Super easy and cheap gift wrapping video

Have I got a treat for you: a new video that is full of stop motion goodness and some extremely simple and cute wrapping paper ideas along with 3 JBL audio products that I use and love.

It’s not a makeover video, but it might be the cutest video that I’ve ever done. If any of you have done stop motion let me tell you this – it is laborious and therefore even more satisfying when you are happy with the result.

This video stars some white paper, gold duct tape, some awesome audio and naturally, some HO’s.

Thanks Sharkpig for making my stop motion fantasy come true.

Meanwhile here are some of my audio picks from the JBL and Harmon Kardon family. Obviously they are a partner of mine, but as a HUGE fan of the sound I feel good about recommending all of these pieces for you. Plus they look cool.

The first collection is obviously well, for the white audio lovers like myself. You’ve probably seen our new house and the amount of white that exists there – like A LOT, so as such I want my audio to disappear as much as possible. So, yeah, its good sound but it also goes away.

Audio Gift Guide

1. Harman Kardon Onyx | 2. JBL Flip | 3. JBL Synchros S700 | 4.  JBL Pebbles | 5. JBL Synchros 200a | 6. JBL Control One AW | 7. JBL Micro II  | 8. JBL Voyager | 9. Harman Kardon Nova

For the dudes out there – or those of you who love a big dose of black in your tech, here are my gift picks of some of the more masculine audio lovers out there.

Tech Gift Guide

10. Harman Kardon Soho Headphones | 11. Harman Kardon Esquire | 12. JBL Pulse | 13. JBL Jembe Wireless Speakers | 14. Toshiba Excite Pro Tablet | 15. JBL Charge | 16. Harman Kardon Aura Speaker | 17. JBL Bassline Headphones

This video and post was in partnership with JBL/Harmon Kardon but all designs, concepts, words and product pics are mine. Thanks for supporting the partners that keep this blog ticking right along. 

To watch some of our past video collaborations click HERE, HERE, and HERE. 

My Holiday Party – Watch the video and get the look

Remember yesterday when I walked you through how to throw a super easy practically ‘effortless’ holiday cocktail party? Well, today you are going to get to watch the feature film of said party (and see the tips in action and a sneak peek into The Fig House space).

Easy Breezy Holiday Cocktail Party

Easy Breezy Holiday Party from Shark Pig on Vimeo.

In case you wanted to savor the laughter and debauchery, here are some still photos of the party with some of my favorite people.

Easy Breezy Holiday Cocktail Party

Easy Breezy Holiday Party

It was a small party – just a couple gals, a couple gays and a baby who was trying to eat a miniature apple as only a baby could – failing adorably. And that’s Ginny’s arm, she didn’t make it into the shots but her wrist is really carrying the whole scene.

Easy Breezy Holiday Party

They drank and laughed and swapped hilarious stories about holiday parties past.

Easy Breezy Holiday Party

Easy Breezy Holiday Party

Easy Breezy Holiday Cocktail Party

And we apparently handed each other food a lot – because its the season of giving so sometimes you just give pass sandwiches back and forth a few times. Thanks to Scott, Orlando, Corbett and Ginny for coming. I had leftover cheese for days. While many of the items I use are vintage, here’s how you, too, can get the look! Friends and baby not included.

Holiday Party Styling Resources: 1. Whiskey Glasses | 2. Gold Cheese Knife Set | 3. Copper Tray | 4. Copper Candle Sticks | 5. Punch Bowl | 6. Gold Votive Holder | 7. Chopping Boards | 8. Small Votive Jar | 9. Copper Mercury Glass Bottleneck | 10. Moscow Mule Mugs | 11. Tongs | 12. Faceted Punch Glasses

This post and video was in partnership with Harmon Kardon because style is silent and weird without good music to listen to. :) And check out the tips on how to throw this party from this post.  Photo Credit: Tessa Neustadt

Video by the lovely gentlemen of Sharkpig (Thanks, Steve!). To watch other videos about beautiful sound with me by Sharkpig click here and here.  And thanks to The Fig House for letting us shoot at their beautiful space (If I do say so myself)

The Curbly House Makeover Video

Happy cyber monday, friends. I can’t wait ’til i’m 90 years old and every day is a different holiday – it will happen … just watch … blogger appreciation day? Teen vampire celebration day? Hug your cable man day?

We had a wonderful thanksgiving – our last as non-parents, and then spent the rest of the weekend finishing the big move into our new house. In case you are considering moving as a hobby i’ll tell you this: moving out SUCKS, and yet moving in is so terribly satisfying and fun.

More on that later, but for now enjoy this lovely video that Jon Kingman made of the Curbly house makeover, starring Orlando Soria (as hunky assistant – that was our last trip working together … ah… sad!!!!), the Curbly family (as the homeowners) and me, (as the pregnant chick).

