The Home of a Home Stylist

Have you seen Emily A. Clark’s house yet?  She’s like the house whisperer for real people with kids who watch TV and have shoes on the floor, but still love pretty houses.

Emily is a blogger/house stylist/mom of three little ones and she has created a beautiful home for her family without breaking the bank.  Along the way, she chronicles her rooms on her blog and teaches us without knowing it.

This makes me want to add unexpected color into every room.  I love it all.  Moody walls, black and white photos, drum shades.  Emily is incredibly talented and she has quite the skill of mixing pattern, strong color, modern, traditional, high end and thrift.

She helps other people with their spaces too.  Here’s before Emily::

Here’s during Emily, when she sent the Perkins family her ideas::

And here is what the Perkins family did after they got Emily’s ideas::

Huge difference.  Can I get an Amen? What I love about this project is that they didn’t have to go out and buy all new furniture but they still got an all new look.  Like welcome to 2010 look.  Sometimes you just need someone to guide you and then you are off and running.  The Perkins family didn’t have Emily come to their house, they just emailed.  No shower needed.

There is something about her work that makes each room sophisticated but still really approachable.  Just like here in Emily’s daughter’s room.

As of today, I’m officially referring anyone who emails me for personal help, to Emily.

Two years ago, I offered online design services.  The work was just too much for me to balance with the blog and my hobby of writing pretty things on toaster strudel with the icing pack so, I referred people to Layla and Melissa.   Then they needed to focus on their blogs more and they no longer offer online consultations.

For the last year I’ve been searching for someone to be able to partner with here at Nesting Place.  Someone I could promote who I knew got the whole It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to Be Beautiful thing.  There were a few people who I considered, some who inquired and just weren’t the right fit but, once I saw Emily’s work, I knew she was the perfect match.  Emily is an advertiser at Nesting Place, but unlike regular advertisers where I approve them based on whether or not I would want want they sell, she had to undergo extra scrutiny.  I can’t be sending you to just anyone for personal help.  I take referrals like this very seriously.  Emily is Nester approved.

She can combine Wal-Mart, fabric and glue, updating things she already owns, and  Goodwill finds to create a beautiful, welcoming, usable home–look a family room that makes the big TV look like part of the room.

Ways to learn from Emily

1. Read her blog. Emily’s blog is FULL of useful information that we can apply right now. And her blog is good reading. She has ideas for displaying children’s artwork, shows before and afters, and is super adorable.

2. If you need personal attention, let her design a room board for you. If you are stuck in the design process for a room and you need help and want a focused goal for a specific space, Emily can help.  She offers different levels of guidance starting at $25.  The price of a room board is much less than purchasing the wrong sofa for a space, a good investment.

3. Tonight from 9-10pm EST Emily is going to be available to answer quick questions on her blog. She’s hosting a Q & A session that will take part in the comment section of the top post on her blog.  You’ll see it when you get there tonight.  She won’t be able to answer really specific stuff like, can I use my aunt Martha’s rug in my family room if I move the sofa and buy a new TV and will my husband like it? But, she can answer general questions like, do you have a favorite color of gray paint that you reccomend?

4. Move to her neighborhood, make her dinner every night and hope that she will want to be your friend and help you with your house for free. It’s a long shot and takes commitment but, I have a feeling this could be a viable option?

5. Follow Emily on Twitter @emilyaclark

6. Enter to win a free idea board personalized for your space. One person will be chosen from the comments to work with Emily and receive a free idea board to help them complete the vision for the room of their choice. This includes an idea board, shopping sources with detailed design notes and a space plan for their room.

Leave a comment to enter to win, tell us what room of yours needs Emily’s help the most.

Don’t forget, fall mantel party tomorrow!

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  1. jill farris says:

    we have a big bonus room that i want to use as a homeschool room/office/computer/art room but it ends up just being messy and not really used for anything.

    Help1 Our family of 11 will adore you1

    jill f.

  2. Jennifer Cooper says:

    It would be hard to choose just one room. thanks for finding her.

  3. Oh my goodness, I adore her bedroom and daughter’s room! I think I’d like her to do my living room/dining room, I’ve been paralyzed with indecision for a good year now and she could rescue me from my indecisiveness, LOL!

  4. The bedroom my three daughters share really needs help!

  5. I just got married and my poor living room is bare. I love what Emily does and would love to see her suggestions for our place!

  6. I just spent a ton of time reading Emily’s blog and I love it. I love her post on ways to lighten a space. I would love to see what she could do with our orange living room!

  7. I love Emily’s style! I just bought a new home and would love to have help with a 19 X 27 ft (!!!) family/living room. I have windows on 3 sides and an off center fireplace. I would love to have a functional space with some style!

  8. Hi! I emailed Emily today with a question about the services she offers and she replied TODAY! I couldn’t believe it! I have a room in mind that I’d love her to make a design board for. It’s our living room. I have been “stuck” in design mode for, well, let’s see…ten years. There is furniture in the room, including an old piano, the high back kind, and some window treatments that I’d love to keep. However, it needs accessories big time and the perfect paint color. I have painted the room searching for just the right color so many times that my hubby says the room is shrinking now! ;)

  9. I’d love to have Emily’s fresh ideas for our family room. It’s the most lived in room in the house and needs a face lift.

  10. Christine says:

    Wow! I like how livable the rooms are that Emily has designed. I could really use some help with my Family Room. It is getting worn out and dated and I just can’t seem to find a layout that works.

  11. Emily’s style is brilliant! I could really use her help in accessorizing my house. My walls are bare and I do not have many accessories because I have a hard time tying everything together.

