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. 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. <br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</strong><br><br><ul><li>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.&nbsp;</li><li>Common mistakes we tend to make including layout, form, and function</li><li>What Naomi doesn’t want to see in a kitchen, and what appliances she thinks is okay</li><li>Ideas for storing trash bins in a sleek yet recognizable space, and ideas for housing composting and recycling containers inside a kitchen.&nbsp;</li><li>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.&nbsp;</li><li>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.&nbsp;</li><li>What works when mixing finishes in a kitchen</li><li>Where 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.&nbsp;</li><li>What to do with outlets! Do we color them, do we have USB outlets, lamps with USB options, etc!</li></ul>
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!<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on The Show:</strong><br><br>-Jana's background in trim and how she got her nickname 'the Trim Queen'<br>-How we should be using trims in our homes and why they're so valuable<br>-A little history of embellishments and where in the world they're made now<br>-Her Venice experiential tour that's she planning<br>-How designing trims differs from designing a fabric<br>-We talk about trends in the trim world<br>-Exciting collaborations happening in the world<br>-How to get the most bang for your buck with a trim
Sep 10, 2019
Ep. 104: editor Margot Shaw is back
<a href=""><em>Flower Magazine</em></a> editor Margot Shaw is back to talk about her new book <a href=""><em>Living Floral</em></a>, why we should all be using our 'good stuff,' how to entertain graciously at home, and much more. <br><br><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong><br><br>-Margot tells us a little bit about her background<br>-We talk about her new book Living Floral and why she wrote it<br>-Why Margot finds the people behind the work so interesting<br>-How the Flower Magazine readership and mission has grown (organically!)<br>-We talk entertaining and everything you should know about it<br>-Flower's mission is to help people live graciously at home indoors and out<br>-Margot's passion is about inspiring the next generation<br>-Why you're never to young to start entertaining and learning to host a party<br>-Why you should use your 'good stuff'<br>-Mixing high and low pieces on your table and why it makes for a more beautiful table<br>-Margot tells us a story about entertaining for celebrated designer Charlotte Moss and why she was so nervous about her table and flower arrangement<br>-Why you shouldn't be intimidated to host your friends<br>-What is 'tole' and why does Margot love it<br>-Margot's go-to arrangements<br>-Why simple can be just as beautiful as an elaborate arrangement<br>-Margot tells us about what's trending in the world of floral design<br>-Why setting a beautiful table shows your guests that you care<br>-We discuss the merits of placecards and why planning your seating is important<br><br><br><strong>SHOW NOTES:<br></strong>- What we used for our terrariums: <a href="">Berakna vase</a>, <a href=";psc=1">river rocks</a>, <a href=";psc=1">pink quartz rock</a>,&nbsp; <a href=";psc=1">jade pebbles</a><strong><br></strong>- <a href="">Dutch Flower Line</a> <br>- <a href="">Cut Flower Wholesale</a><br>- <a href="">Living Floral by Rizzoli</a><br>- <a href="">B Brooks Fine Flower</a><br>- <a href=""><em>Flower Magazine</em></a><strong><br></strong><br><br>
Sep 03, 2019
Ep. 103: designer Amanda Lindroth
<p>Designer <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Amanda Lindroth</a> joined us all the way from the Bahamas to chat with us about her <a href= "" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">home collection</a>, <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">book</a>, 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!</p> <p><span style="color: #1a1a1a;"><span style= "font-size: large;">What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p>Trials of towels hanging on display where they don’t need to be, soapy stoves, crazy sinks and backordered rugs.</p> </li> <li> <p>Triumphs over a beautiful blue outdoor rug, sink and special chair finds.</p> </li> <li> <p>Amanda would have been a designer sooner if she knew that was a viable option!</p> </li> <li> <p>Amanda grew up living in a house with perfect mathematical scale, and that taught her about proportion right off the bat.</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>What people look for when decorating on an island home and resort. Warning — this will make you want to go on vacation ASAP!</p> </li> <li> <p>Amanada was intentional with learning about color, and studied it in a serious and motivated fashion.</p> </li> <li> <p>Why Amanda loves a pink wall, and it can be a neutral to go with everything.</p> </li> <li> <p>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!</p> </li> <li> <p>How Amanda navigates doing business in so many locations, and having a team all over the world.</p> </li> <li> <p>Setting a tone for using timeless antiques with a modern and contemporary touch.</p> </li> <li> <p>The places to spend money and really invest in great quality pieces, and what areas we can super glue it all together.</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>Amanda’s book, <em>Island Hopping,</em> that takes us everywhere from Antigua to Cranberry Island.</p> </li> <li> <p>What we can expect next from the Amanda Lindroth product line, including lighting in early 2010.</p> </li> </ul>
Aug 27, 2019
Ep. 102: designer Susan Jamieson
<strong>Susan Jamieson,</strong> 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.<br><br>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br><br><ul><li>Trials of a $600+ power bill, boxwood hedge trimmers, and a broken dishwasher.<br><br></li><li>Triumphs of outsourcing yard work, an outdoor bench, and dish towel upgrades.<br><br></li><li>How Susan’s business Bridget Beari has expanded from design to home furnishings to paint and wallpaper.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>Susan’s line takes the guesswork of picking the right color for the client’s specific design and needs.<br><br></li><li>Susan loves pushing boundaries and making each project unique to the client based on their taste and the architecture.<br><br></li><li>How growing up in the south affected her taste and gave her a foundation of working in a Southern style with warmth and hospitality.<br><br></li><li>How to use texture and contrast when working without color, and why it’s okay to not match whites.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>The importance of identifying the mood one is trying to create when picking a direction for fabrics, textures, and colors of a room.<br><br></li></ul>&nbsp;<br><br><strong>Mentioned In This Episode<br></strong><br><a href=""><strong>&nbsp;Harringdons<br></strong></a><br><a href=""><strong>Alys</strong></a><strong> </strong><a href=""><strong>Beach<br></strong></a><br><a href=""><strong>Bridget</strong></a><strong> </strong><a href=""><strong>Beari<br></strong></a><br><a href=""><strong>Bridget</strong></a><strong> </strong><a href=""><strong>Beari</strong></a><strong> </strong><a href=""><strong>Colors<br></strong></a><br><a href=""><strong>Susan</strong></a><strong> </strong><a href=""><strong>Jamieson<br></strong></a><br><a href=""><strong>@bridgetbeari<br></strong></a><br><a href=""><strong>Ballard</strong></a><strong> </strong><a href=""><strong>Designs<br></strong></a><br>&nbsp;<br><br><strong>Decorating Dilemmas:<br></strong><br>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.<br><br>&nbsp;<br><br>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.<br><br>
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 <a href="">featured in Southern Living</a>, 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.&nbsp;<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>Triumphs on grass cloth wallpaper, dorm shopping, and a great anniversary copper wine cooler and pillow</li><li>Trials about a dilemma on dead grass and hydrangea placement, and the same anniversary shaggy pink pillow</li><li>When you go bold, go with a color you know you like.</li><li>The special art of picking out gifts for people, and if you should go on or off the list.</li><li>How Whitney incorporates fun and fresh beauty steeped in the traditional.</li><li>Whitney is a self taught decorator, and has been designing for fun since she was only 4 years old.</li><li>The mistakes Whitney gave herself permission to make when decorating her own home, and the lessons she learned from them.</li><li>More about her new home, and how the flow and light caught the attention of Whitney and her husband.</li><li>Why Whitney is a proponent of living in a house before making any major changes to it.</li><li>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.</li><li>The difference between splurging and investing, and why it’s important to be transparent about your budget.</li></ul><strong>Mentioned In This Episode<br></strong><br><ul><li><a href="">Wallpaper Plus</a></li><li><a href="">Silver Comet Trail</a></li><li><a href="">Whitney McGregor</a></li><li><a href="">@whitneymcgregor</a></li><li><a href=""><em>Southern Living</em></a></li><li><a href="">John Stefanidis</a></li><li><a href="">&nbsp;Bobby McAlpine</a></li><li><a href="">David Hicks</a></li><li><a href="">Billy Baldwin</a></li><li><a href="">Angie Hranowsky</a></li><li><a href="">Nashville Rug Gallery</a></li></ul>
Aug 13, 2019
Ep. 100: Our Guests' Best Tips
<p>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!</p> <p><!--more--></p> <h4>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</h4> <ul> <li>How and why we started the show</li> <li>Who we’d want to hire as our interior designers</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Gil Schafer</a> talked about thinking of your outdoor spaces as rooms</li> <li>The <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">best color temperature for your light bulbs</a></li> <li>Dimmers are our best friends!</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Susan Ferrier’s advice</a> about strengthening a view by placing furniture in front of it and why she loves banquettes and mixing dining chairs</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nancy Braithwaite</a>‘s concept about a power statement</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pappas Miron</a> talking about how your exterior spaces should influence your interior spaces</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Brian McCarthy’s talk about collage boards</a> and how they can help you envision where items will work together</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rachel Cannon’s design manta</a> “haste makes waste” </li> <li>Why a floor plan will tell you what you need</li> <li>Recurring themes — designing around the life you live</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Meg Braff’s talking about mixing fabrics</a> and how repetition makes it intentional</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Liz Bauer’s talk about mixing whites</a> and why you shouldn’t worry about it so much</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Amy Vermillion’s</a> tip about testing paint color by using a board and folding it to see the shadows</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ashley Whittaker’s strategy</a> for finding a common thread for color as you go throughout your room</li> <li>Collections and why you should display them all together versus scattering them around the house</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bill Peace’s thoughts on collections</a> and why they’re important to creating a home that feels personal</li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Keith Arnold’s pyramid tip for styling</a></li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">4 Things that every room needs according to photo stylist Stacy Kunstel</a></li> </ul>
Aug 06, 2019
Ep. 99: designer Angie Hranowsky
<p>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.</p> <p><span style="color: #1a1a1a;"><span style= "font-size: large;">What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p>Triumphs about awesome birthday gifts including new lamps, giant watercolor paper rolls, and mid-century modern sculptures.</p> </li> <li> <p>Trials regarding kitchen shelves, very expensive power bills, and a nightmare situation with Taryn’s little boy.</p> </li> <li> <p>Angie’s background, and how she got into design and started her own business in Charleston.</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>Why Angie gravitates towards using colors, especially purple, yellow, and turquoise.</p> </li> <li> <p>A few of Angie’s tips to get homes to feel beachy and coastal, without being too obvious in design.</p> </li> <li> <p>Angie loves to mix all sorts of styles and textures, and has been incorporating modern, vintage and found pieces for years..</p> </li> <li> <p>How Angie made the best of economically challenging times, and some of her personal budget friendly tips for making the home look beautiful.</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>Your house can be more about the art and the objects, doesn’t have to be all about color.</p> </li> <li> <p>Angie’s theory on threading color similar value and tone throughout the house.</p> </li> <li> <p>Angie’s new project of a kitchen house, and how it might be the most colorful project she has done yet.</p> </li> <li> <p>Angie’s unusual use of light fixtures, and why she tends to use vintage lamps to support originality in the homes.</p> </li> <li> <p>Why it’s important to treat your furniture, to kid, pet and spill proof your home.</p> </li> <li> <p>How to get a proper foyer, and why a package drop off room may be a thing in our near future.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Mentioned In This Episode</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= ""> ARCHES</a> <a href= ""> Watercolor</a> <a href= ""> Paper</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">The</a> <a href= "">Little</a> <a href= "">Tart</a> <a href= "">Bakeshop</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">Lamp</a> <a href= "">Arts</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">City</a> <a href= "">Issue</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><em><u><strong><a href= "">Coastal</a> <a href= "">Living</a></strong></u></em></span> <span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">Idea</a> <a href= "">House</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">Angie</a> <a href= "">Hranowsky</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><em><u><strong><a href= "">House</a> <a href= "">Beautiful</a></strong></u></em></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">1</a><a href= "">st</a> <a href= "">Dibs</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">Matthew</a> <a href= "">Quinn</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">@</a><a href= "">angiehranowsky</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Pic of Drapery next to fireplace - HTD will put in</strong></p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Decorating Dilemmas:</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p> </p>
Jul 30, 2019
Ep. 98: kitchen experts Matthew Quinn & Ric Parrish
<p>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 <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath</a>, 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.</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode</strong></p> <ul> <li>We talk about how Matthew got into kitchen and bath design</li> <li>How and why he likes to design spaces with a unique look for each kitchen versus anything formuliac</li> <li>How a client's closet might inspire his kitchen design</li> <li>Popular finishes, colors, and materials</li> <li>Why he prefers paneled appliances over exposed stainless ones</li> <li>His must-haves for a great kitchen</li> <li>Why it's important to learn everything he can about how a client cooks, entertains, and what kind of kitchen items they have</li> <li>So much more!</li> </ul> <p><strong>Show Notes:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">Matthew Quinn Collection</a></li> <li><a href= "" target= "_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Matthew and Ric's Atlanta penthouse</a></li> <li><a href= "" target= "_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Matthew and Ric's lake house</a></li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Matthew's Top 25 Kitchen Tips</a></li> <li><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House Beautiful's 2016 Kitchen of the Year designed by Matthew</a></li> </ul>
Jul 23, 2019
Ep. 97: President of Ballard Designs Ryan McKelvey
<p>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.</p> <p><span style="color: #1a1a1a;"><span style= "font-size: large;">What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>Ryan is a finance guy that can also plug into his creative side, and he loves both.</p> </li> <li> <p>What Ryan means when he says he loves solving people’s issues with a sense of style.</p> </li> <li> <p>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).</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>What life at a river cabin is really like, and the funny story of how Ryan created his electrical plan on the fly.</p> </li> <li> <p>Our expert tips on how not to go completely crazy during a time of home building/renovation!</p> </li> <li> <p>What Ryan learned about honesty and transparency when it comes to customer service, and examples where they also learned from their mistakes.</p> </li> <li> <p>The next Ballard product that Ryan personally is excited about.</p> </li> <li> <p>Why Ballard waits until a product is really ready to go to market rather than forcing or rushing something.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Mentioned In This Episode</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">Ryan</a> <a href= "">McKelvey</a> <a href= "">LinkedIn</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">L</a><a href= "">.</a><a href= "">L</a><a href= "">.</a> <a href= "">Bean</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= ""> Rebecca</a> <a href= ""> McKelvey</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= ""> Amy</a> <a href= ""> Vermillion</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= ""> Ryland</a> <a href= ""> Table</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">Ballard</a> <a href= "">Designs</a></strong></u></span></p> </li> </ul>
Jul 16, 2019
Ep. 96: architect Lee Ledbetter
<p>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 <em>The</em> <em>Art of Place,</em> 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.</p> <p><span style="color: #1a1a1a;"><span style= "font-size: large;">What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p>Triumphs about homemade essential oil cleaners, black fences, and Ballard clearance shopping spree.</p> </li> <li> <p>Trials regarding carport mishaps, dead grass, and formal yet kid proof dining rooms.</p> </li> <li> <p>Lee’s inspiration behind his book <em>The Art of Place,</em> and how this book showcases his ability to incorporate the historic with the modern and chic.</p> </li> <li> <p>Lee’s background in both interior design and architecture, and why he himself loves working with both other decorators and landscape architectures.</p> </li> <li> <p>How the furniture sketches in Lee’s initial plans serve to get an idea of how the room will best work and function.</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>Lee’s renovations and adaptations of historic New Orleans homes, and how he blends contemporary design mixed with the reverence to the original structure.</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>How he organizes his library.</p> </li> <li> <p>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!</p> </li> <li> <p>His take on open spaces, and why there is a luxury to height, volume, and open lighting.</p> </li> <li> <p>Advice for someone building a home from the ground up.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Mentioned In This Episode</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>All Purpose Cleaner</p> </li> <li> <p>Ashley Whittaker Leather Dining Chairs</p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">Preservation</a> <a href= "">Resource</a> <a href= "">Center</a> <a href="">of</a> <a href="">New</a> <a href= "">Orleans</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= ""> Galerie</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">Nathaniel</a> <a href= "">Buster</a> <a href= "">Curtis</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">Robert</a> <a href= "">A</a><a href= "">.</a><a href= "">M</a><a href="">.</a> <a href="">Stern</a> <a href= "">Architects</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">The</a> <a href= "">Frick</a> <a href= "">Collection</a></u></span></p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><strong>Decorating Dilemmas:</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Please do send us some “after” photos, we can never get enough!</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
