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Happy New Year – With Some Big Thoughts About The Past And Future


Happy new year. Hell, happy new decade. It feels pretty appropriately timed, actually.

This year I turned 40 and TODAY the blog turns 10 (more on that later), so my levels of self-reflection and toleration of bullshit are both at an epic high. You’ve all heard this – Turning 40 does something to you. You can recognize your successes, sure, but also see more clearly your failings and the growth you get from that is un-calculatable. This kind of growth is where life actually becomes interesting – like you are watching a movie of your own life, cringing at so many uncomfortable moments, sad for some of the characters, cheering on others. Sometimes you are bored, other times riveted but ultimately you can’t wait to see what happens – how does it all end????

Failing becomes a huge part of the plot, and like anything in life, it’s how you react (or not) that defines you. You’ll read all about it, in more in-depth “10 years of starting, building and running a creative business” series that I’m already deep into writing (it’s like my kind of self-indulgent porn). I started writing my “10-year blog anniversary post’ and it was already at 7,697 words so my team helped me break it up into the things you really care about – less full-blown memoir, more useful information – because you KNOW I can’t wait to share how I really think I got here, looking back what steps really helped build this business, and of course the mistakes/lessons I got to learn along the way.

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I’m approaching this new chapter of my life and business with so much excitement, relief, giddy anticipation, and more confidence than ever, armed with a now tighter team of awesome creative women, an extremely supportive husband and a mountain load of GRIT. I may not have gone to business school, but let me tell you this – you can’t teach or learn how to do life/business/marriage at even the best ivy league university. Sure, they can tell you how to operate a “successful” business, but no one can teach you how to be fulfilled or even define what that means for you. I’m taking what I’ve done and learned in the last decade and flipping it towards the future. I’m using it as a friendly weapon, a proud ax to clear the brush, and break open something totally new for me, my business and yes, you if you want to stick around (please do, it’s going to be goooooooooddddd, and if not at least interesting?).

Just that.

Gosh, I really meant this to be a short ‘see you on January 6th’ post, but per usual I’m a wordy lady.

I’ll get more into this later, but I need to do a quick thank you so much for following along, whether its been just a few times, only the last year or from the beginning. My connection with you gives me and this blog purpose, typed with glassy, grateful eyes.


See you next week, where the next chapter/act begins. I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens. 🙂



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Happy new year to you and your family! (blog and actual) Excited to see what you have in store! I, for one, appreciate your “wordiness.” But hoping you took the time to relax and enjoy this holiday season.


I’m. So. Excited. To. See. What. Comes. Next.
Wwwhhheeeeeeeee!!!! ?

Roberta Davis

Happy New Year! I will be following along!

Paige Cassandra Flamm

Happy new year to you!



Happy New Year! I’m 38 and couldn’t agree more about learning from failures more. They just don’t have the same sting or embarrassment. I know I’m valuable and I’m not alone in it. I’ve always told my employees I don’t care if you make mistakes as long as you come to me with the solution and am trying to come to myself with the same motto.


My sister’s name is Emily so every time I start a statement with “Emily says…”, I have to clarify which Emily, that’s how much you are a part of my every day. I was first drawn to you on Design Star and now, a lot of years later, your blog is my daily mental break at work. We did a huge remodel this year of a 100+ year old Tudor house, and I’m not sure how I would’ve survived without searching your archives for help. You add to my excitement for fashion, family & life in addition to interior design, and I’m ready to see what 2020 brings. Thank you for being my virtual BFF❤️


My daughter-in-law calls Emily my BFF too! Since I refer to her so often! ?


Have been following you this past decade – you are an inspiration. And life definitely gets more interesting in your 40’s! xoxo


Emily, I like your way of expressing yourself. You write very well (A plus well !) and I look forward to each post more than you know. I am an artist, & my husband an artisan. We are retired. So @ almost 74 an accomplished 40 year old is interesting to me. That would be you. Waiting until the
6th seems like an age to me. That’s how much I love your blog. Thanks, & Happy New Year!

Amanda DeFerrari

Happy New Years to a remarkable family. We enjoy everything you and your team dream up and communicate so well to us. Keep up the wonderful work!!!


Happy New Year to you and your family and your staff! ???


I do enjoy reading your blog everyday (and really loved the extra posts in the afternoons, too). Your honesty and openness is appealing, and I’ve noticed that the other writers on your staff have followed your lead with that. Thank you for the photos of beautiful spaces but even more, the explanations and resources you and your team provide. I wouldn’t shop for anything for my home without checking out your blog’s info on it. Here’s to the next ten years!

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Happy New Year all I wish all success in your life. There is an offer today Jio 365 recharge plan, Jio recently announced this for New Year Celebrations.

Megan Dicou

Happy New Year!! I’ve been following along for the last five years and I’m SUPER excited to see what’s coming up next! Thank you for keeping it going and for the continuous laughs, tears, and inspiration! xo


Dear Emily. Happy new year to you! I have been following you for approximately 6 years now, and I simply LOVE your style and your writing style. I can’t always relate entirely, because living in Norway is so extremely different from the culture in USA/LA, but on the other hand, living with small kids (we have three) is always the same, no matter where you live. I just wanted to say thank you for “all things style” that I have learned from you (and your book). It really helped me this last year. We tore down our small old house and built a new big one on the same property during the course of 4 months. Meanwhile we (my husband and I) both worked full time and lived with my in laws. It was stressful. And then after moving in in September, we worked around the clock to finish surfaces, build two kitchens and furnish everything to get ready for the holidays and a lot of house guests. But thanks to you and everything I have learned through your own remodelling and all your style tricks, it all came togehter just in time. And now we have been enjoying our… Read more »

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Happy new year! Question, will there still be afternoon snack posts?


I can’t wait to hear what’s in store for 2020 for you and your business! I couldn’t agree more, 40 DOES do something! It’s like the light switch went on and we can see more clearly. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary and wishing you and the EHD all the best in 2020!


I’m excited to hear more from you Emily! I’ve thought regularly about your words on your “popular posts” blog post, and I just….I admire what you’re doing around here. For what it’s worth, it does come across as a mess, a beautiful, chaotic, fun, well-planned, exciting, organized mess – just like the life I know. Keep it up, girl!


Well done and thank you ?
I look forward to learning how to fail well at 28 🙂


Happy New Year! And belated happy birthday. This year I turn 50 and want to tell you that for learners who self reflect, it really only gets better with age. I love reading your enthusiasm and your responsiveness to your team and your readers while remaining authentically YOU is a gift to us all. Cheers!


This blog is hands down may favorite on the whole freaking internet, so I’m excited for everything that is coming. I’ll be cheering you all the way!

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