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Reader Survey Feedback: What We’re Changing & What We’re Not (& Why)

photo by zeke ruelas | from: modern bohemian home office + decor roundup

Oh boy do I love honest feedback and many of you gave it during the reader survey earlier this month and subsequent comments. I know that all of you didn’t fill it out but there were enough consistencies for us to think/know what you love and what you don’t. You’d think that the numbers tell us (and they do to an extent) but running a blog versus say, owning a store, means that engagement (and perceived value) is equally as important as traffic.

While there will always be a little bit of a sense of “we write what we want to read” (mostly because that’s more fun, and the more fun we have creating posts, the better things usually turn out), we do care so much what you think, what you want, what you love, what you hate…and for anyone who isn’t sure if we listen to feedback, WE PROMISE WE DO. We hear you. When you beg and plead in the comments for us to stop making all the graphics flash, we have a conversation about it and make that call. Simple as that.

We weren’t originally going to dive into the reader survey and parse out our findings with you guys, but someone actually asked recently if we ever shared the results (we hadn’t, obviously) and I thought…yeah, that would be a good idea to talk through what you guys said, what we’re going to change, what you want us to change but maybe we’re just not totally able to yet. Some things were kind of surprising and some things were like “yup, we get it, we feel that too.” This stuff is fascinating.

What We Learned:

This whole category could have been LOOOOONG (I mean, THOUSANDS of you responded and had such useful feedback), but there were some things specifically that made us all go “oh! interesting….reallly?!? interesting” like…

58% of surveyed readers had children, which for me was NOT a surprise, but for my team gave a group gasp.  So, we have a follow up to this…do you guys want to see more family-friendly design, or posts related to decorating for children (what ages??). Nursery design? Where do you fall on that?

Since we’re on percentages, 86% of you were open to hearing from a good mix of writers on the site, which is great, because so many at EHD want to talk to you guys. You’re probably already pretty used to hearing from Arlyn and Jess at this point (and were definitely welcoming to Brady and Orlando when they were around), but there are a few others who might pop in to say hello, talk about things that they have a point of view on, show us their homes, etc. We are creating a TEAM page as we speak and I’m excited to introduce you to the entire team, as they are a talented group of people with diverse backgrounds and styles.

I wasn’t surprised to hear that the two most popular posts types were anything about my house and any reveal, but was a little shocked to see that our Budget Room series was the third most liked thing we do on the blog. Question though, did you know we meant the official Budget Room series, or did you mean budget rooms in a generic sense…like more budget content? Either way, consider it done.

The whole topic of Portland and why you guys didn’t seem that interested in general has some clarity now…our pacing was off and the whole thing just took too long. We were blogging as it was happening (and then not blogging everything because the process was a little tricky with being down in LA), and I know we kept giving sneak peeks on the blog and on social, so…I do get it now. Listen, if we could go back, we probably would have done it differently. And actually, if I could go back, there’s no way I would have done both that and mountain house at the same time (both for my sanity and for the blog). Maybe I would have held onto all the posts (process, renovation-heavy, reveals) and then done like…Portland Project month. I’m not sure, but listen, we still have some reveals left to roll out and then you’ll never have to hear about it again.

Which leads to…

You guys want faster, quicker “micro” projects and reveals. (ME TOO). Not surprising, really, but I wanted to bring it up because I want to hear more about this from you. Are you talking like super small things like….refreshing a corner in my living room, picking and putting up curtains, restyling a bookcase, or just rooms in a variety of projects kind of like we used to do when the design side of the business was open? PLEASE TELL ME MORE.

Also, it’s been so hard not to say the word “content” so far because you guys HATE IT. It’s one I do understand a bit…it kind of cheapens the whole editorial process and makes it feel scientific. In the days of print, “content” used to be feature articles, pictorials, columns…but now it’s just a word that means creating something for instant consumption and basically just for that. It feels like things are done “just for content” and that feels gross to you (us, too). I think we all need to refamiliarize ourselves with what “content” means, but also get that it’s just a word for video, articles, Instagram stories….but again, I’d love to hear more from you on this.

And finally, you guys want shorter posts with less fluff (unless it calls for it) and only want one a day. We considered going to multiple posts a day but I’ve held off because I wanted to make sure it felt right and was GOOD, not just a page view grab. For now, we’ve gone up to publishing seven days a week (have you noticed??) and yes, the thought is still there to do maybe two posts a day, but we’re not there yet. So it’s good to know you all are happy happy with the one article a day.

Blog Post Suggestions:

We don’t want to totally spill the beans on all the new things we’re cooking up (mostly because we don’t want to overpromise and underdeliver…another feedback point you guys brought up and is probably my trait that frustrates myself the most in the world), but as soon as we polish some concepts and new column ideas up, we’ll start rolling them out. BUT, because we can’t help but do a little tease, there are some story ideas you collectively seem to be on board with us bringing back to life or just starting fresh, including…

What I Pinned For _____ Inspiration: We did this post last year for the mountain house and you guys seemed so pumped about it (both when we actually posted it, but also tons of you brought it up in blog suggestions, so we’re listening). Plus, they’re so much fun to put together and talk about, frankly…the design team and I Pin like mad women all the time for just about every facet of decorating, so we have SO MUCH TO SAY and show you.

Why ____ Didn’t Work: We’re pretty comfortable with walking through the “whys” for just about everything around here, but tend to lean heavily on talking about what did work and what we ended up choosing, and tons of you talked about wanted to also see the flip of this. What 10 rugs did we consider for a room and why we didn’t choose them, etc. This is less about the renovation process (which don’t worry, we’re not doing away with it even though it feels more specific and we get that that information is probably less useful for a greater amount of you at any given time, just doing a little less this year) and more the thought behind how and why we end up with a certain design at the end of the day.

More quick makeovers, smaller projects, fast reveals: If there was one GIANT takeaway from the reader survey, it was that you guys thought Portland dragged on and on and on…we get it. It did for us, too. Ha. We have several EHDers Makeover Takeovers planned for the first few months of the year (Velinda’s teeny tiny basement kitchen in her rental unit, Jess’s living room and kitchen, Arlyn’s living room and dining room, Emily Bowser’s master bedroom, Sara’s parents’ living room…see…so much fun stuff). Plus, we’re going to be creating so much fun, short, how-to type pieces for social as well so you don’t feel like you’re getting the same stuff on every platform. Please let us know what you’d want me to cover (how to hang a gallery wall? How to “level up” cheap store-bought curtains? Let me know).

Design Mistakes: Here’s a series we all love but just kind of stopped doing because other things took priority last year with blogging about Portland and Mountain, but IT’S BACK. Feel free to request specific topics in the comments so we know what you want to read about.

Craigslist Finds: Oh man are we excited about this one. Remember those Trolling Craiglist posts from like 3-4 years ago? Yup…we’re resurrecting this. Shout out in the comments what cities you want us to make sure to hit!

