House updates and insanity …

Y’all …..

Its all going down. The house has to be finished and styled for a huge shoot that starts monday (three days from now). And when I say finished I mean that we have so much to do its insane. Lets go through the list:

1. Wallpaper is going up today (custom designed and trigger pulled just two days ago).

2. The huge custom bookcase is being painted today (that’s right, we refinished it and then I just hated it – you may as well call me ‘Mrs. Hemmoraging Money’). Will it be dry enough to put things on by Sunday? We’ll see ….

3. The upper kitchen cabinets might be getting painted tomorrow (the wood is just so heavy).

4. The lower cabinets are getting refinished today and the hardware put on.

5. All of the appliances and a few rugs are arriving.

6. The pendants, chandeliers and all the electrical work are being installed tomorrow.

7. The guest room feature wall is a hilarious disaster so that needs to be repainted.

8. The curtains/shades are being installed today.

9. Plus all art has to be hung (and one by Nike Schroeder is still being finished), cushions are coming back from the upholsterer, a ton of furniture needs to be picked up, and every room has to be styled including bedding, bookcases, kitchen, flowers …every single thing …  I need to do some serious shopping.

We are cutting it VERY, VERY close.

I’m constantly reminding myself that there is absolutely a reason that you hire a designer to do all of this. Just managing it is a full-time job, let alone making every decision (and managing every mistake).  I can’t wait to tell you about the mistakes. Normally I can’t really talk about them because if there are any (THERE ALWAYS ARE) I don’t want the clients to read about it and get bummed or worse. But since I’m the client I can dish and dish.

Plus everything else has to be managed (book, blog, clients, and press stuff).

Talking about how busy you are is so boring and redundant, I realize – because really EVERYONE is busy.  So i’m sorry. But this week was virtually unmanageable and at one point I felt on the verge of a tiny little mental break.  How do you know you are having a mini breakdown? Maybe because you are texting and emailing your assistants and 1am and wondering why they aren’t responding. I kinda lost it for one night. Thank god for Ginny, Brady and this week Karley and Emily. Everyone was totally indispensable.

Meanwhile I weaned sir Charles (well, he pretty much weaned himself but lets here it for no more pumping!!!!!!!) and I think I’m battling a bit of hormonal wackiness; feeling REALLY on edge, sad and irritable.  Poor Brian.

But this weekend is going to be so much fun because I’ve pretty much forced everyone I know to come over and help with the house. I’m picturing us all just rocking out to music while painting walls, hanging art and fluffing pillows, although I don’t think it will go down quite like that. If any of you are in LA and want to give an extra hand let me know.  This duvet is not going to stuff itself.

Oh and I might start a juice cleanse to try to lose 5 of my 10 persistent lbs before I’m on camera on Tuesday. I’m sure that’s going to help with my mood issues ….

Meanwhile i’m just trying to keep it all in perspective. Nobody is unhealthy, and this little guy couldn’t be happier.  Plus I had a good hair day yesterday; all good things with equal importance.

charlie

Wish us luck!

xx

E

Behind the Scenes at EH Design: Episode 2

Hey folks… it’s Brady… Remember me?

Well, Im back and its time for another episode of what’s been happening around the office here at EH Design. To say we have been busy is an absolute understatement. As a viewer and a reader you may think that what you see on the blog constitutes the majority of what we do. But let me tell you life would be all peaches and cream if we could just kick off our heels all day (or in my case – gladiator sandals – yes i hate myself for just saying that) and just blog in the perfectly sun filled studio of ours while sipping on cocktails and making sure that our bangs didn’t fall out of place while we typed our bony little fingers away!

brady ginny basket making

But damn folks — we got sh*t to do! We’ve had quite a busy few weeks here at EH Design. Photoshoots for Redbook and Matchbook magazine, major house demo and renovations for Emily’s house tour with Domino magazine (coming real soon), pulling together designs and shopping for furniture for Ban.do’s new office, curating some fun new post and series ideas for the blog, tackling a few DIY’s, raiding the rose bowl flea market for everything it was worth, and answering about 1.76485 billion emails.

But, amongst all the work how can you complain when you get to hang out with these two chicks at the flea market on Sunday Morning? Anybody who is this happy at 5:30am has to be worth spending a half a day with right?!

