With my failed attempt at registration, my dream of meeting Emily died. Then last week I went to quilt night and Nate's Uncle Stacy told me he had spent the day being a driver for all of the ALT attendees. I about fell over. I said (in a really serious voice), "Did you meet Emily?" He said he had met a girl named Emily so I looked up a photo of her on my phone and showed it to him. Yep, he had met her.
All of the sudden I turned into a fourteen-year-old girl. Other people dream of meeting George Clooney and Emma Stone, but I just want to meet designers.
Stacy said he was going to drive again on Saturday and he would look out for Emily for me. Saturday morning he called me to tell me he met her friend, Anne Sage from the City Sage and Rue magazine, and she gave him this photo for me:
And then wrote this on the back:
But since I didn't get to actually attend this year, I did the next best thing: I googled. And I found this interview with Emily. I love what she says about Design Star, "People would tell me they were a really competitive person and I thought, 'Why? Just be a really hard-working person.'"
I love that. I've always believed that. The moment I start to feel the slightest bit competitive, I put my head down and get to work. Usually I work so hard that I completely forget who I was competing with in the first place.
And later in the article she admitted this:
After Design Star, I went to Barnes and Noble to buy some style books, basically the ABCs of Interior Design. And I thought, 'PLEASE don't anybody recognize me.' I had a pretty good idea but the details--like what specific carpet patterns are called or the proper names of chair styles--were good for me to know.
The idea of her going to Barnes and Noble to buy design books cracks me up. I like that she doesn't take herself too seriously. And she'll probably be writing one of those books in the not-so-distant future. Perhaps then I'll meet her at a book signing? A girl can dream.
Check out her blog here. It's very inspiring and completely entertaining.