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Book 2!!! Help Me Pick The Cover and Title (Plus The Shots That Didn’t Make The Cut)

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My second book is due in a couple of months (eek, and not in a cute “eek” kinda way), and the cover and title decision can’t wait until life gets back to normal. As you know I like to crowdsource all my major life decisions so today I’m showing you the options to get your input, I’ve got it down to two. We had so much fun shooting it (months ago, obviously) and while there can only be one cover, I love most of these a lot. Here you go:

I want this book to be a classic, something that is timeless so – we could go more classic, thus “The Drapes of Wrath”, which seems kinda timely for these darker days but I think that “Wrath” might be too off-brand for me. Being the huge romantic that I am, I’m leaning more towards “Eat, Pray, Loveseat” as loveseats are the unsung heroes of living room seating, so plugging it into the title certainly makes me happy. That subtitle also feels right to me.

I collaborated with Daniel Craig on “The Girl With The Style Breakthrough” and you guys, he is as lovely in person as he seems (and very handsome). It does feel more like my first book title to me, with an emphasis on style, not design. “Style And The City” is what my publisher is leaning towards, but having two children that are likely going to read this book someday, I kinda wish I hadn’t posed nude for that shoot.

These two really didn’t feel right to me. “A Tale of Two Settees” just doesn’t pop color-wise. And while “Couch 22” has a nice punch of color, I don’t even really say “couch” and much prefer the word “sofa”. It’s like “vase” or “VAHHZE,” our rule is if it’s over $100 you pronounce it VAHZE (rhyming with Oz), under $100 its “vase,” like base, FYI. Free tip!!

I LOVE this one and almost called it the day of the shoot – THIS IS IT. Ryan (Gosling) felt strongly about shooting in real rain versus a set (or doing something in post-production, my suggestion) which made the shoot itself hard but admittedly he was right and it turned out beautiful. Please note the size of my hand.

Now for the FINAL COVER IMAGE – ARE YOU READY????

I’m so, so happy with it. Bringing in Patrick Swayze (RIP that national treasure) is what tipped it from “good” to the quiet whisper of “yes, that’s it, that is THE cover.” I hope you agree πŸ™‚

Let me know what your thoughts are!!! Which one would you buy first at a bookstore in a year from now??

**Seemed like the right day (and general time) to bring these back. We did them originally for Styled and I TOTALLY forgot about them til I referenced Dirty Dancing last week. Nobody on my team had ever seen them before so hopefully, they were new to you and made you smile today. Do you want to know what is not a joke? Brian and I used to do “the lift” at parties, TRUE STORY. Sometimes successfully, many times well, NOT. πŸ™‚ Thanks to my friend Chandler for the photoshop work πŸ™‚

Happy April Fools and come back later today for our VERY serious design-related content:) But seriously no more jokes. xx

Fin Mark

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Lisa

XD you got me grinning from ear to ear! these were great and you were my first april fools of the day!!! I think my favourite of the bunch was Eat Pray Loveseat, that would actually be a great book title in real life… Happy April Fools’ everybody! <3

OMG. I did not get that it’s April Fool’s Day until you said it at the end. I was seriously sitting here like, “has she seriously lost it up there? WHO is approving these!? ”
Ha! Clearly, I’m gullible πŸ™‚

Kristie

Haha! I knew getting a peek at the cover was too good to be true! But I’m not even mad, because the cheesy puns and photoshop are just too delightful!

Patricia

Hahahahaha! You’re a nut and this is effing hilarious. Happy April Fools!

Maggie

I love this post! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face. This also made me so excited for book #2!! I remember when Styled first came out and how exciting it was to flip through it the first time. It was a really good way to open up design related dialogue with my husband! We loved looking through it and imagining how we could incorporate something in our house.

Liz

this is amazeballs, thanks for the laugh!

Literally the only good April Fool’s content! This was just magnificent!

milo

Yes!!

Emily Honeycutt

I am so glad this was a joke, it caught me off guard! ? I thought, β€œEmily has lost her mind! None of those look very good!” What a relief to realize it is an April fools joke.

Julie

This was amazing, and I love you guys so much for doing this!

Mosie

Oh right……April Fools Day. Got it.

I was about to say that you’re on your own with this one as they are all JUST TOO GOOD.

