You are at the right place, don’t worry, although today things look different. Hopefully, you might even use the word better. I’m ECSTATIC to announce that the new website format that we’ve been working on for almost two years is now LIVE. We work so hard to create the content we actually want to read ourselves, but the old blog format didn’t give that content the platform it deserved. Good posts were disappearing too fast, and all our content was getting buried and lost.
I founded this blog 10 years ago because I wanted to share my opinions on style and design with anyone who would listen. In those 10 years it’s grown from a personal blog into a reliable (and hopefully relatable) source of daily style and design inspiration, run by a small team of like-minded people who share my passion for design, style, and human connection. We are all storytellers with a diverse variety of backgrounds, problems, insecurities, expertise, budgets, and styles. We write the articles about design, style, and life that we would want to read. And we create the content that we wish was out in the world.
Change can be scary, but this change was driven by one very big goal – to make the site a better, more useful design and style resource. Hopefully, you’ll find it easier to read, and easier to find the best information (we have 12 new categories that we’ve realized are what you – and us – really want to read). As we were designing the Portland House, then the Mountain House, I was dying to have a website that I could reference in an easy way – from inspiration, to process and all the resources. I just kept thinking about how much more navigable all of our content could be. I wanted to maximize our years of content and organize it in a way that is more intuitive for you to enjoy.
The category that used to be called “Family” is now “Personal” with a drop-down of “Parenting/Relationship,” “Business Advice,” and “Controversial Posts.” Instead of just “Design” we’ve created 9 specific design categories that are filled with the most valuable posts (hover over “Design” on the header menu at the top of the page to see them all). Our hope is that this new site format will allow you to find exactly what you’re looking for, when you need it, so you can truly rely on it and share it as a useful design resource. While you’re at it, our hope is that you’ll find content that maybe you missed or haven’t seen before. And don’t worry, if you want to see every single post ever written in chronological order we’ve still got that page, too.
We are mostly just so excited to evolve, shift, and stay nimble in this digital wild west. Which meant creating the site that we wanted, as readers.
You see the changes.
Time to explore it for yourself (with some incentive). While we think the site is pretty intuitive, we want to help you guys get acquainted with every new inch. So we’ve put together a little scavenger hunt that will take you through a few different areas of the site. And those who finish the scavenger hunt could win a weekend at the mountain house (but there are a few consolation prizes for a handful of others who also finish the scavenger hunt):
The New EHD Site Scavenger Hunt
- Follow clues to different parts of the site. Don’t worry, there are only 4 of them.
- Each one will take you to a blog post, where you’ll be clued into your next destination (we couldn’t resist).
- Once you reach the final destination, you’ll be able to submit your email address for a chance to win a VERY GOOD prize.
- 5 winning emails will be selected (at random from all the email addresses submitted) to win a framed Jane Denton piece.
- 1 lucky winner will be selected (at random from all the email addresses submitted, but vetted for obvious reasons) to win a weekend at my mountain house, as well as a framed Jane Denton piece.
- Head here for all the nitty-gritty on those prizes…
Now it’s time for your very first scavenger hunt clue…
Let’s start at the very beginning – Head back to the new home page (all you have to do is click on our logo at the very top of any page to get there). Scroll down until you see a section with 8 different categories in boxes, but you’ll want to “see more”. Design 101 is where you're headed next. Your second clue is hanging out in the post where we answer some VERY important questions we get all the time. 5 of them to be exact…
*UPDATE: The “Scavenger Hunt” is now closed 🙂
So, that’s the new US. There are going to be bugs for a bit – please feel free to let us know if you come across any of them. If, for example, you find one section hard to read or navigate. Literally ANY feedback will be considered (but as always, please keep it kind and constructive). And know we’re still going to be rolling out a few new features over the following weeks. We really tried to put ourselves in your shoes and design this site so that no matter what stage you are in – looking for inspiration, renovating, decorating, styling or shopping, regardless of the type of room – you can find what you need easily. Our new 12 categories hone in on what we do best here, and the Makeover/Our Design Work sections will give you every post for each project for those of you who want to deep dive. Ready to shop and want to know our favorite pieces? We’ve updated our Shop page, and rounded up every shopping guide we’ve ever put together.
This has truly been a labor of love on our part, so we hope you all enjoy it as much as we do (if you do, let us know :)). A massive thanks to Paul at Flywheel Agency (who also happens to be one of my college best friends), as well as Arlyn, Jess, Sara, and Ryann for organizing years of content and helping manage all the changes – these people have been busting it and deserve some extra love. BIG CLAPS AND CHAMPAGNE FOR MY CREW (we celebrated Friday, but will continue). The only thing we love more than design and style is our avidly engaged audience – YOU. And we’re honored that you’re spending your time here with us. Thank you. Always. THANK YOU.
Emily & the EHD team