HGTV and I have a love/hate relationship. Being, I am super supportive of the educated designers, yet slightly disgusted with programs that lead viewers to believe they can make their home look like a million bucks with a ball of string and a can of paint.
My favorite show thus far, has been Dear Genevieve, who is adorable, and a smart cookie. Candice Olson has created a literal empire for design with her own business, show, and various product lines. I also respect Mr. Vern Yip as a designer, even though his education was in architecture, it's still an extremely valuable asset with structural interiors. He definitely has what it takes. And all the flack he caught for being 'critical' of the Design Star contestant? BRING IT! They deserved every bit of the constructive criticism. A great designer will not make it if they cannot generate multiple solutions and evolve their style.
However....a NEW show with this season's Design Star winner Emily Henderson will begin THIS Sunday at 10 P.M. I might have a new favorite. Here was the second to last challenge's space she designed.
I've read her blog before she made it on the show, which inevitably made me pull for her...and what do you know! What I like about Emily is she is humble, real, discerning, and clever. I mean...you can't get any more real than this: her wedding invitation...ADORABLE.
Her branch of design is styling. You know how pretty photos are in magazines? From Martha Stewart displays to fluffing a home before a photo shoot...this is right up her alley. This is her own desk at home:
Her show is all about making your home look like you by finding inspiration in the clients' wardrobe. The best part? She is a big fan of flea markets...boy, we should be friends!
"Secrets of a Stylist" Don't miss it!