Site Suggestions:

Videos and ads: Okay, this is the trickiest one of all because it actually affects my bottom line, but that’s not to say that your complaints about all the flashing ads that won’t go away and the autoplay video that pops in and out aren’t heard. When you guys say things like “I used to come here all the time, but now it’s a chore because of all the flashing and annoying ads and I can’t see anything ever,” that REALLY bums me out, but I also have, you know…a staff to support. So, while I can definitely say more on this subject, in an effort to NOT open the door super wide inside our kitchen where we’re making editorial sausage (per your request), it’s a necessary evil without charging subscriptions but I promise I’m looking into ways to make this all less painful for you without taking a huge financial plunge. Honestly, I waffle every day …

Portfolio: It was funny that so many of you were like “we wish there was a place we could go and see all the photos of all your projects” because it’s exactly what we’re rolling out next (this month, actually). We’ve always had a portfolio section (that I had our tech team take down recently because it just wasn’t working and hasn’t been updated in forever and I was kind of embarrassed by it, but even that is different than what we’re doing. If you want to go to one spot to see all the posts from my old Glendale home, the Griffith Park project or Portland, now you’ll be able to. So hang tight, it’s coming, folks.

SO, if you missed our reader survey, it’s not too late (it’s never too late). We will always want to know what you want, what you don’t want and your feedback. We read EVERY comment on every post (even if we don’t reply to all of them) and listen, so…if you have something to add (or want to expand more even if you already took the survey), spill the beans. We’re listening. Xx

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Billy
2 years ago

I’ve been reading your blog for who knows how long. I know you guys don’t do anymore design client reveals because it’s such a hassle but that’s what I’ve missed most about your blog! Maybe have some more employee reveals of some sort to make it more interesting so we can get to know them better and their styles?

JenMS
2 years ago
Reply to  Billy

I really agree – I LOVED the design client reveals! I also really loved the “e-Design” or super-short not full design services you used to do briefly (it felt brief for a reader — there were only a handful of posts about it). I understand that doing a full 6-month project with a client and not being able to count on a solid blog post in the end is rough, but what if you re-opened just the easy-for-you-to-do e-Design service and put some sort of requirement that the reader must provide “after” pics or whatever it would take to make it blog-worthy? (Or some of the design fee could be refunded if professional photos are taken, if it’s impossible to require photos… or something to incentivize follow-through). I always thought it would be wonderful to hire you all as e-Designers but I never had a project until now! Now I’m shopping around for other designers I like who provide similar, fast, simple services.

Annie K
2 years ago
Reply to  Billy

I love employee reveals! They give different feels, and feel more touchable than yours or clients’ reveals, and that’s helpful and inspiring.

Heather
2 years ago
Reply to  Annie K

Yes agreed 1000%!!!

Lou
2 years ago
Reply to  Billy

YES! YES! YES!!!! It’s also what I miss the most. Also the e-design series.

er
2 years ago
Reply to  Billy

Maybe you missed this:
“We have several EHDers Makeover Takeovers planned for the first few months of the year (Velinda’s teeny tiny basement kitchen in her rental unit, Jess’s living room and kitchen, Arlyn’s living room and dining room, Emily Bowser’s master bedroom, Sara’s parents’ living room…see…so much fun stuff).”

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Billy

Yes! We have a TON on the calendar for the first quarter of this year (seriously, we have Velinda’s rental kitchen, Jess’ living room and kitchen, Arlyn’s living room and dining room, Sara is doing some work for her parents, we’ll be introducing Michael and showing parts of his super cute house and more guys). It’s coming!

Nicolette
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Very excited to see these makeovers!

Mara
2 years ago

How to level up anything basic. Curtains, picture frames, anything from ikea or target or a big box store that your husband makes you buy because “it’s practical and cheap and now the project has dragged on for months so please finish it!”

I have been skipping the trend posts and always have. They don’t interest me. This is the first post in two days that I’ve clicked through to read.

I have a 10m old which means I am trying to figure out how to navigate her first birthday by saying that we don’t want gifts. Since you’ve been through a couple birthdays maybe you have suggestions.

Cup of Jo has reader comment posts which are touching and informative. I always read the comments so maybe there is something there you can emulate.

Nina
2 years ago
Reply to  Mara

I love the CoJ comment posts! And there’s always some great comments here as well, so could be a great idea!

Jody
2 years ago
Reply to  Nina

Cup of Jo and this site are my two daily check-ins 🙂

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Nina

we love those, too, but it is a fine balance to not like…totally copy her. but we do love the idea. Maybe it’ll be more of a social thing for us…not sure yet.

Jessica
2 years ago
Reply to  Mara

A friend recently had a birthday party for their little one where they asked for no gifts unless they’re homemade games / toys by you and your child. It was a really creative idea and they got a several really sweet homemade keepsakes that they love and a lot less junk.

Susie Q.
2 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

That sounds sweet, but homemade toys for a baby that’s only 1 year old doesn’t sound like a safe idea.

Ros
2 years ago
Reply to  Susie Q.

A lot of Waldorf/Montessori toys can be homemade super easily, and are quite safe.

Also: wooden blocks can be made if you have a 2×2 piece of wood and access to a saw and time to hand-sand. My son started playing with those around 16 months and they’re a current favorite.

Cash
2 years ago
Reply to  Mara

For my daughter’s birthdays, we typically request in the invitation that guests bring a donation for a specific charity instead of a gift. It’s a win-win – we don’t end up with a pile of toys she doesn’t need, and she learns how important it is to help others in need/feels good after doing so. It’s always very well received by guests.

Jeanne
2 years ago
Reply to  Cash

My 5yr old daughter and I attended a party recently and the invitation asked the kids to bring some “loose change”. Their kindergarten class had just completed a service project where they all did things at home for loose change and they were able as a class to raise money for Heifer Project to gift rabbits, chickens, etc. that the kids chose. It was so sweet! And this little girl was so moved by it she wanted to raise more money for Heifer. We didn’t exactly follow the “loose change” request but instead tucked $6 into her card because she was turning 6. In her thank you note after the party she said she raised enough to gift more rabbits to families through Heifer!

Amanda
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeanne

I love this!!!

Paula
2 years ago
Reply to  Mara

every year I say in invitations, regarding birthday gifts: so and so is turning ___. if your child has something she can use: an old book, an older toy, by all means, gifted to us. otherwise, we want no gifts and smiling faces only.

Jessie
2 years ago
Reply to  Paula

One gift I always give when I’m not sure how to be generous without adding to a parent’s “stuff” problem is a book. Think how little space a book takes up, how happy parents usually are to have a new one to read when the current “favorite” is getting a bit old, and how easy it is to donate them to a library or a friend if they’ve run their course. A kids book can easily last a child from infancy to 7-8 years old, from the days where their parent is reading it to them, to the days where they’re sounding out the words themselves. I’m not a parent yet myself (though I’m an aunt 5 times over, and a much older sister to a 12 year old “oops baby”), but someday I plan to put that on my kids’ birthday invites – “please just bring your favorite book” 🙂

Stefanie
2 years ago
Reply to  Mara

For the birthday party sans gifts, you can put on the invite “Your presence is present enough”. We threw a birthday party for our 5 year old last year with no gifts and we said something along the lines of “X is so excited celebrate his birthday with you. Your presence is the best gift you can bring. No gifts please.”
Despite the request, we still had 3-4 people bring a gift and 2 people donated to a charity in his name.