Jul 09, 2019
Ep. 95: designer Matthew Carter
<p>We cover so much today with our guest, interior designer <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Matthew Carter</a>, 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.</p> <p><span style="color: #1a1a1a;"><span style= "font-size: large;">What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="list-style-type: none;"> <ul> <li class="li1">Why a collected and beautiful house feels more evolved than everything matching</li> <li class="li1">Matthew's design process which starts with fabrics and furniture layout</li> <li class="li1">Matthew's background and how it has evolved </li> <li class="li1">Why it’s okay to mix and match colors, finishes and fabrics.</li> <li class="li1">How to break up a room seamlessly, and why hosting a party can help you plan your furniture layout</li> <li class="li1">Great ways to bring down the formality and humanize the room using a formulas for curtains, sofas and rugs</li> <li class="li1">Built ins are a great way to add architecture to a space — just make sure you have books!</li> <li class="li1">Painted chairs are always beautiful and a new coat of paint is a great way to freshen up a room</li> <li class="li1">Every room needs a mix of high and low, and Matthew reminds us we can’t be too intimidated by decorating in general</li> <li class="li1">If you have to move a pillow to sit down — it’s flat out wrong!</li> <li class="li1">Matthew’s take on curtain length</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Mentioned In This Episode</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">Matthew</a> <a href= "">Carter</a> <a href= "">Interiors</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">@</a><a href= "">matthewcarterinteriors</a></u></span></p> </li> </ul> <p> </p>
Jul 02, 2019
Ep. 94: designer Tori Alexander
<p>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!</p> <p>What You'll Hear on the Show:</p> <ul> <li>Her background and how she started her business in California when a neighbor asked for her help</li> <li>She tells us a story about a dining table she bought off Craigslit</li> <li>Why it's important to invest in upholstery but to find deals and one of a kind pieces on Craigslist</li> <li>MEASURE</li> <li>Find one place to start and work from there</li> <li>Why Tori loves Ballard but why she never shies away from mixing high and low</li> <li>Why you should consider the energy of your home before choosing the design</li> <li>"The magic happen just beyond the point of comfort"</li> <li>Why Tori loves green and blue</li> <li>Why you shouldn't necessarily consider art when decorating your room</li> <li>We talk about scale for that dreaded empty space over the back of the sofa</li> <li>Some of Tori's favorite affordable sources for art</li> <li>Why window treatments can help you solve issues like window placement and scale</li> </ul>
Jun 25, 2019
Ep. 93: designer Ashley Whittaker
<p>Sitting down with <a href= "" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">Ashley Whittaker</a> 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.</p> <p><span style="color: #1a1a1a;"><span style= "font-size: large;">What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p>Ashley wasn’t formally educated as a designer, but she cites working for a good designer as some of the best education out there.</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>The importance of contrast in decorating, and why we don’t have to be matchy matchy.</p> </li> <li> <p>Why seeing it on paper is sometimes easier than walking through the house, and a few of Ashley’s favorite storyboard ideas.</p> </li> <li> <p>What traditional elements Ashley finds herself gravitating towards, and ways she keeps it fun and fresh.</p> </li> <li> <p>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.</p> </li> <li> <p>The golden rule of staying sane while decorating: Let go of control and be perfectly imperfect.</p> </li> <li> <p>Ashey’s goal on making sure clients really love their rooms, and the more livable the better.</p> </li> <li> <p>Her stunning use of wallpapers, and why we shouldn’t be afraid of it.</p> </li> <li> <p>Why she loves velvet, jewel tones, and camo green.</p> </li> <li> <p>Why the finishes are important to creating contrast, and her tendency to take a dark room and make it even darker.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Mentioned In This Episode</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">Ashley</a> <a href= "">Whittaker</a> <a href= "">Design</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><em><u><a href= ""> Billy</a> <a href= ""> Baldwin</a> <a href= ""> decorates</a></u></em></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= ""> Jeffrey</a> <a href= ""> Bilhuber</a><a href= "">’</a><a href="">s</a> <a href= ""> Design</a> <a href= ""> Basics</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">Lee</a> <a href= "">Jofa</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= ""> House</a> <a href= ""> Beautiful</a></u></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">@</a><a href="">ashleywhittakerdesign</a></u></span></p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Decorating Dilemmas:</strong></p> <p>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 <span style= "color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= ""> this</a> <a href= ""> one</a></u></span> from Ballard Design!</p>
Jun 18, 2019
Ep. 92: designer Olivia Brock
<p>Charleston designer Olivia Brock joins the show to talk about her firm <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Torrance Mitchell Design</a> 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.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li3">Olivia never planned on being a designer, but rather a real estate developer that focused on adaptive reuse of historical buildings</li> <li class="li3">How Olivia started as a paint color consultant </li> <li class="li3">The differences between normal housing and the sensitive nature of working with a historical home</li> <li class="li3">Olivia's house in Southern Living which she and her husband totally restored</li> <li class="li3">Our partnership with Olivia on the <em>Traditional Home</em> Southern Style Now Showhouse, and the inspiration behind the guest room </li> <li class="li3">How to make old things look fresh and pairing antiques with a modern pieces</li> <li class="li3">Why she sees historical buildings as people that want to tell you their story, and it is up to us to listen</li> <li class="li3">We talk paint -- testing swatches, favorite whites, and more</li> <li class="li3">Brown furniture is making a comeback, baby!</li> <li class="li3">Why patience, a great eye for antiques, and love for a home is truly necessary when embarking on a project</li> <li class="li3">How curtains can really do a lot for a room, and what types Olivia recommends</li> </ul>
Jun 11, 2019
Ep. 91 designer Keith Arnold
<p>Seriously charming Keith Arnold, Vice President of <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Suzanne Kasler Interiors</a>, joins the podcast this week to talk about his path to design, the pyramid rule, flower arranging, and his new shop <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">KeithEtc</a>.</p> <p><span style="color: #1a1a1a;"><span style= "font-size: large;">What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p>How Keith started working with Suzanne over 15 years ago, the many jobs before that helped him in his wide array of roles now.</p> </li> <li> <p>Keith’s background of attending Auburn University with a degree of Architecture, working in visual merchandising for Neiman Marcus and Martyn Lawrence Bullard.</p> </li> <li> <p>How Keith and Suzanne collaborate and how he styles the photoshoots and projects.</p> </li> <li> <p>Keith’s new collaborative venture, Keith Etc. To curate the best in both the old and the new.</p> </li> <li> <p>The ways Keith and Suzanne use colors in big swathes and practice restraint yet an open mind when it comes to breaking the rules.</p> </li> <li> <p>His love of the saffron color!</p> </li> <li> <p>Why France is Keith’s favorite place to shop, and his favorite places in Atlanta.</p> </li> <li> <p>The Pyramid Rule as a structure to start from in design for shelving.</p> </li> <li> <p>The flowers Keith likes to use in a home, how he became an instant celebrity by using lemons in a flower arrangement.</p> </li> <li> <p>Tulip styling tips, where Keith buys his flowers and plants, and why a flower should still look like a flower.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Mentioned In This Episode</strong></p> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">Suzanne</a> <a href= "">Kasler</a></u></span></p> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">Martyn</a> <a href= "">Lawrence</a> <a href= "">Bullard</a></u></span></p> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">Scott</a><a href= "">’</a><a href= "">s</a> <a href= "">Antique</a> <a href= "">Market</a></u></span></p> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= ""> Kenneth</a> <a href= ""> Turner</a><a href= "">’</a><a href="">s</a> <a href= ""> Flower</a> <a href= ""> Style</a></u></span></p> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">Alexa</a> <a href= "">Hampton</a></u></span></p> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><a href= "">@</a><a href= "">keithharrisarnold</a></u></span></p> <p><span style="color: #1155cc;"><u><strong><a href= "">@</a><a href= "">keith</a><a href= "">.</a><a href= "">etc</a></strong></u></span></p> <p> </p>
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 <em>Patina Style</em>, <em>Patina Living</em>, and Brooke’s cult favorite blog, Velvet &amp; 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.<br><br>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<ul><li>Why Brooke thinks people have really caught on to her blog, Velvet &amp; Linen.</li><li>How <em>Patina Style</em> articulates the process of how to dream your design property, and <em>Patina Farm</em> demonstrates how they manifested the style and design philosophy at their beautiful farm in Ojai, CA</li><li>How they took the history and unique elements of Ojai to make sure their design reflected the story.</li><li>The way they molded the different textures and materials together, and the inspiration Belgium gave them for putting a variety of pieces together</li><li>How long the Patina Farm took, the description of the inside and outside, and the challenges that arose along the way.</li><li>Why in design it’s important to start at the emotional connection to the space.</li><li>How they chose the plants and planning the outdoor spaces, and why we want to always think big and simple.</li><li>How Brooke developed her passion for interiors and made a full time career of working with Steve in addition to their marital bliss</li><li>What they wish they would have done differently at Patina Farm.</li><li>That no, goats won’t eat everything you give them, except for a yummy rose bush. Thorns and all.</li><li>What they have up their sleeve next now that Patina Farm is pretty much a done deal.</li><li>Why we need a focal point, and how we can create them.</li><li>The most prized possessions (besides their animals and other living entities!) inside their home.</li><li>What suggestions they would give to someone looking to bring their significant other into their design dreams.</li></ul><br><br>
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.<br><br>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br><br><ul><li>Trials of dogs breaking into cabinets, expensive inspection results, a rushed backyard construction project, and rocky 50th birthday.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>Tips and tricks to clean the outdoor pillows that won’t leave you spending your whole time scrubbing.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>Dressing for our audience, and why Traci loves it much more now.<br><br></li><li>Why Taryn believes so much in renderings, and won’t do a project without them.<br><br></li><li>Organizational practices and systems that help Traci’s home remain polished yet practical with two twin boys and a puppy.<br><br></li><li>How her lines, although very different, carry a through line of Traci’s voice and style to sit well together.<br><br></li><li>Creating cohesion with different pieces and why we don’t need to matchy match everything.<br><br></li><li>How Traci mixed a traditional pattern with lavender trim to take a well received and beautiful bold room.<br><br></li><li>How Traci describes Southern style and how she applies it to practical living family homes.<br><br></li><li>The showroom inspired by French Couture and the Christian Dior exhibit.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>More about her adorable puppy Chloe and the plans for making her crate beautiful, fancy, and stylish using Ballard products.<br><br></li></ul><strong>Show Notes:<br></strong><br><a href="">@tarynschwartz<br></a><br><a href="">Kayla Rose Instagram<br></a><br><a href="">Traci</a> <a href="">Zeller<br></a><br><a href="">@tracizeller<br></a><br><a href="">Of</a> <a href="">Rare</a> <a href="">Origin<br></a><br><a href="">Unique<br></a><br><a href="">&nbsp;Amodex<br></a><br>&nbsp;<br><br>
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.<br><br>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br><br><ul><li>An update on her famous pink sofa, and who else in her household may love it even more than her.<br><br></li><li>Why functionality is just as important as design, and how Lisa helps her clients use every room to the fullest of their function.<br><br></li><li>The crazy story of her studio roof leaking, and how it ended up being a blessing in renovation.<br><br></li><li>Yes, you can both make your home feel like a hotel and have a billiard table in the middle of your living room.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>What she loves about her work with Ballard, and how it inspires us to have a reimagined and fresh new look.<br><br></li><li>The brilliant solution to outdoor couch cushions, and a few of Lisa’s favorites in the outdoor Ballard products including Miles Redd’s collection.<br><br></li><li>Lisa’s answer to Caroline’s painting question for the ceiling in her soon to be new home.<br><br></li><li>How to still use neutral colors in a rich way when you may be not ready to commit to a color.<br><br></li><li>Why design dilemmas are not anything to freak out over but instead are actually great ways for us to be creative problem solvers.<br><br></li><li>Where one can buy leather or fake leather by the yard.<br><br></li><li>Lisa’s rules for using either satin or eggshell finish.<br><br></li></ul><strong>Mentioned In This Episode:<br></strong><br><a href="">Lisa</a> <a href="">Mende</a> <a href="">Design<br></a><br><a href="">@lisamendedesign<br></a><br><a href="">The</a> <a href="">Design</a> <a href="">Connector<br></a><br><a href=";rows=12">&nbsp;Miles</a> <a href=";rows=12">&nbsp;Redd’s</a> <a href=";rows=12">&nbsp;Outdoor</a> <a href=";rows=12">&nbsp;Collection<br></a><br>&nbsp;<br><br>
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.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>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.</li><li>Ways we can be confident about mixing it up with colors and patterns in our homes.</li><li>Using art as an accent, and why what’s popular and trendy in the moment isn’t always right for us.</li><li>How she loves to take antiques and make them modern with a playful twist.</li><li>How Holly renovated her own home and even got to keep what’s known as “the naughty chair.”</li><li>Advice on when to shop for antiques, and where to begin bringing them in the home.</li><li>How she came to be the brand ambassador for Florence Broadhurst.</li><li>Her opportunity in the fall to do a room in a showhouse as Florence Broadhurst using her new rug collection, furniture, fabric and wallpaper.</li><li>Her personal use of “crazy” pattern and color.</li><li>The importance of looking at measurements before you buy anything.</li><li>How to balance finding great antiques with longevity, even though you know it may not be your forever home.</li><li>Why a great sofa could (and should) last you several decades.&nbsp;</li><li>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.</li><li>How Holly decides what spaces call for drapery vs. Roman shades, and her love of a blackout curtains.</li><li>Why you may want to rethink painting your nursery yellow.</li></ul>
May 03, 2019
Ep. 86: designer Amy Vermillion
<a href="">Amy Vermillion</a> 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.&nbsp;<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li><ul><li>The renovation Amy has done again (and again!) from everything including the porch, office and master bedroom.</li><li>The rule Amy uses when picking pieces that will be permanent and timeless.&nbsp;</li><li>Her biggest design pet peeves, and why we should all just do what we love.</li><li>The polarizing topics of gray, brown furniture, and a glimpse into the custom details she does for her clients.</li><li>Amy’s love of a chandelier as decorative jewelry for the ceiling.</li><li>Her description of a true 80’s house (but don’t knock a great wet bar in the den!)</li><li>What is a scullery, and why would someone who entertains love one?</li><li>How Amy gets to know her clients so she can design a space that functions for their lifestyle</li><li>We talk about the rising popularity of libraries</li><li>What people are doing with their TV’s now that they are getting larger than ever.</li><li>We talk paint colors and why it's so tricky to give someone a paint recommendation</li><li>How to address family photos to make them sleek and beautiful</li></ul></li></ul>
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.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</strong><ul><li>Cheryl’s story of working in corporate America for 15 years as a dietician and what led her to a path of design.</li><li>How to take an antique and make it work to add depth, history, and warmth to a home.</li><li>More about Cheryl’s experience as a blogger and ways she loves communicating with her clients and followers.</li><li>What are good pieces to invest in, and where you can save.</li><li>How we pair two fabrics together, and examples of recent clients where she put it to the test.</li><li>The details people often overlook, which can help you save time by knowing where your TV remote i</li><li>The importance of form and function when creating a cozy yet sleek aesthetic.</li><li>When you should spend a whole night in your own guest quarters.</li><li>The essentials of what to put in a guest bathroom and bedroom. Get that plunger ready!</li><li>Why the smallest knick-knack can have a huge impression on creating a “lived in” feeling in a home.</li><li>Our love of white towels and pillows with just the right amount of fluff.</li><li>White towels.</li><li>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.</li></ul>
