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We want to teach you how to decorate! We'll help you unleash your inner decorator with interviews from interior designers, sharing the trials and triumphs from our own homes, and answering your burning decorating questions. Brought to you from the Ballard Designs team.

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We want to teach you how to decorate! We'll help you unleash your inner decorator with interviews from interior designers, sharing the trials and triumphs from our own homes, and answering your burning decorating questions. Brought to you from the Ballard Designs team.

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Love, love, love

By Please snd Pardon - Oct 24 2019
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People who know what they’re talking about! Yea! So refreshing! Thanks!

Love the show!!!!

By Karyn.22929 - Sep 27 2019
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I have a 5 hour drive most week, so this is my go to!!! Love it so much!!

iTunes Ratings

357 Ratings
Average Ratings
290
21
18
14
14

Love, love, love

By Please snd Pardon - Oct 24 2019
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People who know what they’re talking about! Yea! So refreshing! Thanks!

Love the show!!!!

By Karyn.22929 - Sep 27 2019
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I have a 5 hour drive most week, so this is my go to!!! Love it so much!!

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How to Decorate

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We want to teach you how to decorate! We'll help you unleash your inner decorator with interviews from interior designers, sharing the trials and triumphs from our own homes, and answering your burning decorating questions. Brought to you from the Ballard Designs team.

Ep. 113: designer Susan Sully

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This week, we welcome best selling author of over 18 books, Susan Sully. She tells us all about Southern Hospitality At Home, her new book that details the inspiration behind the art of finding joy and generosity in hospitality. Susan talks about what surprised her most about the history of Southern homes and hospitality in her research for the book, the importance of a welcoming entrance hall, why the door was almost always open in the South and her go to tips for entertaining at home. We also talk about dining room etiquette including the rules on lighting candles, ways we can update tradition, and incorporating high/low into your entertaining.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials regarding a cool Ballard lamp, a Prosciutto haunted hand, and failed kitchen outlets.
  • Triumphs of rediscovering the right way to use a fan, a killer centerpiece, and new dining table.
  • Why Susan thinks that hospitality and comfort have remained so ingrained in Southern culture.
  • Why old Southern houses work with the climate to encourage an environment of fun times and great parties.
  • Why porches were arranged on the side in Charleston, and the difference between a porch, Side piazza, and gallery.
  • No matter how big or small the entrance way in a home, do something to make it welcoming.
  • The hilarious story of how cheese straws and the bald eagle are both a thing.
  • Some of Susan’s must-haves for decorating including cloth napkins, beautiful place cards, comfortable chairs, things that gleam and glimmer, and how to get ahead of the game by setting the table the night before.
  • The etiquette around lighting candles, and ways we can update tradition with boldly colored candlesticks and candle holders.
  • What we need in our guest rooms to make our special visitors feel appreciated and welcomed.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Susan Sully books

Susan Sully

@susan.sully

Southern Hospitality At Home

Devon Lamps

Blair Bench

Mrs. Whaley’s Garden

University of Georgia

Erika Powell

Florida Water

The Charleston Silver Lady

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Susan loves the idea of a wicker bar cart with you changing out flowers or greenery. She said a polypropylene runner to put along the front of your house, to soften up the floor and bring color. You can paint the bar cart a color to go with it. We love the idea of having that table next to your door, with plants on it to add some depth and color.

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One of Susan’s mottos is “there is no problem that a good curtain can’t fix”, but here it can be dramatic and make it feel like a pavillion. Her advice is a very long curtain rod with two panels on either side all the way down the floor. Susan also throws out that two curtain rods with two panels on either side and treating them on individual windows may work really well too. We also throw in the idea of Roman shades, to help add softness.

Nov 05 2019

1hr 18mins

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Ep. 13 with Bunny Williams

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Hold onto your earbuds because our guest today is none other than our own design partner, author, acclaimed interior designer, and hostess extraordinaire Bunny Williams! We traveled to Bunny's office in New York to record this special episode in her office, and she definitely did not disappoint. Bunny shares some incredible decorating tips and stories, including how she furnished her first apartment and decorating her home in the Dominican Republic. We talk about her new outdoor furniture collection La Colina, and of course she answers your decorating questions!

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:

We talk about my red lipstick trial and Karen schools us in her red lipstick protocolKaren's cord control decorating triumphTaryn talks about the incredible meal and incredible decor at Marcel in AtlantaHer trial involves public speakingBunny tells us why she decided to do a product line with Ballard DesignsShe tells us about how we're all faced with the same dilemma when it comes to decorating -- budgetWhy only buying things you love is the best investment in your homeHer proudest achievement in her first apartment in New YorkHer first big purchase was a good sofa, and why it's important for everyone to buy a really good oneBunny addresses the big pet question -- do hers get on the furniture and what does she do about it?We talk entertaining, why she's so comfortable with it, and what corners you can cut to make it easier on yourselfShe tells us about her home in the Dominican RepublicShe tells us about the time her husband John wanted to veto her decor choicesWe talk about redecorating and why it's not necessary if you get it right the first timeWe talk about her decorating pet peeve -- furniture that's always against the wallShe gives us a lesson on laying out your roomHostess etiquette, especially when it comes to drinks and coastersShe tells us about her new outdoor furniture collection, La ColinaWhy she never buys a chair online

Apr 11 2017

1hr 14mins

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Ep. 33 How to Layout a Room with Miriam Leuthold

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Our in house design expert, Miriam Leuthold, joins us to talk about the most common decorating question we get in our stores, on our blog, and in our reader emails. How do I layout my room? Miriam is a trained interior designer, so she's answering all of your questions, including traffic flow, focal points, spacing, and much more.

What You'll Hear on This Episode:

Before we get started, we talk about the 'life' of a Ballard product -- how it gets made, where our inspiration comes from, and how long it takesWe talk about building your room about a focal point, including what that focal point can beMiriam suggests starting with a rug and keeping all of your furniture pieces on the rugWe talk about focusing your seating around your TV versus a fireplaceWhat to do when you walk right into the living room through the front doorKaren tells us how she's solved this problem in her own 1920"s bungalowWhat to do if you have a really, really large living roomWhat to do when you don't have an architectural feature that creates a focal pointThe TV dilemma -- how to address it? Hide it in plain sight? Or hide it completely?We discuss traffic flow, including proper distance for a walkway and distance between coffee table and seatingWhy we all love occasional chairs so muchWe talk about laying out your bedroom, and why keeping it simple worksHow do we approach a home office?Karen calls out her cousin who has a really depressing home office situation

Sep 12 2017

1hr 18mins

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Bonus Episode: 2016 and 2017 Trends

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As our final episode of the year, we're leaving you with a special bonus episode where we're discussing the 2016 trends that are 'out' and the trends to look for in 2017. We discuss Million Dollar Decorator Mary McDonald's list of trends that are out and trends that are in for 2017... and we discuss whether we agree or disagree. We also admit to any 'out' trends that we're guilty of committing in our own homes.

What You'll Hear on This Episode

  • Which trends Mary McDonald says are officially out
  • Which trends she says to look for in 2017
  • Which trends we're all guilty of committing

Dec 27 2016

26mins

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Ep. 100: Our Guests' Best Tips

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It's a pretty exciting episode today. When brainstorming how to celebrate our 100th episode, we wanted to talk about everything we've learned and all of the best tidbits our guests have shared with us. We hope you'll enjoy it!

