We’re hiring – designers, photo assistants, admin, writers …

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Its time again, folks. We need more help in a few different categories and we are looking for the right people, with the right chemistry to have fun with Ginny, Brady and me. Know anyone?

1. Design writers/contributors. I’m looking for people who know design/style obviously, but who can write about it in a really engaging, fun and just edgy voice. This is EXTREMELY hard to find (online, in general) and who knows, we might not find the right people, but if we could then that would be amazing. So I figured why not try. You’d have a column – and I’m open to anything that is fun to read about. It could be  tech, interviews, trends, moodboards of personalities, home tours, etc. It just needs to be in the design/style category and engaging and funny. Allowing someone else to write here has been a super hard decision to make, so I’m going to be CRAZY picky to make sure its the right fit. Orlando, is a good example of good and he is coming back more often! The pay depends on what the post is and how much experience you have. If you think you fit these qualifications please send a sample post to us. This is something we’ll always be looking for so if you are just stumbling upon this post don’t think that its been filled. This can be done remotely.

2. Admin/photo assistant. Skills needed are basic admin/organization, adobe suite, and basic photo skills. We have a good camera, so don’t worry about that. Just looking for the right person with the right chemistry to help us run our vintage e-commerce site that will be launching soon and help with admin/emails/blog content, etc. This is entry-level, pay based on experience, and could be part-time (but every part-time job turns into full-time over here).

3. Assistant, junior and senior designers. As soon as the rebrand is launched we will have design services for all budgets and we need more designers to help with the needs. You could work remotely on our new E-design packages, or if you are in LA then you would be in on the LA design projects. This is freelance and project based for now. We need all levels – assistants, juniors (project managers) and senior designers (who have worked at a firm or for themselves and can run the whole project).

We’ll start taking applications and set up interviews in a couple of weeks. Or if you know anyone who fits any of these qualifications please forward them this post. Email: jobs@emilyhendersondesign.com

photo by Stephanie Todaro

Happy New Year

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Remember last year when I had all these insane resolutions? I clearly was either smoking something or I was high on newborn hormones (probably the latter), but I truly thought these were ambitious yet doable goals. Well, last year was an exceptional year, for sure and I accomplished a lot but I’d say that within weeks, if not days I had failed at a lot of the specific resolutions. Wait, I just reread it and I didn’t fail at everything. I definitely gave myself a week to decide on things where my instincts were unsure (it worked wonders). Also I feel like I definitely engaged more with you – I certainly can’t read every comment but I try to read and respond to the first few days worth of every post and without sounding too creepy, I do feel closer to you guys. I feel like my marriage has been strengthened, but we certainly didn’t have weekly date nights where we cooked delicious recipes together. I didn’t post 7 times a week and I think I called maybe 1/2 of the people I love on their birthdays. But don’t worry I did get my spray tan once a month. (I HIGHLY suggest ‘Versa Spa, level 1′ spray tan for anybody who wants a normal, light natural looking tan).

ANYWAY, the point is that I was ambitious and didn’t exactly stick to them but they were a good guide, and throughout the year I would think, ah we haven’t made dinner together in weeks, and then we would. So there was progress, for sure.

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So for this year I want to keep it simple (ish) but more personal. I keep thinking about the two things that are a daily humming stress in my life – things that I can control but just haven’t due to a myriad of excuses that you’ll read below. Sometimes your resolutions are more lofty, sometimes more about other people, but these two are just about things that I need to improve upon to make every single day slightly less stressful and therefore. Here goes:

1. Get and stay organized at our home. Every day my house looks like its been robbed, all cupboards open, clothes all over the floor, piles of (important) paperwork everywhere, and it has slowly driven me INSANE this year and caused a lot of anxiety. Brian and I are busy, messy people and neither of us are OCD (there is a case for marrying someone OCD for sure). When we first moved in to this house we had a newborn and not very much furniture so we never really dictated where things should go and because of that every drawer and cupboard just became a receptacle for anything near it that looked messy so everything was a ‘junk drawer’. I couldn’t find ANYTHING and it became absolutely MADDENING.

The good news: over the break I organized the LIFE out of the house, dumping out every single drawer and organizing them. I found 7 jump drives, 12 pairs of headphones,  27 pairs of scissors, 4 boxes of safety pins, countless 1/2 empty checkbooks, 5-6 different gift cards or store credits, countless duplicate vitamins and so many chords that went to random electronics, etc, etc. Its true that not being organized actually costs you money because you are constantly re-buying what you can’t find. It took me 18 – 20 hours (roughly three full days) to finish this project and it felt sooooo good. Brian watched Charlie while I listened to Serial and many other podcasts and filed, purged, and organized our home. I was dripping with sweat going up and down the stairs constantly putting things away all over the house. Ask me where the checkbooks are, I dare you … I know where EVERYTHING is now.