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 <em>Art of the House.</em> 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.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</strong><ul><li>Why Susan believes the people in the room need to be the pattern.</li><li>Her creative and explorative use of texture, and strategy of creating shadow with light and darker tones.</li><li>Her rule of thumb for having a way to read and drink wherever you sit in a room.</li><li>The two reasons she loves banquettes.</li><li>How she got into the business, and why she decided to start her own firm, Susan Ferrier Interiors.</li><li>How she gets inspired by her projects and the ways she digs in to develop a relationship with the people behind every project.</li><li>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”.</li><li>Which design rules we should be following, and which ones are meant to be broken.</li><li>The analogy of decorating our homes compared to dressing appropriately for our body type.</li><li>How we can afford to raise the dynamic design in our kitchens.</li><li>How Susan challenges the visual aspect of design by combining age with the sleek, modern, and shiny.</li><li>Susan’s rule for using metals, and if she thinks it will go out of style anytime soon.</li><li>What we can do to show those 1980’s homes some love and highlight the positive attribut</li><li>How she lays out a room, and ways we can work with the view to best socialize the space</li><li>How to not have the price tag displayed on the back of a mirror or painting, and instead have a clean and consistent view.</li><li>The foundation of creating a good interior for both very large spaces and smaller scale projects.</li></ul>
Apr 16, 2019
Ep. 83: decorator Fran Keenan
<a href="">Decorator Fran Keenan</a> joins the show this week to discuss her transition from magazine editor at <em>Cottage Living</em> 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.<br><br><ul><li>Fran’s background as an editor at <em>Cottage Living</em>, and how that influences her to this very day when working on a design project.</li><li>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.</li><li>What Fran loves most about working with homeowners.</li><li>More about the “alphabet” room, and ways Fran has succeeded from thinking outside of the box.</li><li>How to not have a boring laundry room — drinks anyone?!</li><li>Fran’s love of mixing functionality with style and warmth.</li><li>Her use of earthy colors in a way that still feels fresh and energetic.</li><li>Creative ways Fran pulls color throughout the house and creates a seamless transition throughout rooms.</li><li>The rule of thumb when it comes to painting moving objects inside the house.</li><li>A glimpse into the transformation of her own house, and the hilarious take her kids have on what type of houses she buys.</li><li>How the design process works when Fran moves into a new house, and the lessons of reprocessing within each change.</li><li>Mixing high and low. Where Fran splurges, and where she uses Ikea.</li><li>The use of book shelf displays in a way that coincides with the best use of space.</li><li>How to safeguard against common issues of creating a “Pretty House Prison”.</li><li>Starting points for using textiles and patterns to bring both a modern sleekness and primitive warmth to the house.</li><li>Storage solutions of hooks, baskets and hanging things!</li></ul>
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.<br><br>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br><br><ul><li>Stacy’s attraction to big colors and patterns, and how she mixes it with the traditional.<br><br></li><li>Why tradition doesn’t have to be boring - it can be big, bright and graphic.<br><br></li><li>Color makes people happy!<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>Stacy’s encouragement to mix lacquer with natural wood.<br><br></li><li>More about her furniture line, and how it came to be.<br><br></li><li>Why it’s your personality and point of view that makes the space so special and a feature so interesting.<br><br></li><li>Why taking some time to sit and organize ideas and visions is a game changer.<br><br></li><li>What a “drink drop” table is, and why they are so important.<br><br></li><li>A glimpse into Stacy’s job, and the many skills she needs to have to do her job as a stylist.<br><br></li><li>Tips for folks on what to leave on their dining room table.<br><br></li><li>Stacy’s advice to stick to the wedding theme when decorating. Go for something old, new, borrowed and blue.<br><br></li><li>Stacy’s favorite publications to get style inspiration and ideas.<br><br></li></ul>&nbsp;<br><br>
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.<br><br>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br><br><ul><li>Trials and Triumphs including roofs, roses, rugs, benches and baby proofing.<br><br></li><li>How Scott and his team travel all over the world to source out the best textiles.<br><br></li><li>The wide array of textiles Scott works within the material, design and time period.<br><br></li><li>The different lines that are in the Kravet line, and how the designer collaborations came to be.<br><br></li><li>The family story of their passion for fabrics and the vision for generations to come.<br><br></li><li>Scott’s role of overseeing a team of 45 people at Kravet.<br><br></li><li>How Scott feels about digital printing, the pros, and the cons, and how it has improved over the years.<br><br></li><li>A glimpse into the process of knowing how the colors will react to get the effect you want.<br><br></li><li>A better understanding of getting what you pay for in fabric.<br><br></li><li>The artwork, textiles, fabrics, and colors Scott uses in his own personal home.<br><br></li><li>The digital catalog system Scott works with to keep track of hundreds of designs in their projects.<br><br></li><li>Where Kravet’s mills are all over the world.<br><br></li><li>Important insider information about rub tests and a performance finish.<br><br></li><li>What things we should look for in fabric, including the option of slipcovers.<br><br></li><li>What styles and colors Scott sees trending in the fabric world, and which are fading out.<br><br></li><li>The elements of scale, color, and motif when working with antique fabric.<br><br></li></ul>&nbsp;<br><br>
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.<br><br>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br><br><ul><li>More about Tatyana and Alexandra’s updated traditional and modern eclectic style.<br><br></li><li>Where their love of contemporary furniture comes from.<br><br></li><li>How someone that loves a contemporary space can inject more warmth into their space.<br><br></li><li>The challenges they are solving on a regular basis regarding weird layouts and smaller spaces in New York.<br><br></li><li>Their creative use of closets, bins, and blanket boxes to provide even more storage for those with children.<br><br></li><li>The way they encourage their clients to incorporate their warm personal style.<br><br></li><li>What their individual homes look like, and how they each use texture and mood.<br><br></li><li>Dark doesn’t always have to be sad and depressing.<br><br></li><li>Tatyana and Alexandra’s advice for going over the top in a great way with pattern.<br><br></li><li>The reason they favor curvilinear furniture pieces in their rooms.<br><br></li><li>Their use of deep rich jewel tone colors for accents, and why we shouldn’t be afraid to embrace the dark.<br><br></li><li>What really goes into upholstering a room.<br><br></li><li>The favorite rooms they have ever done!<br><br></li><li>The upsides of having a partner in design, and yes they do consult each other in their own personal projects.<br><br></li></ul>
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.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>Why we should be fearless and courageous in our career paths.<br><br></li><li>An example of what they mean by each room having a thesis.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>You have to deal with the space first, and the client second.<br><br></li><li>What elements are classic and won’t go out of style, and what Ann and Elizabeth have seen stand the test of time.<br><br></li><li>Their own individual spaces, and Ann’s description of her 8 totally separate rooms.<br><br></li><li>McMillen’s reign of over 90 years as a trusted and established interior design firm.<br><br></li><li>Why we shouldn’t be intimidated by auctions, and how to navigate them in a confident manner.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>The three most important qualities of any place to live: light, proportions and layout.<br><br></li><li>You do not have to have expensive things to make your place beautiful, and the Stark rug that changed it all for Ann.<br><br></li><li>Why we shouldn’t discount the unifying power of a beautiful rug, and some powerful “rug rules” in design.<br><br></li><li>Decorating with an infant - it can be done!<br><br></li><li>The classic approaches to design, and why we should invest in pieces that stand the test of time.<br><br></li><li>How to keep up with the evolution of lighting.<br><br></li></ul><br><br>
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&nbsp; designer father Mark Hampton, the inspiration behind her two books, <em>Decorating in Detail</em> and <em>Language of Interior Design,</em> her recent travels for an upcoming furniture collection, and why there is no room for snobbery in design.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>What has been Alexa’s biggest challenges over the many different collections she has created and titles she juggles.<br><br></li><li>Alexa’s habit of drawing on a photograph as a low tech and practical way that gave her a “Eureka” moment.<br><br></li><li>Her father’s designation between a decorator and a designer.<br><br></li><li>People may not realize how much they really can put in a room.<br><br></li><li>Alexa’s self-described “rookie mistake” when redoing her bedroom, and the lesson learned in bouncing back after a misstep.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>How publishing books in the world of decorating is more different than it has ever been.<br><br></li><li>The point of views from her books <em>The Language of Interior Design</em> and <em>Decorating in Detail.<br></em><br></li><li>Design is no place for snobbery, and there is always more to learn, discover and see.<br><br></li><li>How the fee can grow, but the markup will be scrutinized.<br><br></li><li>The balance between having a trademark look, and being open to adapting based on the client’s needs.<br><br></li></ul>
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!&nbsp;<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on the Show:<br></strong><br><ul><li>Why their partnership makes their designs stronger</li><li>How Anne and Suysel met and what sparked their initial creative projects</li><li>We talk about their fabric collections for Duralee and what inspires their prints</li><li>Anne and Suysel tell us about their most recent Duralee collection, inspired by a trip to Portugal</li><li>We talk about the design process of their patterns</li><li>Why surprising color palettes are their favorite way to refresh vintage prints</li><li>Why using a textile collection book can help you if you're intimidated by the volume of fabrics at a design center</li><li>How they mix patterns together and why fabrics are a great place to start</li><li>We talk about their own homes and how often they're changing things around</li><li>What they learned about their fabric collections and how it changed the direction of their second collection</li><li>The most expensive fabric they've ever used in a project and why they try to keep fabrics&nbsp;</li></ul>
Feb 19, 2019
Ep. 75: designer Jenny Wolf
Interior designer <a href="">Jenny Wolf</a>&nbsp; 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.<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Show:<br></strong><br><ul><li>We talk editing and how important it is to your home -- just like in your closet</li><li>Why Jenny thinks it's important to be honest with her clients about the pieces they already have</li><li>How her two girls affect her decorating style</li><li>Jenny tells us about her latest project -- a store in Pound Ridge, New York</li><li>What we can expect in her new store and why the project has been serendipitous&nbsp;</li><li>We talk about decorating her girls' rooms</li></ul>
Feb 12, 2019
Ep. 74: podcast host LuAnn Nigara
As the host of the podcast <a href="">A Well-Designed Business</a>, <a href="">LuAnn Nigara</a> 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!<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Show:<br></strong><br><ul><li>What led LuAnn to starting her podcast, A Well-Designed Business</li><li>What separates the most successful interior designers from the rest of the pack</li><li>Pillars of running a successful interior design business</li><li>We talk about systems and why you should iron them out</li><li>We talk about billing and the challenges of explaining your fee structure</li></ul>
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.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>Trials and triumphs including new cookbooks, missing plants, cool performance rugs and more<br><br></li><li>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<br><br></li><li>What shopping for a client looks like, and if Nicki has ever had buyers remorse<br><br></li><li>More about Nicki’s design studio, Scout Design<br><br></li><li>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<br><br></li><li>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<br><br></li><li>Her top picks for flea markets, and the importance of building great relationships with vendors<br><br></li><li>Functionality is key, along with using the space appropriately based on what your typical activities are (entertaining, reading, pets, etc)<br><br></li><li>How she came up with her online store, Beetle, and curates what is on the site<br><br></li><li>A glimpse into her own apartment, right at the top of Central Park<br><br></li><li>Why we shouldn’t be afraid to paint the ceiling<br><br></li><li>All about the mix of new and old, whether you own your home or you are renting<br><br></li></ul>
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 <em>Luminous Interiors</em> and <em>Parish-Hadley Tree of Life</em>, which he co-authored with Bunny Williams.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>Taryn’s trial which includes Atlanta’s shocking ratistic (rat statistic) and how she and her husband are working to solve it<br><br></li><li>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<br><br></li><li>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 <a href="">Lacy</a> <a href="">Freeman<br></a><br></li><li>How the idea for <em>Parish-Hadley: Tree of Life</em> came about, which lead to him first writing <em>Luminous Interiors<br></em><br></li><li>How he handles clients that “ghost” him, and the reasons why he would possibly turn potential clients down<br><br></li><li>How Brian’s design creates a joyful scrapbook in people’s lives, to cover the beauty and art that makes up their personal lives<br><br></li><li>How working with Parish-Hadley informed the unique way he lays out a room<br><br></li><li>Brian’s tips for creating a composition that works, including why you should never leave home without a folding ruler<br><br></li><li>The glamorous makeover Brian gave to a storied New York apartment, and his tips to deviating from the expected path of design<br><br></li><li>How we can shop for art on a budget, and where Brian finds art for his clients<br><br></li><li>How designing for a yacht differs from designing for a home<br><br></li><li>The importance of finding a mentor when developing an understanding of cost, and honing in on what art and pieces speak to you<br><br></li><li>Simple easy ways to refresh your space and continue with maintenance that won’t break the bank<br><br></li></ul>&nbsp;<br><br>
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 <em>Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,</em> and a sneak peek into their new show <em>Get a Room</em> 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.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>The hilarious story on how Thom and Carson met at the gym<br><br></li><li>How they auditioned and got picked for <em>Queer Eye,</em> and went on to bond filming over 100 episodes together<br><br></li><li>Their mutual love for taking on both large budget “dream” projects, and more small affordable DIY’s<br><br></li><li>The impressive knowledge that there is a difference between draperies and curtains<br><br></li><li>Thom and Carson’s tips to make a big impact with small places and smaller things<br><br></li><li>Why we shouldn’t be afraid to mix brands and prices in design, the same way we do with fashion<br><br></li><li>More about anchor pieces in each room, and why it’s crucial to invest in at least these items<br><br></li><li>What makes their design show <em>Get a Room</em> unique, and how the show was developed<br><br></li><li>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<br><br></li><li>Why your kitchen may be your new living room<br><br></li></ul>
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.<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>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 are</li><li>What type of influences there are in picking the color of the year</li><li>Ellen's 'personal palette' and why she is drawn to it</li><li>We talk about this year's Color of the Year -- Metropolitan AF-690</li><li>What makes Metropolitan special, why it's the color of the year, and why we should love this hue</li><li>Color 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 general</li><li>What is a 'chip pull' and how it changes once the color of the year is announced</li><li>What the word 'metamaric' means and why that makes matching colors tricky</li><li>Why Benjamin Moore hasn't added any new colors in a number of years</li><li>Whether you'll get the same quality and color of paint if you have another paint company color match a Benjamin Moore color</li><li>Ellen shares with us the top 10 grays in Benjamin Moore's catalog</li><li>The secrecy involved in the Color of Year</li><li>We talk about the timeline -- when they pick the next year's Color of the Year</li><li>Ellen's background and how one starts to work in color</li><li>How to get started picking a paint color for your space</li></ul>
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 <em>The Power of Pattern,</em> 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.<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>How our partnership with Susanna came about organically.</li><li>How one can mix patterns and choose colors fearlessly.</li><li>The inspiration behind her new book, <em>The Power of Pattern,</em> and why every pattern featured up close and personal is one that Susanna personally loves.</li><li>The rules of patterns, and where someone can start if it’s a new concept.</li><li>Photo storage solutions including having a section in your home to display them, keeping them in an ottoman, and creating an online nostalgia folder.</li><li>Susanna’s recommendation on what we should display on our mantles.</li><li>The obsession / labor of love project that Susanna’s husband welcomed in renovating their barn.</li><li>Yes, you can have a rug in your bathroom!</li><li>Pattern doesn’t have to be a print, it can also be a texture.</li><li>Why wallpaper may be your solution for weird ceiling shapes and difficult rooms.</li><li>How Susanna picks topics for her design series Quintessence.</li><li>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.</li><li>Tip: edit out and only keep what you are in love with.</li><li>If all else fails - no ugly spoon holders!</li><li>Susanna’s jewelry and closet rule - if you can’t fit what you have, something must go.</li><li>Use pictures to guide you and remind you of what you love.</li></ul>
