Currently Coveting: Emily Henderson’s Eclectic Style

I have developed a bit of a blog crush on Emily Henderson, who is from last season of HGTV’s Design Star. I had never watched Design Star up until this week, when I realized last season was available to watch on Hulu. Insert my new obsession. I’ll admit I kind of half-watched it while working, but I paid enough attention to pick up on some great ideas. It’s pretty much like Project Runway but with stylists and designers for the home, and it’s perfect for learning new DIY tips to bring to your own makeover projects.

I am crushing on this card catalogue Emily Henderson found at a flea market and made her own by adding pin-legs and topping with a mirror. Totally simple and definitely do-able, so I’ll continue to scope Craigslist every day for a (reasonably priced) card catalog. Once the weather becomes a little less sweltering, I will bring my search to flea markets and cross my fingers I find something, because I think the older sense of character would go well in our 1940s home. I really love mixing vintage finds with bright, modern pieces…and tiny drawers basically make me go bananas. Where do you find your design inspiration for your home?

{Photos courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson}

Have a fun weekend everyone, hopefully I’ll have more before and after house photos to share once Monday rolls around!

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say hello to my little friends (one last time)

My goat illustration (bottom right) recently got some Etsy front page love, which always makes me flail with delight! I am looking forward to creating some new pieces to expand the “say hello to my little friends” series even further. The exhibition is currently on display at the Philadelphia International Airport in Terminal B. If all goes according to plan the show will be making a reappearance at Cafe Estelle, my favorite brunch spot in Philadelphia, from December through January.

I will be adding a few farmyard friends to the mix—a cow, duck, and chicken…basically the animals that are on the menu at the cafe (don’t judge me, I realize it’s fairly morbid!). I’ve been working on painting and decorating a children’s school desk that will hold my prints and other items for sale at the show, which has been a lot of fun but very time consuming. I’ll be sure to post a few photos soon to show you a bit of the process, but to give you a visual, it involves me watching Hoarders marathons and my arse going numb from drawing at a desk that is meant for 6-year-olds. I’ll be sure to keep you posted, but for now please mark Friday, December 3rd on your calendar if you’d like to check out my critters for their final show since I will be starting my new dream series come the new year.

Any last-minute critters you’d like to request be a part of the “say hello to my little friends” series of exotic pet drawings?