I have a favourite design show on Foxtel, one that I would give up a Saturday night out to stay at home on the couch and watch. It's Emily Henderson's show called 'Secrets From A Stylist'. Emily was the winner of Design Star Season 5 and I love her. I want to be her! (Not in the creepy, 'Single White Female' way. Obviously). Emily has an amazing eye for style and colour, an effortless way of talking to her clients and an uncanny ability to seek out the BEST mid-century modern flea market gems.
On the show, Emily starts with a 'style diagnostic', seeking out the main styles and personalities of her clients so that their spaces can be more representative of who they are. This is often teased out using visual questions; picking a favourite out of a series of objects, ordering from most to least liked and normally accomplished with couples picking diametrically opposite things. Funny, unless you're the decorator. No problem for Emily though, using her stylist magic to cleverly layer styles and textures to reach the final design. By the end of it, I normally want to live there too, even if the style was a mix of country club something or crossed with bohemian.
I really like that idea - getting an innate understanding of who your clients really are, their likes/dislikes. There's no better feeling than the one you get when you are home, so it makes sense to make your house an extension of you. Check out Emily's blog; it's rad, it's like she's speaking directly to you and is mostly original content. One of her posts is a round up of animal lamps. Did I mention that I love her?
Do you have a favourite style blogger? I'd love to know who you follow, share the links in your comment!