{The Great Design Rescue} Second Episode Reveal

Sup playas?  I hope my homegirls (and guys, if there are any) forgive my blog for becoming an infrequently-updated, self-promotion-platform for my television appearances and Instagram pics.  Sorry.  I’m effin busy and am in severe need of a life coach.

But guess what?  Today I renewed my gym membership (Annual “Excuse to Dress like a Slut” Day Halloween is approaching, so that means Operation: Drop-it-Like-its-Hot is in full effect) and the cardio got my blood a pumpin.  I was ultra productive and literally crossed off every, single item on my “To Do” list.  I don’t think that’s ever happened.  Ever.

Now you lucky readers get to benefit from my soon to be over energy burst with a lil design related content.  Don’t get too excited.  It’s still a shameless, design-in-television self-promotion.  Hey, a girls gotta eat.  

Today I present to you, the “After” photos from the Jonathan Adler inspired, second episode of The Great Design Rescue.

My favorite element in the entire makeover?  This vintage, rattan Peacock chair that I spray painted mandarin orange.  Looks good against those charcoal hued, trellis patterned panels, huh? Well it was quite controversial.  I found it on Craigslist for $200 and haggled the seller down to $80.  I was thrilled, however Virginia almost hurled when she saw it.  Not a fan.  To say the least.  After I showed her the Tweet I got back from Johnathan Adler giving me the thumbs up, she was slightly sold. Slightly.

Keep in mind that this was a family-friendly, makeover on a budget of $500, with very, Very, VERY little time to complete and labor support.  Still, I’m quite happy with it.

Here is a BIG Thank You! to my awesome friend Emily of Sedura Imagery for sneaking some time out of her packed schedule to shoot the space.  Love ya.

I also wanted to share a janky, unprofessional, screenshot that highlights my beloved vintage elephant stand. See him on the floor next to the right sofa?

See him? Don’t ya love him? Sadly, he didn’t make it to the photo shoot.  He was broken within 24 hours of the reveal. RIP elephant.  I will remember you always.

Here are some of the “Before” shots…

Yup, you read right.  The budget was $500.

Want to see how I did it?  Watch the episode!  I think you will like it.  There are three separate links to watch the full episode, because it was broken up by two commercial breaks.

So here you are… FIRST PART, SECOND PART, and THIRD PART.  Watch.  Tell me what ya think!

UPDATE: Two of the photos have been removed due to the families request.  They were very concerned that framed pictures of their children were in the background of some of the images.  I got a very serious e-mail from their “attorney”.  You can read it here:



Thank you very much for taking down one of the photographs that I discussed in my email to you yesterday and that we discussed on the phone last night.  I appreciate your understanding of my concerns with allowing minors’ photographs to be displayed on your blog without permission. 


However, I would appreciate it if you would also either remove or blur the images in the photograph which shows the sailboat ash tray.  The children’s images are also quite apparent in that photograph.  The <Homeowners> and I agree that the photos are beautiful depictions of the work that was done and we do not want to rob you of the opportunity to show the work.  But, we just simply cannot have the photos showing the kids.  I believe that yesterdays email and my conversation with you last night made it clear that there were two pictures that needed to be removed.  We have no objection to the third photo as the kids are not identifiable due to the bookcase itself being out of focus. 


As I mentioned yesterday, if you fail to comply with this request, I am prepared to file an action in court.  Simply comply in the next 24 hours by removing or blurring the kids images and let’s all move on and away from this.  

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.  If you have any questions, you may reach me via email or my number listed below.     


Kind Regards,

Amy Johnson


Amy R. Johnson

Law Office of Amy R. Johnson, LLC

3526 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor

St. Louis, MO 63103

314.706.4274 (c)

314.289.1567 (f)

They don’t want pictures with pictures of their kids in the background on my blog. If I don’t take them down they are prepared to file an action in court.  What action?  I really can’t explain how hilarious this is to me. I would love to see a judges face when he or she realizes how much of his time has just been wasted.  I would enjoy that so much.  But I really don’t have time for that right now as I have paying clients to tend to.  And what do I care?  I ain’t trying to stress someone out.  

But I wonder why they didn’t have the same privacy concerns when they allowed and encouraged their children to be on a television show?  It seems to me that puts them in the public eye a lot more than this here lil’ blog, but what do I know? I’m not an attorney.  

Oh, another odd thing, every time I’ve ever had e-mail correspondence with an attorney or accountant there is a Legal Disclaimer in their signature confirming that the information is private and confidential.  Not with Amy’s e-mails.  Nothing at all.  Strange for an attorney, huh?  Good for her.  I love a woman who has nothing to hide.  You can “Like” her on Facebook HERE. Go girl.  

One last thing, it’s a pirate ship, not a sailboat. Please go HERE to see how dope that are. 


  1. I love it!! Great job! What a bargain!

  2. Goodness, $500 is nothing. Stretching those dollars. I’m impressed by how much you were able to do, really. It’s funny when client’s don’t “get” certain pieces. The peacock chair isn’t at all offensive. I love the shot of the blue bookcase. Great styling!

  3. Your finished Jonathan Adler inspired room is FABULOUS!!
    My gosh with only a $500 budget? Wow you rocked it!
    Keep up the great work.
    Love reading your blog!
    A BIG fan.

  4. I’m in love!

  5. You are the funniest bitch alive! And also extremely talented. How you managed to get anything to look good with only $500 is beyond me.

  6. I love what you did at any price, but it is particularly wonderful on a $500 budget. That said, I cannot help but opine that the happy beneficiaries of your work were complete ingrates, and nasty, as well. How dare they have an attorney threaten you with litigation. If they have enough money to pay a lawyer to send a completely unnecessary letter, especially after the children appeared on TV, then they must have money to burn, and should not have needed to be rescued, except, of course, from their dubious taste.

  7. I love, love, love everything about this room especially the Peacock chair. I know you said you painted it Mandarin Orange. Is that exact color name and do you remember brand. I’m trying to use that same color on a faux bamboo cabinet. – Brandy@ChateauÀGogo

  8. I just found you and your blog/work and am in love! That design was great and the attorney letter was hysterical. Seriously. So excited to find someone as fabulous as you in my neck of the woods!! New fan here 🙂

  9. I would think that it should be the resposinbilty of the client to take down any photos or stuff that they don’t want to be shown in the photos as it is there stuff . next thing you may have to have a signed contact saying that the client can’t sue to protect yourself..


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