Sneak Peek — my next One Kings Lane sale

I do love a sneak peek. It’s like samples at Costco; even if I have no intention of buying the product I will still fight you for that cup of cran-apple juice or little smokie. Hell, I might even take two and over-explain (lie) how one is for my sister who can’t get her own because she’s in a wheelchair with gout and little smokies are really the only things that bring a smile to her face. That’s how much I love samples … and sneak peeks into sales.

So thus begins my sneak peek posts into my next One Kings Lane Sale that begins March 10th.

First up, late ’70s club chairs. I know a lot of you (or your parents) finally just got rid of your ’70s and ’80s furniture. AS WELL YOU SHOULD HAVE. Unless they were awesome, then shame on you and you best run back down to the Goodwill and fight Kelly Wearstler for them. Or Orlando and I, but I will warn you Orlando has a mean bitch slap.

Here they are before … I mean … disgusting … but the shape? Intriguing.

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The scale is large and pairs of large chairs are strangely hard to find and very in-demand for all you non-urban dwellers (aka people with larger living rooms).

But why did I buy them? What makes them good and why are they better than, say, the sofa that they sit next to. Well, they are big and low, but still have strong modern and masculine lines. Had they been that same scale but full of curves and flourishes, then they could have been disgusting and worth lighting fire on in the store, despite how many lives would have been lost. You know what the scale reminds me of? This safari chair from Anthropologie. (Where I have two originals, holla!)

anthropologie leather safari chair

See what I mean? Sure, it doesn’t have the rosewood, nor the beautiful caramel leather, but the general shape, scale, arms and strap details are all there.  It’s an iconic ’70s shape that is pretty desired right now. So I just felt they had potential.

80's blue club chairs

Man, that super rich velvet makes those details VERY hard to see. I’m assuming they’ll brighten them up for the actual photo for the sale, (MARCH 10th), but trust me when I tell you, they are incredible. If I didn’t have a navy sofa and rug, I would probably keep these. But alas, they are yours.

Up next: a pair of peach and brass ’80s side chairs.


The chairs above were total splurges even before the upholstery. The peach was in “meh” condition, and while I know that that color is back and has a lot of potential growing in the future, it’s a hard sell for a lot of people, and fact is I have to move this furniture. I don’t have a store so I can’t just hope they sell; this forces me to take moderate risks without taking totally crazy risks. With only three days to sell these pieces, I have to make sure that they are actually sell-able. So I thought I’d take these crazy chairs and at least update them with a color that more people can handle, but still totally fun.

80's peacock blue chairs

Ah yes. I want you in my house, right now. I want to use words like “divine” and “exquisite,” but then I’d hate myself, so instead I’ll just say “amazing” and have that suffice. They really are. The shape of the base is incredible, the upholstered arms are so unique, and that brass is in very good condition. It’s the solid stuff, not the cheap stuff.

In case you are muttering, “She only reupholsters in blues,” I’d like to show you exhibit A:

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That piece above is now this amazing black and white navajo-inspired pattern:

black and white daybed

Somebody better buy that beauty before I decide to chuck my entire style and turn into my friend Morgan.

For the record, there are actually very few bright, saturated colored fabrics that are inexpensive. These fabrics, above, were all $20 – $25 a yard, which is kinda my max for resale.  I’d love to use a bright green, yellow, tangerine, or coral, but they are strangely hard to find from sources under $50 a yard, some even head up to $90/yard. I can find chartreuse, lime green, olive green and a kelly here and there, but none that I’m like “YES! That’s my green!.” Same with yellow. A lot of butters (barf) and some school bus, but none of that perfect lemon acidy yellow that we all love. So any suggestions would be great. Oh and I got all these fabrics from Home Fabrics in downtown LA, which I’ve concluded has the best selection for the price without a ton of digging.

For all your upholstery questions, comments, and concerns, please see my “All you need to know about upholstering furniture” post where I lie out everything from how to find your upholsterer, to how many yards per piece, pricing per piece, and what my go-to fabrics are. Good luck.

So, if these pieces were free, which one would you be most likely want to have in your living room?

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Remember that time when I used my readers for all their art knowledge? Yeah, thanks for that. I spent the weekend clicking on all your links, going back and forth with artists, commissioning items, trying to buy originals, failing, making some mistakes, etc. I felt VERY grown up. Kinda like Charlotte’s job as a gallery owner in “Sex in the City,” but without the money, pearls, prudishness, and Upper East Side beautiful apartment. Also, I know VERY little about art. I know what looks cool and that’s about it.


