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I’ve Got A VERY Exciting Announcement… And By “I,” I Mean “We” (Any Guesses???)

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Many of you may remember 2019 (remember 2019?) when I released my first Skillshare class. It was a 10 part series breaking down how to find and implement your style – think my book, Styled, but in video form. It turns out that a lot of you spent a lot of time watching it (like, millions of minutes spent watching – thank you very, very, very much if you tuned in), so today we are launching the new series…but it’s not just me. And it’s not just about my style. 

When Skillshare and I got together and brainstormed what a sequel for 2021 would look like, we asked ourselves a few questions. How do we add in more perspectives? Can we feature more design styles? Can we highlight more budgets? How do we make this helpful for an even larger at-home audience looking for home inspiration? (Not sure if you know, but the home design/renovation world has exploded since March.) 

And the answer was obvious: we’d bring in three of my friends, colleagues, and favorite people in the design/blog world to teach their own classes, rooted in their specific artistic processes. So today, I’m excited to share that my second Skillshare series featuring Mikel Welch, Arlyn Hernandez, and Albie Buabeng is live RIGHT NOW. (If you’re like, “hey lady, we get it, I’m already sold, show us!” – here is the direct link where you can watch the classes and get two weeks of Skillshare for free.) 

Now, even I learned so much from each of these lessons – they’re full of actionable and easy-to-follow instructions, charming smiles, and while sure, I’m personal friends with them…I have to say that watching these folks teach just made me feel so, so, so good. At the end of each class, you can even watch me have a little debrief with them – it’s a fun behind-the-scenes conversation where we chat more personally about design and life. 

But enough about me – let me introduce you to these lessons!!! And again, a million thank yous to Skillshare for allowing us the opportunity to shoot a new series alongside such incredibly talented, hilarious, vibrant friends. Anyway, here’s what you’ll be learning in Season 2…

Mikel Welch – Luxe Design on a Budget

Fun fact – Mikel was an intern very briefly on Secrets From a Stylist. I clearly take zero credit for how his career skyrocketed, but I sure have enjoyed watching it. As a set designer for a lot of TV shows, he knows how to think about making a huge impact in a wallet-friendly, affordable way. Think high-end DIY tricks that he employs in his own house, to help make your home full of personality and ‘wow’ moments, without having a celebrity budget. Plus he’s INSANELY CHARMING, so fun to be around and an altogether generous human being.

And he’s so fun to watch, too. In Luxe Design on a Budget, Mikel will walk you around his own apartment (which looks like a million bucks, BTW) and explain how he planned his space from inspiration to execution – it’s awesome for all of you more analytical thinkers out there who love a step-by-step process. 

He also breaks down where to spend, where to save, and how to translate high-end pieces into your own, realistic budget. (When we worked on class outlines, this particular section of Mikel’s class was called Making Your Space Luxurious AF, so in case it wasn’t clear already, this class is a TOTAL BLAST.) 

My favorite part, though, is hearing him talk about the art of the mix and match – you’ll have to watch his class to see the two super affordable pieces he relies on for making every room sing 🙂 And in case he didn’t do enough, Mikel also managed to assemble a gallery wall in real-time. I know how we do it here at EHD after years and years of practice, but it was SO HELPFUL watching him break it down in such a quippy, bright, hilarious way. 

Arlyn Hernandez – How to Make Your Inspiration a Reality

There she is, the lovely woman who dedicated two years of her life to this blog and the one we miss every day 🙂 In her class, Arlyn walks you through the process of how to take your inspiration and actually turn it into your room. Arlyn will moodboard a hypothetical room (I love a case study) and show the process of design for her own living room as well – you know, the one we ran here on EHD – which will show you how a moodboard gets manifested into a real-life room.

If you’ve ever struggled with layouts, design-induced analysis paralysis, budgeting/sourcing woes, or wished you could try on a few different styles in your room…this is the class for you. She’ll break down finding inspiration, how to figure out where to put things, planning for weird-shaped rooms, and how to navigate the “should it be functional or should it be pretty” paradox. And while you’re probably familiar with Arlyn’s written voice, hearing her in real life is SUCH A TREAT. I’m so excited to share this smart, warm, beautiful lady with all of you!  

Arlyn’s such a talented communicator and I couldn’t have asked her to pick a better, more helpful topic. Guys, designing can be HARD – you’re often left with a lot of “what ifs” or you can be bitten by the self-doubt monster (“does this actually look good or do I think this just looks good?”), but this class can really give you a framework to make you feel more confident about designing your own space. Arlyn even walks you through her own problem room – again, you’ll have to watch to see what it is 🙂 – so you can hear her talk through her own thought process in real-time and how she designed around some tricky architecture. It’s such an incredible resource and I can see myself referring my team, my friends, and readers to this class for years to come. SO GOOD, ARLYN. 