Jen and Emily Flea Market

The second sunday of every month has a very special place in our hearts here at EH design, right next to Mother Theresa or the day that we all watched Charlie try solid food for the first time (which was a fail). That reoccurring date tugs on heartstrings for one reason and one reason only — ROSEBOWL FLEA MARKET. This is the mother of all flea markets and she never ceases to disappoint. We always seem to walk to our car covered in sweat, delirious from the heat, exhausted from bargaining, but with bags and bags of perfect little treasures in tow.

emily brady flea market

We often wonder why in the hell we wake up at 5:00am to get our fat-*sses to that stadium of goodness before even the sun has made his morning appearance but as soon as we walk in and see what the good lord of vintage furniture, antiques, accessories and art has put in front of us we soon realize that our cups runneth over! If there was a way to bottle up the excitement we have as we walk through those entrance gates and sell it to the public it would sell out faster than Justin Beibers concert tours did 3 years ago before he decided to stop being the cute and lovable tween we all wanted to tack up to our bedroom walls. (my poster has relocated to the closet for now – as I’m still crossing my fingers that he pulls a Lilo and turns his life around)! Back to the important point though. We love the flea market here at EH Design. Its one of those things that makes our little world go around and this last week we loved taking along Jen Gotch to grab some stuff for the Ban.do offices we are working on!

Emily Chair

Even Emily needs a break to sit down for half a second and stuff her face!

This brings me to my next point – and a new sub-series I am working entitled “the many faces of emily” Please take in all of its goodness below:

IMG_8024  We’ve got the

- “are you seriously taking a picture of me”

- “bubbly-fun”

- “my child loves me and I love him

- “300 bucks for a nude sketch isn’t too bad”

- “its not mahjong — its kitchen tiles”

- “don’t bother me I’m eating”

Now that she will hate me for the rest of eternities lets get back to the dirty BTS info we are all biting our fingernails over…

Lets start with some exciting news!!! We’ve got a fun new room makeover in the works!! Stay tuned for some wicked good before and afters y’all.

Note to EVERYONE: when doing a room makeover make sure that you set up a perfectly curated and artistic shot of all of your sample paint color pots that looks like it was just casually thrown together so that you can take a picture and look like your just a natural artist without trying too hard. Your friends that love you will love you even more and your enemies will soon turn over a new leaf and come crawling back into your arms. Oh, and make sure that you don’t step on the cardboard backdrop with your ugly nasty hobbit man feet like I did, because now this shot is a total failure – just like me. I will now go live in the forest alone, remembering the time that I ruined that one picture that meant everything.

I can hear the picture below whispering Amy Adams words from “American Hustle” to me over and over and over  — “You are NOTHING to me until you are EVERYTHING to me”

Sorry World.

Paint Colors Oprah

To take our minds off of my depressing state and lackluster photo skills lets look at some equally lackluster before photos, and this time try and focus on the positive:

Oprah Makeover 2

Oprah Makeover 1

This room has the natural beauty of Kim Kardashian — after she has been airbrushed, the bones of Angelia Jolie’s face — after she has skipped a few meals, and the charm of Jennifer Lawrence — after she fell down the stairs at the academy awards. In other words we couldn’t have asked for a better blank canvas to work with! We are very excited about it and as you can see Emily is taking this whole makeover thing VERY seriously….

Oprah Makeover emily

On to our next item on the agenda:

You know how you see those beautifully curated images on the internet that just seem like they either jumped right out of a fantasy land or are directly taken from the most perfectly perfect person in the world that has nothing to do but prop their house for the next shot to be taken.

Well folks, sorry to kill your dream but this is what I like to call – “What You See vs. What We See”

Exibit A: no real explanation needed other than the fact that the picture conveys to the audience a perfectly lit office space that is ready to pull you in for a hard days work.

blue waterfall desk

Exhibit B:

-torn apart living room

-props and equipment everywhere

-deflated party balloon

-fabric scraps

- one very talented photographer

3M Photoshoot

Sometimes it takes a village to just get one shot but as I said last episode (which Emily banned me from ever saying again on her blog), the joy is in the journey. It is so much fun to come into Emily’s house on a weekday to rip apart her living room, try and shove a desk through a doorway that it won’t fit through because the light is better in the living room than the guest room, move every piece of art off the walls and stash it somewhere else for 6 hours, rent an office chair, and then put it all back to its original state a few shots later!

We do make a mess – but at least its a beautiful mess

Emily Studio BTS 2

Emily Studio BTS 1

Emily Studio BTS

We also have some crazy – insane – worth giving up your first child for – pieces that we just sent over to the upholsterer. You know its a good day at the office when emily has five chairs, one storage chest, and two huge cushions that she wants you to fit into her car “tetris style” and take it in to our upholstery wizard to get them all a new skin.

Upholstery

Upholstery 1

We also don’t believe in hiring movers when we have the braun to do it ourselves. Emily is a champ at lifting things — all that practice with Sir Charles came in handy when we had to carry her new sofa up two flights of stairs, through her balcony door, and into its final resting place in the living room!

emily and brady sofa 1

emily and brady sofa

Things are quickly changing around Emily’s house and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ve got wallpaper going up in Emily’s bedroom, bookcases going up in the hallway, a full (almost) kitchen overhaul, and many more changes. Its like christmas everyday here and I am just about ready to start blasting, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”! I would love to spoil all the fun with pictures but emily would not totally agree with that and then that could be the end of BTS as we know it. So I will let her do the honors with those reveals and you guys will just have to sit tight and enjoy the ride so far.

