Personal little update

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I just crawled into bed (yes its 8:15) after Brian made me dinner while I rambled on about how I just can’t seem to find enough time in the day. This week I shot some more Target videos and I made a conscious decision to work hard, get home in time to put Charlie to bed, then get sleep instead of writing the blog or emails so that I was fresh for the next day. But of course I didn’t mean to only put out two quality posts this week, certainly. So sorry. It’s my own fault for insisting on being the only one who writes it so the drafts just pile up (Brady preps all the posts with the pictures and links).

So check this out: I tried to find more time by waking up at 5am and working …

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My ‘Style’ journal

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They say you can’t learn style – that you either have it or you don’t. To me ‘they’ sound like people who think ‘they’ have VERY good style. The problem with that theory is that it doesn’t factor in exposure (or lack thereof), and passion – a genuine love/obsession for style. I think there is something to be said for some people having more of a knack for it and I certainly know of some people with decades of experience in the business with just terrible taste and style, and it can be baffling. But I’ve found that most people can have good really good style if they have the exposure, experience and some good old fashion passion. Let’s use me as an example …

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How To Create A Design Plan

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Running a small business as a creative person is like a baby giraffe walking across a log, over the rapids, in heels – it’s unnatural, precarious, immensely comical, yet totally possible. Figuring out how to pay yourself and others to do something we would normally do for free is so challenging, and the learning curve is high. 

But, one thing we do know over here is how pull together a design plan – for your home, office, studio, conference room, store, dressing room, etc, no matter what your project or business is. Trying to get employees to be excited, to work hard, to come up with new ideas, and the biggest ‘get’ of all, TO CARE in a really stale and uninspiring office space is extremely difficult. I should know, we used to work in one. 

So, today we are going to walk you through our design process; how we go from the blank (or uninspiring) ‘before’ space, to a real design plan for that space. We partnered with Epson to create a video about the process, and just telling you the steps seemed boring, so we instead made it a one day challenge. It’s like an episode of 24 over here. We all know that each design plan takes days, if not weeks (or months) to produce, but that would be a very long blog post. So watch the video to see what happens then keep on scrolling:

For this project we’ll use our client, we’ll call her Kate, because that is her real name. Here’s her space before we got there:

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First we take measurements, ask lots of style and color questions, then (once the contracts are signed) we get on it and the fun begins.

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Friday ramblings … and happy V-day

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We recently had a little lunch in the kitchen while we were shooting something at the house, and while it wasn’t necessarily for a blog post, Tessa was here so I was like ‘Maybe you could just… you know …’  and I did the universal clicking the camera sign with my finger, eyes and tongue. She is a good sport so she did and they turned out pretty enough to post.

Ok, fine. We added the blue glasses to add color for the shot. We were mainly drinking pink lemonade, not anything that needed to be in those glasses (champagne?).

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FiNE and ALSO we added the wood bowls  on the plates because we thought it would look prettier. Once a camera is pointed on something I can’t just leave it be.

But those sandwiches? Those are real and really what we put in our mouth-hole. I’m not much of a food maker/person/blogger as you know, but for parties this is what I do:

1 french baguette, halved the long way, with unsalted fancy butter (lots of it, butter is back!) ham and provolone. Mustard and pickles on the side. If you serve them relatively fresh you can add thin tomato and arugula, but if you want to prep hours out for a party like we do, then trust me these are cheap, easy and a total crowd pleaser. I made them for this party, too. I know I basically just described a ham sandwich, but the butter/ham/cheese/baguette combo is really all you need. It’s French. We’re Fancy.

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And this was Tessa just showing off her beautiful hand, just rubbing it in my face, while that big dahlia just laid there, rejecting the smaller dahlia which i’ll assume is its girlfriend and not its child. It is Valentines day weekend, as you know, and they say that more breakups happen on that night than any other. And it’s the same for the flower community.

Meanwhile, did you guys know the Thursday night before V-day is ‘mistress night’? When I was waitressing in New York, that Thursday night was always the gross cheating men appeasing their mistresses with a fancy meal. This mainly happens at big expensive restaurants with rich old fat men and younger/hotter women. It’s just painfully obvious. Typically I don’t get too judgmental over here, but I’m pretty anti the ‘leading a-double-life’ and ‘lying on the daily’ kinda cheating. Thank god for them I was never anyone who would spit in food. Man did they tip well because they knew we knew and we knew that they knew that we knew, and so I didn’t want their stupid 25% tip, but I had to take it because I had maybe $230 in my bank account. Friday digressions. Still here?

Brian and I accidentally made no plans at all. I guess that means Thai take out and a marathon (tv, not running ….please). Although if ’50 shades’ was on demand I would pay for that for sure (especially after reading this review). I can’t bring myself to see it in the theater (yet) but if we could just pay $20 to have it in our new cozy den, then I’d be fine with that. Uh Oh … uh oh .. uh oh ..uh oh …..

Happy Friday, folks.

Photos by Tessa Neustadt. In case you are new to the blog and want to see more of it or the full makeover, go here. 

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