We've had a girl crush on interior designer, HGTV Design Star winner, and generally cool chick Emily Henderson since we first caught an episode of her show Secrets From a Stylist and fell for both her whimsical, eclectic style and her all-around winning personality. The stylist and blogger will soon be adding mommy to her résumé when she welcomes a son (see her fun gender-reveal party here), for whom she's already crafted a look — "Newsies meets Footloose," she says — this December. We sat down with Emily to discuss kid-room design tips (hint: using grandma's hand-me-downs is A-OK), her own dream nursery, and her favorite children's decor shops, and gosh darn it if our crush didn't turn into a full-on love . . . design love, that is. Keep reading to see some of the amazing kiddie spaces Emily has designed for clients and learn how to create your own stylish kid's room!
If you love the thrill of a good flea market hunt, chances are you're also a fan of HGTV's Flea Market Flip (season two premieres tonight at 9pm/8c!). Equipped with $500 cash and a discerning eye, the Flea Market Flip teams search to find treasures that can be bought, fixed, and flipped for a higher sum – and the competition is fierce!
To celebrate the show's premiere and the arrival of flea market season, we called on one of our favorite flea market connoisseurs, Sandra Michaan. As coproducer of the Alameda Point Antiques and Vintage Fashion Faires, and VP of Antiques by the Bay and Michaan's Auctions, Sandra Michaan knows a thing or two about scoring big at flea markets. She insists it's the best way to find quality products at affordable prices and believes that one of the most valuable pre-antiquing tips is to know what to look for.
"There's a plethora of vintage mirrors for amazing prices at flea markets. I have found several for my home at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, all under $100, including a floor-length French Revival style with original white paint and a mirrored shelf/ shadow box. Even smaller mirrors can make a big impact when clustered together."
"I always keep an eye out for decorative lighting options, which can cost a pretty penny at a lighting store. Crystal droplet pendants can be bought loose and can be added for a dash of flare to a plain fixture. These droplets can be painted as a DIY option and would modernize a lighting piece. Paint them black or a neon color for a cool effect. Don't worry about missing or damaged shades — they can be easily updated with a modern shade for a new look."
Keep reading to see the other vintage finds Sandra always keeps an eye out for
While traveling to Georgia to tour the 2012 HGTV Green Home, I was lucky enough to experience The Inn at Serenbe. Out of the 1,000 acres that make up the sustainable community of Serenbe, 30 of those acres are dedicated to organic and biodynamic farming. Nestled in the midst of lush farmland is a gorgeous inn, where friendly animals, aromatic flowers and vegetation, charming accommodations, and scrumptious organic country cooking ease you into the heavenly pace of country living. When I wasn't admiring the interiors of the marvelously restored farmhouse that I stayed in, I was wandering the grounds deciding between leisure activities like afternoon tea, croquet, hiking, swimming, hay riding, or simply bird and animal watching. Of course, I couldn't resist the urge to snap pictures incessantly on my phone, trying to capture the beauty that surrounded me. See which breathtaking spots I uncovered while wandering the inn's grounds. They just might inspire you to experience a farm adventure of your own!
If you missed Saturday's episode of Shop This Room, not to worry! We caught up with HGTV Design Star winner and Shop This Room host, Danielle Colding to get the skinny on her latest transformation. When home owners Niloo and Joe couldn't agree on a design scheme, they called on Danielle to hone in on a personal piece to inspire a fresh look for their space. By finding a balance between Niloo's preference for cool, contemporary interiors and Joe's affinity for natural elements with a warm color palette, Danielle was able to create an inviting space where they could finally feel at home. Keep reading to discover the techniques and shopping destinations Danielle relied on to nail the look, and tune in next Saturday at 8:00 p.m. for a new episode!
Tonight marks the season premiere of HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms, which offers a glimpse inside some of the most extravagant, high-end rooms across the globe. The series, hosted by TV personality Carter Oosterhouse, looks at luxury, multimillion-dollar spaces. Throughout the season, viewers will see everything from a lavish home theater to a 19,000-square-foot library to a pool that holds 750,000 gallons of water.
Are you looking forward to all the grandeur? Or do you think $300,000 worth of kitchen cabinets is way too over the top?
Photo courtesy of HGTV
In addition to devouring glossies and the web, we design lovers also get our fix from the countless television shows that revolve around the world of interiors. Whether it's in the form of a contest, talk show, or docu-series, we seem to love them all. Or do we? I've rounded up a handful of design-related shows that piqued the interest of decorating enthusiasts in 2011. I want to know which shows you looked forward to tuning into the most. So, browse this gallery for a refresher and vote for your favorite!
Emily Henderson is one of my personal favorite designing ladies for many reasons — two of those being that she's got a great eye and possesses an immediately recognizable, very cool personal style. Plus, you can just tell that she's a really nice person. All of those qualities will jump out at HGTV viewers who tune in tonight to watch HGTV'd.
On this episode, Emily tackles the lackluster, cluttered family room of Steve and John, proud dads of two adopted sons. Their attic-level multipurpose room definitely has potential, but in its current state, it's a jumble of kids' toys, media devices, and old furniture. Luckily, Emily's the perfect person to tackle all of these issues. Check out some behind-the-scenes and reveal photos from the project, and hear what Emily has to say about the experience of designing for HGTV'd.
Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. to watch the entire transformation!
Last week's elimination of Mark had many Design Star contestants up in arms — he was an audience favorite, but his designs for the Small House challenge admittedly fell far short of the mark. This means that Karl and Meg are the last two designers vying for their own show. Who's your favorite: Meg, the camera-ready designer with the vibrant designs, or Karl, the architect who makes great use of space?
Tell me why you think Meg should win, or why you favor Karl. And what did you think of the season overall? Were the designers on this season of Design Star better than last year? What did you think of the different format, with David Bromstad as the mentor?