Chic (and affordable) Winter Rustic Tablescape

As a stylist it’s painfully easy to spend a ton of money setting your table for a dinner party. There is a long list of needs – tablecloth (or runner), napkins, flatware, plates, glassware, vases, candles, flowers, place cards, blah, blah, blah. And if you want it to be beautiful, and you know where to shop for beautiful things, which I do, it’s just so easy to spend a ton of money(…slowly) so you don’t know you are doing it. I tend to want the most beautiful hand-thrown stoneware plates, hem-stitched linen napkins, hand-blown artisanal glassware, modern streamlined brass flatware and hand-dyed tablecloth that has been washed a million times, etc, etc.

Congratulations, you just spent $1500 on your 4 person dinner setting.

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Flank Steak and Beat Salad from Blue Apron. 

So, I decided to go the more utilitarian route – what do you already have or can have easy access to, and how can you make that look chic and beautiful without spending too much money or doing some crazy DIYs that none of us have time for right now?

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The guide to a well hung gallery wall

Gallery walls are hard. Heck, art in general is VERY hard. I find it to be the most personal, most difficult and therefore most fraught decision with my clients. Often I give them my favorite sources and make them narrow it down to what they like, and then with our approval we pull the trigger because if I shop for them they will end up being billed for hours and hours of my time to maybe find a print they might like. This is why I wish there were art dealers who specialize in more moderate art consulting for residential homes – someone who knows the market better than myself, but isn’t going to try to sell us $10k paintings when our budget is $1k. Know anyone? (I’m working on an updated version of ‘best online art‘ right now – stay tuned).

Anyway, once you have finally bought some pieces of art that you love then its time to curate them into a gallery wall (unless they are huge and can stand on their own). Just like we did in the January issue of Family Circle.

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So what really makes a good gallery wall???

Well, before I get in to the steps I want to preface it by saying something that might be perceived as discouraging – your gallery wall is only as good as the art you have in it. A really good gallery wall, like a really good living room, either takes a lot of money (art can be VERY expensive) or a lot of time scouring and collecting from different resources. It absolutely doesn’t need to be expensive – I’m a MASSIVE fan of thrift store and flea market art as well as prints of originals, but it takes a while to curate that.

So if you have some random pieces lying around and you attempt a gallery wall, it may not work. Be patient. The art below is a mix of my friends art, prints that I like, originals that I borrowed, some splurges and flea market art. But it did take me a while to curate it and I’m a designer and a shopaholic. This is not to discourage you – but instead to encourage you that it just takes a bit of time to curate the right collection, so have some patience and don’t just throw a bunch of random pieces on the wall.

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Art (L to R): Oil Landscape with Clouds: Vintage | Abstract Neon Painting by Kate Smithson| Tree Collage: Vintage | Polaroid Collage by Jen Gotch| Flower Photograph by Jen Gotch| Blue Circle Sun Print: DIY | Pink Abstract Drip Painting Jamie Derringer| Beach Photograph by Max Wanger| Huge abstract Green and Blue Painting: Vintage | Abstract Shapes Sketch by Ken Horne| Pen Ink Drawing: Vintage | Pink and Purple Abstract by Kate Smithson| Man Portrait: Vintage | Blue and Purple Abstract  by Kate Smithson

OK, so the first step is to anchor the collection with a larger piece. Like so:

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If you have one million smaller pieces it will look bitsy and messy. You need at least 1 piece that feels commanding to start the collection.

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Vary the sizes and orientation of the art – You need both horizontal, vertical and if you can, square, to make it feel balanced. I bought that skinny tree collage 2 years ago at an antique store for $125  after eyeing it for 2 years. It was kinda expensive which is why it took me 2 years to commit. But I think it does something interesting to the collection – it throws it off in a good way. So if you see pieces that you like that are oddly shaped or sized, don’t skip those. That is a very good thing.

And while you want a big pieces to anchor, smaller pieces are really nice to fill in and keep your eye bouncing around. So big, small, vertical and horizontal.

Next – keep your rivers kinda even (they definitely don’t have to be exactly the same) – just make sure they aren’t too close (looking crammed) or floating too far away from each other (looking accidental).

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What about frames, you ask?

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If your art is INCREDIBLE then don’t worry about your frames – just collect and hoard and it will most likely look rad because ‘pretty always looks good next to pretty’. Frame for the piece not the space, as they say.

