10 Design Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

Perfect for your work commute or treadmill hike.

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I cannot tell a lie: I'm addicted to podcasts, and I don't care who knows it.

If you're tired of the radio, you should give the world of podcasts a try. Much like listening to an audio book, podcasts are a great way to immerse yourself into a variety of different subjects.

Lucky for us, there are now quite a few design-related podcasts for when we want to spend an hour listening to a debate over whether white walls are overrated or advice on how to not get sucked into a complicated DIY home renovation.

Here are my 10 not-to-be-missed design podcasts to add to your binge list:

 1: Clever

Clever is a podcast hosted by Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk, and Amy Devers. Together, they interview a variety of creatives, including photographers, furniture designers and interior designers, and chat with them about their beginning, process and challenges. The show is an inspiring look into some of your favorite makers.

 2: Young House Love Has a Podcast

If you were a fan of the old Young House Love blog, then you'll absolutely love their new podcast. Husband-and-wife team John and Sherry Petersik spend each week discussing DIY and renovation projects at their home in Richmond, Va., interviewing bloggers and designers, and debating the latest design trends. They're smart, fun and quite charming.

 3: Chris Loves Julia

Chris and Julia Marcum are another hard-working husband-and-wife team of bloggers-turned-podcasters. The couple chats with each other every week, as well as with their good friend, Preston Pugmire, about home design and DIY projects, their young family and design questions that come in through their blog. They also share tips about their own projects, such as their recent kitchen renovation.

 4: Unofficial Fixer Upper Podcast

Attention all Fixer Upper addicts: this might be just the podcast for you. Gary and Kathy Leland, self-described super fans of our own Fixer Upper, talk each week about the latest episode. They break it down bit by bit, going over the design choices, unexpected surprises and details about the renovation. They even dive into extra information, such as real estate and property values.

 5: Style Matters

Hosted by friends Zandra Zuraw and Karen June Grant, Style Matters talks to your favorite bloggers, designers, stylists and tastemakers who chat about the idea of developing one's own personal style in their home. Interior design is a major focus of the show, as well as diving into how each guest got their start in the business.

 6: Million Dollar Decorating

Award-winning interior designer James Swan interviews successful interior designers each week on his podcast, Million Dollar Decorating. It has a bit of a PBS vibe to it, but it's also full of intriguing conversations and wonderfully rich stories. The host is remarkably gifted at interviewing and drawing out those little gems of wisdom and intrigue from each of his guests.

 7: 99% Invisible

This show is an incredibly interesting look at all of the unnoticed design and architecture that affects our everyday world. Why are those inflatable men always at used car lots? Where did fortune cookies actually orginate? (And how?) This podcast takes a deep-dive into the unnoticed, out-of-reach corners of the design world.

 8: The Chaise Lounge

If you're interested in the business of interior design, this is a great podcast to dive into. Host Nick May interviews successful interior designers from all over the world about how they got their start and shares insider tips about how to make it in the world of design.

 9: Design Matters

Design Matters claims to be the first podcast dedicated to design, as well as the broader world of creative culture. Even more impressive: it's hosted by Debbie Millman, whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine and Fast Company. The show focuses on one creative luminary per week to try to get deeper into the mind of each of the cultural commentators she speaks with. The show feels fresh and varied and has been downloaded more than one million times since its launch.

 10: After the Jump

Even though After the Jump is no longer being produced, I still thought it was a worthwhile one to include. Created by design blogger OG Grace Bonney from Design Sponge, the podcast focused on simply getting to know a variety of creatives. With more than 100 episodes in its archive, there is still quite a bit of material there for you to dive into. Grace talks with fellow designers, bloggers, authors and more about a variety of design-inspired topics.

HGTV Dream Home Designer Brian Patrick Flynn Shares Pro Tips for Designing a Plush Indoor-Outdoor Room

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Open and Airy

To help make the pool lounge of the HGTV Dream Home 2017 feel outdoorsy with the creature comforts of an indoor room, the design team packed it with practical furnishings and open, airy colors.

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All About the View

When decorating an indoor-outdoor room, it's smart to start with a focal point, and then pull all of your elements from it accordingly. The first step for this space was to situate all of the furniture around the unobstructed view of the swimming pool.

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Low Furniture

You can easily detract from or enhance a room's view based on the shape, size and scale of the furniture placed in it. Instead of flanking the pool lounge with two sofas, a pair of armchairs is used near the windows to keep the vantage points clear and open to the view.

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All Access

One seemingly simple consideration that can have huge impact on an indoor-outdoor room is its points of entry. A full wall of stacked-back sliding glass doors opens this room to the outdoors with virtually no transition.

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Let It Flow

Traffic flow should always be one of the first elements to consider before furnishing an indoor-outdoor space. Before committing to a space plan, test several different set-ups and move about the space. Sometimes you'll find that your second or third choice ends up making the most sense.

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Wining and Dining

Keep your company happy and relaxed by incorporating refrigeration into your indoor-outdoor room. Easy access to a fridge will keep guests from trekking through your house and into the kitchen. For a seamless look, keep mini fridges or wine coolers in mind when designing a wet bar or built-in bookshelf system.

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Seamless Color

A great way to bridge the gap between where the outdoor space ends and the interior area begins is to use colors seen in nature for the interior decor. This pool lounge has walls covered in a pool water blue grasscloth to pick up on the languid tones seen just a few feet beyond the sliding glass doors.

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Diffusing Light

When adding drapery for privacy, note that all-white fabric with white liner will create a diffused lighting effect that will help keep the room light and bright. This is also a great trick for making sure any interior colors read true to their values.

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High-Traffic Fabrics

If your indoor-outdoor room is going to receive a fair share of traffic, it's best to choose low-maintenance upholstery. The armchairs of the pool lounge aren't just comfortable and pleasing to the eye, they're also very practical thanks to vinyl upholstery that looks like aged leather.

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No-Fuss Flooring

High-gloss, dark flooring is probably not the best fit for an indoor-outdoor room that opens up to a yard in a house packed with busy feet. Instead, think about adding low-maintenance flooring to hide any dirt tracked in with shoes and boots. Indoor-outdoor area rugs made of polypropylene are so easy to care for that you can actually rinse them off with a garden hose.

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Inclement Weather

Outdoor spaces suited for adventures like hiking or enjoying outdoor movies can quickly become off-limits with sudden weather changes. Keep guests prepared for a change of weather with an umbrella stand stocked with enough umbrellas to keep everyone dry until they get back inside.

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