I love how “arty” she is supposed to look in her black pants suit.

I think she should probably look more like this guy, right?

eccentric artist

I’m assuming that he grooms his cat with his own tongue, because that’s what eccentric artists do. I’m sure of it.

Well I’ve written about the best online art resources for prints, and affordable (almost) art round-ups from Etsy before, but finding originals has been trickier. That’s why I think I gravitate towards vintage paintings — one of a kind pieces that I can actually afford.

Good original art is EXPENSIVE, as it should be. Like being an expert at anything, a good artist creates something that us non-artists can’t and a I’m a massive fan of not under valuing people (probably because as a designer I get undervalued constantly). But I also have a small-ish budget since our goal this year is to buy a house.

So, I wanted to share a new source that I didn’t know about for original art. Thanks to some of my commenters for letting me in on this one.

Curreeo:  Original Art, Understood.

You can search by style, price, medium, size, shape, and color. They do have some that aren’t originals, but those are normally photographs and very limited editions.

original art

 Otherwise they are all originals, like this one by Leanne Grimes. 14 x 11 x 2 for $550 abstract painting

I know that $550 isn’t nothing, but it’s also not gallery prices.

And there are some that are really inexpensive, like this 4 x 4 mixed media piece by JP Gardner for $75.

mixed media

The whole site is worth perusing. No, it’s not cheap, but it’s more curated than Etsy so it doesn’t take quite so long to get through. There are just so many prints out there, but I’ve found to be the biggest challenge with clients is finding original artwork. Having more and more sites that sell originals in a curated way makes my life wayyy easier.

I like this piece by Nate Otto, 24 x 18 f0r $490, which I think is a decent price for an original painting in that size. If you frame this you could add at least a foot to each dimension and then it becomes a serious piece.

abstract art

Or this 14 x 22 drawing by Robert Otto Epstein, for $710 (Oh, and all pricing includes shipping).

robert epstein

UPDATE:  Cureeo saw this post and is offering any reader 10% off from now til March 31st, with the code ‘love2style’.  Why, thank you Cureeo.  :) I hope your artists get some business out of this post.

I’m not sure what is up with 20×200 and why their site is still asking us to “stay tuned.” But meanwhile, do you have any art resources or artists that you want to share? A lot of you already left comments in Friday’s post, but in case you didn’t, it’s show and tell time … Man, I love the interwebs.

Happy Presidents Day

I’m not sure if we are supposed to work today or not. So I’ll choose “kinda” and just work on my book, but take the day off all of the annoying stuff.

Meanwhile I’ll remind you of this portrait of a president that I put in Ian’s house. Why this president you ask? Because it’s hilarious (to us, not him). William Henry Harrison had the shortest presidency in history. He took the oath of office on March 4th and died on March 21st due to a cold. He didn’t wear a coat during his two hour inauguration in the cold, nor did he put one on during the subsequent parade. So he got a cold and died.

Wear your coats, kids.

Check out the rest of Ian’s living room. And please have an excellent President’s Day.


Yesterday I went insane during the shoot for all my vintage One Kings Lane pieces. I just kept adding and adding and adding vintage pieces from my house. Because I, Emily Henderson, own too much vintage.

I’ve been pretty much broke my entire life (until three years ago) and I don’t think I made the transition well. Instead of saving and splurging on incredible pieces, I’ve been buying and buying, more and more vintage awesomeness, but it’s just too much you guys.

(above piece by Carlo Van der Roer, and I’m seriously considering splurging)

After finishing Bri’s house this week, which is so fresh and poppy and modern, and yet totally full of personality, I decided I needed a big purge. All of my weird and kinda amazing art is going up for sale, March 10th, on One Kings Lane. Well, not all of it, come now, but most of it. Instead, I’m going to take that money and buy original pieces of contemporary art. I’ve kept enough paintings that I’m good on those, but I need drawings, photography, etchings, mixed media pieces, and collages to grow my collection.

'the boy'.  Hey @Lisa Congdon can i purchase this piece? Its just amazing.

I’m debating this piece above by Lisa Congdon. SOOOO good. Lisa, are you selling this bad boy?

But I’m not a millionaire, so I can’t buy pieces for thousands of dollars, of course. So I need your help.