Another option is to ask people to gift their favorite book instead.

Hope this is helpful and I hope the 1st birthday party is a blast!

Erin
2 years ago
Reply to  Mara

We celebrated our daughter’s first birthday with a children’s book theme. Our invitations requested guests bring their favorite childhood book as a gift. This was a gentle way of getting the message out that we didn’t want or need more stuff right now and was a great way to build our family library. Some books were given with sweet little messages on the inside to our girl, another little gift to enjoy every time we open the cover.

Jess
2 years ago
Reply to  Mara

Set up your daughters 529 plan and have family and friends contribute in place of a gift. I include all the information in the card. Nobody is offended, its an easy gift for friends and family!

Tiffanie
2 years ago

When it comes to kid stuff…I found your post on child proofing super helpful and ended up contacting a local expert for my home and I love all the party posts- your parties except Charlie’s Sip & See with the machine always feature something I can do/ want to do myself. My son is past the nursery stage, but I’d love to see more design posts on toddler rooms and transitioning from age groups. There are two other blogs 100LayerCakelet and StyleMePretty Living that are aspirational kids designs, so i for sure would want to just see approachable design from you. For instance the shelter playroom and the room that Brady, I think, did for his niece with the half up the wall paint treatment were really, really good. Oh and that Parachute sponsored nursery with that cool wall decal made me want to have a second baby! The recent kid bathroom round up (edited a bit) was nice to see. While I don’t come here for parenting advice I have to admit your post on screentime was so well-written and the comments section very engaging. If possible I’d love to see more readers and deserving people benefit from the… Read more »

Marcia
2 years ago
Reply to  Tiffanie

Yes to all of this. I said something similar about the kids rooms, but Tiffanie said it better.

Christina
2 years ago
Reply to  Tiffanie

I totally agree with all of these suggestions!! And would personally love some nursery posts as I’m in the middle of designing mine now, but also would love the transitioning age groups!!

I also TOTALLY agree that it does seem like a job perk to get all of the designs. I loved the makeover you did for your old nanny!!

Emily
2 years ago

Maybe you could ask for local reader submissions on rooms they want to overhaul and have a reasonable budget for. Then you could offer free design services with the stipulation that they have to spend their budget and then let you style it.

I’d love to see more small room projects, but I’m less interest in micro projects like rearranging a bookshelf (although I’m not turned off by that – just not excited.) And is love more kids rooms. I still reference the client project you did for the girl with the hot pink rug.

Thanks!

MEREDITH
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I agreed about the micro projects. Too many blogs already do those, and I always skip over those. Those types of posts always seem shallow to me?

Sarah
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily

YAS! I wish there could be more reader-submitted questions ( I think there used to be?) because I think a lot of us need help (why we’re here) but also can’t afford an interior designer (why every time you do these surveys “budget options” are at the top). I think budget overhauls would be GREAT, as would simple questions, like should I or should I not paint this trim and why? What counter would you pick with these cabinets and why? What color should I paint the room to go with this couch and why? I think a lot of us with no training get really stuck on stuff like this, and so never even make it to the “what pillow combo is best” stage.

Veronica
2 years ago
Reply to  Sarah

Yes yes yes!

shasta
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Agree about micro projects not being great if they just feel like fluff.

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  shasta

hmm good to know. it definitely is a balance because a lot of you asked for things like this in the survey, but then I know some of you don’t really want that. we know we can’t please every single one of you with every post we do (as much as we want to), but we never intend on doing anything just as “filler” or “fluff”.

jessvii
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I am third’ing the sentiment regarding micro-projects (e.g. a coffee table top or a corner of a room or a bookshelf…). There is enough of that on other blogs and also in magazines (I’m looking at you, BH&G magazine). And it’s not really useful. It’s too small and too quick and sort of feels like grasping for content when others do it.

erin
2 years ago
Reply to  jessvii

I guess I’m fourthing this. 🙂

Emily
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily

And I’m getting on this train against micro-content, especially content that comes from rearranging things.

Monica
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I love this idea of people requesting room designs and having them done in exchange for allowing the process to be shared with blog readers. As heart-warming as some of the pro bono design projects have been, it’s hard not to notice that the people have foregone their privacy because they aren’t wealthy. But if the projects were specifically requested by the occupants of the home or apartment, then this is less of an issue…

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily

we def haven’t done many kid rooms lately, but good to know.

Tara
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Yes, more kids rooms, please. And varied. I requested some content on this after we moved a few years ago because my daughter would be moving into middle school, and it was a good opportunity to get some advice on making rooms that would inspire my soon-to-be teenagers who are both suddenly tweening hard. Lol. Would love to see some content on this because they start to really grow up quickly once they pass 10! Think fun (color and/or theme), functional (homework/study space and gear storage), and inspirational (you know, rooms that make you want to be 12 again)!! 🙂

Katelyn
2 years ago

Thanks for sharing! I have a one year old and am about to redecorate my living room… I would LOVE to see posts on kid-friendly designs/furniture! So many people I know think you can either have a kid friendly house or a stylish one, but I know that we at EHD can do better!

Emily
2 years ago
Reply to  Katelyn

Yes! And please include how to create good lighting without using easy to knock over table lamps. 🙂

Hanh vu
2 years ago
Reply to  Katelyn

YES! More posts on home design and decor that works with kids please.

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Hanh vu

yup! it’s on our goals list. 🙂

Jenna
2 years ago
Reply to  Katelyn

Agreed! I have three young boys and would love to see smart design, where homes are practical for the needs of the family, as well as stylish. I’m tired of seeing inspirational photos where everything is WHITE. While I love neutrals, I also need fabrics/rugs that will hide the daily drop of food, dirty shoes, dogs, etc.

Tara
2 years ago
Reply to  Jenna

Haha. Yes! My kids are 10 and 11. And while I would like to think that the house gets a little cleaner as they grow, it doesn’t. The messes just change. Swapping toddler spills for tracking in mud from the forest, snow from the backyard, sand from the beach, and so much GEAR: ski gear, soccer gear, dance gear, baseball gear, girl scout supplies, homework, musical instruments, and on. What to do with it all?! And yes, the WHITE rooms. Ugh. Our couch is brown because white in the mountains is just ridiculous. 🙂 Though, I enjoy all the inspiration, regardless of practicality.

Anjuli
2 years ago
Reply to  Katelyn

Yes, my kids are 2 and 6 so I’d love to see more kid-friendly design, not really nursery design, but more like kids rooms and playrooms and how to make our living room look good despite all the toys/books. Design elements that are easy to clean and not breakable, etc! Also smart design for smaller spaces…!

Beth
2 years ago

I’d love to see more specifically about how to style eclectically- Design Seminars. How to go beyond your smart guidance that you can mix styles up for a great eclectic look as long as you stay within a certain color palette and choose items in similar dimensions. For example, how do you choose the elements, how things can go together like… a chesterfield sofa and mid century chairs (in your book, Styled- pages 48 and 49)? How do you blend how many unique pieces you can have vs. symmetry. Why does that room work so well with that chesterfield, and those 2 different chairs and that low sexy Karl Springery coffee table? Any “Rules” about that? How did you pick that coffee table? It’s so mixed and so crazy good. More of this kind of dissection, please!