BUT, one way to help make a collection look cohesive and still high-end is to curate the frames and keep them in your color palette. Here we used white and light wood tones. Had there been a black frame in here it would have been jarring. Of course if you had many black frames in here, and tied it in with the pillows and perhaps a rug, then that would look great and intentional. But I promise that a more refined curation of frames will elevate the entire collection. We used all Target frames except for the vintage pieces or the pieces that were already custom framed. I love the white or light wood ones from the Room Essentials line; they are super simple and their mats are surprisingly high-end looking.

Frames: Wood Frame with White | 2 Opening Frame (similar, that one was custom framed when we bought it) | White Gallery Frame Large | White Gallery Frame Small: Target | All Other Frames: Vintage or custom framed.

Other tips that are fairly crucial –

Make sure to have a consistent color palette BUT don’t get OCD about it – give yourself some room to bring in small hits of other colors so you don’t look like a crazy uptight person.  We started with blues, pinks and whites but there are a lot of oranges, greens, purples, etc – it’s really just a smattering of colors but they all feel light and happy.

The more different mediums of art, the better. I this one we have abstract paintings, an oil painting, original photography, prints (the Ken Horne piece is a collage but we just have a print of it), abstract drawing, pen drawings, Polaroids and collages. Clearly you don’t need ALL of those, but a collection of just prints might look a little junior, and to help elevate it to looking more grown up grab yourself a painting or two from the flea market.

Pepper around the heavier pieces evenly on the wall – in other words don’t hang all the visually heavy (dark) pieces together.

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I mean, I could watch that GIF all day. So fun.

Lastly lets talk about how to actually hang it up there. You either need a lot of patience or a lot of guts. If you are ‘anti-random accidental holes in your wall’ then you should go to the trouble of making templates of the frames and taping them up to make sure you like the composition. This takes patience and time but delivers a solid no-fail result. A lot of those frames actually have a template inside them (on the white backing paper) that tell you where the nail hole is which is very handy.

I don’t have the patience for templates. If I think its going to be a complicated job then I will lay it out on the floor in front of the wall with a rough idea of where its going to go, but most of the time I simple just go for it and if I have to patch a hole, then I patch the hole (lets face it I RARELY care enough to patch a hole). Most of the smaller pieces just need a tiny nail so the hole is really small and frankly usually get covered up by the art anyway.  The larger pieces might have a bigger hole or two holes but if you start with them and if you are intentional about where they go, you won’t need to move them.

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And there I am, looking very satisfied with my art wall (and kinda snarky!) in the magazine.

Couch: Amsterdam Modern (vintage) | Blue Throw: Vintage | Side Table: Vintage | Ceramic Table Lamp | Brass Cup: Vintage | Pink Box

*Family circle photography by Daniel Hennessy. Hair and makeup by Danielle Walch, with extra styling help from Scott Horne and Brady.

In case you aren’t satsfied by ‘Gallery Wall Porn’ yet, here are a few others that I’ve done that have a bit of a different look, but you’ll notice the same tips still apply:

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Cup of Jo home makeover Shot By Ryan Liebe.  The art helps take the focus away from the TV.

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The Curbly family dining room makeover. Shot by Melissa Oholendt. A more modern family photo ‘grid’ where the entire collection fills a the shape of a square instead of an organic shape.

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Oh Joy studio art wall (click for link/resources). Shot by Zeke Ruelas.  A wild smattering of fun art – floor to ceiling, wall to wall.

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And this one was in Orlando’s house (he designed it, I just helped style it and featured it on my blog).  Shot by Zeke Ruelas. This one is a more masculine art wall, again from sofa to ceiling and wall to wall. Watch this video we did about it.

There you have it. Keys to a good gallery wall. Any questions, folks?

12 days of instagram with target

The other day my friend Target called. I answered, ‘Oh hey, Targe’, and after a few pleasantries and maybe even some internet gossip we came up with a good idea for a new collaboration.

We decided to shoot a bunch of sneak peeks of my house for the holidays and to leak it slowly all over the internet – not celebrity nude photo style, nay, but on my own Instagram. Totally legal, just way more beautiful than my usual Instagrams. Win, win for everyone.

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I’m writing this as I’m watching “Peter Pan” live on TV and I now realize how ahead of the trend we were two weeks ago coming up with this idea. Next year, Targe. I’m open to either The Little Mermaid or Sound of Music. No need to rehearse either, I know every word by heart, folks. EVERY. SINGLE. WORD.