  12. I would love help with my family room. I really want the room my family spends the most time in to reflect to reflect us and look great!

  13. Our living room is a total nightmare – weird shape, no storage, etc. I need help! I hate clutter, and i feel like it is taking over my life.

    Not sure if I’m too late, but if I’m not – I’d appreciate any help I could get! 8 1/2 months prego and stuck on bed rest isn’t leaving me much to do but look at this living room and wish I could change it!!!

  14. My living/dining room. It has a few things in it right now but it’s so blah. We don’t and won’t use it as a dining room so I’m stuck in a state of indecision of what to do with it.

  15. We are moving to a new home that has been modified for my physically challenged, 11 year old daughter. She has lots of ideas for colors, but I want it to be functional for her too. It isn’t the biggest room, but I need help to find products to make it a beautiful place that allows her to have friends over to do crafts and a place for her store her books (her hobby) and access it. I also have 3 other children, homeschool and work part-time.

  16. My great room! Which is where we cook, eat, craft, do school, play, watch tv, fold laundry…everything but go to the potty and sleep. Help.

  17. My Living/breakfast/dinning room…yes they are all connected in a big L-shaped space that needs some LOVE!

  18. Living-dining room, also my office space (at least the table is…). Desperate for this room to live a little!

  19. Master bedroom- ! almost ready to dive in , but need help!
    New wall color, have good furniture, need new bedding-
    but seriously need a sitting arrangement with furniture that works.
    So close, but yet so far. HELP! My husband is begging!

  20. I would love to redo my master bedroom before my hubbie gets back from a deployment! I’ve got the paint, but can’t get a vision for the rest! It would be a great surprise for him!!

  21. How did I miss this post. Hope I didn’t miss the giveaway.

  22. In my home, the master bedroom gets the least attention, but designers says it’s the most important. I get that, but it’s also the one no one else sees. I would love Emily’s help in putting that room on the top of the list!

  23. Our family room is extremely dark. The windows face the woods (pretty but dark) and we have 1970’s paneling around the entire room w/a built-in bookcase. To save $ we use my husband’s bachelor pad furniture – black leather sofa, loveseat and couch – darker still. One saving grace we have a large, beautiful brick fireplace and large mantle. Help! Help! Help!

  24. I need help with my living room which turns into a dining nook. I’ve moved into this place about a year ago and tried couple of ideas to transform it into a beautiful space. But I still struggle in finding a great idea to implement. Time for ask for help!

  25. I should probably chose my family room but maybe the master bedroom? I’ll make the choice if I win…

  26. Oh my…she is good! I would have her help me with my dining room wall, or the master bedroom…or, well she could improve it all!

  27. Is it too late to ask for help? My bedroom, why do we always work on OUR room last? mmm?

  28. My son’s room. He’ll soon need a “big boy” room and I’d love her help to make it great!

  29. She has lovely ideas! I could use some advice on all of my corner cabinets and corner fireplaces….they always stump me. I have almost no square corners!

  30. Oh I need her help with my living room. Ugh I just cannot figure it out – large rectangle room with a door or window, or fireplace on each wall. HELP!

  31. Why does everyone else’s ideas always look so much better than mine? I love all her ideas. Please help!!! My master bedroom has a sitting room off to side that we get no use from. It just sets there!! Small wall devides them, don’t know what to do!! Help!!

  32. Shannonmc says:

    I am a wahm and have been trying to transform a room into an office/playroom so I can keep an eye on my 2 yr old while I (try to) work. I just can’t seem to pull together a cohesive room and it’s driving me bonkers! Love this post, thanks:)

  33. Tami Ruth says:

    I have a family room that is long & narrow. Having some trouble finding my comfy place in here. Help!!!!! It’s been 8 yrs. and still not happy.

  34. My great room and open kitchen have beams in the ceiling and not too rustic faux log walls on two sides and dark green on the opposite walls. Floor needs to be replaced, so I need help with choosing something to use that won’t look to dark with the wood tone on walls. I like antiques and have several pieces boxed up, such as kitchen tools and sewing supplies. My husband is very handy, but I need direction for display areas for my antiques. I love to sew my own curtains to change with the seasons. Also like to piece quilt tops and use them in decor.

  35. wow – I totally need to be friends w/ Emily! She has great ideas! My living room needs her help! ;-)

  36. Anonymous says:

    Um, who won???

  37. Stefanie Boe says:

    I need help with the living room/kitchen of my new rental. It’s one big room… finishes don’t match. I’m at a loss.

  38. help! help! i have just begun work on my hubby’s office and am already stuck. he is so supportive of my love for decorating and i really want him to have a great home office to retreat to. he loves sailing, so i have a dream for his office but need help in creating the perfect traditional nautical decor. i love how emily can pull a room together and i would love, no i need, her help for this room. thx for the giveaway!

  39. Melissa says:

    Winning a design board for our family room/great room would be a dream come true. It is the heart of our home. We spend all our awake time here. I love design, fabric, paint…but have two baby boys tugging at my legs needing love and attention. So I set aside my love for design and desire for a visually pleasing room (home). These little ones are my lovebugs – I love them more than I ever thought possible. So the room/house will wait…

  40. Boy, does our bedroom need a makeover! I would love to win a design board. Thanks!

  41. After being a student family for the last 12 years, we vowed that we would decorate our room first since we deserve it. Of course we didn’t follow through and it’s the only room we haven’t touched. We would love your ideas and to be able to finally open our bedroom door when company comes over. Finger’s crossed…

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