Sequin Bag Lady

Look who was in Rue mag yesterday … wearing a bag on her head, all dressed up and ready for a party. (A party where people wear crazy awesome clothes with their hair as big as it can get — inspired by Dolly — and love peeking inside their sequined Gap bags.)

Obviously, I was modeling the bag from The Gap, which is why it was on my head. There are a ton more shots of everybody that we’ll post next week, all so cute.  It was totally fun — way different than any portrait I’ve done before — sillier/wackier and generally more “crazy lady,” which is fitting. Shot by Angela and Ithyle  Hair and makeup by Team Hair and Makeup and styling by Jen Pinkston.

I can’t wait to post the rest and show you all my fellow bloggers/friends that are joining in on the fun.

Meanwhile, check out this month’s Rue here.

Thrift store show and Tell

I should probably wait until i have ‘final final’ pics to show you stuff – you know, pictures that have nice light and are styled and, like the bed is made and there aren’t random peoples clothes lying around, but unfortunately i have the patience of a 2 year old child after having eaten 100 jelly beans.

I want what i want and i want it now, on speed.

So Orlando and i were thrift shopping last week (read his latest post of us shopping for plants in the valley here) and we found some gems for me.  I love me some thrifting. Always have.  Its changed a lot in the major cities, and gems are harder to find, but if you get your hands dirty enough and go far enough into the valley, treasures are a’waiting.

This bad boy was $40 from a huge thrift store near downtown (for you L.A.-ers this is a big one, but man their prices are starting to reach ‘i think i’m a vintage’ store prices.) There were four pretty adorable but DISGUSTING and lousy dining chairs that they were trying to sell for $60 each.  This place is not exactly ‘clean’ or ‘free of germs’ or ‘free of pee odor’ so i take issue with the vintage store prices.  But, some things are still deals. Like this headboard.

I’m going to paint it charcoal, i think.  Why such a masculine color you ask? Well, because it is going to be flanked by these girly girls:

Uh, huh. They are hot pink, velvet and they screamed ‘Emily’.  $200 for the pair from a vintage store in Ventura. Not a steal, but they are in perfect condition and the amount of impact they have is worth every penny. Brian actually really likes them but he wanted me to try to ‘masculinize’ up the bedroom after that.  So i’m getting black leather bedding….with cars silk screened on it….with chicks with big tits inside the cars…..  wearing Slayer t-shirts….

Here’s where we are now in the master boudoir.  I’m shopping for a king mattress – probably going for the Ikea HOLMSTRA.  And this perfect Dwell Bedding is going into the guest bedroom since its a queen size duvet, so then i can grab new bedding….which will be a very fun hunt indeed.  Then obviously i need to hang something above it.  But i think that this headboard in a grey (and then maybe bring out some detail in gold) is going to be the perfect combo of a feminine shape but in a masculine color  = perfect balance.  I may even upholster the two wood rectangles so its softer on my fragile little head.

Not sure i have expouded that wisdom before, but my rule is that if if the shape is super feminine and you are worried about it being too girly (or you live with a man that you would like to keep), then make sure the finish (or fabric) is more masculine.  For me, i could do bright yellow, white, light pink or navy, but i think that the charcoal will calm those crazy hanging girls down a bit.

Oh, hi cute bamboo desk.  This guy came from Goodwill. It’s thomasville, so its all sturdy ‘n stuff.  I love it white, but am debating painting it because it sits near my white lacquer West Elm dining table/desk so it kinda competes.  It’s like they are too similar to be next to each other without looking accidental, but if they were drastically different they would work.

I kinda want it to be dark green, but keep the bamboo part white and add amazing brass hardware.  But, I can’t tell if that would be too ‘designer-y or just totally awesome…..or so busy that it looks crazy.  OR maybe i just paint the whole thing a dark/bright green….thoughts?  Right now this room has that crazy antique blue chinese rug and the walls are a super light blue/grey, and the windows bring in so much green from the trees surrounding it, so i’m thinking that color palette could be simple and calm, but totally saturated and bright.  Blues, greens, whites.  Boom.

So my questions are:  What color should the headboard be painted? do you think upholstering it would be genius or too much? And what color should the desk be?



My new house, unrated

This week has been cuckoo with the move, the Rue/gap shoot and two outdoor makeover shoots for (one i have to run to in like 5 minutes) 

But i figured i’d take quick litte iphone pics of the house as is.  Not styled, kinda messy actually.  But its progress and it might satisfy somebody’s inner voyeur. 

Walls have been painted (white diamond, Benjamin moore) and otherwise stuff is roughly thrown into place.  THere is a grumpy man on the sofa, however.  Smile, Brian, ’til friday after all.  

Our bedroom. Still deciding on a king bed, so for now this is our queen (which will go into the guest as soon as i decide).  Yes, we have awesome Dwell bedding and a dope rugs usa rug.  I’m getting new lamps (custom shades being ordered) and i want an amazing upholstered headboard, but i found an awesome wood one at good will last week that i might paint for now. I’m over my DIY headboard.  

Not a lot of progress in here yet.  It’s going to be the guest bedroom (come visit us!!…well, not everyone at once).  It’s painted ‘Aegean Teal’ and i love it. Super warm and cozy.  