Caroline
2 years ago
Reply to  Beth

I agree with Beth’s ideas–deeper, mixed design ideas with clear explanations (and photos/illustrations) of why some things work and others don’t. This would also help those of us on low budgets who buy on craigslist, thrift stores, discount stores, etc., to mix our finds well.

Dena
2 years ago
Reply to  Beth

Love this comment and agree!

Beth
2 years ago

I really enjoyed seeing reader’s homes decorated for the holidays. I’d enjoy some kind of reader round up every so often just to see what real people are doing with their homes. Maybe even short reader takeovers like Apartment Therapy does where they walk you through a project they did. Might be off brand but I love that type of “content”. 🙂

Allison
2 years ago
Reply to  Beth

Agreed!

Megan
2 years ago
Reply to  Beth

Yes!

JenMS
2 years ago
Reply to  Beth

Agreed!

Erin
2 years ago
Reply to  Beth

I would love to see this too!

Rebecca
2 years ago
Reply to  Beth

Yes! Agree!

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Beth

yay glad you guys are into this. we’d be SO happy to share all of your guys’ work, so consider it done. But…quick question, what feels good? Like…monthly? every other month?

Sarah
2 years ago

I’m hopefully having my first baby in the near-ish future and the nursery is a mystery to me. How do I design it so that it makes sense for the baby AND toddler years? Obviously there will need to be some changes but what am I not thinking of? A post on this would be super helpful!

Olivia Macdonald
2 years ago
Reply to  Sarah

Yes, maybe even suggestions for what items are “worth it” (e.g. most baby-friendly rockers, buying a crib vs. crib that converts to toddler bed).

Anna
2 years ago

I tend to skip over a lot of the stuff around having young children because I’ve been there, done that. Maybe include some varying ages of kids in your design. Teen / tween rooms, living rooms with teens in mind that kind of thing. Love that you take feedback and love everything you do!

Katie
2 years ago

I loved the makeover you did for your nanny (Sylvia?) a few years ago. I’m not sure how time consuming it was to pull together but if there’s any way you could do some more similar ones for deserving people that would be great. On that note, I didn’t enjoy the “one day” makeover you did recently as much, and I guess its because there’s only so much you can do in a day and it didn’t feel like much of a difference between the before and after (but I still thought it was awesome that you did it for a reader!) With your question on the micro project reveals I’d prefer to see whole room reveals, not just bookshelf/styling ones. I’d also love to see some reader reveals of what people have done in their own houses. Always fun to feel like you’re having a little ‘snoop’ into other people’s lives. Thanks for all your effort xx

Julie
2 years ago
Reply to  Katie

I agree. I LOVED loved loved the makeover you did for Sylvia, and have gone back to re-read it (and re-watch the video) a few times since when I’ve needed an emotional pick-me-up! Also, I loved that most of the pieces you used were from Target, so they were accessible and affordable if I saw things I liked or got inspired to use in my own home.

Louise
2 years ago
Reply to  Katie

Agree with all of these!

Monica
2 years ago
Reply to  Katie

The Sylvia makeover series was also one of my favorites of all time! It took a ho-hum home and made it unrecognizable to its former self. It was so inspiring to see the simple steps that took it next level, and made me feel like if their was hope for my own home as well.

Jessvii
2 years ago
Reply to  Katie

^^Enthusiastically agree!

Leanne
2 years ago
Reply to  Katie

I Agree! – Loved the Silvia reveal.

Kristin
2 years ago
Reply to  Katie

YES! Everything Katie said. Thanks for listening to us. 🙂

Sarah Bianculli
2 years ago
Reply to  Katie

I agree, Sylvia’s makeover was one of my favorite series ever! I reference those posts all the time, and have watched the videos multiple times as well! I also liked how almost everything was from one store (Target). I feel like I spend hours and hours looking at multiple places (comparing prices, styles, etc.), and it was nice to see every thing come from one place! I think I also loved it as a parent because there a lot of family-friendly ideas in those posts as well. I also really value posts like “Design Mistakes – Hanging curtains all wrong.” I like to know the “rules” and fundamentals of design, like hanging curtains, the proper size rug for a room, or how high to hang wall sconces next to your bed! I reference the curtain blog post all the time. I have been a long-time reader, and thank you so much for all the inspiration!

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Katie

trust me, Sylvia’s reveal was ALSO one of my favorite things ever. we’re trying to figure out how to do more “feel-good” things like this in 2019, absolutely.

Andrea
2 years ago

Trolling Craigslist was one of my favorite things you did! I miss it! I would love to see you do some smaller cities that normally don’t get any attention – I live in Buffalo, NY and anywhere around here would be good! 🙂 (Rochester and Syracuse for example) thank you! I will never stop reading though!

Melissa
2 years ago
Reply to  Andrea

I second this! Rochester reader here 🙂

Jan
2 years ago
Reply to  Melissa

Add Kansas City to the list!

Pjk
2 years ago
Reply to  Jan

Houston!

Colin
2 years ago
Reply to  Andrea

I suggest Sacramento, so I can selfishly snap up all the cool things that you find

Kari
2 years ago

I would love to see an “elements of a room” series. What are all the basics needed in a bedroom? Living room? Bathroom? Kitchen? Nursery? Older kids room? It could either be furnishings or supplies.
When I’m working on a room in my house and gaining inspiration, I’m always subconsciously tallying the elements to see if I’m missing something. “Can a living room work without side tables? Does a nursery really need a rocking chair? Am I missing something in my rec room that would be a huge functional help?” It would be great to have a design school series that I could reference.

Hanh vu
2 years ago
Reply to  Kari

What she said.

Jackie
2 years ago
Reply to  Kari

Amen

Hannah
2 years ago

I’d love to see articles about how to work with furniture pieces – like family heirlooms- to incorporate them into one’s style. For example, we have a tiger oak table from the early 1900s that’s beautiful but not necessarily our more modern bohemian style. But we’re stuck with it…kind of like how Orlando incorporated the big hutch in his parents’ modern dining room makeover and somehow made it all work.

Victoria
2 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

100 times yes

Tavia
2 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

This is an AMAZING idea! I too would love it!

Shasta
2 years ago
Reply to  Tavia

yes!

Laura
2 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

This is a great idea! I actually have multiple family heirlooms from my grandmother (some large furniture pieces) that I’m trying to work into our condo in San Francisco and another piece in a beach cottage. Both are eclectic spaces and I’m trying to make them work!! I’ve considered painting some of them but I’m nervous to pull the trigger on it since they are real antiques….

Amy
2 years ago

Yes, please! After marriage and combining our furniture, I now have two black-brown IKEA Hemnes dressers I need to style….LOL

Helen
2 years ago

Yes yes yes yes! This would be so good! Please include a post about designing around a hand me down piano? I feel like everyone I know (including me) has one

Rebekah
2 years ago

Totally! Very interested in this!

