Full design Studio Tour

You have probably already checked out the studio tour on Domaine Home, but there are one million resources/links/ramblings that you probably didn’t know about. And like Banksy’s real identity (kinda sad, right?) or the revelation of Oliver Queen as Arrow (how did I JUST start watching that show? …you all have failed me), they simply must be revealed.

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Resources: Wallpapers (L to R): Floral Fabric | Pineapple | Diamante Red | Blue | Vintage Floral | Metallic Triangles | Blue Loopy Lines | Blue FloralOrange Floral ||| Desk | Chairs | Brass Task Lamp | Rug: Vintage | Cobalt Velvet Bench: Vintage

First: the wallpaper panels. In the name of total flexibility (we need white walls, and need to be able to move furniture for any photo shoot) we decided not to do anything to the walls but instead to hang wallpaper panels from the ceiling for visual stimulation without commitment. Woah, that might be my favorite thing I’ve ever written ‘visual stimulation without commitment’If I were on ‘Style-Tinder’ that would be my byline. Emily Henderson – I love visual stimulation without commitment.

Right now all the panels are down because we shot on that wall four times in the last two weeks (including huge blocks of painted color). We are prepping a ‘how and why we hung the panels’ post, so stay tuned. But so far it has worked out and its so fun to have these crazy patterns around but not on the wall.

Meanwhile on the other side of the room we have my reason for living – healthy hoards of pretty things that I style and restyle daily as if I were Golum looking for the ring. Picture me, quietly whispering to myself ‘miniature gold monopoly toys look best under domes, wicker goes in ‘organic land’ and why would anyone put the hot pink coasters in the teal world???? I’m a living sh*t show when it comes to organization and yet I like my pretty things looking styled at all moments.

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That is the table where we intended on eating our delicious organic artisanal lunches and gabbing about whether or not eyelash extentions are weird or WONDERFUL (have yet to try) but instead this table is often just full of stuff that is either coming or going and we eat grocery store sushi at our desks. Those chairs are from Target ($80) and we had them recovered in some pretty awesome fabric from The Fabric Store (1/2 yard each and labor was $40 each). They are very comfortable and totally cute. We pasted that fabric on one of the panels as wallpaper and loved it so much that we figured we could use it on the chairs, too. Plus we had extra fabric laying around and 2 days til the shoot so decisions were made fast = MY LIFE IN GENERAL.

That amazing photograph of the woman with eyes up there is by the photogapher Stephanie Vovas who is wonderful and will do custom portraits for you. I’m eager to put it in our house, just waiting to figure out the perfect spot. I’m thinking dining room. Its specific (aka, it can’t go over our bed) and totally captivating.

Chairs | Table | Agate Tray Concrete Vase | Footed Bowl: Vintage | Clip Lights: Hardware store (we painted the shades)

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Its upsetting that these things aren’t near me at all times but its comforting to know that they are at the studio, organized, waiting for their next instagram. Also i’m a freak. Hi.

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Now you see those miniature 24K gold monopoly figures? Next to the gold mini shoe collection and the brass wrench? You’d be crazy if you didn’t think that they deserved to be under a dome. Like Lord Beyonce once said, ‘If you like it then you shoulda put a dome on it’.

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Our little window wall. Technically these colors are more saturated in the photo  – that bench is actually a chartreus-ey acid-y green, not gold. Its wonderful and exciting in person. It looks like it has white piping here but it doesn’t – its the same velvet (from Mood).

And yes, that is the most popular house plant in the world that I’m still not sick of: all hail the fiddle leaf fig. It was $90 at our local nursery probably because it was close to death. Luckily I’ve tasked/commanded Brady to keep it alive and he has succeeded. Its like one of those weird hostage movies where the second he lets the plant die, the last leaf will fall releasing a bucket of mud that fills into a weight scale that overfills, propelling a hatchet from the ceiling to plummet chopping off his … pink shoelaces. He knows how does it works (yes, that last sentence full of weird grammar is a private joke … sometimes this blog is for us as well as you).

