13 Podcasts I Love Listening To

For the last 4 years or so, I have loved listening to podcasts while I drive, cook, clean, paint… pretty much anything! I listen to podcasts just about every day. A while back, I shared 12 Podcasts I Love Listening To here on the blog. Now I’m sharing an update! Out of those original 12, I still regularly listen to 6. Some have ended, like Chris Love Julia and Surprisingly Awesome- but are still archived and great to go back and listen to! Others are still great, my interests just evolved and I wanted to refresh my podcast Library.

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FYI, not me. Although I wouldn’t mind having pretty highlights like this model for free stock photography …

Still Listening To…

  1. Shailey & Katie’s Lemonade Stand | Still one of my favorites after over 2 years of listening! They describe their podcast as “two creative business-owning moms who are laughing their way through parenthood”. THEY ARE HILARIOUS. They make me want to live in Missouri so I could wedge my way into their friendship!

  2. Happier with Gretchen Rubin | Still obsessed with Gretchen’s Four Tendencies framework (I’m a Questioner!) and listening to her and her sister Liz chat about happiness and good habits makes me miss my sister, who like Liz lives in LA! This podcast is always uplifting and refreshing.

  3. The Goal Digger Podcast | Jenna Kutcher is one of those “love her or hate her” types on social media, and that’s not by accident. Jenna teaches online marketing and believes as a personal brand, you need to be 100% authentic to yourself to “attract and repel”. Over the years she’s interviewed countless brilliant entrepreneurs, shared her infertility and body positivity journeys and most recently, welcomed her first daughter into the world!

  4. Being Boss | Kathleen and Emily are business bestie goals. They share smart business advice for creatives and I love the dose of “woo woo” they add to my podcast repertoire. I am all about manifesting your goals in life and business and learning from the methods and practices that have worked for other powerful female entrepreneurs!

  5. Young House Love Has a Podcast | John and Sherry’s podcast is just so much fun! They are a husband and wife blogging, renovating and podcasting duo. Most recently, they’ve been renovating not one, but 2 beach homes in Cape Charles, Virginia! I’ve learned so much from following them over the years and their podcast is a fun mix of interviews, fun game show style segments and updates on their home improvement adventures.

  6. 99% Invisible | This podcast is endlessly fascinating! The name 99% Invisible refers to all the “thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world”. Their topics cover categories from history, to city planning and infrastructure, to objects, sounds and technology. Just trust me, the title of an episode will probably be something you’ve never heard of but you’ll be sucked in within the first 5 minutes!

New Favorites…

  1. The Great Indoors | When I was pregnant, Anthony and I got really into The Great Interior Design Challenge and ahem…Anthony developed a bit of a crush on host Sophie Robinson. After he told me to follow her on Instagram, I found out she started an interior design podcast with Kate Watson-Smyth of Mad About the House. I love listening to them chat about all things home and design!

  2. The Little Chapters | This podcast is brand new, but I already love it! It’s all about intentional living and shares conversations between friends Jessica Rose Williams and Kayte Ferris on topics like mindset, lifestyle and creativity. If living life on your own terms is a personal goal of yours, you’ll love the perspectives shared on this podcast!

  3. The Misses Ambitious | I recently discovered this podcast after connecting with one of the hosts on Instagram and I love it! Kiley and Blaine share what they’ve learned about creativity and entrepreneurship in such a real and approachable way and have interviewed some amazing names in small business! This podcast is a new favorite, for sure!

  4. Behind the Scenes | If you watched Little People Big World, you’re probably familiar with Jeremy and Audrey Roloff. I actually haven’t had cable for the entire time their show was on but I started following Audrey on Instagram a few years ago. They are new parents and work together as husband-wife team on several different businesses and projects. (Sensing a theme here? I would love to work with Anthony some day, just have to convince him on the whole husband-wife team idea!) I like their perspective and how they let their faith lead their choices in life and business.

