Style Matters is all about the substance behind developing a personal style in your home and surrounding yourself with beauty in a way that is meaningful. We interview top stylists, designers, artisans and tastemakers both nationally and internationally about why style matters to them. The guests we interview each week inspire us creatively, and give us insight into why the art of home making is so powerful. To continue the conversation on why style matters, sign up for our monthly newsletter, packed with photos, stories, tips and resources, at www.littleyellowcouch.com
A Beautiful Home Doesn't Have To Break The Bank with Jamala Wallace
Every once in awhile, I like having a guest on the show who isn't doing design professionally. Just someone who loves creating beauty on her own, for her own, absolute pleasure. So I'm delighted to share Jamala Wallace with you today. She shares her many room and furniture transformations through her personal blog, vivalavintageforyourhome.com. 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. And to fully appreciate what she means by this, you really need to see the photos of her home. So be sure to go to the show notes page for this episode at littleyellowcouch.com. Ok, here's Jamala.
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
Why Style Matters: Lessons From the Archives
Sometimes we can put the development of our style... especially when you think of it as the development of ourselves, we can put it to work when things aren't going well, or we're having a gloomy day. Giving ourselves a little project to do... clearing off the mantel and choosing something different to go there for a while, taking the time to create a bouquet out of several different bunches of grocery store flowers, making a simple throw pillow... these little bursts of creativity can give you just enough juice to boost you out of the doldrums. Maybe hanging new curtains isn't going to solve your really big life issues. But what about the small ones? What about the daily feeling of blah that ends up sucking the life out of you? Working on your style can help with that.
Getting Serious About Sustainability with Rachel Fowler
I've talked with a few guests in the past about doing our part to decorate our homes with sustainability in mind. But I think we need to give it a little more focused attention, especially now that we also know more about how certain additives in the production of goods can also negatively impact our health. It's a big topic and I know it can feel overwhelming because there's a lot of information out there, which means it's hard to synthesize, especially when you're just trying to buy a dang roll of paper towels or a floor cleaner and you don't have time to do a ton of research. So I'd like to break down the topic of environmental responsibility and our health into several episodes over the next year or so. 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.
Insider Secrets to Home Renovations with Jasmine Roth
You guys, this episode is killer! It's one of the most helpful and informative episodes we've done... but it's still really entertaining, and that's because we've got a pro on our hands. Not only does renovation queen Jasmine Roth know her stuff when it comes to construction and design, she's the star of two HGTV shows, which means she's so personable and energetic and she knows the value of a good story. Maybe you've seen her in the current season of "Help! I Wrecked My House!" which is now airing. In this interview, we talk about misconceptions and surprises you can expect when entering into a major home reno, as well as how to manage the relationship you have with your contractor. There are some great tips in here, but if you want the whole package, you gotta check out her new book: "House Story: Insider Secrets to the Perfect Home Renovation." Let's jump in.
The First Step to Creating Your Style is to Be a Noticer
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.
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.