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The Slow Style Home podcast is for you if you don't want your home to look like everyone else's, but you're not sure how to pull of a stylish eclectic look;  if you want to know when to save and when to splurge so you stop wasting time and money, and if you care about the health of our planet and want to get of the disposable decor hamster wheel.   On the show you'll learn about Slow Style, my framework for creating a home you love, without breaking the bank or following the trends, no creative experience necessary.  You'll also hear interviews with some of the most inspiring professionals working in interiors in the US and abroad to inspire and motivate you to start making your dream home right now.  




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In this episode, I have a fun conversation with Bilal Rehman, a 23 year old designer making waves in the industry. We discussed the importance of creating personalized spaces that reflect a person's unique style and needs. Bilal shared insights on lighting, mixing metals, and incorporating cultural artifacts. And true to form, Bilal didn’t shy away from sharing his honest opinions on what’s going on in design today!  The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
Can you be a minimalist and a maximalist at the same time?In this episode, I talk about the concepts of minimalism and maximalism. I share my personal experience with decluttering and the conflicting emotions I feel as someone who loves collecting things but also craves simplicity. Throughout the episode, I challenge the traditional definitions of these two styles, exploring the possibility of being both a maximalist and a minimalist. I emphasize the importance of intentional curation and finding balance in one's home. Ultimately, I encourage listeners to define their own style and embrace a mindful approach to their belongings. The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
During our insightful discussion on the podcast, Dana Che continually emphasized the concept of a "win-win" mentality while dealing with home-related conflicts among couples. Rather than trying to make one partner conform to the other's preferences, Dana offered strategies that encourage understanding, compromise, and finding mutual ground.Dana expertly pointed out that navigating home decor conflict is not just about overcoming disagreements over furniture, pull-overs, or wall paint. It's more of a deeper issue that includes respecting each other's preferences. In dealing with disagreements over TV placements, chores or aesthetic choices, the idea is not to find a winner but to create a solution that pleases both parties.She offered unique suggestions that encourage a "win-win" scenario in all aspects. For instance, if one partner prefers a dark room for nightly events while the other partner prefers a bright and lively room, she suggests solutions like blackout curtains that can cater to both preferences.This "win-win" approach fosters respect and harmony in the relationship. It reinforces the idea that understanding and compromise are crucial for a peaceful living environment. Dana's conversation starters provide another tool to initiate these necessary discussions for couples. Through her advice, it's apparent that when both partners feel heard and respected, the home becomes a peaceful place where everyone's preferences are acknowledged and respected.Dana Che Williams is a speaker, marriage and relationship coach, and the host of the Real Relationship Talk podcast where she helps people uncomplicate relationships and build deeper connections. On the podcast, she is known for her graceful candor, humor, and encouraging yet challenging relationship advice. Dana holds a B.A. in communication from Regent University. She shares her life with Shaun, her husband of twenty-four years, their four amazing children, and their “multi-cultural” dog in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA. Connect with her on Instagram @mrsdanache or her website at https://danache.com.LINKSInstagram @mrsdanache Website  https://danache.com“Conversation Starters for Couples in Conflict” https://danache.com/conversationstartersPodcast https://realrelationshiptalk.com/ The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
In this episode of the Slow Style Home podcast, I have a delightful conversation with designer Chad Graci. We discuss defining personal style, blending different styles, and the importance of balance in design. Chad shares his eclectic approach, influenced by travel and a mix of old and new elements. We explore merging styles in our own homes and the importance of investing in quality pieces. We touch on the big impact of tiny design rules like the significance of lighting and paying attention to lampshades. Lastly, we talk about the exciting connectivity and access to the design world through platforms like Instagram. Stay tuned for more inspiring conversations on the Slow Style Home podcast. The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
My guest is Lyndsay Caleo Karol, co-founder of The Brooklyn Home Company and co-author of their new book, also called “The Brooklyn Home.” Theirs is a truly unique design/build firm with a distinctive style, drawing inspiration from historical classical architecture, along with the concept of Passive House building. We also dive into the concept of "exchange" in their work, which refers to the interplay between materials, texture, and architecture, as well as the exchange of conversation and connection between the space and the people who inhabit it. I love the way Lyndsay thinks about design as well as the work that The Brooklyn Home Company is producing.  I highly encourage you to check out the show notes page of our website, https://www.slowstylehome.com/lyndsay-caleo-karol to see the gorgeous photos.   The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