  5. Freedom-Cast: Leaving Normal Behind | This podcast is hosted by one of my dear childhood friends Miranda and her husband, Jordan. As a couple, they are all about dreaming big and living fearlessly and I love following their journey! Jordan is a writer and entrepreneur and Miranda recently quit her 9-5 job so they could make a big leap.. They are currently in Thailand for 2 months to explore the digital nomad lifestyle. These two are so inspiring! You can follow more of their Thailand adventure on Miranda’s Instagram here.

  6. Sexy Soulful Success with Emily Cassel | Emily is a fellow Chatham University alumna and I worked with her when she first started her life coaching business 5 years ago! This woman changed my life forever and she is ON FIRE with ambition, wisdom and passion for leading through sisterhood. Her podcast is so motivating and uplifting for women who want more out of their life, relationships and business.

  7. Babes & Babies | I can’t be the only one who has a love/hate relationship with The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and all it’s various spinoffs. This podcast is hosted by three Bachelor alum, two of which are married (to husbands they met on Bachelor in Paradise!) with babies of their own. The host that isn’t mom yet is actually a practicing doula and they don’t actually talk about the show that much! The dive into all types of women’s issues, pregnancy, motherhood and more. Tuning into their show feels exactly like catching up with your best girl friends and it’s a nice addition to my podcast rotation!

What podcasts do you love listening to? Share in the comments below or join the conversation on Instagram.

How I Create My Client Inspiration Collages

Over the years of running my own interior design business, I’ve refined a process for my client work that includes making Inspiration Collages. I create an Inspiration Collage after each new in-home Design Consultation as a part of the overall Project Guide and Proposal that is included with my consultation fee. I find they are a great tool for communicating my preliminary visions for the project and making sure designer and client are on the same page from the get go. I’ve gotten a few questions about how I make my Inspiration Collages lately and thought it would be fun to dive into my process and share some favorites that I’ve made recently!

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I make my collages using Keynote for Mac, but there are tons of program out there: Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, there are even some phone apps that you can use to make something similar.

First, I hit Pinterest to source some inspiration images. I actually prefer to start with images that are more conceptual in nature and not necessarily an example of the type of room I will be designing. I have a board I titled “INSPIRATION” for just this purpose. It includes little furniture vignettes, flat lays of materials, lots of photos of floral arrangements and gardens (I get so much color inspiration from these!), fine art, textures, fabrics, architectural photos and landscapes. Really anything I come across that I want to hang onto, whether it portrays a mood and feel I’m drawn to or a color combination that I find really striking. Then I’ll go through my boards that relate to the type of rooms I’ll be designing, like “LIVING ROOM”, “BEDROOM”, “KITCHEN”, “DINING ROOM”, “ENTRY & FOYER”, “HOME OFFICE & LIBRARY”, “CHILDREN’S ROOMS”, etc. I like to look through images I’ve connected with already to see what that sparks in my mind. Then I’ll use Pinterest’s search bar to find more specific things to add to my collage, like “historic tile flooring patterns” or “rust velvet interiors”.

Next, I pull out my fan deck and start choosing paint colors as references for the overall color scheme that’s in my head. Not all of these colors (and sometimes none of them!) will end up being actual paint colors for the room. If I was a graphic designer, I would probably pull out my Pantone swatches. As an interior designer, going off of paint swatches is just what makes sense to me! Sherwin Williams and Farrow & Ball are my go-to paint brands. I choose about 5-7 colors for each collage, including at least 1-2 neutrals in the mix depending on the project. I then copy color swatches off their websites and resize them to fit in my Inspiration Collage layout.

Lastly, I play around with the layout of the Inspiration Collage until I’m happy with it! My goal is to make a collage that feels cohesive and visually balanced. So if I have two inspiration images that are similar in color tones or content, I try not to put them next to each other in the collage. For example, I won’t put two photos that include a couch right next to each other or if I do, I make sure they are from different angles. Another example would be two photos that have a strong color as the background. I try to dot these evenly around the collage instead of creating blocks of that color by putting them all in a line. The paint color swatches can also help balance the design out. For example if one corner of a collage has a lot of images with red in it, I will make sure to put the red paint color swatch in the opposite corner.

