Back to Work

Alright folks, back to work. The SFAS crew has had the last month off from shooting and its like jumping in cold water.  It feels good and refreshing, but definitely a little bit of a shock.  We start episode 6 today and i’m pretty excited about it.  But frankly i get excited about every episode.  i think that i get too emotionally involved with the clients and with the overall design.  I’m normally a very self-crticial person, obsessively so.  I used to make Brian play this game with me where i make him tell me my faults, desperate for something new to work on – little mini-goals.  He’s unsure how this is a ‘game’ and is never wants to ‘play’ and basically i end up telling him what i think my current faults are, he agrees, and then off to work on them, strangely excited.  

Anyway, follow me on twitter cause i’m going to be twit pic-ing all the time.  Let’s do this. 

For now, here’s a picture of the Starke Family (my maiden name) performing when we were kids.  THey called us the von-trapps.  Wait, nope, but we fancied ourselves the von-traps.



Flea Market Finds Monday

I can pretty confidently say that there it was the most packed flea market i’ve been to in months.  People be jonesing for my loot and i was panicking.  I got there at 7:30 and missed a fantastic chair that i will regret for the rest of my life.   

But to focus on the present I did get a cargo van full of some awesome stuff:

This weird daybed bench thing.  It’s late 1800’s, from Maine, has an insane amount of character and is super comfortable.  The upholstery, which is heirloom linen, is in perfect condition.  look:

And then there are these adorable chairs.  great condition, don’t need reupholstering, $100 each.  

These guys can go slightly granny, so its all in the styling to keep them looking modern.   No offense, Granny. i’m thinking white lacquer side table between ’em. maybe a pouf.  who knows. 

this is gonna be an ottoman, getting a cute little white linen piped cushion sewn for it.  I guess it was something that one cooked japanese food in, but that seems impossible to me.  but cooking in a pan also seems impossible to me, so there ya go. 

6 vintage tavern chairs at $25 a pop.  I guess they were from this old famous bar in LA, that clearly wasn’t that famous because i already forgot what it was, but i’ve always loved their casual, worn look.  They are going with a saarinen tulip table, which is exactly what they need to feel modern and updated.  

oh and these two pieces of crazy:

No secret that i love a disco ball, and this vintage large scale mirrored one at 18″ diameter was born to be with me.  I have no idea what i’m going to do with it.  In a perfect world i’ll have a huge wall of shelving and it will just rest on the top shelf. Or in a more perfect world i will remove all my furniture, hang it in the middle of the room, and party hardy every night and dance until i drop.  The reflection that it gives off are huge squares of light.  i’m obsessed.  $20 – down from $80 in the morning.  

Oh what?  you didn’t buy a giant overpriced bust of Nixon? 

it, er, ‘he’ needs some work but i have the perfect spot/client for him.  Think wall of art/books/objects and this guy sitting right on top.  Big ole Richard (you have no idea how hard it was for me to use his proper name just then).  And yes, it was very very bright, that is not my usual press smile.  

And thanks to Andrea and Laura from Metlis linens for some Flea market schwag.  So sweet and such a pretty booth full of old french tea towels.  merci.  

OOH and this just in:  Shout out to my friend, Mr. Ian Brennan for giving public teachers a shout out last night at the Golden Globes.  Congrats, Ian, that comment just solidified you as America’s favorite TV show creator.  



I’m trolling for ‘Dude’ inspiration.  This is my fave so far:

Right?  Bachelor-y, but not entirely thoughtless.  I can’t exactly picture two dudes sitting in those insane chairs drinking a beer, though.  they aren’t so dude friendly.  

Dude?  sure. Its almost like i think all dudes like leather tufted things.  When i meet a new client i bring a ton of magazines and we go through them and tag anything they like.  Here’s what i’ve concluded:

80% of men want big leather sofas and exposed beam ceilings.  And they love ‘rustic’ anything.  I feel bad because they tag all these exposed beam ceilings but honey that’s an architects problem, not this stylist. But i like the consistency.

Those leather tufted slipper chairs are stupid.  just stupid.  i would sell my left pinky toe for them.  I’m not kidding.

YES.  Total Bachelor pizad.  And such a good one.  I think this was by Roman and Williams – those rad designers in New York.  Tell me if i’m wrong.  This one has been in my dude files for a long time, and is the inspiration for a house coming up – well ‘his’ layer of it anyway.