Annie
2 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

Agree!! More reader submitted questions cause we have a yearning to learn why and how things work and don’t work.

Renee
2 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

Love this idea! Yes, please!

darith mackenzie
2 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

I am a bit of a ‘family heirloom’, myself, as a widow (still feels weird to say that, as it sounds so ‘Victorian’)with grown children. Clearly, I am in a teeny percentile of EH devotees, but I am a consistent reader/viewer. This site, makes me happy – even though I am, aesthetically – blue phobic and it is EVERYWHERE in the designs!! I appreciate the authenticity and the level of fun in the writing AND I love opening the emails to see what today’s creative collaborations will bring!
Okay – long-winded, I know! Sorry, but I feel like I’ve earned it by now! Sooooo, like “Hannah’, I am, also, the owner of some really wonderful antiques – Champleve lamps; a hand-carved chest; a ball and claw dresser – and would love to see how to incorporate them into my contemporary/eclectic aesthetic. Is that even a thing??? I don’t care, it’s me!!! In furniture, like people, the older pieces can be beautiful and appreciated for all the wonderful history they bring! I just need a little helping hand!!!

Kat
2 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

Yes!! How to put Southern family antiques into a mid century ranch !!!

Trolling Craigslist- Minneapolis pls

Love style hacks-how to make target/ikea look more expensive.

I loved your detailed explanation on why you organized the mt house kitchen the way you did. But maybe that’s because I am doing a kitchen right now and it was helpful to see your thought process.

Lisa
2 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

Definitely! I personally love a mix of old and new, but am sometimes unsure how to incorporate an antique or vintage piece without it either looking completely out of place, or making the whole room look dated.

Amanda
2 years ago

Thanks for sharing! I’d love to see a Craigslist find post in Minneapolis/St. Paul 🙂

Renee
2 years ago
Reply to  Amanda

Yes, Craigslist finds for Minneapolis please! Something that works for a cold climate. So many of your posts are for clients in warm climates and decorated in ways that just don’t feel right in a cold climate. I would love to see how you would decorate in a cold climate!

Shelby
2 years ago
Reply to  Renee

Yes to more thoughtful cold climate decorating/seasonal content! I love switching up my home for the seasons but end up following bloggers in California and Arizona (Jenny komenda) who don’t focus on that much since it’s the same hot weather year round. Also, I don’t care for Halloween decorating but I do want fall content in September when I’m cozying stuff. It always feels way too late around this blog.

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Amanda

it’s on the list!

Sara
2 years ago

LOVED the Trolling Craigslist posts from way back when! Please include DETROIT!!!

Emily
2 years ago
Reply to  Sara

Another vote for Detroit!

Trisha
2 years ago
Reply to  Sara

Yes ditto for Detroit!!!! So much cool design stuff happening here. 🙂

Jordan G
2 years ago

It must be so hard to try to keep up with our changing opinions all the time! I do appreciate you sharing the feedback you received and how you’re interpreting it. It might surprise you to know that when I think of Emily Henderson’s blog, I still associate certain things with you that go WAY back to your early days: – All things brass/gold – Vintage mixed with new, especially vintage art – Incorporating thrifted finds – Interesting ceramics I’ve been really enjoying watching you go thrifting again lately because that was one of the things I thought you did best! I always said, ‘Would Emily buy this?’ when I was out thrifting. I loved watching your team shop Round Top and do stuff like that together. Same goes for the return of the Craigslist post. It’s very interesting to hear whether you would buy it, how much upholstery would cost, etc. I still enjoy seeing a gorgeous custom door or artisan tile, but those are unattainable for me so they don’t make me feel AS excited as something as simple as a reupholstered thrift store chair or the styling of tiny brass shoes you found at Goodwill. 🙂 Thanks… Read more »

Shasta
2 years ago
Reply to  Jordan G

yes, agree!

Carrie
2 years ago
Reply to  Jordan G

Yes.

Megan
2 years ago
Reply to  Jordan G

Yep yep yep!

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Jordan G

I’ve been loving going thrifting again, too, so glad you guys are into it.

Erin
2 years ago

Yay for the Craigslist posts coming back! Thanks for sharing the results and plans. And thank you for at least addressing the ad situation. It’s honestly terrible because they are EVERYWHERE but I understand the conundrum.

Ashley
2 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s great to get your feedback on the requests. To answer some of the questions you raised… yes please please please add in posts about children’s rooms of all ages! We’re starting our family now and that is something I’m super excited to tackle. Super excited about bringing on more budget series content, I actually really loved the three different price points on your throw pillow post this week… it was a nice mix of options. And I love when you show a room design and then offer a more budget friendly roundup of similar items as well… it helps those of us who may want to splurge on something from time to time, but generally need to stay more budget friendly on the decor. On that note, I’d love to see more discussion of art and wall decor… it’s probably the thing that intimidates me the most (and is why my bedroom walls are still completely bare… I really struggle with purchase paralysis on that specifically!) And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider Springfield, MO (or frankly any Missouri area…) for the Craigslist roundup. You might also include Facebook marketplace… I know that at… Read more »

j
2 years ago
Reply to  Ashley

Yes to art!! And how to balance wall decor in a room that has A LOT of wall space. Especially when 2 long, blank walls meet at a right angle, and there aren’t any doors, windows, fireplaces or other architectural features to break them up. How much is too much when it comes to art? What other sculptural pieces do you recommend looking for that aren’t in a frame but that can be used to fill the space (macrame, shelving, flags, baskets etc etc ?)

Karen
2 years ago
Reply to  j

Yes to this!

Emily
2 years ago
Reply to  Ashley

Yes to Springfield, Mo!!!!!

Also, yes to art and decor – placement, selection, etc. how do you choose? Do you put something in all the larger open walls or just pick a few? Is also love to see, as several other commenters have posted, posts about styling with what you already have, maybe it’s incorporating an heirloom piece of furniture that doesn’t quite match, or maybe finding some images of a really generic space (typical oak cabinets and tan counter in a rental kitchen?) and showing how to style without any major changes like paint or tile.

Madisen
2 years ago

I can’t remember if I participated in the reader survey or not, but here are current (kind of long) thoughts about the blog: My some of my favorite posts from EHD on the blog have been the posts about how to achieve a certain design style like the “California casual” and “modern Victorian” styles. The inspiration images and product round ups in those are sooo helpful. Product round ups in general are great because they help me find new places to shop and help me sort through the product at places I already look/shop at. I also really love when you post anything fashion related on Instagram stories, especially your try on sessions. I’m loving the addition of “what I wore this week” on the new Sunday posts. I think you have amazing style and I love how relatable and realistic any fashion related content is because it feels personal and real and attainable since this isn’t a fashion blog and you aren’t creating unrealistic outfits for your every day life and constantly sharing sponsored clothing just for content. Those reasons about feeling personal and real and relatable are also why I like your posts on Instagram and and the… Read more »

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Madisen

Thank you for all your feedback. We appreciate it SO much.

