I have a new favorite design show, Secrets From a Stylist, featuring Emily Henderson who was the winner of HGTV’s Design Star. I heard about this show, but didn’t catch the 1st episode, so was thrilled to be able to watch the episode here online. It was picked up for 26 more episodes and will air in 2011. Can’t wait, I will be setting my DVR!
In the pilot, Emily styles Glee co-creator Ian Brennan’s new house. She starts off with a style diagnostic to learn about Ian’s taste. Many people cannot explain their style, so this is a great tool for Emily to learn who her client is. When I work with a new client, I have them fill out a questionnaire to learn about their style, but also love her idea to show objects. I want to implement this on future projects.
Just as we all have different layers to our personality, our design style should reflect this as well. Emily understands this, and layers the design to include the different characteristics of Ian.
The show also offers many of Emily’s styling secrets (copied my favorite tips here):
1. Accessories look better in threes or odd numbers. Also, don’t be afraid to create your vignette in the store before you buy.
2. Save money on pillows by sewing cases yourself. You don’t have to pay for upholstery weight fabric for pillows, you can find fabric in the clothing sections that’s a lot cheaper and will still work for pillows.
3. Traditionally, wall art is hung at eye level. When working with multiple pieces, like the art and antlers in this space, treat the entire composition as one piece of art and make sure the middle of the composition is at eye level.
4. The best way to balance masculine and feminine design styles is to choose feminine patterns in a masculine palette or vice versa.
5. An easy way to save money when framing is to pick up vintage frames when scouring flea markets, antique stores or estate sales. To give them a professional look, have mats cut at a framing shop.
6. Emily’s rule for painting furniture: if the pieces are over 50 years old, don’t do it. You’ll lose the charm and age that makes the piece beautiful. Since these Windsor chairs were only 20 years old, she decided to give them a glossy black makeover to make them truly special.
You can learn more about Emily here by reading her blog….it’s a good read!