Episode 1, Behind the Scenes

It’s like the first day of high school. You are super excited, slightly scared, but generally junior high went pretty well, you were popular enough, made good grades, stood out enough but not too much, so you feel like you are ready to handle the madness that is high school.  But you can’t help but be a bit trepidatious when it comes to your first day.  I mean, it’s high school  afterall.  Cut to ten episodes later and i’m like a sophmore, i have already learned so much, and looking back with nostalgia.

Metaphor much, Emily?

Well as you can imagine, shooting the Special with my friend was in a lot of ways much easier than starting the series of 26 in a row.  I only had to prep, think about, shop for, conceptualize and host one episode.  It lasted a wonderful 10 days and all went well.  But now we are playing ball with the big boys, and i’m the coach and star player, and while i have an effing awesome team, its a lot to do.  wait now i’m doing sports metaphors….whatever.  Just keep following.

So with a slightly new crew we started the series, and in general the first episode went well. The first week we were trying to figure everything out. I mean, how do you take a successful 1 hour special and turn it into a weekly show with structure and consistency, but without getting formulaic, while staying on top of the style diagnostic and making it different every week (but have it still make sense), hosting, doing shopping segments, doing diy segments, styling tips  and installing for TWO looks all in 6 days? It took me a while to figure out.  So along the way there are some mistakes, but thats a big buzz-kill.  I’ll talk about my regrets later on this week, right now i’m busy getting you into my  little brain.

I’ve watched the first episode 5 times now, way more than i’ve watched the special or any others.  And because of that i have a kinda different relationship with it.  I’ve successfully picked it apart.  I know, so annoying.  I’m terrified with what i’ll do to my first child.  And don’t y’all confuse self-criticism with self-doubt or bad self-esteem, i promise they are very very different things.  I’ve always been addicted to feedback and self-improvement.

But i always come back to loving the same things:  That effing sofa.  Which was this:

And is now this:


I wish i hadn’t styled so many pillows on it, but it was one of those sofas that is soooo long, like 8 1/2 feet and looked massive in the space. But those pillows cover up the amazing deco shape.  Argh.  i love.  I took that pic the day of, but Laure Joliet has been taking my after shots and she took these: decidedly better:

And that chandy:  favorite thing #2.  Let’s craiglist find for $450 i think.  Massive, looks like glass, early 70’s lucite and brass amazingness.  Yep, those are my two favorite things.  I really like the japanese screens in the hallway too and the bird sculpture that i think is someone famous…..

More beauties to come, more resources to come, more favorite moments and biggest regrets to come.  All next week will be ‘life in the first episode’.

Let me know your positive feedback, but please be gentle.  I already know all the negatives, i promise.  I’m already working on them and fixing them.  The episodes get better and better and better and better.  The last two i watched i’ve absolutely loved. At least until i watch them like 3 more times…..

Thanks for watching, i owe you all a lot.  And if you feel like commenting on the Hgtv facebook page to give them your feedback, please do.



Who has anxiety?  not me.  Nope. i woke up effing excited.  Tomorrow is the big day, today is a big install and besides the fact that i have nothing to wear i am walking on cloud 99.  i just finished watching the 5th episode and i’m telling you, they get better and better.  trust. 

So check out my teaser post over at Design Happens, and go back sunday for a behind the scenes (which i’m behind on writing, sorry guys).

Also Oh Joy represented today AGAIN, God i love her (and not just cause she is good to the show, and has been on the show, and watches the bachelor with me).  CHeck it out at OhJoy!!

And then my amazing photographer, Laure Joliet, that has been shooting the spaces after the reveals did a teaser post at her blog AT HOME AT HOME

And check apartment therapy in the afternoon, i hear something is happening there too.

AHHHHH, can i wear something you have all seen?  do people really care?  and at what point am i grabbing a ban-do for tomorrow night?


Busy little beaver.

But who’s not, right?  THe launch is coming up and so press interviews have kept me super busy outside of the show.  Can’t wait to start blogging about the episodes starting next monday. For any of you loyal readers (or unloyal, who am i kidding) who live in LA and feel like coming to the party email me through the contact form and i’ll send you the evite.  We do have a limit, so i may have to stop at a certain point, but it seems crazy not to have the people who have helped give me the support and confidence not to be as nervous as i could be (again who am i kiddin, this chick is nervous) to not be invited to the launch of this crazy special show to me. 

Sorry its not a real post.  But episode 10 is kinda kicking my rear and the nerves about the launch are keeping me little brain busy.  

4 days and counting.  Geez.  

4-h 3

First of all did y’all see my closet and casa over at Oh Joy’s yesterday? It’s all to get amped up for the big night. Next saturday night. SFAS premiere.  And the best part is that unlike the special its going to be on every week – for 26 weeks.  That is like a lot of secrets.  

But you know what isn’t a secret?  i sewed this dress when i was 11 for 4-h.    

Watch out Marc Jacobs.  And i told you about my floral obsession, clearly it started real young.  

And don’t worry, if you want to wear a pink t-shirt underneath you totally can:

Like no big deal.  and yes, i sewed that ‘t-shirt’ too.  And the best part is that if you just wanted to wear it as a skirt you the straps were removable.  genius.

I’m sure i did not ‘Go to State’ on this one.  Not my best work.  

Bean bag mania

So i spotted this guy a couple months ago and i was all ‘worn leather brazilian 70’s beanbag?  yes, yes yes please.’  

But for who? and it was $1200 which is what i try to keep my sofa’s around so it wasn’t exactly bang for your buck (a phrase that i both hate myself for saying and subsequently find extremely useful).  But it did get me back into beanbags.  why?  because they are rad.  

But i skipped this guy and then it sold like crazy fast.  and now i regret my life. 

But that doesn’t mean that i’m not super into bean bags or papasan chairs right now.  I redid one last week in this ikea fabric for a play room that was supes adorabes and literally the most comfortable chair ever made.  and you can’t tell in this pic, but its massive, big enough for two adults.

 and now all i want is a tv room full of pappasan chairs and bean bags.  and kittens.  and puppies.  and nonexistent season 4 and 5 of Veronica Mars.  yup.  heaven.