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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

  1. 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?

    1. 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.

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

      1. Yes agreed 1000%!!!

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

    4. 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).”

    5. 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!

      1. Very excited to see these makeovers!

  2. 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.

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

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

      2. 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.

    2. 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.

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

        1. 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.

    3. 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.

      1. 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!

        1. I love this!!!

    4. 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.

      1. 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” 🙂

    5. 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!

    6. 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.

    7. 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!

  3. 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 design and products you want to showcase. Sometimes it feels like the content you all create is a job perk you all use just for yourselves. I’ll gladly volunteer any space in my home any time 🙂

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

    2. 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!!

  4. 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.


    1. 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?

    2. 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.

      1. Yes yes yes!

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

      1. 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”.

    4. 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.

      1. I guess I’m fourthing this. 🙂

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

    6. 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…

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

      1. 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)!! 🙂

  5. 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!

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

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

      1. yup! it’s on our goals list. 🙂

    3. 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.

      1. 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.

    4. 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…!

  6. 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!

    1. 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.

    2. Love this comment and agree!

  7. 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”. 🙂

    1. Agreed!

    2. Agreed!

    3. I would love to see this too!

    4. Yes! Agree!

    5. 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?

  8. 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!

    1. 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).

  9. 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!

  10. 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

    1. 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.

    2. Agree with all of these!

    3. 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.

    4. ^^Enthusiastically agree!

    5. I Agree! – Loved the Silvia reveal.

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

    7. 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!

    8. 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.

  11. 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!

    1. I second this! Rochester reader here 🙂

      1. Add Kansas City to the list!

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

  12. 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.

    1. What she said.

  13. 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.

    1. 100 times yes

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

    3. 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….

    4. Thank you for requesting this because I’ve been ITCHING to do this. Like…that IKEA Hemnes dresser you bought in your first apartment but aren’t ready to let go of but are tired of the all “black-brown” matching furniture…how do you style that to look cool? Or yeah, hand-me-downs, etc.

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

      2. 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

      3. Totally! Very interested in this!

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

    6. Love this idea! Yes, please!

    7. 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!!!

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

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

    1. 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!

      1. 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.

    2. it’s on the list!

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

    1. Another vote for Detroit!

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

  16. 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 for everything you do, Team EHD!

    1. yes, agree!

    2. Yep yep yep!

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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 least in my area of the midwest, many people are shifting to that platform instead of Craigslist. So looking forward to what you have in store for the blog!

    1. 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 ?)

      1. Yes to this!

    2. 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.

  19. 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 on Saturday’s on the blog about soup. Even if you were to start sharing posts containing some sponsored clothing or a sponsored soup related something I would enjoy it because you’ve established honest and real content about those topics already.
    I think the main mistake that came with doing the Portland Project and Moutain Fixer at the same time was the post order. It seemed like every time a post about either project came it out it was about a bathroom. Too much about bathrooms at the same time, especially with the mountain fixer since there was the intial “I design/you decide” post and then the follow up final design post before reveal posts have even happened. The Portland Project has kind of felt anticlimactic with how long it’s been taking for the reveals to be posted since it was easy to basically see the whole house reveal (minus product sources and before/afters) when the listing went live with the real estate photos. “Sneak peaks” on the blog or Instagram since the listing went live feel redundant and clickbait-ish because the main reason I care about the posts now is to see the product sources and maybe before/after comparison photos since I already saw the whole house on the real estate listing. I loved the real time construction updates/site visits on stories of the Portland Project and wish there had been more with the mountain house. The mountain house progress and process (besides the bathrooms HA) has almost felt a little too “secretive” since there has been very little real time updates of construction progress but a lot of talk about the project. Maybe it feels that way because it’s taken so long to get finished, I’m not sure. But when the whole initial premise of the project was to be heavily reader involved it has felt very distant from the reader. I also think that interest has been lost in the project because of that since it’s taken so long. I think construction updates on stories doesn’t spoil reveals at all because there is still so much more to see when it finally is finished furnished and styled. Updates like that make me more excited for the reveal posts rather than spoiling it.
    My quick last thought on the flashing ads: I almost exclusively ready the blog on my cell phone so the auto play video and flashing ads aren’t a bother and don’t hinder my ability to read the daily posts. Maybe there is a way to get the website to be more like the mobile version.

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

  20. 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!)

  21. 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!

    1. +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.

      1. 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

  22. 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?

    1. Yes the the “shop by store” section!

      1. Yes to Boston!

    2. 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.

    3. 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).

  23. 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?

    1. 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.

  24. 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!!

    1. 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!!!

    2. 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.

  25. Craigslist YAY!!

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

    1. THANK YOU!

  28. 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.

    1. 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!

    2. 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.

  29. 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” 🙂

    1. 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).

      1. 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.

    2. 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…

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

    1. 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.

  32. 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!

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

    2. 100% agree on this!
      First place I check.

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

  33. 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?

  34. 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 what should be considered when picking out the pillow or light.

    Another thing sort of in that vein are posts about where and why you hang curtains at a certain height, or pictures, etc., just for example, are the type of things I will reference again and again. How and why you laid out a kitchen in a certain way (meaning placement of the fridge and the stove etc.) would also be helpful. For instance recently my husband and I were debating a kitchen layout in a possible new house and we kept scrolling through your portland kitchen pictures for an hour to analyze what you did in the corner for the cabinets, etc. Things you might think are boring (and hey, if I was not currently designing a kitchen, I might skip over to read initially) would be SO USEFUL to have as references, even if they’re not in the main blog scroll but are evergreen things you have in a different tab somewhere? Also, sort of in line with what didn’t work, insight into renovation missteps or roadblocks, especially if they’re typical issues other people might face so they can anticipate them before tackling a project would be helpful (and how to talk to your contractor about it, because sometimes they like to think they’re all-knowing wizards and then you find out later they, in fact, know nothing!)

    One last thing–posts/tips on adding some character to the generic “new build” type houses from the 80s to today would be great, sort of in line with the posts you did on adding wood to the walls in different scenarios with wainscoting, etc. There are SO MANY UGLY BORING HOUSES on the market EVERYWHERE (really, I’ve looked into many cities when thinking about my family’s most recent move), and posts about how to semi-easily change the aesthetic to make it less generic/bland/boring would (selfishly) be great, but also I’d imagine would get you lots of traction on pinterest, because ugly houses are everywhere. (Even in your mountain renovation, the whole german schmear thing helped me look at those types of fireplaces in a whole new light while house shopping).

    1. This is a really good comment.

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

      1. This is a great idea! Builder grade to amazing

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

  35. I appreciate your skill.Thank you for the sharing post

  36. 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.


  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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!!! ❤️

  40. 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.

    1. 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).

      1. 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.

    2. 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.

  41. 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!

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

  43. 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!

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

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

    2. 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 love what you do! thank you! Oh, and shout out for Sacramento Craigslist please…even though I know you save the best stuff for your inlaws. 🙂

    3. 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.

  46. I like both the ideas for the micro projects

  47. 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 seeing where it goes in the future.

  48. 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?

  49. 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.

  50. Not sure how involved this would be but I would love a series of reader submitted design dilemmas. Maybe a portal where readers submit a photo of a trouble spot, provide basic info like current color scheme, rough dimensions, etc and the EHD team provides advice. The “design school” type posts you have published in the past are so very helpful but outside of that, a lot of us have more specific dilemmas that are probably shared broadly amongst your readers. I think you used to do something like this so maybe it’s just a matter of bringing it back.

    1. I loved that series.

  51. Craigslist find for Portland! And maybe you didn’t ask, but bookshelf/cabinets roundups. On the hunt for a real wood or iron, and not seeing what I want. 🙂
    Ps, I vote for two posts a day! 🙂

  52. Thanks for asking. Thanks for listening. I too hardly ever come here any more because of the ads, the constant scroll, the re-loading of the page when the ads change then I lose my place in the read. I have dropped several websites from my bookmarks because it’s just not an enjoyable way to spend my time.

  53. i don’t remember seeing this poll but would love to see more transparency with renovation costs. we get our ranges from HGTV which severely misrepresents actual labor costs for bathroom / kitchen remodels!

  54. I somehow missed the survey when it first came out. I just tried to go back and take it but it says it’s been taken down.

    I love EHD and am so proud of everything you’ve accomplished with this blog (too sappy?) I devour all the content… except the Portland Project….

    Hear me out. What I love about EHD and your design is the personality you put into everything. Nothing is ever perfect and it always skews just a tad unique (while still fitting in the high design category). The Portland project fell short for me because it just felt so… unattainable. Everything was perfect and it was just… a little boring. I understand it was staged to sell, but I’m not here to stage my house. I’m here to get great ideas to LIVE in my house.

    I hope this is taken as constructive and not just complaining, because I will keep coming back every week no matter what. I feel SO invested in the mountain house because i feel like I’ve been there with you from the beginning. I remember all the trials and tribulations about that dang fireplace stone, was WITH you with the whole ceiling debacle. Celebrated with you when you found those wood people (yeah sorry I forgot their business name so wood people they will be).

    Can’t wait to see what’s to come.

    (And yes the ads are annoying but it’s not just you, all the other blogs I follow do it now too…)

    1. Totally agree with these sentiments on the Portland and Mountain House. The Portland house, while gorgeous and no doubt a labor of love, felt a little too perfect and shiny (and yes, unattainable). It didn’t have the O.G. Emily vintage soul that I love and relate to. I also felt a little disconnected from it since you didn’t share as much of the process, like it was a secret I wasn’t being let in on. On the other hand, I feel much more connected to the Mountain House project and can’t wait to see where that goes.

      1. I totally agree on the Portland project. Not only did it drag on for a while, it felt like all the posts of it were all very similar looking. I get that the project was meant to look cohesive but it just ended up being devoid of personality to me. It is very beautiful but just a little bland like some sort of catalog shoot. I would probably have enjoyed it more if the reveals were spaced out a bit with other interesting content interspersed. There were days in a row where when I saw it was another Portland reveal that I just skipped through and glanced at the photos or didn’t open the page at all. On the other hand, I love the Mountain House posts and I think it’s because it’s a place where you’re going to live rather than just staging it to sell.

    2. Totally agree with this

    3. yeah, it was also the one that felt the most financially unrealistic for most people.

      other posts, even when they include super expensive materials or items, always have some elements i could afford, so it feels more realistic for me.

  55. I think the budget posts are the 3 different budgets for a room. Those are my favorite posts that you do on Instagram. I’m also LOVING the soup. I’ve made the sweet potatoe chicken one 4 times and made the beef stew and meat ball one.

  56. I would really love for someone to tackle the whole transitioning your child’s room from kid to teen. It is so hard! What to keep? What to store? What to trash? It’s so overwhelming, because do you really have to put away their lovey and deal with them being teens at the sametime! So unfair! I feel like the preteen stage is the most ignored stage. Your children are awkward, their rooms are awkward and everyone wants to fast forward to the upper teens. Do you invest in pieces at this stage for them to take with them when the move out? I am at a loss and could really use guidance.
    Hopefully I am not alone out here parenting two preteens. Help.

  57. Yours is the most fun design blog to read. Hands down. You’ve nailed it even when you make mistakes. So don’t forget to go with your gut too. At the end of the day, you have a feel for what people want to see and read and that is why you’re so successful. So please don’t let all of our voices drown out yours. You got this. You do. I promise you. You’ve got a skill that can’t be taught. You know how to make an interesting and fun post 8/10 times. The most important thing to remember, I think, is that the readers see through when we’re being used to sell stuff. It almost feels dirty when I follow a blog and it’s all just links to all the ‘stuff’ the blogger loves with nothing else of interest to read. It’s like- yes, I know you just used me to get paid for clicking on that link. I get it. We get it. You need to make a living. Just don’t let the sponsored, affiliate links, etc. be the center of your focus with design falling behind it. Make sure it’s the other way around. I promise you, you’ll make more money in the long run because readers will like and respect you for not feeling used. We’re not stupid and we always know when we’re being used to make money. I think you have a very balanced approach to this, it’s other blogs that have allowed themselves to completely change all in the name of making a buck. We see it everywhere and if you make a conscious effort not to do this, trust me, you’ll have more love and followers than anyone. But I think the best advice anyone could give you.. follow you’re own intuition. Look how far it’s taken you already.

  58. I read and follow your stuff everyday and I can’t believe I missed the survey!! So my input is here now… My favorite is the more budget friendly stuff you do. I’m trying to decorate my own home but I can’t afford like 75% of the stuff you use!! But when you do makeovers with mostly Target or other affordable finds, I AM ALL OVER THAT. Sometimes you post like 20 good tables by budget at once but it would be nice to see affordable pieces put together like in a room or entryway or dining area, etc. Basically something I can recreate with the budget I have. I’m also personally fine with the ads how it is now… I mean you gotta make money and be able to support your operation right? Oh and YES to kid friendly stuff.

  59. Please please more kid decor stuff. Full rooms, little corners, kid-friendly furniture, how to make sure your kids grubby hands don’t destroy your lovely dining chairs, how to transition a designed space to accommodate your child’s taste and requests (like having your child as a client), storage solutions, etc.

    I adore this blog and have no complaints about it at all. Keep up the awesome work!

  60. Everyone has great thoughts! One potential additional suggestion: a round up of all the things you’ve learned to do or not do (or it could be a series where it’s like, if you’re designing for kids, here’s what NOT to do, if you are high/low maintenance use/don’t use x, y, z materials). Your company is full of such experience and expertise that’d we’d love nuggets of your wisdom. I remember in one of the Portland BR reveal posts it was mentioned in passing that’d you’d never use white grout on the floor again and that has stuck with me more than almost any other content tidbit lately. I’d love to know more—why? Does stain resistant grout not help? Still cool with marble on floors even though you can’t bleach it? Etc etc etc. Another example was the master bath “mistake” post where you brought up nothing to put your foot on. This was a GENIUS insight for me (thank you!) and helped me make sure I had a low enough nook in my shower design to hike my foot up onto. (I’m doing a bathroom soon, so sorry my examples are focused there, but hopefully this gets the idea across. I think you all are so smart and thoughtful and a guide by room type or style or life stage of considerations would be so so valuable and amazing instead of them sprinkled in other posts.) You guys are the best kthanksbye <3

    1. Great comment!

  61. FWIW – I absolutely love the Portland series and appreciate seeing the process in “real time”.

  62. i LOVE “why ___ didn’t work”. i think describing to us what NOT to do is just as important as what to do. explaining why certain tones, shapes or styles don’t mesh helps a lot! i LOVE seeing your staff’s/their family’s design changes. i’d be up for guest designer posts. i love to see room reveals from other blogs because it helps me find new people to follow. i have a 10 year old but kid-friendly isn’t so important to me. more on art? i am bad with art. love this blog…

  63. Oo, big YES to “How to “level up” cheap store-bought curtains”
    Plus, maybe a roundup of curtains that are blackout curtains (because, you know..kids)

    And for kids rooms I personally would like to see suggestions on easy ways to transition a room from a nursery room to a toddler room or maybe even a small makeover of someone’s nursery to fit their now toddler (because nursery now seems a little to “baby” for my soon to be 3 year old)

  64. I think that the mini-reveals, budget posts, and craigslist posts all have something in common – they feel bite-size enough that I could accomplish it in my own home. While I love the big reveals, I’m OBSESSED with the smaller exploratory type posts.

  65. So here’s a very random suggestion… I was just watching “Tidying Up” (as one does nowadays) and while it was vaguely inspirational to see people clean up their mess, in the end, their badly-decorated living spaces were still badly-decorated. What about… a MARIE KONDO + EM HENDO team-up!!!! She helps them figure out what sparks joy in their lives, and you help them figure out how to work those objects into a beautifully styled space. My dream world 🙂

    1. There was already a show just like this a number of years ago. Not on HGTV. Can’t remember the channel. But it was half-and-half purge your stuff with a design team re-making the house. And without the annoying Maria Kondo! Too bad it’s gone.

      1. Clean Sweep on TLC? I loved that show!

  66. Craigslist in Chicago please! 🙂

  67. I missed the survey, but thank you for listening. I love your style and often browse your site for ideas. The kinds of posts i would love to see most are:
    – Round ups of things (couch, tables, curtains) with varying price range. I dont use them all, but the one i do consult are helpful.
    – Designs and decorations of the whole house for life with children (Mine are 2&4)
    – Designs and decorations for kid rooms
    – Accessible and low key holiday decor ideas
    – (From another person’s comments) discussion/education on the core elements of a room. For example, i have a gigantic entry way. I don’t know what all to put in it.
    – Guides on scales of items/furniture in a room in context of the room itself

    Posts I browse because they are pleasant to look at: entertainment posts. some times big reno posts, but realistically, we rarely have big renovations (maybe 2 times in 4 years) so renovation posts aren’t regularly relevant.

    Posts I am not against, but usually skip: fashion, hair, skin care. I’m sure someone else enjoys these. just not up my alley.