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Aug 06 2019

57mins

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Ep. 112: designer Jennie Seward

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Interior Designer Jennie Seward began her career as a colorist and designer of fabric and wall coverings. Jennie shares how she managed to fall in love with surface design, and with the help of a few side hustles, worked her way up to opening her company Jennie Seward Interior Design. Jennie also talks about her love for color, her custom decoupage lamps and decorative accessories, and her passion for designing beautiful wall coverings and fabrics. We also talk about the importance of paying attention to the exterior when designing as well, what goes behind her “Traditional With a Twist” style, and where Jennie recommends we save vs. splurge.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials regarding a fractured tibia, mother in laws, and a lesson in entertaining with silver spoons and hot dishes.
  • Triumphs about the Final Cut outlet, new sofas, and a power audit to help bring down the electricity bill. Also, a discovery about a cordless serving heating warming tray — thanks genius listener Sharon!
  • Jennie describes her style as “Traditional with a Twist”, and loves working with a variety of clients and projects.
  • Jennie was always either designing rooms or upgrading her fort as a child. She has a natural talent to take a space and bring it to a new level of beauty.
  • Good things happen when you go above and beyond your job, and say “yes” to side hustles that move you further in your dream.
  • Jennie works for her clients to create an interior that feels fresh but includes any important historical objects they are holding on to from their family.
  • Jennie is a fan of wallpaper, and sees how it adds so much to freshen up a room.
  • Where to splurge on beautiful fabrics such as wallpaper, and where to save, like seagrass and sisal rugs.
  • Why Jennie recommends buying the ugliest house on the best block, and the importance of both interior and exterior for curb appeal.
  • Great design is not about the price you pay, but rather the choices you make.
  • As you are going through a project, always be open to make sure the next step is the right decision.

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Final Cut

Cuisinart Warming Tray

Syracuse University

Schumacher Designs

Charlotte Moss

Hartwell Sofa

Duran

Jennie Seward

@jenniesewardco

Mathes sofa

Suzanne Kasler

Decorating Dilemma

You either need to paint or reupholster your sofa. We don’t know the size of the room, but we are thinking painting might be easier. Jennie is already on the hunt for a fabric that will pull it together, and check out some Ballard custom drapery. If you love your gray wall and don’t want to paint, consider a new sofa! If you don’t like your sofa, don’t waste any resources trying to match it until you can purchase one that you love!

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Maybe a Person table would work, since it’s neutral we have a lot of options such as a marble top and chair with fabrics to help with the hard surfaces. A round table works best in a square room. Think of it as a conscious contrast rather than a near match to be intentionally different.  

Oct 29 2019

1hr 23mins

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Ep.70: Carson Kressley & Thom Filicia

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This week, we are five peas in a podcast with besties and designers Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia. These hilarious gentlemen talk to us about how they met at the gym and eventually became members of the smash show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and a sneak peek into their new show Get a Room on Bravo. They also talk about why bad taste is better than no taste, their love of using design to tell a story, and how authenticity is the number one design trend in modern day culture.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

The hilarious story on how Thom and Carson met at the gym

How they auditioned and got picked for Queer Eye, and went on to bond filming over 100 episodes together

Their mutual love for taking on both large budget “dream” projects, and more small affordable DIY’s

The impressive knowledge that there is a difference between draperies and curtains

Thom and Carson’s tips to make a big impact with small places and smaller things

Why we shouldn’t be afraid to mix brands and prices in design, the same way we do with fashion

More about anchor pieces in each room, and why it’s crucial to invest in at least these items

What makes their design show Get a Room unique, and how the show was developed

Carson and Thom’s mission when working with people: to tell their story and bring it out in a beautiful way, and be serious about design while not taking themselves (or life) too seriously

Why your kitchen may be your new living room

Jan 08 2019

58mins

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Ep. 6 with Bedding Expert Beth Mars Dean

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This week, we are interviewing our own bedding expert, the stylist that makes all of the beds in our gorgeous rooms, Beth Mars Dean. You probably never knew a bedding stylist exists, but she's the lady that makes sure all of our beds look picture perfect and snooze worthy. For all of your bedding questions answered, be sure to listen to this episode!

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE

  • The most recent catastrophe that happened with our photoshoot
  • The surprising amount of time it takes to make a bed for one of our photo shoots
  • All of the extra things Beth adds to her beds that you wouldn't normally use
  • From start to finish, how Beth makes a gorgeous catalog-worthy bed
  • Whether all of us make our beds every day, what the nation-wide average is, and what percentage of our How to Decorate readers make their beds everyday
  • How many pillows each of us have on our beds
  • What Beth's bed looks like and how she makes it every day
  • How Beth became a bedding stylist
  • How you can create a luxurious bed in a realistic way

We answer all of your burning bedding questions, including how to coordinate with your existing bedding collection, how to streamline bed making so you're more likely to do it, where to put your pillows when you get into the bed, and how many throw pillows are too many?

Jan 03 2017

55mins

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Ep. 51 with designer Lauren DeLoach

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Atlanta designer Lauren DeLoach caught our eye at the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse, so we were super excited to have her on today’s episode. She talks with us about why she loves brown furniture, why she uses a check in almost every room, tips on how to decorate bookshelves, and family-friendly design ideas.

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:

The room that she featured at the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse was one of the most coveted of the dayIdeas to create a balanced and yet lived in look for built-Ins and bookshelves, and what to do when the books you actually love to read don’t fit your color schemeHow the rule of three also applies to colorHer love for using brown furniture and antiques to add layers and history to a homeThe tricks a camera plays in photoshoots, and a sneak peek of what really happens behind the scenes of a shoot Lauren’s insider recommendations for having a kid-friendly yet beautifully decorated houseThe helpful way to add a pop of color and fun with buffalo and gingham checksThe general rule of thumb to measure your rug so you aren’t living on an empty rug islandHer favorite cream paint color and which paint finishes belong on which surfaces

May 22 2018

1hr 14mins

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Ep. 25 with designer Maggie Griffin

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Interior designer Maggie Griffin from Gainesville, Georgia decorates spaces much like her personality, warm, happy, and with classic Southern charm. We loved touring her house and couldn't resist the opportunity to get her on the podcast. If you aren't yet following her on Instagram, then you're gonna want to start. We talk about decorating with kids, how to build a gallery wall, the deal with decorating around the TV, and other decorating 'don'ts' like ceiling fans.

What You'll Hear on This Episode:

Maggie shares the unique way she built up her first clientsShe talks about how she and her husband love renovating and movingShe tells us about counseling James Farmer while he was building his house, FarmdaleWe talk about how she starts a room -- either a rug or a special keepsakeMaggie's always moving things, and she shares how art is the way she keeps things freshMaggie cleverly treats all of the TVs in her home, and she shares her best tips for decorating around themWe discuss the dreaded ceiling fan -- is she for or against the ceiling fan?She tells us about redecorating her husband's bachelor pad once they got marriedShe talks about decorating her sons nurseries and how to decorate your child's bedroom with pieces that will endureHow she manages all the kids toysShe talks us through laying out a room -- where to startMaggie gives us a lesson on wallpaper and shares her favorite white paint colorWe talk about building a gallery wall

Jul 11 2017

1hr 26mins

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Ep. 64: designer Bunny Williams

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Design superstar and podcast fan favorite Bunny Williams joins us to talk about her new studio and creative getaway, her new upholstery collection, how to change a room with a simple few statement pieces, and a whole Living Room 101 lesson.

What You'll Hear on This Episode:

Bunny's new office that is adjacent to her home and how she converted a four bedroom house into one giant room with a beautiful viewA glimpse into her busy New York office and how she finds time and space to get inspiredHer new book “Affairs with Other Houses” due in the springHow Bunny Williams Home started 10 years ago, built out of a need for certain products for Bunny’s design projects and how it grew into upholstery, lighting and accessoriesThe optimum size and height of a drink table and why no guest should ever be without a place to set their drinksThe addition of modern fixtures in a traditional home and the ability to mix contemporary with antiqueBunny’s tips for organizing things by groups to create an interesting statementBreak up the finishes, textures and colors so each piece stands out on it’s ownHow to know what brown furniture to keep as is and which to paintWhy pieces should move around throughout the house over time, even as your tastes changeWhy we should invest in wonderful furniture pieces as a lifetime purchaseWhy the furniture has to fit the scale and proportions of the room it is going in, so you may want to opt for the 7 foot couch vs the 9 foot couchHer new upholstery collection, including a scallop backed sofa, chairs and casegoodsThe origin of the name of 'slipper chairs'Raffia as a great way to provide a clean and streamlined texture to a roomLighting options including standing lamps, and lighting fixtures on an end tableWhy your collection of items should be personal to you and not something you have someone else purchase just to fill the roomHow studying magazines will give you the confidence to make decisions in your own home

Nov 20 2018

1hr 22mins

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Ep. 38: Color 101 with Maria Killam

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We've been waiting to get color expert Maria Killam on the podcast ever since we heard about her October color workshop here in Atlanta. She captivated us on day one of her workshop, and afterwards, we sat down to talk paint, color, undertones, and timeless interior design. This is an episode you won't want to miss!