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So welcome to a few instagram outtakes (and some repeats) of a shoot we had a couple of weeks ago at our house. We actually finished REALLY decorating (and shooting) for the holidays yesterday so I’ll have those for you soon, but this is more ‘little ideas’ and ‘visual fun’.

flannel pajamas | gold tinseljoy pillow | snowflake pillow | gold foil pillow | monogram mug letter E | gift wrap from target check local store for different patterns

polar bear ornament | nutcracker lumberjack | festive clochebottle brush trees

white christmas tree

I went for a bright, happy, young, modern, holiday c/o Los Angeles. Shocking, I know. For this shoot we brought in a lot of pink which makes me so happy – although you might be surprised to see next week that there is very little color in my holiday house – in fact there is brown … BROWN!!!! ON PURPOSE!!!

similar christmas tree | joy pillowgold foil pillow | gift wrap from target check local store for different patterns | vintage hot pink balls | glitter star ornaments | large gold ball ornaments | small gold ball ornaments | animal ornaments | zebra – gifted | pink pillow custom made with vintage velvet | large gold bow | pink bow

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Without flooding you with cliches, i’ll just say this: Children make everything way more work and yet WILDY more fun. He loves the tree, the ornaments, the glitter, the sequins, and the garland. He squeals every morning when he sees the sparkles and every night when he sees the lights.

He can’t wait to rip apart my hours of finger bleeding styling. In fact yesterday I thought we had gotten rid of all the glass balls so I gave him a ball to play with while he sat on my lap and he smashed it (and shattered it) on his head. We were both startled and then he started crying because he was scared, meanwhile Ginny, Brady, Shauna and I picked glass out of his neck and pajamas. Don’t worry no cuts, but a good lesson that A. that baby is THE HULK, and B. it’s just easier to childproof with a one year old then it is to protect them (and to protect my vintage glass ornaments). Charlie 1, Holiday decoration 0.

Also please note the large gap between Charlie’s top teeth – I don’t know if it will stay but it’s possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

santa suit | copper ornaments

white christmas tree

deer ornament

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joy pillow | snowflake pillow | furry throw |

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Because we weren’t ready to actually decorate for the holidays we set up little sweet scenarios like this that look like my style, yet with all Target product. Boom. We hadn’t yet figured out what style we wanted to do this year – and NO, you don’t have to change styles every year but its my duty as a stylist/blogger to do something different. At least that’s how I’m rationalizing it. It’s like a celebrity wearing the same dress at The Oscars and The Golden Globes – she wouldn’t get arrested, but its kinda part of the job to don something different.

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Speaking of red carpet … that is my little elf looking 100% innocent  – although he’s not these days, folks. He looks me in the eye, smiles and then throws his spoon after I’ve asked him and scolded him 3 times in a row not to. But in this photo, he is the poster child of innocence.

elf suit | glasses

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The ‘Red and Green’ combo is always in fashion during the holidays. If you feel like doing something different, do it, but if you want to stay classic, then STAY CLASSIC. It’s a ‘never fail’. Especially with these extremely adorable and dare I say ‘hipster’ accessories. That van/tree in the dome is just so cute.

festive cloche | monogram mug letter B | knit pillow | holiday scooter pillow | fur throw

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festive cloche | small gold ball ornaments | small red ball ornaments

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That belly is on sale starting never and there are approximately zero in stock. Keep walking, folks, that little ball of white belly is ours.

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Here’s the biggest holiday stylist secret  – wrapped presents are the best for creating different levels, adding color/texture/reflection/pattern and come in a million different sizes. Obviously wrapping fake/empty presents doesn’t make sense (although I have done it for YEARS and YEARS whilst styling for the holiday in August), but just think about buying a few presents really early that you can use to decorate because they really help with the decor.

Those stockings are beautiful, by the way. It’s hard to tell in the photos but they are metallic champagne color and so simple, classic-shaped and yes, on trend. Win, win, win. We are using them, with the champagne glitter stocking holders and we love them.

ball garland | stockings | stocking holder 

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Here’s where I gave Charlie my ‘We are all unique snowflake monologue’. He agreed and we both cried poignant tears.

