Episode 4, more breakdowns

I kinda want this living room.  I’m serious.  Its just so big and airy and open and now totally fun and happy.  It looks like them without looking like it was designed.  Let’s talk wallpaper.  When i first met with Joy i knew about her wallpaper and yes, loved the gold floral (i think they are succulents actually).  I knew they were open to wallpaper and it just made sense on many levels.  It would be like me having a fabric line and not having it anywhere in my home.  But when we shot the ‘wallpaper’ shopping segment we did it two ways because we didn’t know how it should eventually play out.  Of course i’m more inclined to say that Joy designed the wallpaper, but then it would look like that is why i chose it – and of course that is part of it, but it was also a design choice.  Because its metallic it actually plays more as a neutral than a bright color, and since the pattern was feminine enough, i knew the color had to be masculine or neutral. Anyway, hopefully all the people that watched and didn’t know it was Joy’s are now racing to my blog and hgtv’s shopping resources to buy that awesome pattern.

The sofa is Room and Board, Clarke.  The blue chain pillow is from Room Service, the Rug is Madeleine Weinrib, dining table base is vintage Mies Van der Rohe from design Modern ($300 for the base, then bought top from West Elm for $150 – they wanted to get rid of it, not sure if they usually sell the top).  The drapery rods are all Pottery aged brass (not normally in stores, but still my favorite rods/rings out there – so pretty and substantial and look high end, and well cost A LOT, actually )

The vase on the table is vintage Rosenthal from the flea market, the trunk was $60 from the Long beach flea market, the silver martini table is west elm $120, and i’ll get to the artwork in a bit.  The drapery linen was $6  a yard from Grey Lines linen and then had sewn which frankly is beautiful in person, but you can’t tell here that they cost like $500.  That was the last time i splurged on simple white drapery – Ikea drapery looks basically the same on camera and is $60 per pair (although not lined and they needed light control in their living room).  Basically i’ve learned over the first season to splurge on things that make bigger statements and become talking points because on camera the viewers can’t tell that that vase has such pretty carved flowers all over it, and that it was like $80 and is beautiful.  It could just as well be from Michaels.  

  Talk about splurge.  I love this guy.  Milo Baughman from the Rose bowl.  It previously looked like this:

  It doesn’t look that bad here, but it was ugly, worn and not in a good way. I had it reupholstered in grey linen (the linen was $6/yard from Grey lines in new york and reupholstering it was $250).  The chair itself was $500 so it ended up being a major piece.  But i love it.  the scale of it is awesome – its so huge and comfy and it begs to be sat in.  i picture Bob rocking his cats in this chair.  Reading them Dr. Seuss, yes, most likely ‘the cat in the hat’.  not being creepy at all.  This is where i sit when we watched the bachelor this season.  Still so sad that i have nothing to look forward to on monday nights any more.  

The pillow is Joy’s Girard heart pillow, which i actually really want for myself due to how much i also love hearts.  the silver glove mold was from the Pasadena Antique Mall for $80.

And now, to the credenza.  Joy and Bob loved this one (like most of us) from BBDW:

Its incredible. Everything they do is incredible. But it is a pretty penny.  the most beautiful penny ever, like $4000 or something like that.  Which if you have the money i think could be a great splurge.  Right now all i want in the world is to have their dining table, this one:

It’s stupidly awesome. It just screams ‘what, so i’m a big slab of pretty wood from Oregon, and yeah i got two aged brass or bronze trestle legs’.  and thats all i want my table to scream.  So simple and modern and sculptural at the same time.  arghhh. 

Anyway, so i was on the hunt for something that i could turn into something similar to the BBDW credenza.  And i found this guy at Pepe’s on centinela:

It was $280 which still isn’t even very cheap, but those of you who shop for credenza’s know that they are a fortune.  And this one is MASSIVE which was necessary for their big wall and their huge tv.  This piece had two sides, this side that was glass and the other side that was sliding wood.  I didn’t paint it, Chris the contractor did but here’s what he did:

1. sanded it down to make sure there is a smooth surface.

