Lately in the press …

My family always complains that they find things out last – that a friend from church will tell them how they saw me on a morning show and then they feel stupid because they didn’t know about it. And I get it, that sucks and can make you feel like you weren’t important enough to tell. But it just feels like bragging most of the time and when you are busy you kinda forget they even happened. It’s often way easier to talk about whats not going on and how things are not going then it is all the good stuff. So since you are my interweb family I figured I’d share some press updates with ya.

First up, thanks to you guys, I won The Homies for Best Home Design and Inspiration Blog. Its pretty much the Academy Awards for us bloggers or more like the SAG awards. It’s the best we got. So thanks to everyone who voted, I’m pretty psyched and totally grateful.


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Apartment Therapy Homie Awards

Then The Fig House had a little feature in Angeleno Magazine (which is a LA centric socialite magazine). We just got back all the photos of Fig House from the photographer (different from below), so I’ll be doing all the posts for them. But for now, here are some more sneak peeks.

fig house angeleno magazine

Then I did an interview over on Design Mom on my pregnancy, birth and first few months at being a mom. You guys know pretty much how I’ve felt about everything but there were a few things that I talked about over there that I haven’t here (namely, some stuff about Brian). Check it out here. 

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Now off to bed. I’m so exhausted I could (and have) fall asleep typing. Happy monday, friends.

  1. Jenni

    Congrats on the Homies!! You totally deserved it… and some extra zzz’s ;)

  2. Muoi

    Hi, I loved what you shared about parenting with Brian. I don’t have any kids but if I ever do, I’ll remember your wise words. And congrats on the Homies!

  3. How fun, enjoy the feeling! :-)

  4. Victoria

    Congratulations on the Homies. I was so excited when I saw you had won. When I read the Q&A in Design Mom I loved visualizing Charlie arriving with a ‘taffy pulling machine’……it is so true. I felt like that years ago when my only child was born but I kept continuously thinking my heart should burst. Now I know why it didn’t. BTW that machine has a life time warranty.

  5. Sandy

    Congratulations on the Homies. I was cheering (and voting) for you to win. It may seem like bragging to talk about the accolades you receive, etc. but I think most family probably just want to celebrate your accomplishments with you. Then THEY get to brag about you.

  6. Michelle

    Congratulations! So glad you told us about the Homies Award! Then, like Sandy says, WE get to brag about YOU! Like the Fig House for example – wow. The stained glass is amazing for a start… can’t wait to see the rest. Again, congrats!

  7. Alex

    AND how about the fact that the cool house you designed last year was in a JC Penney ad that aired during the Oscars? I’d say your portfolio getting air time during an event viewed by 40 million people is pretty darn cool.

    • Sarah

      Oh, I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I would have to see it. Seriously. I’m checking you find for video.

        • Kerri

          I don’t know about the bedroom, but the play room in the add looks like a version of Emily’s Studio City playroom.

  8. Elisabeth

    Congrats!! You definitely deserve a win! I love that you are still writing the blog and just being yourself here. I can always get a bit of inpiration here. And of course, since you are from Oregon, too, I always root a little extra for you. ; )

  9. Congrats!!! I came across Shop Buru (, started by the founder of Freshly Picked. It’s made for nursing moms who want to look stylish, so I thought you might want to take a look!

  10. I’ve been wondering when you would write about the Homies. ;) I know you’ve been so busy but I’m thrilled that you won. You certainly had my vote!

  11. jenny

    The humble brag is really old, Emily. Not only that, but frankly you are a predictable designer. Velvet, blue, hot pink, some gold and a plant. Repeat. So you beat some BLOGGERS. Wow. Now go compete with REAL designers. Not wannabes on HGTV. Not trust fund bloggers. Real designers. Go on now. We’re waiting.

    • Sarah

      Jenny, aka Rose.
      Get yourself some help. You need it.

    • trotula

      Girl is making it and doing her best at everything she can, and people love what she does. If you don’t, go somewhere else. This is interior design, not curing cancer; no one dies from using too much velvet. Let it go.

      • jenny

        Not everyone loves it. Go read GOMI.

  12. mary

    Congrats on the Homies!

    I don’t imagine you’ll ever be able to post this, but it’s why I started reading. Why are you not on HGTV anymore? I didn’t even watch your Design Star season but your show was my fav. I imagine it’s just the channel’s overall switch to ALL REAL ESTATE. I understand people love the R.E. shows but can’t we get some designers besides Jonathon Scott and Hillary Whoever on them?

    Why isn’t there a R.E. show with you and Brian!?! ; )

  13. mylien

    dear emily, congrats on winning the homies! i had no doubt it would happen.

    let me tell you: when i saw your show and how you won design star, i admire you so. you are inspirational and your personality is infectious. because i didn’t have cable tv after awhile, i stopped watching hgtv during those times. and how i’ve missed it. it wasn’t until recently that i decided to watch all the episodes of design star on secretly at work. during dinner. lunch, etc. you are my favorite. i’m watching secrets from a stylist again on, and i envy the “style diagnostic” segments. i need something like that with me and my husband. have you ever posted an online resource or quiz that provides something similar to your diagnostics? it’s so fun, and i wish someone like you (or even you in particular), could come to a conclusion on our styles and put it together in one harmonious result that we can both live and revel in… but how about a style diagnostic of our own that we can play with online? =)

    thank you for being you.

  14. Pearl

    Congratulations on the Homies Emily! I literally squealed when I saw that you had won! Your interior designs are always gorgeous and inspiring (especially the fig house – wow! Can I move in there please?) and I just love your writing style- you so deserve this award!!! x

  15. Deb

    Way to go, Emily; C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!

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  17. Madhu

    Congratulations Emily! Im you newest fan and I cant tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog :)
    Im consuming your archives as we speak :)
    Much love

  18. Amanda DeFerrari

    Hey Emily! Well-deserved win of the Homies Award. Great that my vote was one of so many. Typically great stuff in the interview with Design Mom. Your creative ability extends to far more than design. Looking forward to lots more of your blog. Congrats!

  19. Jez Stanojevic

    Congrats Emily for both the Homies Award and your Little Charlie. My boy is born a few days after yours on 12.12.13. I’m such a fan of your show and this blog and to share the same due date as you (17.12.13) is unreal. I totally agree that our capacity to love is limitless. I love my son more and more each day. He rolled for the first time yesterday morning at 1AM. It was pure luck that both my husband and I witnessed that precious milestone.

  20. I think I’d get married again, just to have a picture on that green couch. Holy wow.

  21. Lucy

    Congratulations on a well deserved win. Your content this year really hit it out of the park!

  22. Jihane

    Yaaay Congratulations for everything! (i’m applauding right now, hope you can hear it)

  23. A success well deserved, an occasion worth celebrating – the Homies! Congratulations!!!

  24. kelly

    dude, i’m not gonna lie — i got a little teary eyed in your interview on design mom when you talked about empowering dad’s to be dads. REALLY incredible advice that i’ve never even thought about. i’m holding on that nugget, for sure.

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