The collage format I use is pretty simple to recreate! I make all the inspiration images and paint color swatches the same width so that I can fit them into a three column layout. Sometimes I end up cropping the individual images a little bit to make the arrangements work. So each of my Inspiration Collages are the same width, but they can be slightly different heights depending on how everything fits together.

Here are a few favorites that I’ve designed recently. Click on any of the Inspiration Collages below to view them larger! And if you’re feeling super inspired by one, feel free to pin it to your own Pinterest Board!

Would you try making an Inspiration Collage for your own home design projects?

Let me know if you have any questions about my process! I would love to see the collages you make. Tag me on Instagram @steviestorck! To learn more about my interior design services, click here.

Thoughts on Kids & Online Privacy

To share or not share? That’s the question. I’m a blogger with a child, but I think almost every parent can relate in a world that is increasingly operating online. Thinking about how to be intentional with the way I choose to share and what my boundaries are is something I’ve dedicated a lot of time and mental energy towards, starting even before our daughter was born.

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photo by Laura Metzler Photo for Zestt Organics

You might be wondering why I haven’t posted monthly updates about Sage (or you might not have noticed or cared - cheers!) and the answer is complicated. I’m still figuring out how I feel about parenting and blogging and social media. But I’m taking some time to get my thoughts out because I think this is an important conversation. What happens online matters and it is real life. I want to make it clear that I’m not judging any other parent for how they choose to handle this issue! It’s hard because I don’t think there is a clear right or wrong, but I wanted to make that clear before I move on with my own thoughts and how I’m handling it for the time being.

What’s Working for Me Right Now

In general, I am open to sharing my experience as a mother and the transition to parenthood here on the blog but I am less comfortable with sharing Sage’s life in such a permanent and public way. Partly because I feel that even though she’s only seven months old, it’s still her life and not mine to share. But even more than that, I don’t want to feed into comparison. As a parent, I think that every single thing Sage does it amazing and worth celebrating. Even though her physical development has little to do with me, it’s very rewarding from a personal sense. But I worry that sharing monthly posts about Sage would make me too aware of what she is or isn’t doing and how it stacks up to other babies her age. Babies develop at their own pace and the range of normal is so wide. But somehow it all evens out by the time they are toddlers. So I wonder if it’s really worth worrying if your baby is ahead or behind on milestones anyway? Outside of conversations with your pediatrician, family and close friends at least. I’m documenting these types of things in her baby book and that feels right to me.

As far as social media goes, I have a private Instagram account that I created for Sage and intend to use to make one big photobook after her first birthday. On my personal/business Instagram account, I share some day-to-day stuff with Sage through Instagram Stories and will share about her periodically on my feed but almost never in real time. In general, I choose not to post about Sage on Facebook. I’m using my personal Facebook less these days - outside of Messenger, which I use a ton! Anthony and I each joined Facebook in 2006 so that means there’s already 13 years of our ramblings and photos floating around the internet forever. I’m not a stickler about it. I’ve broken my own rule a few times and I don’t mind if someone else shares a picture that Sage is in. There’s a big gray area between the sharing and not sharing, you guys. But I’ve found it easiest to make general rules for myself so that way I don’t have to make the decision everyday about where my boundaries are with sharing online. As a parent, there are more than enough decisions you have to make everyday already!

Overall, my thinking is if I start sharing real-time updates of Sage now, by the time she’s old enough to Google her name she will have 100+ pages of search results. And that feels a little scary and overwhelming to me. It may not to you, and that’s fine! I guess having a child has shown me even more that I am kind of a private person, despite sharing some of my deepest, most vulnerable thoughts and experiences with you here in this little corner of the internet I’ve made for myself. How I feel about sharing Sage may change and evolve as she gets older - in fact, I’m certain it will! But in this first year of her life especially, I feel very protective over her and her babyhood.

How do you choose to share or not share your children online?

Reminder, I don’t think there’s a wrong answer! The best solution is the one that feels right for you and your family. But that being said, I would be interested to hear your thoughts and how you choose to handle this issue! Comment below or join the conversation on Instagram.