Shannon
2 years ago

YES to more family friendly (and budget) design. I’d also love to see more design tips/reveals for smaller spaces specifically for families — so much that’s out there (not just EHD) is either small-apartment-just graduated-and-don’t-have-kids or aspirational/custom/sprawling (which is nice to see, but can be hard to translate into a more modest budget/house size). I LOVED the flash feel good makeover you did this year, and the one for Sylvia in 2016, for this reason — real people with kids, smallish/basic spaces, but you made them look fabulous. (Biz note, this is also the kind of post that I’m most likely to actually buy from!)

Lynn
2 years ago

My favorite post was showing what window treatments go best with certain windows. I might not have the exact title, but it was brilliant and very useful

I would love to see one on how to hang the right types of art in a small powder room. This may seem basic but I have big blank walls and would love inspiration!

Steph
2 years ago
Reply to  Lynn

+1 to the post on window treatments & windows. In general I love the posts where you’re teaching us design tips so that we can apply them to our own space. I’ve read and re-read the posts on how to match pillows, the right size bench to buy for your bed, how to appropriately scale your couch + coffee table combo, how high to hang your window treatments, etc. I guess these are your “dos and donts” posts? But the overall theme of them is basically talking about WHY something looks good and how to achieve that by following some simple guidelines.

RuthAnn
2 years ago
Reply to  Steph

This!
No children, townhouse built in 1924, lovely high ceiling and crown molding, gorgeous oak floors. Confused by things like honoring the crown molding, yet having appropriate window coverings, freshening a ‘railroad’ style kitchen, practical things like that.
I particularly enjoy the do, don’t posts. I don’t find the focus on entertaining and clothing for southern California, which don’t fit here in the Pacific Northwest.
Yours is one of the very few blogs I follow regularly

Jacqui
2 years ago

Okay! Yes, glad that Budget Rooms (the series) are coming back! Those (and the surprise makeovers) are my favorite. By “quick projects,” I would venture to say that most of us love quick, drastic changes that we can do in one or two days that don’t involve taking out a second mortgage or an abundance of power tools.

Please troll Craigslist in Boston!

I would still love a “Shop by Store” section on the new shopping page. Sometimes you just want to see the cool stuff from Target without it being commingled with the pricy (though drool-worthy) stuff that I can’t afford from Schoolhouse Electric, you know?

Heidi
2 years ago
Reply to  Jacqui

Yes the the “shop by store” section!

Julie
2 years ago
Reply to  Heidi

Yes to Boston!

Melissa
2 years ago
Reply to  Jacqui

The Shop by Store sounds interesting, looking forward to it. Something I struggle with is finding a specific item. For example, I need a new large dresser for my bedroom. I don’t want to weed through everything Target has to find dressers, and I want to compare Target dressers to CB2 and other retailers. So I would love recommendations or resource lists by category. Where to find window coverings, low to high, for example.

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Jacqui

okay yeah I’m getting a sense that “micro projects” are more just bigger room reveals, not small vignettes (but they’re “micro” in the sense that they aren’t whole home projects).

sg5785
2 years ago

I was one of those complaining about how Portland dragged on, but I did not mean to say, “only small projects from now on please”… I think it is great to see your vision carried out in a whole house, though you might have to do it first (or, at least, start doing it) and then reveal it. If the only intervention you can do to a space is painting, then it’s not as engaging. Please do not get discouraged – Portland was just the first one, you can’t get everything right the first time around. The goal is to provide continuity from week to week – may be one project post per week?

Julie S
2 years ago
Reply to  sg5785

Super agree with this! A mixture of long term with continuity and smaller room sized projects is what I’d love to see design wise.

Lauri
2 years ago

I would love more posts on family friendly decorating. We have a cat, dog, 2 year old, and a baby on the way so messes, pet fur, and toy storage are real issues. Also I would love a round up of soft, attractive living room rugs that are cat claw friendly. I have to make sure any rug I buy is not looped or flat-weave or it will get ripped apart by claws! Also I love the look of velvet but fear it will be a pet fur magnet. Any help in these area would be amazing!!

Anna
2 years ago
Reply to  Lauri

I second this!!! More storage ideas in general, but specifically toy storage would be awesome — i.e. in smaller houses where there isn’t a dedicated play room, or in shared kids’ bedrooms, or even in a dedicated playroom where you still want it to look cohesive with the rest of the home. Major struggle with 3 kids of differing ages!!!

Ali
2 years ago
Reply to  Lauri

Me too. It’s so hard to find durable options with pets. I have real hardwood and builder carpet. Neither works. We need to replace the carpet but haven’t because we don’t want to make the wrong move and are skeptical about the “reviews” and promises of pet specific (more expensive) options if they’re no better.

VALERIE SCHLOSSER
2 years ago

Craigslist YAY!!

Admin
2 years ago

yay!!

Amy
2 years ago

I would like to see more funky, creative, old-Emily posts. Lots of people can pull together Target or Rejuventation products and put together a lovely, current room, but it is very hard to pull together a room that is stylish, one-of-a-kind, and hard to put a date on. If I could live in any Emily room, I would pick one from her Secret-of-a-Stylist days before anything that has been on the blog in the past few years. I think the last truly inspired posts were about the ways she jigged the kitchen in her old house. I hope that doesn’t sound super negative. I keep coming back everyday and only read 3 design blogs now, so obviously I love Emily, and am so happy that she has been successful, but I don’t find much inspiration here anymore. Especially with the kid angle, it’s like checking in with your good friend who moved to the burbs and had kids, both of which I have done, too. But I don’t want to look like I have!

Sowm
2 years ago

I think the Portland project will age like wine. Unlike other reveals which everyone can jump in, get inspired to make changes in their homes/ rentals immediately, choosing a backsplash or faucets only happens once a while and is more labour intensive. When that happens though, your blog will be the best place to go to! The details to consider during a reno are overwhelming and having a designer approved material analysis will definitely make it tad easier. Don’t fret!

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Sowm

THANK YOU!

Mary
2 years ago

I am a regular reader who does not have kids (and doesn’t plan to) and tends to skip the kid focused posts. I think the blog world is over-saturated with Mama and child focused everything and it just gets boring for me. I’d love to see more of your daily fashion.

y
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary

Me too, Mary. 48% of the audience doesn’t have kids. Please don’t go overboard with these. I love seeing how single people live their lives, especially when they don’t have to worry about anyone else’s opinion or dirty feet but their own. I feel like cup of jo does a good job with this – I never feel like kids are the main focus, even though she talks about them at least once a week. Speaking of, did you see Caroline’s new apartment?? Would never do it myself, but I love it!

Lesley
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary

YES to this! ^ Thank you! 58% is a lot, but hardly an overwhelming majority. In such a Mom/family focused blog world as the design blog world is/has become as long time bloggers have gotten older & had kids, those of us who have either can’t have or have chosen not to have children often feel left out when too much content is focused around mommyhood and kids.

K
2 years ago

When you made that comment about how you could have done a “Portland month” I lit up! That would have been awesome! Having a series about a big project that you posted over a month would I think be really immersive – it would be kind of like a season of a show. In real life projects take forever, but there’s something really fun on our end (the readers) in flying through a project from construction to completion. I think knowing there was a new update each day on a house you were working on would keep me really excited to check back each morning.

