Home is More Than Shelter with Extreme Makeover Home Edition

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Breegan Jane and Carrie Locklyn are two awesome people who are also pretty humble, considering what they're doing with their lives these days.  They make up two-thirds of the design team behind HGTV's reboot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  And I was really taken with how much they talked about feeling gratitude towards the people whose homes they are...

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Entertaining History with Amy Azzarito

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This one is for all you history geeks out there... and for those of you who used to fall asleep during history class, today's episode will actually keep you interested in it for once.  My guest is author Amy Azzarito and her new book, "The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories Behind Every Day Household Objects, From Pillows to Forks," is the most entertaining history book I've ever...

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Leaning In to the Outrageous with Divine Savages

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Joining me today are Jamie Watkins and Tom Kennedy of Divine Savages.  Together they produce lines of wallpaper and fabric that are both a bit outrageous in terms of color, pattern, and even subject matter, but with such attention paid to the smallest detail that when you look close there's a delicate beauty to their designs as well.  We'll talk about the patterns themselves and their...

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Decorating 101 with Melissa Michaels

Many of you may already be familiar with my guest this week.  Melissa Michaels is the blogger behind The Inspired Room and author of many books, my favorites being "Love The Home You Have," and "Make Room For What You Love."  She has just come out with a new book, "But Where Do I Put The Couch?  Answers to 100 Other Home Decorating Questions," which she co-authored with KariAnne...

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Living and Decorating with Books: Nina Freudenberger

Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interior joins me today to talk all about books.  Now, if you're someone who reads voraciously, you're going to love this conversation.  I, for one, literally can't fall asleep without reading and when I finish a book and don't have a new one to start right away, I go into a slight panic.  I'm sure many of you can relate!  So I was super excited to...

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Understanding Color with Rockett St. George

 

 

Extraordinary Interiors In Colour 

My guest today is one half of the partnership behind Rockett St George, which is a fanciful interiors shop that has a home in Liberty's of London as well as an extensive inventory online.  Jane Rockett (on the left), along with Lucy St George, have taken their passion for all things home and written two great books on "Extraordinary...

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How the French Live at Home with Danielle Postel-Vinay

My guest today is Danielle Postel-Vinay, author of "Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home," which gives you a pretty good clue as to what we'll be talking about.  There's something about the French lifestyle that we Americans are enamored with.... there are a gazillion cookbooks, travel guides, and movies to devour, but there are also books about how French women stay thin and...

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Sacred Spaces with Bea Pila

My guest today is Bea Pila, who, for over 25 years has been making the connection between design and the spiritual, emotional aspects of our well being.  We talk about her book, "Sacred Spaces" where she lays out the principles of she calls "design enlightenment."  Her creative process starts with functionality, specifically making sure that the furniture placement encourages a flow...

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Declutter & Organize: 5 Ways To Shift Your Mindset

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When I say the words "declutter and organize" to you feel a burst of energy to get out the label maker and clear out every cabinet in your kitchen? 

Or do you feel a huge black cloud of dread hanging over your head?   

Either way, at some point during the process you'll probably be asking, "how do I know if I actually like this thing or if I'm holding on to it for the wrong...

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Monica Leed: Simply Spaced

Monica Leed of Simply Spaced, a pro organizer and author of the new book, also called Simply Spaced, said to me that organization is not a once and done kind of thing. 

And I think I've been kind of assuming it was.  In other words, I've been telling myself that if I set up the Right system, with the Right tools and the Right bins, file folders and compartmentalized drawer inserts,...

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