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How to Decorate

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Feb 28, 2017

We can't help but be struck by how powerful yet restrained interior designer Melanie Turner's spaces are, and we were even more struck by how down-to-earth and cool she is. In only seven short years after opening her interior design business, she's earned such accolades as Veranda's Southeastern Designer of the Year, Trad Home's Top 10 Designers, Architectural Digest's 2010 Kitchen of the Year, and many more. We were beyond thrilled when she sat down to talk with us about her recents trip to Morocco, the power of vision boards, why she never puts bookshelves in a home, and so much more.

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THE SHOW:

  • How Melanie uses vision boards to turn her dreams into reality
  • We talk about the photo shoot Ballard Designs did at Melanie's house
  • The powerful history of her historic home and the spiritual connection she has to it
  • Why she feels like a steward of her house instead of an owner
  • She talks about how practical the home is for modern life, even though it was built in 1923
  • We talk a bit about Atlanta architect Phillip Shutze and historic preservation
  • How owning a historic home has helped her with her client work
  • All the fabulous locales where she currently has projects
  • She tells us all about her trip to Morocco, including what she brought home and visiting Yves Saint Laurent's house
  • How you remember much more if you can't take photographs
  • Why instead of gifts, they take a family trip every year during the holidays
  • Why editing is the most powerful thing you can do to refresh your home
  • Her approach to picture frames -- framing them in one big mass on a stairwell instead of spread throughout
  • Melanie talks about how she manifested her project onto the cover of Veranda magazine with a vision board
  • How rewarding it is to give purpose to her client's homes
  • How at her client installations, the husband is usually the one who cries the most!
  • Why you shouldn't dismiss how important your home is
  • Why she loves decorating for bachelors
  • Why it's so hard to decorate her own home
  • How many times she's moved since she's been married (she's married to a builder and developer)
  • How you can give a new build home that old character that gives a house soul
Feb 14, 2017

Go ahead and pinch us because we can’t quite believe we get to introduce this week’s podcast guest, interior designer Miles Redd! We were beside ourselves when he agreed to sit down with us while recently in his hometown of Atlanta (and ours). Plus, he’s our first AD100 Designer on the podcast. Miles’ spaces are packed with style, drama, and whimsy, plus we were struck with how darn nice he is! 

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR ON THIS EPISODE:

  • Karen’s juju hat insect infestation
  • The next addition Karen made to her ongoing guest bedroom project
  • Taryn painted her carport Sherwin Williams Vogue Green
  • Taryn needs help with her guest bathroom because her beadboard wainscoting makes it difficult to hang a mirror
  • My all-time worst trial involving a ‘ceiling pimple’
  • How Miles got his start at NYU and made his way to John Rosselli
  • His time at Oscar de la Renta
  • Why it’s important to trust your own instincts and take risks
  • Miles talks to us about color and why it’s all about relationships
  • Why you should tackle your walls and floors first
  • What it was like working on his parents’ home and why it was a lifelong fantasy
  • Why he loves a door and all the fun things he does with them
  • His thoughts on lampshades, including what everyone does wrong and how he jazzes them up
  • His list of ‘greats’
  • Who he follows on Instagram (mostly his friends)
  • We asked about his new office space, and he confirms that it’s just as glamorous and we imagined
  • The one color he doesn’t like
  • Miles’ decorating pet peeves
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