le pillow (i love louisiana)
So, I have been repressing my excitement about this for awhile now... Here's my story of how my craft has led to a pretty exciting "design" moment in my life. A few days after I opened my shop Plumed on Etsy, I was contacted by Emily Henderson of HGTV's Secrets From a Stylist. I woke up one morning to an email that said, "Long story short: I want to use one of your pillows on an upcoming episode of my show." Maybe, I shouldn't have put that in quotation marks because it isn't an exact quote, but it's pretty close.
I knew exactly who Emily Henderson was, as I am an HGTV enthusiast and love Design Star; which she won last year and how she got her very own HGTV show, Secrets From A Stylist. Of course she was my favorite and that had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that we are both from Portland. Okay, maybe that had something to do with it, but not the fact itself, but because I feel like she really brings Portland to L.A., which is a nice change - L.A. has been coming to Portland for a long time. Portland is a really eclectic place that truly values handmade, upcycled, recycled, independent artisans, vintage finds, as well as, modern designs. We have it all you know : ) Emily absolutely brings that to her show, so I was over the moon when not only was I contacted to have my pillow be on TV, but I was contacted by someone I really admire and feel like represents the same ideals; not only in design, but in community, Emily is an avid supporter of indie artists and small business.
Okay, back to June 23rd 2011, of course I remember the exact date! I was so excited when I opened this email. Truthfully I was in a complete daze. Then I thought, maybe this is a horrible crazy scam, when the pillow was actually ordered, I was crazy excited again! I was at a point in my life where I needed to make about a choice about what I was going to do to support myself and my three kids. I had no clue what expect from making pillows and selling them on Etsy, but this little voice in my head kept telling me to try it. So, I opened my shop and hoped for a sign as to whether or not this was a good place to put my time and energy, lo and behold, this happens. While I was really excited, especially for the first 24 hours, my focus quickly changed from thinking "maybe this will work..." to "something is working and now it's time to get down to business." My attitude changed mainly because I suddenly had confidence in who I was and what I was doing (or I at least needed to seriously fake it now!); TV or no TV, this was the real highlight here. This was my sign : ) I honestly stopped caring if it made it on to the final design of the show because I didn't believe that was the real reward ...but it seems to be the icing on the cake, because it did make it into the final design! Now that a few months have gone by of focusing on really trying to establish my shop, and not daydreaming of what my pillow will look like as the camera scans the room, I am simply just excited again to just see my pillow on TV. That's pretty exciting right?!
Emily let me know that she purchased the pillow for a client who lives in L.A. but is originally from Louisiana. I was inspired to make this pillow because while I have no real ties to Louisiana myself, I know people that are from there and they have a genuine love of their state. I have been intrigued this and by it's rich, rich culture. I absolutely love my home of Portland, Oregon, so this was my ode to others that have that same deep seeded love of theirs in Louisiana.
So back to the future...This week I got an email that, yes, my pillow made it into the final design, and I can officially be excited about it, blog about it, harass my friends and family to watch it and DVR it and start planning my snack menu for that glorious half hour of television. You can catch the episode too, (Eclectic Arty Odyssey - love that!) on HGTV September 24th on Secrets From A Stylist, which you should just watch in general because it's a great show. You will want to check your local listing times, but here it's on at 9pm PST.
And for further reading, here is a great blog post from Emily's Blog titled What Did We Do Before Etsy?
I will leave you with some photos to peruse of Emily's amazing design work...which, again, I absolutely love! I adore her mix of patterns, textures, clean lines and the sense of coziness and lushness every room she designs encompasses. While her designs are AMAZING, they look livable - not staged, not like you couldn't kick your feet up or picture your kids running around. And having kids myself and a real joy in kicking my feet up and feeling cozy, I guess that's why they are my favorite! Oh, how I wish her show was filmed in Portland! I would totally apply.
I love old world and vintage finds. Emily has the midas touch when it comes to making these looks feel uncluttered and even contemporary. This is a perfect example, I think.
i love how this ultra modern furniture is set against a vintage inspired backdrop of wallpaper and accessory pieces. i love that painting, a lot.
this has to be one of my favorite rooms! i love the color and style of the sofa which is grounded with that amazing coffee table. it looks clean and cozy...my favorite!
i LoVe the upholstery on this sofa!
i wish this photo was a little more crisp because this would also rank as my favorite. emily's designs have single-handedly made me wallpaper crazy! and i love that you really could use so many pieces in your own home, or from second-hand markets to re-create this look in your own home design.
the idea of doing something like this would make me panic, but it works and it's great! i suppose that's why she has her own show...i'll just stick to pillows.
For more info on Emily and photo's of her designs visit her blog Style by Emily Henderson and I will be sure to post pictures from the upcoming episode after it airs, on the 24th!
And feel free to visit my shop here: Plumed and share any of your crafting or shop stories in the comments!