Dec 25, 2018
Ep. 67: lifestyle entrepreneur India Hicks
Lifestyle entrepreneur India joins the podcast to talk about her new book, <em>A Slice of England</em>, 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.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>A firsthand look at India’s upbringing with her father, iconic designer David Hicks, along with some fun American culture references of his work</li><li>India’s love of storytelling within her brand, books and decor</li><li>Why India believes that good taste and design are by no means dependent on money</li><li>Why she prefers an inclusive and accessible style in design, especially for those of us with families and pets</li><li>More about India’s home in Harbour Island, and their intention to take it back in time to the 18th Century</li><li>The true story that India and her partner David really had only <em>one</em> argument when designing their American Farmhouse</li><li>How India works antiques into her home, and expert ways to not be intimidated when mixing traditional and contemporary</li><li>What makes India’s new home collection so near and dear to her heart</li><li>How India’s company is giving women a chance to become ambassadors and work on their own time with a network of other amazing women</li><li>The sunscreen that India swears by</li><li>What room is most special to India</li><li>How to keep a coastal home from being cliche</li><li>The inspiration behind her book, <em>A Slice of England</em></li></ul>
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.<br><br>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br><br><ul><li>Taryn’s trial in the eyeglass world, and her triumph in seeing the comedian Celeste Barber live.<br><br></li><li>Yes, you can have Prosecco on tap at your office too.<br><br></li><li>The ongoing saga of Karen’s basement and her husband’s dream bar.<br><br></li><li>Caroline’s Christmas Tree trials and triumph, and how to correctly flock your tree to give it that beautiful snow misted look.<br><br></li><li>How the recession changed the relationship between architects and designers.<br><br></li><li>The ways architects and designers inspire and complement each other.<br><br></li><li>What Andrew and his team look for in renovations at Historical Concepts, and why one of their core values is to be “appropriate”.<br><br></li><li>How Andrew helps steer and educate clients in the direction of quality, skill and proportion.<br><br></li><li>Why seeing is believing holds true for what both Andrew and Kristin do.<br><br></li><li>Andrew and Kristin’s expert tips to add an interior designer early on in the project.<br><br></li><li>The importance of communication and trust in the process of both renovation and design.<br><br></li><li>Why the challenges that arise between architects and designers can actually be an opening for better dialog and a stronger partnership.<br><br></li><li>Personal stories from both Kristin and Andrew on some of the projects they are most proud of.<br><br></li><li>How both Andrew and Kristin weave in trends but still keep the integrity and lifestyle needs of the project.<br><br></li><li>Why it’s important to have a master plan, no matter how small the project is.<br><br></li></ul>
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.<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>The way Chip fell into TV, starting out previously as a structural engineer.</li><li>Real life in the fast paced crazy environment twist of Chip’s shows, including over 1,500 renovations in the past 12 years.</li><li>How Chip and Pauli met, fell in love and became partners and cheerleaders for each other both in romantic and business life.</li><li>What Chip feels is the most challenging in decorating and design, and despite what you think, it's not making things look good!</li><li>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.</li><li>The biggest problems of e-commerce and online retail when it comes to curated confidence.</li><li>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.</li><li>&gt;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.</li><li>Why most of us are doing master bedroom design completely wrong, and how we can remedy it.</li><li>Little tweaks in our storage, layout, and function that can save us thousands of dollars and square footage of space.</li><li>Chips love of multipurpose function.</li><li>Some DIY projects that have spiraled out of control, both from us and Chip and Pauli.</li><li>As much as he (and we) love DIY, we hear Chip’s top recommendations on when to outsource to a professional.</li><li>Chip's new multipurpose and multifunctional furniture line, Xtraroom.</li></ul>&nbsp;<br><br>
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 <a href="">new upholstery collection</a>, how to change a room with a simple few statement pieces, and a whole Living Room 101 lesson.<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>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 view</li><li>A glimpse into her busy New York office and how she finds time and space to get inspired</li><li>Her new book “Affairs with Other Houses” due in the spring</li><li>How 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 accessories</li><li>The optimum size and height of a drink table and why no guest should ever be without a place to set their drinks</li><li>The addition of modern fixtures in a traditional home and the ability to mix contemporary with antique</li><li>Bunny’s tips for organizing things by groups to create an interesting statement</li><li>Break up the finishes, textures and colors so each piece stands out on it’s own</li><li>How to know what brown furniture to keep as is and which to paint</li><li>Why pieces should move around throughout the house over time, even as your tastes change</li><li>Why we should invest in wonderful furniture pieces as a lifetime purchase</li><li>Why the furniture <strong>has</strong> 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 couch</li><li>Her <a href="">new upholstery collection</a>, including a scallop backed sofa, chairs and casegoods</li><li>The origin of the name of 'slipper chairs'</li><li>Raffia as a great way to provide a clean and streamlined texture to a room</li><li>Lighting options including standing lamps, and lighting fixtures on an end table</li><li>Why your collection of items should be personal to you and not something you have someone else purchase just to fill the room</li><li>How studying magazines will give you the confidence to make decisions in your own home</li></ul>
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.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>When looking for new a new lamp, bring yours physically in to the store so you can make sure the shade fits perfectly</li><li>Caroline’s recent find in New Orleans, Nadine Blake, and what items she feels shouldn’t be missed</li><li>The super important steps to take when you have the feeling of wanting to throw everything out in your house</li><li>Kendall's journey from Kentucky, to New York, to back south in Nashville</li><li>Kendall’s work with Campion Platt, and how it helped inspire her to blend modern elements with classic buildings</li><li>How Kendall developed her own aesthetic and continues to keep developing and growing her tastes and proclivities</li><li>Kendall’s own personal projects in Nashville, including a loft in a converted factory building, and short term rental</li><li>Why her beautifully designed short term rental is so popular</li><li>Even if you don’t have a huge budget, Kendall feels it’s very important to have as many local art pieces as you can</li><li>Kendall’s “no rules” rules for gallery walls and her favorite artists for you to Google right away</li><li>How Kendall uses spatial and verbal descriptions when working with clients to help them understand the impact their decor choices will have on the room</li><li>The perfect condition for having different color trims and themes throughout the house</li><li>The criteria for painting a room dark and what to expect when you paint it in high gloss</li><li>Kendall and her husband’s commitment to travel and some of the interesting life perspective they have learned along the way</li><li>Kendall's advice for what to collect on your travels</li><li>Her top three shopping spots in the entire world</li><li>Kendall’s top secret insider information about flea markets in Paris</li><li>The weirdest things Kendall has bought throughout her travels, and what landed her to get questioned in the airport security line</li><li>Kendall’s high / low mix that allows for her clients to stay within their budget, yet splurge on some forever pieces</li></ul>
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.<br><br><strong><br>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>What exactly a Market Editor is, and why you can thank them for featuring the best and most unique products, ideas and trends</li><li>The 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 readerships</li><li>The differentiators between her three titles at ELLE Decor, Veranda and House Beautiful</li><li>The amazing locations Lucy gets to visit on behalf of work, including Paris, Milan, and Los Angeles</li><li>The latest trends Lucy is seeing now, including moving from brass to more natural materials such as wicker and straw, and interesting color patterns and choices</li><li>How 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 decorating</li><li>Why 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 want</li><li>Her background and education, and how she learned her practicals from Richard Keith Langham</li><li>Lucy’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 fun</li><li>How 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 time</li><li>Tips for small spaces including the use of lower shelves under coffee tables</li><li>How to be your own Market Editor when you don’t necessarily have the house to decorate in quite yet</li><li>How to know when to refurbish, and when to do away with the old for something new</li></ul>
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 — <em>House Beautiful, Traditional Homes, </em>and<em> Better Homes and Gardens</em>. 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. <br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>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 age</li><li>Libby’s journey from modeling and fashion to hosting FOX Makeover TV show, Design Invasion</li><li>The common threads Libby noticed in many homes as a universal struggle including awkward furniture layout and bad lighting</li><li>The value of learning to install a house in one day, and how to design for the look that the homeowner desires.</li><li>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 day</li><li>Libby’s passion for skills cooking and event planning, and how she balances that with her busy acting and interior design careers</li><li>The 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 time</li><li>How a painting of a goldfish inspired an entire one-day home makeover</li><li>Her Rumson, NJ project that was featured in <em>House Beautiful</em></li><li>Some of Libby’s favorite moments from her work on makeover television shows</li><li>The blending of exterior and interior design, and how we can mix and match indoor and outdoor products in design</li><li>Libby’s love of a Trellis print</li><li>Her hands-on approach to design and creation, rather than white labeling and putting her name on products already created</li><li>What Libby is designing now in her partnership with Kas Rugs, and when we can expect it to be ready on the market</li><li>The 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 controls</li><li>Decorating for small spaces, and why leaving space white may not be the best answer</li><li>The benefits of living with less, and why smaller spaces have many luxurious benefits. We can also learn more with her new book,<em> Small Space Solutions</em></li></ul>
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 <em>House Beautiful, Traditional Homes, Better Homes and Gardens</em>, 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.<br><br><br><br>
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 <em>House Beautiful</em>. It is apparent that Kevin loves what he does, and is deeply passionate about the craft behind design.<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>Why a large enough rug is crucial for a well balanced feel within a room</li><li>Kevin’s fondness for antique and vintage pieces that have a story to tell and that add texture and warmth to the room</li><li>Why Kevin would never do away with accessories and little trinkets that we pick up along the way of experiences and travel</li><li>The little accessories that push home design from “nice” to the “wow” factor</li><li>Why even the ugliest of chairs have the possibility to be beautiful</li><li>How Kevin got into design, playing around with the late 80’s trends of color blocking</li><li>How 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 design</li><li>The difference of furnishing vs decorating a home</li><li>Kevin’s cross country adventure from San Francisco to New York in 2001</li><li>Kevin’s house in Nantucket recently featured in <em>House Beautiful</em>, and how he maintained the basic structure in the house while completely changing the decor</li><li>Facts on Nantucket’s global industry that inspired Kevin’s choices when picking decor and accents</li><li>How 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.</li><li>How Kevin revamped a timeless Greenwich, Connecticut home, and made it approachable and livable with the beauty of a showhome</li><li>The balance of high, low and knowing when to invest compared to when to hold back and save money</li><li>Kevin’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 setting</li><li>The 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 room</li><li>Kevin’s choice of <a href="">Ballard’s Original Office Collection</a> for his workspace</li></ul>
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,&nbsp; painting vs renovating, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to mix and match whites!&nbsp;<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>The story of how Elizabeth opened her store and started her business in Greenwich Village 2008</li><li>How she decides what she picks when shopping to repurpose, and the trends she is looking for now when she hunts and gathers</li><li>Elizabeth’s featured work in House Beautiful in March 2017, featuring stunning de Gournay wallpaper, painted floors, high-gloss aqua lacquer, and French Bistro bar stools</li><li>The proper prep work to paint, why lacquer costs so much and Elizabeth’s choice of tone and color palette when painting wood floors</li><li>Designing 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 furniture</li><li>Elizabeth’s tips on how to put those ugly chair and couch arm covers to good use</li><li>How to embrace and work with having a large television in your home</li><li>How to compromise design and style with the husband happiness factor</li><li>The 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 simple</li><li>Elizabeth’s home in Nantucket, and how she plays up the nautical and New England theme</li><li>The solution to matching whites, and why different whites isn’t something to fret over</li></ul>
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 <em>House Beautiful, Elle Decor, The New York Times,</em> and <em>Metropolitan Home</em>. 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.<br><br><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:<br></strong><br><ul><li>How Katie got into the design field</li><li>Katie’s work with longtime client Gretchen Rubin, featured in the April issue of House Beautiful</li><li>Her love for Gretchen’s design confidence and bold yet elegant choices</li><li>The return of purple in editorial, and how to use the color purple to create a certain mood in the home</li><li>The similarities between her work in Gretchen’s home and an English countryside room in decor, molding, bookcases, and abundance of seating</li><li>Some practical tips and tricks of furniture arrangement, seating options and creating intimacy in a large space</li><li>Katie’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 space</li><li>Katie’s plans to renovate her own home, including updating the loft with central AC, new kitchen area and mud room</li><li>How to pick fixtures and finishes in your kitchen that will stand the test of time and last through trends</li><li>How to cover the basics yet push the envelope when designing a home for a family</li><li>The importance of living in a space before renovating it</li><li>Katie’s design pet peeves, and why she may move tables at your home while you aren’t looking</li><li>The differences between English design and American design, and where Katie draws her inspiration from within each of them</li></ul>
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.<br><br><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>How Tori has had the energy and stamina to move (and decorate) 26 times.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>Tori’s love for auction shopping, specifically for occasional chairs for both herself and her loved ones.<br><br></li><li>Tori’s travel tips for roaming unencumbered.<br><br></li><li>The growing trend of bright yellow in home decor, and Tori’s closet.<br><br></li><li>The responsibilities and duties of a Markets Editor.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>Why it’s important to know your audience when pitching a magazine editor.<br><br></li><li>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.<br><br></li><li>Caroline’s amazing memory when it comes to designer and pictorials.<br><br></li><li>Her personal side project of helping her sister decorate.<br><br></li><li>How to know when to splurge, and when to save, on interior design.<br><br></li></ul>
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 <em>Traditional Home</em>, <em>House and Home Magazine</em> and Canada’s <em>Style at Home</em> 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.<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>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 Village</li><li>His love and respect for historic homes, and inspiration to maintain the integrity and sentiment of the original home during the restoration process</li><li>How they found an incredible contractor to renovate their home with an artisan yet liveable approach.</li><li>The differences between current New York and Canada interior design trends and lifestyles</li><li>A 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 options</li><li>Why you shouldn’t be afraid to reuse what you already have, and take your drapery with you when moving out</li><li>In interior design - if you love it, you can incorporate it</li><li>Philip’s attitude towards furniture and pieces is to not focus on perfection, but comfort and the beauty within the story.</li><li>What Philip means when he says he is “big on appropriateness”</li><li>How to have the big talk with your partner about painting the wood in a room</li><li>Philip’s journey into interior design through growing up surrounded by women that appreciated a beautifully furnished home and environment</li><li>His participation with the <a href="">2018 Kips Bay Show House</a> to benefit the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club charity</li><li>What Philip personally collects throughout his own travels and personal experiences</li></ul>
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 <a href="">Whitney Durham</a>. Plus, her home is featured in the <a href="{%22issue_id%22:497398,%22page%22:82}">Summer 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine HOME</a>. 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.<br><br><br>&nbsp;<strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>Whitney tells us how she started her design business</li><li>We talk about decorating with kids</li><li>We talk rugs and rug pags and why indoor/outdoor rugs are a staple for spaces Whitney designs for her clients</li><li>Why animal prints are a neutral</li><li>How Whitney likes to treat television in her own home and her clients' spaces</li><li>Why she typically chooses neutral paint colors in her rooms</li><li>Whitney's love of art and why it's so important to a space</li></ul>
