Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Stylist Diagnostic: The Newest Design Star.

Being a Design Star fan...and, obviously, a hopeful-to-be-contestant, I have closely followed Emily Henderson, winner of season 5. While I was underwhelmed by the overall talent for most of the season (usually thinking "umm I could do way better than that"), I actually think the final 3 really proved themselves by those last few challenges, and I have no problem jumping on the Emily as the winner train. She's quirky, dry witted, and good at what she does. This is me. Jumping on board.

So watching the sneak premiere of her new show, Secrets From A Stylist, I actually went in questioning her hosting abilities. Welp. Turns out. She's kinda a natural. She was witty, quirky, like-ably awkward and left this very critical eye stylistically satisfied.The breaking down of styles was quite genius and her clever names for these genres such as "FDR Chic" and "British Invasion Mod" really sets her apart from a slew of other TV designing/decorating/styling persona. Instead of fluffing her way through terms that mean nothing or overly used terms like feel or atmosphere, Emily made her own styles out of a real-life client's tastes and desires. What a feat. Her combination of vintage and modern really educates everyone, from professionals to amateurs, on the value of things, both old and new.

From sporting the fake glasses during the "Style Diagnostic" to arranging her "Mood Board" in a quaint outdoor setting, I think it's safe to say Emily Henderson has captured some hearts....and, from the looks of it, quite the she has been signed for 26 episodes! Get. It. Girl.

And lets face it, who wasn't OBSESSED with her use of those vintage goose neck lamps.
Hi. I'll take 2.

For more Emily Henderson tips and quirkiness, follow her blog here!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

On Tour.

While catching up on some of my own favorite design blogs, I stumbled across a link on Design*Sponge that made me gasp. Out loud.

What. I'm obsessed with this. The tag is "It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks...and I am a sucker for a good concert...oh wait...AND for a sketchbook. Feeling validated after starting my own "Sketchbook Diaries" project, I looked into and it is an incredible idea. Quite frankly I'm jealous that I didn't come up with it myself...but I digress...

You order the sketchbook from them...I've actually used these before so I can vouch for the quality of paper...because let's face it, it's all about the paper with these things people. Yes. I have the OCD. I own it. You should too. Good paper is good paper...oh right...the have until January to fill your book however you want to, with an underlying theme you choose online and then all the sketchbooks from across the nation go on tour! They get displayed in various libraries and galleries and end the tour in The Brooklyn Art Library, where they get barcoded and are open to the public for viewing and you can track it like a library book! How invigorating!

Call me a sucker, but I think I'm in. Care to join?


Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Welp. This morning, I went downtown to the Bexar County Clerk's Office and registered my "assumed name business" with the county. The LID: Lisa Interior Designs is officially least in Bexar county...for the next 10 years. Having someone hand you a document like that is quite a rush and set my day on a full speed ahead kind of path.

As I have come to realize that God has a different plan than my stubborn, determined self had set out on, I have learned to say "oh well" and wait in great expectation for HIS edition of my life. And ya know what? It's so much more exciting, and suspenseful and rewarding this way. While I wait for Him to show me how exactly I get to employ my passion for design in the career world, I will employ it here, with this blog.

Joyfully sharing my opinions, ideas and love for design through thoughts and experiences, I can't wait to see where this passion takes me.

Uncontainable Passion for Uncontainable Design: the LID