So now that its organized, and will soon be all labeled by drawer, I’m going to really try to put things away in the right place. It’s amazing how many hours can be spent just ‘putting things away’ – it’s so unsatisfying and yet so necessary. And when you are busy, it’s the first thing that we sacrifice (because it’s so annoying) and it’s the first thing that drives me INSANE. So, I am going to try really hard to do it ourselves and if we fail than I’m going to try to find someone to help 5 hours a week. Its kinda a BS resolution, right? If I can’t do it myself I’ll hire someone? Totally. If I don’t accomplish this one then I really am a piece of work.

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Sorry, its the only photo I could find of me exercising – with my friend Jenny – when I was 5 months pregnant.

2. Get healthy, namely by EXERCISING (again), A LOT. You probably just fell asleep. SO BORING AND OBVIOUS. My clothes can hide a lot and certainly in photos you can pose to look skinnier than you are so many of you may not have noticed the weight that I haven’t lost since having Charlie. But this ‘mom body’ has got to go. It’s because I’ve stopped working out so the last 8 pounds are just clinging to my body. I stare longingly at my jean collection that just don’t fit into and instead reach for the oversized asymmetrical dress that makes me look like I’m in my first trimester.

Here’s a secret to all future moms out there – ‘mom body’ (that offensive term that we all understand) isn’t from giving birth, it’s from mothering a child. You can lose most of the birth weight without working too hard, but that doesn’t mean that you are toning muscle and therefore getting your body back. First off you most likely stopped working out when you were 6-7 months pregnant (walking at best) and then you really aren’t allowed to do anything strenuous for the first 2-3 months after birth. So you just get out of the habit of exercising. T hen the real excuses (and reasons) begin: its extremely hard to prioritize the gym at 7am when that’s when you’re smiling (and often nursing) child wakes up and is in the most adorable mood ever. And then if you work outside of the home or for your family, the rest of the day just goes so fast and all of a sudden its 6pm, when you feed them dinner and then 8pm when they are finally down to sleep. And that’s when I write the blog.

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So its been hard to work out and therefore to eat healthy (for me, they are really interlinked). At least those are my excuses. And I’ve talked to so many of my friends that have kids and they feel the exact same way.  I know that a lot of you are going to say ‘don’t be so hard on yourself’ and the thing is that I know I can do it, and I know I’m happier when I do so trust me that I need to do this.

Here’s the deal: if I’m out of shape I want it to be because of my metabolism, age, or genetics not because I’m just not trying. Even if I worked out and didn’t lose some weight I’d at least know that I tried hard for a year and then, well, its time for new wardrobe. Besides, how else am I going to reach my 2016’s resolution of being a Playboy Centerfold model? Putting pieces in place, folks and planning ahead …

That’s where we are leaving it – my personal and kinda superficial resolutions for 2015. I have a lot of other stresses and a ton of business goals, don’t worry, but these are two actual problems that are just mine to solve, issues that only I can take ownership of, so I’m challenging myself to fix them.

By 2016 you aren’t even going to recognize me. I’m going to look like Brandy from RHOBH and my house will look like Jeff Lewis’ brain – so organized and compartmentalized that I may actually lose friends from it.

If any y’all have any extra tips for either of these goals please leave them in the comments. Happy 2015, folks. Its going to be a very busy year, indeed.

* photos of Charlie and I by Stephanie Todaro. 

The 17 most noteworthy things that happened this year (on this blog)

Adios, 2014. This year was crazy, nuts, stressful and pretty darn rewarding. I don’t know why I can’t just be a normal blogger that wraps up their year quickly in a cute post with some pics. When I began writing this post I was like, ‘Oh it will take a couple of hours, I’ll whip it right out’, but it kinda got out of control. You pretty much don’t need to read the blog anymore – just come here once a year for the roundup of all the highlights of the year and you’ll get the best information anyway. Kidding.

(P.S. at first it included a bunch of mommy post stuff, but I’ve decided to make that a separate post so it’s a little more focused). So these are the 17 most noteworthy things that happened this year, on the blog and in the business:

1. We bought a house, renovated it (kinda) and slowly decorated it. We aren’t done, but it’s coming along.

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Here’s the first intro post.  Man that was an exciting day. And then the makeovers began …

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The kitchen makeover. For all the info click: The kitchen makeover, including the backsplash and the appliances. 

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The living room makeover, including the bookcase, string art, blimp painting and tree. Sorry the angles aren’t the same … I need to take more big pulled back verticals of the room – they just tend to look so busy with all the ironwork, but we’ll do it.