2. spray primed

3. spray semi-gloss white, two coats and let dry.  The key i think is to use a sprayer instead of brushing or rolling.  I think you can rent those things, but not totally sure.  Obviously he taped off the inside to make sure the inside stayed wood.  I love this piece. 

Oh! and the gold pouf and zig zag rug in the dining room were both from Nate Berkus’s line for HSN.  I think the rug was like $299 and the pouf was $99.  And don’t worry, you won’t see another pouf all season (quiet tear).  Yes, i’m addicted to poufs and i needed help.  

Will explain artwork and more behind the scenes tomorrow.

 All photos’ by Laure Joliet

  1. This was such a fun episode…completely divergent from the first two. I must admit I was a little taken aback by the more is more first look, but the final look was pared down perfectly and is fabulous! That wallpaper is absolutely amazing too, I will have to check out more of her wallpaper patterns!

  2. Amy

    I missed the 9:00 showing and stayed up until 12:00 to watch it. Sadly it was the Mad Men episode which I love but have already seen. Based on your photos I am LOVING this room. It is spectacular!!! The wallpaper is to die for. I JUST papered my dining room in Vivienne Westwoods Squiggle pattern but I think I like this paper even more. One question…where did you get the gold lamp to the left of the sofa? I think it's a floor lamp but can't actually tell. Soooo happy your show is on HGTV.

  3. Yup, pretty much the perfect room. I don't know if you'll be able to top this one for me (but I'll happily watch every episode in hopes of being proven wrong)!

    Thanks for explaining the reasoning behind not saying the wallpaper was Joy's design. It makes sense now. Actually, now that I think about it, the only thing that doesn't make sense is why she didn't already have it hanging!

  4. Tiki

    Are the shell chairs vintage or Modernica? I love them and I want this entire room. It is so lovely.

  5. Steph

    Ah! I wish you did episode in the central FL area. Seriously, people here need people like you WAY more than LA.

    My living room needs your treatment!

    I loved this episode, because I follow Joy's blog, and she's awesome. Plus, I love the show. As soon as I saw you standing there with the wall paper, I knew it was hers. I was so surprised it wasn't mentioned, but now that you explain, I totally get it. :)

    The thing is, unless it was a show like yours coming, doing it all, and paying for it, hell would have to freeze over before my BF would let me wallpaper so much as a pencil holder we share. No WAY will he let me wall paper the living room…it's truly gorgeous though, and I love the show. Go you!


  6. Tiki

    @Steph- Ditto from another Central Floridian ;)

  7. Emily

    Emily – I am loving your new show! My parents (of all people) suggested I watch you after seeing your style on Design Star and told me I would like your styling – which I do! Personally, I think every room deserves a pouf, including mine. As I am not ready to dish out the $250+ I usually see them for, I almost purchased the Nate Berkus pouf. But after reading the reviews, I decided to skip. What are your thoughts on this items? Is it a good alternative for someone with a smaller budget?

    Thanks and keep up the good work :)

  8. Andee

    I love your behind the scenes blog posts. I learn so much from reading your detailed rationale. Please keep up the awesome work!

  9. Danikka

    I just got done watching the episode! I loved it just like I've loved them all so far. That wallpaper is great and I'm happy to know that wallpaper is back for the next decade. As long as it's the right wallpaper, I think it adds so much to a room. At least all the patterns you pick do!

    Anyway, just wanted to say that I was excited to see you explain the artwork installation. That's something I was hoping you would cover in one of your episodes. I will also be tuning in for your next post (like I would miss a blog post) for more explanation on all the artwork. I love artwork featured walls like the one you did. I also caught myself staring at the meat artwork in the dining room. Unexpected, but cool. Keep up the awesomeness!

  10. $250 for the "media credenza" are you kidding? That is a steal! I've been shopping for a "mod" one for a client, so not an easy task. I would literally scream and wee my pants if I found one like Bob and Joy's for two-fitty!

    You totally nailed the balance between fem and masc. A lovely loungy living room.