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 <em>Vogue</em>, <em>W</em>, <em>House Beautiful, Architectural Digest</em> 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.&nbsp;<br><br><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:<br></strong><br><ul><li>Decorating should be fun, and not a source of stress or pressure.</li><li>How Miles and David overcome a creative dry spell or artistic lull and get in touch with their inspiration</li><li>The importance of feasting your eyes on beautiful homes to gather ideas, even if it’s just on vacation</li><li>What it’s like to see things again with wonder and newness from the fresh eye of children</li><li>The role of performance fabrics and durability in a home with kids</li><li>The balance of giving their younger clients what they want between what is functional and makes the most sense</li><li>Their new self storing cushion chair in the outdoor furniture collection blends stunning aesthetic with practical usage.</li><li>Their special dining room tables that feature options and versatility</li><li>The colors and materials that they love enough to bring in to their new office,</li><li>Their work with Housing Works and Design on a Dime to help people get back on their feet and feel comfortable in society</li><li>Their special theme of color and wallpaper for the booth this year, and their inspiration behind it</li><li>A quick and easy way to decorate using wall sculptures</li><li>How Miles switches from designing for clients and interior design to product development and design</li><li>Miles and David’s propensity for adding in ebony or chalky white furniture to add an elegant and high end touch</li></ul>
Jun 05, 2018
Ep. 51 with designer Lauren DeLoach
Atlanta designer <a href="">Lauren DeLoach</a> caught our eye at the <a href="">Atlanta Homes &amp; Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse</a>, 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.<br><br><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:<br></strong><br><ul><li>The room that she featured at the <a href="">Atlanta Homes &amp; Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse</a> was one of the most coveted of the day</li><li>Ideas 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 scheme</li><li>How the rule of three also applies to color</li><li>Her love for using brown furniture and antiques to add layers and history to a home</li><li>The tricks a camera plays in photoshoots, and a sneak peek of what really happens behind the scenes of a shoot&nbsp;</li><li>Lauren’s insider recommendations for having a kid-friendly yet beautifully decorated house</li><li>The helpful way to add a pop of color and fun with buffalo and gingham checks</li><li>The general rule of thumb to measure your rug so you aren’t living on an empty rug island</li><li>Her favorite cream paint color and which paint finishes belong on which surfaces</li></ul>
May 22, 2018
Ep. 50 with Suzanne Kasler
<p>We hear what keeps award-winning interior designer Suzanne Kasler so busy, and the inspiration behind her <a href= "" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">new wicker Southport Collection</a>. We talk about her love for pink, modern trends, guilty pleasures and much more.</p> <h4>What You’ll Hear on This Episode:</h4> <ul> <li>How Suzanne stays relevant in the industry and fresh in her approach through travel, shopping and education</li> <li>The more inspired you are, the more it seeps into your client work</li> <li>The release of Suzanne’s new book <em>Sophisticated Simplicity</em> and her newsletter <em>Inspired</em></li> <li>How Suzanne picks certain projects to publish and her approach to photographing her book with designers, stylists and photographers</li> <li>Her go-to accessories for photoshoots and why she keeps them indigenous to the area</li> <li>How Suzanne uses lamp slips to create a look of proportion and layering</li> <li>The trends of darker walls and wall coverings is something Suzanne is now seeing in <em>every</em> room of the house</li> <li>The backstory of <a href= "" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Suzanne’s Southport collection</a> and how a daybed in a flea market in Paris was her muse in creating the collection</li> <li>The difference between wicker and rattan and why you should have a piece in your home</li> <li>The timeline of her purchases to when it is available for purchase as part of a collection</li> <li>The 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 shop</li> <li>Why she is in the “thinking pink” zone</li> <li>Petite chairs and why Suzanne is always on the hunt for a great one</li> <li>The new flagship store opening in Atlanta is coming soon, so check the website for grand opening event details</li> </ul>
May 08, 2018
Ep. 49: Landscape Architects Spencer Tunnell and Will McDonald
<p>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 <a href="" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Tunnell & Tunnell Landscape Architecture</a> 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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>We talk about Curb Appeal and how it isn't so different from interior design</li> <li>I talk about my backyard project and the wild hair got to tear it all up</li> <li>Karen wants turf in her yard. We ask Spencer and Will their thoughts.</li> <li>Taryn asks about why and how you can choose plants that will bloom year round</li> <li>We talk about when you should hire a pro to help you and when you can do it yourself</li> <li>We talk about consultations and how a professional could help you make a master plan for your property that you could fulfill over time</li> <li>Taryn talks about her experience splitting plants and her neighbor who's helped her learned what'll work in her yard</li> <li>We ask Will and Spencer about their favorite plants</li> <li>We talk about goats and how you can use them to rid your yard of invasive species</li> <li>Why it's dangerous to plant non-native plants</li> <li>Taryn wants to know about all of the pine trees in her yard</li> </ul>
Apr 24, 2018
Ep. 48 with Montgomery Gratch Interiors
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>They tell us about how they joined their firms and how their individual strengths work together</li> <li>Why you shouldn't wait to decorate until your kids are older and how to make your home kid-friendly and beautiful</li> <li>Why it's important to consider how you live in your home before starting the decorating process</li> <li>How to approach your home with a fresh eye</li> <li>We 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 town</li> <li>How Michele and Julie bring that layered, collected look into your room</li> <li>We talk about a friend of Julie and Michelle's who does a bus tour of great shopping places</li> <li>Why it's absolutely crucial to make a floorplan and to measure before buying <em>anything</em></li> <li>Karen asks Michelle and Julie for tips on how to encourage dinner party guests to use her living room</li> <li>Thoughts on decorating outdoor spaces, especially the dilemma of keeping cushions clean and pollen-free</li> <li>We talk about renovations -- kitchen trends, how to make an impact on the ceiling, and more</li> <li>Michelle and Julie tell us about their client who has a wine bar in her closet</li> </ul>
Apr 10, 2018
Ep. 47 with antiques dealer Shane Robuck
<p>This past Fall, Karen met antique dealer <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shane Robuck of Robuck & Co</a> 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.</p> <p><!--more--></p> <ul> <li>Shane tells us about his love of Italy and his favorite cities for finding the best pieces</li> <li>Shane tells us about how he started buying antiques and who helped him educate his eye</li> <li>The guiding principal he uses to buy pieces -- gauging with your heart and buying what you love</li> <li>We talk about why the millennial generation doesn't buying as many antiques</li> <li>Shane gives us a quick lesson on antiques from various countries</li> <li>Shane tells us the story of buying his tufted sofa with adjustable arms</li> <li>He tells us what types of antiques are currently trending in his shop</li> <li>Taryn asks about tips about shopping for antiques in a shop</li> <li>We talk about negotiating and what's a fair price to offer</li> </ul>
Mar 27, 2018
Ep. 46 designer Laura Walker Baird of Verde Home
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>We talk about purging -- what's worth keeping and what needs to be tossed</li> <li>Laura tells us about her time abroad shopping for antiques</li> <li>We hear about Laura's bedroom -- mauve with green carpet</li> <li>She talks about why she wasn't really an interior designer when she lived in Italy</li> <li>Laura tells us about the proper Italian way to eat spaghetti</li> <li>The most common issue Laura's clients deal with</li> <li>Taryn asks Laura about her favorite design era</li> <li>We talk about getting pieces custom made</li> <li>Laura talks about accessorizing an unused room in her client's home to make it functional </li> <li>We talk about how to make your dining room more inviting so you'll actually use it</li> <li>Laura tells us about her home renovation which she's recently finished</li> </ul>
Mar 13, 2018
Ep. 45 with designer Paloma Contreras
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>We talk about Remodelista’s 2018 trends</li> <li>Paloma tells us about her upcoming book publishing in Fall 2018</li> <li>We talk about the difference between finding inspiration and executing a room design based on that inspiration</li> <li>We ask Paloma about what she’s had to talk clients out of</li> <li>How do we incorporate trends without falling victim to those trends</li> <li>Paloma talks trends and her ‘oops’ moment</li> <li>Why Paloma is so glad classic rooms are having a big moment in design</li> <li>How <em>La Dolce Vita</em> got started and eventually evolved into a full service design business</li> <li>Paloma tells us about her design style and ‘hero fabrics’</li> <li>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 subdued</li> <li>Paloma talks about the process of writing a book and how important it was to schedule blocks of time to write</li> <li>Why it’s important to know how to live and love in your home</li> <li>The biggest faux pas as a dinner party guest</li> <li>Paloma’s favorite ways to inject personality into your home – travel souvenirs and color</li> <li>Holes 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?</li> <li>Taryn and Karen ask for Paloma’s suggestions to replace their juju hats</li> </ul>
Feb 27, 2018
Ep. 44: Performance Fabrics 101
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Why our performance fabrics by Sunbrella are stainproof, fadeproof, and super durable</li> <li>We talk about the 'face test' and why we're so excited to use our new performance fabrics on our furniture</li> <li>Emily talks about how she became a textile designer</li> <li>Kimberly and Emily tell us about all the cool green and eco-friendly aspects about the Sunbrella company</li> <li>We talk through common stains and the handy chart that'll make cleanup a breeze</li> <li>Which furniture pieces you should consider using performance fabrics on</li> <li>We talk about some of our favorite fabrics in the new collection</li> <li>We help Kimberly sort through her own decorating dilemma</li> </ul>
Feb 13, 2018
Ep. 43 with designer Rachel Cannon
<p>While in Atlanta for market, Baton Rouge interior <a href= "" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">designer Rachel Cannon</a> 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!</p> <p><!--more--></p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>First things first, we get a lesson in how to say 'Baton Rouge'</li> <li>Rachel talks about her first room and the most important decorating lesson her mom taught her</li> <li>Rachel talks about why your room dictates your furniture layout and the pieces you need</li> <li>Rachel tells us her number one piece of dream furniture</li> <li>We give Rachel all our Scott's Antique Market tips and we talk about AmericasMart in Atlanta</li> <li>We quiz Rachel on her tips for dressing up a space while keeping it comfortable</li> <li>Why paint color isn't necessarily the best route if you want a colorful home</li> <li>Rachel shares her favorite paint colors</li> <li>We talk bookshelves and how to fill all that space without it being cluttered</li> <li>Rachel's 'cantaloupe' trick for bookshelf styling</li> <li>We ask Rachel who about her designer inspirations -- Suzanne Kasler, Kelly Wearstler, and Phoebe Howard</li> </ul>
Jan 30, 2018
Ep. 42 with designer Barbara Westbrook
<p>The impossibly talented <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Barbara Westbroo</a>k stops by the podcast to talk antiquing, her book <a href= "" target= "_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Gracious Rooms</em></a>, her client work, renovating her homes, and her decorating pet peeve. And of course, we answer your decorating questions!</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Barbara tells us about some of her earliest memories antiquing with her mom in a shop in her hometown of Lynchberg, Virginia</li> <li>How she ended up in Atlanta in the interior design business working for one of our podcast guests</li> <li>Barbara tells us a story of Suzanne Kasler's bathroom, and we talk about <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Miles Redd's mirrored bathroom</em></a></li> <li>We talk about Barbara's previous <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home in a historic neighborhood in Atlanta</a></li> <li>She talks about why it's a good idea to live in your home before you renovate</li> <li>Barbara tells us about why she bought her new house and the improvements she's making to it</li> <li>We talk about collecting items you love and finding a place for them later</li> <li>Why she loves designing kitchens and how she'd love to just design kitchens one day</li> <li>Her best lesson for designing a kitchen or bathroom -- edited the design down to two 'tricks'</li> <li>How she transitioned from a petite home to a larger home</li> <li>We talk about picture frames and Barbara's approach to incorporating them into your decor</li> </ul>
Jan 16, 2018
Ep. 41 with The Peak of Chic's Jennifer Boles
<p>Atlanta native Jennifer Boles of <a href= "" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">The Peak of Chic</a> 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 <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>In with the Old: Classic Decor from A to Z</em></a> and the concept for her next book coming out Fall 2018.</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jennifer tells us about her book obsession and how she started <a href="" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">The Peak of Chic</a></li> <li>Jennifer 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 Fowler</li> <li>Jennifer tells us about how Dorothy Draper's Decorating is Fun was the impetus for her study and obsession with decorating history</li> <li>We talk about how Jennifer almost worked at Ballard</li> <li>We talk about decorating books and which ones Jennifer says we have to have in our libraries</li> <li>Jennifer talks about one of her favorite new decor books -- <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ardrossan</a></li> <li>We talk about working old things into your home so it doesn't feel outdated</li> <li>Jennifer talks about how her first book <em><a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">In with the Old: Classic Decor from A to Z</a></em> came about </li> <li>The one thing that immediately dates a room</li> <li>We talk about classic pieces and how they come in and out of fashion</li> <li>We talk about where you should spend your decorating dollars</li> </ul>
Jan 02, 2018
Ep. 40: with Maison Studios' Anne Scott Shelley and Allison Smith
<p>Okay, when Anne Scott Shelley and Allison Smith of <a class="gtrackexternal" href= "" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Maison Studios</a> 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.</p> <p><strong><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Episode</strong></strong></p> <ul> <li>How Anne Scott and Allison started working together and they’re different strengths in their partnership</li> <li>Why they love unconventional color palettes in beach homes</li> <li>Where they like to save money in their projects, especially since they often decorate second homes</li> <li>We talk about how far outdoor fabrics have come and why they’re great for beach homes</li> <li>Allison shares her love for granny florals</li> <li>They talk about how their approach to decorating may differ from most shoppers because they’re decorating rental homes</li> <li>We talk about cafe curtains and why they’re aren’t considered ‘granny’ anymore</li> <li>We talk about plates on walls and why they’re classic</li> <li>Anne Scott and Allison share their favorite places for finding vintage and antiques</li> <li>We talk about about our Atlanta store opening and why the Maison girls will need to come visit us!</li> <li>How do you create a beachy feel without going kitschy</li> <li>Anne Scott and Allison also share how you bring a beachy vibe to your home if you’re nowhere near the water</li> </ul>
Dec 19, 2017
Ep. 39 with clothing designer Ann Mashburn
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ann tells us about how they started their shops Sid Mashburn and Ann Mashburn</li> <li>She tells us about her real life <em>Devil Wears Prada</em> experience</li> <li>She talks about how the interior design style of her stores reflects the style of their homes</li> <li>She talks about her philosophy when it comes to buying furniture -- buying what you love and not necessarily things that 'go together'</li> <li>We talk about lots of pieces that used to be in their homes ended up in their stores</li> <li>She tells us the story of the iconic horse painting in Sid's flagship Atlanta stores</li> <li>Ann talks about why each store they open has an inspiration board in it</li> <li>Ann 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 sofas</li> <li>We ask Ann about her daily 'uniform'</li> <li>Ann and Sid raised 5 girls all of whom have great, unique style</li> <li>We ask Ann about dressing for the holidays and her go-to outfits for holiday parties</li> </ul>
Dec 05, 2017
Ep. 38: Color 101 with Maria Killam
<p>We've been waiting to get color expert <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Maria Killam</a> on the podcast ever since we heard about her <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">October color workshop</a> 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!</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Show:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Maria gives us a rundown of paint undertones and why they're important</li> <li>What makes a decor choice timeless</li> <li>We talk about paint swatches, why you need big ones, and how fan decks are made</li> <li>We ask how you know which paint color to shoot for?</li> <li>We talk about why choosing a paint color should be an easy choice</li> <li>What's the difference between a 'clean' versus a 'dirty' color?</li> <li>Why mixing your own custom color isn't necessarily the best strategy</li> <li>We talk about choosing exterior paint colors and why you should approach them differently</li> <li>We talk about choosing colors in adjacent rooms</li> <li>Why the right wallpaper can totally transform outdated fixtures and finishes</li> <li>Why styling and decorating can solve a ton of problems before you renovate</li> <li>Why you should look to your closet when searching for color inspiration</li> <li>We ask Maria what the biggest mistake is that people make when it comes to color?</li> <li>We talk about why it's so important to use large swatches of fixtures and finishes when you're renovating</li> </ul>
