How to Decorate

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 Jan 16, 2019


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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Ep. 124: designer Jade Joyner
Athens based designer Jade Joyner joins the show this week to talk about Metal + Petal, the full service interior design firm that she and her husband own and operate. We hear the inspiration behind Jade’s use of bold yet tasteful patterns and textures, and why she believes sometimes less is more. Jade also gives her advice on where to splurge and where to save, why she loves a good console table, and designing living rooms and kitchens for big families. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Where Jade developed an eye for the bold and sculptural pieces we see on her blog and social media Jade’s use of unique silhouettes to create interest in a room Jade’s work with the Alpha Phi sorority to renovate a historic home into a residence for the group of young women Why Jade suggests carrying some aspect of a room’s color all throughout the house, whether it is in an accent piece, paint color, or accessory Don’t be afraid to edit. Jade reminds us that often, less is more. Some of Jade’s tips for using custom tables and sofas in living rooms, and why a great sofa that stands the test of time is one of her top items to splurge on. Hear why Jade loves a beautiful console table, and quite frankly — we agree! Our realization that ranches may be the next big dream home. They are spacious, more affordable, and offer things traditional houses may not. What projects Jade has now, including the Golden Pantry Market where she works with local artisans based in Athens. Behind the scenes of what really goes through a designer’s mind when their home is part of a photoshoot or magazine spread.
Jan 21, 2020
Ep. 123: designer Brian Patrick Flynn
This week, Brian Patrick Flynn joins us to talk about his career path as a TV producer turned designer, now working on HGTV Dream Home and Urban Oasis. Brian combines his talents as a producer, writer, personality, and designer to create content, change lives, and bring a “it’s okay to not be perfect” vibe to design. Brian also talks with us about the TBS hit series Movie & a Makeover, his Icelandic getaway home, his own production company, Flynnside Out Productions, and his bucket list wedding in Antarctica. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Brian’s first dream may have been to be an Art Director on MTV’s The Real World, but life had even bigger and better plans. More about how Brian worked his way to HGTV Dream Home and Urban Oasis. Brian’s Instagram is one of our favorites because of his beautiful production quality and storytelling on the photos and stories. Brian shares the amazing story of getting married in Antarctica, including seals, glaciers, and almost an avalanche. How Brian fell in love with Iceland so much that he decided to purchase space in a Historic Row Flat there, and why he loves the country so much. Tips for making a room comfortable for both men and women, and embracing what Brian refers to as the “soft masculine” of design. The first step to being perfect is deciding it’s perfectly okay to not be. When we embrace our uniqueness and flaws, we realize the character that makes our space beautiful. Brian’s dream celebrity to work with - and we all agree. Where Brian would splurge and be bold such as art and window treatments, and why he tends to stay classic when it comes to sofas. Brian’s home in Georgia, and what it’s like to own a home in the mountains. Why Brian loves a good piece of furniture used out of context, to keep things fresh and playful. Mentioned In This Episode: @bpatrickflynn HGTV Dream Home | Urban Oasis Flynnside Out Productions Melanie Turner Kacey Musgraves Amy Osaba House Hunters International Tina Fey Sally King Benedict
Jan 14, 2020
Ep. 122: designer Tom Scheerer
This week, New York based designer Tom Scheerer joins the show to talk about his background practicing architectural and interior design since 1985. Tom talks about his new book, More Decorating, and the inspiration behind the projects that display his sophisticated yet relaxed style. We also discuss incorporating more light and air into design, areas that we are okay to splurge and save, and why showering with your plants may not be the worst idea yet. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: More about Tom’s books, More Decorating, which came out in September of 2019, and Tom Scheerer Decorates, 2013. More about each of Tom’s six properties, and why each of them are special to him in their different ways. How Tom gets a strong picture in his mind early on when taking on a new project. Situations where Tom used found objects and works of art already existing inside the clients home. We pick Tom’s brain on using big sconces, communal headboards, and matching dressers to the wall art. Tom explains his own stylistic choices for his first New York apartment, and how it has differed from his other homes. How Tom picks inexpensive items, including IKEA chairs, and where he prefers to work with objects that are fine and stand the test of time. What Tom means when he says that he can sometimes like artists more than he likes work of art. Why Tom loves using tulip tables, and some ways they can elevate a space to give it a sturdy softness. The use of bold color in Tom’s Paris apartment, and ways that we can both use bold colors and have neutrals and beige work for us. Tom’s getaway Bahamian home that was featured in such publications as Architectural Digest. Mentioned In This Episode: @tomscheerer More Decorating Tom Scheerer Ballard Designs Wembley Chair Ikea 365 glass
Jan 07, 2020
Ep. Bonus: designer Maggie Griffin answers dilemmas
Welcome to our special holiday bonus episode, to wrap up the year and answer all your remaining questions! Thank you so much for all the letters, inquiries, and fun over the past year and we look forward to answering even more questions in the New Year. We are joined by designer Maggie Griffin to help answer your questions, you may remember Maggie from a previous episode, and winning our special “Best Instagram To Follow” award. We answer questions from all types of dilemmas in this episode, including creating rooms that feel modern yet established, using upholstery to get more texture, how to spruce up a guest room, and tips to win when mixing contemporary with classic. Mentioned In This Episode: Ballard Designs Maggie Griffin Design @maggiegriffindesign Tammy Connor The Shade Room Decorating Dilemma Lisa. Hi Lisa! It depends more on the feel you want to create for the room, but a leather ottoman is always a great place to start. It looks great and is easy to clean. You don’t want all bold patterns in the room, so make sure you balance out all the patterns and use different colors, shapes, and designs. There is nothing better than a velvet sofa, but a silk velvet sofa is hard to take care of and prevent stains! Kerry. Kerry, you may be able to tell how excited we are about your space due to our photoshopped plan for you that was already sent back! Next, a giant piece of art over the sofa would look great, and moving the secretary hutch will help fill the room and counterbalance the built-in and the fireplace with the TV on it. We think splitting the silhouette of your four children to flank the window will add some symmetry. A beautiful gray rug would cover the carpet and make it cozier. Maggie suggests adding a chandelier, maybe something modern or funky! Becky. Thank you Becky, and wow, what a nice space! So, an 8 foot wide sofa would give you plenty of room to walk around, and a console table with some lamps behind the sofa would be lovely. A chair in the corner to the right of the fireplace would give another nook to sit and read, or just enjoy a cup of coffee. Lauren. Maggie loves wallpaper, but thinks it could be so fun to paint the room one color. It would give you a soothing look that would match your table and chairs. She would put a cushion and some pillows in the window, and a big area rug to give the room some texture. We also suggest a bigger and more modern chandelier hung 32-34 inches from the table top for more romantic light. Three chairs on each side would give great seating options but also give you ample room on the sides. Check out Ballard’s acrylic shelves, and if you want plate inspiration check out Maggie’s Instagram. Shawn. A sofa with a taller back and large side table with floor to ceiling drapery would give this beautiful historical home what it needs! We recommend a new rug and even going a little riskier with the accessories and colors you use! The name of the game here is chunky lamps and big side tables. Painting your built in is not a deal breaker, but can be really fun. Check out the Kenneth Pleated Drum Shade Chandelier! Julie. We first wanted to give some suggestions about your drapery! The rod pocket is dating it a bit, and a ring would be easier to move back and forth. Maddie mentions that adding a bamboo shade behind the bed would be easy to open and close. To find a seamstress that you love, try fabric stores, a dry cleaner, or just good old word of mouth. We do feel as though the lamps are a bit small, and a rectangular shade can look great. A mirror on either side of the window would be beautiful and reflect light. In terms of color, off white or cream would give it a clean and cozy look.
Jan 02, 2020
Ep. 121: designer Vern Yip
Designer Vern Yip returns to the show to tell us about his new book, Vacation at Home and gives us insight into 18 special steps to create your everyday getaway inside your home. He talks about why we feel so relaxed on vacation and in luxury environments, and how we can start to foster that in our homes with a foundation that helps us live the way we want, and takes things off our “to do” list permanently. Vern also shares how he keeps his personal home so beautiful with kids and over 500 lbs of dogs, why fewer but bigger may be better, and a few suggestions for picking out a color scheme that will work best for your home. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Vern Yip is back to talk about his new book Vacation at Home, but first, we must give a special nod to his book Design Wise that won the podcast’s award for “Best Design Book”. A special quick mindfulness practice to gain clarity on how to visualize a space that gives you that feeling of rest and regeneration. Some great ideas on decluttering, storing mail, and deciding what things should stay or go. A few of Vern’s 18 primary rules to creating a home that feels as though you are on vacation. Why we breakdown things in terms of things we love, things we need, and where exactly that thing will go. The beauty of refreshing your environment and rotating things out, even including bedroom art. What Vern means when he says “designing for a focal point” to create a view and give the eyes a rest. Yes, it’s possible to take things permanently off your to-do list. Vern explains how organic components and great planning can assist in this mission. Symmetry is your friend, and Vern shares some things you can do to implement a sense of organization and balance. Why we will never go longer than a week before washing our hand towels!! How Vern set a few easy rules and guidelines for his children to follow to keep the home neat and free of toys scattered about. Mentioned In This Episode: Vern Yip @vernyip Vacation at Home Marie Kondo Decorating Dilemma First off, wow. What a beautiful home with an amazing view. We suggest working with spacing first. You can use our Room Planning Tool to put in the dimensions of your room (and even your furniture!) and figure all of it out before you start purchasing things. After that, Vern agrees that the walls should be a lighter color than the ceiling. To create a feeling of expansion and openness. ______________________________________________________________________ Vern thinks this is a great room in terms of windows. We do think, however, that the cut out is making it less symmetrical, so just something to consider. Vern mentions that you can possibly edit your furniture and take off some of the open shelving. Second, when you decide to put window treatments, take the curtain rod all the way up and have your treatments go under the crown to the floor. This will increase the perception of volume in the room. Don’t be afraid of a contrast color, and when it comes time to choose your wall color, Vern suggests having a couple ideas up on the wall, and take down the ones you don’t like until you are left with two or three. Then, you can get sample pots and see how they perform before you make a single choice.
Dec 31, 2019
Ep. 120: textile designer Lisa Fine
Textile designer Lisa Fine joins the show this week to talk about how she got into textile design, the path that unfolded after a trip to India, and the top things we should know when working with textiles. Lisa also shares the inspiration behind her new book, Near & Far, and wisdom she has inherited from starting and running her own business. This episode will also support that there is beauty in imperfection, and if you love something you can find a place for it in your home. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: How Lisa got into textile design, and why she feels it is such a crucial piece to having a home that is both stylish and comfortable. The travels to India that got Lisa even more passionate about textiles, and also what she loves so much about Persian textiles. A few twists and turns that occurred while Lisa was growing her own business, and how she took them as learning lessons to get even better. Why Lisa loves a hand-printed linen so much, and how it creates a natural yet custom made look. Beauty is in imperfection, so embrace the flaws and know it’s okay to not have things perfectly perfect! Lisa works in homes that range from grand and opulent to refined and simple. Hear how she makes things work for each particular space. Lisa believes if you love something, you can find a place for it in your home. Why we are here for the trend of using one particular pattern to the point where it becomes a neutral. Slipcovers can be a great way to give your couch shape and a streamlined look, but there are certain things you need to know when using them. Mentioned In This Episode: Lisa Fine Textiles Near & Far @lisafinetextiles Richard Keith Langham Wine Away The Frame TV Decorating Dilemma First, Lisa loves that you want a lot of seating areas, and this space is great for entertaining already! It also seems like putting the dining room near the kitchen would work well, and we either vote for a round table to welcome a break from the square, or put the dining room table in front of the fireplace where the sofa is. Maybe the length of the sofa goes perpendicular to the fireplace, and put the two chairs across from it. A slip to cover the chairs would be a great way to match the sofa and have a theme carry across the room. We would love to sit in front of the fireplace too, so feel free to get creative with your seating in front of it! _________________________________________ We think it’s brilliant the way you have used tape to outline where everything will go, so good use of understanding proportion already! We are okay with the TV in front of the fireplace, and just suggest bringing in more round shapes in your bookshelf accessories to add some softness to the room.
Dec 24, 2019
Ep. 119: designer Lisa Furey
Interior Designer Lisa Furey joins the show to talk about keeping neutrals chic yet interesting, her award-winning luxury boutique firm, Lisa Furey Interiors in Philadelphia, and how she fell in love with her Palmetto Bluff vacation home. Lisa shares how she went from a career as a divorce lawyer, her passion for the “bricks and sticks” aspect of design and building, and her approach to creating beautiful and practical homes that are just as livable as they are beautiful. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Trials and Triumphs featuring misbehaving bats, ruthless bin cleaning, leaf blowers, and delegating out Christmas light tasks. Tips on ribbons and accessories that are both kid-proof and beautiful for the holidays. Real talk on where everyone stands on ornaments as Christmas gifts. How Lisa’s core business is Lisa Furey Interiors in Philadelphia on the mainline, but she also does work in Georgia and South Carolina. More about Lisa’s projects including the Beach Cottage in South Carolina, the main house in Palmetto Bluff, and her own personal home featuring an upside-down design of the living room upstairs with floating stairs. How Lisa fell in love so much with Palmetto Bluff that she came home and purchased a loft for her personal use. More about the original cottage that people loved so much that it led her to a carriage house, and then a main house. Fun fact: Lisa was a divorce lawyer before a designer and actually attended two colleges at once. Lisa describes her style as minimal with an emphasis and natural and simple. She enjoys using clean lines and nice materials that create a relaxed and welcoming feel. Why Lisa loves using woven pieces to give spaces an organic look. A glimpse into the process from when Lisa decides to work with a client to working with them on a large renovation, remodel, or building from the ground up. Some risks Lisa has taken recently in her own home and work, including some fun blue cabinets and an upside down home. What similarities and differences Lisa sees between working in Philadelphia and the South. While we do love some photos of your cute pets, we are all for editing and trimming out the unnecessary parts within a room. Tips for matching appliances, and how to use different shades of the same color with it still looking clean and cohesive. Mentioned In This Episode: Ballard Designs Ornaments Lisa Furey @lisafureyinteriors Beautiful Kitchen and Baths Palmetto Bluff Marie Kondo Sunset Villanova Harcum College GE Cafe Hartwell Sofa Decorating Dilemma Congrats on your place! Lisa would cover up the gray tile with as much rug as she could using natural fiber rugs. She recommends two, maybe an indoor / outdoor version to kid proof them, and if you are looking for more color you can put a prettier rug on top. A pendant light would bring the ceiling down, and make it feel a bit more comfortable and welcoming. If you do the bar stools, one option would be to get the saddle ones without backs, so that you can tuck the stools under the table for easy storage. Instead of a mirror above the fireplace, Lisa suggests a wreath or tobacco baskets with two candle sconces on either side. She would also have the layout of the space be: kitchen on one side, fireplace in the middle, and built in on the other side to elevate and bring in a sense of balance.