Thanks for all the hard work you all do to bring us great “content” 🙂

shasta
2 years ago
Reply to  K

yes, this is an awesome way to look at it. I liked the sponsored frame tv. series because it was like a magical reveal and the spaces were unusual (even though not realistic it was still fun).

David
2 years ago
Reply to  shasta

Yes, to both of these comments. I feel like it was more of a timing/editing issue than the project themselves. The idea of having a big project mixed with smaller reveals and project you do for employees or deserving people would be great.
I tend to gloss over the roundup posts as they can feel overwhelming, but I would definitely go back to them if I were searching for something specific, so in that way, they are really helpful.
I like the real and relatable side of your Instastories. I always make sure that I see yours (and Orlando’s) every day. Whey you are processing things in real time there, it’s a nice counterpoint to the polished look of your feed and blog.
Love your work and your outlook in life. I like that you talk about personal struggles and working through them. That’s real and probably the reason your voice feels authentic and genuine.

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  K

question on this: anyone out there thing they’d get tired of coming to the blog and knowing you’re always getting something on the same house/topic? curious…

Elizabeth Rose
2 years ago

I really have loved your recent posts on your flea market buys. I loved seeing things you bought and even the things you didn’t buy and why. I would love follow ups that show how you are using these flea market finds. I also love the idea of showing us the 10 rugs you considered and why you didn’t use them, etc.

Emily
2 years ago

I always wonder why there is a picture of you posing at the beginning of each reveal/makeover post. I don’t understand why you need to be in the picture? Also please less fashion/hair posts, let’s stick to design.

Jess
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Hmmmm because she’s the designer? the owner of the blog? a lovely woman who wants to be photographed with her project? I mean, skip the picture with Emily if you’d like, there are tons of others focusing exclusively on the design. but there’s no need to take such an unnecessary condescending tone. It’s just plain inelegant.

I love fashion/hair posts. To each their own, I guess.

JJ
2 years ago

I love the roundup posts you do, to the point where if I’m going to buy literally anything I google “Emily Henderson ____ Roundup” – such a great distilled jumping off point!

One thing I would love to see is a feature where readers could submit pics of tricky design issues/questions on instagram and you guys reply with quick mini feedback (similar to how some accounts do a weekly “ask me anything” series). Seeing the team’s quick take would be SO helpful!

So excited to see everything you have planned for this year!

Pretty Real Blog
2 years ago
Reply to  JJ

Yes! Forgot to say that- LOVE the round ups!

Heidi
2 years ago
Reply to  JJ

100% agree on this!
First place I check.

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  JJ

We’d love this, it’s just a bit of a manpower issue. But we’ll consider it!

Marcia
2 years ago

Hi there! Nurseries are cool, but they are only that little for so long. I think, as a parent, I would like to see more about kids rooms as they grow. How to incorporate things they like without it being matchy matchy, too young, etc. Example: my oldest loves the color red, but I hate it. Currently though I find his room doesn’t really reflect him. I’m thinking of adding a mural of some kind but I’m not sure how or where to do it. How do I layer things so they feel organic but also not crazy?

kayleigh
2 years ago

I’m not too interested in the trend stuff because only so much of that can apply to my specific house or my aesthetic–I don’t buy new clothes every season just to keep up with the trends, so I definitely don’t decorate my house in that way. I feel like home design blogs are akin to wedding content–sure you need to keep creating new things for people to read, but readers only really zero in on it all when they personally are in a place in their life that they need it–and then they do a deep dive. So what I come to this site for is your expertise as guidance for my own renovation and decoration. What would be useful in regards to decorating/trends/colors would be a room dissection of WHY a particular room worked, like if you dissected a photo and talked about the furniture type, the art, the pain choice, etc as a cohesive idea because that is so hard for a normal person to do successfully, that would be so helpful. A roundup of a bunch of different pillows or lights isn’t going to help someone put it in their own space without a little direction in… Read more »

Sal
2 years ago
Reply to  kayleigh

This is a really good comment.

Beth Cote
2 years ago
Reply to  kayleigh

Love this idea!!!! Builder grade to amazing would love to see it once a month.

Alexis Carrasquel
2 years ago
Reply to  Beth Cote

This is a great idea! Builder grade to amazing

Leah
2 years ago
Reply to  kayleigh

Yes!! My house is in a cookie cutter Orange County, CA neighborhood where every 4th or so house is the same model and I would LOVE to find some relatively budget friendly ways to add character and make my house feel more me than it’s cookie-cutter counterparts! Adding architectural interest where not much exists to begin with, that sort of thing. And you don’t address exteriors very often, but some simple curb appeal makeovers would also be so awesome (although I also understand if that’s not really your thing).

I also love your round-ups and style rules (how to hang curtains, rug sizing, spacing furniture, etc.) and refer back to them when I’m working on a particular area of my own home.

Lastly, love your writing voice and your honesty. I am a working momma with two young kids also and I love how you keep it real.

Emily
2 years ago
Reply to  kayleigh

Yes to the posts on adding character to homes from the 80s! I actually requested this in a comment on another recent post, but I want to reiterate that it’s definitely something that many people would view as applicable.

Najaf Mazari
2 years ago

I appreciate your skill.Thank you for the sharing post

Anon 3
2 years ago

Hi,

I just wanted to say, just because I have children does NOT mean I want child content. I come here to get away from my kids. Yes, they are a part of my life – but I certainly am beyond the nursery/baby stage and do not want to see any teen design rooms. I will go check out PB Teen for ideas. I come here for me – and would be very disappointed if your design changed to child focused.

Thanks!

Geneva
2 years ago

I really enjoy the content you publish. I’d love to see video and photo reveals for rental house updates. This might translate to small design projects. They might be out there and I might be missing where to find them but I want to find designers working more with renters, especially (older) houses where landlords are open to some changes. How is this any different from any designer? Maybe it’s not but stragetgy, cohesive design plans, and a Craigslist budget, for quick wins could market it towards the renters life who don’t want to DIY all the things. Thanks!

Pam
2 years ago

I personally love the budget posts where you would do one room at three price points. I decorated my living room based off one of those posts, because the stuff was affordable and EHD approved! I also love the Target posts you do each season because again, the products are budget-friendly. So that’s what I would like to see more of.

I agree, I don’t read the trend posts because I’m not interested in changing my house to represent what’s currently “hot” in design. I am looking for classic, affordable design that I can apply to my house and enjoy for years to come.

Vicki
2 years ago

I love that you’re asking all these questions, Emily! Yes to more kid friendly design! I love styling my home but have to get creative on how to do that (which is the POINT, ha!) but with non-breakable items or everything 3+ feet above the floor, ha!

STYLE SCHOOL!!! Can you pleeeeeease bring the Style School “How to’s” back!?! The small quick videos I can watch in the bathroom while I get a 2 minute break from my babies! Lol. Tell us the gallery wall how tos & hanging cheap curtains & making my bathroom counter look cute & organized without all the clutter! The small, simple little design things that I can literally do in an hour here or an hour there between feeding kiddos, cleaning up messes & laundry! ?