Nov 21, 2017
Ep. 37 with designer Jonathan Savage
<p>Ever since we worked with <a href= "">interior designer Jonathan Savage</a> on the <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2016 Southern Style Now Showhouse</a>, 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.</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jonathan gives us a rundown of his first overseas designer</li> <li>We talk about Jonathan and Suzanne Kasler's recent shopping trip in London</li> <li>We talk about how style differs from coast to coast and even generation to generation</li> <li>Jonathan shares the inspiration by his stairwell in the Kips Bay Showhouse</li> <li>Jonathan shares why showhouses are such great opportunity for designers</li> <li>Jonathan plans to use pieces from <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Miles Redd's collection</a> for an upcoming showhouse</li> <li>We talk about updating family heirlooms</li> <li>We talk about choosing appliances when you're doing a home renovation</li> <li>Jonathan suggests talking to friends and family members before choosing appliances</li> <li>Why it's important to test drive appliances and fixtures before using them in your renovation</li> <li>Jonathan walks us through his Nashville home renovation</li> <li>We talk about how we were inspired by Jonathan's room in the Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans</li> <li>We talk about wallpaper and why some rooms need it</li> </ul>
Nov 07, 2017
Ep. 36 with James Farmer, decorator, garden expert, and author
<p>'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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>James talks about how one of his earliest memories foreshadowed his life now</li> <li>We talk about pruning, hydrangeas, and crepe myrtles</li> <li>We talk about James' new house Farmdale</li> <li>We talk about James' interior design projects and why he finds himself working all over the country</li> <li>James shares his secret for building a new home that looks old</li> <li>James tells us about his latest antique find</li> <li>We talk about china patterns and how many James has</li> <li>James spills his dinner party formula -- pork tenderloin, roasted vegetables, and biscuits</li> <li>Taryn asks James for a suggestion for the centerpiece of a shower she's hosting</li> <li>We talk about James' projects, his approach to layering, and how many projects he's working on at once</li> <li>We talk about James' next book</li> <li>We talk about trends and using the classics</li> </ul>
Oct 24, 2017
Ep. 35 with Vern Yip
<p>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 <em>Trading Spaces</em>, HGTV's <em>Design Star</em> and <em>Bang for Your Buck</em>. We love his book <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home</em></a>, so we were thrilled to sit down with him and talk shop.</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Show:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Vern tells us his background, how he ended up living in Atlanta, and his path to becoming a designer</li> <li>He tells us about his first design project for Disney</li> <li>We talk about how incredible Vern's book <em>Design Wise</em> is, especially as an instructional tool</li> <li>Why designing is actually a lot simpler than you'd think and why Vern's book is so helpful in making it easy</li> <li>We talk about value in furniture and why a deal isn't always the best choice and why a splurge isn't always smart either</li> <li>Why space planning is the first crucial step before shopping</li> <li>Why embracing your personal style can save you money</li> <li>Vern shares his favorite exercise for uncovering someone's personal style</li> <li>He tells us about designing his childhood bedroom and how he sees his own style in his son</li> <li>We talk about mixing styles together and how to create a 'thread of continuity'</li> <li>Why you shouldn't be in a hurry to fill your space</li> <li>Why it's important to collect pieces while you're traveling</li> <li>The most dramatic travel souvenir he brought home</li> <li>Taryn tells us about her most recent travel treasure</li> <li>Vern tells us about why he's always redecorating -- it's not the reason you think!</li> <li>We talk about how Vern's house has changed becoming a dad</li> <li>We talk about the incredible antique education Vern got from his mom</li> <li>We talk about how his kids are already developing their own unique sense of style</li> <li>Vern tells us about his favorite place to visit</li> <li>Why it's worth it to spend the time making your home a reflection of you</li> </ul>
Oct 10, 2017
Ep. 34 with interior designer William Peace
<p>Before we even published our first episode of the <a href= "" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">How to Decorate podcast</a>, 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 <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">William Peace</a> on several projects including the time he styled <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">three spreads for our catalog</a> and designing the <a href= "" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Atlanta Food and Wine Festival</a> 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.</p> <p><strong><strong>What You’ll Hear on This Show:</b></strong></strong></p> <ul> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Bill tells us about how he started working out west</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">We ask Bill about his ‘style’ and how that lines up with his projects out west</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">He tells us about his decorating philosophy and how he translates that in his design projects</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">We ask Bill about shopping regionally and whether he furnishes his spaces with local items</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Bill uses a lot of locally sourced art, and he tells us about how he works those pieces into his rooms</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">We talk about collections, including Bill’s knife collections</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Bill tells us about his Atlanta home -- it’s an old gas station</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">He tells us about the best change he made to his home</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">He tells us about how he displays his collections and why he likes changing things around</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">We talk about the Atlanta design community and why he doesn’t feel pressure to impress his design colleagues when he’s entertaining at home</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">We talk about getting into the design business and why Bill feels it’s important to go to school before trying to break into the industry</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Bill gives us a lesson on how to buy antiques and the story behind one of his favorite travel treasures</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">We ask Bill how to decorate a space so that it’s relevant to the location without being kitschy</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">We’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 catalog</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Bill tells us about a trick he uses to make rooms feel calm and laid-back</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">We ask Bill about making a tonal room that doesn’t feel boring</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Bill tells us about how the styles of his Montana and Atlanta homes differ</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">We ask Bill his opinion on TVs in bedrooms and his decorating pet peeves</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">He gives us a lesson on scale, why it’s important, and why it can be fun to manipulate it</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Bill tell us why it’s important to first consider the mood you’re wanting to set before you start decorating a space</span></li> </ul>
Sep 26, 2017
Ep. 33 How to Layout a Room with Miriam Leuthold
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>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 takes</li> <li>We talk about building your room about a focal point, including what that focal point can be</li> <li>Miriam suggests starting with a rug and keeping all of your furniture pieces on the rug</li> <li>We talk about focusing your seating around your TV versus a fireplace</li> <li>What to do when you walk right into the living room through the front door</li> <li>Karen tells us how she's solved this problem in her own 1920"s bungalow</li> <li>What to do if you have a really, really large living room</li> <li>What to do when you don't have an architectural feature that creates a focal point</li> <li>The TV dilemma -- how to address it? Hide it in plain sight? Or hide it completely?</li> <li>We discuss traffic flow, including proper distance for a walkway and distance between coffee table and seating</li> <li>Why we all love occasional chairs so much</li> <li>We talk about laying out your bedroom, and why keeping it simple works</li> <li>How do we approach a home office?</li> <li>Karen calls out her cousin who has a really depressing home office situation</li> </ul>
Sep 12, 2017
Ep. 32 with Rebecca McKelvey, the 'First Lady of Ballard'
<p>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!</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The three of us share our trials and triumphs -- including several 'oops' moments</li> <li>Karen's trial involves slipcovers and cowhide rugs</li> <li>My trial involves several inches of water in our kitchen</li> <li>Taryn's trial and triumph involve a painting project</li> <li>Rebecca explains the curious nickname she calls her husband, our president Ryan McKelvey</li> <li>Rebecca tells us about their home's style and how she approaches decorating her space</li> <li>Rebecca talks about their 'no shoes' policy in the house</li> <li>Rebecca tells us about how she needed a bathroom cabinet, so Ryan designed our <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Miranda Corner Cabinet</a></li> <li>We start bribing Rebecca to help us get our product ideas made</li> <li>We 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 room</li> <li>She shares her tips for new construction -- it's all in the builder</li> <li>Rebecca explains why she travels with her vacuum cleaner</li> <li>Rebecca talks about the carpet debate she and Ryan had when they were building their house</li> <li>Rebecca tells us about how she and Ryan collected all of their oriental rugs</li> <li>We talk antiques and how Rebecca and Ryan blend new and old in their home</li> <li>We talk entertaining tips, how Rebecca seats Thanksgiving for 26 people, and the idea of a 'payback party'</li> <li>Rebecca talks about her go-to entertaining entree -- standing rib roast</li> <li>We talk about funny Southern words that we'll define for you</li> </ul>
Aug 29, 2017
Ep. 31 with designer Virginia Cheek
<p>Once we photographed <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Virginia's house</a>, 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.</p> <h4>What You'll Hear on This Show:</h4> <ul> <li>We all talk about the decorating compromises we've made in our homes</li> <li>Taryn tells us about her brown on brown den that she hates</li> <li>We talk about 'sit-abouts' and how silly they are</li> <li>Karen tells us about the leather-wrapped rock</li> <li>Virginia tells us about why she left architecture school to get into interior design</li> <li>We talk about Virginia's style and how she blends traditional, southern style with the California cool she picked up while living on the west coast</li> <li>Virginia tells us about micro-sealing and how she plans to do this to her home</li> <li>We talk about the difference between her clients in California and her clients in Atlanta</li> <li>We talk about contrast and why it's important to consider when you're furnishing your home</li> <li>We discuss whether it's a yay or a nay to paint antiques</li> <li>We talk about Virginia's genius TV trick</li> <li>We talk about whether each of us appreciated interior design when we were young</li> <li>We talk about working with renovation choices that previous owners had done</li> <li>We talk about lighting and why dimmers are important</li> </ul>
Aug 22, 2017
Ep. 30 with House Beautiful's Sophie Donelson
<p>When we were in New York for Miles Redd's launch party, we got the chance to stop by the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House Beautiful</a> 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!</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>We play a little pop quiz where I test Sophie, Taryn, and Karen's knowledge of design and interior designers</li> <li>We talk about editors' letters and how Sophie writes hers. Does she wait until the last minute?</li> <li>We ask Sophie what in her mind makes a house beautiful?</li> <li>Why a house does and doesn't make it into the magazine</li> <li>What the House Beautiful team does to a home when they come to shoot it</li> <li>We talk about how purple is making a comeback -- yes, purple!</li> <li>Sophie tells us what she thinks has changed about the way people decorate their homes</li> <li>We talk about paint colors and how to pick them</li> </ul>
Aug 15, 2017
Ep. 29 with artist Andrea Costa
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on this Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Andrea starts by telling us how she began her career as an interior designer before transitioning into art</li> <li>She talks to us about how she gets her inspiration for a new painting and her favorite size canvas to paint</li> <li>We ask her about how she works with interior designers to create art for a specific room</li> <li>She tells us about decorating her new space and how often she mixes up her decor</li> <li>She talks about why she loves to hang other people's artwork instead of her own</li> <li>We talk about the pros and cons of having a separate studio space rather than a studio in her basement</li> <li>Andrea tells us about how her music playlist impacts the look of her canvas</li> <li>Andrea coaches us on picking out a piece of art -- she suggests first choosing a budget</li> <li>Andrea likes to start a room with her piece of art, then building a room about that piece</li> <li>Andrea tells us about her first big art piece</li> <li>We ask her about gallery walls and how to put one together</li> <li>Andrea tells us how to mix different colors, styles, and sizes of art in one room</li> <li>Karen talks about why she loves accessorizing her dining room</li> <li>We talk about feedback, seeing her pieces in real homes, and working with expectations for a commission</li> <li>Andrea talks to us about how long it takes her to paint a piece and why painting abstract pieces takes so much longer</li> <li>Andrea gives us a lesson on paint mediums and why you might prefer working with one versus another</li> <li>We talk about how she started working with Ballard and why she wanted to sell her prints through us</li> <li>We talk about our Exclusive Artist program and why we love having this option for our customers</li> </ul>
Aug 08, 2017
Ep. 28 with Miles Redd, our newest design partner
<p>Celebrated New York decorator Miles Redd welcomed us to his home for this week’s episode of the podcast. With the launch of <a class="gtrackexternal" href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">his new collection</a>, 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.</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>We all share the best thing we’ve done to our homes, and also our biggest regret or mistake</li> <li>He talks about his home, and how he longs for wide open spaces</li> <li>He shares how he went about designing the pieces for his collection, nearly all of them in his own home</li> <li>How his experience as the Creative Director for Oscar de la Renta helped inform his Ballard Designs collection</li> <li>We ask him about his favorite pieces in the collection — the <a class="gtrackexternal" href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">dining table</a> and the <a class= "gtrackexternal" href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kidney Accent Table</a></li> <li>Why juxtaposition is so important in decorating</li> <li>We talk about drama, and why Miles doesn’t necessarily see his collection as being ‘dramatic’</li> <li>He tells us the story of how he custom built his Miles Bookcase</li> <li>We talk about how his Fire Island home is all beige</li> <li>What color would he pick if he could pick the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year</li> </ul>
Aug 01, 2017
Ep. 27 with designer Meg Braff
<p>If you love color, then this is an episode you can't miss. Interior designer <a href="" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Meg Braff</a> 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.</p> <p><!--more--></p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on this Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>We all share our dream vacations</li> <li>Meg tells us about how she realized she loved decorating -- it has to do with her dorm room at Vanderbilt</li> <li>She tells us about the process of writing her book which took three years</li> <li>She gives us a lesson in mixing patterns -- where to use them and how to mix them together</li> <li>We 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 spaces</li> <li>Meg reveals her favorite color</li> <li>We talk about her use of color -- using one really generously with teeny accents of something complementary</li> <li>We ask whether a house needs to have the same palette all the way through</li> <li>How a home's location influences the color palette you should be working with</li> <li>We talk about treating fabrics to make them more stain resistant</li> <li>How she decorates her home with four boys</li> <li>How often she redecorates her own home</li> <li>Taryn mentions how often we've pulled her rooms as inspiration for building our seasonal rooms</li> <li>Meg talks about why she loves a dressing table so much</li> <li>Why editing is so crucial to creating a beautiful, comfortable home</li> <li>Of course, we ask Meg about her decorating pet peeve</li> <li>Meg gives us a little lesson on using lampshades and lighting</li> <li>Meg tells us about her recent home renovation</li> <li>She tells us about her wallpaper line and how it fell in her lap</li> </ul>
Jul 25, 2017
Ep. 26 Art 101 with Karen Fleenor
<p class="p1">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.</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>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 much</li> <li>Karen tells us about her background in the art world and how she started working with Ballard Designs</li> <li>How do you know if it's the right piece for your home and for your space</li> <li>Why you should hang a piece of art over a piece of furniture with a contrasting style</li> <li>We talk about our exclusive artists and why it's perfectly fine to have art that isn't originals</li> <li>Taryn asks us how she can update a piece of art that belonged to her husband's grandfather</li> <li>We talk about how to hang art -- including what height they should hang and how far apart pieces should be</li> <li>We talk about small art -- hanging it with other pieces, on a small sliver of wall, or hang it low over a piece of furniture</li> <li>We talk about framing and why it's so expensive (it basically comes down to materials and labor)</li> <li>What size piece should you get if you're hanging it over a piece of furniture</li> </ul>
Jul 18, 2017
Ep. 25 with designer Maggie Griffin