What You'll Hear on This Show:

Maria gives us a rundown of paint undertones and why they're importantWhat makes a decor choice timelessWe talk about paint swatches, why you need big ones, and how fan decks are madeWe ask how you know which paint color to shoot for?We talk about why choosing a paint color should be an easy choiceWhat's the difference between a 'clean' versus a 'dirty' color?Why mixing your own custom color isn't necessarily the best strategyWe talk about choosing exterior paint colors and why you should approach them differentlyWe talk about choosing colors in adjacent roomsWhy the right wallpaper can totally transform outdated fixtures and finishesWhy styling and decorating can solve a ton of problems before you renovateWhy you should look to your closet when searching for color inspirationWe ask Maria what the biggest mistake is that people make when it comes to color?We talk about why it's so important to use large swatches of fixtures and finishes when you're renovating

Nov 21 2017

1hr 14mins

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Ep. 18 with designer Mark D. Sikes

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This week we have a very special guest all the way from California, interior designer Mark D. Sikes. Mark is a veritable renaissance man with a furniture line, fabric collection, rug collection, book, fashion line, and of course his interior design business. He shares the story of how his Los Angeles home landed on the cover of House Beautiful, his love of fashion and experience working in fashion, how he approaches a new space, and how to get that effortless California style in your home.

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:

Taryn's trial involves the yearly dilemma of pollen versus outdoor furniture.Karen gives us tips for pruning hydrangeas.My London travel momento is both my trial and my triumph.Karen's guest bedroom saga continues. This week, she's talking about paint.Mark shares the process of designing his furniture collection and where his inspiration comes fromHow his degree in finance helps his interior design businessWe press him on how he started his MDS Stripes fashion lineMark loves a stripe -- so much that he started a striped clothing line -- so he schools us on mixing stripes togetherWhy no room should ever look perfectHis one design rule is that a space looks like it's been created over timeWe talk about California style and how we can bring a little of it into our homesHe shares the inspiration and plan for the Coastal Living Idea House that he's designing in Newport, Rhode IslandWe talk about his living room in the Southern Living Idea House which was all neutralOf course we have to ask him his decorating pet peevesMark shares the incredible story of how his house landed on the cover of House BeautifulHis decorating advice for anyone looking to start out in the design industry

May 23 2017

1hr 2mins

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Ep. 50 with Suzanne Kasler

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We hear what keeps award-winning interior designer Suzanne Kasler so busy, and the inspiration behind her new wicker Southport Collection. We talk about her love for pink, modern trends, guilty pleasures and much more.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

How Suzanne stays relevant in the industry and fresh in her approach through travel, shopping and educationThe more inspired you are, the more it seeps into your client workThe release of Suzanne’s new book Sophisticated Simplicity and her newsletter InspiredHow Suzanne picks certain projects to publish and her approach to photographing her book with designers, stylists and photographersHer go-to accessories for photoshoots and why she keeps them indigenous to the areaHow Suzanne uses lamp slips to create a look of proportion and layeringThe trends of darker walls and wall coverings is something Suzanne is now seeing in every room of the houseThe backstory of Suzanne’s Southport collection and how a daybed in a flea market in Paris was her muse in creating the collectionThe difference between wicker and rattan and why you should have a piece in your homeThe timeline of her purchases to when it is available for purchase as part of a collectionThe mix of pieces and styles that go into her Paris Apartment collection for Hickory Chair, and why Paris is one of her top choices of cities to shopWhy she is in the “thinking pink” zonePetite chairs and why Suzanne is always on the hunt for a great oneThe new flagship store opening in Atlanta is coming soon, so check the website for grand opening event details

May 08 2018

56mins

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Ep. 98: kitchen experts Matthew Quinn & Ric Parrish

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We've gotten lots of emails about having Matthew Quinn and Ric Parrish on the podcast to talk about kitchens! They're the tour de force behind Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath, the premiere kitchen and design studio in Atlanta. They've worked with all of your favorite designers and most likely designed many of the dream kitchens you've all ogled. We know we certainly have. We ask all your burning questions and answer your kitchen conundrums.

What You'll Hear on This Episode

We talk about how Matthew got into kitchen and bath designHow and why he likes to design spaces with a unique look for each kitchen versus anything formuliacHow a client's closet might inspire his kitchen designPopular finishes, colors, and materialsWhy he prefers paneled appliances over exposed stainless onesHis must-haves for a great kitchenWhy it's important to learn everything he can about how a client cooks, entertains, and what kind of kitchen items they haveSo much more!Show Notes:

Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath StudioMatthew Quinn CollectionMatthew and Ric's Atlanta penthouseMatthew and Ric's lake houseMatthew's Top 25 Kitchen TipsHouse Beautiful's 2016 Kitchen of the Year designed by Matthew

Jul 23 2019

1hr 14mins

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Ep. 81: fabric expert Scott Kravet

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Scott Kravet is referred to as the Indiana Jones of the Fabric World. As the Executive Creative Director of Kravet Fabrics, it is his job to travel the world and find the best textile to make the dreams of others come true. Today he joins the show to talk about his family business and passion for fabrics, what he puts in his own personal house, fabric care, and trends in the fabric world.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

Trials and Triumphs including roofs, roses, rugs, benches and baby proofing.

How Scott and his team travel all over the world to source out the best textiles.

The wide array of textiles Scott works within the material, design and time period.

The different lines that are in the Kravet line, and how the designer collaborations came to be.

The family story of their passion for fabrics and the vision for generations to come.

Scott’s role of overseeing a team of 45 people at Kravet.

How Scott feels about digital printing, the pros, and the cons, and how it has improved over the years.

A glimpse into the process of knowing how the colors will react to get the effect you want.

A better understanding of getting what you pay for in fabric.

The artwork, textiles, fabrics, and colors Scott uses in his own personal home.

The digital catalog system Scott works with to keep track of hundreds of designs in their projects.

Where Kravet’s mills are all over the world.

Important insider information about rub tests and a performance finish.

What things we should look for in fabric, including the option of slipcovers.

What styles and colors Scott sees trending in the fabric world, and which are fading out.

The elements of scale, color, and motif when working with antique fabric.

Mar 26 2019

1hr 19mins

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Ep. 49: Landscape Architects Spencer Tunnell and Will McDonald

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With Spring in the air, we thought we'd talk about our outdoor spaces. They're just as important as your indoor spaces, but for many of us, knowing what to do with them can be a challenge. Atlanta landscape architects Spencer Tunnell and Will McDonald of Tunnell & Tunnell Landscape Architecture stopped by to talk about when we need to call a professional, how to add a little curb appeal to your space, why non-native plants aren't a smart choice in many cases, and much more.