Albie Buabeng – Reversible Design: Fun and Fabulous Ideas for Renters & Commitment-Phobes

And of course, last but not least – our own Albie Buabeng! When I heard that Albie’s class was going to be called Reversible Design, I was like, oh shooooot, well that’s genius (she’s got a marketing background if you can’t tell). Albie’s class is all about taking your home to the next level without losing your security deposit – or, if you’re an owner, it can help you try-on different styles in your home before making any permanent choices. It’s a direct action class, full of specific tips, which you know I love. 

Not to get too proud here, but there’s something really empowering about seeing a stylish, talented woman teach others about the tools they should have in their home and then showing us – in real-time!!! – how to use those tools. I can’t wait for people to watch Albie handling these DIY projects in her own home (you’ll see her swapping lighting, hardware, and more) and for these folks to then walk away feeling confident in their ability to make changes in their own homes. We all deserve to live in a place that we love, owners or not 🙂 

By the end of this class, you’ll feel powerful in taking on projects around your own home, knowing that you can un-design them later. I know for a fact that my team, made up of renters, LOVED this class. I also had such an incredible chat with Albie that you’ll be able to watch at the end – we had the best time talking about our projects, our homes, and the value of learning to handle things on your own. I can’t wait for y’all to see it. 

Just Some Fun BTS

Now that you know the classes, I just wanted to take a second to call out ALL of the folks involved in bringing this second season to life. When we shot our first series, Skillshare sent a crew to my house and we spent the whole day filming, styling, and laughing together. Since that wasn’t an option this year (something about a global pandemic), Skillshare had to figure out how to shoot safely. 

And that’s where, for me, Brian Henderson stepped in. We’re lucky enough to have film gear in the house – Brian shoots and edits video content professionally – but basically, we had to set up Zooms with the whole Skillshare team where they watched us set up, helped us frame our shots, analyzed our video footage, monitored our sound levels, and guided us through the whole shooting process remotely. It was an unprecedented shoot for an unprecedented time.

Now, you’ll hear more from the other contributors in the coming weeks about their own shoots – I wanted to give them space to talk about their processes and let them explain their classes in their own words 🙂 – but to that end, I just wanted to say a big thank you to Mikel, Arlyn, and Albie for agreeing to partner on this project with me. I’d also like to thank Kaye Toal (our Skillshare producer, who is hilarious!), Jack Pollock (Caitlin’s counterpart, and the guy who helped us lock this in), and Alex Gomez Garcia, Alejandro Garcia, and Hassanah Abdul-Wahid (all of whom had to hang around on a lot of Zoom calls and give Brian and I explicit instructions to make sure we were recording the right thing so that it looked and sounded professional). I’m so proud of what we’ve all made together and I can’t wait for everyone to see it. 🙂

So if you are home, staring at your walls, not satisfied with your space and paralyzed or scared to start – we’ve got you. We’re teaching a ton of new information from different perspectives and featuring people I really trust. The classes are beginner-friendly, with tips for all…and plus, if you like being a voyeur, you can hang out with (or just watch) me and my dear friends at the end. So stop scrolling on your phone, and get yourselves over to Skillshare to check out our new series. Arlyn, Mikel, Albie, and I will be there waiting. xx

One final thank you to the fine folks at Skillshare for allowing me to gift each of you two weeks of their awesome service for free. We want to make sure that EVERYONE gets to see this project that we all worked so hard on and I can’t wait for you to get to know Mikel, Albie, and Arlyn in a one-on-one setting. So one final call to action: head here, sign up, watch away, and make sure to drop a note so we can see what you’ve learned. 

Fin Mark

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know that i work here and worked on this but AHHHH i’m so excited and proud for everyone to see it!!! all three classes are DYNAMITE and i still can’t believe we got to work with three of our favorite people – what an absolute treat. grab your free trial and go watch, everyone!! Xx

Reanna

LOVE your continued commitment to using your platform to amplify the voices and talents of others. Already planning to watch during spring break so I can really SOAK. IT. IN!

Sarah

You and your team are actually walking the talk about amplifying others’ voices. I see you and i appreciate you.

Nina

This sounds super interesting! I might finally have to take someone up on a free membership to watch these…

I checked the website and couldn’t find the cost. I realize it is a monthly service/cost and I can cancel, but I like to know how much before I commit to anything. Can you help? Thanks.