Blue Floral | Leather Butterfly Chair | Rattan Basket | Bench: Vintage | Curtains: Custom with Fabric from The Fabric Store

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There are a lot of DIY’s up there for you – the benches and the whiteboard. Stay tuned. The colors are saturated – the floor is actually gray and the pink is actually blush. I wish I could go back In time and remove that floral pillow. There was enough already in that shot. Enough. In person this corner is pretty and fun – not try-hard and insane like that photo is all of a sudden looking like. Ha.

White Sconces | Blue Velvet Benches: Vintage | Pillows: Vintage | Leather Pouf: Vintage | Rug: Vintage | Lucite Dry Erase Board: Custom | Floral Fabric | Pineapple | Diamante Red

Emily Henderson Studio_ Bar Cart

No creative studio is complete without a barcart full of CRISTAL. I think I might have bought the barcart just to display my one bottle of Cristal that someone gave me for my 35th birthday (#killme). Since the opening party we haven’t drank from that cart yet, but we will, folks. We will. Only Cristal, Alize and Dom. But mainly Cristal.

Bar Cart | Wine Rack: Vintage | Glass Tumblr Cups | Copper Barware | Marble Dish: Vintage | Blue Pottery Vase: Vintage

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Wallpaper Panels: BlowfishFloral Fabric | Pineapple | Dots

Chairs | Table | Agate Tray | Concrete Vase | Footed Bowl: Vintage| Cube Planter

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There I am. Thats me. Doing my ‘golly gee sweet’ pose which directly follows my ‘you don’t know me or maybe you do’ flirty pose. Just posing away.

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We used ikea desks that we already had, and bought two more – they are just so simple and since they come with the option of wheels they are easy to move around, etc.

Desk | Chairs Brass Task Lamp | Bar Cart 

Just for a bit of fun, and since we all know I love a good GIF, here is one we put together to show the process that we started with to get to the final desk image above. It takes a lot of adjusting and moving but that is all part of the styling process.

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Blue Agate Coasters | Tray | Stapler

So there you have it. The studio. I’m sure it will change as it always does. I have a few follow up posts about it that we’ll post soon, but let me know if you have any questions in the comments.

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Paint Colors: Dutch Boy Coral Echo, Dutch Boy Evening Blue, Dutch Boy Zany Lime

For the full Domaine Tour and Story click HERE. All photos by Chris Patay

To see this place in action click HERE or watch the video below

Thanks so much Domaine Home for the feature, and Chris Patay for the lovely photos. xx

Bar Apps at ‘The Fort’ with RoomForty

Men wearing bow-ties drinking whiskey and eating high-concept Scottish bar apps is what this blog is all about. Right. But that doesn’t meant that I can’t just do one post about it. Our team designed ‘The Fort’, which is The Fig House mancave, called ‘The Fort’ because the owner, Steve’s, last name is Fortunato, (clearly he was an oil tycoon in his last life). So we figured why not show a few shots of their first little man party there.

It was a mini soiree where Roomforty cooked the bar apps and Pharmacie shook those delicious looking cocktails.

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Turns out the mirror that we put behind the bar has now been removed at every party due to photography reasons. Photographers, like vampires,  are super anti-mirror.

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I don’t know what Luxardo and Triblum are, perhaps towns in rural Uzbekistan, but I will drink them if you force me. Or really if you just set them in front of me on a friday at 6pm.

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Real men drink brandy. I literally have no idea what brandy is, but i’m assuming it tastes like sweat and money.

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Ginny (who is British) was psyched when she saw that RoomForty made Scotch Eggs, which is I guess a staple in her motherland. I was psyched when I saw that Scotch Eggs are some sort of fried boiled eggs with meat, which is a staple in my mother mouth.

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Y.U.M. I’ve been known to dip my chips in ketchup – not for years, mind you, but yes, I grew up like that. I have a thing for condiments and ketchup and sour cream have been vying for the #1 prize for about 35 years. A french fry without ketchup OR a baked potato without sour cream is DEAD to me. So, these homemade potato chips with all the baked potato toppings (including the now-all-of-a-sudden-#1-reigning-condiment-sour cream) look AMAZING. Put them in my baked-potato-nacho-hole NOW!