It’s been another great week here at the office and we sure are in for a busy next month with everything that we have on the calendar. Someone is sure to lose their sh*t, or sh*t will hit the fan, or someone might sh*t themselves. Regardless – i think some awesome sh*t is about to happen!

xoxo

-Brady

Happy 6 months, Charlie (A baby update)

Charlie turned six months over the weekend. If you aren’t into the baby posts (understandably) come back later today for a second post or maybe click on some of my favorite blogs posts that aren’t kid related. In this post I may or may not talk about post-baby body, my milk saga, childcare, parenting philosophy and sleeping – certainly not subjects that all of you are interested in, but thanks in advance for coming and come back later!! I’m working at balancing the posts, and since its been over a month since a Charlie post, I figured we were all due for some pics of this dough-y little pale skinned boy.

charlie computer

These six months FLEW in all the normal clichéd ways. Its been the most magical six months ever (as only it can be with your first newborn) and also extremely challenging and BIZZZZZZZYYYYYY.

Lets get into it: First … just generally: He is the Milo to my Otis, the Cheech to my Chong, the North to my Kimye. I don’t need to regale you with my emotional details outlining how much I love him because it might undoubtedly make you nauseous, but I’ll just say that I had no idea that this level of peace and uneasiness could exist inside the same body at the same time. I stress so much less about everything else in the world and yet wake up with nightmares that something has happened to Charlie at least once a week. Thank god my general state of worry has diminished as many of you told me it would – life feels less fragile than it did four months ago.

On a day-to-day basis I don’t worry about him – there are no red flags and he just seems really healthy. But then I’ll hear a story in the news (or blogs) and fixate on it and go down the spiral of ‘what if that happened to Charlie??’ which I know is normal but man it sucks. So if you are a soon to be mom, just NEVER read/watch/listen to the news, in fact shut off completely from all media and society or visitors/friends lest you hear a bad story about a baby. Because you will, and then you’ll picture it happening to yours. It’s insane how sad a hypothetical can make you.

We’ve got our problems, but worrying about whether I love that baby enough certainly isn’t one of them. Like if Kristen Bell, Keri Russell and Jeff Lewis (my three favorite ‘we should be friends’ celebrities) were hanging out and invited me to have a drink but Charlie was looking at me like ‘hey mom you wanna hang out?’ I would stay with Charlie.

HA!!!! YEAH RIGHT!!!! I’d have left his birth to hang out with them ( … just kidding, again). Maybe my obsession with him is more like Kristen Bell’s obsession with Sloths – watch this video if you don’t know what i’m talking about. Point being, i’m 100% in love with this little man.

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Styling your entrance and some more organizing products …

Hey guys, for my second post with 3M I played around with the Home Collection and styled up my studio entryway with the product and of course some of my vintage props that i’ve been hoarding, just waiting for their blog debut. The whole idea is to clean off your surfaces and get things up on the wall – visible and yet accessible. For me (being the worst at anything organizational) I have to be able to see it to deal with it because this brain be SCATTERED, and I need all the help I can get.  (See my first post about getting things off my desk, here)

So here’s what you need to style your entry/exit perfectly: 

1. A beautiful vintage modern brass hat and scarf holder. Duh.  (From the flea market and I’m obsessed with it). But seriously, something to hang your hat on – literally. Especially since hats are back. I thought it was just me because i’m a but mom now and doing my hair is a fete reserved for special occasions like when Chris HArrison invites me and my friends to Men Tell All – BECAUSE ITS GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR, I PROMISE!!!!! Meanwhile, until that night i’m seriously wearing a lot of hats these days and having somewhere to put them keeps with my ‘off the surfaces onto the wall’ rule. Also if you aren’t into hats, jackets apply. And if you aren’t into hats or jackets then you could hang your judgement about people that wear hats and jackets here.

Entryway

2. An adorable little console or piece of furniture to put your pretty books and flowers on (we like that Target piece from the Room Essentials line).  Ideally its something with storage because you’ll need somewhere to shove the one million lip glosses and catalogs that you can’t throw away because you haven’t properly combed them yet, but you can’t really leave them on the coffee table because they are catalogs and not magazines and you don’t want to look like a hoarder that just keeps every piece of mail you get (you are, me too, its fine).

3. A lamp that is the perfect height to turn on/off as you are sneaking in or out to meet your secret boyfriend. I’m actually installing an outlet in my entrance (in my house not the studio) because I want to be able to put a pretty lamp there. Its just so nice to walk in and throw on a lamp instead of a huge overhead light and that way you can leave it on for anybody that has yet to come home.