Dec 17, 2019
Ep. 118: designer Madeline Stuart
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
Ep. 117: designer Janie Molster
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. __________________________________________________________________ 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
Ep. 116: designer Timothy Corrigan
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 Decorating Dilemma 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. ----------------------------------------------------- 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
Ep. 115: designer Tammy Connor
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
Ep. 114: designer Jennifer Nanni
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. _________________ 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
Ep. 113: designer Susan Sully
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 Decorating Dilemma 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. ___________________________________________________________________ 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
Ep. 112: designer Jennie Seward
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 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! _________________________________________________________________ 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
Ep. 111: designer Betsey Mosby
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
Ep. 110: stylist and editor Eddie Ross
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
Ep. 109: designer Barbara Balongue
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
Ep. 108: realtor Haven Duddy
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
Ep. 107: designer Kimberly Barr
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
Ep. 106: designer Naomi Stein
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
Ep. 105: "The Trim Queen" Jana Phipps
"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
Ep. 104: editor Margot Shaw is back
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 rock,  jade pebbles - Dutch Flower Line - Cut Flower Wholesale - Living Floral by Rizzoli - B Brooks Fine Flower - Flower Magazine
Sep 03, 2019
Ep. 103: designer Amanda Lindroth
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
Ep. 102: designer Susan Jamieson
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
Ep. 101: designer Whitney McGregor
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
Ep. 100: Our Guests' Best Tips
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! What You'll Hear on This Episode: How and why we started the show Who we’d want to hire as our interior designers Gil Schafer talked about thinking of your outdoor spaces as rooms The best color temperature for your light bulbs Dimmers are our best friends! Susan Ferrier’s advice about strengthening a view by placing furniture in front of it and why she loves banquettes and mixing dining chairs Nancy Braithwaite‘s concept about a power statement Pappas Miron talking about how your exterior spaces should influence your interior spaces Brian McCarthy’s talk about collage boards and how they can help you envision where items will work together Rachel Cannon’s design manta “haste makes waste”  Why a floor plan will tell you what you need Recurring themes — designing around the life you live Meg Braff’s talking about mixing fabrics and how repetition makes it intentional Liz Bauer’s talk about mixing whites and why you shouldn’t worry about it so much Amy Vermillion’s tip about testing paint color by using a board and folding it to see the shadows Ashley Whittaker’s strategy for finding a common thread for color as you go throughout your room Collections and why you should display them all together versus scattering them around the house Bill Peace’s thoughts on collections and why they’re important to creating a home that feels personal Keith Arnold’s pyramid tip for styling 4 Things that every room needs according to photo stylist Stacy Kunstel
Aug 06, 2019
Ep. 99: designer Angie Hranowsky
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 Pic of Drapery next to fireplace - HTD will put in 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
Ep. 98: kitchen experts Matthew Quinn & Ric Parrish
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
Ep. 97: President of Ballard Designs Ryan McKelvey
Recording from Karen’s cozy and mythical basement, President of Ballard Designs Ryan McKelvey joins the show. Ryan talks about what it is like to be the fearless leader at Ballard, and how he got here on his own career path. He discusses moments that made him grow professionally, gives us a glimpse into his own home designs, and shares what we can look forward to next at Ballard. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: More about Ryan’s start at L.L. Bean as a Manager in Product Development, and how he got to be the President of Ballard Designs. Ryan has been working at Ballard for 19 years, and he has learned so much. He shares what is so special about the Ballard team, and his love for working with manufacturers to make the best products they can stand behind. Ryan is a finance guy that can also plug into his creative side, and he loves both. What Ryan means when he says he loves solving people’s issues with a sense of style. The design concepts that Ryan uses in his own homes to get a traditional yet eclectic look, using almost 90% of Ballard items (and where that other 10% comes from). How they built their home from the ground up and used scale drawings, a great builder and team, and a lot of research to do it correctly. What life at a river cabin is really like, and the funny story of how Ryan created his electrical plan on the fly. Our expert tips on how not to go completely crazy during a time of home building/renovation! What Ryan learned about honesty and transparency when it comes to customer service, and examples where they also learned from their mistakes. The next Ballard product that Ryan personally is excited about. Why Ballard waits until a product is really ready to go to market rather than forcing or rushing something. Mentioned In This Episode Ryan McKelvey LinkedIn L.L. Bean Rebecca McKelvey Amy Vermillion Ryland Table Ballard Designs
Jul 16, 2019
Ep. 96: architect Lee Ledbetter
Lee Ledbetter is both an architect and interior designer with a love for combining traditional details with chic Modernism. He joins the show to talk about his book The Art of Place, and the projects in which he helps the client get their dream vision that is both unique and comfortable for their life. Lee also discusses how his homes stay rooted in the deep history of New Orleans, yet create a win-win for function and livability. He also shares his love of smaller homes, why we should embrace the color chartreuse, and the top three things to hit up next time you are in New Orleans. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Triumphs about homemade essential oil cleaners, black fences, and Ballard clearance shopping spree. Trials regarding carport mishaps, dead grass, and formal yet kid proof dining rooms. Lee’s inspiration behind his book The Art of Place, and how this book showcases his ability to incorporate the historic with the modern and chic. Lee’s background in both interior design and architecture, and why he himself loves working with both other decorators and landscape architectures. How the furniture sketches in Lee’s initial plans serve to get an idea of how the room will best work and function. That there is no wrong or right when it comes to what goes in the room, and it’s most important that the room serves its purpose for how the individuals live and entertain. Lee’s renovations and adaptations of historic New Orleans homes, and how he blends contemporary design mixed with the reverence to the original structure. The English Cottage kitchen of his brother and sister in law that Karen is very jealous of! Why the room feels more like a sitting room than a kitchen. Some interesting facts about his modern home making it to the first on a New Orleans Historic Home list, and what exactly it is about New Orleans that Lee loves so much. How he organizes his library. It’s okay to downgrade if you don’t have a need for more rooms. Lee only has one room in his own dream home! His take on open spaces, and why there is a luxury to height, volume, and open lighting. Advice for someone building a home from the ground up. Mentioned In This Episode All Purpose Cleaner Ashley Whittaker Leather Dining Chairs Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans  Galerie Nathaniel Buster Curtis Robert A.M. Stern Architects The Frick Collection   Decorating Dilemmas: You don’t have to do a floor lamp, instead, Lee would try to find a tall round table like an English Reproduction Antique. If your budget allows for pattern drapery, a printed one would add some height to the room, but it is not a necessity right away. Adding a pair of vertical prints on each side would reinforce the window. The view outside the window is so green and pretty, that using color to unite the spaces would look beautiful. Chartreuse is one that plays great with your existing neutral palette. Please do send us some “after” photos, we can never get enough!
Jul 09, 2019
Ep. 95: designer Matthew Carter
We cover so much today with our guest, interior designer Matthew Carter, that it's an episode you don't want to miss! From brown furniture to bookshelves to investing in great pieces and so much more, Matthew offers us down-to-earth advice about decorating your home and how the laidback horse farms of Kentucky inform his style. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Why a collected and beautiful house feels more evolved than everything matchingMatthew's design process which starts with fabrics and furniture layoutMatthew's background and how it has evolved Why it’s okay to mix and match colors, finishes and fabrics.How to break up a room seamlessly, and why hosting a party can help you plan your furniture layoutGreat ways to bring down the formality and humanize the room using a formulas for curtains, sofas and rugsBuilt ins are a great way to add architecture to a space — just make sure you have books!Painted chairs are always beautiful and a new coat of paint is a great way to freshen up a roomEvery room needs a mix of high and low, and Matthew reminds us we can’t be too intimidated by decorating in generalIf you have to move a pillow to sit down — it’s flat out wrong!Matthew’s take on curtain lengthMentioned In This Episode Matthew Carter Interiors @matthewcarterinteriors
Jul 02, 2019
Ep. 94: designer Tori Alexander
Nashville designer Tori Alexander sits down with us to talk about taking risks with paint, her $59,000 dining table (that she bought for $1000), green as her secret weapon, and much more! What You'll Hear on the Show: Her background and how she started her business in California when a neighbor asked for her helpShe tells us a story about a dining table she bought off CraigslitWhy it's important to invest in upholstery but to find deals and one of a kind pieces on CraigslistMEASUREFind one place to start and work from thereWhy Tori loves Ballard but why she never shies away from mixing high and lowWhy you should consider the energy of your home before choosing the design"The magic happen just beyond the point of comfort"Why Tori loves green and blueWhy you shouldn't necessarily consider art when decorating your roomWe talk about scale for that dreaded empty space over the back of the sofaSome of Tori's favorite affordable sources for artWhy window treatments can help you solve issues like window placement and scale
Jun 25, 2019
Ep. 93: designer Ashley Whittaker
Sitting down with Ashley Whittaker was such a joy, and we're confident you'll learn a TON from this episode. It's one of my favorite episodes to date because we talk about creating color palettes, why every room needs something grimy, the 'hows' and 'whys' of the room and why they're more important than the 'whats,' and why a jewel tone works in almost any space. We also talk about the difference between color tone and value and why that's important to consider when decorating your home. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Ashley wasn’t formally educated as a designer, but she cites working for a good designer as some of the best education out there. More about how Ashley and her team find a thread throughout each room of the home to have a place for our eye to land and bring restfulness to the design. The importance of contrast in decorating, and why we don’t have to be matchy matchy. Why seeing it on paper is sometimes easier than walking through the house, and a few of Ashley’s favorite storyboard ideas. What traditional elements Ashley finds herself gravitating towards, and ways she keeps it fun and fresh. Why it’s good to feel pretty, but not too pretty, and how throwing in an “ugly” flower now and then can take our projects to the next level. The golden rule of staying sane while decorating: Let go of control and be perfectly imperfect. Ashey’s goal on making sure clients really love their rooms, and the more livable the better. Her stunning use of wallpapers, and why we shouldn’t be afraid of it. Why she loves velvet, jewel tones, and camo green. Why the finishes are important to creating contrast, and her tendency to take a dark room and make it even darker. Mentioned In This Episode Ashley Whittaker Design  Billy  Baldwin  decorates  Jeffrey  Bilhuber’s  Design  Basics Lee Jofa  House  Beautiful @ashleywhittakerdesign Decorating Dilemmas: We love what you have going already! Some of Ashley’s suggestions are to leave the ledge undecorated, and think about putting a plantation shutter on the window, so it becomes more architectural and less of a window. Ashley always likes to be on the second floor reaching out to touch the light from the balcony, so that may be something to aim for in the future as well. Her rule for adding a light fixture: take the length and width of feet in a room and add them together for the inches. A large chandelier would add some depth and fill out the room. If you are also looking for a great shoe organizer, check out  this  one from Ballard Design!
Jun 18, 2019
Ep. 92: designer Olivia Brock
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
Ep. 91 designer Keith Arnold
Seriously charming Keith Arnold, Vice President of Suzanne Kasler Interiors, joins the podcast this week to talk about his path to design, the pyramid rule, flower arranging, and his new shop KeithEtc. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: How Keith started working with Suzanne over 15 years ago, the many jobs before that helped him in his wide array of roles now. Keith’s background of attending Auburn University with a degree of Architecture, working in visual merchandising for Neiman Marcus and Martyn Lawrence Bullard. How Keith and Suzanne collaborate and how he styles the photoshoots and projects. Keith’s new collaborative venture, Keith Etc. To curate the best in both the old and the new. The ways Keith and Suzanne use colors in big swathes and practice restraint yet an open mind when it comes to breaking the rules. His love of the saffron color! Why France is Keith’s favorite place to shop, and his favorite places in Atlanta. The Pyramid Rule as a structure to start from in design for shelving. The flowers Keith likes to use in a home, how he became an instant celebrity by using lemons in a flower arrangement. Tulip styling tips, where Keith buys his flowers and plants, and why a flower should still look like a flower. Mentioned In This Episode Suzanne Kasler Martyn Lawrence Bullard Scott’s Antique Market  Kenneth  Turner’s  Flower  Style Alexa Hampton @keithharrisarnold @keith.etc
Jun 04, 2019
Ep. 90: design duo Brooke and Steve Giannetti
We are thrilled to talk to authors and design duo Brooke and Steve Giannetti of Giannetti home. Steve is an architect, and Brooke is an interior designer, and together they are the talent behind Patina Style, Patina Living, and Brooke’s cult favorite blog, Velvet & Linen. We caught up with them to talk about the importance of emotional connection, how their work as a duo came to be, their interests as a husband and wife duo, and to bust the myth that goats will eat absolutely anything. What You’ll Hear on This Episode:Why Brooke thinks people have really caught on to her blog, Velvet & Linen.How Patina Style articulates the process of how to dream your design property, and Patina Farm demonstrates how they manifested the style and design philosophy at their beautiful farm in Ojai, CAHow they took the history and unique elements of Ojai to make sure their design reflected the story.The way they molded the different textures and materials together, and the inspiration Belgium gave them for putting a variety of pieces togetherHow long the Patina Farm took, the description of the inside and outside, and the challenges that arose along the way.Why in design it’s important to start at the emotional connection to the space.How they chose the plants and planning the outdoor spaces, and why we want to always think big and simple.How Brooke developed her passion for interiors and made a full time career of working with Steve in addition to their marital blissWhat they wish they would have done differently at Patina Farm.That no, goats won’t eat everything you give them, except for a yummy rose bush. Thorns and all.What they have up their sleeve next now that Patina Farm is pretty much a done deal.Why we need a focal point, and how we can create them.The most prized possessions (besides their animals and other living entities!) inside their home.What suggestions they would give to someone looking to bring their significant other into their design dreams.
May 28, 2019
Ep. 89: designer Traci Zeller
Traci Zeller joins us in Charlotte to share her unique background and super interesting story of being a former lawyer turned interior designer. She talks with us about switching careers, her commitment to creating a rendering for each project, the inspiration behind her polished and put together style, and how it all practically plays out in her house with twin boys and a puppy. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Trials of dogs breaking into cabinets, expensive inspection results, a rushed backyard construction project, and rocky 50th birthday. Triumphs of animal print fashion (sorry you are left out camouflage!), good luck in the form of a baby robin’s nest, déja vu, and a beautiful vase. Tips and tricks to clean the outdoor pillows that won’t leave you spending your whole time scrubbing. Traci’s path into interior design, and how she knew it was time to leave her career as a lawyer to shift more into her career into interior design. Dressing for our audience, and why Traci loves it much more now. Why Taryn believes so much in renderings, and won’t do a project without them. Organizational practices and systems that help Traci’s home remain polished yet practical with two twin boys and a puppy. How her lines, although very different, carry a through line of Traci’s voice and style to sit well together. Creating cohesion with different pieces and why we don’t need to matchy match everything. How Traci mixed a traditional pattern with lavender trim to take a well received and beautiful bold room. How Traci describes Southern style and how she applies it to practical living family homes. The showroom inspired by French Couture and the Christian Dior exhibit. Traci’s process when taking on a new client, and how she digs in to get a feel for how they live and what they love. Materials that are best for families and hold up through a lot of wear and tear, and the two products she swears by for ink and stain disasters. More about her adorable puppy Chloe and the plans for making her crate beautiful, fancy, and stylish using Ballard products. Show Notes: @tarynschwartz Kayla Rose Instagram Traci Zeller @tracizeller Of Rare Origin Unique  Amodex
May 21, 2019
Ep. 88: designer Lisa Mende returns
Designer Lisa Mende returns to the show to talk with us about designing our rooms to the fullest of their potential, and truly creating the home of your dreams. She also shares more about the ins and outs of renovation, her blog The Design Connector, and why design dilemmas are really just opportunities for us to be creative. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: An update on her famous pink sofa, and who else in her household may love it even more than her. Why functionality is just as important as design, and how Lisa helps her clients use every room to the fullest of their function. The crazy story of her studio roof leaking, and how it ended up being a blessing in renovation. Yes, you can both make your home feel like a hotel and have a billiard table in the middle of your living room. More about her blog, The Design Connector, and how it connects us with the people, products, and places we need to know about in the home design world. What she loves about her work with Ballard, and how it inspires us to have a reimagined and fresh new look. The brilliant solution to outdoor couch cushions, and a few of Lisa’s favorites in the outdoor Ballard products including Miles Redd’s collection. Lisa’s answer to Caroline’s painting question for the ceiling in her soon to be new home. How to still use neutral colors in a rich way when you may be not ready to commit to a color. Why design dilemmas are not anything to freak out over but instead are actually great ways for us to be creative problem solvers. Where one can buy leather or fake leather by the yard. Lisa’s rules for using either satin or eggshell finish. Mentioned In This Episode: Lisa Mende Design @lisamendedesign The Design Connector  Miles  Redd’s  Outdoor  Collection
May 14, 2019
Ep. 87: designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips
Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is a designer and owner of The English Room in Charlotte, North Carolina. We love her bold, colorful, and elegant style and how she mixes tradition of the past with the modern style of today. She talks with us today about how The English Room began, the different projects she has done ranging from super modern to traditional, her love of color, patterns, and layering, and why it’s more than okay to break the rules. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Her work in the world of design from an early age, and how her mother inspired her to develop a passion for all things antique.Ways we can be confident about mixing it up with colors and patterns in our homes.Using art as an accent, and why what’s popular and trendy in the moment isn’t always right for us.How she loves to take antiques and make them modern with a playful twist.How Holly renovated her own home and even got to keep what’s known as “the naughty chair.”Advice on when to shop for antiques, and where to begin bringing them in the home.How she came to be the brand ambassador for Florence Broadhurst.Her opportunity in the fall to do a room in a showhouse as Florence Broadhurst using her new rug collection, furniture, fabric and wallpaper.Her personal use of “crazy” pattern and color.The importance of looking at measurements before you buy anything.How to balance finding great antiques with longevity, even though you know it may not be your forever home.Why a great sofa could (and should) last you several decades. It’s okay to change up your color, and realize it’s the layers and the mix that makes it interesting, rather than matching everything and achieving perfection.How Holly decides what spaces call for drapery vs. Roman shades, and her love of a blackout curtains.Why you may want to rethink painting your nursery yellow.
