By Brittany Chevalier

Published on December 7, 2014

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Henderson commissioned this string sculpture from Berlin-based artist Nike Schroeder. “I chose every color myself and told her to just have fun,” says Henderson. “It turned out so beautifully and is such a showstopper.”

 

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After 12 years of renting in New York and Los Angeles, designer Emily Henderson and her

husband started combing the real estate listings. They were expecting their first child

and needed a space large enough to suit their growing family. 

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Flea market treasures and Target accessories—in the designer’s signature palette of blue, white, and gray—are woven throughout Henderson’s rooms. “It’s the combo of old and new, high and low that makes a home inviting and interesting to be in,” she says.  

WALL COLOR Super White (PM-1) by Benjamin Moore $6.99 RUG Contemporary Byron in bluestone by Loloi $2,939–$9,029 TRAY (on coffee table) Threshold green agate $19.99 target.com COASTERS (on coffee table) Threshold teal $9.99 target.com MUG (on coffee table) Threshold metallic $4.99 target.com PILLOW (on bench seat, second from left) Threshold cream and gold $24.99 target.com STOOL faux fur by Nate Berkus $54.99 target.com THROW (on back of sofa) Threshold cream $24.99 target.com

bluestone by Loloi $2,939–$9,029 TRAY (on coffee table) Threshold green agate $19.99

target.com COASTERS (on coffee table) Threshold teal $9.99 target.com MUG (on coffee table)
Threshold metallic $4.99 target.com PILLOW (on bench seat, second from left) Threshold

cream and gold $24.99 target.com STOOL faux fur by Nate Berkus $54.99 target.com THROW

(on back of sofa) Threshold cream $24.99 target.com

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After 12 years of renting in New York and Los

Angeles, designer Emily Henderson and her

husband started combing the real estate

listings. They were expecting their first child

and needed a space large enough to suit their

growing family. “I wasn’t looking for anything

move-in ready,” Henderson explains, “because,

let’s face it: I’ve been eager to have my own space

where I can do everything my way for years.”

Soon, the couple stumbled upon “a quirky

midcentury home with good bones”—the

quintessential fixer-upper—with an airy floor

plan and breathtaking views of the city. Given

these advantages, the designer was willing to

look beyond the 1980s finishes, “crackly and

gross” textured walls, and tattered carpeting to

see the structure’s bright potential.

 
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“I wasn’t looking for anything move-in ready,” Henderson explains, “because, let’s face it: I’ve been eager to have my own space where I can do everything my way for years.”

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Splurge on vintage pieces. “Mix them with Target items to keep costs down,” says Henderson. “The Target fall collections touch on all the key trends I’m coveting, and they make fantastic layering items.”

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Henderson discovered these vintage dining chairs at MidcenturyLA, a favorite local emporium.

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The designer spends quality time in the kitchen with her nine-month-old son, Charlie.

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The nursery’s walls are covered in whimsical hand-printed wallpaper by French studio Minakani Lab.

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“I’m all about keeping my bedroom clutter-free,” says Henderson.

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“I love color,” says Henderson.