Cute lamp

3. Something that smells nice like candles or a perfect $80 Tom Dixon brass encased candle (it was a gift! do you think I would buy a 90$ candle? … but MY GOD it smells amazing). But seriously, something that smells nice is never a bad idea to have greet you as you come home from work or to mask the smell of kids and cats that you may or may not have. (I do)

4. The most adorable little tray to hold your assistant Brady’s most amazing steam-punk inspired glasses.  Shame on you for having such boring glasses, world. A tray will also hold such things as coins, keys, and general garbage that you will undoubtedly accumulate. You know how I feel about trays – we all need them A LOT. They are the character actor in our blockbuster – under-rated but relied upon greatly. That metaphor might have been a stretch but I live in LA, so what can you expect?

3m home collection

5. Some things to make your chaotic life a little easier. This could include items that help you remember to take the mail with you, like this Post-it Dry Erase Grip Tile or the Reminder Tile, or shopping list/reminders, etc. Now this is sponsored content, clearly, but these things are STRANGELY useful. I suggest you use it in your back door/mudroom not your front door because they are very utilitarian, but having something right by the door that I can shove things into is extremely useful. I actually put things for Brian in here – mainly mail that needs to get dropped off and it works. Again, its off the surfaces and onto the walls – and the less I have on my surfaces, the less chaotic my life feels.

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This little lucite holder can hold one million things – not at a time, clearly, but it could hold your keys and phone, that lip gloss that you are constantly looking for, or in this case dry erase markers for the reminder tile. 

entry console

 

flowers

entryway

One more thing.

Now these things below are called the View and Go Pockets and basically they are pockets that are adhesive on the back so that you can constantly see what you need to deal with – its in your face. For me this is best for invoices, bills, or things that I need to deal with – like canceling a credit card or transferring health insurance.

view-and-go-pockets

You can put these on front of your cabinets if you really need them to be in your face, but I do like them on the inside so i’m forced to see them often but not all the time.  Kinda like your relatives that live an hour away – its good to have them close by but you don’t want Aunt Flossie checking up on Charlie in the middle of the Bachelorette. No you don’t.

Alright folks, the items featured in the post are the Post-it Reminder Tile, Dry Erase Grip Tile, View and Go Pockets, and more  and check out Post-it.com/home for the rest of the Home Collection by Post-it Brand, Scotch Brand and Command Brand.

*This post was in partnership with the Home Collection but all the words, pictures, and ideas are mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me/us creating original content. 

Photos by the always lovely and talented Zeke Ruelas, styled by me. 

Behind the Scenes at EH designs

First of all, I better introduce myself before you all think that Emily’s blog has been hacked by a male blonde impostor, who doesn’t dress, style, or write quite as well as she does. My name is Brady, I work for Emily and as she puts it “He is tall, blonde, from Utah, full of skills, creativity, brawn, enthusiasm and very nice necklaces.” I would personally add to that list of characteristics, “awkward, gawky, inappropriate, mildly (but not usually) funny, and a real good time”.

Its been just over a month since I joined the Emily Henderson Design team and let me tell you it has been so much of what I expected in some ways and completely opposite in others. When I went through the interview process I honestly thought my chances were slim to none. Yes – I went to school for architecture, Yes – I had worked for a slew of interior designers, YES on the fact that I can thrift and DIY like a mo-fo, but I also knew that there was extreme talent out there and at that point I was just grateful to be in the mix of those that applied. Now, I have to take a moment and confess (in this extremely personal and close format) I had met Emily years ago before I initially interviewed with her. I was browsing around at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and I had a major “fan-girl” moment.

I’m sure I looked a bit like this:

Friends_fangirl

Quickly followed by this:

sobsob_sanjayafangirl

***** completely accurate representation *****

She was with Orlando and they were doing their typical  “we are cute, fun, and shopping for vintage finds” routine, but I mustered up the balls to go and just tell them how much I loved both of their blogs and how inspiring I thought they were and I was waiting for the “bitch, please – who are you, get out of our space” look that many people that are too busy for the average joes give, but it was far from that. They both insisted on taking a picture, they both asked about myself and they both were completely NORMAL human beings. Emily warned me before she put her arm around me by saying “sorry if I’m sweaty and gross and smell like nasty B.O. its been a long day in the sun.

brady and emily flea market

It was like I felt like I was their friend for that brief thirty second moment we shared. Flash forward to a year or so later and now I am sitting in a little coffee shop down the street from Emily’s house nervously sweating and pitting out and obnoxiously late to the interview because of traffic on the 405. I walk in, take my seat and she totally realized that she had met me before. The interview went well apparently and I got the job.

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