But thanks for the badly needed chuckle. This funny post puts you on the list of first responders, so thank you for your service.

As for the true first responders, God Bless. The numbers have to slow down one of these days. Stay as safe as possible. Sending prayers and best wishes.

Megan

Long time reader, but I don’t think I have ever commented before. I seriously laughed at every one. What a wonderful surprise this morning. Thank you!!!

Olivia

HA! This was the April Fool’s content I needed!

Stephanie

Dirty Decorating 1000% ?

Kimmy

u are a riot!

karen

so funny!

Sonja

This is wonderful.

OMG you totally got me. I forgot it was April Fool’s Day! Love it.

Rusty

Mmmffffflllgggrrrggghhhhhaaahahahaha!!! ???
Totally. Cracked. Me. Up!!!
A good old belly laigh!
Thanx!
Mmmwaaah! Just the right relief I needed from everything Corona-related.
But, wait!

“Corona-couched…From crotchety to comfy, with Emily Henderson.” Yes? ?

Tara

A much needed laugh. Very pun-ny, Em!!

Lashley

No EHD Cribs??? I demand a refund! ;-D

Jessica

If it’s not too late to mock up some new covers before they go into production, some suggestions from my spouse…

Floor and Peace
Lord of the Things
The Book of Corian
Ornate Expectations

Rusty

These are great! Very witty! πŸ˜‰

Couch-22 is hands down the best one hahaha!!! Thanks for the levity. πŸ˜‰

Erin

The more I read the funnier it got. This was awesome! Thanks for the laughs today, EHD!

Angelica

Thank you for this omg hahaha

I think everyone needed this laugh

Xx

LouAnn

HAHAHA!

I actually think The Drapes of Wrath is a GREAT title for a decorating book.

Taylor

I loved these! Thanks for a laugh this morning!

Roberta Davis

Big smile! Chuckle, chuckle.

RH

You got me on this one! I was sitting here in shock. Disappointed and judging. I thought to myself, “I HAVE to comment a big NO on these!” Then I realized it was April fools. Good one! ?

Arlyn

Definitely Dirty Decorating. 100% πŸ˜‰

Suzanne

So fun!

Shana

I come here every morning after checking the news to lighten the gloom. This was an unexpected rainbow πŸ™‚ thanks for that!

Kelly

LOL! Thank you for the levity, much needed today πŸ™‚

Andrea

Absolutely, this is the best! I will buy all of them, laughing all they way…brilliant sense of humor.

Jenn

Well that was a much needed giggle thank you πŸ™‚

Gwen bodeutsch

this was so fun! thank you for keeping us laughing during this quarantine!

Erin Harvey

This brightened my day so much!!! Thank you, thank you, for some much needed comic relief!

My favorites are Dirty Decorating followed closely by Eat Pray Loveseat, for sure. ?

Leslie

Ahhh – April Fool’s! A much needed lightness – thank you. And in re-reading I can see the joke in your smile in the first pic. Very funny indeed πŸ™‚

Suzane Henderson

Hooray! A fun read to start my day! You are soooo clever!!!

Lynn W

Too funny!!! Love all the choices ???

Paula

Thank you! That was so much fun. And the photoshopping was really well done. Small things matter. ?

Becka

Let us all be so thankful for Photoshop and Illustrator during these difficult times! Thanks for the laughs … Drapes of Wrath made me laugh hardest, Style and the City though, girl … va va va voom!

Kitty Sondern Snyder

I am so relieved you aren’t serious about any of these! They are very funny, though. ( a tale of two settees.. ???)

Tina Schrader

Oooh, Lord. As soon as I’m done hysterically laughing I’ll let you know. Each option was better than the previous one! Omigoodness. That was great.

LCM

Two thumbs up for Eat Pray Loveseat!

LCM

Two thumbs up for Eat Pray Loveseat

Molly

Absolutely HILARIOUS and I loved every single one. I can’t believe anyone actually fell for this. I knew you were joking but didn’t even realize it was on account of April fools day. Very very funny. Thank you.

Karen

Excellent April Fools Joke!! Very clever. Thanks for the Laff!

Kim

Thanks for your daily dose of sunshine. (And SO glad it was a joke!?)

Colleen

Loved this!!!! So funny!!!

Natalie

Hilarious! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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