As for Craigslist, AUSTIN TX! ?

And YES to budget friendly series!!! Seriously, the budget friendly series & style school how tos were my FAVORITE!!!

Ok, you rock, bye!!! ❤️

K
2 years ago

I love your blog but when there’s a long post, my browser freezes and I just give up most of the time. It also happens with a similar site – I think it’s due to all of the ads and flashing content. I know ads are important, but I would definitely visit your site more if that didn’t happen.

Laura
2 years ago
Reply to  K

I have the same thing happen constantly…it’s this site and also Sunset Magazine’s site as well. It’s a very frustrating user experience. I feel that there should be a way to keep ads but tweak the page design so ads and various video content aren’t moving across the page and start up like they do – also, the page loading speed must be slow because, for me, the video content lags and then moves the whole page so I have to keep scrolling to where I was last reading (if that makes sense).

Kristen
2 years ago
Reply to  Laura

I’m going to third the freezing while loading thing – I get to read one sentence and then have to wait to scroll down, which can be frustrating. The ads in the middle of the text are also really bothersome and kind of interrupt the story because there’s a flashing brightly colored ad in the middle of this beautiful post. I always wondered why there were ads right in the middle of the page.

Nora
2 years ago
Reply to  K

Same here with the freezing and frustration. I know you mentioned ads being your bread and butter, but there’s a critical point at which too many ads covering your content hurts reader engagement, which lowers your ad rates.

So you might find streamlining the experiences doesn’t cost you in the long run.

Ashley H.
2 years ago

I have always loved your design and you all the way back to design star. In fact, your my favorite person to follow on insta besides my family and friends. 🙂
I would love to see more budget design and thrifting. I’m a full time teacher and mom, so I have to be creative with how to make my house look lovely on a limited amount. Also, I love when you’re just yourself…honest and true. Thank you!

Jackie
2 years ago

Yes to more kid room content. For toddler and young children especially.

Lorrie
2 years ago

I enjoy your blog and your Instagram account, but for me personally I would not want to see multiple daily blog posts. Frankly I would prefer to see 2-4/week. If you want to drive more visits to your site than that, maybe touches on a topic with a few pictures (on Instagram) that speak to something blogged about in the past. Could be new pictures that refer to old posts (like design mistakes or trends, or “rules“, etc. Along with that I would love more photos (multiples, please) of blog posts on Instagram. I can enlarge the ones there, but when reading your blog from inside Instagram I can’t enlarge it. I have a decent sized phone, so that’s not the issue. It’s frustrating to have you write about pillows that I can barely see. If the Instagram posts are done right, even with multiple photos they will still drive us to your website.
I love that you’re so open and honest with us about your business and about your life. Keep it up!

HN
2 years ago

Thanks so much for asking for our feedback. I’ve been reading your blog for years. I think you strike a nice balance between different types of blog posts and if there is a post that I’m not that interested in, I just skip it and come back the next day—no big deal. You can’t please all of us 100% of the time and I think most of your readers are probably ok with that.

Craigslist Atlanta please!

And I love your family/relationship/life posts. It’s a nice little injection into your otherwise mostly design content. It’s refreshing and real and I like that.

Marissa Hester
2 years ago

Can you do a kids room as they age? So you know where to splurge and save. For instance nursery to toddler to little kid to tween to teen. They are babies for a short time and then they have all different needs and I don’t always want to recreate the wheel.

Melanie
2 years ago
Reply to  Marissa Hester

This would be a great post! Show which pieces would work over several years with some minor tweaks in styling.

Kim
2 years ago
Reply to  Melanie

Yes!

Alisha
2 years ago
Reply to  Marissa Hester

Exactly what I was going to post! I have been reading this blog since it began! what is that? 10 years I think. Anyway, I once had a 3 year old adorable little guy. Now I have a big (smelly) wonderful teen. And, guess what…..his favorite color is hot pink. He is very masculine (plays sports, video games, hangs with his friends), but wanted a room that was masculine and also hot pink. Let me tell you, there was not a lot of inspiration out in the interwebs. Really, not much inspiration for male teen rooms at all. it would be so great to see some of those. And, also great to see some female teen rooms that are NOT hot pink. Ha! Which brings me to my next suggestion….in the search for content, er, I mean blog post ideas — can you do a modified edesign series? Maybe, readers could email in design dilemmas, and you guys tackle them – that would be amazing. Maybe even with different budget options? The only question is how do you get a reveal out of it? Not sure….but it would be fun i think. And as a very long term reader, I… Read more »

Melissa
2 years ago
Reply to  Marissa Hester

Speaking as a parent that just sent a kid off to college, parents need this! Kids rooms are rich source material since there is no other room or person changing as much as a child/teen. I was so conscious of not committing too hard to any one theme or age, and even then I had difficulty keeping up with appropriate changes at the right time. More than anything I regret not putting in an Elfa closet system until junior year of high school. It would have made everyone’s lives easier, and it made the bedroom more functional to have an organized closet. And we waited too long to get rid of toys and childhood items that were no longer relevant or meaningful. The room is finally loved, halfway through freshman year of college, and they can’t even enjoy it except for breaks at home. Helping parents and kids create a nice room, with age and size appropriate furnishings that can easily transition by changing linens, accessories, and artwork would be fantastic. And I will add that my 18 year old wanted design that looks cool and is reasonably priced, but isn’t disposable.

JO
2 years ago

I like both the ideas for the micro projects

Kayla
2 years ago

I have been following this blog for years, it has always been one of my favorite sources of inspiration and design wisdom and it used to be one that I checked daily. However I will admit that in the last year I sort of stopped reading the blog. The Portland and Mountain projects, while exciting design projects, became tedious (and a bit overwhelming) to follow and keep up with. If I missed even one or two posts I was completely lost on what was going on so I gave up on them. I really miss the old design client posts where you walked us through the design plan and then posted the reveal. And I LIVED for all the product roundups (dining chair and table combos, pillows, bed and nightstand combos, rugs, artwork, etc.), which I feel don’t happen as often anymore. Finally, thank you for addressing the ads. I understand the dilemma and I don’t expect they’ll be taken down, but I’ve definitely switched to reading the blog on a desktop over mobile whenever possible because the pop ups are WAY worse on mobile. This aside, I’m still looking forward to catching up on the blog a bit and… Read more »

Faith
2 years ago

You guys are doing a great job providing content! I am more engaged and following your posts more this year! A few ideas…

How about seeing some content for families with pets? What type of fabric/curtains clean easy and don’t attract too much fur? What do you do if your pet has scratched up your furniture? What type is best?

Also, I loved the post on dining tables… any ideas for budget dining tables that extend and their corresponding chairs?

S
2 years ago

So I haven’t read every single word yet, but I skimmed it and I want to be an earlier comment so you’ll read it.

I’m so surprised/disappointed I see no mention of fashion/beauty.

As a long time follower (brass petal!), I’ve worked and reworked my small home to my best ehendo representation.

I love now working on my person with your inspiration and suggestions.

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