Rank #3: Myquillyn Smith
You might know Myquillyn Smith as “The Nester,” or as the author of “The Nesting Place,” her first book, and the name of her popular blog. She has long subscribed to the belief that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful,” to which I say, Amen! Well, she’s just come out with her second book, “Cozy, Minimalist Home,” in which she promises that you can still have plenty of style, but with less stuff. You may already love how she writes, but once you hear her voice, you’ll instantly feel her warmth and generosity of spirit. We laugh a lot during this interview and I hope you’ll feel like you’re right here in the room with us! Myquillyn shares how she went from being a maximalist to a minimalist, but still kept her home from feeling slick, soul-less and cold. And, best of all, she gives us several of the guidelines she uses when making big decisions such as buying furniture, to small decisions, such as what to put on your mantel. So, after you get on board with the philosophy of embracing imperfection, get ready to make some decisions on how you want your home to serve you.
Oct 29 2018
Rank #4: Simply Spaced
Monica Leed & Melody Mesick are the creative minds behind Simply Spaced, an organizing service and lifestyle company focused on transforming cluttered minds and spaces. Get ready to be inspired and learn useful tips to get yourself and your home on the path to becoming organized with style. And make room for more time and space for the people and things you LOVE! We are so excited to have them on the show!
Jul 09 2018
Rank #7: Rebecca Gardner: Best Party Hosting Tips
Well, everyone, this is the last episode of the season! And we're going out with Rebecca Gardner, owner of the interiors and event planning company Houses & Parties. She's known for her over-the-top events and her signature style of mixing high-end, top-of-the-line decor with a funny, unexpected playfulness that allows everyone to relax, even in the most formal of settings. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazzar, Town & Country, Southern Living and Architectural Digest. I found her when I was flipping through the latest issue of Veranda Magazine and I could tell right from her photo that she must be the most gracious, fun-loving host. Given the holiday season we're all about to enter, I thought having her on the show to talk about parties would be helpful and inspiring. Now like said, earlier, this is my last episode of 2019. I'll be back with all new interviews starting January 6th! Ok, back to today, on our call, Rebecca and I got right to chatting and I decided to leave in the first part before the official interview started because she was telling me about a pop-up shop collaboration she's currently doing for the holidays and I wanted to make sure I got that info into the episode. There's a link to it in the show notes page. Here's Rebecca.
Nov 25 2019
Rank #9: Erica Tanove
Erica Tanov is a fashion and homewares designer who finds her muse in nature. We talk with her about her new book, Design By Nature, in which she shares her creative process, from inspiration to a final product that is graceful, soulful and very beautiful. What we love most about Erica is her insight into the dark and messy side of nature, along with the sublime. She takes us through different aspects of decorating as seen through her unique lens. Tree bark becomes multiple layers of monochromatic textures and weeds become a free form, wild mix of color and pattern. You are going to start looking at your home in a completely new way after spending a little time with Erica today!
Jul 23 2018
Rank #10: Justina Blakeney
We are so excited to be back for a new season of the Style Matters Podcast and our first guest is one of our favorite designers and people of all time. Justina Blakeney is the designer, artist and author behind the Jungalow. She is the author of The New Bohemians : Cool and Collected Homes and her newest book The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home To Good Vibes. We chat about her business, creativity, her books and what makes a home have a good vibe. She will inspire you to begin 2018 with a home that supports who you want to become.
Jan 08 2018
Rank #11: Effortless French Living
We are delighted to have Sharon Santoni as our guest today. She is an Englishwoman who has now spent more of her life in France than in her native country, married to a Frenchman and raising 4 children in Normandy. She lives in a beautiful old farmhouse where she shares her French lifestyle through her blog My French Country Home. We found her through her book, My Stylish French Girlfriends, which features 20 women, of all ages, living in all parts of France. From afar, we tend to idolize the mystique and charm of the perfect "French Woman" we conjure up in our imaginations. But Sharon has made them real for us by sharing intimate conversations and photographs of her friends' homes and their daily lives. What she reveals is that these women all have one thing in common: a passion for experiencing beauty in the every-day.
Jun 20 2016
Rank #12: Declutter & Organize with Monica Leed
Monica Leed of Simply Spaced, a pro organizer and author of the new book, also called Simply Spaced, said to me that organization is not a once and done kind of thing. And I think I've been kind of assuming it was. In other words, I've been telling myself that if I set up the Right system, with the Right tools and the Right bins, file folders and compartmentalized drawer inserts, I'll never have to organize or declutter anything ever again. And if I do, that means the system I've set up must be wrong. But Monica reminded me that there's this thing called Life that happens. Unexpected paperwork, gifts we may or may not want, tools for project we didn't plan on having to do... and so we didn't know we needed to create a space for them. So of course we're going to have to revisit our organizational systems. And that's ok. Permission given to go back to the drawing board and re-do stuff. In the rest of the episode we cover things such as how a good decluttering is growth for the soul, how getting organized is empowering, how to agree with your spouse or partner on what "neat and tidy" actually means, and why style is critical to staying organized.
