listen to how each designer has gotten his or her start, how they feel about their careers, advice they would give to younger selves or designers starting out. It certainly been a bright spot for me during this awful pandemic, and it has inspired me in many personal ways. Thank you Paloma!

HHP1024 ,

Lovely Music & Interviews! Editing needs a bit of help.

I gobble up these interviews every time a new one comes out. It’s the perfect light way to start my day and listen to over a cup of coffee or while folding laundry. The music Paloma chose for the intro/outro is lovely and the guests are top notch.

The one thing that really bothers me is toward the end of each episode, the recording is just “off”. There are long pauses between the guest answering and Paloma asking her next question, and when she starts to ask the next question, it sounds as though the guest is interrupting (they start answering way before she is finished asking the question). I’m sure this is not how the conversation actually happened, but if I hadn’t listened to all the episodes, I would have just thought things got really awkward between the guest and host in the second half of the interview. Posting this in hopes that the team will see it and work on editing the second half of the episodes so the conversation keeps its flow. But great work overall!

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