  68. Lone voice in the woods? The ads don’t bother me. Hey, that’s blog life–you have to support it!

    1. This. We get so much good stuff from this blog. I sincerely don’t care about the ads. Make your money!

  69. I agree with the shorter projects, and more budget content. I love your high end design for inspiration, but honestly, most people have to save up to spend even $250 on household goods, so $100 throw pillows, or a $1000 coffee table are a stretch. I love a good “look for less” option. Also, the gifted makeover at Christmas was awesome because it was easy to see how some simple affordable changes can transform a space. More. Of. This! Though obviously not always for free (girls gotta eat).

  70. Design mistakes—window treatments? HELP PLEASE???? With store bought or affordable resources? It seems like you always go custom in your projects…which looks fabulous but is sadly not going to happen for me. Tips on when to do blinds, curtains, etc. would be great.

  71. For Craigslist Portland, OR please!!!

  72. I agree big time that the product round-ups are always great. Part of the reason is that they introduce me to new online retailers. Since I’m an East Coast-er I can’t hit up the LA and Cali outlets you love, but EHD has introduced me to a bunch of great online shops that I now regularly go to. More of that would be fantastic.

    As a journalist, I completely understand why you need the ads. No ads = no money = no EHD. I think what might help is just to rethink the placement. You guys run huge photos (which I love) but I literally can’t see an entire photo on my screen because the menu at the top doesn’t roll up and an ad usually shows up on the bottom. Maybe a few tweaks to the blog layout could open up the space a bit more and give your amazing photos some breathing room?

    Lastly, I am completely on board with family friendly decor. Which are the best fabric types for sofas in family households? How about rugs that hide a stain? Or a round-up of ottomans to use as coffee table alternatives (no sharp corners!)? I’d be super into all of that.

    But mostly, thanks for always working so hard to bring this content. I’ve been on design sets and this is HARD, PHYSICAL work. Those couches don’t deliver themselves! Those props don’t lug themselves in the front door! It’s obvious how much you care about what you do and your readers.

  73. Just wanted to pipe in to talk about the ads and let you know that you are not alone on this! In fact I think your site is better than lots. It’s a problem EVERYWHERE on the internet and is so frustrating especially on the phone. And now everything is linked to instastories and I WANT to click on stuff and read but the ads just make it impossible to even see the content! But I also WANT you to get paid and let the ads support you etc( without me paying haha) there has got to be a way to find a magical compromise btw websites and advertisers we just haven’t figured it out yet. Cheering you on that you do 😘

  74. As one of the readers with kids I would love to see more kid friendly spaces-not just nurseries and bedrooms or playrooms but how kids are incorporated through the whole house. I have some toys in every room because I want to be able to hang out in every room when I am home with my kids (which is all day, every day) and I want my home to reflect the whole family that lives here. I have tried searching this out on Pinterest and I just can’t find the kid + adult friendly spaces I’m looking for. I’m super happy to see the trolling Craigslist posts coming back! I used to love those. Also, love the makeover takeovers (Ginny’s apartment was my fav!) and also the feel good flash makeover was probably my favorite post all year!

  75. I hate the boomerang! It’s really annoying. And unnecessary.

  76. Yes Yes Yes to Craigs List Finds!! (Chicago) and No No No to more kids posts. I have kids and this is my escape!

    I also would love to see a few posts about design problems that can’t be solved with a renovation – weird window placements, narrow living room, front door entry right into a living room – maybe have readers post their issues and you pull them into a roundup. I feel like you have been addressing the 2 ends of the market – either the young renter or the “new construction” home owner. There are tons of us in the middle with a nice house that has design flaws that must be worked around.

    I am a long time reader and love your blog. I have found it a bit tedious lately as it seems like it has been a lot of new construction design. It is easier to get it right when you are starting from new. What I need are ways to “pretty up” what I already have even if I don’t love the layout!

    1. Yes,, Dana! Thanks for explaining this so well. I don’t have the money to renovate, but I want to make my 80’s house more beautiful and well-functioning.

  77. One more thing, in line with the too many blog posts is if you do TOO many insta stories in one day. Lots of stuff gets missed and I’ve noticed how many people I click away from on insta stories when there’s 95 from the same person. Quality over quantity. Just an opinion !

  78. I love and still reference the “rules” posts all the time!! (you know… how high should your coffee table be relative to your couch, always hang your curtains higher than the window to make the room look bigger…) just tips that are timeless and applicable to almost everyone if they want an aesthetically pleasing space.

  79. Oh, and 100% the ads that cover half the page and autoplay videos have reduced the amount I visit your site by probably 90%. They are unbearable : (

    1. The autoplay videos are SO annoying and they cause my browsers to stall in both my phone and desktop. May be a problem on my end for the latter, but I hate the autoplay. (Love EHD though!)

  80. I faithfully visit your blog every day, and I love all the new ideas you and your team have! Though I’m maybe a little over seeing a corner of your living room refreshed ;-).

    I would love to see posts on how to find quality, responsibly made furniture and decor (that hopefully doesn’t break the bank!). I was recently shopping for a media console, and I swear I searched the ENTIRE internet looking. I keep reading articles on the high price/poor quality of stores like RH, West Elm, etc – places that DO NOT allow reviews on their website (big red flag to me), and everything seemed to be made of thin veneers with cardboard backing. It was also impossible to tell where the products were made in some cases. Now I’m on the hunt for a rug, and everything I find seems to be made of polypropylene – I don’t know much about polypropylene, but it doesn’t seem like it would be a sustainable choice from an environmental perspective. But I’m not even sure which requirements I should be keeping in mind when I’m looking – what are the best materials that will last (for various items), keep our planet healthy, and support an ethically treated workforce?

  81. Just read thru this. Off top of head…I dislike long drawn out “sneak peeks” too. It’s like having a good friend but they’re always saying “then I did this”. Gets old. Prefer more precise reveals in quicker time. Hate word “content”. It’s a term more suited to talking to people within the industry rather than talking to…people. Also, (another blogger I love overuses this bad…) “I’m obsessed with this ____!” Try: I love it. Really like it. Plenty of other words rather than obsessed.
    I’m glad you’re back into vintage/flea. Just keep the prices more affordable.

  82. Kid stuff please! By that I mean ways to decorate that are also practical for people who have kids, family, friends, pets, and self that are not very nice on things. I see beautiful rooms all the time and then I think how impractical they are for actual living. Like where are the rando kid toys? Sippy cups? Half chewed dog toy that the dog won’t let us throw away?

    Also anything more budget. As much as I love so many of your posts some of the things are just not in my budget. I actually really like the collaborations with Target because that is accessible for me. And I like the way you mix cheaper things with more statement pieces, I read those posts every time. I’d like to get more insight into why you picked a more expensive piece. And I would really like to read more about why things didn’t work. It is helpful for me to see why you thought something didn’t work as well as why something did! I can look at a room in my house and think…this isn’t right but I’m not always sure why.

    I actually don’t mind the ads and videos, those aren’t as bad as some sites and I know it’s a way for you to actually pay your folks. I appreciate that you are upfront about those things. I’d much rather know that you have that there to pay the bills than some people who try and sneak it by.

    Mostly I want to say thanks! I really enjoy reading what you post. I think you have some of the best mix of professional and personal content. I’ve been following you for a long time and I really appreciate what you do for your readers.

  83. My biggest issue with losing interest the “content machine.” I know that word. . . and I know you are building a brand and life/career. . . . but yes it loses something with ads and posts everyday. Do you really need posts everyday? I guess you do if you have ads and staff, but it’s maybe not your fault. . . I understand the conundrum, but I am really drawn to bloggers that don’t feel like content machines and make me miss them a little and feels very personal like Manhattan Nest, Deuce Cities Hen House and The Gold Hive. I enjoy their social media and then when there is a post maybe once in a while I”m SUPER EXCITED TO CATCH UP WITH WHAT THEY ARE DOING! Honestly I have no idea how you solve this problem, but I want to miss you a little LOL. It just all starts to not feel special when it’s so much content. The posts don’t stick out in my mind like they used to where I remembered a post because of a certain couch or something you used and was like “oooh i am filing that away in my brain for future inspiration.” It all just feels like a design blur. I love you. This isn’t meant to be mean but it’s the truth on how I’ve been feeling since you moved to your current house.

  84. I didn’t get around to your survey, but YES to more family-related posts (yours and design), and definitely yes to smaller posts, and one per day. And, Emily’s posts are always my favorite…

  85. You are doing a great job, all of you. Emily, b/c I know you spend money to treat your staff to spa days and such, I’d love it if you’d give your crew a day off and $200 each to do as they wish. This is a personal day for renewal. In return, each staff member would diary their day and give it to us in a blog post. I am keenly interested in how creative folk recharge so they can keep bringing it every day. I think this would be enlightening for us all and maybe give bigger corporations a needed heads-up. (I also love anything on organization….pantry, desk, linen closet, mudroom, crafts.)

  86. I love your blog. I love the fact that you have had growing pains. It means you’re real! I love that you want to know what your readers think. And we understand that you won’t be able to please everyone all of the time. But Emily, you have a certain kind of magic that you inject into your projects with thrifted finds. I remember your rooms from design star. So quirky and so freaking cool! Is it possible to help readers feel confident about mixing thrifted finds into budget friendly makeovers? I personally love thrifting and feel so much uforia when I come upon something amazing or quirky that will fit perfectly in a bare corner. I think suggestions on incorporating thrifted and also family pieces that have been handed down is so inspiring. Average people that come to design blogs for inspiration, typically have average looking homes. They’re looking for ways to make their homes look beautiful, unique and to do it quickly. The access to everything in life is attainable instantly now via the internet and for bloggers I’m sure that’s a double edge sword. But it really is soooooo satisfying to see before and afters of just an “average joe’s” home. It makes you think “hey, my room looks like that horrific 🥴 before, I could totally change up my pathetic life too !” 😂 (Exaggerating to make a point.) Anyway hope this rambling makes sense. Love what you do and I’ll always be a reader! Xo

  87. Yes to kid/ pet friendly decor! We have elementary age and 3 dogs so we are HARD on things. Also, at this place in life how can you do that on a budget? I mean, yes, I know that an authentic antique kilim would be killer in my living room but the second a dog had an accident (they’re old) or a child knocked over a drink, I’d be super stressed. I always joke we can’t have nice things. I want nice budget friendly things until we reach the stage where a rug or antique doesn’t face imminent doom 😆 I’ve always loved your blog for its approachability and i’m super excited for what ya’ll have in store!

  88. Yayyyy Emily! Stoked to read a response to the survey and affirm your decisions!

    – Flashing ads & videos: I noticed they are SOOO much better and I can visit your site again and scroll without my computer freezing. Yay! I can come over from my reader and comment without frustration, which means I get to engage again which is half the fun 🙂

    – Kid related design: I have a 6 and 3 year old girls in a fairly small home but while I always appreciate family friendly design (i.e. not white everything) I don’t want an uptick in special kids’ rooms because frankly I’m not going to spend much on my girls’ room till they’re probably 5 years older. They don’t care, and even as calm-ish girl children they daily make a strewn mess of their bedroom so it looks passably nice for about 15 minutes a day after clean up time. I’ve put in some low cost effort with paint and fabric and Craigslist furniture so it looks designed enough to not hurt my eyes, but the pretty nurseries and tidy kids rooms I see on the internet with expensive accessories seem so fake to me!

    – What do I mean by micro project? Not a styling vignette so much as a say a dresser makeover, one room or half a room redo, furniture rearrangement, problem solving for functionality, that kind of thing.

    – Your future columns sneak peaks sound great! Looking forward to What You Pinned and What Didn’t Work particularly. Hurrah for process analysis, anything breaking down how you do what you do 🙂

  89. I’m sorry I didn’t take the survey! But if you still want late feedback, I’m surprised the furniture roundups didn’t come up. They are my most utilized part of the whole website. Every time I’m going to buy anything for my house the first thing I do is a search for a roundup here! I especially love the budget section. Oh! And I LOVE when you do rooms with Target, they always look great, I can afford them, and I love seeing different furniture designed 3 different ways. I bought my beloved TV console from Target because of your living room 3 ways post!

    Also, I know this might be a little less fun but when you do renovations I’d love to see more affordable options. I’m in the middle of a kitchen reno so you’d think I’d love all the kitchen renovation reveals you’ve done but they’ve just felt so unattainable to me. I’m using IKEA cabinets, I can’t keep up with custom cabinetry!

    Anyway, I love your blog and there is nothing else like it I’ve found, so thank you. I will happily put up with ads to keep you all going. Thank you!

  90. I’d love more content about life with toddlers, life with two kids, designing a home they can’t destroy in 5 minutes, toy storage, etc.

    You’re so refreshingly honest and real about how challenging life can be with two small kiddos that it really helps me feel like struggling as a young parent is NORMAL and NOT JUST ME. Please keep that up! It helps SO much!

  91. Yes to more micro projects, please! While I love seeing inspiration for full room makeovers, smaller scale improvements feel much more approachable and are something I can do regularly. I also love the idea of “10 ___ we didn’t choose” and am SO excited you’re bringing back the Design Mistakes series – so, so helpful!

  92. Austin and philly for craigslist finds! I missed those posts!!!

    1. Yes!! Philly Craigslist post, pretty please!

  93. Would love a Craigslist Finds post about finds in St. Louis! I have found a few great things on there myself, but don’t always remember to look.

    1. Yes to St. Louis!!

  94. Def want more content for families across all topic options: why it’s hard to be a mom, fun things to do with kids, how to design with kids in mind (all ages), designing kids rooms (all ages…but 0-10 is when it’s more difficult, because after that, let’s face it, your kids design their own rooms).

    Also like the ‘flash makeovers’ but not a corner of your living room…more staff/friends/family makeovers and feel good makeovers for people who need/deserve it.

    Please stick to one post per day…everyone has content overload right now.

    Thank you…keep up the good work!

  95. Lol, reading through this is hilarious, good luck walking the line with all the back and forth “more kids stuff! LESS kid stuff!” If it is good design that takes into account various realities of daily life…kids…pets…budget…funky house limitations, I will read it because it is interesting to learn more about addressing these challenges in design. If you only ever start with the perfect scenario, that doesn’t help me much with my weird house full of slobby kids! Not that I want more posts on only kids stuff (like parties, etc)…but it is good to hear about to address the realities of kids during design. A few things I would love to see: more discussion on how to design for aging in place, more attention to sustainable, environmentally-friendly design, and I think it would be so awesome if you did an “Ask EHD” type series where readers could submit questions about design dilemmas in their homes and you could give them your feedback. I love seeing these types of posts on other sites but often those sites aren’t my aesthetic. Your site is ;).

    Thanks to you and your team for making such great content and seeking feedback from readers!

  96. YES! I loved the Craigslist trolling and that was one of my suggestions and am super happy for you to be bringing it back! Please do COLUMBUS, OHIO! haha
    I also love client design reveals! I think it is so fun to read. I really love when your employees reveal their living spaces as well. I would love to see e-designs, where reader’s could send a pic of their homes to get some design advice but I could see how that would be overwhelming and a lot! I also love seeing you swap out things in your house for target products, or other sponsored products. I love when you show us how to style things we can buy in the store!
    Also I love the new soup posts! Those are fun and I like getting to be able to make them with you!

  97. Oh I totally forgot to say this but I also loved when you did posts about cat friendly furniture!!! Or pet friendly in general. I have two kitties so it is so helpful to me when picking things! 🙂 Keep up the awesome work.

  98. I love learning the “rules” of design but also like the approachable stuff- budget friendly versions of the same room are my fave. I for sure want to see more family friendly design and kid spaces but I hesitate to say that because I’m just not a fan of high end children spaces. So I guess with the caveat that it’s not that- or at least you provide realistic/budget friendly alternatives. I never click on the Portland project because the few times I did it was over my head, too detailed, and too expensive. I LOVE the design don’t posts and you write them so well! I don’t feel judged, just educated. The art one was SO good! Even though I now give my canvas from Kirkland’s the side eye daily. (In my defense it’s the only one in my home and it was the best of the worst 😆)! Ok that’s it!

    1. Ooh I forgot about the design don’t posts! The art one and the bad fake cherry wood one stick out in my mind. Yes to more of these!

  99. Please please please to the Craiglist (and EBTH, Chairish, etc.) posts!!! And on that note, ANYTHING to help those of us not in LA would be so so so helpful. I get that that’s what the Target stuff is aimed at, but some diversity would be nice – maybe coordinating with designers in other cities (like Denver!!! please!!!) about the best resources in that area. I would love to know where the best local spots are for vintage finds, unique furniture, cool tile, etc., but I have no idea where to start.

    Also, this is much more random, but it always bothers me that on ALL design blogs, the after shot is always super over-exposed and the before is some blurry garbage iPhone shot. I get that you want the afters to be as pretty as possible, and as stark in contrast to the before as possible, and I still want to see those pretty shots, but it would be nice to also see a shot showing what the rooms looks like in reality. Of course natural light is great, but it’s not the reality of many rooms, and even for rooms that have great light, those over-exposed shots aren’t showing us what it actually looks like.