And while i’m not a big quote person, I like this one:

Via Busy being fabulous


Awesome responses, oh and my new favorite art source

Well, i am so tickled pink.  No literally i have very pink skin.  But I’m also really happy that you all are looking forward to the show and have high hopes.  Thank you soooo much for all your comments and nice words.  seriously.  

So, mixing patterns, floorplans, the why’s, diy’s and overall concept are what you all are looking for.  Man i wish it was a 4 hour show, you 31 people would watch it and you would get so much out of it.  Alas it is 22 minutes.  Here is what has to be seen in those precious minutes:  meeting the owner/s, getting a tour of the space, doing the style diagnostic, shopping segment, styling tips, first reveal (showing the client the first layer, with Ian’s it was the ‘fdr chic’), another shopping segment, more styling tips and 2nd reveal (where i combined the styles), say goodbye to client.  I mean, its a ton in 22 minutes.  So i’ll do the best i can to give you guys as much info as possible.  But don’t forget to come here afterwards, where you will be bombarded with pictures and information.  

That being said i want to share an awesome resource that i’m hopefully using a lot on the show.  

It’s an online artwork company called 20×200  Now hopefully you all knew about this, or wait, that makes me an unknowing ass, but you know what i mean.  Anyway, i’m new to them and totally excited.  They have limited edition artwork that is pretty great and totally affordable, most likely ‘clearable’ since they are in direct contact with the artist, and since its limited you don’t have to worry about stupid Jane down the street having it.  Not that jane would, she is still rockin Ansel Adams.  Here’s a snippet of what i’m loving:

144 empty parking lots by Jenny O’dell:

yep, they are parking lots.  It’s awesome. 

Houndstooth pattern in Parking lot, Disney World, Florida by Alex Maclean

This one i’m kinda obsessed with, at first glance i loved it, but when i realized it was 70’s cars, i freaked.  So graphic, yet kinda abstract.  parking lots are hot right now, apparently.  

And the colors! forget about it.  Somebody from the show is getting this for sure, it could go into a number of upcoming houses, so if you futures are reading let me know if you are into it.  Oh and the Hendersons are probably getting one too.  I have so much vintage art, weird portraits, drawings etc, what i need is more graphic modern stuff to balance it out.  
Kite Hill by Paul Octavious.  I want a massive version of this on a wall – nothing murally, but i think its one that if its big enough you can get pretty lost in it.  It’s happy, and weird.  I love how it looks like they are disappearing.  
Auditorium by James Rajotte.  Maybe its the blue.  Maybe its that insanely symetrical composition and perfect angle, or maybe its the beautiful pattern that the chairs create.  And clearly it evokes something, (which i won’t bore you/annoy you with my interpretation of this photo), but i love it.  its completely sold out, even the $2000 30×40 versions of it.   Its one of those that could make some people sad, but it makes me totally happy.  


Anyway, they have hundreds of artists, and start at $20.  yep.  cheap enough for the masses, but since they are limited, can’t literally be for the masses.  www.20× tell ’em i sent you, it makes me look all important. in fact any time you are any where, even 7-11, tell them that Emily Henderson recommended that you go there.  

Ooh, yes, here’s what we should do: hunt down any random teller or worker restocking the shelves at Target, and tell them that you heard about Target from a blog by emily henderson.  And when they act like they have no idea what you are talking about or don’t care, you don’t stop. no. you scream it.  make sure everyone around here’s the name.  

Seriously, what if that was a guerilla (not gorilla, previous, yet not surprising, mistake) marketing campaign?  Somebody’s probably done it. All joking aside, the resources that you legitimately hear about from here, let them know so we know its working out for everybody.  

and then go to the shell station and tell the gas attendant.  


call for info

Alright folks.  As you know the show is up and running and will start airing in t-minus a few weeks – it hasn’t been announced yet, but as soon as it is you best believe this blog will blow it up, and if i get smart i’ll get somebody to make me a blog ‘button’ that counts it down to the day.  

For now, though i need more info from y’all about what styles you want to see, what tips you want to learn and if there are any DIY’s that you can suggest that would be fun to watch.  What do you feel like you aren’t getting from design shows that you would love to see?

In other news, I rewatched ‘The Proposal’ last night and i’d like to officially announce that ‘Ryan and Sandy’ () are the new ‘Ryan and Rachel’.  Not sure why it makes me so happy that they are officially together, but it does.  Am i alone on this one?