Since winning HGTV’s Design Star
in 2010, stylist—and new mom!— EMILY HENDERSON has
earned major marks for her spirited
and eclectic approach to interiors.
When she’s not busy on set styling
for photo shoots or being Target’s
newly appointed Home Style Expert,
Henderson finds the time to contribute
to the likes of BuzzFeed, The Huffington
Post, and her own wildly popular blog.
This week, she talks flea markets
and Beyoncé with domino.
Occupation: Target’s new Home Style Expert
Current location: Los Angeles, California
Room Essentials Patterned
Decorative Pillow in Yellow
Threshold Round Accent Table -
White and Gold
Threshold Large Rattan Tray
Room Essentials Tripod
Metal Table Lamp
How would you describe
your personal style?
Happy, eclectic, colorful, with a little bit of weird.
What's your most prized possession?
I have a few pieces of art that I would rescue in a fire.
There is one painting that I bought when I was 24 when
I had no money in New York, but I loved it so much, so I
scrounged together $200 and schlepped it home on the
subway. The piece is beautiful, but it is more that it’s just
really sentimental and will always remind me of my 20s.
What's your favorite travel destination?
Vietnam. That country is just so interesting and, well,
foreign that I feel like I could live there my entire life
and still not really get it. So the fascination with it is
pretty much endless. The food is amazing, it is wildly
colorful, and it has such an interesting recent past, so
it’s changing constantly. Plus you can live there on
$20 a day, so it makes traveling so much less stressful.
Where do you feel most inspired?
I think my favorite place in the world, where I’m
the happiest, is at the flea market. I get there at
6 a.m. (sometimes earlier) with a cup of coffee,
the sun rising, and the world just feels so
unpredictable and exciting. Words of a true
addict, I know. I also troll for inspiration all
over the Internet obviously, with a pretty
severe addiction to Pinterest.
Cage Accent Table
Wood Pole Scholar
Check out one
of Emily’s projects!
If you had to wear one outfit for the
REST of your life, what would it be?
There is a bright-blue dress with little
white dots that I’ve been wearing for
12 years. It’s vintage, it’s always flattering
(I can wear it on skinny days or not-so-
skinny days), and I always feel cute. It might
be hideous and totally dated now, but I still
love it. It just feels like me.
On what items do you scrimp?
On what do you splurge?
I think there’s a lot you can buy on a
budget without sacrificing style, whether
it’s pretty textiles, occasional furniture, or
fun accessories, and Target really is a good
example of a place that has a lot of those
pieces. You still get that great design and
style without going way over your budget.
Splurge on those unique items and
conversation pieces that really show your
personality, such as art and sculptures. I
think a lot of people will tell you to spend
on big investment pieces, such as a sofa
you’ll have for years. And that’s fine, too!
But I would personally gravitate toward
something that really speaks to my style:
something that you get a gut reaction to
when you see it and really, really want
it. Those pieces will help define the
personality of your space and
really make it “you.”
What makes a home beautiful?
Good light, a lot of personality, and a sense
of humor go a long way. I love homes that
are approachable, happy, and fun.
What's the best piece of
advice you've ever received?
I assisted an amazing stylist named Cindy
DiPrima for five years, and she was such a
wonderful friend and mentor who taught me
everything. I think one of the greatest pieces
of advice she gave me was that pretty always
goes with pretty. As long as you have a
consistent color palette, all the things you
love can live together if they are pretty.
what artists, past or present,
do you most admire?
That is such a hard question.
Women like Beyoncé kill it.
She, for instance, just obviously
works so hard to be that successful.
I feel like she also lives by my motto,
which is “Work hard, be yourself,
and be nice to people.”
What items do you never
leave home without?
My computer—I’m a total addict and,
being a blogger (who never has time
to blog), I need to be able to write a
quick post when I’m waiting for a
meeting. My phone (one must
Instagram constantly and stare at
pictures of baby). And extra shoes.
I leave the house wearing cute heels
or boots, and by the end of the day
I’m in my oxfords. But at least the
first half of the day I can feel like
I gave it a good effort.
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