Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Secrets of a Stylist

Since beginning the house search in Norfolk I've become a self professed HGTV addict.  I can't go more than a day without watching at least one episode of "House Hunters," "Selling New York," or "Design Star."  This Saturday night debuted Design Star winner Emily Henderson's new show "Secrets from a Stylist" (Saturdays 9pm ET).  Emily really listens to her clients and then pinpoints their individual tastes.  Armed with an acute understanding of what her clients want, she sources unusual pieces and shares her secrets for repurposing, refinishing and rethinking to create original spaces.  In the first episode, Emily effortlessly marries two styles: "Hollywood regency with country club chic" to update a 1920's LA living room.  Personally, I prefer the singular Hollywood regency look, but I really admire the way she pulled it all together and blended the couple's design tastes.  Emily posses such authentic artistry; it's a fun and fresh way to decorate.  Here are some pictures of the room transformed in the first episode.  My DVR is ready to capture the entire season of Emily's design innovation.

The "Before" picture: Emily's eye is MUCH needed

I love this room, especially the Lucite chandelier and the mocha
velvet wing chairs; this was "layer 1" (the Hollywood regency look)
Then Emily added "Layer 2" (the country club chic style).
She repainted the walls with a gold okra, re tiled the fireplace and replaced
the wing chairs, among other alterations, but she did keep the chandelier
and the Chinese silk prints on the walls
The final accent pieces on the coffee table; her clients loved it
 All photos from HGTV's website.

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