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:

We talk about Curb Appeal and how it isn't so different from interior designI talk about my backyard project and the wild hair got to tear it all upKaren wants turf in her yard. We ask Spencer and Will their thoughts.Taryn asks about why and how you can choose plants that will bloom year roundWe talk about when you should hire a pro to help you and when you can do it yourselfWe talk about consultations and how a professional could help you make a master plan for your property that you could fulfill over timeTaryn talks about her experience splitting plants and her neighbor who's helped her learned what'll work in her yardWe ask Will and Spencer about their favorite plantsWe talk about goats and how you can use them to rid your yard of invasive speciesWhy it's dangerous to plant non-native plantsTaryn wants to know about all of the pine trees in her yard

Apr 24 2018

1hr 26mins

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Ep. 11 with Suzanne Kasler

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Today's guest is not only one of our favorite designers and a hometown hero in the design world, she's also our design partner, Suzanne Kasler. Suzanne's interiors are usually riddled with classic furniture pieces, but she presents them with a modern point of view. They're tailored, edited, and punctuated with color. We launched our first collection with Suzanne in 2011, and ever since then, we've been making design magic together, so we're thrilled to have her as our guest today on the blog!

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON TODAY'S SHOW:

Karen's recent framing victory inspired by Natalie Nassar's houseTaryn talks about a product she recently designedA new hobby I'm trying outSuzanne talks about showhouses and why she loves themWhy she likes to keep her team smallHow she does it all and where she finds her creative energyHow her love of shopping translates to design inspirationWhy Suzanne can't share her favorite places to shopWhy she started working with design partnersWe talk about her new outdoor furniture collection, her Directoire collection in whiteWhy you should start planning your outdoor space earlySuzanne talks about using white as a paint color and she uses it so much in her clients' homesSuzanne talks about her 'architectural envelope' and why she pays so much attention to the architecture of her clients' homes

Mar 14 2017

1hr 8mins

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Ep. 4 with Designer Sherry Hart

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On this episode of the podcast, we sat down with interior designer and blogger Sherry Hart. She’s a master of styling bookshelves, can make a neutral room feel fresh and modern, and is going through her own bedroom makeover. She gave us the whole rundown of how she turned her home renovation into a successful interior designer business, what her husband thinks of her constant decor updates, and how to make your home look cohesive.

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW

  • Karen’s latest progress on the guest room she’s redecorating
  • The baby shower Karen recently hosted where the food was baby-themed
  • How Sherry caught the decorating bug and her first published space
  • How her style has changed over the course of her career
  • Why she loves decorating with white
  • Her biggest decorating pet peeve
  • Bad advice for decorating when there’s someone else in the mix
  • Her approach to styling bookshelves

In every episode, we answer decorating dilemmas from listeners, and with the help of our guest, give them ways to solve their problem. In this episode, we answer a question from Jennifer about how to take your room from 'average to amazing,' Monica's question about how to pull off a his and hers office, and Janet's question about maintaining practicality when creating a pretty room.

Dec 06 2016

56mins

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Ep. 92: designer Olivia Brock

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Charleston designer Olivia Brock joins the show to talk about her firm Torrance Mitchell Design and her background in historic preservation. We cover it all -- how she fell into interior design, tips on mixing the old and the new, and her go-to paint colors.

Olivia never planned on being a designer, but rather a real estate developer that focused on adaptive reuse of historical buildingsHow Olivia started as a paint color consultant The differences between normal housing and the sensitive nature of working with a historical homeOlivia's house in Southern Living which she and her husband totally restoredOur partnership with Olivia on the Traditional Home Southern Style Now Showhouse, and the inspiration behind the guest room How to make old things look fresh and pairing antiques with a modern piecesWhy she sees historical buildings as people that want to tell you their story, and it is up to us to listenWe talk paint -- testing swatches, favorite whites, and moreBrown furniture is making a comeback, baby!Why patience, a great eye for antiques, and love for a home is truly necessary when embarking on a projectHow curtains can really do a lot for a room, and what types Olivia recommends

Jun 11 2019

1hr 12mins

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Ep. 118: designer Madeline Stuart

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Celebrated Los Angeles Designer Madeline Stuart joins the show today. Madeline talks about her new book, No Place Like Home and a more inside look at some of the articles and photographs featured in the book. She also talks with us about the research that goes into a new project, her passion for both design and architecture, reinventing the wheel with each home, her love of vintage lighting, and the design elements she goes back to time and time again.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • The design process behind her Madeline’s new book, No Place Like Home, and why it’s a great read along with the beautiful photos.
  • Madeline’s passion for incorporating difference influences to create a cohesive story in each home.
  • Madeline’s collaborative process (sometimes!) when working with a client, in order to get them to feel that they have the space to really express their design desires.
  • Why Madeline loves some good vintage lighting, and some impressive lighting stats on a few of the larger homes she has worked with.
  • How Madeline also draws much of her design inspiration from the architecture and general form of the house to create a space that fits together.
  • Even in the fanciest homes, furniture should be something that guests can sit, relax, and feel comfortable in.
  • Examples of moments where Madeline scaled back the accessories and objects for a photoshoot, rather than try to stuff it with decor.
  • What Madeline refers to as the “mosh pit approach” to decorating.
  • What to do when your house style doesn’t match your decorating style.
  • The wide range of Madeline’s projects including Hispano Moresque in La Jolla, Streamline Moderne in Los Angeles, and Spanish Revival in Santa Monica.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Madeline Stuart

Interiors

@madelinedstuart

No Place Like Home

Georgia O’Keefe

Elle Decor

Mabel Dodge Luhan


Decorating Dilemma

Madeline recommends hiring a professional, who you can work with on layout, proportion, scale and much more. Also, find examples of spaces that have a neutral background, and you can begin to get ideas on using items such as textured rugs and vintage finds to add value to a bland space. Just because you may not like the outside doesn’t mean you can’t create an inside that totally fits your style!

Dec 10 2019

1hr 17mins

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Ep. 117: designer Janie Molster

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Janie Molster, Interior Designer in the Richmond, Virginia area, is known for her fun and light-hearted designs, mixing the beautiful with the well-choreographed messy. She joins the show this week to talk about her love of pink, decorating for the holidays, and why we don’t always have to go with the traditional red and green. We also all talk about decorating with comfort in mind first, when twin beds may be the way to go and creating symmetry that is pleasing to the eye.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • More about Janie’s style, recently described as “pretty, happy, and layered.” To some, it may look like it’s done with abandon, but really it is choreographed with a ton of thought.
  • The juxtaposition between the old and new in a home, and Janie’s suggestion that people mix and match objects they most love together even if it’s different style-wise.
  • Janie’s top tree decorating tips including ribbon, colors, and not worrying about blending homemade with fancy.
  • Janie’s love of pink since she was little, and ways we can create a Christmas-y feel without having to be tied to the traditional red and green.
  • What a story about Disney cartoons with hairy arms has to do with design!
  • New idea: Christmas trees that come with a remote?
  • When twin beds and be engaging and pleasing, especially for people like Janie who do a lot of hosting.
  • Why she loves pairs to create symmetry that is pleasing to the eye, and constantly recycling and swapping items from room to room.
  • Janie explains her love of an upholstered headboard and gives some unique design thoughts on using them to spruce and liven up a room.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Janie Molster Designs

@JanieMolsterDesigns

House Beautiful

“In Defense of Twins”

Decorating Dilemma

If your budget allows, Janie loves your idea of wallpaper. She would not only wallpaper the walls, but the ceilings as well, wrapping front to back. A stripe or vertical pattern can be really fun, and you can run it up the eaves vertically and across on top to create a cabana tent effect. The funky trimmed doors are so fun and filled with personality, and they could be so fun to accent as well. Great job and we are very impressed by you! One final note: Janie also thought having a custom headboard made could be really cool to get the feel of an arched headboard.

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If there is room on the other end of the sofa, a chair could go nicely there. Janie recommends creating two seating arrangements: one that is oriented to the TV and the other one under the windows. If you layered a room size rug and your current rug on top, it could hide a little of the asymmetry. If you are looking to fill up some wall space, more artwork or mirrors can look great — and only get a bookshelf if you are really needing space for more books! Our final thought is that adding some drapery could be great for adding some softness to the room.