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This is one of my favorite vignettes in the house. I love the colors, the tones, the way a glass dome quickly elevates ANYTHING.

robin | nutcracker | white bottle brush tree | gold bottle brush tree | gold tinsel | (blush ornaments are all vintage glass and now in boxes :(

christmas garland

Our chandelier is really simple which lends itself perfectly to being adorned by a garland. And I LOVE this garland. Its organic (burlap and metallic) and modern (just balls) at the same time. It works so well on all my shelves, credenza and yes, chandeliers. If you have a more ornate chandelier then think about getting something even simpler or going balls out and dripping it with decor – just keep it in your color palette so the whole space works together.

ball garland | chandelier

noel sign

This drink container is ridiculous. Its glass and its beautiful (plus it as a no-drip faucet). I just realized that you have to put it on the edge of the table to pour. But between that and the simple ‘NOEL’ and some amazing vintage brass mugs this shot makes me want to get my figgy pudding on.

noel sign | drinks dispenser | wallpaper

christmas candles

Silver dollar eucalyptus, white pillar candle holders and some baubles = the easiest tablescape.

pillar candlestick | gold votive candle holder | white candle holder

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Kitchens are people, too. Don’t neglect the potential merriment of your kitchen windowsill. Let it be full of, yes, joy.

joy sign | white bottle brush tree | tree garland

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I worry that one stores holiday decor will never match my personality as much as this years does at Target. The animals, the gold/white trees, the geometric garland. Sure, I work with Target, but I didn’t design these pieces. It’s like I’m Patrick Swayze and the Threshold designers are Demi Moore and we are turning a pot together – only I’m not really there. I like to think I have something to do with it, but I don’t, its just a good fit. Thank god.

mini gold christmas tree | large white christmas tree | small white christmas tree | sitting deer figurine | standing deer figurine | rabbit figurine | geo garland from target – check store

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So, thats the end of the sneak peek at the Henderson Holiday Compound. Charlie looks like a doll in that photo (literally) and I look like a woman who JUST discovered flannel pajama sets (because thats true). You guys, They are WONDERFUL. So comfortable and cozy. Plus you can answer the door in them without being embarrassed. Look, we have a lot of early morning callers so that is kinda important and jumping for my robe isn’t nearly as sexy as it is in the movies. Going to bed fully clothed is wonderful in all ways (except one).

And naturally we posted a video about it so you can see how much of a crazy snow show it is at our house when we shoot there. Warning – the first half of the video i’m makeup-less (makeup video soon, i’m so excited) but the second half of the video I look like a human being.

Enjoy.

Happy Friday (and holidays) folks. May this month bring you an incredible amount of happiness and joy.

flannel pajamas | charlie’s pajamas | snowflake sheets | fur pillow

All photos by Tessa Neustadt. Video by Scrunch Media Hair/Makeup by Danielle Walch

Holiday Decorating and Gifting with TinyPrints

Well turkeys, we are back from Thanksgiving break, and the holidays aren’t going to decorate themselves. As you probably know Tiny Prints has a ton of personalized christmas cards (and lots of other customizable holiday gifts) but this year they launched their customizable home line which I’m here representing (remember my Tiny Prints studio launch party?)  – and I’m getting my serious (bedroom eyes) pose on to do it:

Emily Decorates with Tiny Prints

So, I teamed up with them again to show off some of their pieces as both gifts and decoration and we styled them for their new Emily Henderson for TinyPrints landing page. We are going to use them as part of our Christmas decor in our house this month (stay tuned for that, shooting that this week). All these custom pieces have a bit of a lead time (8 business days typically – which is kinda two weeks) so you do need to think about doing it this week or next week to get gifts/decor in time.

First up are the acrylic blocks which I love. Sure, you don’t exactly need a whole tree of them like we did for this shoot, but they are just so simple and modern that they can work with so many different styles and feel really high-end and permanent, whereas pictures in frames have a more temporary (and therefore kinda less important feel). I just hope that all of my family members don’t care if they get one of Charlie, Brian and me because I have a lot to give out after this shoot – or hoard secretly. Don’t worry, I’m keeping like 15 of them.

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I think this would be such a fun gift idea for all your family or friends at your dinner party – you style them like a tree and then they all take one home after the party or dinner as their christmas gift. And then your Uncle Rico thinks it’s a game of drunk jenga and tries to pull his from the middle without disturbing the rest of them, and just in ‘Uncle Rico fashion’, fails. They are just so thick and heavy, in a really good way.

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Next up are these glass ornaments that we styled as place cards on this pretty little holiday table.