    Other than that, love the blog, love the fashun, hair, soup, kids, POLITICS!, round-ups, rooms page, all of it! Thanks for all you do!

  100. Yes to styling ideas for homes with young children! And, I always enjoy your “teaching” posts the most! I really enjoyed the last couple you guys just did! I love the idea of smaller doable inspiration posts.

  101. I’ve been following you since Secrets from a Stylist, and basically what I like the to see is the *transformation*. Portland didn’t offer me anything because it was nobody’s house, and I suspect the Mountain house will feel the exact same way.

    Your nanny’s house and that one reader’s house you did recently hit the nail on the head for me. Seeing a frumpy space, much like my own, turned into something beautiful with your unique perspective and touch: THAT is what I love about your content.

    This might sound contradictory, but it doesn’t matter how cheap or expensive, what turns me off mostly is the “grandiose” feel. Too impersonal. Boring.

    I really don’t care about how much money you throw at your own houses either, you can redo it 1000 times in a year, whatever, but it will be missing the “improving” something feel maybe? Like, it was good and now it’s a different kind of good. Yawn. Next.

    Anyway. Good luck! I hope you find a good balance for the blog.

  102. I agree about more budget-friendly and micro projects. I’ve been reading the blog since pre-Charlie, and I liked the thrifting/make it work angle. I think the PDX project made me snooze because it was so high end, that there was no way I could even see it as aspirational. I like that the content was scrappy and also luxe – it seemed like the EHD brand, and your voice was always honest. You remain one of the few bloggers (and maybe the first?) who honestly spoke about how much things actually cost, and that is so valuable, literatlly.

  103. (gha! learned my lesson. was halfway through a long comment on mobile when my Instagram crashed… I think because there was an ad that kept popping up. So I’m definitely in the camp of less distraction in the ads even if there are lots of ads. As I write this comment on my laptop there are 3 moving visuals just within this small view.)

    My constructive criticism.

    – Excited to see some old favorite article categories come back. Over the past few years I’ve checked out of reading the blog much (even though I follow on social) because of the tedious renovations. I love the reveals but as I don’t own my apartment they’re not that relevant to me. I originally started keeping up with your blog because is felt approachable.

    – I understand that Target is a sponsor and the requirements that come from that but I miss the eclectic vibe when there was more vintage mixed in.

    – The surprise a reader in need feature was so great not just because of the surprise/helping factor but also because you had to work within more limits that others of us might identify with.

    – I don’t have kids but don’t mind seeing the kids stuff because those projects tend to be more “fun” and sometimes unusual like when you built the castle in your backyard. And as a friend/auntie to a bunch of kids in my life hearing your personal struggles helps give me perspective and empathy for my friends and the season of parenthood that they’re in.

    – I like the “weird” stuff. My favorite post this past year might have been the dollhouse and video. And I’m on the soup train so don’t mind when you veer off from strictly home style.

    Thanks for being open to hearing reader feedback!

  104. I would like to to see a makeover that is a little more realistic for those of us on a family budget. Like, my decorating budget just got blown when the vacuum died, but it is -3 out and I’m desperate for more color. Let’s spend $100 and borrow from other rooms. Also, more kid oriented designs would be great. And kid proof designs for the while house since they go into most rooms, not just a playroom. As far as feedback, I have loved your blog for years, but I do feel like it has lost its point of view a bit. The posts are kind of all over the place without a particular theme to tie them together. It feels like growing pains from a personal blog to a lifestyle website. It isn’t really either right now and it is a bit off-putting for me as a reader not knowing what to expect. All of the ads also cause the site to frequently crash and then reload very slowly so it is a time commitment and managing frustration to read a full article when it takes multiple tries.

    1. I love the idea of design challenges. Where readers can submit photos of areas in their houses that are stumping them- an odd space beside their stairs, a wall with uneven windows, etc. Bonus points if you can solve the issue in under $1000.

  105. 2¢:

    1. I’m not requesting MORE family-friendly design … unless there are gift ideas for nieces/nephews embedded within them, this reader skips ‘em.

    2. Micro projects and reveals – YESes to refreshes, re-styling, and the old design-style projects that talk us through even a simple re-arrangement of furniture because something was always bothersome/not working, a simple I-finally-got-around-to-X project, etc. — real life, relatable stuff!

  106. I would definitely love to see more posts on toddler friendly design/ styling.

  107. Richmond Virginia for Craigslist Trolling. I am hoping it inspires better stuff on it and remind us it is there. Richmond, VA part of the origini story of Bunny Williams and Charlotte Moss among others!

  108. Piping in quickly to say a big thank you for addressing everyone’s feedback. I’m in a leadership class for work and we had our peers/supervisors provide feedback at the outset. The first thing the moderators told us was to thank everyone for providing feedback and, most importantly, tell them what we’re going to do differently moving forward. Failing to do so has a few ramifications: 1. people are less likely to provide feedback in the future because when they gave it last time you didn’t acknowledge it and 2. people will be confused by the changes in your behavior because you never addressed how you’d be incorporating their feedback.

    All of that to say you’ve followed the advice exactly! Your readers feel heard and acknowledged, and you’ll continue to receive the feedback you want.

    Looking forward to seeing how things evolve for EHD!xo

  109. I like the ideas of the micro projects – like simple updates to a room, part of a room or restyling a bookcase etc. Things that can be done to a bit of a budget over a weekend

  110. Here to say YES to nursery/kids rooms that are functionally but not too..kiddy… and YES to small makeovers/how to’s like styling a bookshelf, bathroom, entryways, all the nooks and crannies

  111. I’m a college student so my favorite posts were when you did the diy college dorm room with the pictures on the brick wall and the posts that this the same look for different budgets! I actually loved the Portland series because I thought it was interesting to see how each room went together but also stood out. I am dreaming of a future home so I just enjoy coming here for inspiration and a break from school work!

  112. Baltimore for the Craigslist posts!

  113. These ideas and changes all completely fit with what I would have said had I been able to fill out the survey, so +1 for all of the above! I would put an especially hard point on the flashing ads/automatic videos, which have honestly lead to me not reading content. The site now crashes my iPad and computer on occasion (old technologies both but I think relevant), and legitimately keep me from accessing articles I actually want to read. I completely understand the need to pay your staff and want this to continue to be a worthwhile enterprise for you, but if it’s actively keeping people from engaging I think there are website DESIGN solutions to that problem, not just trashing the offending ads/videos. I hope you can find a way to make the site more accessible because i love what you all put together!

    Oh and as an almost-mama, i love the idea of kid friendly design so +1 there too!

  114. Yes to more kid design!!! Mine are 7, 5 & 1, and we live in a relatively small (1400sq ft) house for a family of 5. I’m desperate to find ways to create storage and playstations for smaller spaces. I feel like the majority of what I see is just about pretty bins and woven baskets as toy storage….which is fine when their little, but school-aged playing is different. My 7 year old would kill me if I dumped his 2000+ piece LEGO sets in a giant wicker basket. Or clever ways to use/display kid art? Not all of us have a “play room” and my whole house has to function essentially as a play space….and also someplace my husband and I can live. Help with any of this would be so welcome!!!

  115. I would love to see more “kid-friendly home” designs, as well as more kid room designs. I also agree with the suggestions for more budget-friendly designs, bring back design mistakes and more small/quick project reveals. I also wanted to add that, for me anyway, it’s not so much the ads but specifically the videos in the main feed/pop ups that are so annoying. It means that it’s highly unlikely I will click over to your site if I am reading on my phone (most of the time), mostly because I can’t risk the sound playing, but also because it’s really hard to read. I get that you need to make money and ads are one of the ways you do it, but can you get rid of the videos and just go with regular ads?

  116. New nursery ideas would be very helpful to me, as I’m expecting my first. I’m working with a small space and a tight budget, but would still love to create a whimsical, inspiring, cozy room for my little one.

  117. Howdy. I have given feedback over the years and I KNOW you guys listened because a few things you used to do you do NOT do anymore. The two things that spring to mind: when you used to post a materials board and try to tie it to some…kind of girl…. Yeah, b’bye. And also DIY, which I actually love, but I didn’t think was your strong suit–I’m talking about small things as well as home projects. If you occasionally had a guest writer who was really fabulous at DIY–both/either small things for the home or small home improvements, I’d like that. OR (hey, light-bulb!) a roundup of good DIY’s from other sites, recommended by you and your staff.
    Btw, I love the new recommendations post so much. I’ve read both articles that you linked. Reading is better than shopping at the moment–I’d shop all the time if I didn’t control myself. I def like the weekend posts. Yes, I have noticed that you have weekend posts now.
    Re the ads: ads on the side of the screen don’t bug me, but ads at the bottom I don’t like–I feel like they are blocking what I am trying to read/see. And ads that are in the middle of the copy are THE WORST. They slow things down, if I am in a hurry I might click on one by mistake, UGH!!! To be perfectly honest, there are videos from your own site that are in the middle of the copy…they’re videos that have nothing to do with the actual post. They are so distracting and annoying.
    Anyway, I’m looking forward to new content!

  118. Emily and team! Love the transparency and excitement to change and grow! Love all that you do and the shifts you are making. Make us happy, but make y’all happy at the same time! Cheers to 2019 and newness!

  119. Great changes on the horizon! I’ve been loving the Saturday / Sunday posts. As for all the feedback you got on not wanting to “see how the editorial sausage is made” i think that makes sense for the main blog…but I be theres a portion of your audience that does like that. Have you ever thought of doing a workshop series?? Maybe a styling crash course or an afternoon on “how to make your bed pretty” OR more geared towards other content producers on how to run and manage a blog?? You’re probably not looking for MORE Things to do. But, there you go! LOL

    1. Yes to all of this! Have you bugged out office somehow? Haha, it’s all in talks, and we’re so excited!

  120. Ok two thoughts you asked for feedback on:

    Micro-projects: YES YES YES! Switching up all the art in a room. Making a desk area in a multi-function room be functional AND beautiful. Curtain/blind options and what works best in a particular room. Lighting in one room. The 10-rugs-for-one-room-what-did-we-pick thing you just mentioned further down the post. YES!

    Kids rooms: My kids are 7, 3 (boys), and I’m pregnant (girl). ANY AGE IS GREAT. Inspiration for room-sharing. Practical but beautiful toy storage. Closet organization ideas that doesn’t require $5k+ of custom closet company investment. Little kid to big kid room changes. New nursery inspiration. I want all of it. Also: kids live in the rest of our houses too. I’d love inspiration for their play spaces around the house.

  121. 1. Please don’t make the blog heavy on kid design, kid-stuff. There are already blogs for kid-specific stuff. I enjoy the current level of kid-stuff: occasional kid’s bedroom and nursery, mentioning why a fabric was selected for pet/kid concerns, considering children when decorating for the holiday, etc., but I do not think it warrants additional focus. Female-centric blogs are already fairly exclusionary on this issue.

    2. As for the quick design projects, I thought the makeover at your nanny’s house, or the hair-stylist family’s home were cool. They showed what was possible without renovating. The big renovations are impressive, but those “quickies” were so great for the attainable design inspiration and getting to see how design can really enrich the lives of real people.

    1. Big thumbs up for your first point. In the blog world it’s like you don’t even exist if you’re not a MOMEEEE. With all the billions of generic mommy blogs out there, why turn this into another one?

      The level of kids stuff on this blog is enough for me (I skip it anyway — I have no interest or use for it), but if that should start to ratchet it up, I might have to re-consider my subscription. I always skip the kids’ rooms when I’m looking at magazines, too!

      More real world design. More quick makeovers. More styling — especially if it doesn’t rely on buying a lot of new things. I really like the recommendation of how to incorporate older, antique, hand-me-down pieces into an existing room. Craig’s List options! Flea market finds! Yes!

  122. I really like your info about how and why something works. I find it useable information and that is the reason I come back to this blog every day. I also really love when you had the expensive room/ mid / and budget friendly makeovers. I do love a good reveal so seeing the portland and mountain houses this year was a great thing and I did like seeing how you and your staff creatively work together. I was able to use some of your ideas at my personal budget and I really love your target stuff along side schoolhouse etc. I do have some questions — like what size table lamp is appropriate where — have bought two different ones for the living room and neither are correct. So some basic info is good, as well. I was really uncomfortable with the post about having more children and feel bad if people are bold enough to ask this of you. I do think that there is a line between the public and private you that you should draw and maybe this was one step over that bonds. Things like stew and soup recipes are great and I love the new segment that you talk about things you and your staff are interested in. I also love the how you don’t keep your staff behind the screen but have them blog under their names etc… Thanks for all of you and the hard work you do!

  123. FYI, I loved the Portland Project bc I thought of it as such good inspiration and I LOVE seeing remodel/construction/plannng parts of projects. I know it got negative feedback in the survey, but I thought it was great.

  124. I love you and love the blog. I just started reading your book and I would love to see some small vignette styling, for possibly tricky home areas. I also love seeing you pull design things you like from stores and how you would use them. I often get overwhelmed trying to find the perfect item and love seeing resources from someone with a good design eye.

  125. San Francisco Bay Area for the craigslist posts please!!! Also I love the round ups of different things- coffee tables, chairs ext.

  126. As for the Portland Project, even though it seems people were frustrated with it, I hope you continue those! I personally love them just as much or more than the budget friendly and quick reveal projects. I feel like I want to see how you would really design for you or a client. Not to say the budget posts aren’t great but a lot of blogs do that and just don’t want to lose the high(er) design posts either. Even though much of it isn’t necessarily attainable for me I still want to see heart stopping, catch your breath design. But I would agree Portland felt a little choppy and hard to keep track of. xo

  127. the Budget series was my favorite!! Can’t wait to see more of those.

    I’m also in favor of whole room designs (not just elements like the reading nook or bookshelf). I also really liked when you did the different style posts. Like with the California Casual you did separate posts for furniture, lighting, the look, etc. Would love to see those with more types of styles (like Glam!). I think you also did it with the Victorian style.

    I’d like to see less high end stuff. I know that’s a lot of the “inspo” posts from Pinterest and honestly it’s not that inspiring since it’s not actually livable spaces for a normal, everyday human.

    I’m indifferent towards kid stuff. I’m in my late twenties and just not there yet but I don’t mind seeing it for future ideas!

  128. Emily & Team: thank you for your open-mindedness to feedback! This is what keeps loyal readers coming back. Here are my takeaways, pieces of feedback, and areas where I concur with other commenters:

    1. YES, budget rooms in a generic sense. THIS, please.

    2. For micro projects, all the things you listed would be of interest to me, but I would be especially interested in reader-submitted projects that you and the team tackle. I ALWAYS buy from your roundups at the end of a post, so hopefully there’s some income to be generated there. Seems like other commenters are also clamoring for reader dilemmas.

    3. Another HUGE request for “how to level up anything basic.” For instance, I need to redo my kitchen. Using IKEA cabinets, we’ll probably still spend $75k-$100k (Seattle area). Talking through kitchen layouts and how to make Ikea cabinets look more “custom”— that is content I would EAT UP.

    4. How to work with pros. For instance, the process of working with architects, builders and designers (and how/when they overlap).

    5. Echoing “elements of a room” series for basics in a room. I am AT A LOSS for designing our living room but bedrooms are a cinch (for me). I know I shouldn’t push the couch all the way against the wall, but that is literally all I know lol. Help!

    6. Your best post ever was how to hang curtains properly, especially with that graphic at the bottom! I reference this constantly and would love more similar.

  129. You already have put SO much GREAT content (ha! I said the “C” word) into the world! It just is hard to find it when I need it. The “rooms” section is a great start but I would love and list of posts in various categories like paint, window treatments, exterior, architectural details (like moulding, paneling, etc.), lighting, and so forth. Things that could go in any room so I’m not sure where to find them. Pretty please!

  130. So excited for the Makeover Takeovers!! They seem most similar to the client work you used to do, which I miss. Speaking of those, how about taking more reader submitted questions/design conundrums (are you still doing those)?? They’re so relatable. Or someone else mentioned more “reader roundups” (maybe from #showemyourstyled) – Whether it’s those or a full-blown house tour, I always love peaking into other’s homes!

    I’m excited to see your return to O.G. vintage eclectic Emily. I’m loving your recent flea market finds and always want to see how you incorporate those into a room (even if there aren’t shoppable links).

    Others mentioned a post on wall art and I’m all for that! Specifically, how to create a gallery wall from scratch (I’ll be doing that soon)!

    Love to see your team grow and all the positive updates you’re making around here 🙂

  131. Now that I’m in the middle of a full blown house reno, I mean attic-basement, I cannot believe you are even running this blog! It takes SO MUCH TIME for every little detail to be accomplished. To see it all with neat pictures, prices, links, AND funny commentary-that’s a major feat of work and I now respect this blog and how much goes into it that much more. It’s like watching HGTV-wow, they remodeled their kitchen in 6 weeks. NOPE, it doesn’t work like that. They have a team upon team upon team of people working round the clock. This is not real life. Anyways, kudos for all your posts. I like them all. I like your honesty. Keep doing what you are doing.