Dec 03 2019

58mins

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Ep. 116: designer Timothy Corrigan

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This week we start off by talking about holiday decorating with some tree talk and gift wrapping strategy. Then, we welcome the great Timothy Corrigan to talk about his chateau addiction, his signature style described as “comfortably elegant”, and his new book The New Elegance. Timothy believes our home is the place to bring out our best selves, elegance doesn’t always have to take a lot of effort to achieve, and there is nothing better than mixing styles and quality.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials on a broken Sunbrella storage ottoman, and triumphs on appreciating a beautiful fall day in a great home, toy organization, and a valance using Ballard hardware.
  • What Timothy means when he says elegance is misunderstood, and how it can transcend any style.
  • More about Timothy’s new book The New Elegance - a great read that shares the stories of homes in which he has defined a new contemporary elegance.
  • Ways we can include classic design principles in our busy life.
  • If you are comfortable in your home, everyone has a better experience. Research shows that when you like your environment, you are healthier.
  • Why Timothy believes we don’t have to always trade-off beauty for comfort, and the liveability aspect of our design is so important to the overall experience.
  • Timothy was working in advertising in New York then moved to Europe at the age of 30, and it opened up his eyes to the world of beauty and design.
  • When Timothy became an auction addict, and why he views it as a great opportunity to learn and gain information on the history of pieces.
  • Timothy’s love of chateaus and his detailing of how people live in them and update them to meet their modern needs in his book An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce.
  • Design is about learning, exploring and then figuring out how to do it yourself to meet your scale and proportion.
  • Tim explains why color very much shapes the way you experience a room.
  • How to know what to respect the integrity of the home, yet also update the architecture to reflect the function and style of what you may need today.
  • Surround yourself with things you love, and feel free to mix and match from colors, accessories, and furniture that speak to you.
  • The primary types of symmetry, and how understanding them can help us design in a way that compliments and highlight proportion and space.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Timothy Corrigan Books

@timothycorrigan






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Hello Denmark! The views outside your windows are so dreamy. To Tim, the biggest issue is starting to create some separation between the living and dining area. He would recommend a rug under the sofa and chairs in the living area, to ground it and make it feel more cozy and comfortable. Next, if you put a sofa table behind it with objects (or table lamps) to subtly divide space and open it up in an interesting way to make it feel even bigger. Also, some softening to the space will make it feel more inviting. As far as your dining space, a longer oval or rectangle table anchored horizontally could work very well.

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You can move the banquette back a foot up against one day, which would tremendously open the space up. This is a perfect example that we don’t have to be a slave to our home. We like the chairs you have, and think the combination as it is looks sweet and pretty. Window treatments are important to make you feel safe and protect your privacy, so go ahead and put some curtains in.  

Nov 26 2019

1hr 12mins

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Ep. 115: designer Tammy Connor

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Interior Designer Tammy Connor’s goal is to make hard work look easy and to focus on implementing more about what her clients really love vs. what’s in trend for the moment. Tammy joins the show this week to talk about her signature style of real, livable homes, how she ended up going from working in Alabama to Atlanta, and why rules really are meant to be broken when it comes to design. Tammy also talks about her projects including The Sword Gate House in Charleston, her Seaside Cottage, and Sewanee Cabin. You’ll also hear Tammy’s tricks of the trade to creating the perfect “man room”, and yes - it involves leather.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Tammy’s goal is to help her clients make their home look less perfect, and more like they just have great taste and have collected beloved pieces over time.
  • Trends may come and go, but a believable color scheme and authentic use of a home will always stay in vogue.
  • Tammy feels we must know the rules before we break them, and you can follow what you love rather than jumping on every latest trend.
  • The advice Tammy would give to young entrepreneurs from opening up her own business at 25, and what she may do differently if she had a second chance.
  • Tammy loves working with people on their first home, but by the time they get to their second or third, the wheels are already set in motion and they trust her vision much more.
  • More about her first client, The Sword Gate House in Charleston, and how she landed the chance to work on this historically significant home.
  • The differing approach Tammy had for projects such as a Central Park Apartment, her Showhouses, and the Historic Hunting Pavilion.
  • Why it’s important to have a thread throughout rooms that both ties them together and gives our eyes a place to rest.
  • Ways Tammy uses proportion and 3d to work with small and large spaces that can have challenging spacial issues.
  • Neutral upholstery can serve to highlight other objects and put the focus on other things in the room.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Tammy Connor Interior Design

Historic Hunting Plantation

@tammyconnor

Sewanee Cabin

Decorating Dilemma

Two things you can do. You can keep the red brick and paint the rest of the trim to match the windows and doors. Or, if you wanted to do a whitewash on the brick and paint the trim green instead of blue. A good green is...wait for it... Charleston Green! We love what you have done so far, and you are really stepping up that ranch!  

Nov 19 2019

56mins

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Ep. 114: designer Jennifer Nanni

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This week we welcome Jennifer Nanni, owner of Rittenhouse Home in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Jennifer talks about how her hobby in design and a naturally great eye for spaces turned into a sought after business with critical acclaim in Luxury Interior Design. Jennifer talks about the kitchen being the hub and heart of a home, what trends she is seeing in kitchens and living rooms currently, and designing for aesthetic meeting the needs of form and function. Jennifer shares her personal design loves, what finishes and materials she is using heavily now, and how she manages to have a white living room sofa with five children.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials regarding some expensive drawer upgrades, and squirrels vs. a cutting garden.
  • Triumphs of gaining a whole new wardrobe when you Marie Kondo it up, pleated shower curtains, and what cayenne pepper has to do with a successful bird feeder.
  • Jennifer’s business started as a hobby and she was always a purveyor of beautiful things with an eye for design.
  • Jennifer is Italian, and she feels the heart of every home is in the kitchen. She discusses what she loves about electronics in kitchens, and how they help us become better cooks.
  • More about the use of gold finish in kitchens, and how it can go with our existing brass and metal.
  • How we can glam up a kitchen using seating, hardware, lighting, and certain backsplashes.
  • Ways we can carry the glam from our kitchen to a living room using subtle accents and shine.
  • Not everything needs to be matchy-matchy, and Jennifer is a big proponent of integrating personal style instead of transient trends.
  • What Jennifer’s personal kitchen looks like, and how she created it to function for her children ranging from 3 to 14 years old.
  • The “magic” fabrics that have us not worrying too much about our rugs and sofas.
  • Why rug pads in the nursery are a great idea.
  • How Jennifer takes risks with her design, including creative closet solutions, tile, and colors.
  • More about Jennifer’s showroom, and how it showcases how she can work in different mediums but still tie in a beautiful space together.
  • What wattage is best for different lights, and what brightness we use in the bedroom.
  • Walk-in showers are awesome, but we are still loving a tub in the home as well!


Mentioned In This Episode:

Ikea Hackers

Renee’s Garden

Rittenhouse Home

Jennifer Nanni’s Instagram

Dacor

Victoria + Albert

Lauren Liess

Emily Henderson

Decorating Dilemma

We love how vibrant your teal is! Check out Benjamin Moore Classic or Nimbus Gray. They will be in the same color tone as your teal.

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You can do one lamp on each nightstand, and a taller one on the dresser. Another option would be to get the remote so you can turn on all the lights as soon as you walk in. Add some surfaces in the room, and fill them with some lamps and light and you will be in a great position!  