Emily Henderson Holiday Tiny Prints pink gold copper tablescape

Its kinda the same idea – get them made for a dinner party as placecards, and then each person can take them home. You can embellish these more with words on them (like Joy and Merry) and they come in different shapes, but I love the simple circle and square glass ornaments tied with a pretty ribbon (or yarn, twine or leather).

Resources: Tiny Prints Customizable glass ornaments | sparkly placemats | rose gold flatware (sold out so I linked to gold flatware) | pink tumblers | linen napkins | pink vases | blush salad plate

Up next we have their custom wrapping paper – which at first I was like, do we really need custom wrapping paper? And then I saw the patterns and the potential and thought ok, maybe i do need custom wrapping paper, and then I saw it in person and I wanted to mod podge it onto every surface of my house. It’s funny because we often make custom wrapping paper (painting, stamping, photo-copying patterned fabric) so this isn’t that much more expensive or time-sensitive. Plus there are just so many more uses for it.  You just upload the photos that you like (they can be from instagram and facebook) and viola – you get this awesome photo paper that you can use in a lot of different ways.

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I really love using this as a table runner. It instantly makes your table unique, draws your party goers in, and its pretty affordable for something so custom. You can buy them in two different sizes – 6′ and 10′, both being 2.5′ wide. So, we split the width because you really only need your runner to be 15″ inches wide any way and then you get double the length. You could cut them up as placemats, too (and get them laminated at your local office/mail store for around $7 each). For a dinner party it would be really fun to get all of your friends photos (pull them from their Instagram, that’s what we did) and put them on the runner – or if you are getting married, it’s a super affordable/clever idea for your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception runners. Meanwhile for this Brian and I will probably use more as a gift wrap because it’s just a tad narcissistic for us to just sit at our own dinner table with like 95 photos of us and that baby. Right?

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We chose to do black and white to keep the color palette simpler so we could add more color/styles on the table – but you could print in color and then keep the palette of your table simpler.

Get yer own personalized wrapping paper here (and no, creep, you can’t have mine). They have many more patterns, including this tree one that I love. And then, guess what? You don’t need cards or tags saying who it’s from because its photos of you ALL OVER THE BOX.

Resources:  Custom wrapping paper/table runner Blue placemats | blue patterned plates | gold salt and pepper shakers | black and white dinnerware | flatware, blue glassware, wood and brass cutting board and christmas balls are all vintage from my inventory.

Emily Henderson Holiday Tiny Prints Custom Wrapping Paper

Lastly we have these custom herringbone throw blankets which are super soft and pretty. Super luxurious throws make really good gifts any time because its something that people tend not to splurge on themselves. And customizing them with their initial, last names or even ‘mimi and papa’ which we did, makes them feel special while they are snuggling under their cozy throw thinking about how much you must love them to make them this pretty blanket. It’s a win win.

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Charlie Henderson stopped by the shoot to visit. He wasn’t supposed to be on camera which is why he’s wearing sweats that are clearly way too big for him, (I fired the sitter immediately). But as I was taking this shot he wanted to play with the presents and then it just seemed CRAZY not to get a cute little photo of this dude, smiling at the camera, shilling for mommy. Kidding. Or am I?????!!!!!

To see the whole Tiny Prints collection that I curated click here and then check a lot of the product that I’m talking about in action at our studio party.

Happy customizing folks and thanks to Cyber Monday, the kind folks at Tiny Prints are giving you 40% off all cards by using the code CYBER40. (Offer ends 12/2). Get on it before you are those people paying for 2 day service (yes, they have it).

Target Styling Chapter 5: black/white and teal holiday living room

It’s happening, folks. Christmas, I mean … is happening. I’m like a walking hallmark movie over here, getting crazy sentimental about this Christmas. I could cry at any moment because I’m just so excited to make/force memories on everyone in my life. You’ve been warned.

These photos are all from the video shoots in September, but I did start decorating our house last week which is so early but my excuses are that I’m a blogger (so the posts need to be up soon) and I’m a new mom and therefore am obsessed with creating and solidifying manipulative holiday memories in that little almost-one-year-old brain. Sure, he won’t remember it on his own but with me shoving the photos and videos of his first Christmas in his face all year, for the next 5 years, I’ll make him remember. I’m just that good of a parent.

Anyway, enough about that kid and my neurosis. What about the first Target Holiday video?

