The twist is though - the items may be new to the space, but they aren't necessarily all chain-store new items (like only shopping at West Elm or Crate & Barrel). She shares tips on how she saves money by buying vintage or thrifted items, and tweaking them - through paint or upholstery (hence looking at lines & shapes when thrifting). Emily also keeps a photo journal of what she spots - to perhaps use in a future project. This past Saturday's episode, she even showed viewers how not to be discouraged by the high retail price of a pillow, but how to create a look for less. Yes - it is something several DIYer's already know, but not everyone can do.
Besides her down-to-earth and quirky personality, what I have enjoyed about the show is that Emily is explaining to viewers the what, why and how of shopping thrift & vintage (almost like a blog turned TV show). She easily demonstrates one room styled two ways. Although a budget isn't shown, the cost of item selections are and they are more reflective of the way we think in today's economy. Her first two episodes have done a great job of demonstrating to viewers that from a simple shift to shopping thrift you can create a personal style that is uniquely YOU. And that truly is what makes a house a home - rather than looking like a merchandised store.
From Emily's first Episode - Option 1
Same room - Option 2
No construction - just paint and a simple switch of rug, accessories and
some furniture - but not necessarily its placement.
You can catch a re-cap of her show she posts on her blog at Emily Hendrson's Blog, as well as check the schedule and room reviews on HGTV.com. There is even a site created for you to upload your won pictures (similar to the Rate My Space format) and Emily can diagnose your design style.
Have you seen it? What do you think?