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Its pretty and yet super dude. Like Cameron Diaz a-la Something About Mary.

May we all live freely enough to just treat crispy bacon as if it were a chip, dip it in some sort of delicious mayonaise concoction and put them in our mouths as if its food. Brian would propose to me again tomorrow if I made these for him tonight.  I’d remind him that we are already married, he’d get desperate and offer to buy me diamonds. I’d remind him I don’t like diamonds very much. He’d offer to give me a week long foot massage and then just as I was about to accept he would remember that he is a much better cook and then he’d rush off and fry said bacon chips for himself by himself.

Meanwhile …

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I’m on the Shisito pepper train, and we are on our way to delicious town – stopping off at ‘they seem healthy but they probably are not’ city.

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How handsome are these three? Very. Thanks Steve, Tal and the mysterious dude I haven’t met before for sending over the pics. To see the transformation of The Fort click HERE, and to see The Fig House space go HERE. To see a lot of the other delicious and unique food that RoomForty does check out their blog. 

The Fort interiors photographs by Ryan Phillips, and someday i’ll probably style it for a pretty shoot. Stay tuned. xx

The beautiful apps & cocktails photographs by Ryan Hack.  Thanks, Ryan!

The home tour/feature in Domino

Oh, I know. It only took me about a month to post these photos from the Domino feature. First off, thank you so much Robert and Brittany (and all of Domino) for the lovely photos/press/time/drinks, etc. These two are seriously good at their jobs and their jobs are HUGE by the way. They kill it.

Secondly, we are shooting more shots of the living room and kitchen today strictly for the blog so you’ll get details, tons of angles, pulled back shots … plus, the living room and kitchen have already change. I know. I’m insane.  But, I wanted to go ahead and publish the feature and all the shopping resources and then the rest of the tour will follow.

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AHHH!!!! There is just so much to talk about but I’m going to wait til I have all the photos to reference to really explain how it went down. But, I’ve been inundated with emails about where I got everything so for all the pieces that are purchase-able, so here you go:

Living Room:

Rug | Sofa reupholstered in Sunbrella Fabric | Coffee Table | Target Agate Tray | Target Teal Coasters | Target Metallic Mug | Chairs: Vintage | Tree: Nek Budda | Target Cream and Gold Metallic Chevron PillowTeal Stripe Pillow | Pink Pillow: Custom | Floor Lamp: Vintage | Bertoia Wire Diamond Chair: Vintage | String Art Sculpture by Nike Schroder | Brass Task Lamp, Target | Copper Barware from Target | Buffet: Ikea with vintage legs | Oil Cloud Painting: Penine Hart | String Art Piece | Faux Fur Stool Nate Berkus for Target| Gold and Cream Throw | Turquoise Lamp: Vintage | Wood Tray

Abstract Circle PaintingGold and Cement Vases | Blue Agate Bookends | Girl Waving Painting | Wire Sculpture: Vintage | Ink Sketch of Boy by Orlando Soria | Modern Blue VaseWood Tray |

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I love that kitchen and that baby even more. Shooting it again today to get more details details of the backsplash. I promise that post is almost ready to go, I just need a few more photos.

Dining Room:

Brass Chandelier: Custom | Table | Chairs: Vintage | Cabinet: Vintage from Chairish| Brass Shelves from SchoolHouse Electric| Table Lamp: Vintage | Agate Tray | Warehouse Oil Painting: Vintage | Lady Portrait: Vintage | Orchard with Snow Photograph | Food Polaroid | Peacock Painting: Vintage | Cat Collage | Oregon Map |

Kitchen:

Woven Rope BasketHanging Lamps | Cabinet Pulls | Countertop | Roman Shades | Gold Spotted Vase | Round Wall Clock Wood Bowl | Watercolor Art 

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I can’t wait to tell you about the wallpaper in that room. It’s a hilarious/heart-wrenching story that will make you really wish you weren’t me. There is a whole post about it.