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That’s me. Hosting away, looking all ‘wanna be 80’s Martha’ – in a good way. I loved 80’s Martha. Heck, I love current Martha. Wait. Sit down. HOW HAVE I NOT DRESSED AS 80’S MARTHA FOR HALLOWEEN BEFORE!!!!??? I practically have her wardrobe in my closet, right. now. How different could it possibly be from my Judith Light costume? Or my 1982 ‘Breaking News Reporter Costume?‘ Not that different, folks. Just a tweak of the hair and a pop of collar. God some things in life are just so easy while other things are just so hard. This is easy, now waiting now til Halloween to debut said costume will be haaaarrrdddd.

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Anyway, friends, the holiday product from Target is soooooo good. But you need to know this – THE BEST STUFF WILL SELL OUT. I’m warning you because so many of you were bummed that the gold ball task lamp, cement vases and the rose gold flatware all sold out so fast. So this is me, telling you, my friends, to go ahead and buy now even if you aren’t going to decorate til normal people do (the day after Thanksgiving, right?).  All the links are at the bottom of the photos (if they’re are sold online) or obviously go to your local store. It doesn’t matter, just do it fast if you want them before all those white and gold pedestal candle holders, white resin deers, garlands and gold candle holders are gone. There is a ton of other really cute things too, just not in this color palette so if this style isn’t your thing they have a ton more. I should know, I bought it all (steer clear of the Eagle Rock Target til they restock).

Check out the video folks, and then keep reading the post for all the photos and resources:


Furthermore, I firmly believe that the only way that we can really justify the time/effort/money it takes to decorate for the holidays is to start as early as possible so that you really get to enjoy it. If you wait til December 20th, then you have like only 5 days of enjoying it – well you can do the math, obviously. I’m just so excited!!!!

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Wrapped Boxes Side Table

This is our  ‘Yes and Noir’ Christmas – because we wanted to bring in a bit of black into this holiday scheme – I’m punk rock like that. At first it was just black, white and gold but it was a bit harsh so we added all these aquas and teals and it became much more lively and happy. It’s like I’m unable to not have color.

And yes, we put wrapping paper underneath the glass in the coffee table and the barcart. So easy, festive, cute and cheap. Do that.

_Holiday Target Emily Henderson Coffee Table and Presents

In fact I like to take larger boxes (they could be actual presents or not) and wrap them as fun/whimsical makeshift cocktail tables, for some serious bang for your buck holiday decor. You can stack them in the shape of a tree in the corner (or for your photos backdrop) – you can put them near your entrance, or next to your sofa. Of course your young children will be taunted and teased and then gutted when they find out it’s the empty box to your dustbuster from 4 years ago. But meanwhile you got some pretty big fun boxes to prop around your house in whatever colors you want. You don’t have to put a huge bow on top if you want to use it as a table, but I do like to use ribbon so it really looks like a gift.

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Decorating Tree

Christmas Tree: Silver and Gold Ornaments: Target | Blue Ornaments: Vintage | Crate Paper Garland: custom-made with white and black crate paper from Target | Tree Topper: Target | Mini Paper Bowties: Target

_Holiday Target Emily Henderson Bar Cart and Presents

That barcart was barely seen in the video so no, that is not a fully styled barcart. To check out my barcarting skills you can watch The View today (11am on abc) and then you’ll really see what you can do to your barcart. Because I can really DO THINGS to barcarts.

Black and Silver Tree Wrapping Paper: Target | Silver and Gold Dot Wrapping Paper: Target | Gold Grain Wrapping Paper: Target.  Gold Tray: Target |Mercury Glass Mason Jar: Target |Bottle Brush Tree: Target | Mercury Glass Owl: Target | Barcart: Target |White Ice Bucket: Target | Gold Rimmed Wine Glasses: Vintage | LED Birch Tree: Target | Black and White Dinner Plates: Target

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Holding Present

Oh hey, wanna-be-80’s Martha. Why don’t you decorate your tree with that soft little smile on your face (also thank you Danielle for doing my hair and makeup all natural like that – stay tuned for the video we just shot that shows how to put natural looking makeup on your face).

