Podcast, Episode 104: editor Margot Shaw is back

Flower Magazine editor Margot Shaw

Flower Magazine editor Margot Shaw is back to talk about her new book Living Floral, why we should all be using our ‘good stuff,’ how to entertain graciously at home, and much more.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Margot tells us a little bit about her background
  • We talk about her new book Living Floral and why she wrote it
  • Why Margot finds the people behind the work so interesting
  • How the Flower Magazine readership and mission has grown (organically!)
  • We talk entertaining and everything you should know about it
  • Flower’s mission is to help people live graciously at home indoors and out
  • Margot’s passion is about inspiring the next generation
  • Why you’re never to young to start entertaining and learning to host a party
  • Why you should use your ‘good stuff’
  • Mixing high and low pieces on your table and why it makes for a more beautiful table
  • Margot tells us a story about entertaining for celebrated designer Charlotte Moss and why she was so nervous about her table and flower arrangement
  • Why you shouldn’t be intimidated to host your friends
  • What is ‘tole’ and why does Margot love it
  • Margot’s go-to arrangements
  • Why simple can be just as beautiful as an elaborate arrangement
  • Margot tells us about what’s trending in the world of floral design
  • Why setting a beautiful table shows your guests that you care
  • We discuss the merits of placecards and why planning your seating is important’

Decorating Dilemmas:

Hi guys,

I absolutely love your podcast and am a religious listener! My sister-in-law just bought a new-to-her home and she had a question that stumped me, so I’m hoping you can help!

The new house has a semi open kitchen, breakfast nook and living room. The kitchen and breakfast nook have a very small crown molding, but the living room doesn’t have any. I’m guessing they didn’t do it because of the vaulted ceilings in the living room. However, she (and I agree) think it looks weird since it’s really one big room. Would you recommend doing crown molding throughout or would you remove it in the kitchen/breakfast nook?

I don’t have any good pics of the break where the crown molding just stops – so sorry!

Note: I think she’s planning to remove the chair rail in the breakfast nook. And these are all the current owners furniture and decor (she closes on the house in two weeks)!

Thanks for any guidance you can provide!!

We suggest you pull off the chair rail in the dining room and paint the wall and everything else in the dining room and adjacent living room one color so it all flows. Good luck to your sister!

Show Notes:

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Happy Decorating!

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.