Nov 12 2019

1hr 9mins

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Ep. 113: designer Susan Sully

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This week, we welcome best selling author of over 18 books, Susan Sully. She tells us all about Southern Hospitality At Home, her new book that details the inspiration behind the art of finding joy and generosity in hospitality. Susan talks about what surprised her most about the history of Southern homes and hospitality in her research for the book, the importance of a welcoming entrance hall, why the door was almost always open in the South and her go to tips for entertaining at home. We also talk about dining room etiquette including the rules on lighting candles, ways we can update tradition, and incorporating high/low into your entertaining.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials regarding a cool Ballard lamp, a Prosciutto haunted hand, and failed kitchen outlets.
  • Triumphs of rediscovering the right way to use a fan, a killer centerpiece, and new dining table.
  • Why Susan thinks that hospitality and comfort have remained so ingrained in Southern culture.
  • Why old Southern houses work with the climate to encourage an environment of fun times and great parties.
  • Why porches were arranged on the side in Charleston, and the difference between a porch, Side piazza, and gallery.
  • No matter how big or small the entrance way in a home, do something to make it welcoming.
  • The hilarious story of how cheese straws and the bald eagle are both a thing.
  • Some of Susan’s must-haves for decorating including cloth napkins, beautiful place cards, comfortable chairs, things that gleam and glimmer, and how to get ahead of the game by setting the table the night before.
  • The etiquette around lighting candles, and ways we can update tradition with boldly colored candlesticks and candle holders.
  • What we need in our guest rooms to make our special visitors feel appreciated and welcomed.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Susan Sully books

Susan Sully

@susan.sully

Southern Hospitality At Home

Devon Lamps

Blair Bench

Mrs. Whaley’s Garden

University of Georgia

Erika Powell

Florida Water

The Charleston Silver Lady

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Susan loves the idea of a wicker bar cart with you changing out flowers or greenery. She said a polypropylene runner to put along the front of your house, to soften up the floor and bring color. You can paint the bar cart a color to go with it. We love the idea of having that table next to your door, with plants on it to add some depth and color.

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One of Susan’s mottos is “there is no problem that a good curtain can’t fix”, but here it can be dramatic and make it feel like a pavillion. Her advice is a very long curtain rod with two panels on either side all the way down the floor. Susan also throws out that two curtain rods with two panels on either side and treating them on individual windows may work really well too. We also throw in the idea of Roman shades, to help add softness.

Nov 05 2019

1hr 18mins

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Ep. 112: designer Jennie Seward

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Interior Designer Jennie Seward began her career as a colorist and designer of fabric and wall coverings. Jennie shares how she managed to fall in love with surface design, and with the help of a few side hustles, worked her way up to opening her company Jennie Seward Interior Design. Jennie also talks about her love for color, her custom decoupage lamps and decorative accessories, and her passion for designing beautiful wall coverings and fabrics. We also talk about the importance of paying attention to the exterior when designing as well, what goes behind her “Traditional With a Twist” style, and where Jennie recommends we save vs. splurge.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials regarding a fractured tibia, mother in laws, and a lesson in entertaining with silver spoons and hot dishes.
  • Triumphs about the Final Cut outlet, new sofas, and a power audit to help bring down the electricity bill. Also, a discovery about a cordless serving heating warming tray — thanks genius listener Sharon!
  • Jennie describes her style as “Traditional with a Twist”, and loves working with a variety of clients and projects.
  • Jennie was always either designing rooms or upgrading her fort as a child. She has a natural talent to take a space and bring it to a new level of beauty.
  • Good things happen when you go above and beyond your job, and say “yes” to side hustles that move you further in your dream.
  • Jennie works for her clients to create an interior that feels fresh but includes any important historical objects they are holding on to from their family.
  • Jennie is a fan of wallpaper, and sees how it adds so much to freshen up a room.
  • Where to splurge on beautiful fabrics such as wallpaper, and where to save, like seagrass and sisal rugs.
  • Why Jennie recommends buying the ugliest house on the best block, and the importance of both interior and exterior for curb appeal.
  • Great design is not about the price you pay, but rather the choices you make.
  • As you are going through a project, always be open to make sure the next step is the right decision.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Final Cut

Cuisinart Warming Tray

Syracuse University

Schumacher Designs

Charlotte Moss

Hartwell Sofa

Duran

Jennie Seward

@jenniesewardco

Mathes sofa

Suzanne Kasler

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You either need to paint or reupholster your sofa. We don’t know the size of the room, but we are thinking painting might be easier. Jennie is already on the hunt for a fabric that will pull it together, and check out some Ballard custom drapery. If you love your gray wall and don’t want to paint, consider a new sofa! If you don’t like your sofa, don’t waste any resources trying to match it until you can purchase one that you love!

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Maybe a Person table would work, since it’s neutral we have a lot of options such as a marble top and chair with fabrics to help with the hard surfaces. A round table works best in a square room. Think of it as a conscious contrast rather than a near match to be intentionally different.  

Oct 29 2019

1hr 23mins

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Ep. 111: designer Betsey Mosby

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Betsey Mosby, interior designer and owner of Betsey Moby Interior Design, pairs the contemporary with the tried and true to create spaces that are traditional with a twist. We caught Betsey while she was in Atlanta on a new client project and talked with her about using pieces you already love and how she helps clients develop a space where they can live their life comfortably.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials regarding a hornet’s nest, a NYC apartment fire, and a not so hidden garbage can.
  • Triumphs on some great Target Anniversary purchases, new living room love and nice looking melamine plates.
  • Betsey works with clients to use what they already love, and to add new furniture and accessories that will stand the test of time.
  • Betsey is all about helping clients develop a space where they can live comfortably in an environment that suits their particular lifestyle.
  • Betsey took an unconventional path to design, but her background as a CPA helped her in the business and entrepreneurial side of things.
  • Your best advertisement is your last client.
  • When Betsey starts a room at a showhouse, it is her to her truest form.
  • Why a good power wash can have performance furniture and rugs looking just like new.
  • Embrace where you are at every stage of design.
  • We can make our own rules when it comes to creating new places for guests to sit and be comfortable while entertaining.
  • Hanging art on the headboard is a new way to make the space interesting.
  • Monograms are a way to add a classy touch to soft goods such as towels and linens.
  • Betsey’s use of lattice in a room to create a warm yet polished look.
  • More about the Southern Idea Living Showhouse.


Mentioned In This Episode:

Betsey Mosby

John Derian

Vesper Martini Table

Pinterest

Sunbrella

Hatchimals

@betseymosby

Southern Living Idea House

Oct 22 2019

1hr 26mins

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Ep. 110: stylist and editor Eddie Ross

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Jack of all trades, Eddie Ross is a stylist, author, editor, trained chef, decorator, and thrift store addict. We visited his production studio and event space Maximalist Studios to sit down with him and talk entertaining, his house renovation, and much more.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:The historic renovation of Eddie’s Edgewood Hall, and how they brought it back to life. Eddie’s addiction to thrift stores, and how he stores all his precious finds in his prop house and photo studio.More about Eddie’s new book Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible FindsA home should have a sense of things collected overtime to give the space a personal feel.How to know when to thrift, and when not to thrift. How Eddie made his Butler Pantry dreams come true and made the best use of a small space. What’s in his summer flower drawer, and what a berry spoon is. Some of Eddie’s seasonal tips to spruce things up and make things feel lighter in the summer and cozier in the winter. A behind the scenes look of shooting for House Beautiful, and how it gave Eddie time to really decorate the space and make sure everything felt authentic. People that are friends with designers — please still have us over! We promise not to judge, and just want to escape our home every now and then. What a celery vase is, and why it’s everything. Buffet etiquette including how to navigate the assembly line to maximize time and space. Why “inspiration” on social media can sometimes stress us out, and what to do about it. Some delicious dishes to serve for a party of 20 or fewer guests. Ice cream sandwich station, anyone? Eddie’s entertaining stock kit: cutting board, footed board, cake plate in two sizes, celery glass, low bowl, pitcher, ice bucket, ice scoop, and linen cocktail napkins. Wash and iron your cocktail napkins. You will take great pleasure in the steam. Mentioned In This Episode:

@eddieross

MaximalistStudios

HouseBeautiful | EdgewoodHall

Eddie RossModern Mix

Better Homes & Gardens

Bunny Williams

Herman Wendell

Angie Hranowsky

Oct 15 2019

1hr 2mins

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Ep. 109: designer Barbara Balongue

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Designer Barbara Balongue specializes in hospitality design — restaurants, bars, and boutique hotels. We loved chatting with her about the intricacies of restaurant design, how it impacts our dining experience, and everything those goes into building out a gorgeous venue. She blew our minds with all of the details we’ve never even thought about!