Charlies Nursery:

Wallpaper | Crib | Rug | Pouf | Shelving | Baskets | Bear Embroidered Art | Tree Art | Quilted Throw | Circus Tent: customized with vintage fabric

Bedroom:

Wallpaper: Custom Designed | Headboard: Vintage | Side Table: Crate and Barrel (from two years ago

| Wood Table Lamp | Duvet and Shams | Wood Hanging Mobile | Gold and White Bowl | White and Gold Stem Vase |

Now for the patio which I had no idea we were shooting or I would have changed a bunch. I mean, I LOVE this shot, but I was planning on reupholstering the sofa in a gray or blue (duh) sunbrella fabric because I don’t do brown.

They took a bunch of shots of Charlie and I in this scenario which I want to get my hands on. I love these kinda entertaining shots especially if there are people involved.

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Outdoor Area:

Rugs: Vintage | Slab Table | Pillows: Fringe Pillow, Tassel Pillow , Teal Pillow | Outdoor Sectional | Basketweave Throw . The rugs are normally inside, obviously because they are pretty incredible vintage rugs – and no, i don’t condone putting them outside permanently, but man they look good in this shot!

So much to talk about. So much to tell you. And I know this post had so little information (except hours worth of resources) but I wanted to get it out the process started. I’ll break it all down, I promise.

Meanwhile if you didn’t see this video (of the house in action) here you go:

Photos by Brittany Ambridge for Domino. Scott horne helped me style it, and Ginny, Brady and Emily were just extremely helpful. Stay tuned for a full tour, folks. Meanwhile, TGIF!!!!!!!

DutchBoy ‘Define Your Style’ contest

Second post of the day, how very special, I know. Its a quickie, though. DutchBoy is having a Define Your Style sweepstakes over on their site where you can choose one of the six styles you like the most from the Dutch Boy Paints selection to pin on Pinterest, or choose to pin your own style image on Pinterest.  The agenda is to figured out your style, and pin it out.

My style for instance is Mid-century Marie Antoinette with a side of Kevin Bacon’s ‘Footloose’.

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Complete the entry form in its entirety and click “Submit & Pin” to submit your entry and pin the image on Pinterest

Follow @DutchBoyPaints on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/dutchboypaint/

The prizes are:

Five (5) First Place Style Prizes of one (1) $300 Dutch Boy Paints prize pack each which will include Dutch Boy Paints, Purdy® Paint Tools and a $200 cash gift card. The total ARV of each Style Prize is $300.

One (1) grand prize of one (1) $1,000 Dutch Boy Paints home prize pack which will include a two hour in-home personal consultation with a Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant for one room in your home valued at ($300), four gallons of Dutch Boy paint, Purdy Paint Tools and a $500 cash gift card. During the two hour in-home visit, the Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant will create a custom color palette that fits your decorating style for a single room in your home. Consultation must take place between Monday, January 5, 2015 and Saturday, December 19, 2015.  The total ARV of Grand Prize is: $1,000.

So head on over and Define Your Style.

This post was in partnership with Dutchboy. Thanks for supporting the companies that help me design spaces and creative original content for y’all. 

Styling Video #1 – How to style with neutrals

AHHH! The first styling video is live, folks. And its all about neutrals … Check it out, and let me know what you think!

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Neutrals tones are like the Meryl Streep of colors – classic, easy to look at, warm, inviting, timeless, and yet can be full of personality. Sure, they can be boring, but even me, LOVER OF ALL CRAZY COLORS, loves a well styled neutral room. And that’s what this video is all about, folks. Enjoy!

I know a lot of people who don’t love color like I do and they want things to feel softer, less popppy/graphic, less contrasty, more warm, textured, sophisticated and yes, full of neutral colors. Just so you know neutral tones are in the ‘whites, ivory, cream, gray, taupe, black’ world. Beige on beige on beige is boring, of course, but with some tips that I talk about in this video you learn how to have that neutral toned living room that is still FULL of personality and feels totally finished. Like, Meryl.

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For the Target videos my goal was to use just Target and then vintage or found items that are easy to source, mixed in with some of my personal pieces (like my birdcage ladder that I will save from a fire I love so much) and the weird found piece of graffitied wood – which is neutral but has a lot of energy.

