Episode 13. Season finale.

70′s Palm Springs meets Easy Rider Chic.  Here’s a secret,  i’ve never actually seen ‘Easy Rider’, which is not my fault, i was raised sheltered and our vcr actually wouldn’t play rated R movies.  Impossible!!, they said.  Weird, i know.  But we were told not to even bother because it wouldn’t work.  It’s weird that it worked when my sister, 16 at the time, invited two friends over to watch Dirty Dancing when my parents were out of town and locked me in my room to ‘color’ for 2 hours – which strangely i hated to color.  Pretty sure they must have brought over their own heathen vcr player to watch that heathen movie.  But there was nothing i wanted more in the world than to watch Patrick Swayze’s hips move back and forth, don’t you try and stop me now, no suh.  Anyway, Easy Ryder chic worked because its kinda bad ass, rock and roll, rebellious, party animal, etc, etc and these two definitely have that edge to them.  (at least that’s what wikepedia told me that easy rider is.)

Anyhoo, most of you know that i’m a 70′s girl, and since i live in California i’ve been pretty obsessed with the california 70′s style that really didn’t exist anywhere else.  You know, the brass, hippie prints, loungey furniture that borders on ugly….My favorite hotel in the world is The Parker Palm Springs.  Its simply perfect, design and style wise.  I had been waiting to do a style like this, and Lisa is a total free-love hippie so it seemed like a good opportunity to do it.  

That was their mood board. 

Global influences, retro colors, but with a masculine edge.  John and Lisa Gunn are rad, they are super fun – all their friends call them the ‘fun gunn’s’ actually, and i can see why.  John is a writer/director who’s movies include ‘My date with Drew’ and ‘Like Dandelion Dust’.  Lisa is an artist and an awesome makeup artist, and they’ve been together forever, and just have such a fun energy.   We had a total blast this week, i did make some mistakes which i’ll tell you about later (that first look huge shelving thing was hideous, i saw it at a vintage store but there was a bunch of stuff in front of it so i didn’t really get a good look at it, and it turned out to be bad 70′s office, instead of retro 70′s….but i replaced it, which was the plan anyway).  

Pretty pretty photos by Terilyn Fisher.  

P.S. I have the best wallpaperer in southern california.  i was hesitant to give it out but she promised that if i did she would always make me a priority, so here’s my gift to you, Ricky the amazing wallpaperer, radl@ymail.com.  Tell her i sentcha.  And you’re welcome.  

I’ll get to all the resources tomorrow, must run and shop with Mr. Orlando.  I guess H.D. Buttercup is having a huge sale today, and girlfriend, i don’t miss a good sale….especially when its not my money….

  1. naz

    Looking forward to season 2.

  2. we are jonesing over the tv cablinet…so perfect for my home :)

  3. Oh Emily… when can I have you over? Love you, and love the design. I need to get caught up with my Secrets from a Stylist episodes!

  4. Loved this episode and was just CRAZY about the chandelier!! It is so funny to hear the guy have so many (strong!) opinions. My husband basically plugs his ears and is all "lalalalala" when I talk about decorating. Ha, there are definitely pros and cons to both kinds of guys. :-) FWIW, I loved the first coffee table, and the console is/was awesome!!

  5. Cindy, Austin, TX

    Emily, I have watched every episode. Love the show. Last night's was my favorite. Thanks for the secrets… I hope there are many more to come our way!

  6. jane

    love your show, but i love your blog even more !! :)

  7. This post brought me back. I was raised in a super, sheltered environment as well. My dad actually kept our tv in his closet…only to be brought out for special occasions. I remember watching Dirty Dancing, hiding out in their closet when they were gone for a couple hours. I was in heaven, packed in their between my mom's dresses and my dad's shoes.

    Anyway, I love your show! I was flipping through the channels and stopped to watch for a few minutes. At first, I thought it would be another design show where they either make the house look bland & traditional or over-the-top with color & diy wall murals…eeek. I was so happy to see someone with down-to-earth style that mixes vintage with modern. I can't wait for next season!!!

  8. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  9. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  10. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  11. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  12. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  13. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  14. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  15. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  16. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  17. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  18. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  19. It's already time for the season finale? What a bummer. :)

    Interestingly, I was watching a rerun the other day and thought that it was the first time in a while that I happily watched a rerun on HGTV. So, I look forward to watching this season again over the next few months.

  20. man, you just keep outdoing yourself. this room rocks my socks off.

  21. Jackson

    love everything about this room.

  22. I loved the room! Reminded me a little of ace hotel in palm springs, which is also a great space. I'm not cool enough to have a room like that, but that couple seemed like they were!

  23. amyks

    Love this, not really my style, but it totally works. That big open shelving unit is awesome and once again I loved how you accessorized. It's definitely the attention to details that are so unique and fun about your show! Can't wait for Season 2, but I will happily watch the reruns until then. Bravo!

  24. paperdollmn

    I am so loving catching up on your episodes through On Demand (I can never seem to catch them when they air!). My mom and I watched you win last season, and I am so happy to be finally watching your show. I am not an interior designer by trade, but have been putting my own little touch on my living spaces back since "redecorating" meant modge podging a bookcase with Tiger Beat clippings. (Yep, it really happened.)

    Well, enough gushing for now. Can't wait to see what you do next!

  25. Great show! Loved everything, especially the cute elephant stand and the demo on how to arrange odd numbers of objects! I'm taking notes!

  26. greta

    love this room, maybe my favorite yet.
    extra points for the dining room table and jonathan adler pieces.

  27. Talk about finishing strong! This episode was fantastic and I will be marking off the 6 weeks on the calendar. Bring on Season 2.

    The leather chair next to the fireplace is like my dream chair. One of these days I'm going to track down a neon A for my office too.

  28. Katie

    I am sad your show must take a break, but it will give me a chance to try some of your secrets before you give us more.

    I loved the way you decorated the wall behind the TV to help it blend in more, in this episode. I also, really liked how you made the family photos look like art and not just some overwhelming family photo wall. I am looking forward to trying my own version since I can't have you do it!

  29. perfidia

    The reason I enjoy this blog and the show is because Emily is seriously THE ONLY designer whose work I don't look at and think, "that's nice, but in order to make it not look like sterile I'd have to change x, y, and z and add some more blah, blah, blah." The use of blue gets me every time. Emily designs beautiful and cool real-life rooms for people to live in, and I for one, salute her for that.

  30. Mindy in Austin TX

    The final look of this episode was my favorite also. I never miss your show! Looking forward to seeing you next season!

  31. Sarah

    I'm obsessed with this room and absolutely love the large shelving unit in the final look

  32. I have had so much fun watching your series this year…all the best with making it happen again!! Janell

  33. Leslie

    Hi Emily: am brand new to your blog, am reading from earliest to recent posts…LOVE and ADORE your show. : )

    Ok, am just reading the post about "huge shelving thing – hideous!" which I saw and actually LOVED on your episode… (Does that mean we have lousy taste??!) so much so that I looked and looked for something similar locally (chicago suburbs)

    … I get all kinds of inspiration from your show, thanks sooo much! we ended up with similar feel, wood and metal from Ballard Designs. bleh, would rather had vintage or something cool, but this works for our space and is a sturdy bookcase for our many books and 'objet', AND my toddler nephews will not be able to easily pull it over. important!

    will get back to reading, have many posts to read yet to get up to date and the most recent one. hooray!

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