Wednesday, October 27, 2010


This week, we are thrilled to welcome architect and interior designer David Easton to the Skirted Roundtable.   Easton was a total surprise.  I think all three of us thought we were in for a serious discussion on design, but Easton has an infectious sense of humor and likes to tease!  A lot!   He also likes to read and talk science fiction, which was rather surprising, to say the least.   He is charming, sweet, nice and highly intelligent, yet always entertaining.   We certainly were entertained.  

The day we interviewed Easton, he had just come back from being on the Martha Stewart show - no pressure on us, no, not at all!   He immediately put us at ease, and we totally forgot about riding on Martha's coattails.   We spent some time talking about his new, beautifully photographed book "Timeless Elegance" which shows some of his more famous houses and some that have never been seen before.   His two most famous houses, Albemarle House and Balderbrae are of course included.  

And Easton spends some time talking about his childhood spent growing up in this beautiful house with wonderful porches.  He reminisces about this house and how it inspires his designs.

The interview is highly enjoyable, easy to listen to, and thought-provoking all at once.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Meg Fairfax Fielding Joins the Skirted Roundtable

This week, we welcome to the Skirted Roundtable, Meg Fairfax Fielding of the popular blog, Pigtown Design.  Meg has been blogging over three years now, writing about everything from architecture to design to Baltimore to England and everything else in between.   Her popular blog, named for the historic district of Baltimore where she lives, is a rich collection of musings on whatever catches Meg's attention.  

Lately, it caught the attention of someone very handsome and popular himself - Nate Berkus.  Yes, Meg has recently been a guest on the Nate Berkus show talking about her part time escapades as a Junk Whisperer!  The producers and Nate were so happy with her first appearance, more are in the works!   Pretty impressive, no?

We invited her on to talk about her new career and her blog and life in general.   Join in and listen to find out how a blogger becomes a daytime TV star!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Chatting with Rhoda Montgomery, Southern Hospitality blog, about Nate Day and other bloggy fun

Yes, we're back! We didn't really go anywhere and very much appreciate the emails asking what was up. It's been a very busy time Chez Linda for the last several weeks what with one thing and another so between that and a couple of guest scheduling snafu's, we took an unexpected break. But, it was just a break, not a break up and we're back with a great lineup of guests and topics. Coming soon we have interior designer David Easton, Haskell Harris of Garden & Gun Magazine, designer/author Kathryn Ireland and more, so stay tuned for that.

Meanwhile, this week, we invited Rhoda Montgomery of the blog Southern Hospitality to join us.  As many of you will have heard, a couple of weeks ago, over 80 design bloggers were invited to attend a taping of the Nate Berkus show in NYC. This was a followup to this group all showing their support and admiration of Nate Berkus' work on the launch of his new talk show by doing posts and tweets all on the same day - aka "Nate Day".  Great idea, spearheaded by The Moggit Girls and Create Girl. So, as you may have heard, there was a significant level of discontent about how the day unfolded at the taping of Nate's show. Lot's of angry posts and tweets ensued. But also some very supportive ones as well. To us at SRT, it just seemed like a big PR nightmare for Nate's show and one that could have been avoided if they'd understood the true power of the blogosphere. Anyway, since we weren't there, we wanted to get the inside scoop from Rhoda, who was one of the more measured reporters from the day.  

We also chat with Rhoda about her blog and two of her most popular DIY projects: the beadboard wallpaper and her stairs.

If you participated in Nate Day - we'd love to hear from you. In the end - was the trip worth it? If you did not participate, we'd love to hear your impressions of the day as well.

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