  11. whisterpotpie

    Weeping. Please talk to the people at HGTV – this episode didn't record on DirecTV DVRs for so many of us….and now we can't see it again until repeats. Please replay it soon…and make sure the coding is right for DirecTV! We need our Emily fix on Sunday mornings!!!!

  12. Dude, what???!! That credenza is CRAZY. I wouldn't pick that out in a million years and it rules so hard.

    Good work!

  13. I am completely obsessing over those ceramic head planters with the succulents that you ended up using in the dining room. Can you please, please, please share the source?!

  14. Lesley

    HGTV also needs to get it straight with Comcast. I wrote HGTV that myself–they'll probably respond in a few months. Also tried Comcast tech support–useless, as they said it must be an HGTV problem (which it obviously is not since others are getting the right show). So annoying–I look forward to the show all week and then that.

  15. Mrs. B.

    Loving everything Emily, great job. The last two episodes were reruns, so I'm watching the new episodes on hgtv.com not as much fun but I'll take it however I can.

  16. nole

    Hey Emily! Is it possible to provide a source for that awesome tripod lamp in the living room? Was it vintage or something available for purchase somewhere? I've been on the hunt for something exactly like that for my own living room!

  17. Kwin Khieng

    hello Emily,

    I heart this room immensely! This episode was pretty hilarious considering Joy's reaction to the first room. I have been a big fan of Joy's blog for quite sometimes. Naturally, I discovered your work through her blog and here I am. I love your taste and selection. And yes, your fashion as well. I'm currently going back to watch the season 5 of Design star. You deserve this show!

  18. Jolene

    I crack up every time you say "diagnostic" – you're very mocking. :) You seem to have so much fun on this show. And with the first look, it seems to be at Bob's expense. But I love that the lesson is actually for Joy. I loved their silent, shocked reaction. The second look was just a relief from all the brocade. I thought the dining room was "all Bob" and no Joy, but it looked really good. I admit to being shocked by the Texas and US steak pictures – wow – brave! Good job Emily – you were right, they keep getting more fun!

  19. Kara

    I loved everything about this room!! Although I did love those pink chairs in the first look too! Great episode – probably my favorite so far. :)

  20. KR

    I love this space! I have the same rug in black and I love it. Where did you find the brass floor lamp that is next to the sofa on the window wall? The one with the brass round shade. I want one!

  21. Candice

    Loving the blue rug and tripod lamp in the living room, can you tell me where they're from?

  22. I need that milo baughman rocker like you wouldn't believe.

  23. Ryan

    For everyone that missed the last episode here's my secret – You can watch it online at HGTV.com Just go to the show's page and click Full Episodes. It doesn't show up on the Full Episodes page from the On TV tab, but the button on the Secrets from a Stylist page. It took me a while to find, but I've watch all the episodes so far this way.

  24. Kati

    More poufs! Don't stop the pouf.

  25. Miranda

    Great job! Where did you find that large brass floor lamp by the couch? I am looking for something very similar!

  26. you find that large brass floor lamp by the couch? I am looking for something very similar!

  27. Cori

    Does anyone know where the white dining chairs with the wooden legs (posted in the pic above) are from?

  28. Rikki

    Hi Emily. You've been a blast to work with!!! I just wanted to add to the blog that I was the wallpaper installer on Joy Cho's job & others for SFAS. As you know good wallpaper hangers are hard to find. Here I am! I have 24 years experience in the LA area & am very detail minded. Contact Rikki @ radl@ymail.com Thanks!!

  29. allison

    LOVE that chrome teak side chair! You got it from Danish Modern LA, right?

  30. Meg

    Did I miss it? I couldn't find where you got the coffee table from. Awesome! Would love to know where you got it from.

  31. I love your designs so much, but espesically this one. One thing I absolutely adored and would love to have for my home are the floral curtains in the first design. I have literally looked all day and found nothing similar. Is there a source you can share so that I possibly can purchase it? Thanks!

  32. Megan


    Where did you find the wood tripod floor lamp? It's amazing.

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  34. Ginger

    I love your work Emily! Where is the coffee table from? And is it walnut?

    • Yes!! Where is the table from // what company made it??

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