The guest room:

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Happy Friday

I’ve been writing the ‘Charlie’s first birthday’ post for weeks and most of the time I just can’t get through it because it’s just so emotionally overwhelming. It’s difficult to properly encapsulate this last year, my first year of being a mom, without sounding like I’m an emotional mess that should probably be on some sort of mood stabilizer.

So I won’t yet, and instead just post a pic of this kid wishing you a lovely weekend.

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photo by Stephanie Todaro

Sometimes I forget that I’m allowed to write a short post; that not every post needs to be a massive, 10 page makeover narrative situation.

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photo by Stephanie Todaro

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photo by Tessa Neustadt

Please note that kid’s head is practically the same size as mine. We cut his hair yesterday (check instagram for the cutest photo ever) and now he looks even more grown up and ‘executive’ – like.

Thank you so much for all 7,000 of you who took the survey (if you haven’t yet, you can any time – we are still reading the results). You have no idea how valuable it is. Nothing too shocking came out of it and no major changes are being made – just good tweaks and adjustments. I am in the process of rebranding and redesigning the website (offering more services for all budgets) and even an online vintage store – you heard me, so there are improvements happening that I’m very excited about.

Meanwhile all of you want more makeovers (we’re on it), you are split whether you like DIY (not surprising, although we only do one a month these days from the Redbook column) and you are split on whether you like the Craigslist posts (which shocked me, I thought those were super popular!).

You want more reader questions, which is great – I’m actually trying to do them but we need more answerable questions with better photos – it’s hard to post these tiny dark photos and have the question be about layout or something abstract because that’s really hard to answer unless you are in the space. But we’ll do our best and if you have questions just try to have the photos not be blurry, be more pulled back, multiple shots/angles of the room, brighter and with 1-2 very specific questions (it’s hard to answer a whole list).

You are open to having more content if we had the right contributors, which is exciting, but I’m still super hesitant about. Most of you ‘don’t mind’ our sponsored posts and many of you even like them. I was extra terrified about that question because frankly we need the sponsored posts to keep making daily original content so I am so glad that if we do them well, you guys are cool with it and a lot of you even said ‘I like them’ and ‘I find them useful’. Thank you. We try hard and we’ll continue to try even harder to come up with concepts that are valuable to you while still making sense for the client, and not doing so many that you guys are annoyed. I’m sure that you’ve noticed there are a lot more on the blogosphere right now because it’s December and every company is doing their last big sales push for the year, so January always slows down. Speaking of January we have 1 whole house to reveal plus lots of quick makeover projects to show you – some sponsored, some not. It’s a weird, weird world, isn’t it?

Have an excellent weekend. I have intentions of going through my 19 ‘junk’ drawers because I can’t find ANYTHING these days, plus going to a couple of holiday parties but this ‘storm’ in LA is making me want to curl up in my flannel pajamas and listen to Serial. Any of you addicted as well?

xx

E

2014 Reader Survey; Help. I need your honesty!

I’ve been writing and running this blog now for almost 5 years. Five. That’s almost as old as Justin Bieber’s tattoos. Don’t worry, I’ll be properly celebrating our anniversary (to you) soon, but I since January is around the corner I would love some info from you now so I can start the year with a clear direction of improvements.

I’m constantly wondering what you guys like and what I’m wasting my time on. And while there are a ton of comments daily, I know there are a lot of you out there, many long time readers that don’t feel like commenting (which I understand).

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Photo by Tessa Neustadt

But i’m hoping you’ll take a second to fill out this totally anonymous  survey to help curate the content you like (no registering/logging in or anything). If you don’t want to answer a question just click ‘other’ and put a period or something to leave it blank.

What you need to remember is that this blog is about you, for you (ok, sure AND me) and you are the judge, jury and executioner. That’s a lot of power, folks. But, it does no good if I don’t know how you are feeling.

Maybe you think its unprofessional that I admit my mistakes and maybe you’d rather never see another picture of Charlie on this blog again. Maybe you click away the second you see a sponsor and maybe you prefer anything that has to do with moms and babies. This is your chance to anonymously tell me what you want more of and what makes you click away with disgust.

And please, you long time readers/fans PLEASE join in the survey, too. Maybe you’ve commented 100 times so you don’t think I need you, but I do. You are who I need the most. I know these things tend to bring out the negative (“Finally,” she maniacally laughs, “its my anonymous chance!!!”) but don’t worry, no matter what, I’m not going down the YHL road (RIP). But its actually important to know what is successful in addition to what is annoying or just generally failing.

So, please, take 3 minutes and give me your feedback – I promise that no matter what it will be valuable and the blog will be a better place because of it.

Thank you very, very, very much.

xx

Emily