  132. Information on the logistics of projects- how you find a person to do X, what a timeline for y is.

  133. Hi Emily and team! Thanks for being so amazingly responsive to your readers and sharing your take as well on last year. I’ve been following your blog for years and love it.

    On the topic of having more budget friendly options for both furniture in room as well as lighting. When the beautiful $1000 light option isn’t doable (albeit we would love to get them!), what’s the similar $500 or $200 versions with the same vibe/size? On the topics of lights and budget ideas, I don’t know how many of your readers are in urban centers with smaller spaces or just have oddly spaced rooms in older houses, but a small space series could be super helpful! For example —

    1) how do you light a smaller space with low ceilings (e.g., with 8 ft ceilings and old houses with no recessed options, what are good options for 24-28″ wide living room lights under $300)? I used your living room guide to calculate what I would need but can’t find a good option to fit my Cali Casual + Scandi vibe that’s affordable.

    2) smart storage that doesn’t ruin decor – how many baskets is too many? Do you have to buy bulky storage furniture to make it work if there’s no built in storage but doesn’t that ruin the airy + light vibe? How do you store board games and kid toys in these situations?

    3) if there isn’t a ton of space and you need to have a guest + office combo, how can you do that well? I remember your post about one of your older guest + office combo rooms and loved that and would love to see more!

    If you ever need a home project to consider, I’m happy to offer mine!

  134. Somebody below said the one day makeover you did in December did not look that different, I wholeheartedly disagree. It wasn’t a huge makeover, but there was a definite difference and it felt so much better. I think simple makeovers like that and the explanation of why you did what, would be great for all your readers that say they don’t have a ton of money but want a better looking room. Like with that flash makeover, how you switched out the desk for a white one and an enclosed tall shelf, that matched the wall color so it draws less attention but is still functional and looks great in the living room. Obviously, people still want full makeovers and reveals but I think these simple makeovers with explanations occasionally (especially if their for free to people in need) would be fun to read and help readers see how to improve the style of the home they already have. I loved that post and kept flipping between the before and after shots to analyze the changes and why they made the rooms so much prettier and inviting. Plus, I think all your readers love when you give design to those without a lot of money: a) you are so excited and into it, b) everyone loves a Cinderella story (ie ash covered girl into walking the red carpet hottie, which is what you did with that flash makeover) and c) watching people helping each other out always feels so good.

  135. Please don’t become another mom blog! I think you feature your kids and designing for them at just the right amount – I wind up drifting away from blogs that seem to think I should find their kids as adorable as they do.

  136. I would love more ideas and projects with a budget for the average person/family. The majority of people I know live on a very tight budget, but we love to update, remodel, refresh. I know it’s not as fun to be on a budget though.

  137. While I get that a narrow majority of survey takers have kids, as someone who doesn’t, I really hope that there aren’t a ton more “kid friendly design” posts on here. I do like reveals of kid rooms though – nurseries, kids bedrooms, etc. I like that this blog doesn’t alienate readers who may not be in the same stage of life as you. That being said, I love when you talk about personal things – parenthood included. Those are my favorite posts. While I am a design junkie and do appreciate your style and the thoroughness of roundup/shopping posts, what keeps me coming back each day is really the sprinkled in personal posts. I feel connected to you (and your staff) when you guys talk about your lives and reading those posts is refreshing in the way that having a good conversation with a friend is. I also love how open you are to feedback and love this blog! Very excited about all of the reveals you mentioned that you have coming up! 🙂

  138. I enjoy the posts that focus on the “how” and “why” something works – e.g. taking a room and showing how and why certain furniture choices or arrangements work and don’t work. Dealing with challenges in a house and how different fixes (of different costs) will work.

    Re: Portland – While I enjoyed some of the Portland posts the difficulty for me was that they veered from straightforward layout and design process think pieces (which are great) – to seemingly endless “sneak peak” posts that I stopped clicking on (I don’t need to see 5 square feet of something and instructions that say “stay tuned!” – just wait til there’s a fully formed piece).

    Agree that jumping back and forth between Portland and Mountain (and everything else) became scattershot and hard to track; organizing a Portland Month would have been a great way to keep it focused. Room by room, decision process and choices would have kept it on point.

    That said, I wasn’t as engaged in the Portland project because of the costs. Emily – I love that you’re absolutely up front with what things cost in your posts – you’re real about getting things comped or traded and it’s important and appreciated that you are so transparent. The Portland Project was interesting, but the costs and sponsors and materials took it completely out of the real world.

    Shorter version: a half million dollar remodel AND sponsors AND loans of the stunning pieces AND hand crafted chairs that cost thousands of dollars AND…. is *always* going to look great. But no one else has access to that.

    That’s not to diminish what you did, at all! The house is stunning, it’s just that I think some of your readers may feel: “if I had sponsors, and free appliances, and a million dollars OF COURSE my house would look great.”

    I really enjoy your thought process posts – they’re the main reason I began reading EHD so many years ago; it helped frame my own thinking when it came to challenges with my house. Elements to consider before making a change, how certain choices affect the end result, the ramifications of X vs. Y – super super helpful.

    You’re great, I appreciate your honesty, empathy, and self reflection – yay EHD.

  139. I love to see you style rooms (but not always in your house). I’d like to see one room styled 3-ways at 3 price points with the thought process and why it works. Heck it doesn’t even need to be an entire room – I’m cool with micro projects like beds, couches/coffee table/pillows/lamps, kitchen tables – whatever. I just want to see you all have fun and play. I’m a little burnt out from full construction projects and just want to see you and your team have fun and get weird. Give everyone the same budget and send them out and then let us vote on the results.

    I loved the projects you did with the Samsung TV. They were tight, interesting, concise, creative, and a little wacky in some cases.

  140. yes! Please show more family-friendly design. I would love to learn how to decorate a children’s room, or a nursery or how to make my family room be both beautiful and kid friendly. I can’t have editorialized, stunningly beautiful, architecture digest quality living room with three children under the age of seven, where the couch cost $8000. I want to be able to have a beautiful home and still be real and still be my family. There’s a sense with families that we can’t possibly have the beautiful homes you create and there’s this feeling of discontentment, because how do we balance the two together. Please show us more of that. I would love that!

  141. I am really loving the “shop” category, but I wish there was a way to categorize or search through it. Everything is so random and jumbled.

    I think a lot of people would benefit from more “rules” posts too. Like how high to a wall mount faucet should be, how low pendants should hang over a kitchen island and how far apart, how high should a mirror be hung at a vanity, etc.

    My favorite post from the last year was the Shower Niche/Ledge. I loved seeing the evolution of design with such a simple element and different ways to incorporate the new ideas.

  142. Yes to smaller projects! Not styling a bookshelf because that doesn’t get me excited, but smaller spaces in the home, or refreshing spaces that have already been decorated. Things that could be done on a budget, or make a home feel more exciting without making a huge dent in the wallet. I.e., decorating a hallway, refreshing a half bath (read NOT GUTTING), how to organize and style an entryway closet, how to deal with a small entryway to make it both efficient and beautiful, how to deal with a small master bath, how to decorate a nursery with two kids beds in it once a crib and one is a bed.

  143. I have a 6 year old and 20 month old. So I want to know about how to grow with their toys etc. And how to grow with them in design. I feel like nursery is OVER done. But I rarely see posts on how to age up a kid’s room from nursery to older kids. How to negotiate with kids on design and giving them some say and how etc. Evergreen choices for colors and furniture. How to have fun with kids’ design but not get too charactery or too stuffy.

    And then regarding “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?” YES!!! I want little mini projects or revamps I can tackle! Quick tips and ideas.

    I love the budget series! Anything budget related. Again I have 2 kids so daycare and afterschool care cost SOOO much. So I love affordable tips and suggestions. Love Target!!!!

    I love also to hear from designers on when something doesn’t work too.


  144. Yes to family-friendly design. Pre- kids I used your tips on styling open shelves) and now with a toddler and baby learning to crawl all the lovely vases and ceramics I got are in the basement and off my shelves to prevent my toddler from breaking every item. I love your play rooms, party posts,
    want to see more kids rooms, but also just want to have a pretty house that is also kid proof without having toys everywhere (here is a request for more post on stylish toy storage to clean up that messy corner of my living room) and empty shelves to stare at (request for post on babyproofing open shelves and bar carts). Also family-friendly usually means budget friendly (another vote for budget content in general) because no one with two little kids wants to spend $5000 on a couch so I think these posts will check two boxes for you. One more request- you made me really want cement tiles but all the tiling stores (including ann sacks) are telling me not to do cement in my mudroom because its high maintenance and fades so can you do a post on porcelain tiles that look like cement tiles?

  145. When you noted budget rooms, I was thinking any budget makeover, i.e. not designer super expensive pieces like you always use now, but things like what you used to buy/use when you were in the rental years ago. I know you feature Target pieces which is awesome, but a lot of things are very out of reach for a lot of people price wise.

    When I think of wanting Micro projects, I think this just boils down to not having to see a full room reveal in a post. The full room reveal posts are long and tedious to read because you haven’t been checking in regularly. When you were doing interior design with clients you would do some checkins and status updates, and then a full reveal. For Micro projects I think if you were redoing another home you could go and show us the tile going in a bathroom and thats all, maybe say hey I’m thinking maybe these towels and this rug might look good, we’ll see when it’s done. That way the final reveal isn’t so overwhelming, but more of a “hey heres what it looks like now, oh and those towels didn’t work out but I foudn others that I Love”. More casual in the way it is presented, vs being an official full explanation.

    Just my 2 cents, but who am i kidding, I”ll keep reading either way!

  146. I would love to see a post (or series of posts) about how to put together a home from scratch and make it feel seamlsss. We are building and basically starting from scratch, but it’s so overwhelming to make sure it all flows and complements each other without feeling too matchy-matchy.

  147. I would love more posts about how to level up anything–curtains, textiles, wall art, etc. I love the shorter projects like a the makeover takeovers, but I also loved the big projects, like the Portland project–I just don’t want so much time between the posts. It’s hard to keep it all straight.
    Also, please don’t go crazy with the decorating for kids/babies. There are other blogs out there that do that and some of us just aren’t interested (other than the occasional kid-friendly post.)
    Love your blog though! Keep up the great work!!!

  148. I’ve been an avid reader for years, and what I find most enjoyable, inspiring and helpful are these types of posts (some of which you already do, some of which would be great to see more of):
    * Trends and inspiration images, but paired with a roundup or ‘get this look’ with some achievable sources – trend posts without any type of roundup are less helpful/actionable. Like to discover new shopping resources and when I really love a look, want to be able to explore how to achieve it
    * Flea market finds, particularly when the pieces are then shown in-environment and styled afterwards (love seeing what you decided NOT to buy at the market as well)
    * Room reveals with tips/tricks for how to achieve the look and your design process to get there – dos/donts and potential design mistakes/pitfalls highlighted
    * Design mistakes / how-to-do-it right posts – I think about the old posts about picking the right window treatments, picking the right rug size, etc. – some ‘rules’ to keep in mind as putting together a room
    * I DO like the renovation posts, particularly as I am in the midst of renovation-planning… but the overload of posts between the Mountain Fixer Upper and the Portland Project was overwhelming and hard to follow — love the idea of doing a focused month of storytelling on one big reno project at a time to make it more digestible
    * Mixing and matching/blending unique styles in a room – making it feel special, unique, one-of-a-kind… more of a continuation on the content of your book and secrets of a stylist days
    * We’re about to have our first baby, so I will be interested in posts about kid-friendly design tips and how to keep your aesthetic with kiddos and all the stuff that comes with ’em
    * I’m less interested in the fashion posts, but like the idea of how to perhaps translate your fashion sense into the design of your home…?

  149. Yes more family friendly and budget posts!!. I love expensive beautiful things but my kids and dog seem to know this and they are usually the first to be destroyed. It’s why I no longer wear any of my favorite clothes or actually even own favorite clothes anymore because well, kid hands. 😜 and puppy paws. More ways to style dressers and occasional tables and bedroom art walls all these things.

  150. 3rd time making the same comment … can there be more international content on design styles/ trends? Say once a week ..what is happening elsewhere in design (not just deVol kitchens 😆). I know you rely on local content for advertising $$$ but you do also have an international audience and I don’t feel that is ever acknowledged. There is life / design outside of USA – see that’s me waving from little ‘ol kiwi country / New Zealand. Love what you do and the fact you ask your audience what they want – still a design star!

  151. I do not have kids (yet) but I think posts on how to transition from baby–>toddler–>young child–>preteen bedroom posts would be great.

    I’d honestly rather see more sponsored posts than the side bar and video ads on the site.

  152. I read the survey result on children as – So 42% of readers who responded don’t have children? A pretty high number! I feel like there’s a lot of kid focussed content, pics etc, as it’s so relevant , very cute, and relatable for so many readers. I’d love to see those without families or children feel more included, too. And agree that quick reveals or weekend projects make really inspiring content!

  153. Thanks for soliciting our feedback in this survey! I took it and am excited to see some results.

    Regarding kid- and family-related content, I would actually have the opposite takeaway – sure, just over the majority of us readers have kids (58%), but that still means 42% of us (still a fairly large percent) do not! I am in my mid-20s and look forward to having children someday, but I wouldn’t be excited to see the blog double down on kid content. I think the current balance is fine (if not a little too kid-heavy, but your children are adorable so I don’t mind). One idea I do have is following/interviewing first-time home buyers and the updates/changes they make along the way. That’s the position I’m in right now, and I want to be sure I’m making smart, practical decisions in my new home – from the types to paint colors I choose to the way I hang my curtains!

  154. 1. LOVE the reveals, it’s just so much inspiration!
    2. LOVE the budget room series! I’m a recent college grad with a healthy mix of cheap college furniture of mine, of my husbands, and hand-me-downs from both of our parents, so working to make things more cohesive and replace what needs replacing without spending a fortune is awesome.
    3. Along that same line, I would love to see some sorta-DIY/inexpensive upgrade ideas and resources.
    4. On the kids aspect, while a lot of your audience has them, a big chunk of that portion without kids is considering them soon (raises hand). So digging nursery ideas 🙂

  155. Hello from a long-time reader from Australia! Trolling Craigslist posts – yes! I used to love them SO much. We have a similar site in Australia called Gumtree and it would be amazing if you did a little down under special! Would love to see what treasures you uncovered here in Oz.

    Thanks so much for giving me endless inspiration throughout the years. You are the OG interior design blog and the best of the best!

    Meg x

    1. Yes, please take a trip to Australia and troll Gumtree!

  156. I prefer content is one of two things- either informational or voyeuristic. The informational content can lean either aspirational or attainable, but it seems like people want the aspirational to at least have elements that they can relate to and use. I didn’t take the survey (sorry!), but I’m curious if the questions asked much about the readers themselves. How much would you spend on a lamp? How large is your house or apartment? Where do you shop for most home goods? Readers want attainable and budget friendly posts, but first you’d need to know what is attainable or on budget for your average reader. This week’s pillow roundup post, for example, I just skimmed because my cut-off for what I’m willing to spend on a pillow is like $19.99, so when I saw $300 for the lowest grouping I didn’t bother looking closely at them. I know that you have a huge array of readers, but knowing an average baseline would help keep things more attainable (especially if you are doing more budget posts…what does your average reader consider “budget friendly”?

    Readers keep saying that they want more personal content, and let’s face it, we’re all blog readers because we like being voyeurs. We like seeing how other people live. I think that’s why we like seeing Emily’s home so much, her flea market trips, and why other commenter’s have asked for reader submitted e-designs. Real people means real engagement and real connection to the content. I don’t think the content needs to be of editorial caliber greatness if we see that it’s a real person’s home that was made much better by using the resources that they had available to them. (I noticed sometime in the last year or two a shift to wanting to produce more editorial content, and I’m curious if this was based on reader suggestions? I know I engage more with content that is less editorial because it feels more personal and realistic for me…)

    Finally, and most importantly, if you could blog about the design happening at The Bachelor mansion, that would be amazing! Any executives from ABC reading this? Emily Henderson designs the Bachelor mansion?

  157. Now that you’ve done two recent major whole house projects (Portland and Mountain house) I’d love some insight on keeping an entire project like that cohesive. Example, we’re renovating our 100yr old house and I’m struggling to figure out the (what feels like) bazillion different lighting fixtures I need to pick out…all at once. How do you keep everything special for each room, but have it all tie together?!

  158. I really liked the Christmas post you did about how to decorate for the holidays. But I would LOVE a behind-the-scenes look at how you get everything to STAY where it is. How does that garland that looks like it’s effortlessly draped across the mantle not just fall off? How do you put up seasonal stuff on your walls without five million nail holes showing as soon as you take it down? Basically, how do you decorate when you know it will only be temporary and you don’t want to permanently marr your space?

