CasaSugar has an exclusive two-part interview with HGTV Design Star winner Emily Henderson.
I like these crafty design tips from Emily here:

Anything can be a vase if it can hold water. I use jars, teacups, anything that’s watertight, for plants and flowers. When you’re shopping in thrift stores and flea markets that’s something to keep in mind.
Also, any piece of fabric can be turned into a throw pillow. Scarves and retro-patterned sheets are two good examples . . . Even if you don’t sew you can take them to a tailor and they’ll do it for $20 or $25.