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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.
Dragons, Pagodas and All Things Chinoiserie
Today I'm talking with Aldous Bertram about his first book called "Dragons & Pagodas: A Celebration of Chinoiserie." In case you're not familiar with the term, think about white porcelain dinnerware, lamps, vases... all with elaborate, vaguely Chinese illustrations on them. 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. I think you'll find him, and his subject, just as charming and delightful as I did!
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 the idea of building a house that would also be a museum, along with a sculpture park on 150 acres of land. What has emerged is called Rowdy Meadow. Every surface, every window, every last detail has been a collaborative process between the owner, architects, craftsmen, landscape architects and interior designers to create a home like nothing you've ever seen.
Hosting Parties the Relaxed and Happy Way with Elizabeth Van Lierde
Today, I'm talking with cookbook author Elizabeth Van Lierde. And while I do love to cook and I love to eat, this is a podcast primarily about interior design, so I realize we're slightly off topic. But the reason I wanted to talk with Elizabeth is that her book focuses on the sharing part of cooking. It's called Everyday Entertaining and in it, Elizabeth takes us through 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. And I think that being a relaxed and happy host is one of the best ways to use your home! Here's Elizabeth.
You may have noticed that I've never had a cookbook author on the show before. And that makes sense because the podcast is primarily about interior design. But more than that, the show is about the personal aspects of our homes and how we use them. So when I saw that Elizabeth Van Lierde's cookbook focuses on creating meaningful, fun and relaxed gatherings inside our homes, I was excited to talk with her. The book is called "Everyday Entertaining" and while
Creating Outdoor Spaces That Actually Work
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. Now, let me prepare you.... this woman is a whirlwind! Or, maybe I should say a force of nature! She's had 40 years of experience and she shares it candidly, frankly, with humor and without artifice. 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. But Margie is so much more than a gardener and landscape designer. In this conversation we talk about living a fulfilling life, putting beauty and joy at the top of our list of priorities, and why being a good neighbor and person, in general, is so important. We talked for over an hour and I could spend days with her and never get bored. But, despite our joking about it during this conversation, I did edit it down to about a half hour. So if you want more of Margie, I highly recommend you get her book, "Private Gardens of Santa Barbara" after listening. And now, I'm delighted to introduce you to Margie Grace.
Grace Design: The Art of Outdoor Living
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. She's just a loving human being all around and I'm excited to introduce you to her! If you're looking to re-ground yourself in why style matters, this episode is for you! Here's Nikki.
Informative and entertaining
What a lovely podcast! I have learned so much ! Wonderful variety of guests!
Love this podcast!
I call Zandra my design fairy godmother! This podcast is thoughtful, heart-felt and a joy to listen to. I always learn something new or discover a new artist/designer to follow. As someone who loves “slow style” and intentional and sustainable design, this podcast is a super supportive addition to my journey as a designer. Thanks, Zandra!
Architect or Builder with David Supple
Absolutely loved this episode! Practical, helpful and completely engaging! I find Zandra chipper, warm, intelligent and so easy to listen to—I love her interview style. David Supple is engaging and quite inspiring in his approach to design, architecture and sustainable home building.