  159. So many new and promising things coming!! Excited for the new portfolio section.

    For the new micro-projects, would LOVE to see how to make cheap store-bought drapes look more high-end, how to pick hardwood floors, choosing backsplash tile (and these two are very subjective so maybe put together a few posts showing choices for a Scandi, California Casual, Traditional, Victorian home, etc. Would also love to see a lengthy post on how to put together a color palette for the house. Also a post on picking area rugs! Would love to see that with the different styles for different designs. And one on picking art…how to pick art that goes together, sizing for couch/sectional/chair/hall, etc. How to pick art for really big, high walls. That would be so good.

    Regarding two posts a day or more, I’m torn. On one hand, it would be great to see MORE, MORE, MORE of you, but on the other hand, I get so busy in the afternoon, I’m not sure I’d come back. Haven’t done that with any other sites that publish multiple posts a day.

    With regard to the What I Pinned For _____ Inspiration, it would be great if you can show the what and why, show the thought process in your design choice and why you pin something.

    For Why ____ Didn’t Work, same methodology. Why didn’t you? What was it that caused you to turn away?

    Design mistakes…hmmm, this one is tough. Not sure what I’d want to see here but I’m interested.

    Looking forward to all of it!

  160. As a mom to 4.5 and 1.5 year-olds, I’ve searched and poured over your old nursery and big kid rooms for Charlie and Birdie. I even *almost* ordered that super fun French hand-drawn animal wallpaper before deciding on another option. So kids’ rooms of all ages? Yes.

    But also, how about living with kids in The. Rest. Of. The. House. How do you hide toys nicely, but in a way that is practical for children to use in the main living space everyday. Styling floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, knowing children will totally be all over that the moment you have it done? Any tips that make cohabitation with littles easier / convenient / less cluttered.

    More on budget topics – I love both when you do a “living room on 3 budgets” kind of thing or “rugs on 3 budgets” kind of thing. I find that I go back to these posts when I look to update a room or specific piece.

  161. I started visiting your page less than a year ago, and I just generally adore it. I appreciate all the thought that goes into this and trying to listen to readers. Kudos for all the lovely and clever and funny posts.

  162. As for Craigslist trolling, anywhere from PA to VA please!

    As for the budget rooms, I looove the actual Budget Room series.

    I also loved Sylvia’s makeover from a couple of years ago, which wasn’t part of the series but did use affordable furnishings for a very deserving family. I used a lot of the ideas for her living room at my own home. The entire post was very relatable.

    About micro content, I personally don’t want small in terms of area (e.g. a bookcase, a nightstand, a mantle, a corner, etc.). I want a large area (e.g. a bedroom, a dining room, a play room), but with small touches (e.g. just focusing on color, or accessories, or storage) or with a small amount of time (like say 12 hours total from first store visited to last picture hung).

  163. Please more posts about redesigning spaces by using what you got, or not doing the full on gut job. Like, how can I update my kitchen without ripping out all cabinets and counter tops?
    Thank you!

  164. Oh dang, forgot to give a shout-out for San Francisco in your Craigslist posts!! Also, would love to see a few home tours sprinkled in with all of the other content. LOVE them and they are so inspirational. Especially if you tag some of the items so folks can find them to buy.

    Also on family friendly design, maybe a post on picking design options with pets in mind? A lot of people have pets…we love them dearly but they get hair on stuff, chew our furniture, and sharpen their claws on our upholstery. My dogs have decided that our sectional is their dog bed so I have a really tough fabric on it. Maybe show fabric options for upholstery? Cute dog beds and cat trees? Would be great to see how to design around our fur babies.

  165. Surprise us! With that I mean, I like all the different types of posts on your blog – decor, family, food, fashion, etc. As a long-time reader, it’s fun to see the variety in your posts. The ads don’t bother me – it’s the way for you to make money. People are such complainers! I’m probably not your typical reader: I’m 63, retired, kids are grown, and currently rent. But it’s fun to read and learn from your blog posts. Keep up the great work, Emily and team.

  166. I’d love to see family design content. I have 3 elementary age kids, and design tips about transitioning their rooms from one age group to another would be great.

  167. I’m one of the 58% with children. My children a very close in age to yours, Emily. I would LOVE ideas on kid-friendly and pet-friendly (two dog household!). I see beautiful things, but immediately discredit them because small children are messy.

  168. Oh boy, I just keep thinking of things. But this is a HUGE one!! A post on how to level up the style on a basic tract home, mid-century home, or any design of home. Homes built after the 60’s are kinda devoid of architectural interest. Maybe you can break the posts on this up into how to level up each style of home. How should baseboards look? Should there be crown moulding? Wall moulding? Door moulding? What should the windows look like? Fireplace? Stuff like that would be so interesting and useful to emulate in our own spaces to make our homes more architecturally interesting.

  169. This is my dream want on your blog: do you rememer that hgtv show Decorating Cents (probably like 20 years ago)? They always had a super short segment on rearranging a room in someones house to make ot more functional—2 women came in and took accessories from other rooms in the house and rearranged all the furniture. You would be so awesome at this! Plus i really miss it, as i love the idea of making simple changes that i could do right now. You’re the best!

  170. I have been a reader for about a year, and found that the posts are often becoming unrelatable or not appropriate for what I’m looking for. I want something between what you currently have and what Apartment Therapy does…meaning a range of styles and ideas for DIY, makeover, things to purchase, but not too many posts. I like the roundups for when I need those items, and I like the makeovers. I did NOT like the house reveals. Like your other readers, I too am a parent and would LOVE a discussion about how to prepare areas in your home for each phase of their life. For right now, I have a one year old who is tearing up my home so I need to rearrange things especially in the living room. Those would be super helpful! Thanks for asking for our feedback.

  171. Love your style! Love your book, and kinda love the blog and insta stories. Probably spend more time staring at instagram photos and older photos on the blog site because they are still (i.e. not constantly moving!) and I can take it all in. I stare at your room photos for hours mentally digesting why it works. Would love to hear more of that analysis from team EHD – what works what doesn’t.

    Love the eclectic / vintage focus – I am beyond inspired by those photos and stories. However, like another reviewer said, there are so many builder grade, ugly 80’s and 90’s style houses out there (vs so few with beautiful vintage architectural bones to start with), maybe the bigger challenge design-wise is how to infuse those bland, builder grade houses with EHD style!

    Thoughts on what doesn’t work – mostly just “presentation” on the blog and instagram:
    – very large photos in emails. Just don’t do it. They don’t fit on laptop or mobile screen. Annoys me that i can’t see the entire photo. Keep the large photos on the blog site. Style out your emails as well as you do the rooms in the photos!
    – ad chaos on the blog. Your style is unique and fabulous and it needs a certain amount of calm around it to allow the viewer to take it all in. The chaotic videos and ads really distract, cheapen and conflict with your overall presence as a design and style guru. The videos in the middle of the article copy are maddening – I can’t see what i want to see when your words and photos keep jumping all over the page. An experienced graphic / website designer could balance the placement of the ads and your content, and would seem like a worthy addition to the team – you guys focus on the design / style content, and get somebody with tech skills to style out the blog site in a cohesive, complementary way. Onscreen view of blog has to present the EHD style and be consistent – not chaotic and disruptive. Ads are definitely necessary – and quite often lead us as readers to new and interesting sources. But I tune them out when they compete too aggressively with your content. I’m here to see what you have to say / show, and the ads are a nice bonus when relevant.
    – proofread the story copy – and make corrections before it goes live!
    – instagram stories – keep them short! one topic per story

  172. I loved every bit of the Portland House content. Every single post. That house is incredibly inspirational to me and I have pinned countless images. The elegant, family-friendly furniture and renovation choices and the incredible art really stood from other online design sources. I recognize that my family has a larger budget than most for home renovations and decoration. We also typically save until we can afford the higher quality furniture that we will use for decades. I am less interested in budget content for this reason (though I certainly understand why others love it and would have wanted it when I was younger). I also love all your flea-market / Craigslist / vintage shopping posts.

    1. I love the Portland house, too. So beautifully done.

  173. Yes! Thank you for putting an end to the flashing images. You are the best!

    For child-centered-design, I would love to see more playroom/workspace/reading/puzzling/homework design ideas. I feel like nurseries are ubiquitous on the internet these days, and it would be great to find more inspiration for children and teenagers. You could do several posts on organizing all their stuff in different design styles.

    I can’t wait to see small styling projects for those moments I need a pillow or bookshelf refresh. Maybe a kitchen open shelf styling post?

    I completely understand the need for revenue generation through ads. They would be more palatable if they stopped moving the text that I’m reading.

    Thank you for listening! I’m genuinely a fan of your whole team’s work.

  174. Yes to family friendly design-different ages. Also love the small projects, like bathroom or other room refresh.

  175. I didn’t respond to survey but I agree with most things. I came on board when you reno’d your current home. But with Mountain and Portland unfortunately I got bored because it took too long. With the adds and pop ups I don’t mind them per say except they slow my computer down so much and I can’t actually scroll that I just give up and don’t read the post – so not good for the advertisers either. BTW, it wasn’t too bad today so perhaps you have done some work on it already? Good luck with keeping everyone happy 🙂

  176. As an expectant mother in a small home, I would love to see more stories/ideas on family- and budget-friendly ideas for making the perfect cozy nursery nook or play area in a multi-functional room. While I absolutely love all the posts about big, gorgeous houses and always will, it can be difficult to implement any of the ideas in my own space. I love your blog and it’s the only one I read religiously, so keep up the great work and thank you for all the inspiration!

  177. One thing I realized last week when I was specifically looking for inspo for my office/guest bedroom was that it’s not that easy to find, for example, the “One Room, Three Ways” series. I ended up just google searching for it, but adding clearer links to specific running features would be nice for navigating the site.

  178. Please do more flea market trips!! Why you bought it/ why you didn’t. I’m infatuated with why and what people but and their visions for said purchases. Fascinating! And I’ve been inspired to go in a new direction for my own home (and fashion) on more than one occasion based on one of your posts. Like having a shopping buddy! Yes to FLEA and CRAIG’S LIST type posts!!!!

  179. Austin for Craigslist finds!

  180. Also really love “On My Body” series that you started. Super inspired by your stylish, yet comfortable style. More please

  181. I know a lot of people are asking for more kid content, but I think the amount you have currently is good. For those 42% of people without kids + those who have kids but don’t want to see kid content, we REALLY don’t want it. I’d rather see more sponsored content than that.

    Would love to see some posts on exterior home design, like colors, fixtures, etc, but even landscaping.

    I also miss the Design Dilemmas.

  182. More “micro-projects” and Budget Rooms with multiple design styles would be amazing! I don’t have the skill and ability to visualize what curtains and lighting fixtures would look good with a certain room or how to combine styles in a way that doesn’t feel cluttered or over-played. What keeps me coming back to EHD is that the designs feel like I can have a beautiful house I love without having to remodel or spend a ton of money on furniture and decor items. The Budget Rooms series allows me know what will look good together, and lets me decide which items to mix and match based on price. I’d like to see more variance in the designs and ways to mix trends (such as Art Deco, Chinoiserie, colors) with items us readers might have (an IKEA Kallax storage unit, a mid-mod wooden dresser). As for kids and styling? Item #1 on my wishlist for EHD content is how to create a good-looking entry way/ back pack storage that doesn’t involve wicker baskets or shiplap.

  183. One thing has always baffled me: you joined forces with Target, which is a store for the masses, so to speak. And yet you continue to roll out very high end design reveals (which are all beautiful). Most of us Target shoppers aren’t doing kitchens for 80 grand, or all those high end finishes, and everything-new-expect-this-one-cool-chair-I-happened-to-have living room make overs. Yes, it’s all gorgeous but kind of hard to relate to sometimes. The rest of us are living with carpets and tiles and counter tops and hardware that we can’t afford to replace all at once (or we did the kitchen and a bedroom and that leaves all the other rooms…). I would love more CONTENT 😉 on how to design around what we already have (some of which is very nineties and ill fitting with all the fresh whites); updating with area rugs and accessories and paint and such. I would love more about how choose fabrics and patterns and textures to get a cohesive design. Little tricks when creating vignettes, shapes that go together, height variation etc. How to mix colors in a room (I never know how much of each color to use, how many colors are okay to use, does white moulding around windows count as one of the colors to then repeat around room etc etc). I love hearing about the process, and not just should I pick this 3 grand fire place over that three grand fire place, but WHY you picked those colors/finishes/textures/accesories etc.

    I LOVE that you are going back to your quirky roots. It’s why I took notice of you in the first place and why I’m still here. Plus I really like how warm and real and sincere and sweet you are. YOU are totally relatable even if sometimes your designs are not (even though I want them all). Sorry if this comes off negative, I don’t mean it that way.

  184. Also, love the idea of seeing what didn’t work. We all learn from mistakes and I’d like to learn from yours, you know before I make then myself in my own house 😬

    And ads, and more kids/less kids, don’t bother me.

  185. I LOVED the feature that you did many years ago that was “1 ___ 4 ways”. (1 dresser 4 ways, etc)

    I thought this was a great way to see different stylings and types of design. It also might be a way to have mini reveals but maybe it’s a lot of work for the team?

    Thanks for all you do.

  186. Yes to more kid rooms! Realistic, yet well-designed kid rooms. Not just nurseries and toddler rooms which are fun to design but for older kids too.

  187. Come troll Fresno, CA please!!!!

  188. I would be very interested in a Design For Real Life series, where you address common problems such as power cords, thermostats, dish drainers, cat litter boxes, etc.

    Sometimes your after photos have the reality photoshopped out of them – removing unsightly outlets, for example. I wouyld prefer the exact opposite – design for real life instead of design for Pinterest hits.

    As a side note, can you explain what is involved when you do those professional shoots of a room that take all day? Why if it’s a well-designed kitchen is there hours and hours of work by you and multiple people? I don’t understand.

    I think in one of the mountain house bathrooms you didn’t have a place for towels! What exactly will be happening in that beautiful shower that wouldn’t require towels?

    Here are some more “real life” things that would be of interest to me: stylish nightstands that include necessities like Kleenex, trash can placement in every room, catalogs placed for review near the toilet, toothbrush and toothpaste storage, sliding closet doors, thresholds between rooms, radiators, heat vents, window AC units, houseplants given enough sunlight to survive, wheely office chairs, car key hangers, phone charging setups that exist in the real world (probably near or even in your bed)…

    Your rose to fame was in no small part due to how genuine and real your personality shined. Now it seems like it’s more aspirational and what your readers are telling you over and over is to go back to being real.

  189. In the most constructive way possible: I think it’s funny that you wrote an incredibly long blog post in which you promised shorter posts. I like the content, but the delivery really needs editing. It’s too much information! I am giving it one last try, but may drop off soon. Studio McGee does a great job of editing – perhaps it would be helpful to peek at their site?

  190. I love the budget posts… still waiting on the Portland home one! 🙂 How much was the reno, is doing a flip actually worth it, etc! Flipping homes sounds fun and glamorous, but would love get a peak into the nuts and bolts of it. Thanks!

  191. I’ve been a reader since you lived in that rental where you styled a bunch of arrows on your mantle and have learned a lot from your posts over the years. Thank you for all the inspiration.

    Although the majority of the commenters seem to favor more baby/child/pet design posts, I want to cast a vote for having at least 50% of the topics covering more basic/general design ideas. I will skip over the lifestyle/children/clothing posts and check back again another day for a design post.

    Topics I would love posts about:
    -furniture selection/placement for older/smaller rooms
    -how to access furniture quality of an online source
    -how to work with most of the pieces I already have (tweaking some things, buying a few new pieces)
    -how to find and select design/construction professionals (example: I need to replace my kitchen bar style island because it was built incorrectly and the bar part is sagging greatly. I do not have the budget to gut and replace everything in the kitchen. What type of a professional should I start with?)
    -how can I economically update my 50’s skinny brick ugly fireplace?
    -tricks on how to efficiently find things in Pinterest. (I seldom use it to search for ideas since my results seem to be so full of unrelated advertising.)
    -reader design dilemmas and how to solve them
    -sample reader rooms from different parts of the country (my style is “scandi-laid back Cali with a touch of bojo” but I am interested to see rooms of those folks living in Florida or a New York row-house or an 1800s colonial. How about Canada, England, Australia?
    -how to update a builder’s basic/generic ranch/split-level, etc. without gutting everything and starting over. Perhaps a small series based on $ amount and room. For $500 make these changes, for $1000 make these changes, for $2500 make these changes. Then show the result.
    -budget ways to update that older home exterior to improve curb appeal

    BTW, I LOVE the Portland house design work and have gone back specifically to that project to look for styling ideas.

  192. Hey Emily + team,
    My one constructive criticism comment would be about the Target content. I totally understand that they are a sponsor, and you need to pull in the $$$ somehow, but I find myself glossing over when I feel like I’m being ‘sold’ something. Does that make sense? There are other budget finds for people that don’t have to be Target (I can’t even buy from them since I live in Canada). Just a thought.
    Love you guys.

  193. As one of the 42% of your readers who do not have children, I have zero interest in posts regarding children. Just sayin.