In case you missed the whole makeover check out the living room, dining room, master bedroom and sunroom when you have a second.  The whole project was incredibly fun and kinda a dream. Thank you so much, Sherwin-Williams  for partnering with them for their makeover and these posts – this content doesn’t just create itself so help from lovely partners is always very appreciated.

Now the real question: who are you wearing for Cyber Monday? I’m wearing a hopefully-labor-inducing-straight-jacket-inspired-tube-dress by the new hot New York label ‘I’m 38 weeks pregnant and NOTHING fits’. Their fall runway collection is particularly embarrassing and unflattering. xx

A boys room mini-makeover …

Welcome to  second (mini) makeover post for this very lovely family. When we arrived at the house to do the bedroom makeover we decided that one room wasn’t quite enough and Decorview offered to do the windows of a second room, their oldest son Ian who is special needs and could probably appreciate a surprise or two:). So we decided to throw in Ian’s room as a bonus – just some awesome window treatments and some simple styling. And since I didn’t actually have to source the window treatments or install them, I really just had to buy some fun pillows and make the bed. Easy, peezy.

Here’s how it looked before, below. It was a pretty darn cute bedroom I have to say. Sure the window treatments could use some love, but otherwise Emily (the mom … I’m not writing in the third person) had done a great job decorating it.

boys room before

But there were some window treatment problems. The problem with curtains on a bay window especially in this room is that they become totally in the way and look really messy. I’ve seen it work, but its not working here.

The needs:

1. Window treatments that look better. Duh. Style is important to me.

2. Window treatments that block out the light so Ian can sleep in as long as possible. Sleep is important to the parents.

3. Window treatments that are child proof and yet accessible  - that transom is high up so you would have to stand on the bed to control any shade. Accessibility to parents (but not necessarily Ian) is key.

before boys room

We had the bay window in this room and the transom on the other side. Another case of the ‘two different windows in one room’ situation. In this case we chose to do the same style and shade on both.

bad windows

Our Decorview window designer, Alla, came and measured the heck out of those windows and had really good suggestions to solve all the functional problems. She even brought this adorable fabric swatch amongst her 30 books of fabrics and I was shocked that I found a pattern that I liked.

decorview shades

I’m picky when it comes to patterns and in general I like vintage, custom or just really expensive patterns so at first I said just a solid but then she showed me that adorable geometric pattern that was already in the color way of the room and we bit hard on that. The cornice box makes it look so finished and intentional, then underneath we have these accordian style black out shades that pull up and down super easily.

Sometimes this style can feel too contemporary for me (probably because I just love roman shades so much), but the function of it in this space convinced me. We couldn’t fit any fabric romans because the windows are too small and there would have been huge gaps in between them (even bigger than the ones here which look way less dramatic in person) or order to fit the actual top of the shade. Plus these are black out, and slim.


Over the transom we did the same thing … well, kinda. Alla suggested the Duette Architella, in the Smoke Blue color way with, check this out, remote control power rise function.  And if the remote control part turns you off, which it does me because I will lose that sucker in approximately 15 seconds, you can have a switch installed easily on the wall and control it from there. I now need everything motorized because it is EXTREMELY fun and you feel instantly very rich. Next week i’ll show you Joanna’s apartment that has motorized rolling shades that are awesome, too.


We tricked out the room with new bedding from Ikea, some Target pillows and rearranged the room a bit, cleaned it up and just made it generally more adorable. Ian LOVED it and gave me a big sign language ‘thank you’.

Naturally with any makeover seeing it in action is way more satisfying, so here is a video we made with SharkPig which I LOVE. It shows the makeover, the product and the whole process.

Décorview Shiny Happy Makeover with Emily Henderson from Shark Pig on Vimeo.

Watch and share, folks. Then go get your window treatment on.

Thanks for all your comments yesterday – they made everyone feel REALLY good. In case you are ever like, ‘Oh, I wonder if I should comment because she probably doesn’t read them’ know that unless it’s an insane day and i’m not in the office at all, I read every single comment and really, really appreciate them.  So, thank you. xx

This post was brought to you in partnership with Decorview.

All after photos by Zeke Ruelas. 

Oh Joy’s Studio: the ‘living room’

green-velvet sofa

I’m so jealous of this studio it’s stupid. It’s making me decide to either rent a studio or wear Joy’s skin as a coat. It’s just so happy, inspiring, colorful, but still feels so bright and airy with enough negative space to not let your little brain go insane …

Resources (Left to right) Furniture: Vintage hot pink chairs; Anthropologie yellow velvet pillow; Vintage black standing lamp/side table; Room & Board sofa; vintage coffee table; Jonathan Adler for JCP striped vase; Anthropologie throw pillows (also here); Marimekko fabric custom pillow cover; Target lamp; Design Within Reach Saarinen side table; Vintage rug from the flea market.