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

The challenges with restaurant designWhy you can take a bigger risk in restaurant design than you might at homeWhy booths are great and why they’re great to use in residential spaces as wellThe science and psychology of restaurant designWe talk about restaurants that haven’t used designers and a client of Barbara’s who was blown away by how interior design changed his bottom lineNew trends in restaurant designHow Barbara chooses color in her projectsRestaurant noise — how to combat it and why its an after thoughtWhy people covet the ‘hotel feel’ when they’re designing their own homesBathroom lighting and everything you need in your guest room

WilliamMcClure

@balonguedesign

BalongueDesign

TheWhiteDogCafe

Schumacher

Autograph

RestaurantImpossible

Sunbrella

Oct 08 2019

1hr 26mins

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Ep. 108: realtor Haven Duddy

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Haven Duddy is the founder of Main Line Haven and works with her team to do it all - from buying and selling, construction and renovation, to staging and interior design. She joins the show this week to talk about why it’s totally okay to embrace your style changing, how she came to start a business that offers a full-service experience in the real estate and design world, and simple things that make big changes in design and renovation.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

Haven’s husband worked in construction, and they combined forces to create Main Live Haven, helping people through whatever process they are in. When someone employes Haven to buy or sell real estate, they also get 4 hours of professional interior design service. Philadelphia has a more traditional housing style, and many of Haven’s clients will make changes throughout the years to reflect a more modern and present look. What you love today, you may not love in 10 years. Your style will change, so embrace it! What people get hung up on that they shouldn’t, and simple things that make big changes such as new lighting, updated toilets, glazing tile, and painting cabinets. Living in the house may give you a great idea of the functional way you want to design it. Common mistakes people make when they are renovating a home or looking to design it from scratch. The gals varied thoughts on open floor plans and the trends Haven is seeing with her clients. When you are selling your home, less is more, so get ready for some garage sales! The weirdest thing Haven has seen in someone’s house. The staging of science and general rules we should keep in mind when getting the most for our home. 

Oct 01 2019

51mins

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Ep. 107: designer Kimberly Barr

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Kimberly Barr is an Interior Designer in the Philadelphia area and is known for her youthful, put-together style. We talk about her love for antiques, not having strict rules, and how we can mix patterns and pieces in a way that brings a modern, fresh look to the traditional. We also get into some pillow talk, where in design you can have fun, and how it’s possible to design family friendly yet elegant spaces.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

Kimberly’s inspiration behind mixing the traditional with a twist of elegant and modern. More about Kimberly’s company, Kimberly Barr Interior Design, and how she tends to work with clients from the beginning until completion. Kimberly’s love of working in Philadelphia because it allows her to bring a current feel to old stone homes and mill work within traditional homes. Ways we can mix fabrics without being over the top. Some good rules of thumb for mixing things that may not go together. How many pillows on a sofa is too many, and how to best store pillows instead of just throwing them on the ground! Kimberly may keep her master bedroom all white, but also knows how to design for families, knowing that a space needs to be livable and kid friendly. What a triple pleat is, and why it adds a crisp sophistication to drapery. The price range for working in custom fabrics, and how to know if it’s the right choice for you. When wallpaper is appropriate, and if Kimberly thinks the trend is here to stay. Art and sconces are great opportunities to have some fun and mix it up in a traditional home. Kimberly’s grandma owned an antique store, so her childhood was spent oohing and ahhing over the best antiques. Every situation is different, if you have rules you may be missing an opportunity. 

Sep 24 2019

57mins

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Ep. 106: designer Naomi Stein

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Naomi Stein of Design Manifest joins the show this week to share how working with her contractor father gave her an eye for design and a purpose to help others make their lives more functional. We talk about making a room light, bright and comfortable, the big mistakes we tend to overlook in kitchen design, and hacks for small spaces. She also talks about finding that middle balance between your dream and your budget, and things people should look out for when working with an interior designer.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

Naomi worked with her father for 12 years which helped her knowledge of working in high-end homes, and honed her skills for taking her clients to the next level. Common mistakes we tend to make including layout, form, and functionWhat Naomi doesn’t want to see in a kitchen, and what appliances she thinks is okayIdeas for storing trash bins in a sleek yet recognizable space, and ideas for housing composting and recycling containers inside a kitchen. Naomi’s best hacks using Ikea cubbies, and what she learned from renovating her own small space, or “twin” as they call it in Philadelphia. A large part of Naomi’s success is the fact that she is very aware with both the artistic vision of a project, along with the realistic overview about budget and what it will take to get it practically aligned. What works when mixing finishes in a kitchenWhere it’s easiest to take risks in the kitchen, and personal examples Naomi has worked with either in her professional life or in her own personal renovations. What to do with outlets! Do we color them, do we have USB outlets, lamps with USB options, etc!

Sep 17 2019

1hr 7mins

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Ep. 105: "The Trim Queen" Jana Phipps

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"The Trim Queen" Jana Phipps stops by the show to tell us all about trims, fringes, tapes, and everything embellishments. She a world-renowned expert and advocate for embellishments and we talk about everything you want to know about the history of trims, how it's changed in the last few decades, how to use them, and how Jana became an expert in the topic. It's a fun conversation you won't want to miss!

What You'll Hear on The Show:

-Jana's background in trim and how she got her nickname 'the Trim Queen'

-How we should be using trims in our homes and why they're so valuable

-A little history of embellishments and where in the world they're made now

-Her Venice experiential tour that's she planning

-How designing trims differs from designing a fabric

-We talk about trends in the trim world

-Exciting collaborations happening in the world

-How to get the most bang for your buck with a trim

Sep 10 2019

1hr 26mins

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Ep. 104: editor Margot Shaw is back

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Flower Magazine editor Margot Shaw is back to talk about her new book Living Floral, why we should all be using our 'good stuff,' how to entertain graciously at home, and much more.

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:

-Margot tells us a little bit about her background

-We talk about her new book Living Floral and why she wrote it

-Why Margot finds the people behind the work so interesting

-How the Flower Magazine readership and mission has grown (organically!)

-We talk entertaining and everything you should know about it

-Flower's mission is to help people live graciously at home indoors and out

-Margot's passion is about inspiring the next generation

-Why you're never to young to start entertaining and learning to host a party

-Why you should use your 'good stuff'

-Mixing high and low pieces on your table and why it makes for a more beautiful table

-Margot tells us a story about entertaining for celebrated designer Charlotte Moss and why she was so nervous about her table and flower arrangement

-Why you shouldn't be intimidated to host your friends

-What is 'tole' and why does Margot love it

-Margot's go-to arrangements

-Why simple can be just as beautiful as an elaborate arrangement

-Margot tells us about what's trending in the world of floral design

-Why setting a beautiful table shows your guests that you care

-We discuss the merits of placecards and why planning your seating is important

SHOW NOTES:

- What we used for our terrariums: Berakna vase, river rocks, pink quartz rockjade pebbles

- Dutch Flower Line

- Cut Flower Wholesale

- Living Floral by Rizzoli

- B Brooks Fine Flower

- Flower Magazine

Sep 03 2019

1hr 8mins

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Ep. 103: designer Amanda Lindroth

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Designer Amanda Lindroth joined us all the way from the Bahamas to chat with us about her home collection, book, her interior design work, and all of the joys (and difficulties) of decorating homes in your favorite vacation spots. We even talk about the Dunmore Hotel where she used our upholstery pieces. You'll be shocked to hear all that goes into maintaining this beautiful property!