  194. Thanks for feeding back the feedback! My only plea now is this: please, please consider not going to more than one post per day. Blogs with that many posts don’t engage me more; they make me scroll past posts and not engage with the content of any individual post in much detail. Because I don’t have any extra time to spend on you, so it’s a case of quality or quantity. I do get that this affects your revenue though, obviously if its a good business move I’ll just learn to deal with it (or visit less often, a la Design Sponge, Cup of Jo, etc).

  195. I missed the reader survey but I’ve been wanting to ask for a while – I love design and interiors but I struggle with the rampant consumerism aspect of it. Obviously it’s difficult to do a roundup of thrifted products or antiques because they’re usually one-off items, so naturally the roundups need to be things available for purchase at the time of posting. But I would love to see more posts on sourcing second hand, repurposing what you have – and most especially how to do this without ending up feeling like you live in a museum or a thrift shop.
    I would also love to see a post on how to shop for sustainable homewares (what to consider, etc since sustainable is such a huge umbrella term) and roundups of products that are recycled, biodegradable, naturally treated/free of chemicals, etc etc.
    Please help me indulge my passion for design without the guilt!

  196. So refreshing that you’re soliciting and incorporating feedback from your peeps. Respect! Portland Craigslist finds, please…

  197. I would like to see more family friendly designs. But I don’t need to see a lot of nurseries. Not that I mind seeing a beautiful nursery. I like the post you did a few times on what someone was liking on Etsy. But even best Home decker or furnishings at target would be fun periodically. In theory I like the idea of small makeovers but seeing a different lamp on a table is a post I would want to see just not every couple of weeks. Small changes that make a big impact could be fun. Paint, correctly scales furniture that sort of thing. Not that you have rooms with the wrong paint or furniture, obviously you don’t.

  198. Yes for family friendly designs! I’m not really into nursery design so much, but rather things that can take a beating by a 2 year old and still look good. 🙂

  199. I really liked the Portland content because I like the design style!

  200. I always love real reveals. Not so big and whole house matchy like the Portland house. Your new features sound promising. One thing I did not see you mention was politically driven content and editorial. I sit down once a day with a cup of coffee to relax and hope some creative juices will flow. The last thing I want to see is political/cultural content. I can get all of that on CNN or FoxNews if that is what I want. Everyone has different opinions these days and we all need to find ways to love people that are different or let them be. I personally miss times when people expressed joy, gratitude and service. I’m so tired of everyone demanding what they want. Let’s get back to the good work and look to love those that might be hard for us to love instead of criticize and emphasize the differences.

  201. The ads don’t bother me. I read from my iPhone. I’d love to see more posts on homes that are rentals – your staff have done some great ones. Off the top of my head the Brady ones were awesome and memorable.

    I have a 6 year old who l adore but l don’t want to see a big uptick in kid design. I don’t have a ton of bandwidth for design in my own life, and l prefer to focus it on the rooms we won’t be growing out of any time soon.

  202. I would love to see a gallery wall tutorial and maybe one that uses IKEA frames only because let me tell you, I have about 20 hiding in closets because the price and the ease of simple choices. Plus, I have 3 kids and I am not buying expensive frames .

  203. I love your “round up” posts and the decorating rules by room, where you give really helpful information on how to size a light fixture to be in scale with the room it’s going in. Both are posts I come back to again and again!

  204. I say stick to one post a day. You don’t want to oversaturate us with your presence. I love seeing your post in my mail box every day and I’ll click on the “read more” if it interests me, which it usually does. Some days I want to read it but don’t have time and will check it out a day or two later. But two posts a day feels like that annoying boyfriend who is constantly texting you! (not that I’ve experienced that because I’m 61 years old and texting didn’t exist when I was dating annoying boyfriends!)

  205. Loooong time reader, and I’ve been thinking all year about mixing up your room photos with some night-time shots. I know they are hard to do, but for many of the 2018 posts (particularly the lighting round-ups for Portland and the Mountain House) I’ve consistently wondered what the spaces look like at night. Many rooms (dining rooms, lounge rooms, bedrooms etc) get most of their use in the evenings, and it would be lovely to see how the colours you’ve used change, and how the lighting functions at night.

  206. I’m hoping you’ll do a blog on TIMELESS design…bespoke kitchens, muted colors, shaker cabinets, detail and molding…all the things that give a house that timeless character. I enjoyed your modern traditional series (without the shabby chic) and the Portland kitchen was the best I’ve seen to date.

    Would like to see less pop up videos on the website. The videos are great, just don’t like it when they pop up while I’m trying to focus on your blog – very distracting.

  207. Yes, please more Craigslist finds and add Houston to your list! I also enjoy your blog when you’re flea market shopping!!

  208. Excited to see the new roll outs! Quick shout out for Detroit craigslist finds!

  209. I enjoy the trend posts myself. I’m not a designer but I appreciate good design. I don’t have time to keep up with the design industry so I like that Emily does that for me– sorting through all the hype and fads. She has such good style and good sense. The visuals that accompany these stories are always strong and compelling and sometimes just plain fun to look at.

  210. I loved the Portland reveal ( and all the other reveals for that matter), and I have already found myself revisiting those posts for ideas/reference.

    The one thing I will say is that I noticed some comments about doing reader submitted questions or e-design and I disagree – those posts are usually more about working with what the home owner already has so we don’t get to see your style as much and we don’t get to see the ‘after’. I prefer the posts on design mistakes and on design rules (like you’ve done previously on rugs, curtains, etc) because they are so informative.

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful content (sorry I had to ;)) with us!

  211. Boston craigslist please!

    Thank you for this post, VERY interesting! I also want to thank you for just even asking your readers what they are interested in! 🙂

    I was also smiling at the comments (yes kids, no kids!). I have kids, but I think you do a good mix. 🙂

  212. Budget design, yes. Kid friendly design, yes. Parenting stuff, no (life is full of enough unsolicited parenting advice). I’d also recommend decorating outside the house. Cubicles. Classrooms. Dated 90s office buildings. The places most of us spend 50% of our life. How can we make those spaces more life-giving?

  213. Please do a craigslist finds in Kansas City!

  214. I would love to take the survey! But it says it’s no longer available 🙁

  215. I loved the reader dilemma series.

  216. I love all these ideas!

    I have toddlers (2 and 4) and really appreciate when you weave your personal family stories (tough days and triumphs) into the blog. I’m not sure I need more nursery design content but maybe affordable kid friendly designs for young families on a budget. I saw this in the surprise makeover around the holidays and loved that.

    Also more help with window coverings in Design Mistakes! I have a large kitchen window that has five narrow curved windows and I’m trying to figure out how to swap out the terrible horizontal blinds (from the past homeowner) with something affordable and chic while still being kid friendly, providing light and some privacy. Help!!

    I love your blog – thanks for listening to the feedback!

  217. Love your blog and style. I am decorating my dream home with my husband- slowly. Like many readers we have 3 young children and 2 dogs. I want a beautifully curated home but I also must contend with sticky fingers, an abundance of legos and American girls, and dog hair. I love reveals that show family spaces; sectionals, storage, practical materials. I love when you use products from target, Ikea, or wayfair (for example).

  218. I think you should do way more video instead of straight blog posts. You are so fun to watch and the makeovers are great or even shopping for items and talking through the process. Like Instagram stories but more. Really I just miss you on tv and want to see more.

  219. An emphatic YES! to budget rooms. My favorites are the one room with three budgets. Another YES! to small projects, but a very emphatic NO!!!! to any posts about how to style a shelf, or a coffee table, or a any other random corner. It’d be great to see you tackle more small space living and to make it broader than apartments. Also, as someone living in rural SoDak without access to a hopping vintage market (and very few Craigslist posts let alone finds) I’m really underwhelmed by that content since it’s not an option. I do like the suggestions about how to work around pieces you already have that may have sentimental value. I think the amount of kid content you do now is fine, anything more would definitely be a turnoff.

    Also- sounds like I’m maybe in the minority, but I’m not a huge fan of personal posts. Anything more than once every 2-ish much is too much for me. Same with hair/fashion/makeup. I’ll look at a small amount, but it’s not the content I come here for and it turns me off.

  220. Your projects are all beautiful and aspirational, but the designer price tag (and look, honestly) is out of touch for many (most) people. What about some roundups of “super cheap items/furniture/accessories/etc that look super high end”? I know you do a lot with Target and those posts are super accessible, but it would be fun to expand that to other cheap sources. Maybe even a series of where you give tips for deciding if an item looks janky or can pass as high quality? Some of us, although technically able to afford nice things, can’t morally justify spending lots of money on decor but still love pretty things 😊.

  221. “how to hang a gallery wall? How to “level up” cheap store-bought curtains?“
    YES to both of these, please 🙂

  222. To Mara, mom of a 10 month old seeking suggestions for navigating birthdays without gifts, using this language prominently on the invitation has worked for me:

    YOU PRESENCE IS YOUR GIFT. Please no gifts.

    Hope that helps.

  223. I just really miss the budget friendly stuff. I have two toddlers. And I just cannot justify nice things when they are systematically trying to kill all the pretty things I love. But I also don’t want to live in an ugly space. So I really miss the “look for less”. We are building a house and I literally couldn’t use one resource you used in the Portland house or even in your moutain house. I don’t begrudge you any of this. More power to you if you can afford cle tile but I just can’t. I actually unfollowed your feed because of this. It was so frustrating. But if you had done a look for less I would have been stoked. So I just check back in on your feed occasionally. I love you I really do but your content just doesn’t contain anything I’ll use anytime soon (or maybe even ever. I’m never spending a grand on a rug. I’m just not). My favorite “designers” or style Influencers these days are alllll about budget. I’d love to see more playroom stuff and other kid friendly design.

  224. Mara, we love doing a book exchange, asking guests to bring a gently used book they’d like to swap. It’s super fun. I always have a few extra books on hand to make sure it works out for everyone.


  225. I love seeing staff micro projects for some real people on normal budgets. I love hacks on working with what you have for something personal, quirky and more affordable. Definitely encourage you to try blogging on how to blend stuff from 2 different lives when people fall in love and move in together. xo

  226. Agree on the ads everywhere and in your face. Have you been to a site like real simple lately? It’s impossible to consume the content with all the ads. Give up. Been reading since the brass petal – so won’t give up here!

    MORE MICRO POSTS! Make them more frequent too. It could be a room but also styling your dining table and your kitchen and credenza coffee table bookshelf side table nightstand dresser…like everything. Do it more! You’re changing things constantly so give us little bits and refresh refresh refresh. The how to content is perfect too but do it again because I also use it for shopping and inspiration. I also LOVED the California casual posts. They were my favorite. So so sooooo relevant. Re family – I personally love and support you but don’t relate to kid content and skip it. Yes to Craigslist trolling and lol remember those. We all love you and even if you’re not writing it’s your style/aesthetic so we approve. I would also love styling tips and tricks (I’ve bought the book and read it cover to cover) things just change quickly and it’s cool to see it again styled differently / with of the moment stuff. Would also love more organizing posts. Good with aspirational and super styled but it’s nice to have some functional balance as well…things like styling entry way pretty but also having a nice basket for mail tossing etc. style all your surfaces and show us how you did it. And yes to shorter posts. We’re all busy – no need for that much copy. Looking forward to what you have in store! Xoxo

  227. This comment suggestion is purely selfish, but I’d love to see you highlight readers who followed your design plans, and not grade them per se, but come in and edit. Show what real people do with your budget ideas and talk about how we can elevate it even more to EHD awesomeness in our own homes. If you came with a cart of Target goodies I wouldn’t say no

    For instance, I recently took your tiled patio design in your current house, and created my own budget friendly version (full renovation, cement, tile, landscaping, furniture, etc). In my dreams you show up at my house (San Diego), tell me what I did wrong and right (I’m not afraid), rearrange my throw pillows, and then I give you a tin of homemade cookies.


  228. Also YES budget finds posts whatever you want on a budget. We’re all here because we’re broke and can’t afford a designer or expensive furniture but want to have a beautiful home with great style and we’re reading (or at least I am) to learn how to be a designer in my own home affordably. And the comment about brass vintage eclectic is spot on!

  229. I would love love love to see some kid bedrooms for the post-toddler set. We just moved cross-county from a small NYC apt to a new home in LA and we are essentially designing from scratch. I’ve been scouring your old posts for bedroom inspiration for the 6-12 age group (young elementary school kids and tweens) and can’t seem to find anything. So many beautiful nurseries and toddler rooms…but ack, what comes next?! This seems like the black hole of the design world….?!

    I love the mini makeover room reveals for your team / other families and would be thrilled to see more. If those are cost prohibitive, perhaps you could find people who would give you a budget and cover all the furniture costs, then you provide the design services? (And I will happily volunteer myself :). I find these real-life transformations to be incredibly inspiring and informative, especially across different budgets.

    Love your website and blog so much!!! It’s one of the only sites that I visit daily…and I really relish the time spent reading it. Thank you, thank you!

  230. It seems like designers feature tons of baby and toddler nurseries/rooms and then kids’ rooms *disappear*!! Where do kids’ rooms go once the kids are 8-10-12-14 and so on?? The older kids’ rooms that are shown frequently rehash the same themes: navy, wood, nautical, vehicles for boys; pink, purple, fluffy for girls. Meh! (For the record, I’m working on my 13yo son’s room right now: teak mcm type bed, black shag rug, dirty pale blue walls, white IKEA cubbies, black and white photography.)

  231. Definitely more budget stuff, please. Tbh, I was thinking about unsubscribing — you are so far above my budget these days that it isn’t even fun for me to read. I generally skip over the kid-oriented stuff, too. I’m mostly interested in design solutions that I could actually apply to my own life!

  232. I love the Mountain House and Portland Project content!

    I agree that maybe doing a “Portland Month” would have been better as the content was getting a little too spaced out for me, but loved reading the posts regardless. These two projects are definitely on the aspirational side, but I don’t mind it not reflecting my own budget as I like living vicariously through your projects and I still learn from your design decisions. (Loved reading about the pantry design and the three bedroom reveals you recently did, for example.)

    As someone without kids, I like reading about your motherhood experiences, your kids, and seeing the rooms you’ve designed for them, but wouldn’t really care for any other “kid-related” content personally.

    If possible, I’d like to see something about how to style basement suites. I live in one, and because it’s a rental and has poor natural light, there’s only so much I can do. I’d love some tips on how to make it more stylish.

    Thanks to you and your team for all the work that you put into this blog! It’s my favourite thing to read on my way to work each day 🙂

  233. I love all your weekend makeovers and everything that can be done similarly fast. As I don’t plan to remodel my home the remodel posts don’t give me much. Apart from that I live in Germany where houses are built so differently that those posts wouldn’t help anyways. I first came here many years ago for styling inspiration and I still do. From making over a corner in your home to making over a room, it all makes me excited 🙂 I love the creativity of the EHD Team when it comes to turning an ordinary home into a gem!

  234. Just a thought that came while reading – have you ever thought of hiring someone older? Since I now realize I am in the majority of readers being a mom of three and while your nursery and toddler rooms for your own are darling, my baby is going on six and half way done with kindergarten. Your design sense is lovely, but many trends and rooms are made for singles, couples without kids, or frankly families whose budget is a far cry from my own. It would be lovely to hear an older/wiser voice who has been through the tough days and can help us develop systems and designs that help us better our living/surroundings even for those of us who are starting to wrinkle.

  235. Thanks for this! I have two young kids and I meant to take the survey but forgot to. There are probably others in my shoes! You start reading a post but then your toddler walks up needing something and you don’t come back to it.
    I am definitely interested in all the practical stuff – design for families, design rules, design mistakes, etc. And my favourite posts ever are the surprise makeovers (I still go back to Sylvia’s bathroom often enough!) because 1) of course they are so feel-good but equally important 2) they show what you can do in a day or two with a limited budget. Super fun and useful!

  236. I’m so glad to read this and I am glad you are making changes. I’ve been reading your blog for years, but not lately. In fact, that’s why I missed the survey! I do, however, follow your Instagram stories, which I love. Here are my two cents since I can’t take the survey anymore: One thing I find I’m missing more and more is COLOR. I feel like everything is white, brown, and black, with shades of gray and very few pops of color. I do love that look, but it is all starting to look the same to me. You did a Christmas post and there was no color! Then you mentioned that Brian likes red at Christmas and I was all YESSSS!!!! Thank you, Brian! As far as the Portland house goes, I just don’t think I’m interested in big, new builds. I skipped over every post. I miss the dirty renovations like your first house. Back then, I checked in daily to see what you had accomplished and I feel like I know every inch of that house. It was so unique, with interesting challenges. I want to see how an ugly space can be pretty and I want to learn how to do it, not just look at the staged photos at the end. If you aren’t actually doing DIYs yourself, how about featuring more of your craftsmen, like you did with Ross Alan Reclaimed Lumber? Craftsmen are always interesting. Also, while staged photos are always pretty, they also get to be a bit boring. I tend to skip over those and look for real content. I guess what I’m saying is that I miss your old blog when it was a bit scrappier! Enough from me. Thanks for listening!