<p>Interior designer <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Maggie Griffin</a> 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 <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">her on Instagram</a>, 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.</p> <h4>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</h4> <ul> <li>Maggie shares the unique way she built up her first clients</li> <li>She talks about how she and her husband love renovating and moving</li> <li>She tells us about counseling James Farmer while he was building his house, Farmdale</li> <li>We talk about how she starts a room -- either a rug or a special keepsake</li> <li>Maggie's always moving things, and she shares how art is the way she keeps things fresh</li> <li>Maggie cleverly treats all of the TVs in her home, and she shares her best tips for decorating around them</li> <li>We discuss the dreaded ceiling fan -- is she for or against the ceiling fan?</li> <li>She tells us about redecorating her husband's bachelor pad once they got married</li> <li>She talks about decorating her sons nurseries and how to decorate your child's bedroom with pieces that will endure</li> <li>How she manages all the kids toys</li> <li>She talks us through laying out a room -- where to start</li> <li>Maggie gives us a lesson on wallpaper and shares her favorite white paint color</li> <li>We talk about building a gallery wall</li> </ul>
Jul 11, 2017
Ep. 24 with designer Nancy Braithwaite
<p>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.</p> <p>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</p> <p>-Nancy talks to us about her style, how she zeroed in on it, and what steps she takes creating it<br /> -Nancy talks about seeing vs. looking<br /> -Nancy compares dressing a room with dressing yourself, and why accessories sometimes take away from your design<br /> -Why proportion and scale are crucial to creating a well designed room<br /> -She tells us a story about being mesmerized at a decorators showhouse in New York and how it changed the ways she decorates<br /> -We ask Nancy how we can train our eyes to see instead of look<br /> -Nancy tells us about working with Deanne Levison, one of the top American antiques dealers in the country<br /> -How Nancy and Deanne came to work together and their adventures at antique shows all over the country<br /> -How to compose your room -- start with large pieces then add what makes those large pieces feel better<br /> -We talk slipcovers, which ones Nancy likes, and why she uses them so often in her spaces<br /> -She tells us about staining the floors in a recent project black and why it transformed the space<br /> -We talk about how she helped her daughter decorate her home which was featured in Cottage Living<br /> -How you can learn from the best by studying their work and learning to see rather than look<br /> -We talk about when to stop<br /> -Nancy talks about when she started to really understand her own style and aesthetic<br /> -Why it's so important to just go for it -- try something and move things around if they don't work<br /> -We discuss one of the pillar's of Nancy's style -- whimsy<br /> -Nancy chimes in about where you should invest your decorating dollars<br /> -When to use symmetry and when to use asymmetry</p>
Jul 04, 2017
Ep. 23 with the Madcap Cottage Gents, Part 2
<p>We couldn't pass up the opportunity to sit down with Jason & John, the <a href="" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">Madcap Cottage Gents</a>, 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 <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Prints Charming</a>, and much more.</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Taryn shares her trial -- putting toilet bowl cleaner in her dishwasher!</li> <li>Her triumph was successfully getting her dog's drool off her car's leather interior</li> <li>I share my newest go-to appetizer for entertaining</li> <li>Karen's triumph was getting some new goodies from Etsy for her summer vacation</li> <li>We talk about Jason & John's upcoming book, <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Prints Charming</a></li> <li>The guys talk about why you should always talk to the antique dealer to hear the story of the piece</li> <li>We discuss many of the details in Jason and John's home -- like the way they hung art in their library</li> <li>So many pieces in their home have special details they've customized themselves</li> <li>We talk about creating seating areas -- you can likely fit in more seating than you think</li> <li>We talk about the lost art of entertaining and why you shouldn't stress</li> <li>Lighting is so important -- you likely need more than you think</li> <li>We talk about the challenges of renting</li> <li>We talk about why you should mix styles in your home</li> </ul>
Jun 27, 2017
Ep. 22 with designer Cindy Meador
<p>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.</p> <h4>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</h4> <ul> <li>Taryn's trial and triumph was yardwork-related</li> <li>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</li> <li>Karen's triumph was doing a professional looking hydrangea arrangement for her friend's birthday</li> <li>Her trial was the string lights in her backyard falling down</li> <li>We ask Cindy how her work became featured in a cocktail book</li> <li>We talk about how style differs from region to region</li> <li>Cindy often will start working with a client on their second home, then later work on their primary residence</li> <li>We talk about designing a home for a client from the ground up</li> <li>Cindy shares the entire process of installing a project</li> <li>We talk about how she got into interior design and her advice for people getting into the business</li> <li>We talk about her own personal style and how her style differs from her client work</li> <li>We talk recliners and the fact that there are some good ones out there</li> <li>We talk about market, what she's looking for, and what trends she's seeing</li> <li>Cindy shares where she thinks people should invest their decorating dollars</li> <li>She talks about where she starts her rooms</li> </ul>
Jun 20, 2017
Ep. 21 with "The Professor" Phil Lancaster
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>We start off with a furniture lesson on modern vs. contemporary</li> <li>How does modern differ from mid-century modern?</li> <li>What's going to make it from the furniture being created right now? How do we know what will last?</li> <li>There's a lot of innovation around lighting right now in new types of light bulbs</li> <li>We discuss light bulbs and why the color they give off is so important</li> <li>What's the difference between an antique and vintage</li> <li>We talk about his 100 year old house, how he bought it from the original owners, and how he loves the hunt</li> <li>How important it is to talk to antique dealers when you're out hunting for things</li> <li>What we look for when we're going on one of our big antique shopping trips</li> <li>How to shop for a wooden antique -- open the drawers, look at the back, examine the construction to know whether it's well-made</li> <li>We ask Phil about his favorite interior designer and artist</li> <li>We 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 design</li> <li>We talk about why we use MDF to manufacture furniture and why you shouldn't assume something made from MDF is poor quality</li> <li>Taryn tells us a story about a mahogany table she sent to a furniture show and why real wood isn't always better</li> <li>We talk about kiln dried wood -- if you remove the moisture from the wood, it's less likely to warp</li> <li>We talk about teak and why you remove the moisture from teak</li> <li>We dive into upholstery and the four main parts -- the frame, the suspension, the cushion, and the cover</li> <li>Phil jumps on his soapbox about the <em>pitch</em> of upholstery and why it's the most important quality about your furniture piece's comfort</li> <li>We talk about what 8-way hand tied is and why you don't need it anymore</li> <li>Phil tells us about cushion construction and what's on the inside of your sofa</li> </ul>
Jun 13, 2017
Ep. 20 with designer Lisa Mende
<p>Lisa Mende's room in the <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Traditional Home Southern Style Now Showhouse</a> 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.</p> <p><strong>What You'll Hear on This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>I talk about Tom Sheerer's book Tom Sheerer Decorates which I devoured over Memorial Day weekend</li> <li>Taryn talks about her leaky roof and how the dry cleaner got out the stain in her blue dress (which <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">she discussed in the last episode</a>)</li> <li>Lisa tells us all about her 'she shed' in the Traditional House showhouse in New Orleans</li> <li>We talk about her guest house becoming the center of the party during the showhouse opening</li> <li>We talk about showhouses, how designers are paired with sponsors, and why we love showhouses so much</li> <li>Why 'the mix' is so important</li> <li>She tells us about the questionnaire she gives potential clients</li> <li>We talk about the importance of getting to know your own likes and dislikes before decorating your home</li> <li>She tells us about her new house and her plans for decorating it</li> <li>Why she decorates her own house in stages</li> <li>A great rule she has for splurging on a piece of furniture -- how can you use it three different ways</li> <li>Why you might want to coordinate your dining room and living room upholstery</li> <li>How she's working around the 80's fireplace in her new house</li> <li>We talk about striped rugs and outdoor rugs</li> <li>We talk about white paint colors, why they're complicated, and why they work</li> <li>I share how I picked Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace for my dark little craftsman</li> <li>We talk the pace of a room, and why it's an indicator of how much color you want in your space</li> <li>My mom's recent paint mistake</li> <li>Why you can't just ask your neighbor the color they used for their house</li> <li>We talk paint finishes and why they're important</li> <li>We talk lacquer -- this is on Lisa's list of Don't DIY</li> <li>She shares some of her drapery tricks for getting a designer look on a budget</li> </ul>
Jun 06, 2017
Ep. 19 with Margot Shaw of Flower Magazine
<p><em>Flower Magazine</em> 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 <em>Flower Magazine</em>. 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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <p>-Taryn's very upsetting wardrobe malfunction<br /> -Karen talks about how she oxycleans everything<br /> -Taryn's triumph is that she had a piece of art framed<br /> -Karen shares the mystery of her collapsed faux boxwood balls<br /> -Karen's triumph was painting her back fence black<br /> -My triumph is that I had my Nala Stool reupholstered in our Natural Woven Sand fabric which looks just like raffia<br /> -My trial is a recurring experience in which my neighbor's get to see my pajamas<br /> -Margot shares the incredible story of how she started Flower Magazine<br /> -We talk about how people are really the cornerstone of the magazine, not plants<br /> -She shares that she does not in fact ... have a green thumb<br /> -How her daughter's wedding started her in a whole new career<br /> -Margot says that a French hand tied is the best method for arranging flowers for beginners<br /> -Margot shares her favorite flower to arrange with -- garden roses<br /> -The secret to a great flower arrangement is really in the container<br /> -Why flowers and floral patterns are considered to be feminine<br /> -How leaves and flowers actually form the foundation of so many classic forms -- like acanthus leaves and Corinthian columns<br /> -What flowers (or style of arranging flowers) are trendy right now<br /> -Why it's actually harder to make an arrangement look organic and effortless<br /> -Her favorite greenery to add to her flower arrangements<br /> -We talk about fake flowers, or 'permanent botanicals'<br /> -We all admit to whether we've cut flowers from our neighbors' yards</p>
May 30, 2017
Ep. 18 with designer Mark D. Sikes
<p>This week we have a very special guest all the way from California, interior designer <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mark D. Sikes</a>. 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 <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">his Los Angeles home landed on the cover of <em>House Beautiful</em></a>, 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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Taryn's trial involves the yearly dilemma of pollen versus outdoor furniture.</li> <li>Karen gives us tips for pruning hydrangeas.</li> <li>My London travel momento is both my trial and my triumph.</li> <li>Karen's guest bedroom saga continues. This week, she's talking about paint.</li> <li>Mark shares the process of designing his furniture collection and where his inspiration comes from</li> <li>How his degree in finance helps his interior design business</li> <li>We press him on how he started his <a href= "" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">MDS Stripes</a> fashion line</li> <li>Mark loves a stripe -- so much that he started a striped clothing line -- so he schools us on mixing stripes together</li> <li>Why no room should ever look perfect</li> <li>His one design rule is that a space looks like it's been created over time</li> <li>We talk about California style and how we can bring a little of it into our homes</li> <li>He shares the inspiration and plan for the <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Coastal Living Idea House</a> that he's designing in Newport, Rhode Island</li> <li>We talk about his living room in the <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Southern Living Idea House</a> which was all neutral</li> <li>Of course we have to ask him his decorating pet peeves</li> <li>Mark shares the incredible story of how his house landed on the cover of <em>House Beautiful</em></li> <li>His decorating advice for anyone looking to start out in the design industry</li> </ul>
May 23, 2017
Ep. 17 with Domino Magazine's Jessica Romm Perez
<p>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 <a href="" target="_blank">Domino Magazine</a>, 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!</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>We're in High Point Market in North Carolina interviewing interior designers and editors</li> <li>We talk about why we love market and what it is</li> <li>Karen's triumph is the new bed she put in her guest bedroom</li> <li>Her trial is that her guest bedroom closet won't close because of the bed!</li> <li>We talk about how everything in Karen's house is from Ballard but why it doesn't actually look like our catalog or store</li> <li>Taryn's trial and triumph is a new console table she got from the Ballard outlet</li> <li>My triumph is that I took a macaron making class with my mom and now I'm a macaron expert!</li> <li>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."</li> <li>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 market</li> <li>She shares her best tips for decorating with kids, including organizing kid's toys in her small New York apartment</li> <li>How systems are a crucial part of her decorating and organizing strategy</li> <li>How she stepped into the role of editor in chief at such a beloved brand and magazine</li> <li>We talk about our favorite recent features in the latest issue of Domino, like the <a href="" target="_blank">crudite platter Karen recently tried</a></li> <li>Jessica 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.</li> <li>Jessica shares her rules for mixing metals in your home -- just go for it!</li> <li>She shares her most recent home purchase and talks about her home renovation</li> <li>What colors she's gravitating toward and why color impacts the mood of your home</li> </ul>
May 16, 2017
Ep. 16 Mother's Day Edition
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE</strong></p> <ul> <li>My trial which consisted of being in the middle of the Atlanta I-85 interstate collapse</li> <li>Taryn recaps her travels to South Africa, including what she brought home on the plane</li> <li>Taryn's sweet lab Baylor came home from the daycare with a tumor</li> <li>Karen talks about her carpenter bee problem and her gardening triumph</li> <li>We played a game with our moms where we made them fill out a quiz to see how well they knew us</li> <li>We talk color, wallpaper, sentimental things, and hoarding tendencies</li> <li>We talk about our childhood bedrooms</li> <li>We share another round of entertaining disasters</li> </ul>
May 09, 2017
Ep. 15 with Gen Sohr of Pencil & Paper Co
<p>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 <a href="" target="_blank">Pencil and Paper Company</a>, 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!</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Taryn tells us about her fun new find</li> <li>I shopped my house to redo my living room mantel</li> <li>Karen tells us about the mysterious dots all over her kitchen and den and her clever solution to her tray which scratches her coffee table</li> <li>We talk favorite paint colors and color palettes with Gen</li> <li>What it's like working with her husband, how they met, and when they decided to open their business</li> <li>We talk about her new hometown of Nashville and how the city has changed since they've moved there</li> <li>Does she have any pet peeves when she visits friends' homes</li> <li>Her go-to white paint color</li> <li>What she loves most about helping her clients with their homes</li> <li>How she has and hasn't comprised her home decor for her two young kids</li> <li>Renovations, moving, and why there's always something on the horizon</li> <li>We talk about her love for thrift shopping and scouring the flea market</li> <li>She talks about her son's love of design</li> </ul>
May 02, 2017
Ep. 14 with designer Beth Webb
<p>Interior designer <a href="" target= "_blank">Beth Webb</a>'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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE</strong></p> <ul> <li>My garden related triumph and allergy related trial</li> <li>Taryn has a cleaning conundrum she needs help solving</li> <li>Taryn talks about her recent accessory addition</li> <li>Karen's stranger danger experience in her neighborhood</li> <li>Why it's so great to be an interior designer in Atlanta</li> <li>We talk the business of design, including comraderie, client relationships, and social media</li> <li>How she's combined her own style aesthetic with her new husband's more contemporary style</li> <li>What are her decorating pet peeves</li> <li>The importance of having layers of light in your space</li> <li>Why scale is so important, why it's hard to teach, and how to approach scale in your own home</li> </ul>
Apr 25, 2017
Ep. 13 with Bunny Williams
<p>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!</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>We talk about my red lipstick trial and Karen schools us in her red lipstick protocol</li> <li>Karen's cord control decorating triumph</li> <li>Taryn talks about the incredible meal and incredible decor at Marcel in Atlanta</li> <li>Her trial involves public speaking</li> <li>Bunny tells us why she decided to do a product line with Ballard Designs</li> <li>She tells us about how we're all faced with the same dilemma when it comes to decorating -- budget</li> <li>Why only buying things you love is the best investment in your home</li> <li>Her proudest achievement in her first apartment in New York</li> <li>Her first big purchase was a good sofa, and why it's important for everyone to buy a really good one</li> <li>Bunny addresses the big pet question -- do hers get on the furniture and what does she do about it?</li> <li>We talk entertaining, why she's so comfortable with it, and what corners you can cut to make it easier on yourself</li> <li>She tells us about her home in the Dominican Republic</li> <li>She tells us about the time her husband John wanted to veto her decor choices</li> <li>We talk about redecorating and why it's not necessary if you get it right the first time</li> <li>We talk about her decorating pet peeve -- furniture that's always against the wall</li> <li>She gives us a lesson on laying out your room</li> <li>Hostess etiquette, especially when it comes to drinks and coasters</li> <li>She tells us about her new outdoor furniture collection, La Colina</li> <li>Why she never buys a chair online</li> </ul>
