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Episode three was a total blast (watch it here). Excitement just oozed out of Micah and Evelyn. I promise never to say ‘oozed out of them’ again. Gross. But it did. They were desperate for help and all they wanted was fun, color and some function. They already had a TV room (that you didn’t see.) They also wanted a place to play with their friends—they love themselves some board games. They also needed a dining room. The loft was pretty daunting actually; it was massive and dark and totally vacuous. Frankly, it was very cold, and these people are not.

Secrets From a Stylist: Episode 3 Loft, BeforeI know. Empty. Dead. Boring.


The style diagnostic was pretty great, no major surprises. I thought Micah would choose one of the cooler cars, but instead he picked the one that was purely the most functional. But with the speakers he didn’t—he chose the gadgety folding ones, which told me that he likes a bit of whimsy in his life. And based on his personality and his fashion, I could tell that he loves function but with a sense of humor.

And Evelyn is easy peasy, loves color, playfulness, whimsy and specifically the 50′s retro diner stuff.

Lets start with the first look:

Secrets From a Stylist: Ep 3, Look 1

Super retro, throwback and full of fun. I really loved it, but it was more for a group of early twenties artists, maybe not so much for early thirties.

Let’s break down some pieces:

I bought the sofa at a vintage store (Design Modern) and had it reupholstered for a grand total of $1,300.

Secrets From a Stylist: Ep 3, Sofa Before

Not bad for a custom vintage piece. And it’s great for a lounge but not so much for your main comfy sofa, so it was perfect for them.

Secrets From a Stylist, Ep 3, Sofa After

But the fabric was too, well, ugly and itchy and gross. So i recovered it with navy wool, to make it more sophisticated.

And those lamps? A lot of people have responded to those guys. I love how dramatically tall they are on the sofa tables. I got them both for $120 from the Long Beach antique mall (where i shopped on camera). Kinda a steal for those bad boys.

The coffee table was from the flea market, but they are pretty easy to find at a lot of industrial or architectural salvage stores. They are also reproduced like crazy right now. These are one of those things that if you live in the mid-west they are EVERYWHERE for like, nothing. But here, even at the flea market, it is $250. But it’s great, and Micah loved it.

That shag rug is from Cb2, and i think it was $700. Really comfy and cozy. The globe collection is from every flea market, vintage store and thrift store. I think i brought enough to fill the entire space. And i had a lot of ‘Orlando, what in the WORLD are you doing right now?’ kinda jokes. Crazy they got cut, right? Comedy gold.

There is a behind the scenes snafu that i can tell you about. We bought all these socket splitters to create the custom chandelier, a la this:

Secrets From a Stylist: Ep 3, Chandelier Inspiration

And we did make them. We spray painted them bright red, and they became these awesome organic shapes. But i will tell you what—they ended up being a fortune. Not exactly a diy that’s budget friendly. Each socket splitter was a few dollars and the bulbs were expensive, too. So i think we ended up spending like $500 when we started out the project thinking it was totally good for the budget. Not so.

Secrets From a Stylist: Ep 3, Red Chandeliers

So we did this big hour-long DIY lesson that didn’t make it in the show because A) i’m not totally sure i should be giving electrical advice and B) it ended up being super expensive. I will say that they look super, super cool…and fun…and totally custom.

Secrets From a Stylist: Ep 3, E Light

Oh, and that ‘e’ i LOVE. It lights up! So it creates great mood-lighting, and it’s such a unique piece. I got it at Vintage Rehab on Beverly. I think it was around $100, and the gasoline numbers in look 1 were purchased there for $25 a pop.

Overall, it is a happy loft for a happy couple. And they were just so grateful. One of them got teary in the end, which totally made my life. Of course, i wish the cameras had been rolling, but what can you do? It’s actually really hard for people to show the excitement with the cameras trained on them (these two did NOT have that problem, they were awesome). There are so many times when people, their reaction on camera is great, they love it, it’s beautiful, etc, etc, and the second they yell ‘cut’, they’d relax and do a happy dance and truly celebrate and i’m like, WHY NOW??? It’s hilarious. But not these two, they were super super excited and grateful and that makes me look back on the whole week with total fondness. Yes, i am getting mushy these days. Can’t help it.

18 Responses

  1. joAnn says:

    Where is the store in episode 3 with the sign that says: antiques, collectibles art objects, painted in fading red letters? The footage implies it may be in Hollywood.

  2. Lily says:

    I absolutely love Emily's style – the transformations are amazing. The show is so interesting the way it is set up – she pretty much does two styles and the tips and ideas you get along the way are really fabulous. I think Emily is the best designer on HGTV and I will continue to watch her every week!

  3. lily says:

    I just saw the episode of the spanish revival and I thought the first design with the green walls was absolutely gorgeous. So original and I loved the large painting – Emily really knows how to put a room together and I love her show….keep up your incredible work!

  4. Joan says:

    I love Emily's designs, her personality, her looks and the concept for her show. Love all these things. When she was on Design Star, I cheered her victory. However, is it possible for her to work with a speech coach so that she can learn to use her voice in a more effective and mellifluous way? This is something that most people can pick up quite quickly with coaching.

  5. Moonbeam says:

    Love this show and get upset if I miss it. so glad one of the episodes was in "On Demand" with my cable service. I so look forward to each episode. Such a fresh approach to diagnosing design styles and combining them. I watch despite her voice, and I hope she gets a speech coach because I love this show and don't want it to go away just because of her voice. Hope that doesn't happen. So glad she won Design Star!

  6. keligh says:

    I like Emily , her style in design and on tv.

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