  237. In response to your budget room questions….I think any and all budget posts are welcome. Most of us barely have $100 to scrap together for a coffee table so it’s nice to see that things can still be beautiful while also being affordable. I think the major issue I have with putting rooms together on a budget is that they lack that something special. Most expensive pieces add such a quality to a space and that feels unattainable when you’re on a budget. I LOVE seeing those posts where you find budget friendly equivalents to higher end pieces. I would love to know the trick to putting a budget room that doesn’t LOOK like its a budget room.

    The bottom line is that we’re all here because we love you style and your voice. While I’m reading your blog, even if it’s just for a few minutes, I feel so incredibly joyful and inspired! So I just want to say thank you for that!

  238. I would love to see more “how to’s” that relate to everyday decorating! (Like: How to decorate an oddly shaped bedroom with unevenly placed windows!) Also would love to see a series where people sent in pictures of their design problems, and you published some with your suggestions on how to fix!

  239. Ok first of all, I love that you are so open to feedback, constantly evolving, and not afraid to look back and admit mistakes. What I would love to see is more of the quick corner of the room refresh stuff. As a mom of young kids I am doing that all the time since what we need changes all the time. I haven’t been able to find the roundup posts on the site recently like if I want to see your favorite hardware or dining chairs. And lastly, I have made a recent career shift from graphic design to interior or design and would be so interested in some of the behind the scenes stuff. Though I realize this may not appeal to all. Thanks for listening and being you!

  240. Spokane, WA!

  241. I didn’t take the survey, but I would love more design ideas for kids’ rooms. Specifically room sharing, kid-friendly rugs, storage. Thank you!

  242. I saw your comment about parent-readers and what do we want, and OH MAN do I have a wish list. (Hey, you asked!!)

    – More on toy storage. So many blogs share gorgeous wood toys and beautiful stuffed animals on carefully-bare shelves, but c’mon, a lot of us have kids that inexplicably fall in love with that HIDEOUS turtle (actually called ‘ugly turtle’ in our house, for reference), play with those Playmobil endlessly, have art supplies that includes paper that won’t fit in cupboards… what would a designer recommend as reasonable toy storage that accommodates real-world toys?
    – Logistics of different-aged shared bedrooms. Until my oldest kid is old enough to sleep in the basement, I’ve got a preschooler, a toddler, and will add a baby… logistics of shared rooms? Keeping the peace? Separating toys (aka: keeping the baby out of the lego)? Ensuring respectful darkness for sleep while ensuring that the other kid can get up? How to make your kid-space work for real life, basically.
    – Kid-friendly living rooms. I’ll voice a preference for washable slipcovers for the baby years (… diaper leaks. Let’s leave it at that), but also, logistically, securing cords/lamps/that kind of thing for safety (how to do it nicely??), sharp cornered-tables or glass-topped tables become problematic… how do you make a family living space that looks adult while making sure that the kids can be in there with minimal supervision and no hospital trips?

    Also, honestly, I’d looooove tips on how to make low-budget basics (Ikea, specifically, since I’m Canadian and can’t access Target) look great, and also posts on what to look for while thrifting – what to narrow down to, what can be changed, what can’t, how to style, that kind of thing.

    Thanks for all your work – I do love this blog!

  243. For some reason the videos on the site have recently been auto-playing with SOUND ON for me, which is really annoying as I like to sneakily read this blog at work and having video start blaring blows my cover. Can you guys tweak the settings so the video either doesn’t auto-play, or at least so the sound isn’t on?

  244. I am bummed I missed the survey. For me, I miss all the styling tips.
    I am so stuck in my own home on how to bring it up a level. I understand and have implemented the styling tricks: add texture, add plants, make sure everything is in scale and to have things at different levels to add interest. Check, done! But my home still feels kind of like it’s in its design adolescents.
    I am just lost at how to bring make it look more sophisticated and grown up. I know it’s probably a styling issue. Or, do I just need to break out the big bucks for architectural interest or more expensive pieces? I don’t get how to make my home feel done and polished. Please add a post or two about that please. Love you Emily, love all you do!

  245. I’m one of the majority with children, and I’d love to see. Ore family friendly design. I’m not interested in nursery design, because there are tons of sources for that. But it seems most designers forget that kids grow up! Maybe because they don’t have kids themselves, but it seems like they skip from Nursery to teen room, and forget there is more than a decade in between! What I’d really love, pretty please, is advice on shared kids rooms! There are many of us who don’t have one bedroom per child. I’d really, really, really love advice on shared kids rooms that are gender neutral. I know lots of people who have a young son and a young daughter sharing a room, and there is so little advice on how to pull it off! Thanks for listening to our feedback, and for all the great content you produce!

  246. Love to see a regular feature where you and your team select budget decorating items that have a luxe or classic look. For instance, finding out about Ikea’s linen curtains was terrific, as was your selection of lamps from Target that are inexpensive but look great. More like this please.

  247. On the note of micro projects, I would love to see little guides on basic things, like picking curtains. (Omg I’ve been on the hunt for curtains for months… how do I pick a pattern that matches the room? Is a solid boring? Is a pattern obnoxious? HELP.) I have loved your posts on how to hang art (I never knew how high to put it) and how to match nightstands and beds, for example. I’m less interested in you refreshing a corner of your living room because your house is lovely already and that doesn’t always help me with my own projects. So tell me how to choose curtains and hardware. Tell me how to choose flooring for a renovation. Tell me how to choose a coffee table. Tell me how to choose my lamps and overhead lights! You already do this but it’s hands down my fave.

  248. Thanks for sharing what you learned, it was interesting for me to compare my impressions with others too. I keep thinking when people want your renovation projects to be faster that these people have clearly never done a whole house renovation themselves. Because that s**t takes MONTHS. Portland work felt pretty real time to me, although you mentioned there was surges and gaps etc. I didn’t feel them as much because I came to your blog more recently. That said I am SOOOO anticipating the Mountain House reveals. Take your time and all, but soo excited to see that kitchen and its Wall of Storage and Wonder. I spent two hours reading the post about how you designed that. It’s my number one fantasy kitchen feature now.

    Re: Craisglist cities. Please consider the Minneapolis/St Paul Twin Cities. And or Chicago. The coasts are cost prohibitive for shipping and we in the midwest have a LOT of style. Grand Rapids MI manufactured a lot of the mid-century designs so loved now (Knoll, Steelcase, etc). They ave a lovely little exhibit going on right now for those who are local (I’m from there but in MSP now) https://www.experiencegr.com/blog/post/michigan-modern-exhibit-highlights-midcentury-design-from-our-region/

    1. oh SNAP! Just realized my sloppy google search brought up an event at the GRAM from 2014, not at all current. My bad and apologies for not noticing before posting.

  249. I’ve got to believe that all of the shopping links that you post (which I love where to find—such a huge timesaver!) could be a great revenue-generating source for you over ads. I would see if you can increase your % from resulting sales because I’ll bet when EHD recommends something, the products receive a great bump in sales from you!

  250. Thanks for sharing! I would love to see more design for kids…especially how to store toys?! Also, would love more posts on the basics that us non-designers struggle with: curtains, rugs, pillows, gallery wall.

  251. I’ll post before reading the (currently) 354 comments already here, so hope I won’t be too repetitive. I had just started reading your blog when I took the survey, so now that I’ve experienced it longer, I’ll add:

    1. I only have a Chromebook and DSL internet, but the videos and ads here do *not*, in any way, interfere with my reading the posts. Can’t imagine why others have trouble, because there are so *many* other busy sites I can’t use — they won’t even load. But yours is easy for me to follow, and I’m so glad.

    2. My kids are grown, but visit often (with their husband/kids and girlfriend), so I need guest room ideas, for multiple guests at a time staying in two or more rooms.

    3. Help! I can’t figure out how to display family photos (especially the cool ones from the late 1800s and early 1900s which I’m so lucky to have) attractively.

    4. My favorite post so far has been the castle playhouse in your backyard. I appreciate outdoor design posts and articles of all sorts.

    5. I have a judgmental/snarky streak and thoroughly enjoyed the things you wrote about art in bad taste, the “hilarious” bathroom wall decals in (I think it was?) the Portland house, etc.

    5. Absolutely love the Saturday soup feature and the Sunday “what we liked” roundup. Loved the haircuts and the visit to Malibu.

    Now to read and learn from all these comments!

    1. I’ve read each and every comment (see — the ads don’t get in my way) and agree with these wonderful ideas:

      1. Integrating kids’ possessions everywhere in the house
      2. Night-time photo shoots
      3. Decorating work spaces, classrooms, etc.
      4. Products that are sustainable and made by companies that treat workers right
      5. Yes to micro-projects
      6. Real-life design that includes dish drainers, litter boxes, and power cords
      7. Advice on searching Pinterest
      8. Working with inherited furniture and decor that doesn’t go with the rest of your decor (not mentioned, but also – decor you dislike but it’s loved by a housemate [Remington prints in pecky cypress frames; uranium glass tchotchkes])
      9. Decorating a hallway (especially a long, narrow one in an early 50s ranch house with multiple lauan doorways on both walls)

      I forgot to mention the following: loved the Culligan dollhouse, lol’ed at the snark on espresso, cherry, and (was it yellow oak?) furniture finishes, more than one post on your blog per day would be great. (I don’t follow you on Instagram currently. I’ll try that and see if it gives me more content.)

      I second visiting Richmond VA for Craigslist; also Roanoke and Lynchburg VA; Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, NC.

  252. My two cents: I miss the design reveals and I think that if you were to style friends homes (or another awesome Flash Makeover!!) that would be fun – personally not as interested in seeing more tweaks or styling changes to your LA home (which is beautiful!).

  253. You are one of the very few design blogs I follow, and it’s because A. I totally think we would be friends if we knew each other 🙂 and, B. You are super relatable. With that said, I think one of the biggest things to remember when doing blog posts is that most of us reading these can’t afford a lot of the high-end pieces. So many designers I follow on IG, etc. produce the most killer reveals, but when you total up all of the items they’ve sourced, it would take me a year to save up for the fabric swatch (ha! I kid…sorta), much less do the ENTIRE room with what they’ve chosen! Most of us read design blogs because we can’t afford to hire an actual designer to do our homes, so with that in said, you must remember that for those of us who can’t afford to hire a designer, we also can’t afford top of the line *everything.* What may seem inexpensive to you is super expensive for someone else – especially when you are referencing multiple items. So, I think trying to keep that at the forefront of your minds when coming up with content would be super beneficial and would be MUCH appreciated by those of us who love you and support you. 🙂

    Also, can you PLEASE do a post on whether or not it’s totally fine or totally tacky to use artificial plants and flowers in the home. In my mind, it’s taboo, but in my “anti-green thumb, can’t stand spending money on things I kill and/or things that don’t stay alive for more than 2 days heart” it needs to be totally OK! I mean, I love a fiddle leaf fig more than life, but no WAY am I spending $200 on something that will be dead in a month. I love a maidenhair fern, but dang if they aren’t high maintenance little squirts. I love the look of fresh flowers in various areas of my home, but who has the time, energy or money to have fresh flowers in their home 24/7!? Now, I’m not talking about a massive floral arrangement like the one that sat on your grandmother’s dining table for the past 20 years and never changed, I’m talking about maybe doing a post on IF it’s OK to use artificial plants/flowers, and if it is – how to do it in a fresh, current, “accepted” way. Please, oh please, do this for us! I have googled this topic until the cows came running home, and the consensus is that some say it’s fine, some say it’s not, and others say it’s fine as long as you do it while following these 1,2,3…rules.

    Sorry for the long post!! I can’t promise I won’t post again as I think of things, ha! 🙂 OH! One last thing…I would love to see you do more reveals with different design styles. You have your favorites; that’s for sure, but I would love to see you do something TOTALLY outside the box than where your comfort zone is. Think James Farmer-esque……I, for one, would DIE to see that! ::insert praise hands emojis::

    Thank you so much, Emily, for giving your readers this opportunity. I’m totally bummed I missed the survey, but am so happy we have this platform that YOU/YOUR PEEPS DO READ and take to heart!

    P.S. Crap…see? I told you I’d think of more! Ok, 1. I totally think no more than 1 post per day. Over-saturation turns readers off and makes us feel overwhelmed to keep up. I barely have time to read the cereal box (with a full-time job, a husband and 4 kids), much less 2 long blog posts per day, but I don’t want to miss anything!! 2. Would you ever consider allowing us “real folks” to guest post on your page? I have a lifestyle page I just started, and love to write, but just don’t have time for blogging right now (hopefully one day). So, I think that would be really cool – especially for the relatability factor. Of course, you would have to approve the content and photos, but I think this would be a great idea for you to visit. OK….BYE!!!! Lawd, help me I talk a lot……

  254. Yeesssss more kid stuff PLEASE! All ages. I’m very partial to toddlers tho lol 👦🏻👧🏻
    Thanks for listening to all your readers 💖

  255. To be completely honest, although I absolutely LOVE the content, I dread coming to the site to read anything because of the ads/videos. It’s just not an enjoyable experience.

    I would *happily* pay for an ad-free experience because the content is so rich and so worth it!

    Have you guys every considered using a metered / leaky paywall? Zeen101 has incredible WordPress plugins for this type of situation and others seem to be able to pull it off so it’s still financially advantageous for them. Just an idea 🙂

  256. I’d also love to see someone make over a condo or highrise with the challenges new builds bring! My ceilings are cement, all the exterior walls have brick and steel, and I had to drill through to the dang outside just to hang my curtains.

    I love seeing the adult spaces; my goal is to have a babyproof version of what I love, not to completely make over my space. I’m having a hard enough time holding onto my identity. So you posted a stainproof white velvet a while back, and I pinned it immediately and I’ve used it on chairs, pillows, curtains.

    I’d also love to see more tiny spaces. I have a laundry nook, and I’ll never have a real laundry room in this city.

    You’re all great and I read everything you post, even if it doesn’t apply to me.

  257. For micro projects think a busy mom could tackle on a weekend afternoon kind of project. So yes, book shelf styling, toy organization, how to hang art work, etc. Little, practical, attainable projects. Thanks for being so open to our feedback!!

  258. Definitely yes on family-friendly design! Less on designing for kids specifically, because I feel like I just end up thinking that I’m spending money on stuff that they’re going to outgrow quickly anyway. But figuring out how to pick those investment pieces that look but are also comfortable and can stand up to the wear and tear. Walking the line between looking good, affordable, extremely functional, but also not something that I’ll be really precious about. Stuff that’s more likely to be safe for little kids that are running around (no sharp edges, breakable materials). Stuff like that!

  259. As far as the ads go, we understand that you need the paycheck but it is more how they are presented in an invasive way. For instance, I have to have a larger print.now guess how big the ads are that I have to click on to stop. The x is usually under yet another ad so I have to minimize my screen get rid of anything so I can read the blog and increase the size again. Mainly I have stoped coming to these types of sites since that is all the rage nowadays. What happened to putting ads on the borders? or do those register as not being seen unless they are clicked on? I would guess if I x out of the videos those don’t register or maybe they do and that is why they are everywhere.

  260. Every night, after I put my daughter to bed, I snuggle on the couch and read your blog. I love, love, love it! So thank you for fulfilling my design dreams. I am a parent and I would love to see more kid friendly content. How do you deal with all the toys in your house?! I would love to see a whole house tour video. Mountain house when it’s finished? I love the Pinterest posts, vintage posts, budget posts, and even the fashion posts. So much good stuff that I go back and reference all the time!! Love you guys and what you do.

  261. I would love a “design mistakes” blog post about flooring! Like are espresso floors as big a mistake as espresso furniture (and what’s a better way to achieve a bold contrast)? How do I decide which plank width works best? And how does my floor color dictate other design decions (contrast, coordinating colors, etc)?

  262. Thank you for sharing the survey feedback (which, sorry, I didn’t take). I loved the Portland project but agree that it would have been easier to follow along if it wasn’t piece-mealed inconsistently. In the end, we thought about putting a bid on that house, but didn’t, but still would like to know when it sold, etc. (future real estate purchasing in that area). I miss the makeover-takeover, but my all time favorite was the Silver Lake house project. I also enjoy your clothing/what I’m wearing series, but often times find that the products are no longer available, which is totally not your problem, but sometimes its annoying. I love, love, love the fact that you are so REAL, open and honest, and willing to take risks in sharing very personal information (do I want a 3rd child post). Please keep up the wonderful work (and I love it when Orlando and Brady come back for posts too).

  263. I’ve been a reader for years, and love the stuff you put out! And I missed filling out the survey, so here are some of my thoughts.

    I read about 2 or 3 blogposts a week. But I always feel like I’m behind an avalanche though, and that I’ll never be current. Which leaves me with a taste of overwhelm and frustration. It’s a little challenging to sort through what I’ll actually _regret_ not reading, so maybe a more detailed summary in the first paragraph?

    Also, I’m ‘only’ 52, but my eyes have a REALLY hard time with the teeny font size of the main copy in the blogposts. So in a perfect world, I’d like to see that bumped up, even a subtle point or two. The small size contributes to the feeling of sensory overwhelm.

