Rank #1: Young House Love
If you've been at all following home design blogs over the past decade, you'll be familiar with our guests this week, John and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love. Their blog was one of the first out there to hit the big time, due to a combination of their warm personalities and their roll-up-your sleeves attitude toward renovation and decorating. Young House Love became a primary source of inspiration for DIYers who wanted to create a home that was personal and meaningful. Along with developing products for major national brands and starting a podcast, they have also written two books. In this episode, we talk about the second one quite a bit. It's called Lovable, Livable Home, which brings up the opportunity for Sherry and John to tell us what it's like to do so many home projects and still stay happily married. Tomorrow, October 4th, their third book hits the shelves, but it's not a typical home decor book. Sherry and John reveal what their newest project is in the episode, so be sure to listen all the way to the end!
Rank #2: Create a Timeless Feeling Home
This interview with Melinda McCoy of House 214 Design was originally aired in Oct of 2016. What we so appreciated about Melinda was her understanding that just saying "your home should tell your story," isn't clear enough. What does telling your story mean and how does that show up in your home and design choices. Since then, Melinda has created a course and membership site that you should definitely check out. But her core principles remain the same, making this interview just as helpful today as it was 3 years ago.
Rank #5: 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.
Rank #8: 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!
Rank #9: Apartment Therapy:
This week I'm sharing our interview with Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy and author of several books on home and design. We recorded this interview in 2015 when he was on a tour for his most recent book, Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home. Even though this was several years ago, it's still one of our best interviews ever and I think you're going to get a lot out of it. In this re-release from our archives, Karen Grant is co-hosting with me and she just asked Maxwell to tell us about his overall approach to design and making a home.
Rank #11: Curious Details
You are going to love our guest this week! We talk with Becki Griffin, stylist for major shelter magazines, interior decorator, and the blogger behind Curious Details. Becky is one of the funniest people we’ve had on the show, and you’re going to feel like you’ve made a terrific friend by the end of the interview. She’s also a straight shooter when it comes to what she likes and doesn’t like about home decor trends, bucking up against your fears, and not taking everything so seriously when it comes to making choices. We love her and we think you will too!
Rank #12: 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.
Rank #13: 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.
Rank #15: House of Brinson
If you need a mood booster, this episode is going to be like taking a happy pill. Will and Susan, photography coaches and the bloggers behind House of Brinson, talk about their life changing move from New York City to becoming stewards of an old country mansion in the Hudson River Valley. The love they feel for their new home is infectious and we pretty much guarantee you’re going to feel uplifted after listening! Plus, we get some great design insight into honoring the history of a home while at the same time, adding your own considered style on top of it. They’ve become masters of giving life to the past while living in the present. We ended our conversation completely inspired and we hope you will, too!
Rank #16: Shannon Ables
My guest today is author Shannon Ables. Her newest book is called "Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self." She covers a lot of ground in this book, talking about aspects of our lives such as money, our health, our careers.... and we don't have time to talk abou it all! So in our conversation, we start with the big picture, talking about where luxury, true luxury, comes from and how to attain it. And then, we zero in on the home, especially our kitchens, our rituals and finding the perfect pieces to furnish them. Shannon is so warm and easy to talk with, I know you're going to love her.
Rank #17: My Scandinavian Home - Nikki Brantmark
Popular blogger Nikki Brantmark of My Scandinavian Home is our guest this week. She has won numerous awards for her work and is recognized for bringing Scandinavian style to the world outside Northern Europe. We talk with her about her recent book "The Scandinavian Home," which examines three different kinds of living spaces across the Scandi countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Nikki shares her perceptive eye for design from the vantage of being a transplant from London. By the end of this interview, we wanted to move to Sweden, right next to her in the town of Malmo, in a house by the sea. You probably will, too! Also check out Nikki's newest book "Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life".
Rank #18: Miv Watts
Are you a maverick when it comes to your home? Or, to be more clear, does your home represent your soul and the life you’ve lived rather than a particular style category? Interior designer and author Miv Watts explores the homes of people who “decorate” in just this way. In her new book, “The Maverick Soul: Portraits of the Lives and Homes of Eccentric, Eclectic and Free-Spirited Bohemians,” Miv takes us through spaces that deeply reflect the creative lives of their owners. Miv herself started her career as a window dresser for Burberry before launching into set design for films, which took her all over the world. I have learned so much from talking with Miv. She can spark your creative imagination and commitment to being true to yourself like no one else. This episode is truly packed with so much goodness, I can’t wait for you to soak it up with me!
Rank #20: 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!