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials of towels hanging on display where they don’t need to be, soapy stoves, crazy sinks and backordered rugs.

  • Triumphs over a beautiful blue outdoor rug, sink and special chair finds.

  • Amanda would have been a designer sooner if she knew that was a viable option!

  • Amanda grew up living in a house with perfect mathematical scale, and that taught her about proportion right off the bat.

  • What it was like for Amanda to grow up in South Florida in the 1970’s, and how it influenced her design now in the Bahamas.

  • What people look for when decorating on an island home and resort. Warning — this will make you want to go on vacation ASAP!

  • Amanada was intentional with learning about color, and studied it in a serious and motivated fashion.

  • Why Amanda loves a pink wall, and it can be a neutral to go with everything.

  • Why decorating for people’s second and third homes can often be easier, but they still may get sticker shock when it comes to tax and duties of the island!

  • How Amanda navigates doing business in so many locations, and having a team all over the world.

  • Setting a tone for using timeless antiques with a modern and contemporary touch.

  • The places to spend money and really invest in great quality pieces, and what areas we can super glue it all together.

  • Amanda’s thrift shop mentality suites life in the Bahamas well, and it’s not easy to replace things so she pays attention to every single thing she brings in and how she can reuse and recycle.

  • Amanda’s book, Island Hopping, that takes us everywhere from Antigua to Cranberry Island.

  • What we can expect next from the Amanda Lindroth product line, including lighting in early 2010.

Aug 27 2019

1hr 13mins

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Ep. 102: designer Susan Jamieson

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Susan Jamieson, award-winning interior designer out of Richmond, VA, joins the show to talk about her brand Bridget Beari, her new line of wallpapers, and how her Southern upbringing gave her a foundation for the warm and imaginative style we see today. Susan also talks about the importance of knowing the mood you are trying to create, why we shouldn’t be afraid to use different whites, and her effective and practical steps of mixing patterns together.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

Trials of a $600+ power bill, boxwood hedge trimmers, and a broken dishwasher.

Triumphs of outsourcing yard work, an outdoor bench, and dish towel upgrades.

How Susan’s business Bridget Beari has expanded from design to home furnishings to paint and wallpaper.

Wallpaper is having a major moment, and Susan gives her thoughts on why it’s here to stay and not something to be afraid of.

Susan’s line takes the guesswork of picking the right color for the client’s specific design and needs.

Susan loves pushing boundaries and making each project unique to the client based on their taste and the architecture.

How growing up in the south affected her taste and gave her a foundation of working in a Southern style with warmth and hospitality.

How to use texture and contrast when working without color, and why it’s okay to not match whites.

Why neutrals can sometimes be harder to work with than color, and the three main things to think about before you should even pick the color.

The importance of identifying the mood one is trying to create when picking a direction for fabrics, textures, and colors of a room.

Mentioned In This Episode

 Harringdons

Alys Beach

Bridget Beari

Bridget Beari Colors

Susan Jamieson

@bridgetbeari

Ballard Designs

Decorating Dilemmas:

Susan thinks a round entry foyer is amazing, and she would put a round rug and a beautiful lacquered table in the middle with an even larger statement chandelier. She also suggests making it even more Spanish, and adding some jewel box color with crisp white trim to give it even more umph.

Susan would start with balancing the light on both levels, including a lamplight and light in the foyer. She would add a surface fixture outside the front door and maybe a pair of lamps depending on your mood. We love the idea of several fixtures that are grouped together.

Aug 20 2019

1hr 5mins

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Ep. 101: designer Whitney McGregor

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Whitney McGregor, interior Designer based in South Carolina, joins the show today. Whitney’s home was recently featured in Southern Living, and talks about her traditional yet playful and welcoming style. She explains what she means when she tells her clients to “listen to the house”, her inspiration of combining clean with beautiful and traditional, and the importance of being transparent about your budget when working with a designer.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

Triumphs on grass cloth wallpaper, dorm shopping, and a great anniversary copper wine cooler and pillowTrials about a dilemma on dead grass and hydrangea placement, and the same anniversary shaggy pink pillowWhen you go bold, go with a color you know you like.The special art of picking out gifts for people, and if you should go on or off the list.How Whitney incorporates fun and fresh beauty steeped in the traditional.Whitney is a self taught decorator, and has been designing for fun since she was only 4 years old.The mistakes Whitney gave herself permission to make when decorating her own home, and the lessons she learned from them.More about her new home, and how the flow and light caught the attention of Whitney and her husband.Why Whitney is a proponent of living in a house before making any major changes to it.Whitney doesn’t care if art matches, it’s all about how it makes herself and her clients feel and the emotion it stirs in them.The difference between splurging and investing, and why it’s important to be transparent about your budget.Mentioned In This Episode

Wallpaper PlusSilver Comet TrailWhitney McGregor@whitneymcgregorSouthern LivingJohn Stefanidis Bobby McAlpineDavid HicksBilly BaldwinAngie HranowskyNashville Rug Gallery

Aug 13 2019

1hr 13mins

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Ep. 100: Our Guests' Best Tips

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It's a pretty exciting episode today. When brainstorming how to celebrate our 100th episode, we wanted to talk about everything we've learned and all of the best tidbits our guests have shared with us. We hope you'll enjoy it!

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Aug 06 2019

57mins

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Ep. 99: designer Angie Hranowsky

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Angie Hranowsky has been named one of the “20 Designers to Watch” by Traditional Home, included in Southern Living’s “Top Five Fastemakers” and featured in House Beautiful amongst many others. Based in Charleston, Angie's style combines modern, vintage, chic and colorful all to highlight the taste of lifestyle of her clients. She joins the show today to talk about finding the confidence to take risks, gives us a peek into her favorite projects, and shares a few of her favorite resources for buying vintage and antique.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

Triumphs about awesome birthday gifts including new lamps, giant watercolor paper rolls, and mid-century modern sculptures.

Trials regarding kitchen shelves, very expensive power bills, and a nightmare situation with Taryn’s little boy.

Angie’s background, and how she got into design and started her own business in Charleston.

The Coastal Living Idea House, and how Angie went into it with the intention of making it look like a real project rather than just an idea.

Why Angie gravitates towards using colors, especially purple, yellow, and turquoise.

A few of Angie’s tips to get homes to feel beachy and coastal, without being too obvious in design.

Angie loves to mix all sorts of styles and textures, and has been incorporating modern, vintage and found pieces for years..

How Angie made the best of economically challenging times, and some of her personal budget friendly tips for making the home look beautiful.

How Angie ended up working with Darius Rucker and his wife, and the great time they had creating something original and chic while transforming their newly built home.

Your house can be more about the art and the objects, doesn’t have to be all about color.

Angie’s theory on threading color similar value and tone throughout the house.

Angie’s new project of a kitchen house, and how it might be the most colorful project she has done yet.

Angie’s unusual use of light fixtures, and why she tends to use vintage lamps to support originality in the homes.

Why it’s important to treat your furniture, to kid, pet and spill proof your home.

How to get a proper foyer, and why a package drop off room may be a thing in our near future.

Mentioned In This Episode

 ARCHES  Watercolor  Paper

The Little Tart Bakeshop

Lamp Arts

City Issue

Coastal Living Idea House

Angie Hranowsky

House Beautiful

1st Dibs

Matthew Quinn

@angiehranowsky

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Decorating Dilemmas:

Angie has had the same scenario before, and looks like there is plenty of room on either side of the fireplace. (We think!) If there indeed is, drapes would cozy up the room and add warmth to the space. Bamboo blinds would work, if they are mounted up high behind the rod with an outside mount. The other option besides panels on either side of the fireplace is doing drapes on the long wall, and using custom Roman shades using the same fabric. If the space between the drapery and the fireplace is too close, you may have to do the Roman shades to match the style of the drapes.

Jul 30 2019

1hr 37mins

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