May 03, 2019
Ep. 86: designer Amy Vermillion
Amy Vermillion joins the show to talk about her style that has been described as “comfortably elegant.” We talk about how good design can make your life easier, paint colors, an 80's house she brought into the 21st century, and her love of chandeliers. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: The renovation Amy has done again (and again!) from everything including the porch, office and master bedroom.The rule Amy uses when picking pieces that will be permanent and timeless. Her biggest design pet peeves, and why we should all just do what we love.The polarizing topics of gray, brown furniture, and a glimpse into the custom details she does for her clients.Amy’s love of a chandelier as decorative jewelry for the ceiling.Her description of a true 80’s house (but don’t knock a great wet bar in the den!)What is a scullery, and why would someone who entertains love one?How Amy gets to know her clients so she can design a space that functions for their lifestyleWe talk about the rising popularity of librariesWhat people are doing with their TV’s now that they are getting larger than ever.We talk paint colors and why it's so tricky to give someone a paint recommendationHow to address family photos to make them sleek and beautiful
Apr 30, 2019
Ep. 85: designer Cheryl Luckett
Designer Cheryl Luckett joins the show today to talk about form, function, and why we should love a good antique. She shares her background story as a professional dietician turned blogger and talks about pairing multiple fabrics together, where to invest and where to save, and the details people most often overlook. What You’ll Hear on This Episode:Cheryl’s story of working in corporate America for 15 years as a dietician and what led her to a path of design.How to take an antique and make it work to add depth, history, and warmth to a home.More about Cheryl’s experience as a blogger and ways she loves communicating with her clients and followers.What are good pieces to invest in, and where you can save.How we pair two fabrics together, and examples of recent clients where she put it to the test.The details people often overlook, which can help you save time by knowing where your TV remote iThe importance of form and function when creating a cozy yet sleek aesthetic.When you should spend a whole night in your own guest quarters.The essentials of what to put in a guest bathroom and bedroom. Get that plunger ready!Why the smallest knick-knack can have a huge impression on creating a “lived in” feeling in a home.Our love of white towels and pillows with just the right amount of fluff.White towels.Why we should live with something a few days before we make a final verdict on whether we like it or not, or if it works for our home.
Apr 23, 2019
Ep. 84: designer Susan Ferrier
Award-winning decorator Susan Ferrier joins the show today. Known for creating sensuous, atmospheric interiors, Susan created Susan Ferrier Interiors and co-authored the book Art of the House. She talks about how she lights a room while creating drama, creating an architectural rhythm and symmetry in a room, breaking rules, and being bold. What You’ll Hear on This Episode:Why Susan believes the people in the room need to be the pattern.Her creative and explorative use of texture, and strategy of creating shadow with light and darker tones.Her rule of thumb for having a way to read and drink wherever you sit in a room.The two reasons she loves banquettes.How she got into the business, and why she decided to start her own firm, Susan Ferrier Interiors.How she gets inspired by her projects and the ways she digs in to develop a relationship with the people behind every project.How she balances her clients’ with her own personal sense of style and expert quality of being what she refers to as a “visual mathematician”.Which design rules we should be following, and which ones are meant to be broken.The analogy of decorating our homes compared to dressing appropriately for our body type.How we can afford to raise the dynamic design in our kitchens.How Susan challenges the visual aspect of design by combining age with the sleek, modern, and shiny.Susan’s rule for using metals, and if she thinks it will go out of style anytime soon.What we can do to show those 1980’s homes some love and highlight the positive attributHow she lays out a room, and ways we can work with the view to best socialize the spaceHow to not have the price tag displayed on the back of a mirror or painting, and instead have a clean and consistent view.The foundation of creating a good interior for both very large spaces and smaller scale projects.
Apr 16, 2019
Ep. 83: decorator Fran Keenan
Decorator Fran Keenan joins the show this week to discuss her transition from magazine editor at Cottage Living to working with clients, and where she fell in love with the idea of functional and beautiful living. She also talks about how her family influences her work and vice versa, her love of transformation, what colors she currently loves working with most, and the importance of staying true to the personal narrative of the client. Fran’s background as an editor at Cottage Living, and how that influences her to this very day when working on a design project.What steps Fran took to launch her career as an interior designer, and how it went along with the time in her life where she wanted flexibility to spend time with her family.What Fran loves most about working with homeowners.More about the “alphabet” room, and ways Fran has succeeded from thinking outside of the box.How to not have a boring laundry room — drinks anyone?!Fran’s love of mixing functionality with style and warmth.Her use of earthy colors in a way that still feels fresh and energetic.Creative ways Fran pulls color throughout the house and creates a seamless transition throughout rooms.The rule of thumb when it comes to painting moving objects inside the house.A glimpse into the transformation of her own house, and the hilarious take her kids have on what type of houses she buys.How the design process works when Fran moves into a new house, and the lessons of reprocessing within each change.Mixing high and low. Where Fran splurges, and where she uses Ikea.The use of book shelf displays in a way that coincides with the best use of space.How to safeguard against common issues of creating a “Pretty House Prison”.Starting points for using textiles and patterns to bring both a modern sleekness and primitive warmth to the house.Storage solutions of hooks, baskets and hanging things!
Apr 09, 2019
Ep. 82: stylist and editor Stacy Kunstel
Stylist, writer, editor and producer Stacy Kunstel swings by to talk about the fun of adding colors, how she works with interior designers, where she finds inspiration as a stylist and why it call comes down to being different in design. She also discusses what’s new in style and what we can expect in a few years, along with her personal favorite trends. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Stacy’s attraction to big colors and patterns, and how she mixes it with the traditional. Why tradition doesn’t have to be boring - it can be big, bright and graphic. Color makes people happy! How Stacy picked the colors in her product line that were both on trend and ones she loved that has stood the test of time. Stacy’s encouragement to mix lacquer with natural wood. More about her furniture line, and how it came to be. Why it’s your personality and point of view that makes the space so special and a feature so interesting. Why taking some time to sit and organize ideas and visions is a game changer. What a “drink drop” table is, and why they are so important. A glimpse into Stacy’s job, and the many skills she needs to have to do her job as a stylist. Tips for folks on what to leave on their dining room table. Stacy’s advice to stick to the wedding theme when decorating. Go for something old, new, borrowed and blue. Stacy’s favorite publications to get style inspiration and ideas.
Apr 02, 2019
Ep. 81: fabric expert Scott Kravet
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
Ep. 80: designer Kate Singer
Interior Designer Kate Singer joins the show to talk about her experiences with showhome designs, what she loves to mix to keep classic and traditional design style fresh, creating a sanctuary no matter where you are, and why loving colors (and neutrals!) may be something woven into our DNA.
Mar 19, 2019
Ep. 79: Pappas Miron Interior Design
This week we talk to the ladies of Pappas Miron, Tatyana and Alexandra, childhood friends and designers that have worked together since 2003. They talk with us about their contemporary and warm styles that mix together to create timeless and comfortable spaces. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: More about Tatyana and Alexandra’s updated traditional and modern eclectic style. Where their love of contemporary furniture comes from. How someone that loves a contemporary space can inject more warmth into their space. The challenges they are solving on a regular basis regarding weird layouts and smaller spaces in New York. Their creative use of closets, bins, and blanket boxes to provide even more storage for those with children. The way they encourage their clients to incorporate their warm personal style. What their individual homes look like, and how they each use texture and mood. Dark doesn’t always have to be sad and depressing. Tatyana and Alexandra’s advice for going over the top in a great way with pattern. The reason they favor curvilinear furniture pieces in their rooms. Their use of deep rich jewel tone colors for accents, and why we shouldn’t be afraid to embrace the dark. What really goes into upholstering a room. The favorite rooms they have ever done! The upsides of having a partner in design, and yes they do consult each other in their own personal projects.
Mar 12, 2019
Ep. 78: McMillen's Ann and Elizabeth Pyne
This week, we have mother-daughter design duo Ann and Elizabeth Pyne from McMillen Interior Design and Decoration, the oldest interior design firm in the country. They share why we should be fearless in design, the idea behind each room having a thesis, and a glimpse into what it is like to work as a mother-daughter dynamic. They also tell us about the three most important things to think about design wise when purchasing or renting a place, and rules for decorating with an infant. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Why we should be fearless and courageous in our career paths. An example of what they mean by each room having a thesis. The differences in Ann and Elizabeth’s design style, and how they complement each other’s range of style to create a fantastic finished product. You have to deal with the space first, and the client second. What elements are classic and won’t go out of style, and what Ann and Elizabeth have seen stand the test of time. Their own individual spaces, and Ann’s description of her 8 totally separate rooms. McMillen’s reign of over 90 years as a trusted and established interior design firm. Why we shouldn’t be intimidated by auctions, and how to navigate them in a confident manner. The give and take Ann and Elizabeth have with their clients and artwork, and how they plan for new and fresh art ideas in a space. The three most important qualities of any place to live: light, proportions and layout. You do not have to have expensive things to make your place beautiful, and the Stark rug that changed it all for Ann. Why we shouldn’t discount the unifying power of a beautiful rug, and some powerful “rug rules” in design. Decorating with an infant - it can be done! The classic approaches to design, and why we should invest in pieces that stand the test of time. How to keep up with the evolution of lighting.
Mar 05, 2019
Ep. 77: designer Alexa Hampton
Renowned interior designer Alexa Hampton has done it all — TV, books, magazines, you name it and Alexa has been featured there. Today, she joins the show to talk about growing up with her  designer father Mark Hampton, the inspiration behind her two books, Decorating in Detail and Language of Interior Design, her recent travels for an upcoming furniture collection, and why there is no room for snobbery in design. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: What has been Alexa’s biggest challenges over the many different collections she has created and titles she juggles. Alexa’s habit of drawing on a photograph as a low tech and practical way that gave her a “Eureka” moment. Her father’s designation between a decorator and a designer. People may not realize how much they really can put in a room. Alexa’s self-described “rookie mistake” when redoing her bedroom, and the lesson learned in bouncing back after a misstep. More about Alexa’s trips to Vietnam to check out prototypes for her new furniture collection, and going to Ireland with a group from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. How publishing books in the world of decorating is more different than it has ever been. The point of views from her books The Language of Interior Design and Decorating in Detail. Design is no place for snobbery, and there is always more to learn, discover and see. How the fee can grow, but the markup will be scrutinized. The balance between having a trademark look, and being open to adapting based on the client’s needs.
Feb 26, 2019
Ep. 76: Tilton Fenwick's Anne Maxwell Foster & Suysel dePedro Cunningham
This week on the show, we've got design duo Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of the design firm Tilton Fenwick. This pattern powerhouse is known for mixing prints and the bold color palettes they work into their clients' homes. In addition to their wallpaper and fabric lines, they're moms, masters of collaboration, and big Ballard fans! What You'll Hear on the Show: Why their partnership makes their designs strongerHow Anne and Suysel met and what sparked their initial creative projectsWe talk about their fabric collections for Duralee and what inspires their printsAnne and Suysel tell us about their most recent Duralee collection, inspired by a trip to PortugalWe talk about the design process of their patternsWhy surprising color palettes are their favorite way to refresh vintage printsWhy using a textile collection book can help you if you're intimidated by the volume of fabrics at a design centerHow they mix patterns together and why fabrics are a great place to startWe talk about their own homes and how often they're changing things aroundWhat they learned about their fabric collections and how it changed the direction of their second collectionThe most expensive fabric they've ever used in a project and why they try to keep fabrics
Feb 19, 2019
Ep. 75: designer Jenny Wolf
Interior designer Jenny Wolf  draws from her clients' personalities when designing a space, and we love the way her spaces feel organic and collected. On the show, we talk editing, collecting, Jenny's new shop, and how to work with a designer on a budget. What You'll Hear on This Show: We talk editing and how important it is to your home -- just like in your closetWhy Jenny thinks it's important to be honest with her clients about the pieces they already haveHow her two girls affect her decorating styleJenny tells us about her latest project -- a store in Pound Ridge, New YorkWhat we can expect in her new store and why the project has been serendipitous We talk about decorating her girls' rooms
Feb 12, 2019
Ep. 74: podcast host LuAnn Nigara
As the host of the podcast A Well-Designed Business, LuAnn Nigara is a wealth of knowledge about the business of running and interior design studio, so we wanted to share that valuable information with you! LuAnn is passionate about entrepreneurship and coaching interior designers through the challenges of running their own business. If you're an interior designer with your own shop, this is the episode for you! What You'll Hear on This Show: What led LuAnn to starting her podcast, A Well-Designed BusinessWhat separates the most successful interior designers from the rest of the packPillars of running a successful interior design businessWe talk about systems and why you should iron them outWe talk about billing and the challenges of explaining your fee structure
Feb 05, 2019
Ep. 73: architect Gil Schafer
We kick off today’s episode with some talk about our favorite Super Bowl hosting tips, tricks, and recipes. Then, we are joined by the incredible architect Gil Schafer. Gil shares his love of embracing tradition and memory, why we should pursue our ideas with rigor and clarity, and the importance of moving past our comfort zone. We also talk with Gil about simple design using beautiful materials, collaboration, his work with Miles Redd, and how he makes new places feel as though they have a history.
