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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

He Calls Martha "Martha," and I Call Him Eddie Ross.

Hello world. Meet my new best friend:

Photo from here.

He looks good in vests. His name is Eddie Ross. Oh, and I'm evidently the last person in the world to become one hundred percent enamoured of him. I found his blog during a quest for design tips, and have been nothing short of obsessed ever since.

Here is a man who is talented with all things gorgeous. He designs living spaces, flowers, and table settings. He's been a caterer, a Food Network honcho, and is currently one of Martha Stewart's right-hand men (only he's taking a hiatus to be involved with "Top Design," a television show in its second season on the Bravo Network). In other words, he's the kind of guy I always thought I should marry, but it's a dadgum good thing I didn't because then I would've harbored an inferiority complex all the way to my death bed. (And anyway, I'm glad I ended up with Poor Kyle. Things worked out just as they should have.)

Eddie's blog showcases delightful snippets of his personal design triumphs, including thrift store and flea market finds (i.e. "treasure hunting"), before-and-after success stories, and how to create professional flower arrangements from home. He proudly declares that it's not necessary to spend buckets of money to create an elegant style. He even understands the value of white dishes (a personal obsession I am always feeding).

I could look at his before-and-after photos all day long. Especially this set, in which he transformed his kitchen light fixture and effectively changed my life:

Photos from Eddie Ross.

But it doesn't end there.

Because this man is actually nice. As in...a kind and decent human. I commented on his blog (after finding it and devouring every post he'd ever written) and even went so far as to ask a design question of my own...

...and he wrote back. Personally. Within the hour.

Let's recap: A guy who calls Martha "Martha," and is actually allowed to do so...wrote me an email. With advice. Personalised design advice, just for me and my little house.

Photo from Eddie Ross.

So of course I blew it, as I do with all new friends {it's my lifelong curse}. Being completely starstruck (because I've never gotten mail from a famous person before [I would be so pathetic in Hollywood]), I wrote him back. Like an idiot.

And he wrote me back again. A brand new email, with words different from the first!

Yes, I know it was stalker of me to write twice. It's just that I couldn't stop the visions of me and Eddie Ross, arm in arm, scouring the streets of New York for deals on the cheap. "Oh, Eddie Ross, you're such a joker," I would laugh, smiling at my new best friend who would be coming over to redecorate my brownstone apartment from top to bottom later that evening, and he'd show up with a fresh floral arrangement he'd thrown together just for me.

I know. Pathetic. I won't be bothering him anymore, because enough is enough and I know it. In fact, as soon as I sent my googly-eyed second email, I regretted bothering him twice. With his fast-paced life in NYC, I'm sure he's beyond annoyed with me by now.

Photo from Eddie Ross. Naturally.

But he's my new best friend, and I won't rest until I get a personalised invite to one of his amazing dinner parties. (Teasing, Eddie Ross. Just teasting.)

Seriously, though...I will proudly link to his blog on my sidebar, and a little piece of me will be besotted with him until the day I die.

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Blogger HeatherPride said...

You are killin me! I had a similar crush on that Christopher Lowell dude several years ago. But I never emailed him. Now I feel bad that I could have missed out on my new best friend. Dang.

September 24, 2008 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger Cristin said...

Congrats, that is actually really cool. What I neat guy. Don't you hope that one day you will be famous enough that people will go crazy to get an email back from you?

September 24, 2008 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Kim and Jason said...

As if I don't follow enough blogs, now I must add one more. Seriously, I've gotten so many great tips of cool blogs from your own!

I love his ideas and how cool he wrote you back, I love it when celebrities are genuine :-)

September 24, 2008 at 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Wow! I'll have to check out his blog. Thanks for the decorating tip. By the way, what did you ask him? And what did he say?

September 24, 2008 at 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Camille! I love your posts, they always make me laugh. But I am totally going to have to check out his blog now.

September 24, 2008 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger lindser-lou said...

too ironic - i was just stalking his blog the other day! he's adorable!!! and i LOVE that he is all about thrift stores and antique junk!

(but i couldnt help but wonder who's lucky job it is to follow him around and take pictures of him holding up random junk and examining it for potential.....cuz seriously, I could do that!!! I WOULD do that - willingly!)

September 24, 2008 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger lindser-lou said...

....but i thought it was funny that he had so many pictures of him looking at stuff, and pictures NOT taken by himself.

and i agree with adell- i want to know what he said!

September 24, 2008 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger theycallmeaft said...

oh my gosh i have totally been crushing on him on Top Design but i had no idea he has a blog! this is fantastic! and lets be honest anyone who can pull off a bow tie like Eddie is bound to be my friend.

September 24, 2008 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Lindsey Burnham said...

Oh man, Camille!!! You crack me up!!! Honestly, you are so blasted funny... no wonder I'm your frend.

And yes, Eddie's blog IS fantastic! I guess it's okay that he took my place as your best friend--he sort of deserves it.

September 24, 2008 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Geneva said...

Dude, I think Lindsay, you, and I are in strange parallel universes. I just discovered Eddie Ross myself and noticed that he didn't have a bizillion commenters. I was going to comment but I chickened out. I'm so excited for you!

September 24, 2008 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger BOSSY said...

Besotted. Sounds dirty.

September 25, 2008 at 7:47 AM  
Anonymous jill said...

i just wanted to say happy birthday! hope you have a good one!

September 25, 2008 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger kay* said...

oh my gosh your post made me laugh out loud. so fun! i discovered his blog last week too and have effectively become obsessed with it. loves it.

September 25, 2008 at 8:48 PM  

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