The stylist‘s new home is organized, inspiring... and decorated for real life. She invited Real Simple over for an exclusive visit.
Emily and Her Family
As busy parents of two young kids (Charlie and Elliot), super stylist Emily Henderson and her husband, Brian, aimed to create a space where they could really live—a home where nothing is too precious and everything is easy to maintain. “This isn’t the time in our life to worry about water rings on the side table,” says the Target home-style expert. Instead, she chose pieces that would hide imperfections (the patterned living room rug) and patina with use (the leather trunk turned accent table). An avid flea market shopper, Emily suggests homing in on items made with leather, aged wood, and unlacquered brass to achieve a similar well-worn effect.
Shop the Look: (living room, above) Threshold wall art, $70, and Project 62 Linework throw pillow, $20; target.com. Olivia coffee table, $1,573; luluandgeorgia.com. Henderson sofa; ciscohome.net for info. Ceramic bells (above piano), from $185; mquan.com.
Emily opted to paint the walls of the main living spaces shades of gray and white so the furniture and accent pieces could give her home the character she craved. “You can mix however many styles you want as long as you have a consistent color palette peppered evenly throughout,” she says. Here, lighter wood tones accented with blues and greens make the blend of classic and contemporary elements look purposeful.
Shop the Look: Deep-blue drinking glasses, $20 each, and Khadi towel (as runner), $65; lostandfoundshop.com. Pembridge stripe napkins, $40 for 4; thewhitecompany.com. Threshold Graham stainless-steel gold flatware, $2 each, and Threshold Vista library cabinet with glass, $220; target.com. Barton 24” pleated drum pendant, $499; rejuvenation.com. Dovetail dining chairs (discontinued); shopcandelabra.com.
Every corner of Emily’s home incorporates a balance of the two styles: Midcentury dining chairs offset the antique farmhouse table, while the vintage pendant light above the island counteracts the more modern barstools. Then she softened each living space with an assortment of pillows and textiles, fabric window treatments, and upholstered furniture pieces. “The downstairs is where we spend the majority of our time together, spilling outside when friends come to visit,” says Emily. “So we tried to make each area on that floor as inviting as possible.”
Shop the Look: Paint on island: Green Smoke, $99 per gallon; farrow-ball.com. Barbican stools, $379 each; hedgehousefurniture.com. Clemente wall sconces, $469 each; circalighting.com.
“I really tried to have every corner of the house embody a balance of edgy modern and traditional antique. So, if the piece of furniture is antique (like our French blue cabinet), the art above it is more modern,” Emily says.
The patio tile was an investment, says Emily, but since it’s visible from the kitchen, dining room, and living room, she decided it was worth the cost. If you’re going to splurge, she says, do so on a statement-making element, like tile or wallpaper.
Shop the Look: Burgos custom tile; granadatile.com for info. Threshold Mantega faux-wood folding patio dining table (similar to shown), $280, and Threshold Standish club chairs, $300 for 2; target.com. Madison outdoor wall lantern, $549; shadesoflight.com.
“The master bedroom is not huge, but it has good light,” Emily says, “so I knew that keeping it simple without a ton of elements was crucial.” The open woodwork of the bedframe makes it acceptable to place in front of the window. Since storage was an issue, Emily incorporated a storage bench (from Target’s new Project 62 collection) at the foot of the bed.
Shop the Look: Perkins spindle bed, $1,799, Stand table lamp (on nightstand), $379; rejuvenation.com. Dante single nightstand, $1,950; shopcandelabra.com. Project 62 storage ottoman, $180, Project 62 throw pillow, $20; target.com. Zoro shag rug, $1,590; luluandgeorgia.com. Wallace and Sewell Erno throw, $398; lostandfoundshop.com. Roman shades and curtains; calicocorners.com.
Master Bedroom Dresser
For a relaxing bedroom, keep it simple and symmetrical. Emily centered her dresser on the wall and anchored it with one large painting. “I mixed up the finishes between stained wood, leather, painted wood, and black so the room tells one simple story—while still having a ton of depth and interest,” Emily says.
Shop the Look: Madeline Grande dresser; englishfarmhousefurniture.com for info. Steel & Wood leaning ladder, $50; food52.com. Woven throw blanket, $349; rebeccaatwood.com. Moon ceramic ornament, $150; mquan.com. Admiral’s tray, $225; KatySkelton.com. Blake Beaudette small white vase, from $22; etsy.com.
A combination of beadboard paneling and patterned wallpaper gives this utilitarian space a dose of personality. “Powder rooms and bathrooms are the perfect place to add a dose of color,” says Emily.
Shop the Look: Paint: Stiffkey Blue, $99 per gallon, and Aranami wallpaper, $230 per roll; farrow-ball.com. Amafi bath towels, $13 each; target.com.
“The furniture is simple,” Emiy says, ”but the accessories make it feel super kid-appropriate (like the animals on the wall).
Shop the Look: Pillowfort panda head wall décor, $20; target.com.
“This space was tricky, and I needed Charlie’s input to pull it together and make sure he liked it,” says Emily.
Shop the Look: Paint: Sharkskin; portolapaints.com for info. Pillowfort Robinson kids’ bed, $400, and Pillowfort X Marks the Spot sheet set, $25 (full); target.com. Ombré stripe pillow, $189; rebeccaatwood.com. Jute & Cotton bunting, $32; thewhitecompany.com. Lynwood sconce, $250; rejuvenation.com for similar. Start With Yes print, $199; schoolhouse.com.
Charlie's Bedroom Dresser
Emily strived to keep this space youthful and appropriate for a child, while still stylish.
Shop the Look: Tretiak Morrow 6 drawer dresser, $2,699; rejuvenation.com. Gatto table lamp, $445; allmodern.com. Threshold texture and color block area rug, $540, Pillowfort striped fabric floor bin, $17; target.com. Vintage prints framed by Framebridge.
“Eliott’s room is small and awkward, so we used a round white rug to help the shape of the room feel more intentional—almost like you don’t notice the angles anymore,” Emily says.
Shop the Look: Hua Trees wall mural, from $105 per panel; sianzeng.com. White 2-bin Storagepalooza, $199; landofnod.com. Pillowfort house cubby wall shelf, $30; target.com. Lanna sheepskin rug, $369; article.com. Braid weave round rug in chalk; armadillo-co.com.
Elliot's Decor Accents
Along with the wallpaper, Emily incorporated countless other whimsical elements into the space to continue the ethereal, dreamy vibe (a unicorn lamp and modern rocking horse, to name a few).
Shop the Look: Authentic Mudcloth Boho lounger, $160; pillowsbyelissa.com. Robot monkey rocking horse, $195; monroeworkshoptoys.com. Curtains; calicocorners.com.
A Happy Corner
“You can’t help but smile when you are in Eliott’s room,” Emily says. “Unless it’s 3am and she’s teething.”
Shop the Look: Niels wing glider, $799, westelm.com.