Jan 06 2020
Rank #13: DIY Minimalist Home
If you've seen the home of Molly Madfis, the blogger behind Almost Makes Perfect, you'll know why she's one of our favorite sources of inspiration. If you haven't been following her, you soon will, along with pinning her DIYs like crazy after this interview. Pretty much everything she puts out is beautiful and accessible, not requiring major skills in the craft department. If you thought making things for your home either meant having a degree in fine art OR succumbing to the level of dry macaroni, some string and Elmer's glue, you are about to be convinced that there's a middle ground. Molly's style is minimalist with natural materials, neutral shades with only subtle hints of color, and effortlessly elegant. We're so happy to draw back the curtain on the person behind Almost Makes Perfect!
View the show notes page: http://littleyellowcouch.com/almost-makes-perfect
Jul 04 2016
Rank #14: Natasha Habermann
We love it when we find an interior designer who can really explain their process. And that's what our conversation was like with this week's guest, Natasha Habermann. Her portfolio is full of beautiful spaces that she's created with lots of layers, pattern, color and history. But she also seems to know how to take things away and edit a room so that nothing feels overwhelming or too busy. We talk with her about mastering a small space, why having a budget is actually freeing, and how to use what you've got, even if you think you don't like it! We've packed a lot into this interview so let's jump in!
May 15 2017
Rank #15: Simple Style For A Happy Home
Our guest today is Erin Boyle, the blogger behind Reading My Tea Leaves and author of "Simple Matters". It's a gorgeously photographed and written book and its focus is on the joys of living with simple pleasures in a small Brooklyn apartment that Erin shares with her husband and young child. We cover all kinds of aesthetics on the podcast and have celebrated both maximalist and minimalist styles, and everything in between. Today, we think you'll be delighted to hear about Erin's very pared down, minimalist style that comes from a place of true happiness. We love that, for her, simple living is not about deprivation but about the beauty she sees in everyday ordinary things.
Jun 06 2016
Rank #16: Intangible Elements of Design
This week we're talking with Lauren Liess, author of "Habitat: The Field Guide To Decorating". In this interview, we go deep into one of the most difficult aspects of developing a personal style, what Lauren calls the "intangible elements of design." We talk about the difference between aesthetic and style and how to apply those things to the architectural aspects of your home, along with taking into consideration it's geographic and cultural locations. You can hear in our voices how excited we are to talk with Lauren! And we hope you love this interview, too.
May 30 2016
Rank #17: My Simply Simple
Today on the show we have Kelsey Johnston, the blogger behind My Simply Simple. She shares the story of designing and building their passive home and why energy efficiency and a simple well-lived life are so important to her. From capsule wardrobes to balancing old and new in design, we get a great glimpse into how to live a thoughtful and sustainable lifestyle. So let's get started!
Apr 02 2018
Rank #18: Get Organized with Peter Walsh
This week starts a 5 episode series of re-released interviews from the archives. First up is our interview with organizational guru, Peter Walsh, which we aired almost exactly three years ago in April, 2016. I first saw Peter on Oprah's show and I still cut out the articles he writes for O Magazine. What I loved about him then is that he helped people get organized from the inside-out and in a soulful way. I mean, that's totally Oprah, right? Now, I love him even more because he's so kind and approachable in real life. Or, at least, on the phone. One of these days, I'll meet him in person and have him autograph a to-do list or a storage bin or something. Anyway, maybe you know him from the two TV shows where he's been front and center: Extreme Clutter and Clean Sweep. Or maybe you've read one of his many books, my favorite being "Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" Peter is very entertaining and highly quotable, dropping wisdom bombs all over the place. If you haven't been in his orbit until now, you're in for some great advice. And, I figured, with the warm weather just starting to come around, you might be in the mood for some Spring Cleaning. And this episode is the best place to get started!
Mar 25 2019
Rank #19: ANNA SMITH - ANNABODE + CO.
Our guest today is interiors expert, Anna Smith, founder of the blog and interior design firm, Annabode and Company. Anna lives in Colorado and really enjoys working face to face with clients in her community. But she also does e-design for people across the country. We particularly love seeing her own home as she and her husband renovate and decorate a 1970s ranch that they bought before ever seeing it in person! In our conversation, we're really excited to hear about her very actionable suggestions when it comes to approaching the development of your own personal aesthetic and making decor decisions over time.
Mar 27 2017
Rank #20: Rebecca Atwood
We are so excited to introduce our first guest of season 6! We are talking with none other than Rebecca Atwood, the very popular textile designer and author of "Living With Pattern." We love Rebecca's beautiful pillows, linens, wallpapers and fabrics, and in this episode, we get to ask her about her own story, her business philosophy, AND really dig into the hows and whys behind developing your own personal style.
Jan 09 2017