WE MET THE GOAL !!! The Family Shelter Update

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Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU. It’s true, we reached our indiegogo goal of $35,000.  THANK YOU to all those who have donated so far (there is still time:)). With your help we’ll be able to furnish it comfortably and beautifully, to make the home look so much happier, which is going to make these families lives so much better. We’ve been working away (Ginny and Rebecca are leading this one), pulling together the plan and now that we have the funds we can start ordering.

There were many stores that were kind enough to donate product/furniture too – and many of them were GENEROUS amounts.

So here is a round-up of some of our favorite pieces from 6 of the companies that have kindly donated. These aren’t actually the pieces that will be used in the shelter, just some of the ones we love.



1. Throw | 2.  Pendant light | 3. Swing chair | 4. Coffee table | 5. Baskets | 6. Origami pillow | 7. Pillow | 8. Camp stool | 9. Rug | 10. Tray


Lamps Plus

1.Bronze table lamp | 2. Black sconce | 3. Diamond pendant light | 4. Plug in wall sconce | 5.Brass floor lamp | 6. Hammered table lamp | 7. Brass & bronze swing arm sconce | 8. Black swing arm sconce | 9. Black & bronze pendant | 10. Brass wall sconce

Lulu & Georgia

1. Grey woven throw | 2. Lantern | 3. Slipper chair |4. Jute pouf | 5. Table lamp | 6. Face vase | 7. Coffee table | 8. Campaign nightstand | 9. Ikat pillow | 10. Navy pillow


And thank you to the others that have been in touch about donating so far.

Amy Coe | Art Resource GroupChairish | DENYKelly Ventura | The Jealous Curator | Jones Group InteriorKalisherLeah Koch | Meridian Interiors | Modop DesignMoore & Giles | Strand Books  | Taiping CarpetsTarget

We also want to give a special thank you to the Marlette Family who donated specifically to the Mother and baby nursery.  We are so excited that we will be able to make this room special and with their generous donation we will now be able to install wallpaper in there.

Even though we have reached the goal our time isn’t up, we still have 13 days left until the indiegogo closes and every little bit will help to make this space a better place.

Look out for the next update that will include a roundup of the artists that have donated some of their prints. And a special thanks to Danielle from The Jealous Curator who curated and contacted the artists about their pieces.

See here for more about the beginning of the project and the first update showing our concept moodboards.

Thanks everyone. It’s seriously appreciated by us, the shelter and the families that will temporarily call it home until they get back on their feet. xx

Thrifting in the Desert


As you might know from Instagram/facebook my dragged my crew to three days of vintage/thrift shopping and relaxing in the desert (Palm Springs). It’s just terrible.

There will be full posts, of course, but I just didn’t pull together todays post because I was too busy sorting through wonderful garbage in search of gems.

So follow along on instagram and SNAPCHAT. That’s right. After a long, humbling, tutorial session by my millennial staff, where I felt like I was 95 years old and playing with a remote control for the first time, I think they’ve successfully taught me how to do ‘The Snapchat’. Apparently its just for ‘fun’ and more behind the scenes – not pretty photos or long labored over captions, so it’s quite the adjustment, but I like the raw/temporary nature of it. So let me snapchat you, or snapchat me. Or do the cool kids just say ‘snap’? I’m old. Meanwhile my username is EmHendersonSnap. Get into it.

Big (little) News …


Well. Our family is expanding, again, and we are not getting a pet chinchilla if you know what I mean. I’m pregnant!!! With another human little baby, and we are all VERY excited. Ecstatic, really. Well, Charlie doesn’t quite get it yet. He’s just a bit confused why mommy is taking afternoon naps – or at least trying to, and he’s so excited that he gets 10 minutes of Sesame Street when I’m desperate. And I get desperate – man, around 4pm that TV box thing is pretty magical with kids, right?

Let’s go through the frequently asked questions:


A ‘Morning in the Life'; well, kinda

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I’ve secretly wanted to do a ‘day in the life’ post for a long time – partly because I’m always so curious how other people’s lives work, especially people with weird jobs (like blogging) and partly because I kinda use this blog as my personal journal and I know that someday I won’t remember how we actually lived in 2015.

Click through to see the whole ‘morning’ post.


Shopping the flea market with a toddler

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I head to the flea market at least 2-3 times a month. In L.A. it rotates around based on the week (1st Sunday is PCC, 2nd is Rose Bowl, 3rd Long Beach and 4th Santa Monica). Charlie usually comes with me – it’s kinda our thing. He came with me all the time when he was a baby and it has only been since he could walk that it’s been more, ahem, challenging.

Click through to see the whole flea market trip …