My office, which needs help (they all need help) but i love it already just because its so full of light. West Elm Dining table, but i like it as my grand desk. Because i am very fancy and grand, indeed.  

Must run. But i figured people love seeing ‘in progress’ stages.  Excuse the extremely terrible iphone photos and complete lack of styling. I lost my good camera so i’m waiting to get another one, and then i’ll be taking some amazing photos then.  

And don’t forget about the gold rush collection on sale on OpenSky

All on sale starting today!!!!


Open Sky Announcement!

Well friends, I have a big announcement: No, i’m not pregnant. Unless “pregnant” means “I’m curating and selling a lot of my favorite things on Open Sky,” which I’m pretty sure it doesn’t. But I was raised sheltered, so I could be wrong.  

Here’s the story: Open Sky is a shopping site that has experts in all different fields: home, food, fashion, healthy living, and kids. You choose the ones you want to “connect” with — like me — and they’ll recommend products that they love and use.  

In this case, I, Emily Von Henderson am the “Expert,” and I have been working with Open Sky the last few months to pull together pieces for the home that I love. No stores have paid me to sell their product; it’s all just stuff that I handpicked because I love them, and Open Sky did the footwork to find the companies that make them, and subsequently get us a 20% discount. It’ll be small pieces of furniture, accessories, textiles, and tabletop. And it’s all 100 percent awesome stuff I use everyday. Like these pieces:

I’m psyched about the first collection which goes on sale on Friday. 

It’s all GOLD! And by “Gold,” I mean brass, gold painted, and gold leafed, anything that is glitzy in a sophisticated way. I love it. I need it. It’s pretty much a neutral to me. It’s what I add to every room to create warmth and the feminine touch. It warms up my cool blues and grays, and it reflects light to add texture and depth. I wear it (my jewelry), I drink out of it (my bareware), I accessorize with it (1/4 of my furniture), and I eat it (I’m very rich so sometimes I just eat gold, when I’m bored).  

Starting Friday you too can own some of my favorite gold pieces — all on sale just for Open Sky followers. Click here to follow me, and then get your glamour on.  

Because you don’t have to be rich to be glamourous.  

Shopping With Emily (Without Emily)

Dear Emily,

Remember that one time you were gone for like a month and I was left all alone in Los Angeles with nothing but my overwhelming sadness to keep me company? Yeah, that was lame. Thank goodness you’re finally back! While you were gone I wandered around feeling sorry for myself and looking at furniture for our clients, ourselves, and your future baby. 

I found this at HD Buttercup. $1295. Rad, right?

This bench was also at Buttercup. Pretty simple and cute. Just like you!

Do you ever, like, take a picture of a sofa and then you’re all “that’s ugly why’d I take a picture of that?” and then you see a black leather sofa in the upper left corner of the photograph and you realize you should have just taken a picture of that instead? I have.

I like this sofa, I want it, and I’m not apologizing for it. I know everyone is starting to get super sick of mid-century inspired modern furniture, but I still like it. This piece was $1595.

So I’m not really a fan of black leather, but for some reason this does it for me. It’s the chair equivalent of a little black dress. $575.

I’ve been looking for a loveseat for my apartment. This could do the trick but I’m not crazy about the color…

This is a sexy color for a chair, no?

I never met a wood-arm sofa I didn’t love. $1495.

The following pieces were at Cisco Home.

We found this luxurious upholstered headboard for our French provincial client. $2750.

Cisco makes the most adorable poufs. This one is named Oliver and I decided to adopt him and make him my son. We are such a happy family.

These round hangy mirrors are all over the place, but I love them so. From Cisco.

This upholstered sleigh bed is appealing. 

This headboard was an interesting color, but I feel like it could go well in a room with some grey and aubergine … $2750.

I kind of love tufted ottomans. They make such fun, comfy coffee table/footrests. 

The following things we found at Lankershim, our favorite North Hollywood shopping destination. These cute little brass tables were $250. MINE!

Whenever Emily and I see anything that combines brass and birds, we think of our friend Corbett, who we love so much it hurts our hearts to think about her when she is not by our sides. 

This delightful sofa and chair family was at one of the shops on Lankershim as well. $550 for the pair. I’d love to reupholster this pair and put them ON MY FACE.

I like this piece for our French Provincial client. $250.

Friendly little pair of chairs, please come hang out with me. $250/pair.

A little trunk to, like, stick in a corner or something. Why not? $50. 

This happy brass mirror makes me feel so good inside. $350.

Don’t these lucite “X” table bases make you feel, like, totally hip and trendy? Like a member of the band The XX. $100/pair.

How chic is this dining set? The upholstery needs to be updated but other than that it’s the best thing in the whole entire world. $850/set.

It was, like, totally impossible to get a good picture of this shelving, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the coolest shelving in the whole world. $200.

This chair is from Pottery Barn. Not bad, eh? $799.

These little brass lamps were on sale for $38. So I bought both of them. Hoarder.

Emily finally got back last week. And it was such a relief. Here are some pictures of us when we were reunited:


MePhotos by Jill Greenberg Studio