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Interview - Laurie Furber of Elsie Green

Interview - Laurie Furber of Elsie Green

I've always loved reading interviews of inspiring women who do creative and interesting work. It seems now more than ever there are endless opportunities as to what a business might look like and how one might go about achieving success. Finding trailblazers who are building their businesses off the beaten path of corporate board meetings are in a way, sharing their gifts with those of us who aspire to achieve something meaningful in what we do for a living. In my line of work as an editor and stylist I've come across dozens of just such women, many of whom I consider friends, and I thought it would be great for you to get to know some of them as well.

Laurie Furber is one remarkably talented lady. Her company Elsie Green is a frequent haunt of prop stylists, antique dealers and collectors, as well as designers looking for the perfect item that will stand out from the offerings of the big box stores. She imports containers from around the globe and the selection never ceases to make me want all. the. things! In addition, she believes in environmentally friendly design and giving back to her community through charitable causes close to her heart. I know you will adore her just as much as I do!

Styling Work | Small Spaces: California Ranch

Styling Work | Small Spaces: California Ranch

The September issue of Country Living is our Small Spaces issue. It's one I look forward to every year because I'm fascinated by folks who scale back their home size, pare down belongings, and live in petite places. Have you ever watched Tiny House Nation? Obsessed.

I thought it might be fun to share how I styled each space within this 1,143 sq.ft. California ranch and give you some tips for using the concepts in your own home.

Styling Work: California Farmhouse

Styling Work: California Farmhouse

I'm just going to put this out there...farmhouses have been and always will be my favorite locations to style. It doesn't matter if it's a dilapidated 100 year old home with creeky floors and vines growing out of the walls or a complete renovation that's been updated with modern conveniences - I love them all. This one I styled for Country Living is no exception. It was small with tons of windows, nestled in California wine country with a homeowner who adored simplicity. She enlisted the talents of designer Laurie Furber of Elsie Green to accomplish the task of renovating and decorating the home. And I think they struck the perfect balance of antique and new furnishings with a result that is warm and welcoming. For the dining table I created an early morning breakfast scene with casual fare and a pile of mis-matched pillows on the banquette. It ended up being my favorite shot with that gorgeous light streaming through the window panes.

Styling Work: Kitchen of the Month

Styling Work: Kitchen of the Month

This is one of my all time favorite kitchens I've styled for Country Living. Their feature shares 7 Ways to Warm up White. I use the term "styled" loosely here, because it's the kitchen of my friend and colleague, Victoria Pearson and her taste is impeccable. Virtually no props were needed as I was able to use her incredible collection of dishes, pottery and kitchen wares. And before we go further, can we discuss the floor? Imported antique French terracotta tiles....so dreamy!

Styling Work: Sonoma Farmhouse

Styling Work: Sonoma Farmhouse

I'm going to play catch up with my recent styling work and post them here and there between what's happening in real time. One of my favorite projects was styling the gorgeous Sonoma farmhouse designed by homeowner, Jann Blazona for Country Living Magazine. Every bit of her home was perfection and she had a true passion for collecting, which made my job so much fun! I was like a kid in a candy store with all those props at the ready. One of my favorites was the vintage peach juice pitcher in the photo above. Not to mention the amazing collection of ironstone in her cabinets!