Emily Henderson - Design Star Winner
SECRETS FROM A STYLIST
Did you watch last night on HGTV?
I haven't said anything about this season's Design Star because I thought it was so bad it wasn't worth talking about. Of course I watched each episode but was unimpressed by each and every one. I thought no one was standing out as a huge talent. Well, somehow...the panel of judges managed to choose the right person. And I have to say Emily did rise to the occasion in her last two challenges, giving us beautiful rooms.
So last night I tuned in to her new show "Secrets from a Stylist" not really expecting much and was very pleasantly surprised. I think one of the reasons she won is because she is so natural on air. She's very casual and cute and charming in a very unaffected way. And her show was fantastic! I watched it twice. She redid the new home of her friend Ian Brennan who is one of the co-creators of "Glee".
He'd just bought a 1920's cottage in the Hollywood Hills and she "styled" if for him. I have to say that I think this must have been so much work because she figured out what his personal style was and then incorporated three different types of decorating into his living room. She set it up with one style and then another style and finally a mix of styles. So much work...showing the room in all three versions. I have to say I was partial to style number one with just a few changes. I loved some of the 60's stuff she brought in. I could have done without the moroccan influences she went with. I am so over moroccan...how about anyone else?
Here's his little cottage...
I was hooked as soon as I saw it was a vintage cottage they were redoing.
And here is what his living room was like before Emily redid it.
before - strange little room
after - darling guest room
I love this bed tucked into the niche.
Pretty dressing table using a trunk and old mirror.
before - master bedroom
after - pretty yet masculine
before - office
After - office/den
She actually tucked his desk into a closet in the room because he said he rarely sat at a desk but instead used his laptop sitting on a sofa.
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Did you watch last night? I'm enjoying "The Antonio Treatment" too from last year's winner, Antonio Ballatore. But I really loved Emily's show. You can keep updated on all Emily is doing by reading her blog here....
the cute - Emily Henderson
I'm very excited to see HGTV doing more design orientated shows again. I am sick of back to back House Hunters. I'd really kind of given up on HGTV till these latest new round of design shows.
I'm having a nice quiet Monday. For the first time in weeks there is no loud noises going on outside my home. Thank goodness...now maybe I can get back to my regular life....as exciting as that is.