Jan 29, 2019
Ep. 72: collector, decorator, and hoarder Nicki Clendening
Nicki Clendening is known for her eclectic style and ability to incorporate vintage and thrift store treasures into her design projects. Today, she talks about how to weave in old with the new, what she looks for when shopping at flea markets and antique stores, the opening of her design studio Scout Design and online store Beetle, and why blue painters tape should be your best friend. We will also hear some Trials and Triumphs, and get Nicki’s feedback on how to bring a small space together. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Trials and triumphs including new cookbooks, missing plants, cool performance rugs and more How Nicki’s dreams progressed from being Indiana Jones to working and living in New York, making money doing exactly what she loves to do What shopping for a client looks like, and if Nicki has ever had buyers remorse More about Nicki’s design studio, Scout Design Where she likes to go to shop for both herself and Beetle, and how she finds one of a kind pieces to add to her collection The inspiration her mom had on her in terms of art, creativity and fashion and her family’s love of global travel and collecting special items from all around the world Her top picks for flea markets, and the importance of building great relationships with vendors Functionality is key, along with using the space appropriately based on what your typical activities are (entertaining, reading, pets, etc) How she came up with her online store, Beetle, and curates what is on the site A glimpse into her own apartment, right at the top of Central Park Why we shouldn’t be afraid to paint the ceiling All about the mix of new and old, whether you own your home or you are renting
Jan 22, 2019
Ep. 71: designer Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy is an A-List designer with experience on projects all over the globe. His design projects are clean yet bold, traditional and contemporary with a fantastic eye for picking incredibly gorgeous art. Today, he shares how to create compositions that embrace the bespoke nature of the project, how we can shop for art on a budget, and what to consider when designing a boat. Brian is also the author of Luminous Interiors and Parish-Hadley Tree of Life, which he co-authored with Bunny Williams. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Taryn’s trial which includes Atlanta’s shocking ratistic (rat statistic) and how she and her husband are working to solve it Caroline’s trial when breaking down her beautiful Christmas tree, leading to possibly the biggest LED light knot, mess and spilled paste mixture in history Karen’s trial (but she owns being a 60%’er at least) of upholstering the doors in her guest bedroom. However, she made up for it with the best Christmas gift ever to her husband thanks to artist Lacy Freeman How the idea for Parish-Hadley: Tree of Life came about, which lead to him first writing Luminous Interiors How he handles clients that “ghost” him, and the reasons why he would possibly turn potential clients down How Brian’s design creates a joyful scrapbook in people’s lives, to cover the beauty and art that makes up their personal lives How working with Parish-Hadley informed the unique way he lays out a room Brian’s tips for creating a composition that works, including why you should never leave home without a folding ruler The glamorous makeover Brian gave to a storied New York apartment, and his tips to deviating from the expected path of design How we can shop for art on a budget, and where Brian finds art for his clients How designing for a yacht differs from designing for a home The importance of finding a mentor when developing an understanding of cost, and honing in on what art and pieces speak to you Simple easy ways to refresh your space and continue with maintenance that won’t break the bank
Jan 15, 2019
Ep.70: Carson Kressley & Thom Filicia
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
Ep. 69: 2019 Color Trends with Benjamin Moore's Ellen O'Neill
On the first day of the year, we thought it apropos to talk about 2019 color trends, so of course, we went straight to the source - Benjamin Moore's Ellen O'Neill. As the Director of Strategic Design Intelligence, Ellen and her team pick the color of the year. Naturally we had to get the lowdown on how the color is picked, why they chose this year's color, how paint is named, and many more of your top paint and color questions. What You'll Hear on This Episode: Ellen talks through how they pick the color of the year, including what she calls 'color embeds' or when her first hints of what trending colors areWhat type of influences there are in picking the color of the yearEllen's 'personal palette' and why she is drawn to itWe talk about this year's Color of the Year -- Metropolitan AF-690What makes Metropolitan special, why it's the color of the year, and why we should love this hueColor naming -- how the name of a paint color factors into whether it becomes the color of the year, as well as the complications of naming colors in generalWhat is a 'chip pull' and how it changes once the color of the year is announcedWhat the word 'metamaric' means and why that makes matching colors trickyWhy Benjamin Moore hasn't added any new colors in a number of yearsWhether you'll get the same quality and color of paint if you have another paint company color match a Benjamin Moore colorEllen shares with us the top 10 grays in Benjamin Moore's catalogThe secrecy involved in the Color of YearWe talk about the timeline -- when they pick the next year's Color of the YearEllen's background and how one starts to work in colorHow to get started picking a paint color for your space
Jan 01, 2019
Ep. 68 with author Susanna Salk
Over the course of writing her nine design books, author and design expert Susanna Salk has learned a thing or two about decorating. Today, she joins us to share her journey in becoming a bestselling Design Author, stylist, and host of the Quintessence design series, and (our favorite) Ballard partner. She talks about why it’s fun to be fearless, her new book The Power of Pattern, how to mix and choose combinations that work, ways to use wallpaper and store photos, and how to know when you’ve gone too far. What You'll Hear on This Episode: How our partnership with Susanna came about organically.How one can mix patterns and choose colors fearlessly.The inspiration behind her new book, The Power of Pattern, and why every pattern featured up close and personal is one that Susanna personally loves.The rules of patterns, and where someone can start if it’s a new concept.Photo storage solutions including having a section in your home to display them, keeping them in an ottoman, and creating an online nostalgia folder.Susanna’s recommendation on what we should display on our mantles.The obsession / labor of love project that Susanna’s husband welcomed in renovating their barn.Yes, you can have a rug in your bathroom!Pattern doesn’t have to be a print, it can also be a texture.Why wallpaper may be your solution for weird ceiling shapes and difficult rooms.How Susanna picks topics for her design series Quintessence.How it came about for Susanna and Stacey Bewkes to create the Quintessence video series, and some of the highlights of their already amazing filming locations.Tip: edit out and only keep what you are in love with.If all else fails - no ugly spoon holders!Susanna’s jewelry and closet rule - if you can’t fit what you have, something must go.Use pictures to guide you and remind you of what you love.
Dec 25, 2018
Ep. 67: lifestyle entrepreneur India Hicks
Lifestyle entrepreneur India joins the podcast to talk about her new book, A Slice of England, in which chronicles the process of decorating her home in England, as well as her other family homes. On the show, we talk about her upbringing into design royalty with iconic designer David Hicks as her father, what being an author, model and entrepreneur has taught her, amazing ways we can decorate without spending a lot of money and her new business model that empowers women. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: A firsthand look at India’s upbringing with her father, iconic designer David Hicks, along with some fun American culture references of his workIndia’s love of storytelling within her brand, books and decorWhy India believes that good taste and design are by no means dependent on moneyWhy she prefers an inclusive and accessible style in design, especially for those of us with families and petsMore about India’s home in Harbour Island, and their intention to take it back in time to the 18th CenturyThe true story that India and her partner David really had only one argument when designing their American FarmhouseHow India works antiques into her home, and expert ways to not be intimidated when mixing traditional and contemporaryWhat makes India’s new home collection so near and dear to her heartHow India’s company is giving women a chance to become ambassadors and work on their own time with a network of other amazing womenThe sunscreen that India swears byWhat room is most special to IndiaHow to keep a coastal home from being clicheThe inspiration behind her book, A Slice of England
Dec 18, 2018
Ep. 66: architect Andrew Cogar & designer Kristin Kong
Today we welcome Andrew Cogar, architect for Historical Concepts, and interior designer Kristin Kong! We talk to them about designing and building from the ground up, the balance of architecture and design together and the way the two fields complement each other, what to know when finding an architect or interior designer to work on your home, and some smart tips to help navigate this major investment. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Taryn’s trial in the eyeglass world, and her triumph in seeing the comedian Celeste Barber live. Yes, you can have Prosecco on tap at your office too. The ongoing saga of Karen’s basement and her husband’s dream bar. Caroline’s Christmas Tree trials and triumph, and how to correctly flock your tree to give it that beautiful snow misted look. How the recession changed the relationship between architects and designers. The ways architects and designers inspire and complement each other. What Andrew and his team look for in renovations at Historical Concepts, and why one of their core values is to be “appropriate”. How Andrew helps steer and educate clients in the direction of quality, skill and proportion. Why seeing is believing holds true for what both Andrew and Kristin do. Andrew and Kristin’s expert tips to add an interior designer early on in the project. The importance of communication and trust in the process of both renovation and design. Why the challenges that arise between architects and designers can actually be an opening for better dialog and a stronger partnership. Personal stories from both Kristin and Andrew on some of the projects they are most proud of. How both Andrew and Kristin weave in trends but still keep the integrity and lifestyle needs of the project. Why it’s important to have a master plan, no matter how small the project is.
Dec 11, 2018
Ep. 65: Chip and Pauli Wade
Today we welcome Chip and Pauli Wade! You probably know Chip from the hundreds of episodes from the 14 shows he has been on during his impressive 12 year (and climbing) TV career so far. At just over 1,500 renovations in the past 12 years, he is always learning and pushing the envelope and loves seeing projects go from start to finish. We talk about Chip and Pauli’s partnership in all things work and personal life, how to discern between entertainment and real life renovation, how to plan and invest in design and decor correctly, and when we should embark on a DIY project vs. outsource to a professional, and how he is changing the dynamic of how the digital purchasing experience for both individuals and brands. What You'll Hear on This Episode: The way Chip fell into TV, starting out previously as a structural engineer.Real life in the fast paced crazy environment twist of Chip’s shows, including over 1,500 renovations in the past 12 years.How Chip and Pauli met, fell in love and became partners and cheerleaders for each other both in romantic and business life.What Chip feels is the most challenging in decorating and design, and despite what you think, it's not making things look good!Who makes up all of Chip and Pauli's team, and why each and every role is pivotal to help homeowners make all the right choices along the way.The biggest problems of e-commerce and online retail when it comes to curated confidence.Why something functioning correctly in a room or house is more important than having it just because it was featured on TV or the front page of an editorial spread.>The type of approach Chip uses when working with first time and potential clients to craft a concept of what is most suitable for their needs.Why most of us are doing master bedroom design completely wrong, and how we can remedy it.Little tweaks in our storage, layout, and function that can save us thousands of dollars and square footage of space.Chips love of multipurpose function.Some DIY projects that have spiraled out of control, both from us and Chip and Pauli.As much as he (and we) love DIY, we hear Chip’s top recommendations on when to outsource to a professional.Chip's new multipurpose and multifunctional furniture line, Xtraroom.
Dec 04, 2018
Ep. 64: designer Bunny Williams
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
Ep. 63: Bradley Odom
Today, Bradley Odom joins in to share his background in retail and interior design, the inspiration for his iconic store Dixon Rye, and how he is shaking up the home styling industry. He also discusses the mix of raw and refined, the importance of scale and ways we can make our space well curated and uniquely personal.
Oct 30, 2018
Ep. 62: designer Kendall Simmons
Today's guest hails from the music city! We loved chatting with interior designer Kendall Simmons, who talks the Nashville scene, her mix of fun and spunky with timeless pieces to create her own signature style, and why our home should be unique to us - no matter what our mothers may think. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: When looking for new a new lamp, bring yours physically in to the store so you can make sure the shade fits perfectlyCaroline’s recent find in New Orleans, Nadine Blake, and what items she feels shouldn’t be missedThe super important steps to take when you have the feeling of wanting to throw everything out in your houseKendall's journey from Kentucky, to New York, to back south in NashvilleKendall’s work with Campion Platt, and how it helped inspire her to blend modern elements with classic buildingsHow Kendall developed her own aesthetic and continues to keep developing and growing her tastes and proclivitiesKendall’s own personal projects in Nashville, including a loft in a converted factory building, and short term rentalWhy her beautifully designed short term rental is so popularEven if you don’t have a huge budget, Kendall feels it’s very important to have as many local art pieces as you canKendall’s “no rules” rules for gallery walls and her favorite artists for you to Google right awayHow Kendall uses spatial and verbal descriptions when working with clients to help them understand the impact their decor choices will have on the roomThe perfect condition for having different color trims and themes throughout the houseThe criteria for painting a room dark and what to expect when you paint it in high glossKendall and her husband’s commitment to travel and some of the interesting life perspective they have learned along the wayKendall's advice for what to collect on your travelsHer top three shopping spots in the entire worldKendall’s top secret insider information about flea markets in ParisThe weirdest things Kendall has bought throughout her travels, and what landed her to get questioned in the airport security lineKendall’s high / low mix that allows for her clients to stay within their budget, yet splurge on some forever pieces
Oct 23, 2018
Ep. 61: editor Robert Leleux
Robert Leleux joins us for a lively episode where he shares his journey into design and decorating, a sneak peek into his upcoming Southern Style Now Festival and Showhouse, what we should splurge and save on, why we should give our money to people making things with their hands, and how often one should change their sheets.
Oct 09, 2018
Ep. 60: editor Lucy Bamman
Lucy Bamman, Market Editor for Hearst Magazines ELLE Decor, Veranda and House Beautiful believes that there is something for everyone in design and decor, and part of the fun is the journey that comes along with finding it. Lucy talks with us about her role as a Market Editor, and how she got into it, what trends she is into now and how she keeps feelers open for what’s good at all times, but also is very specific about what find will work best with what publication. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: What exactly a Market Editor is, and why you can thank them for featuring the best and most unique products, ideas and trendsThe pressure (and fun) that comes with a job like Lucy’s, and what she appreciates most about sourcing for three very esteemed yet different publications and readershipsThe differentiators between her three titles at ELLE Decor, Veranda and House BeautifulThe amazing locations Lucy gets to visit on behalf of work, including Paris, Milan, and Los AngelesThe latest trends Lucy is seeing now, including moving from brass to more natural materials such as wicker and straw, and interesting color patterns and choicesHow she edits her own home when she constantly has so much input and information flying her way, and how she brings in her love of textiles in her own decoratingWhy Lucy urges us not to fear color and bold choices. Even if you turn a sofa and put it on another wall, or change the paint or throw pillows, you can completely change the whole mood and make it as sophisticated or funky as you wantHer background and education, and how she learned her practicals from Richard Keith LanghamLucy’s experience with Keith teaching her to know her colors, think like a true designer, and not be afraid to mix it all up and have funHow Lucy’s job at One Kings Lane set her up for editing and spritzing in beautiful vintage pieces to demonstrate the beauty of collecting pieces over timeTips for small spaces including the use of lower shelves under coffee tablesHow to be your own Market Editor when you don’t necessarily have the house to decorate in quite yetHow to know when to refurbish, and when to do away with the old for something new
Sep 25, 2018
Ep. 59: designer Libby Langdon
Chances are you have seen our guest Libby Langdon’s work on HGTV and The Today Show and in all of your favorite magazines — House Beautiful, Traditional Homes, and Better Homes and Gardens. We talk with Libby about her trifecta of combining product design, client work, and media and injecting them all into everything she does. She also spills behind the scenes secrets of makeover TV shows, how she learned to install a house in one day, and why she believes that the way you feel about your home reflects every aspect of your life. What You'll Hear on This Episode: Libby’s background of growing up in High Point, North Carolina, the furniture mecca of the world. Her parents were both in the furniture and textile industry, so Libby learned design from all angles at a young ageLibby’s journey from modeling and fashion to hosting FOX Makeover TV show, Design InvasionThe common threads Libby noticed in many homes as a universal struggle including awkward furniture layout and bad lightingThe value of learning to install a house in one day, and how to design for the look that the homeowner desires.Libby’s hilarious behind the scenes moments of Design Invasion where she surprised unsuspecting people early in the morning to completely transform their house in one dayLibby’s passion for skills cooking and event planning, and how she balances that with her busy acting and interior design careersThe common concern of clients that they will grow tire of a certain color, and how Libby walks them through picking colors that will stand the test of timeHow a painting of a goldfish inspired an entire one-day home makeoverHer Rumson, NJ project that was featured in House BeautifulSome of Libby’s favorite moments from her work on makeover television showsThe blending of exterior and interior design, and how we can mix and match indoor and outdoor products in designLibby’s love of a Trellis printHer hands-on approach to design and creation, rather than white labeling and putting her name on products already createdWhat Libby is designing now in her partnership with Kas Rugs, and when we can expect it to be ready on the marketThe ways that Libby introduces her clients to the world of lighting and lamps, and some practical tips to get our lighting on point using dimmers, appropriate wattage and remote controlsDecorating for small spaces, and why leaving space white may not be the best answerThe benefits of living with less, and why smaller spaces have many luxurious benefits. We can also learn more with her new book, Small Space Solutions
Sep 12, 2018
Ep. 59: designer Libby Langdon
Chances are you have seen our guest Libby Langdon’s work in all of your favorite magazines. Libby has been featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Homes, Better Homes and Gardens, and has been on HGTV and The Today Show. We talk with Libby about her trifecta of combining product design, client work, and media and injecting them all into everything she does. She also spills some secrets of behind the scenes screws of makeover TV shows, how she learned to install a house in one day. Libby believes that the way you feel about your home reflects every aspect of your life, and is here to teach us how to give our home a big hug with real life solutions and inspired decorations.