Apr 11, 2017
Ep. 12 with editor Betsy Riley
<p><em>**Disclaimer: We had some technical difficulty with one of our mics. It refused to cooperate! We hope you'll enjoy the show anyway.**</em></p> <p>Being the design-aholics we are, we couldn’t turn down an opportunity to interview the Editor-in-Chief of <a class= "gtrackexternal" href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Magazine’s HOME</a>, 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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU’LL HEAR IN THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Karen’s bathroom-related entertaining disaster </li> <li>Karen tested our Brian Patrick Flynn’s drapery training trick</li> <li>Taryn talks about her entertaining pet peeve — everyone gravitating to the kitchen</li> <li>Taryn’s shade swap with a big lighting lesson — take your lamp base to the store!</li> <li>Why some beautiful homes just aren’t right for a magazine</li> <li>How she picks which homes to feature and what types of spaces don’t make it to the magazine</li> <li>What her biggest decorating challenge is</li> <li>Why you have to be able to let things go</li> <li>Betsy’s tips for making your spaces look good in photographs</li> <li>We talk about Betsy’s black and white issue</li> </ul> <p> </p>
Mar 28, 2017
Ep. 11 with Suzanne Kasler
<p>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, <a href="" target="_blank">Suzanne Kasler</a>. 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 <a href= "" target="_blank">collection with Suzanne</a> 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!</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON TODAY'S SHOW:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Karen's recent framing victory inspired by Natalie Nassar's house</li> <li>Taryn talks about a product she recently designed</li> <li>A new hobby I'm trying out</li> <li>Suzanne talks about showhouses and why she loves them</li> <li>Why she likes to keep her team small</li> <li>How she does it all and where she finds her creative energy</li> <li>How her love of shopping translates to design inspiration</li> <li>Why Suzanne can't share her favorite places to shop</li> <li>Why she started working with design partners</li> <li>We talk about her new outdoor furniture collection, her Directoire collection in white</li> <li>Why you should start planning your outdoor space early</li> <li>Suzanne talks about using white as a paint color and she uses it so much in her clients' homes</li> <li>Suzanne talks about her 'architectural envelope' and why she pays so much attention to the architecture of her clients' homes</li> </ul>
Mar 14, 2017
Bonus Boston Episode #2 with Katie Hutchison
<p>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 <a href= "">Katie Hutchison's book</a> <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The New Small House</em></a> on our <a href= "" target="_blank">episode with Annette Joseph</a>. 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!</p> <p><strong>IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL HEAR:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The background story of Katie book and how it came to be</li> <li>We talk about Katie's own house which we briefly talks about in the book</li> <li>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'</li> <li>Taryn and I both talk about our experiences seeing the 'pockets of privacy' at work</li> <li>The variety of styles illustrated in the book</li> <li>We talk about the glass, kit house featured in the book</li> <li>How long it took the write and shoot the book</li> <li>How she found all of the houses for the book</li> <li>Ways those of us who aren't planning a large renovation can maximize the space we have</li> <li>We talk about the tiny house movement and how a tiny house differs from the houses in her book</li> <li>We talk about built-ins and how important they are for making small spaces super functional</li> <li>We talk about Katie's outdoor spaces and the many outdoor rooms in the book</li> <li>Katie tells us about her gardening mishaps, like transplanting weeds</li> <li>We talk about the strange things we've all found in our yard from previous owners</li> <li>We ask Katie about her favorite style of architect</li> <li>Common mistakes people make when they're designing a new home</li> <li>Why the answer to your home woes may not necessarily mean adding more space but reworking the space you already have</li> <li>Why the location of private and public spaces are so important for the way you live in your home</li> </ul>
Mar 02, 2017
Bonus Boston Episode #1 with Erin Gates
<p>We're big fans of interior designer, blogger, and author <a href="" target="_blank">Erin Gates</a>, 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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR IN THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>We talk about what guys universally love and hate</li> <li>How one finished room can inspire a client to finish the whole house</li> <li>We talk about which room you should invest in and complete first</li> <li>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</li> <li>Why having a well-designed master bedroom is so important</li> <li>The misconceptions many people have about what they can and can't have in their home if they have families</li> <li>Why white is actually appropriate -- if you have bleach on hand!</li> <li>How much Erin's team has grown and how delighted they all are to have a new, organized office space</li> <li>The color they use in almost every project</li> <li>We talk about Taryn's color addiction</li> <li>Karen and Erin bond over their love of animal print</li> <li>Erin tells us all about the massive home renovation of her fixer upper</li> <li>Her next big project in her home renovation</li> <li>Her love of real estate and how she's always browsing houses</li> <li>We talk TVs -- what's too big and should you have one in your bedroom</li> <li>Erin gives everyone a rug lesson</li> <li>I share a story about a 'rug island'</li> <li>We talk about what you do when your friends asks for decor advice about a home purchase they've made</li> <li>Why it's fun to work on projects that are out of your comfort zone</li> <li>Where people can save in their budget, and where they should in vest most of their dollars</li> </ul>
Mar 01, 2017
Ep. 10 with interior designer Melanie Turner
<p>We can't help but be struck by how powerful yet restrained interior designer <a href="" target="_blank">Melanie Turner's</a> 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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW</strong>:</p> <ul> <li>How Melanie uses vision boards to turn her dreams into reality</li> <li>We talk about the photo shoot Ballard Designs did at Melanie's house</li> <li>The powerful history of her historic home and the spiritual connection she has to it</li> <li>Why she feels like a steward of her house instead of an owner</li> <li>She talks about how practical the home is for modern life, even though it was built in 1923</li> <li>We talk a bit about Atlanta architect Phillip Shutze and historic preservation</li> <li>How owning a historic home has helped her with her client work</li> <li>All the fabulous locales where she currently has projects</li> <li>She tells us all about her trip to Morocco, including what she brought home and visiting Yves Saint Laurent's house</li> <li>How you remember much more if you can't take photographs</li> <li>Why instead of gifts, they take a family trip every year during the holidays</li> <li>Why editing is the most powerful thing you can do to refresh your home</li> <li>Her approach to picture frames -- framing them in one big mass on a stairwell instead of spread throughout</li> <li>Melanie talks about how she manifested her project onto the cover of Veranda magazine with a vision board</li> <li>How rewarding it is to give purpose to her client's homes</li> <li>How at her client installations, the husband is usually the one who cries the most!</li> <li>Why you shouldn't dismiss how important your home is</li> <li>Why she loves decorating for bachelors</li> <li>Why it's so hard to decorate her own home</li> <li>How many times she's moved since she's been married (she's married to a builder and developer)</li> <li>How you can give a new build home that old character that gives a house soul</li> </ul>
Feb 28, 2017
Ep. 9 with interior designer Miles Redd
<p>Go ahead and pinch us because we can’t quite believe we get to introduce this week’s podcast guest, interior designer <a href= "" target="_blank">Miles Redd</a>! 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 <a href="" target="_blank">AD100 Designer</a> on the podcast. Miles’ spaces are packed with style, drama, and whimsy, plus we were struck with how darn nice he is! </p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Karen’s juju hat insect infestation</li> <li>The next addition Karen made to her ongoing guest bedroom project</li> <li>Taryn painted her carport <a href= "" target="_blank">Sherwin Williams Vogue Green</a></li> <li>Taryn needs help with her guest bathroom because her beadboard wainscoting makes it difficult to hang a mirror</li> <li>My all-time worst trial involving a ‘ceiling pimple’</li> <li>How Miles got his start at NYU and made his way to John Rosselli</li> <li>His time at Oscar de la Renta</li> <li>Why it’s important to trust your own instincts and take risks</li> <li>Miles talks to us about color and why it’s all about relationships</li> <li>Why you should tackle your walls and floors first</li> <li>What it was like working on <a href= "" target="_blank">his parents’ home</a> and why it was a lifelong fantasy</li> <li>Why he loves a door and all the fun things he does with them</li> <li>His thoughts on lampshades, including what everyone does wrong and how he jazzes them up</li> <li>His list of ‘greats’</li> <li>Who he follows on Instagram (mostly his friends)</li> <li>We asked about his new office space, and he confirms that it’s just as glamorous and we imagined</li> <li>The one color he doesn’t like</li> <li>Miles’ decorating pet peeves</li> </ul>
Feb 14, 2017
Ep. 8 with Stylist Natalie Nassar
<p>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!</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW:</strong></p> <ul> <li>I hosted my largest ever dinner party and I give you a whole run down</li> <li>My seriously embarrassing 'trial' that involves my robot vacuum</li> <li>Another installment of Taryn's dog chewing disasters</li> <li>Taryn tells us about her trip to South America and what she brought back</li> <li>We ask Natalie about her style which she calls 'collected, global'</li> <li>Why Natalie likes to choose neutrals for her large furniture pieces, then adds in colorful accessories</li> <li>Her history with Ballard Designs and how she got started styling rooms</li> <li>We talk about her dining room, which you can see here</li> <li>Natalie talks to us about how she prioritized decorating each room</li> <li>We talk about the cute little ways Natalie styles her home, like buying cute hand soap (shown below)</li> </ul> <p>Please <a href= ""> send in your questions</a> 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.</p>
Jan 31, 2017
Ep. 7 with Stylist & Author Annette Joseph
<p>This week on the podcast, we're talking with stylist, entertaining expert, <a href= "" target= "_blank">author</a>, and workshop master of ceremonies, <a href= "" target="_blank">Annette Joseph</a>. 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!<img class= "wp-more-tag mce-wp-more" title="Read more..." src= "data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" alt="" data-wp-more="more" data-wp-more-text="" data-mce-placeholder="1" /></p> <h4>What You'll Hear on the Show:</h4> <ul> <li>How Karen did a mini bathroom makeover in her guest suite</li> <li>How Annette started styling</li> <li>What it was like pitching a show to Bravo and shooting a pilot</li> <li>Annette has been vacationing in Italy since she was a kid</li> <li>Annette talks about her upcoming book about Italy</li> <li>Why it's hard to be an ex-patriot in Italy</li> <li>Why it's always better to go shopping in Italy with an actual Italian (or someone who knows everyone)</li> <li>The scoop on buying real estate in Italy ... and renovating from a different continent</li> <li>Italy's all about 'juice'</li> <li>The faux pas Annette committed recently while walking around her property</li> <li>How they ended up buying the property they chose</li> <li>All about the workshops she hosts -- perfecting branding, photography, styling, and more</li> <li>What you could expect if you were to attend one of <a href= "" target= "_blank">Annette's workshops</a></li> <li>The book she's working on about the cocktail culture in Italy</li> </ul>
Jan 17, 2017
Ep. 6 with Bedding Expert Beth Mars Dean
<p>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!<img class="wp-more-tag mce-wp-more" title="Read more..." src= "data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" alt="" data-wp-more="more" data-wp-more-text="" data-mce-placeholder="1" /></p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE</strong></p> <ul> <li>The most recent catastrophe that happened with our photoshoot</li> <li>The surprising amount of time it takes to make a bed for one of our photo shoots</li> <li>All of the extra things Beth adds to her beds that you wouldn't normally use</li> <li>From start to finish, how Beth makes a gorgeous catalog-worthy bed</li> <li>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</li> <li>How many pillows each of us have on our beds</li> <li>What Beth's bed looks like and how she makes it every day</li> <li>How Beth became a bedding stylist</li> <li>How you can create a luxurious bed in a realistic way</li> </ul> <p>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?</p>
Jan 03, 2017
Bonus Episode: 2016 and 2017 Trends
<p>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 <a href="" target="_blank">Million Dollar Decorator Mary McDonald</a>'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.</p> <h4>What You'll Hear on This Episode</h4> <ul> <li>Which trends Mary McDonald says are officially out</li> <li>Which trends she says to look for in 2017</li> <li>Which trends we're all guilty of committing</li> </ul>
Dec 27, 2016
Ep. 5 with designer Erika Ward
<p>This week on the podcast, we sat down with Erika Ward of <a href="" target="_blank">Erika Ward Interiors</a>. 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!</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Erika talks about why she went into finance and eventually transitioned into designing full time</li> <li>How Erika balances classic design with a modern aesthetic</li> <li>Why you need to incorporate color into your room</li> <li>Why it’s so important for her and her clients to understand each other</li> <li>Why her biggest challenge in design work is educating her clients</li> <li>What’s so important about the ‘shell’ of a room</li> <li>What decorating mistake she made in her own house</li> <li>What surprised Erika when she came to one of our catalog shoots</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>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.</p>
Dec 20, 2016
Ep. 4 with Designer Sherry Hart
<p>On this episode of the podcast, we sat down with <a href= "" target="_blank">interior designer</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">blogger</a> 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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW</strong></p> <ul> <li>Karen’s latest progress on the guest room she’s redecorating</li> <li>The baby shower Karen recently hosted where the food was baby-themed</li> <li>How Sherry caught the decorating bug and her first published space</li> <li>How her style has changed over the course of her career</li> <li>Why she loves decorating with white</li> <li>Her biggest decorating pet peeve</li> <li>Bad advice for decorating when there’s someone else in the mix</li> <li>Her approach to styling bookshelves</li> </ul> <p>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.</p>
Dec 06, 2016
Bonus Episode: Entertaining Disasters
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW</strong></p> <ul> <li>Karen’s Napkin Tricks: both removing stains after a dinner party and an easy ironing trick</li> <li>The time I lit two dinner napkins on fire</li> <li>Karen’s ongoing entertaining disaster — under cooking meat</li> <li>Karen’s worst disaster — it involves a lasagna and an old oven mit</li> <li>The time Taryn exploded an entire bottle of wine in a crowded restaurant</li> <li>Our thoughts on signature cocktails</li> <li>All of our best flower arranging tips — including which combination of flowers to buy</li> <li>My mom’s three keys to a good party — good music, good food, good people</li> <li>The importance of traditions during the holidays, especially food traditions</li> <li>How to cook one end of your tenderloin faster so you can offer both well done and rare</li> <li>Your requirements as a party guest — RSVPing and being festive and fun</li> <li>Our tips for cleaning up</li> </ul> <p> </p>
Nov 23, 2016
Ep. 3 with the Madcap Cottage Guys
<p>We were so excited to have as our guests on this week’s episode, Jason Nixon and John Loecke, the <a href= "" target="_blank">Madcap Cottage Guys</a>! 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. </p> <p><strong>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW</strong></p> <ul> <li>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.</li> <li>They talk about their next vacation spot — Tokyo — and why they’re dying to make it there next.</li> <li>What do they do with all of the treasures they bring home?</li> <li>What do they see as living a ‘well-lived life?’</li> <li>They share their more casual approach to entertaining, like ways to entertain without making everything from scratch.</li> <li>Why we should throw out the idea of having a ‘camera ready’ home all the time.</li> <li>Jason and John’s decorating pet peeves</li> <li>Inspirations for their fabric like for Robert Allen</li> <li>How their mothers’ styles impacted their own sensibilities</li> <li>What they would save if their house was on fire</li> <li>They mention the <a href= "" target="_blank">Traditional Home Napa Showhouse</a> which they decorated using many of our products. You can see a whole <a href= "" target="_blank">tour of their space here</a>.</li> </ul> <p>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.</p>
Nov 22, 2016
Ep. 2: Stylist & Hoarder Ginny Branch
<p>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.</p> <p>WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW:</p> <ul> <li>Ginny talks about becoming a stylist</li> <li>Why it's so important to love the people she works with</li> <li>Which people or brands she's dying to work with</li> <li>An insider's view to how catalogs are shot</li> <li>The magic of shooting a catalog in Italy</li> <li>The craziest thing she's ever brought home with her on a plane</li> <li>She tells us about her little house in Atlanta</li> </ul> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>
Nov 08, 2016
Ep. 1 Meet the How to Decorate Team
<p>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 <a href= "" target="_blank">talented artist</a>) 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 <a href= "" target= "_blank">here</a>, and we also shared <a href= "" target="_blank">her kitchen renovation</a> … and <a href= "" target="_blank">her backyard</a>.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>
Oct 25, 2016