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Decorating Tree BTS

I’ve learned to ‘always look pleasant’ even when I’m concentrating hard, because you never know when the camera is going to get that best shot and you don’t want to be the one that ruins the photo. I mean, let’s be honest, I’m generally pretty chipper (please don’t utter that word that rhymes with ‘ubbly’) – as you probably suspect, so it’s not uncommon for me to have a smile on my face, but I’m still conscious to have a ‘pleasant’ look on my face. When you are by yourself in a shot you don’t want to be maniacally laughing or goofily grinning because then it’s just sooo obvious that it’s set up.

Meanwhile if I don’t keep that pleasant look on my face I look either a. disinterested, b. asleep or c. like a sociopath – as exhibited by these three photos.

_Holiday Target Emily Henderson Outtakes

I love a good outtake. Almost as much as I love a bookcase full of holiday cheer:

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Shelf Styling

Top Shelf: Gold Hurricane: Target | Silver Mercury Glass Tray: Target | Agate Stone Bookends: Target

2nd From Top Shelf: Agate Stone Bookends: Target | Deer Head Figurine: Target | Mercury Glass Owl: Target | Santa Snowglobe: Target | Glitter Tree: Target |

3rd From Top Shelf: Deer Figurine: Target | Bottle Brush Tree: Target | Birch Tree: Target | Cake Stand: Target | Black Candle Stick: Target

Bottom Shelf: White Hurricane: Target | Mercury Glass Mason Jar: Target | Glass Small Tumbler: Target | White Bar Set: Target | Blue Dip Bowl: Target |

As you can see everything is from target – just some pieces can be purchased/found online and some not. Some are discontinued or sold out already. I’m sorry!!!

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Side Table Gold

I already bought a LOT of Target holiday pieces (yes, they give me gift cards) and what Charlie is responding especially enthusiastically to is all the faux fur because it’s so, so, so soft. We are doing a whole ‘white winter wonderland glam’ theme so they are perfect in the house and Charlie is obsessed. He rubs his face on it like a cat rolling around on his back, scratching an itch – just back and forth moaning and smiling. It’s so cute. So I decided to model it for you:

Before you guys ask about the sofa again – it’s a rental and I believe its vintage and unable to be purchased because it’s from a prop house. I’m sorry!

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Fur Pillow

Gold Side Table: Target | Grey Fur Throw Pillow: Target | Gold Chevron Pillow: Target | White Fur Throw: Target | White Throw Pillow: Target | Black Star Tray: Target | Blue Dish: Vintage | Coffee Table: Target 

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Coffee Table Accessories

I love that gold wood grain wallpaper on the coffee table, so cute. Nate Berkus for Target scissors, and all that wallpaper is Target (although I tried to find some of it last week and our Targets didn’t have very much left, so if you find it, grab it). The turquoise bowl is vintage.

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Coffee Table Wrapping Paper

And yes, putting ornaments in a bowl is an acceptable form of pretty and simple decor. It’s like flowers, but will last all month.

Let’s talk mantel (because you know I love to style a mantel – as shown by this video and this video). For above the mantel we found a simple pretty wreath from the Smith and Hawken line at Target and added printed out instagrams of family to it with clips. I wish it were like 6″ bigger but its such a pretty wreath (and one you can use again and again).

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Wreath Instagram

And then we styled the mantel with my favorite silver dollar eucalyptus and those gold and white pedestal candle holders that I’m obsessed with.

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Mantle Overall

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Mantel Deer Stocking

Gold and White Pillar Candle Holder: Target | Fur Stocking: Target | Silver and Black Snowflakes: Target | White Deer Figurines: Target | Gold Candle Holder: Target | Birch Bark Wreath: Target

And there you have it – our first holiday styling video and photos. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Living Room White Gold Blue

In case you missed the first four videos, you can watch the intro to the series, styling with neutrals, mantel styling,  fall tablescaping, and three easy centerpieces. 

Meanwhile, do you want a sneak peek into the next 4 videos that have yet to come out? Check out this video:

Thanks for watching, guys. I hope you are enjoying watching them as much as I enjoyed making them – although I think that might be impossible. It was VERY fun, indeed.

Here’s a bunch of crediting because the team involved was HUGE: Nick and Todd from Target – I love you guys. Nancy – you are so wonderful to work with. Chris from Partners in Spade -you are my soulmate. Meg, the production designer killed it, while Scott, the official prop stylist on the job, is always indispensable – I literally need him in my life emotionally and feel very lucky that you get hired on so many jobs with me. Plus 65 other people including Ginny, Brady, Danielle Walch (hair and makeup) and Jordan Rudd (wardrobe stylist).