Sep 11, 2018
Ep. 58: designer Kevin Isbell
Kevin Isbell joins us today for a round of Would You Rather? -- Decorating Edition. We also chat about adding texture and soul into a modern home, Kevin’s superpower of using strong color in subtle ways, decorating pet peeves, and his recent Nantucket cottage project featured in House Beautiful. It is apparent that Kevin loves what he does, and is deeply passionate about the craft behind design. What You'll Hear on This Episode: Why a large enough rug is crucial for a well balanced feel within a roomKevin’s fondness for antique and vintage pieces that have a story to tell and that add texture and warmth to the roomWhy Kevin would never do away with accessories and little trinkets that we pick up along the way of experiences and travelThe little accessories that push home design from “nice” to the “wow” factorWhy even the ugliest of chairs have the possibility to be beautifulHow Kevin got into design, playing around with the late 80’s trends of color blockingHow a background in business and business management helps set you up for running a successful career in interior design. Kevin combined the desire from his parents for him to get a business background, and his own love of architecture and designThe difference of furnishing vs decorating a homeKevin’s cross country adventure from San Francisco to New York in 2001Kevin’s house in Nantucket recently featured in House Beautiful, and how he maintained the basic structure in the house while completely changing the decorFacts on Nantucket’s global industry that inspired Kevin’s choices when picking decor and accentsHow he combines his old-soul and craftsman mentality with modern day social media. Kevin’s time lapse videos on Instagram are works of art themselves, and give another personal touch to his projects.How Kevin revamped a timeless Greenwich, Connecticut home, and made it approachable and livable with the beauty of a showhomeThe balance of high, low and knowing when to invest compared to when to hold back and save moneyKevin’s use of strong color in a subtle ways and how he mixes several colors in one room, and how Kevin changes color usage depending on geographic location and settingThe real commitment needed to really go all in on a pop of color, and why accent rooms shouldn’t be just one colorful piece in a neutral roomKevin’s choice of Ballard’s Original Office Collection for his workspace
Aug 28, 2018
Ep. 57: designer Liz Bauer
Elizabeth Bauer joins us today to share her story on how a passion for flea markets and shopping to repurpose led to a career design and a successful shop in the West Village of New York. She talks about the importance of “getting the bones right” of a home upon first moving in, how to make the most of small spaces, and decorating a seaside and vacation home in a playful and sophisticated way. We take listener questions on sprucing up long hallways,  painting vs renovating, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to mix and match whites! What You'll Hear on This Episode: The story of how Elizabeth opened her store and started her business in Greenwich Village 2008How she decides what she picks when shopping to repurpose, and the trends she is looking for now when she hunts and gathersElizabeth’s featured work in House Beautiful in March 2017, featuring stunning de Gournay wallpaper, painted floors, high-gloss aqua lacquer, and French Bistro bar stoolsThe proper prep work to paint, why lacquer costs so much and Elizabeth’s choice of tone and color palette when painting wood floorsDesigning for clients with children, and the way Elizabeth’s own design has changed now that she has a family. Elizabeth believes in using (and enjoying) her furnitureElizabeth’s tips on how to put those ugly chair and couch arm covers to good useHow to embrace and work with having a large television in your homeHow to compromise design and style with the husband happiness factorThe opportunity to create a luxurious space in a small apartment or studio, and why Elizabeth believes a small space can create an amazing feel, whether it’s layered, bright and colorful or tranquil and simpleElizabeth’s home in Nantucket, and how she plays up the nautical and New England themeThe solution to matching whites, and why different whites isn’t something to fret over
Aug 14, 2018
Ep. 56 with designer Katie Lydon
This week we are joined by the very talented Katie Lydon. Originally from London, Katie founded her downtown New York interior design firm in 2002. Katie has been featured in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, The New York Times, and Metropolitan Home. We talk with Katie about her love of color, her recent work with longtime client, author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin, and plans for the renovation of her home. We also speak with Katie about her favorite part of the design process, and ways to inject personality whether you are going for a contemporary, modern or classic look. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: How Katie got into the design fieldKatie’s work with longtime client Gretchen Rubin, featured in the April issue of House BeautifulHer love for Gretchen’s design confidence and bold yet elegant choicesThe return of purple in editorial, and how to use the color purple to create a certain mood in the homeThe similarities between her work in Gretchen’s home and an English countryside room in decor, molding, bookcases, and abundance of seatingSome practical tips and tricks of furniture arrangement, seating options and creating intimacy in a large spaceKatie’s editing and simplicity in both contemporary and traditional spaces, and her method of letting the people bring the majority of the character and personality into the spaceKatie’s plans to renovate her own home, including updating the loft with central AC, new kitchen area and mud roomHow to pick fixtures and finishes in your kitchen that will stand the test of time and last through trendsHow to cover the basics yet push the envelope when designing a home for a familyThe importance of living in a space before renovating itKatie’s design pet peeves, and why she may move tables at your home while you aren’t lookingThe differences between English design and American design, and where Katie draws her inspiration from within each of them
Jul 31, 2018
Ep. 55: editor Tori Mellott
In this episode we are joined with Tori Mellott, Senior Design and Markets Editor for Traditional Home Magazine. We talk trends with Tori from her recent trip at High Point Market, her background and where her love of design emerged from, some fun behind the scenes stories from her career in magazines, the roles and responsibilities of a Markets Editor and why we all feel that it’s impossible to have too many chairs. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: How Tori has had the energy and stamina to move (and decorate) 26 times. A trends recap from Tori’s recent High Point Market Trip from all of the latest in designers and furniture manufacturers. Tori mentions the resurgence of canopy beds, traditional stylings, groovy 1970’s lighting, millennial pink, delicate silhouettes, and things just being pretty. Tori’s love for auction shopping, specifically for occasional chairs for both herself and her loved ones. Tori’s travel tips for roaming unencumbered. The growing trend of bright yellow in home decor, and Tori’s closet. The responsibilities and duties of a Markets Editor. When Tori sees something that she wants, she waits on it. If she is still wanting it after one year, she knows it’s the real deal. Why it’s important to know your audience when pitching a magazine editor. Tori’s very own real life personal version of The Devil Wears Prada during an internship at NYU, and how it led to an internship at HomeStyle Magazine. Caroline’s amazing memory when it comes to designer and pictorials. Her personal side project of helping her sister decorate. How to know when to splurge, and when to save, on interior design.
Jul 17, 2018
Ep. 54: designer Philip Mitchell
This week we travel to New York to catch up with interior designer Philip Mitchell and his very cute dogs. Philip is based in New York and Toronto, and has been featured in Traditional Home, House and Home Magazine and Canada’s Style at Home Magazine. We talk with him about his beautiful captain’s house in Nova Scotia, his approach to restoration, fun and affordable ways to add texture and details, and the art of mixing historic with contemporary and modern comfort. What You'll Hear on This Episode: How he and his husband ended up falling in love with Nova Scotia, and purchasing and restoring a 1795 captain’s house in a beautiful Seaside VillageHis love and respect for historic homes, and inspiration to maintain the integrity and sentiment of the original home during the restoration processHow they found an incredible contractor to renovate their home with an artisan yet liveable approach.The differences between current New York and Canada interior design trends and lifestylesA fun “this or that” word game where we put Philip to the test of some of his favorite things including textures, finishings, patterns, panel molding and storage optionsWhy you shouldn’t be afraid to reuse what you already have, and take your drapery with you when moving outIn interior design - if you love it, you can incorporate itPhilip’s attitude towards furniture and pieces is to not focus on perfection, but comfort and the beauty within the story.What Philip means when he says he is “big on appropriateness”How to have the big talk with your partner about painting the wood in a roomPhilip’s journey into interior design through growing up surrounded by women that appreciated a beautifully furnished home and environmentHis participation with the 2018 Kips Bay Show House to benefit the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club charityWhat Philip personally collects throughout his own travels and personal experiences
Jul 03, 2018
Ep. 53 with designer Whitney Durham
We love seeing the way interior designers use our products in their client's spaces, and that's precisely how we found interior designer Whitney Durham. Plus, her home is featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine HOME. We talk to her about how she decorates with two rowdy boys at home, her love of original art, and the dreaded over-the-mantel television dilemma. What You'll Hear on This Episode: Whitney tells us how she started her design businessWe talk about decorating with kidsWe talk rugs and rug pags and why indoor/outdoor rugs are a staple for spaces Whitney designs for her clientsWhy animal prints are a neutralHow Whitney likes to treat television in her own home and her clients' spacesWhy she typically chooses neutral paint colors in her roomsWhitney's love of art and why it's so important to a space
Jun 19, 2018
Ep. 52: Miles Redd & David Kaihoi
This week we go to New York to catch up with Miles Redd, and his design partner in crime David Kaihoi. Miles has been featured in Vogue, W, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest and now he brings his one of a kind style to outdoor furniture at Ballard Designs. We talk with Miles and David about the inspiration behind the new collection, which offers beautifully designed quality pieces that look expensive and high end but are affordable and functional. What You'll Hear on This Episode: Decorating should be fun, and not a source of stress or pressure.How Miles and David overcome a creative dry spell or artistic lull and get in touch with their inspirationThe importance of feasting your eyes on beautiful homes to gather ideas, even if it’s just on vacationWhat it’s like to see things again with wonder and newness from the fresh eye of childrenThe role of performance fabrics and durability in a home with kidsThe balance of giving their younger clients what they want between what is functional and makes the most senseTheir new self storing cushion chair in the outdoor furniture collection blends stunning aesthetic with practical usage.Their special dining room tables that feature options and versatilityThe colors and materials that they love enough to bring in to their new office,Their work with Housing Works and Design on a Dime to help people get back on their feet and feel comfortable in societyTheir special theme of color and wallpaper for the booth this year, and their inspiration behind itA quick and easy way to decorate using wall sculpturesHow Miles switches from designing for clients and interior design to product development and designMiles and David’s propensity for adding in ebony or chalky white furniture to add an elegant and high end touch
Jun 05, 2018
Ep. 51 with designer Lauren DeLoach
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
Ep. 50 with Suzanne Kasler
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
Ep. 49: Landscape Architects Spencer Tunnell and Will McDonald
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
Ep. 48 with Montgomery Gratch Interiors
Almost a year ago Atlanta interior designers Julie Montgomery and Michele Gratch joined forces to create Montgomery Gratch Interiors. We loved hearing about how their unique strengths compliment and challenge each other. We talk family homes, renovations, the fifth wall, and much more. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: They tell us about how they joined their firms and how their individual strengths work togetherWhy you shouldn't wait to decorate until your kids are older and how to make your home kid-friendly and beautifulWhy it's important to consider how you live in your home before starting the decorating processHow to approach your home with a fresh eyeWe talk about showhouses, why they're fun, why they're a great place to learn about decorating, and why you should check one out in your townHow Michele and Julie bring that layered, collected look into your roomWe talk about a friend of Julie and Michelle's who does a bus tour of great shopping placesWhy it's absolutely crucial to make a floorplan and to measure before buying anythingKaren asks Michelle and Julie for tips on how to encourage dinner party guests to use her living roomThoughts on decorating outdoor spaces, especially the dilemma of keeping cushions clean and pollen-freeWe talk about renovations -- kitchen trends, how to make an impact on the ceiling, and moreMichelle and Julie tell us about their client who has a wine bar in her closet
Apr 10, 2018
Ep. 47 with antiques dealer Shane Robuck
This past Fall, Karen met antique dealer Shane Robuck of Robuck & Co on a buying trip to Europe, and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to chat with him about antiques, travel, and his love of furniture. Shane travels the world looking for the most beautiful curiosities and furniture pieces and sells them in his shop in Atlanta. Shane tells us about his love of Italy and his favorite cities for finding the best piecesShane tells us about how he started buying antiques and who helped him educate his eyeThe guiding principal he uses to buy pieces -- gauging with your heart and buying what you loveWe talk about why the millennial generation doesn't buying as many antiquesShane gives us a quick lesson on antiques from various countriesShane tells us the story of buying his tufted sofa with adjustable armsHe tells us what types of antiques are currently trending in his shopTaryn asks about tips about shopping for antiques in a shopWe talk about negotiating and what's a fair price to offer
Mar 27, 2018
Ep. 46 designer Laura Walker Baird of Verde Home
Atlanta interior designer and owner of Verde Home on the Upper Westside Laura Walker Baird joins the podcast to talk about antiquing overseas, why Europeans rarely hire designers, and her own major home renovation. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: We talk about purging -- what's worth keeping and what needs to be tossedLaura tells us about her time abroad shopping for antiquesWe hear about Laura's bedroom -- mauve with green carpetShe talks about why she wasn't really an interior designer when she lived in ItalyLaura tells us about the proper Italian way to eat spaghettiThe most common issue Laura's clients deal withTaryn asks Laura about her favorite design eraWe talk about getting pieces custom madeLaura talks about accessorizing an unused room in her client's home to make it functional We talk about how to make your dining room more inviting so you'll actually use itLaura tells us about her home renovation which she's recently finished
Mar 13, 2018
Ep. 45 with designer Paloma Contreras
Design blogger and interior designer Paloma Contreras stopped by the podcast while in Atlanta to talk about her upcoming book, the ten year anniversary of her blog, and how important it is to enjoy living in your home. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: We talk about Remodelista’s 2018 trendsPaloma tells us about her upcoming book publishing in Fall 2018We talk about the difference between finding inspiration and executing a room design based on that inspirationWe ask Paloma about what she’s had to talk clients out ofHow do we incorporate trends without falling victim to those trendsPaloma talks trends and her ‘oops’ momentWhy Paloma is so glad classic rooms are having a big moment in designHow La Dolce Vita got started and eventually evolved into a full service design businessPaloma tells us about her design style and ‘hero fabrics’Why it’s easy for us to incorporate bold patterns and colors into the rooms of the catalog, but how we know most people are going to order something more subduedPaloma talks about the process of writing a book and how important it was to schedule blocks of time to writeWhy it’s important to know how to live and love in your homeThe biggest faux pas as a dinner party guestPaloma’s favorite ways to inject personality into your home – travel souvenirs and colorHoles in your décor – should you wait to fill a blank space until you find something perfect or do you add in something inexpensive and temporary?Taryn and Karen ask for Paloma’s suggestions to replace their juju hats
Feb 27, 2018
Ep. 44: Performance Fabrics 101
We've gotten lots of questions from listeners about performance fabrics. What are they? Why are they so durable? Are they safe to use in our homes? We thought we'd answer all of your questions, so we went straight to the source. Kimberly Peoples and Emily Cosgrove of Sunbrella stopped by the podcast to give us a 101 lesson in performance fabrics. Plus we talk about our newest collection of over 100 performance fabrics we're adding to our line. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: Why our performance fabrics by Sunbrella are stainproof, fadeproof, and super durableWe talk about the 'face test' and why we're so excited to use our new performance fabrics on our furnitureEmily talks about how she became a textile designerKimberly and Emily tell us about all the cool green and eco-friendly aspects about the Sunbrella companyWe talk through common stains and the handy chart that'll make cleanup a breezeWhich furniture pieces you should consider using performance fabrics onWe talk about some of our favorite fabrics in the new collectionWe help Kimberly sort through her own decorating dilemma
Feb 13, 2018
Ep. 43 with designer Rachel Cannon