    Definitely love the idea of posts talking about what _didn’t_ work and why, a la, “We tried these 5 rugs, but here’s why we didn’t choose them.”

    Thanks for your openness to feedback and continual striving to be better! So refreshing.

  264. This summary was awesome! I missed the survey because I haven’t been a daily reader anymore for a little over a year. I have never minded/noticed the ads (and keep my computer volume off mostly so I don’t notice if a video autoplays), but I stopped being able to relate to the budget of the projects and we bought an old farmhouse, so the inspiration wasn’t clicking as much as it used to. I’m definitely not going all “fixer upper” on our house, but it breaks my heart bc MCM just does NOT work in our new space. I still check in regularly and would love to see smaller, more budget friendly projects. I loved the makeover takeovers you did!

  265. You rock, and love that your site is you but really catering to your fans…so with that in mind, I want DOABLE PROJECTS and room updates. Cool that you have flea markets and awesome shops locally but that doesn’t help me in Kentucky. Also the super expensive stuff…nope. I want to take my credit card to accessible stores and websites and recreate what you post. Also, functional living for families (think you storage, spaces kids can grow into, and how to include crazy things like televisions in design because we all have them). Please and thanks!

  266. Yes to kid-and-pet-friendly decor! I can’t tel you how many Instagram/blog posts I’ve seen of family rooms that have white/ivory rugs that I KNOW would get destroyed within minutes in my own home. I have a 3-year-old that spills juices and gets play doh bits in our rug, and 2 older dogs that have accidents here and there (even with doghy diapers on), so decor options that balance function and form would be awesome!!

    I also noticed that many of your makeovers are in houses that have beautiful bones already, which is beautiful to look at but often times a bit hard to translate into my own space because I have a builder-grade home with little/no character. So I’d love to see some tips/makeovers that showcase how to add character to a typical builder-grade home – maybe via reader e-designs? I’d gladly offer up my space. 😊

  267. Please do dC in the craigslist series!
    Also, yes I’d love to see small styling moments. Like around nightstands, what goes above a bed, a vanity in a small space, are decorative things above kitchen cabinets a thing or were they ever?

    And also yes to more family content. I didn’t know I wanted more until you mentioned it. Toy recommendations or round ups or decor. Or kids rooms that aren’t nurseries. How to corral toys and art supplies in surprising or aesthetically pleasing way.

    1. Yes! I’d love more family-friendly design posts that are not geared toward designing a nursery or kids room, but rather, choices that are spill-proof, cleanable, look uncluttered and manage to hide the bazillion glue sticks/stickers/paint supplies/toys and yet keep them reachable. Things like rugs that are soft enough to play on and hide stains, upholstery that you can clean or won’t regret… even sofas that are hardy and aren’t too precious to jump on (my boys are 4 and 6). I’d add design mistakes here, too, like, this sofa was beautiful but it looks terrible and wobbles a year later because – kids. We don’t have pets, but these categories would probably mostly appeal as pet-friendly too.

      I also like smaller projects (like redesigning a room, or changing a rug and dresser to transform a space) and budget purchases or upgrades (like before and after paint, lighting, or fixture upgrades, or hiding an ugly fireplace).

      I’d LOVE a series on solutions to reader problems – like how to make a front door that opens into a small bungalow living room with a fireplace and doorways on every wall work (for example ;-). I’ve been a long time reader and have always found fun and inspiration in your blog. The beautiful reveals are inspiring eye-candy, but I also love our small 1920s bungalow and am more likely to use ideas from more modestly sized/scaled spaces and budgets.

      And YES to craigslist posts! Something I’ve always loved about your design was your use of vintage and unique pieces because your spaces looked so pulled together but also fun and happy and authentic. I love seeing this translated to the shopping phase and reading how you might use or why you might pass on a vintage or even relatively new craigslist find.

      Thanks for asking!

  268. I’ve been following you since Design Star. I’ve stuck around because I genuinely love your style in fashion, interior design and your voice with the way your posts are written. I will read ALL the words because I enjoy the way you put them together. I love the way your design pieces are all people ( so I found “this guy” and he looks great in the space). I’ve actually found myself saying the same thing when I’m designing our rooms and my husband laughs at me every time. I do have a family (3 kiddos that are 7, 5 and 3) and I would love some more kid friendly posts. Kids bedrooms with timeless appeal that can match the rest of the aesthetic of your house. I see room reveals labeled as kid friendly other places and I think what kind of stepford children live there. There is no way that space would survive my actual people. I’m raising monkeys and they scale our door trim. I really enjoy your sort of bigger picture philosophical posts like the one about a day in the life of a stylist. I’d like to see something along those lines but a then to now thing from your original stylist days, through Design Star and now with a full EHD team. What’s the same, what’s different and how you feel about it all. I really like the Craigslist, Etsy and Rose Bowl round up posts. It’s tough living in the suburbs though because I have city girl taste but the kind of dream design pieces you find are not listed on my kind of Craigslist. If you could do an Atlanta one that would be great as that’s the closest big city to me. I think your posts where you design the same room 3 ways are really helpful. I think you walk the line really well between sharing enough of yourself that we feel connected while still maintaining privacy for you and your family. Even though I’m not in LA and one of your real life peeps coming over for a weekend barbecue I can still be influenced by you in my real life and have it feel authentic. I go antiquing and think ok if I were Emily what diamond in the rough would I find here. I can buy a denim pinstripe blazer from Target and think oh man Emily would totally be rocking this. Long story short I obviously love words as much as you, and I truly appreciate that you and your team care enough to read all of ours.

  269. I would love to see any small moments you’d want to show us. You do such beautiful vignettes…each page of your book is a treat. The big reveals are always fun, but the tiny ones are attainable, which is one of the reasons they appeal so much to me.

  270. Who won the art??

  271. Your bathroom ledge post help me out of a huge jam.
    I had protruding footers in a tiny bathroom and instead of furring out the walls (making the bathroom even smaller) I convinced the contractor to create a ledge for the bathtub. (I had read your post about six weeks prior) Bathroom stayed ‘big’, footer was hidden, bathtub/shower has a spot for products. Everybody’s happy. Those posts are worth all the ads 🙂

    tldr -more problem solving posts

  272. First off, I love the blog and all the designers and always enjoy reveals and makeovers. In response to some of the comments here… I appreciate that 58% of your readers have kids and want more kid friendly and kid room related posts. But please don’t forget the 42% of us who either don’t have kids or don’t have kids at home. (‘nuff said). Second, I know a lot of folks don’t care for micro design posts (bookshelves, etc), but one are I think most people struggle with is creating vignettes -on coffee tables, credenzas, etc. it’s so fun to use high/low pieces and figure out how to assemble them, but it’s so hard! Finally, I concur that for those of us on a budget, figuring out a high/low design plan is a challenge. Which pieces should you really invest in? Where can you fill in with Homegoids, Target and Craigslist, etc.

  273. Hi, Team EHD!

    You’ll find a ton of midcentury pieces at decent prices on the Washington DC (Northern Virginia) Craigslist postings. (Check out my Mount Airy buffet / credenza!)

    It seems like a lot of readers want budget-minded posts. How about using your styling gifts to showcase Goodwill finds? There are so many items that the average person would think are outdated and unattractive, but really the pieces just need the proper context and accessories. Its cost-effective for your purposes, is relatable to your readers, and encourages reusing materials instead of always buying new. You could pepper the posts with tons of befores and after, a la a makeover of a person.

  274. To answer your question about content geared toward kids, I’d love more ideas for my tween-age kids. Tween girl bedrooms, how to take the playroom from a toy room to something older/more appropriate for tweens who just want to read or be on their devices. Also ideas for how to organize their sports equipment, endless pairs of shoes, backpacks, devices, homework, etc. Other things I’d love: more patio and backyard ideas. Also content that’s applicable to people who live in the suburbs where all the finishes are the same from one house to the next, but don’t all want that cookie cutter design and decor. Example, how to have a finished basement that doesn’t look like everyone else’s finished basement. We’re not all lucky enough to live on the West Coast (anymore). Also, little things like how to have cool bathroom rugs in your bathroom that are also practical. A vintage rug in the bathroom isn’t always practical. Doesn’t it get wet and moldy and gross after a while? You can’t just throw it in the washer. Also, how do you cover up the metal frame of a kids bed? Bedskirts never fit right and always develop a grimy band of dirt around the metal. Also, a lot of us are temporarily stuck with carpet in our bedrooms (not beautiful wood floors with a big vintage rug). Can you show ideas of what to do with bedrooms like that? Just some ideas. Still love your blog.

  275. I really feel for you on the ad situation. I definitely have had those moments — not only on your site but on many food bloggers’ too — where you can hardly reach the content because the ads are being served up and bog down the experience. BUT, since it’s free entertainment, I feel like it’s just the price to pay, and when the ads are interesting I definitely click on them to help your advertisers reach their ROI. I am sure you’re aware that BuzzFeed just had to cut 15% of its staff because ad revenue is going largely to Google, FB and IG. Tavi Gevinson just shuttered Rookie because the revenue model just isn’t there to provide free, compelling stories. SO, I think this is a moment where readers need to ask themselves, what are YOU willing to pay for these daily, robust (and expensive) experiences that clearly touch your lives? Flashing ads might not be so bad? Also, EHD doesn’t need to disguise the fact that this is content. Content is what makes the internet work and the good stuff is what keeps us coming back.

    I have kids but we’re long past nurseries so when you have any post that doesn’t interest me I just skip it and come back the next day. Thanks for everything you guys do to make this corner of the internet cheery, interesting and pretty to look at.

    PS I have no issues when you weigh in on political issues! It reminds me that you are a real person with a soul.

  276. I find that some posts show a bit of the process, but it would be great to dive deeper into the process. I would also love a post about family friendly window treatments eg. What to do if you like the look of Roman blinds but need to fully black out the room for young kids? How to squeeze two beds into a kids room. Or how expensive is it to upgrade your windows? I would also love to see small space solutions as I live in a narrow semi detached! Thanks for listening!

  277. First, thanks for sharing the results of the survey! Can’t wait to see what the team has in store for 2019.

    As someone who works in digital advertising I understand the need for ads… Would you consider adjusting the inline ad position between the articles to a fixed height container? It seems to rotate filling with video and 728×90 display ads. The variable ad height returned and the refresh rate combine to create a lot of page reflow that makes reading longer posts challenging. Thanks in advance for considering!

  278. So here are my (MANY) thoughts: First I have read a lot of the comments – but not all – so maybe these are repeat thoughts 🙂 and some definitely inspired by some of those comments:
    1. Would love information on family friendly stylish design – I am aunt of 5 and 2 year olds (and the struggle is real with the bookshelves. Lol.) I think all ages and gender mixes (nursery, toddler, tween, teen, etc.) would be helpful and appeal to the most sets of readers – because families are all sizes and ages. Really loved the how to transition and long lasting pieces other people have suggested.
    2. More mini makeovers -just a room, not really an area – like coffee table or bookshelf. Doing the whole house project and waiting so long was kind of a buzz kill. Can’t wait to see more staff homes.
    3. More reader question/design help would be great. – It would seem more approachable. And I think we all have some of the same questions and frankly could not afford a designer for the help.
    4. Budget design choices to me would be more affordable design ideas or different price points to achieve a certain look.
    5. Also posts for renters, who cant change anything would be helpful – not all landlords allow you to change stuff, even removeable or temporary things – like the wallpaper or backsplashes you see now. So just designing with furniture, art, etc. ideas would be great.
    6. Design Seminar: someone said it in a previous post and I LOVE that name. A place where the ‘rules’ are explained, as well as different design terms, styles, etc. With explanations and pictures especially of the what works and what doesn’t work in a space and why.
    7. I also like the ideas of incorporating different pieces into your design aesthetic, whether heirloom w modern, modern art with traditional decor, etc.
    8. And finally someone else also said design hacks – would love those too – taking Ikea, thrifted items, etc. and doing a do over – maybe have EHD posts as well as reader submissions, maybe even reader submissions of people who did it after the post.
    On board for the portfolio – I hope searchable. 🙂 and I totally understand about the ads – it is a business, which I am glad you don’t make it a subscription site. Love the team site and that they are writing more. Keep it coming!
    Thanks for taking the time to get feedback and actually move on them. I really appreciate it, one of the reasons I like your site so much – and of course the content! [I AM over that word despite the textbook meaning :0]

  279. YES! I would love to see more family friendly design. Kid rooms are my absolute favorite! I’d love to see nursery, toddler, kid and teen. I love it all. 🙂

    I know you said you’re doing more of the feel good makeovers – like you did for a reader recently. But I ATE THAT UP! So sweet! 🙂

  280. Late to the party on the comments but long time reader. So glad you are bringing back the Craigslist trawling. Would love to see you do that in NYC. As one of the last of the poor people left in Manhattan I shop Craigslist but it is laughable what people want for furniture sometimes. And then there are other things that are just so gorgeous. I think posts on CL NYC could have comedic value too.

    Love the Rose Bowl and Round Top posts.

    Would appreciate seeing how you shop a place like Wertz Brothers. Now with Instagram Wertz Bros. and their ilk are my idea of porn. I want to know where people who are in the know go for fabric, reupholstering etc. With online shopping and high rents so many great little stores have closed and it is much harder to find the “industry standard” places and just plain old stop in all the time to see what they have and educate your eye places, like Grand Street Lamps for instance. I found out about Grey Line Linen from you and am forever grateful.

    Would love a feature that I call “Good, Better, Best.” Show me what constitutes quality manufacturing at all prices, but not just a photo of a piece but details of that piece, such as mitered corners on a curtain, or well done piping on a pillow, frames for a sofa. Then I would know what is really worth it and also what is junk/sloth manufacturing, such as never buy a hemp rug that doesn’t have some kind of coating and/or really tight weave and decent edging. Or if you spend this much this is what you get, but if you bump it up and just look for a few more details you can get this which “sparks joy.” For instance show me details on a windsor chair made by Ikea, a decent one from a used furniture store and one from Thos. Moser; or a cheap shaker box and one actually made by the Shakers; or old loft style cobbled together from brass pipe taps, medium priced brass taps that may disintegrate but at least you would get the look for a decade, and then fancy so I can dream style brass taps, or find them on Craigs List.

    Please, and thank you very much. Love how you re-imagine your business all the time.

    1. nice curtains styles and curtains roads I simply love the idea.


  281. Hey Emily and co! Thanks so much for sharing all of this- your transparency and general willingness to let us all in on how and why you make blog decisions is one of my favorite things about you and this space! I took a break from social for a bit and missed out on the survey but I’m hoping this belated comment makes its way to you all because it’s something I thought about a while back. I think it was back when you were introducing the mounter house and the Portland project and you mentioned that part of your motivation was that you need projects for content (I love that you share this kind of behind the scenes thought process!) and that really struck me as interesting- not in a judgey way just as something I’d never considered. It made me think of a suggestion that maybe as a way to fufill that content need, you bring us readers in. To me this would look like offering opportunities for readers to send in conundrums from their own real-life, real-budget, didn’t design the layout from top to bottom houses and having you and your team speak your genius and insight into them. (Full disclosure this rec is selfish because I have about 5 I could send to you today- ha!) It could also being using opportunities for sponsored content (appliances and things like that) to make an update to a space in a reader’s home- I know this would take coordination but still seems possible. To me this is a win-win….you get your content and get to share what you do best which is apply your design brilliance to tricky situations and readers or others get a prettier, more functional space :). One of the things that makes me respect you as a designer so much is that I feel like you’re really capable of making beautiful spaces on any budget and in any scenario- some designers seem like they may not be able to do that if that don’t get to tear it all down and have a wild budget- I think its a true talent of yours that could be leveraged for some really helpful, unique blog content. Thanks for sharing your work and life with us- I’m here for the long haul whatever you decide!

  282. Idea for an easy post that I would love to see: modern table setting/design using grandmas old china (vintage mixed with modern the Emily signature).

  283. I am SO excited to hear you’re bringing back the Craigslist post series!! I lived for that!

    I would like to put forth Madison, WI and/or Minneapolis, MN. With the former, there are lots of estate sales just teeming with good stuff, and good
    /random Craigslist finds.

  284. I will take as micro as you can go! I do not have the lifestyle or budget to do huge renovations and purchases, but I love design and want to upgrade my home in smaller ways.

    And yes to kid friendly! Sources, materials, layouts, non-hideous, non-million-dollar kid gear (toys, dining, etc).

  285. i don’t mind the ads, but it is really annoying when they get in the way of pictures or the scroll bar.

    if there’s a way to not have them do that, it’d change the experience for me a lot.

    a blog i follow occasionally does a big full page ad when you first navigate to the site, and it plays for a second and then you can X it out.
    i don’t mind that too much at all, because waiting for a few moments seems less annoying than ads getting in the way of something you’re trying to do. i’d rather have to do nothing for a few moments than have what i’m trying to do interrupted. the former makes me be patient for a second; the latter makes me want to throw my mouse across the room.

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