Threshold Black Metal Pillar Candle Holder, $9.99 – $16.99, Threshold Starburst Mirror (no longer sold, but similar, $39.99), Nate Berkus Metal Feather Box, $14.99Threshold 13” Wooden Lantern, $24.99

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One of my tips with neutrals is that anything natural kinda tends to be neutral but its sculptural and has a lot of life to it. Feathers, eggs (uh, that is a HUGE blown egg, by the way), driftwood, shells, rocks, etc, are all one of a kind sculptures that have a lot of energy to them. When styled in a shelf like below they add so much life for practically no money. Or put them in cloches (these are from Target Smith & Hawken Glass Dome Cloche, $29.99).
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That little white and gold polka dot vase technically isn’t supposed to be in that shot by the way. I love it though and have like 3 of them. Meanwhile the gold and cement vases are some of my favorite pieces because they feel really sleek and masculine for vases and as a trio create a really pretty collection.

Second row: Smith & Hawken Glass Dome Cloche, $29.99. Bottom row: Threshold Gold & Cement Vase, $9.99 – $19.99; Threshold Gold-Spotted Stone Vase, $6.99 (large version here, $24.99) Threshold Braided Basket with Handles, $14.99 The white vases in the third row don’t come out til Spring but they are from Target as well. 

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Naturally I had to bring some things from home (pictures, personal items, etc) so during this series you are going to find random pictures of Brian and I from when we first met, you know when we were CHILDREN.

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Threshold pierced patterned hurricane candle holder 9″, $9.99- $14.99, Threshold Agate bookends, Threshold Hammered Large Serving Bowl with Gold Finish, $19.99, Bottom Row: Nate Berkus for Target, asymmetry photo frame, $12.99. The wood bowl, pottery vessel and wood clothes pin are all mine/vintage.

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I love that wood/gold lantern, enough to put a vessel in it and turn it into a vase even. We are very sneaky like that.

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Nate Berkus for Target, faux fur stool, $54.99 Threshold gold chevron pillow, $24.99 Nate Berkus for Target, decorative pillow – novelty shell, $24.99

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And while the above shot wasn’t how we styled the room, obviously, we wanted to do a pretty still life of all the neutral pillows from the new collection that I love. And yes, that macrame hanging mirror amazingness is vintage, mine, and unfortunately I don’t know where you can get another. Sad, I know. 

Threshold woven bench – brown and white, $99.99, Nate Berkus for Target, decorative pillow – novelty shell, $24.99 Threshold quilted velvet decorative pillow – velvet cream, $24.99 Threshold gold embroidered pillow, $19.99 Threshold trellis embroidered pillow – yellow and white, $24.99, Threshold gold chevron pillow, $24.99

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Coffee tableThreshold criss cross rug, Nate Berkus black/white pillow  Nate Berkus metal wing bowl. 

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On the floor by the fireplace: Threshold 13” Wooden Lantern, $24.99, Threshold 15” Gold Lantern, $24.99 and up in the shelves: 

Shelving on the left: First row (from top): Threshold Decorative Rope Basket in Shell, $19.99, Second row: Threshold Wood Pillar Candle Holder, $12.99 – $19.99, Threshold Hammered Large Serving Bowl with Gold Finish, $19.99, Threshold pierced patterned hurricane candle holder 9″, $9.99- $14.99, Third row: Nate Berkus for Target, antique mirror tray, $29.99, Nate Berkus for Target, asymmetry photo frame, $12.99, Fourth row, Threshold Decorative Bowl in White and Gold, $19.99, Threshold Starburst Mirror – 3 pieces, $24.99, Threshold wooden centerpiece tray, $24.99, Threshold Set of 3 Decorative Fall Figurines in Gold, $22.99

So here I was the next morning, minutes before the shoot – action shot of me playing with pillows, about to drink more coffee, hoping that I don’t, you know, fail.

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It looks just like a pretty living room, right? But nah, folks, it’s even more impressive than that because it’s a huge set made to look like a pretty living room. So, what do you guys think? As the videos go along I think that they just get better and better because I got more and more relaxed so if you are into this then just wait :)

Video in partnership with Target, hair and makeup by Danielle Walch, wardrobe styling by Jordan Rudd