I was born and raised in a small coastal town in Oregon where I was quite famous in the 4-H scene — sewing awkward clothes, quilting weird quilts, and canning many a vegetable that I doubt I ate. My childhood taught me many skills that I had no idea I would actually use. After getting a degree in English and History from the University of Oregon, I made my way to New York where after walking dogs, teaching piano, bar tending, and taking design classes, I landed a job working for Jonathan Adler as a shop girl, in his then teeny store in Soho. After a couple years, I discovered the career of prop styling, which is basically just shopping and and crafting for photo shoots. It was a total dream job. I, Emily Henderson, was meant to style. I styled with some the best interior/still life and food photographers in the world for the best shelter magazines, catalogs, and advertisements, including Martha Stewart, Elle Decor, InStyle, Domino, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Target, and Anthropologie.
In 2007 I moved to Los Angeles with my husband and auditioned for HGTV’s “DesignStar.” I happily took home the crown. Six months later I had my own TV show called “Secrets From A Stylist” where I analyzed the homeowners style through my patented style diagnostic and restyled their home to match their personality using vintage and affordable design. I currently also have a design firm in Los Angeles and a daily style blog that reaches hundreds of thousands of design enthusiasts all over the globe. I’m a contributing editor for Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. As a home style expert, I consult with brands, art direct photo shoots, and promote my brand and brands I love through my social media channels. I believe authenticity is the key to success and I take my work very seriously without taking myself too seriously. I’m serious.
I believe a room is soulless without something that is vintage or antique. I believe an object or piece of furniture should be either functional, beautiful, or sentimental and if can be all three then that is design magic. I believe that comfort comes first, but style is a close second. I believe a home should look like the person that inhabits it, not a catalog, not what you think others would like — but really, truly like you. I believe that a perfect house is like a perfect person; no one really wants to be around them and everyone secretly hates them. Be the weird person. Be the interesting person, the person that sometimes says inappropriate things or laughs too loud at jokes, and have your home reflect who you are.