How do you show up in your home? Would I know something about you just by looking around your rooms?  In this episode I discuss the importance of aligning our homes with our personalities, passions, values, and what energizes us. I provide prompts and examples to help you assess how you are currently showing up in your home and suggest ways to make your home more reflective of who you are. This not only means you’ll have a home that’s unlike anyone else’s, you’ll have a home that supports your goals and who you want to become. Show Notes Page for This Episode The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
Buying handmade items is one of the best ways to share gifts over the holidays.  And in this episode, I talk with Anitra Terrell, owner of Reflektion Design, business that celebrates the beauty and authenticity of African art.  Anitra's journey into the world of African art and textiles began during her time as a Fulbright scholar in Ghana. Her passion for authentic African art and culture, rooted in her upbringing in culturally rich Philadelphia, eventually led her to create an online store that sells the handmade objects she finds through her many trips to Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Uganda.  Anitra's narrative is a testament to the transformative power of embracing one's heritage through handmade objects.http://www.slowstylehome.com/episodes/anitra-terrell The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
In this episode, we'll be joined by the authors of the book, "The Maine House." If you've ever dreamed of what a perfect beach cottage, lake house, or home in the woods would feel and look like, you're going to absolutely love this conversation. Maura McEvoy, Basha Burwell, and Kathleen Hackett will take us on a journey through the stunning homes and breathtaking landscapes of Maine.https://www.slowstylehome.com/episodes/the-maine-house The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
Over a year ago, I talked with Tracy McCubbin of DClutterfly and author of the book, “Make Space for Happiness, How to Stop Attracting Clutter and Start Magnetizing the Life You Want.” As you listen to her wise words of advice about how we’ve been trying to shop our way out of unhappiness and disappointment and feelings of insecurity, keep in mind the holiday season.  How might we apply her wisdom at tender time of year.https://www.slowstylehome.com/episodes/tracy-mccubbin The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
Ashley Hanley describes her style as collected and not overly decorated, and I also want to point out her attention to detail.  I really encourage you to check out the show notes page of this episode to see photos of her work where I share my own thoughts on how she uses different details throughout a home as a way of decorating with intention.  https://www.slowstylehome.com/episodes/ashley-hanley The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
In the 1930s, a design collective of mostly women produced textiles and wallpaper using their own block printed methods. They called themselves the Folly Cove Designers and became a powerhouse in the Americana design movement. Their commitment to high quality craftsmanship was an antidote to highly mechanized, mass produced goods and their legacy is still alive today.  In this episode I interview the author of a new book about the history of the Folly Cove Designers, Elena Sarni.Show Notes: https://www.slowstylehome.com/episodes/elena-sarni The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
Sarah Solis is an expert in creating emotionally impactful spaces. Her design philosophy, influenced by the Wabi Sabi aesthetic, embraces the concept of understated luxury and celebrates the beauty of imperfections. Sarah's goal is to design homes that make people feel something, whether it's a sense of comfort, excitement, or nostalgia. With her keen eye for texture and her understanding of how light plays a crucial role in design, Sarah creates visually captivating spaces that leave a lasting impression. She skillfully combines high-end elements with more affordable finds, creating a balance that evokes a sense of intimacy and personal connection to the space.https://www.slowstylehome.com/episodes/sarah-solis The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
Today is all about art.  I think art is the one aspect of a home that’s critical to creating your signature style, and it’s probably obvious why.  There is nothing that reflects who you are as deeply as what you choose to hang on your walls.  My guest today is Rachel Loos, author of the book “Art At Home,” where you’ll find both practical information about finding, purchasing and hanging art, as well as inspiration from homes that are filled with it.  Rachel has taken something that is completely subjective in terms of taste and appeal and made it make a bit more sense in terms of how we might all become collectors according to our own personal narratives.  Click here to see photos and purchase Rachel's book. The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