OK, never mind I continued the sign up process and found the cost, which is $99 for annual payment and $19 for a monthly billing. Seems super reasonable, as long as the classes are good, which will probably be the case if the teachers are as talented as Emily!

Charlotte

This sounds amazing! When I click the link to sign up for skill share, it says “ Emily Henderson has given you 14 free days is Skillshare premium”, but the article says two months. I tried both links with the same result.

Should the article read two free weeks instead of two free months, or is there a different link? Thanks!

ah i was told 2 months, but i’ll check in with their team – thanks for the heads up 🙂

Christine

Would love to know the answer to this too!!

S jolly

Is it two free months whenever we want to start or is it two free months from today?

whenever you want to start!

Rusty

REALLY????
Even if it’s once I’m free, end of May 2021???🥴

Rusty

I have this same question….🧐

Rusty

This is fabulous!
You’re totally walking your talk in so many ways … diversity, variety, giving back, the list goes on.
Whoo hoo! , Emily! 🥰 (and Brian, and team).

I knew about Arlyn’s class from her blog, byt x3 is even better.

QUESTIONS:
1. I couldn’t rell from the post. Did Brian shoot the classes? Or did ghey shoot their own and Brian edited??? I’m a bit confused.
2. Will I be able to get the free time (2 weeks OR 2 months) when I can actually do it (i.e. from end of May 2021)???

Way to go EHD.

Now I just need some freedom to watch them, oh and a credit card would help. Ha!

Love that you are featuring others and amplifying voices- the courses look awesome!

Andrea

I love this!
However I feel like I could definitely benefit from watching your first Skillshare series to get the basics down before tuning in to this.

Could you please share how to access that?

Thanks!

Rusty

Wouldn’t it still be there on the Skillshare site??

Irene

The original stying class is still there! I’m watching it now.

Irene

I just typed “Emily Henderson” into the search function on Skillshare.

Rusty

Emily, you look like you’re soooo proud of them in your photo!
You are a good, kind spirit! xx

Rebekah

I really enjoyed the first one. Excited to watch this. Does the free trail apply to those who signed up and watched your first one? When I login it says I’ll be charged $167 for the year starting today, but doesn’t have a trial option. I totally understand if it does not apply to those who used the free trial last time, I was just curious. Thanks!

Irene

I wonder if they prorate the price somehow. I signed up for the 2019 free trial, but I only watched a portion of one class; Emily’s. (I was a lot busier back then than I am right now).

They let me sign up for a trial, but my price was $120-something for annual and $28 for monthly, as opposed allison labossier’s $99/$19 and your $167.

Looks like the classes with Mikel, Arlyn, and Albie are going to be great (and that 14 days will be plenty of time to finish watching all three). I’m thrilled that they have transcripts now — that’s a huge help to me.

Lynn W

How exciting and thank you 😊

mzwong

I do not find the opportunity to buy a class very exciting, sorry.

Alice

Cuz you want it all for freeeeee

mzwong

I don’t want a class, period. But yes, also I wouldn’t say that being able to buy something is the Yippee! What an opportunity! type of excitement. For me, it would be more of “hey, if you’re interested, here’s a class I’m doing” type of excitement.

I’m so excited that this is finally launching and I can’t wait to dig into Mikel and Albie’s classes, too. Thanks for everything Em!! <3 <3 <3

Rusty

🥰

shauna

but but but.. where is the pretty red floral dress from in the 1st photo?!?!?!?!?!?!?

This is great new!! I’m so excited about that..

Liesbeth VV

Hi team!

I have a Skillshare subscription and am dying to start this new course, but I can’t seem to find it on the website. The links in this article only take me to my profile and when I check Emily’s teacher profile it only shows me the first 2019 class..
Is the new course only available in the US maybe or something like that? (I’m from Belgium)
It looks amazing already, looking forward to hearing other talented voices as well!

Kind regards, Liesbeth

Liesbeth VV

Oh never mind… my brain turned on eventually and I searched for the teachers separately and found the classes 😅 I can currently think of no other excuses for my hastiness than that I am VERY excited!

Ari

Binge watched Mikel’s class last night and it is the BEST. Literally lol’ed so many times. He’s so charming, funny, and HELPFUL. I just want him to come to my house, criticize the decor, and tell me what to do. Obsessed.

How do we get him on the blog 24/7?

Kelly

It looks like Mikel’s support for his shelf is going to go from the weight. On the right side it looks like it is coming away from the wall. Maybe its an optical illusion. I just don’t want everything to fall on his nice lamp.
I love his style.

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