There are times when I hit a blog and sorely wish that I had written the post I find there.
The last time this unfortunate day happened ; ) ; ) was with Joni at Cote de Texas. She wrote a post about what it takes to have a classic house, and it’s so good, I now send it to every future True Colour Expert a few days before they attend my training.
This way, we’re all happily on the same page when I start talking about good tile vs. bad tile, beautiful renos vs. ugly renos, colour that is right vs. colour that is so very wrong, classic design vs. trendy, and, well you get the picture.
On Thursday afternoon, it happened again. I landed on Emily Henderson’s blog. First, her site made me wish I could wave a magic wand and immediately have a new website (I desperately need a website designer), but when I got a little deeper, I realized what I was reading:
Some amazing posts I wish I’d written. It’s like I have a sister out there, rambling about the same kind of stuff you’ll often find here.
So, easier than writing them myself, I can just share them with you! And then you can get all kinds of good and extremely helpful information all in just one blog post.
Spoiler alert: You might get cranky when you read these mistakes if you realize you’ve made them in your own home. Or you could always start painting some of it. Bottom line: if you are not shopping for furniture, skip this next section . . . then you can just keep being blissfully unaware.
It’s not fun when someone explains why you shouldn’t have bought that $5000 area rug, or that complete dining room or bedroom set. If there’s nothing you can do about it right now, wait to read it until you can do something about it.
Emily is a lovely stylist who lives in LA, and has her own show on HGTV. She’s got lots of videos on her site with fun tutorials on styling, she’s playful, and she’s hugely entertaining.
Here’s the first one:
In this post, Emily gives you the lowdown on which wood furniture you should stay away from. And it’s never good to buy matching sets of anything (coffee tables, dining rooms, and bedroom sets). Good designers go out of their way to coordinate different wood furniture pieces because hey, you can buy the matched stuff on your own. You don’t need our help to do it that way.
Next up, furniture:
Here, Emily shows lots of examples of the style of sofa you should never buy. It’s true that it’s hard to style around furniture that looks like this.
And slipcovering a mistake is not cheaper, by the way. It costs the same as buying new. By the time you pay for the fabric and the labour to re-upholster or slipcover, it’s the same price as a brand new piece. The only time it’s worth it to slipcover is if the sofa was expensive and a good classic style to begin with.
Emily also had a phenomenal post on area rugs:
So there you go. I read her blog for hours on Thursday night, even some out loud to Terreeia as she made dinner. I was highly entertained and inspired by her writing style and tough love advice, all wrapped up with adorable photos of her family.
Give them a read, my lovelies, and let me know what you think. Good styling can disappear so many things you don’t like about your house, and we all need all the help we can get, right?
Which post is your favourite?