Image of Original hand threaded art work: "Climbing"

(I just bought this piece, from Happy Red Fish. It’s embroidered thread on a photograph and Brian even loves it.)

So this is my call for original pieces of art by living artists that you know for in the hundreds of dollars or less. They could be big, small, 3-D, anything. Obviously I’m going to be picky, I just don’t know too much about art and it’s high time I get into what’s happening in that scene.

What I do know is the Jealous Curator. She knows her shit and is in the art world in the most approachable kind of way. On her blog, she highlights artists that are happening now, and a lot that are affordable as well. It the only art blog that I actually read regularly. So I’ll be perusing that site over the weekend.

And I just bought this piece by Orlando because not only do I love it, but it will always remind me of him, so one day, when he decides he’s sick of me bossing him around, I can simply boss the drawing around, talk to the drawing, take the drawing shopping, etc. A la Tom Hanks and his volleyball, Wilson, in Castaway.

Look Away 2

Hey Orlando, you better sign that piece before you send it to me (… or you can just bring it to the office on Monday). Click here for other pieces by Orlando from his, ahem, ‘Storelando’. 

I also refer to  Curate 1K for more affordable art. Check it out.

Any and all suggestions are helpful. Help me help me. Have you any artist friends that are up and coming? Are you or have you ever been an artist looking for more exposure? Let’s do this …

Shopping With Emily

Dear everyone,

Do you ever find yourself wandering around with your friend Emily, looking at garbage all day, and then occasionally finding treasures? But sometimes you can’t really tell what’s trash and what’s treasure? And then your friend is like, “this thing’s cool!” And you’re thinking, “that is the ugliest effing thing I have ever seen in my life!”? Well that’s pretty much a daily occurrence at Emily Henderson Design, where much of our time is spent terrifying each other by challenging each other to like weird ass things.

Take this gross bar, for example:


Emily was like, “Woah, that thing is int-er-es-ting.” And then my brain exploded because “interesting” wasn’t the word that came to mind. “Barf” is the word that came more quickly to the front of my brain. This thing was $250. I bet someone bought it. And I bet that person is a total lunatic.


We spotted this geometric box at HD Buttercup for $90. It’s very ’80s glam, so I love it.


We found these delightful chairs at St. Vincent’s Thrift Store for $80/pair. We are going to have them reupholstered and then they are going to be the most interesting, gorgeous chairs on the planet.


These awesome (or hideously ugly) chairs were at Goodwill. I think they’d be sweet reupholstered in a bright color. Everyone I showed them to thought I was crazy though. What do you think?


Emily and I saw this at Rose Bowl for $200. Would be super cute in an updated fabric. That’s an undeniable fact.


These black chairs incited much controversy between me and my friends. Mostly because I loved them, found the cool in a Kelly Wearstler way and everyone else thought they were ugly. $400/pair. But check out the back:


Yah Gurl. I know black leather is totally gross, but I think it’s time it came back. In which case these chairs are totally awesome.


These espresso cups make my life worth living. $20/set of four from Rose Bowl.


This ice cream sign would make an awesome addition to a girl’s room, $100 from Santa Monica Antique Market.


This Japanese panel rocked my world, so I bought it. $200 from Rose Bowl.


I wanted this kilim runner but my boyfriend didn’t like it. At which point my brain went from “kilim” to “kill him.” $500.


We all obsessed over this lady portrait at Rose Bowl, but then we didn’t buy it. And that’s why we are terrible, terrible human beings. $50.


Loved this needlepoint ship at Santa Monica, but didn’t want to pay $200 for it. (That flea market can be a bit pricey!)


This owl planter needs a fresh coat of paint. And a few hugs and kisses from me. $250.


This set of dining chairs excited both Emily and I. But at $400 we had to run screaming.


I’m a sucker for seascapes. $150.


I wanted this winter landscape at Rose Bowl. Then I found out it was $500 and that made me kind of want it more. But then I remembered that I was poor and I ran away.


This tea set was $60 at St. Vincent’s. Come to me!


We saw this awesome display at Timoth Oulton’s boutique in HD Buttercup. SO creative and lovely. Like your face.


How cute are these vintage dishes? Sooooooo cute! $300 from Santa Monica. Yeesh!


Finally, I spotted this West Elm vase and was kind of blown away by how original/cool it was. $49 from West Elm.

So that’s the good, the bad, and the ugly of what we’ve been looking at. What ugly things have you been ogling?