Despite declaring a much-needed day of rest today, recent Design Star winner Emily Henderson was kind enough to chat with me about her career-changing experience. I was psyched to interview her–not because she won, and not because she validated my pre-season prediction of making top four–but because I’m such a fan of her styling work and her blog, The Brass Petal. Although I am partial to her quirky personality, I am all about beautiful spaces and entertaining writing, both of which she crafts in spades.
But before I get to our interview, she did want to make it known that Courtland Bascon was, in fact, scheduled to help her celebrate at LA’s Agave on finale night, but was called away to Boston for a family thing.
And now for this morning’s pow-wow…
How do you keep a secret this big for this long?
It’s so hard! You have this incredibly life-changing thing happen to you and you can’t tell anyone about it. The thing that kept me quiet was knowing that if I told someone who leaked it and people knew who won, then nobody would watch the show and getting people to watch the show all the way through was critical to my show’s success. I was able to tell Brian (Henderson, Emily’s husband) and my parents. There was a contract. There are some people you just can’t keep that big a secret from.
That green sofa in your sunroom was to die for. Where did it come from?
It’s vintage. It came from a back room at DWR (Design Within Reach). It was like $1200 or something.