My guest today is Lucy Hunter, and she happens to be very lucky, I think, to have that last name because it’s so fitting to her personality.  She is, first and foremost, a landscape designer, and she’s also a floral designer, or an artist who uses flowers, really, and it seems she does all of this by hunting in nature for her inspiration, seeking out the beauty in imperfection that mother nature does so well.  Today we’re talking about her second book, called The Flower Hunter, and it’s a wonderful conversation about life and creativity and self reflection and creating an environment that perfectly suits who you are.  You’ll learn as much about design principles as you will about how to follow beauty through its lifespan.  https://www.slowstylehome.com/episodes/lucy-hunter The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
I'm going to be doing a Q&A episode very soon and I want to hear from you!  Ask me anything about your home.  Tell me where you're getting stuck or what's not working and I'll answer your questions.  The cool part is, you can now do so by leaving me a private voice message! Just click the link below. The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
Why does style, design, and decor matter? Here's the thing, my friend, style isn't just about superficiality. It actually brings several benefits that can enhance our well-being and confidence. In this epsiode, I break it down into four categories: emotional well-being, relationships, personal development, and confidence. By paying attention to our homes and cultivating a signature style, we can create spaces that truly reflect and support who we are. And let me tell you, it's not just about following trends or seeking validation from others. It's about embracing our unique taste and designing our homes in a way that brings us joy and fulfillment. So, if you're a homeowner or someone looking to create a personalized living space, this episode is for you. The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
How does the concept of value affect our spending decisions when it comes to our homes?  Being budget-conscious doesn't mean always going for the cheapest option. Instead, I believe in being realistic about what we can afford and understanding our own criteria for assigning value to things. Consider other factors like who made the item, how it was manufactured, and the materials used, when determining its worth. By prioritizing these factors, we can make more informed decisions that align with our values and contribute to a sustainable home. In this episode, I outline three key aspects of the slow style philosophy: using what we have creatively, researching before making purchases, and investing in high-quality, long-lasting items. By applying these principles, we can make mindful choices that reflect our personal style and financial situation. So if you're looking to make more informed spending decisions and create a home that aligns with your values, this episode of Slow Style Home is a must-listen. The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
If you're feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by the constant roadblocks and unexpected costs that come with renovating historic homes, then you are not alone! Despite your best efforts, your vision for preserving and restoring these architectural treasures may be hindered by permits and regulations, limited availability of authentic materials, and the complexities of integrating modern conveniences while maintaining historical integrity.  HOWEVER, you're also not alone in your passion and determination to rescue that piece of history.  Jenn MacDonald and Michael Lemieux, hosts of "Houses With History," will give you plenty of motivation to keep going!   The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
Have you ever heard these myths about collecting art? Myth 1: Collecting art is only for the wealthy elite. Myth 2: Buying art is complicated and requires extensive knowledge. Myth 3: You need to visit galleries and auctions to find quality art. In this episode, our guest Alex Farkas will debunk these myths and reveal the truth about how the online art platform UGallery can turn you into a confident and knowledgeable art collector. The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
My guest today is psychologist-turned-interior-desiger, Anita Yokota. When she embarked on her career as a therapist and saw clients in their own homes, she began to comprehend the impact of their environments on their mental and emotional health. Her in-home visits exposed her to a variety of home environments, and she soon noticed a correlation between the state of a home and the emotional climate within it. This insight led her to help clients organize their living spaces, which in turn reduced tensions within the family. After 20 years in therapy, she made a pivot to her creative passion for interior design. She has created her own home therapy method, an approach that combines tangible organization with cognitive feelings, and she's just released her first book, also called Home Therapy. In our conversation, Anita shares story after story about how to heal yourself and your relationship using intentional design.  The Style Matters podcast is now Slow Style Home! Click here for the latest episode.
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Charles Stone

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Jul 4th
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Anthony Hall

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Jul 3rd
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