When I first met this corner of the room it looked like this:


Decidedly less exciting, but it was a total blank canvas. It seemed like the natural ‘foyer’ or ‘lobby’ so to speak — the perfect area for a comfortable living area at the entrance of the space. Now those of you who are super astute might have noticed that you are walking into the back of one of the hot pink chairs, but before you call the layout police on me I’ll just let you in on the behind the scenes fact that the right chair normally lives in the corner with a side table/lamp. We moved it for the photo because it just looked SOOOO much better being symmetrical in the shot. But don’t worry, it fits just perfectly in the corner, indeed.

The general design direction of the space was to be bright, happy, airy, fun, and young. Joy needed the space to function as a design studio, blog studio, photo studio, and meeting area for clients … which means it needed to be divided up, but left open. Broken up, but in a really open way with just implied separation of space.

For this project I brought on a designated Sr. Designer Samantha Gluck who was responsible for SOOOOO much, and she did an incredible job (hire her!!!). After the first meeting where we hashed out all the needs, wants, and Joy’s general studio desires, she came back with this rendering:


A lot normally changes from the first rendering, but this gave Joy a really good visual of where we were heading, what elements we planned on bringing in, and where we were going to put everything. I believe Sam did this in Auto-Cad and then did a transparent sheet on top where she colored it in just for the sake of impressing Joy, which it totally did, naturally.

hot pink velvet chair

But back to the living room …

Joy loves color. I love color. So therefore we paint the walls white. This goes against your instinct, I know, and I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. But basically if you are someone who loves color then you are going to tend to buy things that are colorful, right? So if you paint your walls a bright color and you are buying colorful furniture it can go ‘Willy Wonka’ or ‘SpongeBob’ really fast. So my rule is: if you love a ton of bright colors and patterns then paint your background totally neutral, either a white or gray. This is what I’ve done in my house, Bri’s, the Studio City house, and probably 15 others. I’m not saying you can’t do both, but it’s just harder to pull off and it makes a space look busier, smaller, and just generally ‘crazy person.’ So I either bring in color on the walls OR in the furniture/accessories, but rarely both.

velvet sofa

So we started with the Murphy sofa from Room and Board, which is pretty dope for the price, I have to say. They were smart and finally did a readymade sofa in a saturated color. Normally most big box stores’ no-lead time sofas are in like a sophisticated tweed — something safe and pretty, and you have to wait for these custom colors, but not this time. And it’s shape is just so cute. It was our ‘jumping off point’ so to speak and helped start the color palette.

The coffee table was Joy’s from her house (remember when I did her house for the show and then baby-proofed it?). The table has these sharp maniacal corners just waiting to poke out one of Ruby’s soft little pupils, so she hoarded it in her garage and now it’s made its return here at the office. The hot pink chairs were flea market finds that we reupholstered in this amazing saturated hot pink velvet from Home Fabrics in the fabric district.

The rug was a flea market find (yes, for $100). I actually think it’s a really thick wool blanket, but we put it on a serious rug pad (my favorite are no-muv) and while it may not last in high trafficked areas, a thick wool blanket as a rug totally works for somewhere like this. Plus clearly it’s just so rad. I’m dying to reproduce it.


And then the art wall. I decided with this art wall that I wanted to do floor to ceiling, wall to wall. It’s my new favorite tactic that gets away from the dinky collection in the middle of a wall and really makes it look intentional and designed. Joy has a lot of friends that are artists and she wanted to be around their work — to be inspired by it and to feature it. Per usual we had intentions of laying it out on the ground, but ultimately just went for it.

OK, here’s the master resource list, folks:

Resources (Left to right) Art Prints: Ashley Percival panda print; Studio Legohead cat print; Bonnie Tsang floral custom print; Animal Print Shop baby giraffe print; Jen Gotch paper cups print; Jenny Vorwaller abstract painting; Ruby sketch by Casey Brodley;Lulie Wallace floral painting; Bonnie Tsang pool custom print; Paul Octavious kite hill print; Jen Gotch glasses custom print; Cali print by Rocket Ink;Joel Penkman popsicle print; Jenny Vorwaller abstract painting; Geronimo x Jennifer Young custom photo; Ruby oil painting by Casey Brodley;Max Wanger custom print; Ashley Percival cool deer print; Studio Legohead floral print; Marion Barraud fish print.

Resources (Left to right) Furniture: Vintage hot pink chairs; Anthropologie yellow velvet pillow; Vintage black standing lamp/side table; Room & Board sofa; vintage coffee table; Jonathan Adler for JCP striped vase; Anthropologie throw pillows (also here); Marimekko fabric custom pillow cover; Target lamp; Design Within Reach Saarinen side table; Vintage rug from the flea market.

And of course we did a video about this space, to see it in motion. (Thank you Tessa Neustadt.)

Studio Design/styling by me and Samantha Gluck

Photography by Zeke Ruelas

Video by Tessa Neustadt