While in Atlanta for market, Baton Rouge interior designer Rachel Cannon stopped by the podcast to talk brown furniture, waiting for that perfect piece, letting your layout dictate your furniture pieces, and her 'cantaloupe' bookshelf styling trick. Definitely don't miss this one! WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: First things first, we get a lesson in how to say 'Baton Rouge'Rachel talks about her first room and the most important decorating lesson her mom taught herRachel talks about why your room dictates your furniture layout and the pieces you needRachel tells us her number one piece of dream furnitureWe give Rachel all our Scott's Antique Market tips and we talk about AmericasMart in AtlantaWe quiz Rachel on her tips for dressing up a space while keeping it comfortableWhy paint color isn't necessarily the best route if you want a colorful homeRachel shares her favorite paint colorsWe talk bookshelves and how to fill all that space without it being clutteredRachel's 'cantaloupe' trick for bookshelf stylingWe ask Rachel who about her designer inspirations -- Suzanne Kasler, Kelly Wearstler, and Phoebe Howard
Jan 30, 2018
Ep. 42 with designer Barbara Westbrook
The impossibly talented Barbara Westbrook stops by the podcast to talk antiquing, her book Gracious Rooms, her client work, renovating her homes, and her decorating pet peeve. And of course, we answer your decorating questions! WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: Barbara tells us about some of her earliest memories antiquing with her mom in a shop in her hometown of Lynchberg, VirginiaHow she ended up in Atlanta in the interior design business working for one of our podcast guestsBarbara tells us a story of Suzanne Kasler's bathroom, and we talk about Miles Redd's mirrored bathroomWe talk about Barbara's previous home in a historic neighborhood in AtlantaShe talks about why it's a good idea to live in your home before you renovateBarbara tells us about why she bought her new house and the improvements she's making to itWe talk about collecting items you love and finding a place for them laterWhy she loves designing kitchens and how she'd love to just design kitchens one dayHer best lesson for designing a kitchen or bathroom -- edited the design down to two 'tricks'How she transitioned from a petite home to a larger homeWe talk about picture frames and Barbara's approach to incorporating them into your decor
Jan 16, 2018
Ep. 41 with The Peak of Chic's Jennifer Boles
Atlanta native Jennifer Boles of The Peak of Chic stops by the podcast to give us a decorating history lesson, her favorite decor books, and much more. We talk about the origins of her book In with the Old: Classic Decor from A to Z and the concept for her next book coming out Fall 2018. What You'll Hear on This Episode: Jennifer tells us about her book obsession and how she started The Peak of ChicJennifer shares the five big names in decorating that you need to have in your design education -- Elsie de Wolfe, Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, and Nancy Lancaster and John FowlerJennifer tells us about how Dorothy Draper's Decorating is Fun was the impetus for her study and obsession with decorating historyWe talk about how Jennifer almost worked at BallardWe talk about decorating books and which ones Jennifer says we have to have in our librariesJennifer talks about one of her favorite new decor books -- ArdrossanWe talk about working old things into your home so it doesn't feel outdatedJennifer talks about how her first book In with the Old: Classic Decor from A to Z came about The one thing that immediately dates a roomWe talk about classic pieces and how they come in and out of fashionWe talk about where you should spend your decorating dollars
Jan 02, 2018
Ep. 40: with Maison Studios' Anne Scott Shelley and Allison Smith
Okay, when Anne Scott Shelley and Allison Smith of Maison Studios stopped by for this episode of the podcast, we had a serious case of the giggles! Get ready for a fun episode, where the decorating duo behind this 30A interior design firm talks vacation homes, granny chic, online shopping, and much more. What You’ll Hear on This Episode How Anne Scott and Allison started working together and they’re different strengths in their partnershipWhy they love unconventional color palettes in beach homesWhere they like to save money in their projects, especially since they often decorate second homesWe talk about how far outdoor fabrics have come and why they’re great for beach homesAllison shares her love for granny floralsThey talk about how their approach to decorating may differ from most shoppers because they’re decorating rental homesWe talk about cafe curtains and why they’re aren’t considered ‘granny’ anymoreWe talk about plates on walls and why they’re classicAnne Scott and Allison share their favorite places for finding vintage and antiquesWe talk about about our Atlanta store opening and why the Maison girls will need to come visit us!How do you create a beachy feel without going kitschyAnne Scott and Allison also share how you bring a beachy vibe to your home if you’re nowhere near the water
Dec 19, 2017
Ep. 39 with clothing designer Ann Mashburn
We're huge fans of stylemaker, shop owner, and clothing designer Ann Mashburn, so we were thrilled when she stopped by for an episode of the podcast. She tells us about starting her and her husband's stores in Atlanta (which have now spread all over), raising 5 girls, decorating their homes and retails shops, and she shares some outfit ideas for holiday parties. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: Ann tells us about how they started their shops Sid Mashburn and Ann MashburnShe tells us about her real life Devil Wears Prada experienceShe talks about how the interior design style of her stores reflects the style of their homesShe talks about her philosophy when it comes to buying furniture -- buying what you love and not necessarily things that 'go together'We talk about lots of pieces that used to be in their homes ended up in their storesShe tells us the story of the iconic horse painting in Sid's flagship Atlanta storesAnn talks about why each store they open has an inspiration board in itAnn and Sid's living room was featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles years ago, and if you've been on Pinterest you've likely seen her pair of hot pink roll arm sofasWe ask Ann about her daily 'uniform'Ann and Sid raised 5 girls all of whom have great, unique styleWe ask Ann about dressing for the holidays and her go-to outfits for holiday parties
Dec 05, 2017
Ep. 38: Color 101 with Maria Killam
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
Ep. 37 with designer Jonathan Savage
Ever since we worked with interior designer Jonathan Savage on the 2016 Southern Style Now Showhouse, we've been itching to share his work with you. When he was in town for Discover ADAC, he sat down with us to share everything he's been up to, tips for renovating, and so much more. What You'll Hear on This Episode: Jonathan gives us a rundown of his first overseas designerWe talk about Jonathan and Suzanne Kasler's recent shopping trip in LondonWe talk about how style differs from coast to coast and even generation to generationJonathan shares the inspiration by his stairwell in the Kips Bay ShowhouseJonathan shares why showhouses are such great opportunity for designersJonathan plans to use pieces from Miles Redd's collection for an upcoming showhouseWe talk about updating family heirloomsWe talk about choosing appliances when you're doing a home renovationJonathan suggests talking to friends and family members before choosing appliancesWhy it's important to test drive appliances and fixtures before using them in your renovationJonathan walks us through his Nashville home renovationWe talk about how we were inspired by Jonathan's room in the Southern Style Now Showhouse in New OrleansWe talk about wallpaper and why some rooms need it
Nov 07, 2017
Ep. 36 with James Farmer, decorator, garden expert, and author
'Jack-of-all-trades' is the only way to describe this week's guest. He is a licensed landscape architect, a gardening expert, a flower arranging expert, host extraordinaire, celebrated decorator, and even a cookbook author. James Farmer does it all , so we were thrilled when we finally caught up with him at Discover ADAC to bring you this show. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: James talks about how one of his earliest memories foreshadowed his life nowWe talk about pruning, hydrangeas, and crepe myrtlesWe talk about James' new house FarmdaleWe talk about James' interior design projects and why he finds himself working all over the countryJames shares his secret for building a new home that looks oldJames tells us about his latest antique findWe talk about china patterns and how many James hasJames spills his dinner party formula -- pork tenderloin, roasted vegetables, and biscuitsTaryn asks James for a suggestion for the centerpiece of a shower she's hostingWe talk about James' projects, his approach to layering, and how many projects he's working on at onceWe talk about James' next bookWe talk about trends and using the classics
Oct 24, 2017
Ep. 35 with Vern Yip
Our guest today on the How to Decorate podcast needs no introduction. If you've watched a decorating TV show in the last two decades, you most likely know Vern Yip -- from TLC's Trading Spaces, HGTV's Design Star and Bang for Your Buck. We love his book Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home, so we were thrilled to sit down with him and talk shop. What You'll Hear on This Show: Vern tells us his background, how he ended up living in Atlanta, and his path to becoming a designerHe tells us about his first design project for DisneyWe talk about how incredible Vern's book Design Wise is, especially as an instructional toolWhy designing is actually a lot simpler than you'd think and why Vern's book is so helpful in making it easyWe talk about value in furniture and why a deal isn't always the best choice and why a splurge isn't always smart eitherWhy space planning is the first crucial step before shoppingWhy embracing your personal style can save you moneyVern shares his favorite exercise for uncovering someone's personal styleHe tells us about designing his childhood bedroom and how he sees his own style in his sonWe talk about mixing styles together and how to create a 'thread of continuity'Why you shouldn't be in a hurry to fill your spaceWhy it's important to collect pieces while you're travelingThe most dramatic travel souvenir he brought homeTaryn tells us about her most recent travel treasureVern tells us about why he's always redecorating -- it's not the reason you think!We talk about how Vern's house has changed becoming a dadWe talk about the incredible antique education Vern got from his momWe talk about how his kids are already developing their own unique sense of styleVern tells us about his favorite place to visitWhy it's worth it to spend the time making your home a reflection of you
Oct 10, 2017
Ep. 34 with interior designer William Peace
Before we even published our first episode of the How to Decorate podcast, we had today's guest on our list of designers we couldn't wait to interview. Here at Ballard, we've worked with interior designer William Peace on several projects including the time he styled three spreads for our catalog and designing the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival together. A few weeks of us, he joined us to talk style, getting into the design business, his work out west, and of course, we answered your decorating questions. What You’ll Hear on This Show: Bill tells us about how he started working out westWe ask Bill about his ‘style’ and how that lines up with his projects out westHe tells us about his decorating philosophy and how he translates that in his design projectsWe ask Bill about shopping regionally and whether he furnishes his spaces with local itemsBill uses a lot of locally sourced art, and he tells us about how he works those pieces into his roomsWe talk about collections, including Bill’s knife collectionsBill tells us about his Atlanta home -- it’s an old gas stationHe tells us about the best change he made to his homeHe tells us about how he displays his collections and why he likes changing things aroundWe talk about the Atlanta design community and why he doesn’t feel pressure to impress his design colleagues when he’s entertaining at homeWe talk about getting into the design business and why Bill feels it’s important to go to school before trying to break into the industryBill gives us a lesson on how to buy antiques and the story behind one of his favorite travel treasuresWe ask Bill how to decorate a space so that it’s relevant to the location without being kitschyWe’ve worked on a couple of projects with us, and he talks about how he reinterprets our pieces and what inspired the rooms he designed for our catalogBill tells us about a trick he uses to make rooms feel calm and laid-backWe ask Bill about making a tonal room that doesn’t feel boringBill tells us about how the styles of his Montana and Atlanta homes differWe ask Bill his opinion on TVs in bedrooms and his decorating pet peevesHe gives us a lesson on scale, why it’s important, and why it can be fun to manipulate itBill tell us why it’s important to first consider the mood you’re wanting to set before you start decorating a space
Sep 26, 2017
Ep. 33 How to Layout a Room with Miriam Leuthold
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
Ep. 32 with Rebecca McKelvey, the 'First Lady of Ballard'
This week, we're talking with the 'First Lady of Ballad' Rebecca McKelvey. Since she's married to our president Ryan McKelvey, we thought she needed to stop by talk about how she owns two of every product we've ever made, the river cabin they're currently building, and a wealth of Ballard insight she has to share. Plus, trials and triumphs are back for another round! What You'll Hear on This Episode: The three of us share our trials and triumphs -- including several 'oops' momentsKaren's trial involves slipcovers and cowhide rugsMy trial involves several inches of water in our kitchenTaryn's trial and triumph involve a painting projectRebecca explains the curious nickname she calls her husband, our president Ryan McKelveyRebecca tells us about their home's style and how she approaches decorating her spaceRebecca talks about their 'no shoes' policy in the houseRebecca tells us about how she needed a bathroom cabinet, so Ryan designed our Miranda Corner CabinetWe start bribing Rebecca to help us get our product ideas madeWe talk about Ryan's obsession with the floor planner and how he used it to design their river cabin, new build house, and even their daughter's dorm roomShe shares her tips for new construction -- it's all in the builderRebecca explains why she travels with her vacuum cleanerRebecca talks about the carpet debate she and Ryan had when they were building their houseRebecca tells us about how she and Ryan collected all of their oriental rugsWe talk antiques and how Rebecca and Ryan blend new and old in their homeWe talk entertaining tips, how Rebecca seats Thanksgiving for 26 people, and the idea of a 'payback party'Rebecca talks about her go-to entertaining entree -- standing rib roastWe talk about funny Southern words that we'll define for you
Aug 29, 2017
Ep. 31 with designer Virginia Cheek
Once we photographed Virginia's house, we knew we had to get her on the podcast. She graciously invited us over to talk about her Atlanta bungalow and of course to answer your decorating questions. What You'll Hear on This Show: We all talk about the decorating compromises we've made in our homesTaryn tells us about her brown on brown den that she hatesWe talk about 'sit-abouts' and how silly they areKaren tells us about the leather-wrapped rockVirginia tells us about why she left architecture school to get into interior designWe talk about Virginia's style and how she blends traditional, southern style with the California cool she picked up while living on the west coastVirginia tells us about micro-sealing and how she plans to do this to her homeWe talk about the difference between her clients in California and her clients in AtlantaWe talk about contrast and why it's important to consider when you're furnishing your homeWe discuss whether it's a yay or a nay to paint antiquesWe talk about Virginia's genius TV trickWe talk about whether each of us appreciated interior design when we were youngWe talk about working with renovation choices that previous owners had doneWe talk about lighting and why dimmers are important
Aug 22, 2017
Ep. 30 with House Beautiful's Sophie Donelson
When we were in New York for Miles Redd's launch party, we got the chance to stop by the House Beautiful offices and have Editor in Chief Sophie Donelson on the podcast! She tells us what makes a home beautiful, what projects make it into the magazine, and we test her interior design knowledge! What You'll Hear on This Episode: We play a little pop quiz where I test Sophie, Taryn, and Karen's knowledge of design and interior designersWe talk about editors' letters and how Sophie writes hers. Does she wait until the last minute?We ask Sophie what in her mind makes a house beautiful?Why a house does and doesn't make it into the magazineWhat the House Beautiful team does to a home when they come to shoot itWe talk about how purple is making a comeback -- yes, purple!Sophie tells us what she thinks has changed about the way people decorate their homesWe talk about paint colors and how to pick them
Aug 15, 2017
Ep. 29 with artist Andrea Costa
We invited our exclusive artist Andrea Costa onto the podcast to talk to us about art, being an artist, and how she began her career as an interior designer. What You'll Hear on this Episode: Andrea starts by telling us how she began her career as an interior designer before transitioning into artShe talks to us about how she gets her inspiration for a new painting and her favorite size canvas to paintWe ask her about how she works with interior designers to create art for a specific roomShe tells us about decorating her new space and how often she mixes up her decorShe talks about why she loves to hang other people's artwork instead of her ownWe talk about the pros and cons of having a separate studio space rather than a studio in her basementAndrea tells us about how her music playlist impacts the look of her canvasAndrea coaches us on picking out a piece of art -- she suggests first choosing a budgetAndrea likes to start a room with her piece of art, then building a room about that pieceAndrea tells us about her first big art pieceWe ask her about gallery walls and how to put one togetherAndrea tells us how to mix different colors, styles, and sizes of art in one roomKaren talks about why she loves accessorizing her dining roomWe talk about feedback, seeing her pieces in real homes, and working with expectations for a commissionAndrea talks to us about how long it takes her to paint a piece and why painting abstract pieces takes so much longerAndrea gives us a lesson on paint mediums and why you might prefer working with one versus anotherWe talk about how she started working with Ballard and why she wanted to sell her prints through usWe talk about our Exclusive Artist program and why we love having this option for our customers
Aug 08, 2017
Ep. 28 with Miles Redd, our newest design partner
Celebrated New York decorator Miles Redd welcomed us to his home for this week’s episode of the podcast. With the launch of his new collection, we couldn’t resist the chance to talk with him about his inspiration for the pieces and how he envisions them living in people's homes. What You'll Hear on This Episode: We all share the best thing we’ve done to our homes, and also our biggest regret or mistakeHe talks about his home, and how he longs for wide open spacesHe shares how he went about designing the pieces for his collection, nearly all of them in his own homeHow his experience as the Creative Director for Oscar de la Renta helped inform his Ballard Designs collectionWe ask him about his favorite pieces in the collection — the dining table and the Kidney Accent TableWhy juxtaposition is so important in decoratingWe talk about drama, and why Miles doesn’t necessarily see his collection as being ‘dramatic’He tells us the story of how he custom built his Miles BookcaseWe talk about how his Fire Island home is all beigeWhat color would he pick if he could pick the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year
