Style Files: Emily Henderson

If you’re interested in home design or have watched HGTV much the last few years, you probably know who Emily Henderson is.  She’s the supremely talented blonde who won HGTV’s Design Star in 2010 and now hosts her own show Secrets from a Stylist.  She also writes a blog called Style by Emily Henderson where she shares her current projects and personal experiences.  She’s a busy gal with her work and now she has a baby on the way!  (I can’t wait to see how she designs the nursery… Lucky baby!)


Here are a few of Emily’s design secrets (click HERE for more):

  1. Enjoy the process: When it comes to designing your own home, don’t over think it. Go out and take pictures. Visualize things, have fun, play around!
  2. Accessible Inspiration: Create a mood board to get the design you want. Pictures of furniture, colors, accessories, pattern, swatches and thoughts are great to have as a quick reference when designing.
  3. Money-smart pillows: Save money on pillows by sewing cases yourself. You don’t have to pay for upholstery weight fabric for pillows, you can find fabric in the clothing sections that’s a lot cheaper and will still work for pillows.
  4. Picture-perfect displays: For an eclectic collected look on bookcases, create balance without symmetry. Pepper books, objects and artwork evenly throughout the bookcases.


“Be inspired by something, but also use your own eyes in your head and see what your actual options are in your house.”   -Emily Henderson


I absolutely love her use of colors and textures in the rooms she designs.

She also blends vintage and new items perfectly.

Emily’s living room. Via Style by Emily Henderson

You all should know by now how much I love designing with blue so maybe that’s another reason I really like her style.

Anyone else wish they had their bedroom designed by a professional when they were a tween?

Tween Bedroom via Style by Emily Henderson

One of Emily’s makeovers from HGTV’s Design Star

More tips from Emily (via HGTV):

  1. Thrift Shopping: Walk around the entire thrift store twice. The first time, look for big pieces, like sofas or coffee tables. The second time, keep an eye out for small things (lighting, pottery). And always look up: Chandeliers and art on walls can be great finds.
  2. Stacking: Start with a few chunky books — three or four are usually enough. Put the biggest books on the bottom, then stack the others like a pyramid, getting smaller at the top. You have two options for positioning: Lay them even, with the binds flush with each other, or place them slightly askew — but never at purposeful diagonals, which looks too forced. Top off your pile with an object that has a rounded shape, like a sculpture or a footed bowl. Make sure it fills enough space on the top book so it doesn’t look dinky.
  3. Flower Arrangements: You can’t go wrong with just one variety: Roses, lilies or peonies are pretty no-fail varieties. Buy a bunch with some flowers open and a few closed. Toss in the flowers and move them around. The best arrangements are natural, not dome-like. The more perfect you try to get it, the stiffer it is.

What do you think of Emily’s style- do you love it?  Or is it too bright/eclectic for your taste?


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5 Comments on Style Files: Emily Henderson

  1. Carolyn Smith
    August 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Love that giant rag rug in the tween room. And who doesn’t love a teal sofa? I mean, come on! I could name about 10 more things I love about those rooms! Emily has a great eye for casual and yet sophisticated design. Her rooms feel very comfortable. I like that.

    • Jen
      August 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm (4 years ago)

      Carolyn, I agree! I could easily be comfortable and live in any of these gorgeous rooms!

  2. Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects
    August 26, 2013 at 6:40 am (4 years ago)

    Okay, it’s jut NOT as easy as she makes it sound for me though!! 🙂

    I know what I like… when I finally see it. I jut never know what I’m looking for until I spot it. Decorating my house could easily become a full-time job. I need someone to come thrifting with me to help feed me ideas!
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    • Jen
      August 28, 2013 at 10:06 pm (4 years ago)

      I agree, Emily has a great eye for design!


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