Emily Henderson

The Lake House

Inside the finished Lake House, post #6


Dunzo.  The Lake House is finished.  For the full update check all the Lake House posts, HERE for the full progression.

Well, technically there are like 3 little things to follow up on, but its 99% finished – enough for me to take photos on Sunday when I was there.  Naturally I want to get it published in a magazine so sadly I can’t show big pulled back shots here or no magazines will want to publish it.  Rude. I know. But then we’ll get a dope photographer to shoot it, with amazing lenses that can really capture how great it is and then I’ll blog the heck out of it.  I’m pretty sure the sentence ‘I’ll blog the heck out of it’ is the dorkiest thing I’ve ever said in my life and I just lost any street cred I might have tallied up.

So here is just a taste, just a tease…

….just the tip…..

For the record – I took these pictures and didn’t really style them, – once we get a professional in there and I style it out for reals….forget about it.  I am the disclaimer queen, I know.

It’s such a happy calm room, for such a happy family.  I love this room very, very, very, very much.  It’s the perfect mix of casual but pulled together – intentional, but effortless….If I do say so myself.   A lot of the budget was spent on the renovation (those beautiful floors, the kitchen and bathrooms, and the master bedroom tub), so I kept the furnishings pretty budget friendly – splurging here and there to elevate everything, but otherwise mixing tasteful big box pieces with quirky and interesting vintage pieces (we are waiting on the fireplaces screen and a club chair from Dwell – being delivered today).



Blue navy velvet sofa: ABC, Carpet and Home.  We are still shopping for the perfect coffee table (anyone have an awesome huge wood slab table they want to sell for under $600?), but meanwhile we have this great mid-century benchy-table from etsy, $250.

Rattan stools – $109 from Pfiefer Studios, HERE. 

Rattan hanging chair –  Two’s company via Amazon $329

Rug – West Elm, 8×10 $279 HERE. 

Gold pretzel – John Derian. $99 which seems crazy for a piece that small, but i’m obsessed with it (I actually bought it for me, but then it kinda seemed like ‘them’, too).

Art – all flea market, except the paper butterflies.

Elephant wicker table – thrift store find then painted grey.

Wicker basket -West elm and white side table – West Elm.


Across the room is the dining table.  Seats 8 comfortably with the most massive beautiful mirror behind it. Oh the power of a mirror.

The dining table is Crate and Barrel. ‘Dakota’, $1399 HERE. 

Chairs are from Overstock, 4 for $169 (yeah, i know, super cheap and kinda awesome.)  HERE.

Cushions are from Ikea, $4 each.

Mirror is from Calypso home

Nelson lights are from Room and Board



Welcome to the happiest bathroom in all of happy bathroomland.

Wallpaper is from Hygge and West,  I couldn’t love this wallpaper more.  Julie Rothman designed it, it comes in a few other colorways and it screams happy and playful, without screaming ‘kid’.

Sink/toilet from Toto, faucet and towel ring is from Martha Stewart, Seal Harbor collection from Home Depot.  Blue penny tile from Nemo Tile.

Light and mirror – Vintage, of course.


All this needs is a bottle of wine, some bath salts (that I won’t be taking as a drug…I mean have you seen that sh*t????) and an addictive teen para-romance series preferably with a love triangle and you have my version of paradise right there.

Tub from Victoria and Albert

Gold stump from ABC, by Phillips Collection. 

Morrocan screen, morrocan table and mini anchor lamp – all vintage, from thrift store or flea market.

Drapes – Pottery Barn

Twin boys room.


Sofa – CB2 – crazy crazy comfortable….i need.

Rug – Dwell Studio, persimmon and white stripe 6×9.  The kids (and I) love this rug.

Bed – they were hand me downs from their friends, but i think originally from Pottery Barn.

Rocket Bedding – Garnet Hill

Sconce – ikea, but we painted it orange.

‘Tent’ drapes – grey lines linen, 7$ a yard, made at a tailor for $25 a panel, then attached with ikea hospital tracks.

Blackout roman shades – Country curtains.


Lands End Adirondack chairs are in the meadow on the way down to the lake.  Romantic sunset much?


And thats about all I can show you. The kitchen was the biggest transformation…or maybe the bathrooms… It’s a totally new house.  It’s been a awesome project that I would do again in a second.

I have a pretty annoying mantra about work – the perfect job would be these three things:  Portfolio building (the clients want you to do your thing and they have good taste and a good imagination), Fun (they have to be easy to work with where you are psyched for meetings) and lucrative (where when you count up the hours at the end of the job you are making at least minimum wage).

My goal is to only do jobs that are at least 2 of these three things, but luckily this was all three.  The main challenge was that the house is in upstate New York and I live in Los Angeles, but Lana was the project manager and worked incredibly hard keeping it organized, on schedule and coordinating the hell out of every piece of tile and pillowcase.  Those of you who have renovated before know the amount of work it takes – the timing, the accuracy, the budget, etc….its hard. So kudos to Lana for making it happen while i was in L.A. on other projects.  Many, many thanks.

Now, to get this published…..

To see the Lake House project from the beginning take a look here: Lake House Post #1 | Lake House Post #2 | Lake House Post #3 | Lake House Post #4 | Lake House Post #5 | Lake House Featurein Country Living | The Lake House Makeover – Kitchen Edition