Aug 01, 2017
Ep. 27 with designer Meg Braff
If you love color, then this is an episode you can't miss. Interior designer Meg Braff injects vibrant hues into all of her spaces, but always in an elegant, tailored manner. She shares the process behind writing her new book, her love of color and pattern, her recent house renovation project, and gives us a little lamp shade lesson. What You'll Hear on this Episode: We all share our dream vacationsMeg tells us about how she realized she loved decorating -- it has to do with her dorm room at VanderbiltShe tells us about the process of writing her book which took three yearsShe gives us a lesson in mixing patterns -- where to use them and how to mix them togetherWe talk about her love of color and how even though she uses a lot of color, white is the main color in many of her spacesMeg reveals her favorite colorWe talk about her use of color -- using one really generously with teeny accents of something complementaryWe ask whether a house needs to have the same palette all the way throughHow a home's location influences the color palette you should be working withWe talk about treating fabrics to make them more stain resistantHow she decorates her home with four boysHow often she redecorates her own homeTaryn mentions how often we've pulled her rooms as inspiration for building our seasonal roomsMeg talks about why she loves a dressing table so muchWhy editing is so crucial to creating a beautiful, comfortable homeOf course, we ask Meg about her decorating pet peeveMeg gives us a little lesson on using lampshades and lightingMeg tells us about her recent home renovationShe tells us about her wallpaper line and how it fell in her lap
Jul 25, 2017
Ep. 26 Art 101 with Karen Fleenor
Our resident art expert Karen Fleenor stopped by the podcast to talk buying, hanging, and framing art! We talk about how to pick the perfect piece, how to size art over your furniture, framing options, cost, commissions, and gallery walls. What You'll Hear on This Episode: We all talk about our best art moment in our homes -- where we got them, how we hung them, and why we love them so muchKaren tells us about her background in the art world and how she started working with Ballard DesignsHow do you know if it's the right piece for your home and for your spaceWhy you should hang a piece of art over a piece of furniture with a contrasting styleWe talk about our exclusive artists and why it's perfectly fine to have art that isn't originalsTaryn asks us how she can update a piece of art that belonged to her husband's grandfatherWe talk about how to hang art -- including what height they should hang and how far apart pieces should beWe talk about small art -- hanging it with other pieces, on a small sliver of wall, or hang it low over a piece of furnitureWe talk about framing and why it's so expensive (it basically comes down to materials and labor)What size piece should you get if you're hanging it over a piece of furniture
Jul 18, 2017
Ep. 25 with designer Maggie Griffin
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
Ep. 24 with designer Nancy Braithwaite
Atlanta interior designer Nancy Braithwaite stops by the podcast to talk about her signature style, her book Simplicity, how she trained her eye to see rather than just look, and of course she helps us answer your decorating questions. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: -Nancy talks to us about her style, how she zeroed in on it, and what steps she takes creating it  -Nancy talks about seeing vs. looking  -Nancy compares dressing a room with dressing yourself, and why accessories sometimes take away from your design  -Why proportion and scale are crucial to creating a well designed room  -She tells us a story about being mesmerized at a decorators showhouse in New York and how it changed the ways she decorates  -We ask Nancy how we can train our eyes to see instead of look  -Nancy tells us about working with Deanne Levison, one of the top American antiques dealers in the country  -How Nancy and Deanne came to work together and their adventures at antique shows all over the country  -How to compose your room -- start with large pieces then add what makes those large pieces feel better  -We talk slipcovers, which ones Nancy likes, and why she uses them so often in her spaces  -She tells us about staining the floors in a recent project black and why it transformed the space  -We talk about how she helped her daughter decorate her home which was featured in Cottage Living  -How you can learn from the best by studying their work and learning to see rather than look  -We talk about when to stop  -Nancy talks about when she started to really understand her own style and aesthetic  -Why it's so important to just go for it -- try something and move things around if they don't work  -We discuss one of the pillar's of Nancy's style -- whimsy  -Nancy chimes in about where you should invest your decorating dollars  -When to use symmetry and when to use asymmetry
Jul 04, 2017
Ep. 23 with the Madcap Cottage Gents, Part 2
We couldn't pass up the opportunity to sit down with Jason & John, the Madcap Cottage Gents, at their home in High Point, North Carolina. They graciously invited us over for dinner, and before we dug into their spread, we discussed all of the gorgeous details in their home, their upcoming book Prints Charming, and much more. What You'll Hear on This Episode: Taryn shares her trial -- putting toilet bowl cleaner in her dishwasher!Her triumph was successfully getting her dog's drool off her car's leather interiorI share my newest go-to appetizer for entertainingKaren's triumph was getting some new goodies from Etsy for her summer vacationWe talk about Jason & John's upcoming book, Prints CharmingThe guys talk about why you should always talk to the antique dealer to hear the story of the pieceWe discuss many of the details in Jason and John's home -- like the way they hung art in their librarySo many pieces in their home have special details they've customized themselvesWe talk about creating seating areas -- you can likely fit in more seating than you thinkWe talk about the lost art of entertaining and why you shouldn't stressLighting is so important -- you likely need more than you thinkWe talk about the challenges of rentingWe talk about why you should mix styles in your home
Jun 27, 2017
Ep. 22 with designer Cindy Meador
This week, we're bringing you another interview from our time at High Point Market. Living on the Gulf Coast, interior designer Cindy Meador specializes in decorating and furnishing second homes. From 10,000 square foot houses to high rise beach condos, Cindy and her team have done it all, and she's sharing a lot of behind the scenes tidbits with us. What You'll Hear on This Episode: Taryn's trial and triumph was yardwork-related My trial was a disgusting rodent that was in our yard, and my triumph was the peony arrangements I got to do at our event at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Karen's triumph was doing a professional looking hydrangea arrangement for her friend's birthday Her trial was the string lights in her backyard falling down We ask Cindy how her work became featured in a cocktail book We talk about how style differs from region to region Cindy often will start working with a client on their second home, then later work on their primary residence We talk about designing a home for a client from the ground up Cindy shares the entire process of installing a project We talk about how she got into interior design and her advice for people getting into the business We talk about her own personal style and how her style differs from her client work We talk recliners and the fact that there are some good ones out there We talk about market, what she's looking for, and what trends she's seeing Cindy shares where she thinks people should invest their decorating dollars She talks about where she starts her rooms
Jun 20, 2017
Ep. 21 with "The Professor" Phil Lancaster
It took some persuasion, but we finally got our Senior Director of Merchandising Phil Lancaster, or "The Professor," on the podcast! Phil knows it all, teaches us some furniture history, tells us all about how furniture is made, what you need to look for, and generally schools us on the nitty gritty details of furniture and antiques. If you're wondering how to look for quality in your next furniture piece, this is the episode you need to listen to. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: We start off with a furniture lesson on modern vs. contemporaryHow does modern differ from mid-century modern?What's going to make it from the furniture being created right now? How do we know what will last?There's a lot of innovation around lighting right now in new types of light bulbsWe discuss light bulbs and why the color they give off is so importantWhat's the difference between an antique and vintageWe talk about his 100 year old house, how he bought it from the original owners, and how he loves the huntHow important it is to talk to antique dealers when you're out hunting for thingsWhat we look for when we're going on one of our big antique shopping tripsHow to shop for a wooden antique -- open the drawers, look at the back, examine the construction to know whether it's well-madeWe ask Phil about his favorite interior designer and artistWe talk about furniture styles, how the style Ballard is known for differs from Phil's own aesthetic, and the fact that good design is good designWe talk about why we use MDF to manufacture furniture and why you shouldn't assume something made from MDF is poor qualityTaryn tells us a story about a mahogany table she sent to a furniture show and why real wood isn't always betterWe talk about kiln dried wood -- if you remove the moisture from the wood, it's less likely to warpWe talk about teak and why you remove the moisture from teakWe dive into upholstery and the four main parts -- the frame, the suspension, the cushion, and the coverPhil jumps on his soapbox about the pitch of upholstery and why it's the most important quality about your furniture piece's comfortWe talk about what 8-way hand tied is and why you don't need it anymorePhil tells us about cushion construction and what's on the inside of your sofa
Jun 13, 2017
Ep. 20 with designer Lisa Mende
Lisa Mende's room in the Traditional Home Southern Style Now Showhouse stopped us in our tracks, so we knew we had to get her on the podcast. Her spaces are bold, jubilant, and inviting, and we quickly learned that she herself is too. If you've ever had questions about paint, then this is an episode you have to listen to. We talk about choosing paint colors, paint finishes, fan decks, why you can't just look at the paint chip, and Lisa gives us all her favorite paint colors. What You'll Hear on This Episode: I talk about Tom Sheerer's book Tom Sheerer Decorates which I devoured over Memorial Day weekendTaryn talks about her leaky roof and how the dry cleaner got out the stain in her blue dress (which she discussed in the last episode)Lisa tells us all about her 'she shed' in the Traditional House showhouse in New OrleansWe talk about her guest house becoming the center of the party during the showhouse openingWe talk about showhouses, how designers are paired with sponsors, and why we love showhouses so muchWhy 'the mix' is so importantShe tells us about the questionnaire she gives potential clientsWe talk about the importance of getting to know your own likes and dislikes before decorating your homeShe tells us about her new house and her plans for decorating itWhy she decorates her own house in stagesA great rule she has for splurging on a piece of furniture -- how can you use it three different waysWhy you might want to coordinate your dining room and living room upholsteryHow she's working around the 80's fireplace in her new houseWe talk about striped rugs and outdoor rugsWe talk about white paint colors, why they're complicated, and why they workI share how I picked Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace for my dark little craftsmanWe talk the pace of a room, and why it's an indicator of how much color you want in your spaceMy mom's recent paint mistakeWhy you can't just ask your neighbor the color they used for their houseWe talk paint finishes and why they're importantWe talk lacquer -- this is on Lisa's list of Don't DIYShe shares some of her drapery tricks for getting a designer look on a budget
Jun 06, 2017
Ep. 19 with Margot Shaw of Flower Magazine
Flower Magazine editor in chief and founder Margot Shaw joins us from Birmingham to talk about flowers, being a green thumb, and why she decided to start Flower Magazine. We talk fake flowers, the etiquette for cutting from the yard, and why your containers or vases are as important as the flowers you're trying to arrange. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: -Taryn's very upsetting wardrobe malfunction  -Karen talks about how she oxycleans everything  -Taryn's triumph is that she had a piece of art framed  -Karen shares the mystery of her collapsed faux boxwood balls  -Karen's triumph was painting her back fence black  -My triumph is that I had my Nala Stool reupholstered in our Natural Woven Sand fabric which looks just like raffia  -My trial is a recurring experience in which my neighbor's get to see my pajamas  -Margot shares the incredible story of how she started Flower Magazine  -We talk about how people are really the cornerstone of the magazine, not plants  -She shares that she does not in fact ... have a green thumb  -How her daughter's wedding started her in a whole new career  -Margot says that a French hand tied is the best method for arranging flowers for beginners  -Margot shares her favorite flower to arrange with -- garden roses  -The secret to a great flower arrangement is really in the container  -Why flowers and floral patterns are considered to be feminine  -How leaves and flowers actually form the foundation of so many classic forms -- like acanthus leaves and Corinthian columns  -What flowers (or style of arranging flowers) are trendy right now  -Why it's actually harder to make an arrangement look organic and effortless  -Her favorite greenery to add to her flower arrangements  -We talk about fake flowers, or 'permanent botanicals'  -We all admit to whether we've cut flowers from our neighbors' yards
May 30, 2017
Ep. 18 with designer Mark D. Sikes
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
Ep. 17 with Domino Magazine's Jessica Romm Perez
We recently traveled to High Point, North Carolina for their Spring Market and had the chance to sit down with some of our favorite tastemakers. This week, we're sharing our interview with the Editor in Chief of Domino Magazine, Jessica Romm Perez. She's worked at some of our favorite magazines -- Martha Stewart, Food & Wine, and Elle Decor just to name a few -- so we loved chatting with her about what trends she's seeing at market, her recent home renovation, and how her team dreams up such a gorgeous issue! Of course we couldn't end the episode without her answering your decorating questions! WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: We're in High Point Market in North Carolina interviewing interior designers and editorsWe talk about why we love market and what it isKaren's triumph is the new bed she put in her guest bedroomHer trial is that her guest bedroom closet won't close because of the bed!We talk about how everything in Karen's house is from Ballard but why it doesn't actually look like our catalog or storeTaryn's trial and triumph is a new console table she got from the Ballard outletMy triumph is that I took a macaron making class with my mom and now I'm a macaron expert!My trial is that I missed my rose bush blooming while I was in London, and it won't bloom again until next year. So disappointing! Also the saying about roses that I couldn't remember is, "First it sleeps, then it creeps, then it leaps."We talk about her favorite part of market, how her editorial team decides which trends to feature in the magazine, and what is exciting her right now at marketShe shares her best tips for decorating with kids, including organizing kid's toys in her small New York apartmentHow systems are a crucial part of her decorating and organizing strategyHow she stepped into the role of editor in chief at such a beloved brand and magazineWe talk about our favorite recent features in the latest issue of Domino, like the crudite platter Karen recently triedJessica talks about their focus at Domino which is focusing on real, attainable living by real people. It's not just about a fantasy, everything they share is attainable.Jessica shares her rules for mixing metals in your home -- just go for it!She shares her most recent home purchase and talks about her home renovationWhat colors she's gravitating toward and why color impacts the mood of your home
May 16, 2017
Ep. 16 Mother's Day Edition
This week, we're bringing you a very special Mother's Day edition. Our guests are our three moms! We gave them a little pop quiz and challenged them on how well they know us and how well we know them. We talk about our childhood bedrooms, how our styles differ, and much more. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE My trial which consisted of being in the middle of the Atlanta I-85 interstate collapseTaryn recaps her travels to South Africa, including what she brought home on the planeTaryn's sweet lab Baylor came home from the daycare with a tumorKaren talks about her carpenter bee problem and her gardening triumphWe played a game with our moms where we made them fill out a quiz to see how well they knew usWe talk color, wallpaper, sentimental things, and hoarding tendenciesWe talk about our childhood bedroomsWe share another round of entertaining disasters
May 09, 2017
Ep. 15 with Gen Sohr of Pencil & Paper Co
Our guest this week has seriously enviable style that blends vibrant colors with doses of white and black. We love the way she uses vintage pieces but creates rooms that feel totally fresh and modern. Gen Sohr is one half of the husband and wife team at Pencil and Paper Company, and we had to pick her brain about decorating with kids, color, pattern, thrift shopping, and how she and Ben manage to do it all, and together no less! WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: Taryn tells us about her fun new findI shopped my house to redo my living room mantelKaren tells us about the mysterious dots all over her kitchen and den and her clever solution to her tray which scratches her coffee tableWe talk favorite paint colors and color palettes with GenWhat it's like working with her husband, how they met, and when they decided to open their businessWe talk about her new hometown of Nashville and how the city has changed since they've moved thereDoes she have any pet peeves when she visits friends' homesHer go-to white paint colorWhat she loves most about helping her clients with their homesHow she has and hasn't comprised her home decor for her two young kidsRenovations, moving, and why there's always something on the horizonWe talk about her love for thrift shopping and scouring the flea marketShe talks about her son's love of design
