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Zandra Zuraw

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, our host Gary Scott Thomas dives into the art of home design with our special guest, Zandra Zuraw, the podcast host and founder of Slow Style Home (formerly the Style Matters podcast by Little Yellow Couch). She is an interior design coach for everyday homeowners. Zandra shares her philosophy on why design matters and how it intertwines with personal happiness and mental well-being. She emphasizes that it’s not about filling rooms overnight; it’s about crafting spaces that tell your story over time. 

So if you’ve ever felt like your home is just a house filled with ‘stuff’ rather than a reflection of you, then this episode is for you! Tune in now!

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In this Episode:

  • Find out how Zandra transitioned from being self-taught to becoming an expert in helping others find their unique style.
  • Discover how to create a home that reflects your unique personality and the importance and impact of home design on our daily lives.
  • Learn how to approach decorating room by room and gain insights about the common mistakes people make in interior design, such as buying everything for a room all at once. 
  • Understand the importance of layering your home with pieces that tell your story over time. 
  • Gain insight into how COVID has influenced our relationship with our homes and the rise of disposable decor trends.
  • Learn that design is not just about aesthetics; it’s deeply connected to how we feel and live within our spaces.
  • Discover Zandra’s coaching process, which involves abstract thinking while connecting emotions to come up with concrete design decisions.
  • Personal anecdotes from Zandra and Gary about their families, home design, and more.

Quotations:

“If you still want a beautiful home, what you can learn is how to make really good choices that lead to a home that’s not like anyone else’s.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“Why does style matter? Why should we care about this stuff? Because for many, many people, it’s so superfluous. It’s so first-world problem. It’s so, you know, and I really wanted to answer that question.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“Art is put up on a big, taller pedestal, understandably than style, but it’s the same reason, it’s the same reason. It’s about beauty, it’s about understanding how humans crave beauty in order to feel happy, feel fulfilled, feel motivated, and feel ready to take on the day.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“I wanna let people know that you have it within you, the ability to create beauty.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“Different rooms have different purposes, you’re going to change your style, it’s going to shift a little bit according to the purpose, according to the time of day that you’re using it, and according to who’s using it.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“So helping people pay attention to what they love, then being able to articulate why they love it so that they can then superimpose that on the next design decision they make is the process.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“When you collect things over time, you’re really layering your home with stories of who you are or where that thing came from.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“I’m gonna start at an antique store or a thrift store because that’s where I might find something that somebody discarded from a while ago, that means it’s going to be better made, first of all, if it’s made from 50 years ago and earlier.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“My favorite place to go, and I know it’s not for everyone, is a thrift store or an antique store. Because that’s where I’m gonna find the one-of-a-kind things.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“If they’re happy in their homes, if they’re getting what they want out of their homes, and their homes are actually doing something for them and aren’t just a noose around their neck with a mortgage, that’s what I really want. I want everyone to be happy in their home.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“I’ve been through about six different yellows in the same room trying to get the right yellow because the light changes everything and what looks good in the store doesn’t look good on my walls.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

Bio:

Zandra Zuraw is the podcast host and founder of Slow Style Home (formerly the Style Matters podcast by Little Yellow Couch). She is an interior design coach for everyday homeowners. With 30+ years of experience teaching herself how to create beautiful, meaningful homes, she has developed her own step-by-step Slow Style approach to teaching others how to do the same. Along with the podcast, Zandra has also created a monthly membership called “The Slow Style Society,” she teaches an online course called “Master The Mix,” and hosts in-person signature style retreats.

Little Yellow Couch has been featured on many media outlets, including iTunes, Dominio, Better Homes & Gardens, USA Today, and Podcast Magazine. Zandra has also been a speaker at several creative business conferences in the US and Canada.

Guest Contact Info:

Website: https://www.slowstylehome.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slowstylehome/

YouTube: @slowstylehome

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zandra-zuraw-83323b174/

Scotty McCreery

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, join our host Gary Scott Thomas and our special guest host Julie Stevens of KRTY.com for an exciting conversation featuring the one and only, Scotty McCreery, the country music sensation behind the songs “Damn Strait,” “Five More Minutes,” “Cab In A Solo,” and many more! It’s an episode about Scotty’s life on tour, the thrill of performing live, and the joys and challenges of parenthood. This one is filled with heart and laughter, so be sure you won’t miss it! Tune in now!

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In this Episode:

  • Scotty shares adorable updates about being a father to his one-and-a-half-year-old son.
  • Scotty shares how he still gets nervous and excited before performing at big gigs despite a skyrocketing career.
  • Find out which of Scotty’s songs is the fan favorite and make the crowd go wild.
  • Discover Scotty’s unique approach to writing new music by retreating and getting insights into his songwriting process, which starts with jotting down ideas on his iPhone.
  • Hear all about Scotty’s star-struck experiences and lasting friendships within the industry.

Quotations:

“It’s a heartbreak, but he’s finding his way to it; he’s doing just fine.”  ~ Scotty McCreery

“I still get excited more than anything. I love, my passion is, to write and sing country music and getting to do that anytime. I love it.”  ~ Scotty McCreery

“To actually have people show up and sing a song back to you, it’s pretty awesome.”  ~ Scotty McCreery

“Five More Minutes is the song where you see people bumping their neighbors and smiles and phones come up. And that’s the one I think they’re waiting on.”  ~ Scotty McCreery

“It’s a heartbreak song, but I swear I’m smiling every night when I’m singing it.”  ~ Scotty McCreery

“My goal was always to be a country singer, country musician.”  ~ Scotty McCreery

“I had no clue what the heck I was doing, but little by little I started writing songs and, uh, started growing up and having life experience and figuring out who I was as a man first and then as an artist.”  ~ Scotty McCreery

“We had like a little retreat and we, most of the songs we wrote, were outside on the back porch around a fire and guitars writing just no phones out, no nothing. It was, it was, uh, it felt like the old days, like how songs should be written.”  ~ Scotty McCreery

Bio:

Scotty McCreery is an American country singer. He rose to fame after winning the tenth season of American Idol in May 2011. He captured hearts with his humble demeanor and undeniable talent. Since then, he has released several chart-topping albums, including “Clear as Day” and “See You Tonight,” earning accolades for his distinct blend of traditional and contemporary country sounds.

Scotty’s journey from small-town singer to country star has been marked by dedication and perseverance. Despite his meteoric rise to fame, he remains grounded in his roots, often drawing inspiration from his upbringing in North Carolina. His music reflects themes of love, faith, and the joys and struggles of everyday life, resonating with audiences across the globe.
In 2024, Scotty received one of country music’s crowning achievements when he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was inducted on April 20 by his childhood hero Josh Turner.

Guest Contact Info:

Website: https://www.scottymccreery.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottymccreery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottymccreery

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@smccreeryofficial

X: https://twitter.com/ScottyMcCreery

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@scottymccreery