May 02, 2017
Ep. 14 with designer Beth Webb
Interior designer Beth Webb's spaces are comfortable, tailored, and utterly timeless, so you can our imagine our delight when she joined us for this week's episode of the podcast. We talk about her recent challenge of blending her own style with her new husbands, we talk entertaining, southern hospitality, and the importance of great lighting, among other things. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE My garden related triumph and allergy related trialTaryn has a cleaning conundrum she needs help solvingTaryn talks about her recent accessory additionKaren's stranger danger experience in her neighborhoodWhy it's so great to be an interior designer in AtlantaWe talk the business of design, including comraderie, client relationships, and social mediaHow she's combined her own style aesthetic with her new husband's more contemporary styleWhat are her decorating pet peevesThe importance of having layers of light in your spaceWhy scale is so important, why it's hard to teach, and how to approach scale in your own home
Apr 25, 2017
Ep. 13 with Bunny Williams
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
Ep. 12 with editor Betsy Riley
**Disclaimer: We had some technical difficulty with one of our mics. It refused to cooperate! We hope you'll enjoy the show anyway.** Being the design-aholics we are, we couldn’t turn down an opportunity to interview the Editor-in-Chief of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, Betsy Riley. We have Betsy to thank for reviving the title in 2015. Each issue brings some of the most gorgeous and inspiring spaces in Atlanta, so we were thrilled to pick her brain about what makes a house magazine-worthy and how she decorates in her own home. WHAT YOU’LL HEAR IN THIS EPISODE: Karen’s bathroom-related entertaining disaster Karen tested our Brian Patrick Flynn’s drapery training trickTaryn talks about her entertaining pet peeve — everyone gravitating to the kitchenTaryn’s shade swap with a big lighting lesson — take your lamp base to the store!Why some beautiful homes just aren’t right for a magazineHow she picks which homes to feature and what types of spaces don’t make it to the magazineWhat her biggest decorating challenge isWhy you have to be able to let things goBetsy’s tips for making your spaces look good in photographsWe talk about Betsy’s black and white issue
Mar 28, 2017
Ep. 11 with Suzanne Kasler
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
Bonus Boston Episode #2 with Katie Hutchison
We're opening a new store outside of Boston at Natick Mall, and to celebrate, we wanted to talk to some local design talents. You may remember me mentioning Katie Hutchison's book The New Small House on our episode with Annette Joseph. We ended up connecting with Katie and were thrilled when she agreed to join us for a live podcast episode from the floor of our brand new store! Since we're live, you'll notice lots of background noise (we apologize in advance), but we loved picking Katie's brain about living in a small house, designing a small house, and takeaways even those of us not in small houses can utilize in our own spaces! IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL HEAR: The background story of Katie book and how it came to be We talk about Katie's own house which we briefly talks about in the book The 'keys' Katie discusses in the book which each of the small houses have in common and which we can all utilize, like 'pockets for privacy' Taryn and I both talk about our experiences seeing the 'pockets of privacy' at work The variety of styles illustrated in the book We talk about the glass, kit house featured in the book How long it took the write and shoot the book How she found all of the houses for the book Ways those of us who aren't planning a large renovation can maximize the space we have We talk about the tiny house movement and how a tiny house differs from the houses in her book We talk about built-ins and how important they are for making small spaces super functional We talk about Katie's outdoor spaces and the many outdoor rooms in the book Katie tells us about her gardening mishaps, like transplanting weeds We talk about the strange things we've all found in our yard from previous owners We ask Katie about her favorite style of architect Common mistakes people make when they're designing a new home Why the answer to your home woes may not necessarily mean adding more space but reworking the space you already have Why the location of private and public spaces are so important for the way you live in your home
Mar 02, 2017
Bonus Boston Episode #1 with Erin Gates
We're big fans of interior designer, blogger, and author Erin Gates, so when we headed to our new Boston store at Natick Mall, we knew we had to sit down with this local stylemaker. She joined us for our first live podcast recording in the front window of our brand new store to talk about designing for families, her massive home renovation, and so much more. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR IN THIS EPISODE: We talk about what guys universally love and hate How one finished room can inspire a client to finish the whole house We talk about which room you should invest in and complete first She shares the topic of her new book, decorating for families and why you don't have to dumb down your decor just because you have kids and pets Why having a well-designed master bedroom is so important The misconceptions many people have about what they can and can't have in their home if they have families Why white is actually appropriate -- if you have bleach on hand! How much Erin's team has grown and how delighted they all are to have a new, organized office space The color they use in almost every project We talk about Taryn's color addiction Karen and Erin bond over their love of animal print Erin tells us all about the massive home renovation of her fixer upper Her next big project in her home renovation Her love of real estate and how she's always browsing houses We talk TVs -- what's too big and should you have one in your bedroom Erin gives everyone a rug lesson I share a story about a 'rug island' We talk about what you do when your friends asks for decor advice about a home purchase they've made Why it's fun to work on projects that are out of your comfort zone Where people can save in their budget, and where they should in vest most of their dollars
Mar 01, 2017
Ep. 10 with interior designer Melanie Turner
We can't help but be struck by how powerful yet restrained interior designer Melanie Turner's spaces are, and we were even more struck by how down-to-earth and cool she is. In only seven short years after opening her interior design business, she's earned such accolades as Veranda's Southeastern Designer of the Year, Trad Home's Top 10 Designers, Architectural Digest's 2010 Kitchen of the Year, and many more. We were beyond thrilled when she sat down to talk with us about her recents trip to Morocco, the power of vision boards, why she never puts bookshelves in a home, and so much more. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW: How Melanie uses vision boards to turn her dreams into reality We talk about the photo shoot Ballard Designs did at Melanie's house The powerful history of her historic home and the spiritual connection she has to it Why she feels like a steward of her house instead of an owner She talks about how practical the home is for modern life, even though it was built in 1923 We talk a bit about Atlanta architect Phillip Shutze and historic preservation How owning a historic home has helped her with her client work All the fabulous locales where she currently has projects She tells us all about her trip to Morocco, including what she brought home and visiting Yves Saint Laurent's house How you remember much more if you can't take photographs Why instead of gifts, they take a family trip every year during the holidays Why editing is the most powerful thing you can do to refresh your home Her approach to picture frames -- framing them in one big mass on a stairwell instead of spread throughout Melanie talks about how she manifested her project onto the cover of Veranda magazine with a vision board How rewarding it is to give purpose to her client's homes How at her client installations, the husband is usually the one who cries the most! Why you shouldn't dismiss how important your home is Why she loves decorating for bachelors Why it's so hard to decorate her own home How many times she's moved since she's been married (she's married to a builder and developer) How you can give a new build home that old character that gives a house soul
Feb 28, 2017
Ep. 9 with interior designer Miles Redd
Go ahead and pinch us because we can’t quite believe we get to introduce this week’s podcast guest, interior designer Miles Redd! We were beside ourselves when he agreed to sit down with us while recently in his hometown of Atlanta (and ours). Plus, he’s our first AD100 Designer on the podcast. Miles’ spaces are packed with style, drama, and whimsy, plus we were struck with how darn nice he is!  WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE: Karen’s juju hat insect infestation The next addition Karen made to her ongoing guest bedroom project Taryn painted her carport Sherwin Williams Vogue Green Taryn needs help with her guest bathroom because her beadboard wainscoting makes it difficult to hang a mirror My all-time worst trial involving a ‘ceiling pimple’ How Miles got his start at NYU and made his way to John Rosselli His time at Oscar de la Renta Why it’s important to trust your own instincts and take risks Miles talks to us about color and why it’s all about relationships Why you should tackle your walls and floors first What it was like working on his parents’ home and why it was a lifelong fantasy Why he loves a door and all the fun things he does with them His thoughts on lampshades, including what everyone does wrong and how he jazzes them up His list of ‘greats’ Who he follows on Instagram (mostly his friends) We asked about his new office space, and he confirms that it’s just as glamorous and we imagined The one color he doesn’t like Miles’ decorating pet peeves
Feb 14, 2017
Ep. 8 with Stylist Natalie Nassar
Natalie has worked with us here at Ballard Designs for years, so when we caught a glimpse of her chic, layered family home, we knew we had to share. We posted her whole home tour here on How to Decorate yesterday, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to get even more decorating goodness out of her to share on the podcast! We talk about decorating with kids, styling, layering, and so much more! WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW: I hosted my largest ever dinner party and I give you a whole run down My seriously embarrassing 'trial' that involves my robot vacuum Another installment of Taryn's dog chewing disasters Taryn tells us about her trip to South America and what she brought back We ask Natalie about her style which she calls 'collected, global' Why Natalie likes to choose neutrals for her large furniture pieces, then adds in colorful accessories Her history with Ballard Designs and how she got started styling rooms We talk about her dining room, which you can see here Natalie talks to us about how she prioritized decorating each room We talk about the cute little ways Natalie styles her home, like buying cute hand soap (shown below) Please send in your questions so we can answer them on our next episode! And of course, please subscribe to the podcast in iTunes so you never miss and episode. Of course, you can always check back here to see new episodes, but if you subscribe, it’ll automatically download to your phone.
Jan 31, 2017
Ep. 7 with Stylist & Author Annette Joseph
This week on the podcast, we're talking with stylist, entertaining expert, author, and workshop master of ceremonies, Annette Joseph. Annette does it all and makes it look so easy. We sat down to talk about the villa in Italy she's renovating, her workshops, how she got into styling, and so much more! What You'll Hear on the Show: How Karen did a mini bathroom makeover in her guest suite How Annette started styling What it was like pitching a show to Bravo and shooting a pilot Annette has been vacationing in Italy since she was a kid Annette talks about her upcoming book about Italy Why it's hard to be an ex-patriot in Italy Why it's always better to go shopping in Italy with an actual Italian (or someone who knows everyone) The scoop on buying real estate in Italy ... and renovating from a different continent Italy's all about 'juice' The faux pas Annette committed recently while walking around her property How they ended up buying the property they chose All about the workshops she hosts -- perfecting branding, photography, styling, and more What you could expect if you were to attend one of Annette's workshops The book she's working on about the cocktail culture in Italy
Jan 17, 2017
Ep. 6 with Bedding Expert Beth Mars Dean
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
Bonus Episode: 2016 and 2017 Trends
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
Ep. 5 with designer Erika Ward
This week on the podcast, we sat down with Erika Ward of Erika Ward Interiors. After majoring in finance and working in the corporate world several years, Erika decided to follow her passion and start her interior design business. She gives us the whole scoop on her business, decorating pet peeves, and answers your decorating questions! WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW: Erika talks about why she went into finance and eventually transitioned into designing full time How Erika balances classic design with a modern aesthetic Why you need to incorporate color into your room Why it’s so important for her and her clients to understand each other Why her biggest challenge in design work is educating her clients What’s so important about the ‘shell’ of a room What decorating mistake she made in her own house What surprised Erika when she came to one of our catalog shoots   Erika also helps us answer to questions this week. The first question is about how to properly dress an 11 foot window. Our second question is about mixing furniture shapes and heights cohesively.
Dec 20, 2016
Ep. 4 with Designer Sherry Hart
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
Bonus Episode: Entertaining Disasters
This week we’re bringing you a bonus episode, and we’re talking entertaining! Our plan was to bring you a short extra episode with our entertaining stories — to get you in the spirit of Thanksgiving — but of course, we gabbed for over an hour. But, if you listen to the whole episode, you’ll hear our tried and true secrets, entertaining disasters, and suggestions for being a great guest. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW Karen’s Napkin Tricks: both removing stains after a dinner party and an easy ironing trick The time I lit two dinner napkins on fire Karen’s ongoing entertaining disaster — under cooking meat Karen’s worst disaster — it involves a lasagna and an old oven mit The time Taryn exploded an entire bottle of wine in a crowded restaurant Our thoughts on signature cocktails All of our best flower arranging tips — including which combination of flowers to buy My mom’s three keys to a good party — good music, good food, good people The importance of traditions during the holidays, especially food traditions How to cook one end of your tenderloin faster so you can offer both well done and rare Your requirements as a party guest — RSVPing and being festive and fun Our tips for cleaning up
Nov 23, 2016
Ep. 3 with the Madcap Cottage Guys
We were so excited to have as our guests on this week’s episode, Jason Nixon and John Loecke, the Madcap Cottage Guys! Their style is on point, and their love for color and pattern is infectious. We picked their brain about combining furniture styles harmoniously, their upcoming travel plans, why they love decorating with the color green, and their pack of adorable rescue dogs.  WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW Where Jason and John find inspiration, both abroad and at home. They’re as inspired by things they see in London as they are around their hometown in North Carolina. Inspiration is everywhere. They talk about their next vacation spot — Tokyo — and why they’re dying to make it there next. What do they do with all of the treasures they bring home? What do they see as living a ‘well-lived life?’ They share their more casual approach to entertaining, like ways to entertain without making everything from scratch. Why we should throw out the idea of having a ‘camera ready’ home all the time. Jason and John’s decorating pet peeves Inspirations for their fabric like for Robert Allen How their mothers’ styles impacted their own sensibilities What they would save if their house was on fire They mention the Traditional Home Napa Showhouse which they decorated using many of our products. You can see a whole tour of their space here. Jason and John help us answer your questions, including how to pull off mix and match bar stools, guidelines for hanging artwork over a console table or sideboard, and how to update a built in cabinet with paint or stain.
Nov 22, 2016
Ep. 2: Stylist & Hoarder Ginny Branch
This week, we're talking to stylist extraordinaire, Ginny Branch. Ginny is a prop stylist who has worked with some of the most beloved brands all over the country, including Southern Living, Country Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, Design*Sponge, Cooking Light, Coastal Living, and Ballard Designs! She shares with us how she got into styling, her favorite accessories, her most recent travels, and even her hoarding tendencies. WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW: Ginny talks about becoming a stylist Why it's so important to love the people she works with Which people or brands she's dying to work with An insider's view to how catalogs are shot The magic of shooting a catalog in Italy The craziest thing she's ever brought home with her on a plane She tells us about her little house in Atlanta As always, we answer your questions. This week, we talk about the best sisal rug to use if you are concerned about spills, and we answer Rosemary's questions about hanging a mirror over a bed. We want to teach your how to decorate! We'll help you unleash your inner decorator with interviews from designers, sharing trials and triumphs of our own homes, and answering your burning decorating questions. Brought to you from the Ballard Designs.
Nov 08, 2016
Ep. 1 Meet the How to Decorate Team
Hosting each episode will be three ladies from the Ballard Designs team — Caroline McDonald, Taryn Schwartz, and Karen Mooney. You know Caroline from rour blog How to Decorate where she is constantly posting and answering your questions in our comments section. Taryn Schwartz is a trained industrial designer (and also super talented artist) who designs product for Ballard Designs. Finally, Karen Mooney is our fearless leader who we sit down with to discuss each new season. You’ve read our interviews with her here, and we also shared her kitchen renovation … and her backyard. In today’s episode, we’ll be telling you more about each of us, how we work together designing the rooms you see online and in our catalog, and what projects we’re working on in our own homes. We also answer questions about which sofa pillows could coordinate with the floral pillows Lauren already has. We answer Samina's question about how to layout a room if you have a corner fireplace, and we help Rachel decorate the stair landing that is a focal point right when you walk in the door.
Oct 25, 2016