‘Moments’ from around my house

Playing around with the styling on my dresser. This might feel a big ‘young’ for me, but i like it for the next few days til i change it.  Orlando painted that painting in like 5 minutes for a shoot we had and i might have him add to it, and do it crazier….

Meanwhile notice those porcelain legs? They are so amazing it hurts. I’m selling them on the One Kings Lane Tastemakers sale (SEPTEMBER 18TH MARK YOUR CALENDARS) for $450. Why so much? Because they are amazing ‘pantyhose’ display models from a department stores in 1930’s. I love them very much and in order for me to part with them they will have to go to someone who really loves them.  

True words from a hoarder.  

I’m also selling that blue footed compote from on OKL (with the Ban-do in it) for $65 which i’m already regretting because i think i might love it a lot and need it.  Again, with the hoarding. 

The white vase is from West Elm and the lamp is fro Lawson Fenning.  


Please ignore the teenage level of reading material on my nightstand. Instead notice that bunny.  She was ugly wood and we painted her white, but left the brass, naturally.  I’m in love with her but yes, i’m selling her on the OKL sale (i think for $65 but honestly i don’t remember, it could be more).  Those lamps? Yep, they are rad. And i’m getting my new mattress, adjustable base (you heard me…its awesome) and bedding next week and going to shoot the hell out of my bedroom so stay tuned.  Meanwhile that headboard (vintage, reupholstered in peacock blue velvet) makes me happy every second of the day.  

More mantel styling (watch my Mantel styling video for a how-to).  I put this here mirror up on the mantel two nights ago.  I asked Brian if he liked it and he said, ‘Wasn’t it always there?’. It’s baffling to me. One time i changed the rug in the living room completely – brand new rug, totally different pattern, color and scale, and HE DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE.  So weird.

Meanwhile he isn’t psyched about my obsession with heads in glass boxes (above, on the right).  Well, Brian, i’m not psyched about your lack of obsession with heads in glass boxes. I think its a ‘Return to Oz’ thing.  The heads in boxes scared him when he was younger, but i say what better way to get over your fears than have your wife taunt you daily with them in the guise of home decor?

I’ve decided until i figure out what fun art installation i can put in my unusable/fake fireplace i’m going to pile it up with magazines.  I kinda like how it looks and lord knows i have plenty of magazines.  

I found this chair at a thrift store for $30 and i’m kinda in love with it.  The seat is green needlepoint mushrooms and the wood is the perfect finish (no shine).  I love the simplicity of the back, while still being an ‘antique’.  

 Another head. I know.  Must find him a glass box IMMEDIATELY.  And i think i’m going to sell that portrait of the lady in the teal dress.  I love her dress, i do, but she is not a handsome woman.  Opposite.  

Meanwhile i’m supposed to sell this campaign lingerie dresser on my OKL sale, BUT i’m falling in love with it more and more.  If i do sell it (which i probably will since i have another one) it will be for $900 which is a lot but it cost me $300 to have it professionally lacquered in the most beautiful matte white.  It’s just so pretty.  That jewerly box is vintage and the gold tangle sculpture (that comes with a light, but i like playing around with it as a sculpture) can be found HERE, for $88.

Also, folks oly one more day to enter this giveaway. It expires on my birthday, September 1st. I’m just hoping that whoever wins isn’t a total weirdo who wants to wear my skin as their coat.  Just kidding, I stole that line from Orlando.  

Biggest giveaway yet, folks. Free trip to Rose bowl, hotel stay and some cash.  Details on the blog.

Free trip and cash to shop the Rose Bowl with yours truly (and Orlando and Bonnie)….although if you want to navigate that flea market yourself, i definitely don’t have to go…. perhaps you are annoyed by my big blonde locks or can’t hear another word about Bearcat.   I get it.  But if you are on the fence, read these shopping posts, HERE, HERE, and HERE which might entice you.  

To enter, click HERE.  


  1. Thanks for revealing a bit more of your house – love all the little vignettes you shared. And I love the heads…I recently scored a pair of children's heads, which I have proudly displayed on my coffee table. I knew my husband would hate them, but since I got them from my grandma's house, he can't really say anything. Yay for taking after my grandma in some of the weirdest ways possible!

  2. Tori

    ohhh my gosh. i was obsessed with all things Wizard of Oz growing up, but was definitely a bit traumatized when we first rented Return To Oz. soooo bizzare with all the heads. but, i think the ones YOU have in glass containers are much more attractive. :)

  3. vel

    I'm getting the bunny. :-) I hope :-)

  4. Jennifer

    GAH! Needle point shrooooms! LOVE & WANT!!

  5. Kimberly (LolaLalaBean)

    OMG! Finally the date of the One Kings Lane sale and I'm gonna be in Denver for work. I could just cry. You are my idol and I cannot believe that I'm gonna miss it. I'm going to have to wait until I get back to the hotel that night and hopefully will be able to afford something. What time does the sale start? Anyone know?

  6. Sarah

    Hi do we enter the contest just by signing up? I signed up but it didn't say that I was entered to win the Rose Bowl trip and I would LOVE to shop the Rose Bowl with you :)

  7. Oh my stars, those creepy heads from "Oz" were the first thing I thought of when I saw that head! Those things scared the woo-ha out of me when I was a kid. I'm thinking about doing a post of "moments" from my house, too, so you can tsk-tsk at my styling skills.

  8. Lola

    Magazines in the fireplace.. genius!!


  9. Emily Jane

    Oh Emily -those porcelain legs!!! I haven't been able to scroll down past the very first picture yet which has captured me with it's whimsy and plunged me unexpectedly into nostalgia -years and years ago I was a dancer -the ballerina type- and this image makes me want to put on a deep pink tutu and dance around in my living room on my hardwood floors (that you can see for the first time in eleven years as I have just begun tearing up the carpet throughout our sweet 800 square foot house -all by myself!)… I first 'met' you during the Glass House challenge and was a believer immediately -and then, as I watched (and re-watched) SFAS, my doubt and uncertainty began to dissipate and you slowly made me believe I could trust my instincts and design/decorate my own living space (using all the everything I learned from you of course!). Thanks ever-so-much for the inspiration…

  10. Tracy

    Return to Oz = TERRIFYING! Not just the heads, but the guys with wheels for hands and feet? And the magic that changes you into an inanimate object but you are still fully conscious? Electroshock? Shiver.

  11. I am STOKED that someone else knows about Return to Oz! That movie terrified me as a kid. I found it on DVD a couple of years ago and have only brought myself to watch it once. :)

  12. heather

    You should make Brian watch Boxing Helena!!! Soooo creepy.

    Will there only be one of each item available on the OKL sale??

  13. Kate

    I was (still am?) traumatized by those stupid heads in "Return to OZ" but the sculptural busts aren't even remotely similar enough to creep me out.

  14. laurie

    Bless you for referencing Return to Oz. Every now and again I will see an object that I have to touch and say "Oz!". Yes….I'm an adult.

  15. Ricardo

    I usually love your style and everything you do, but this seems a little off and kinda messy looking. Much of what you do is effortlessly cool, which is awesome but somewhat infuriating for me. Though, I still love you and your blog!

  16. Wanda

    I knew there was a reason a like you! We share the same birthday! Have a happy one. I will be in Turkey during you sale. But believe you me, I will have every clock, alarm, reminder device set. I can't wait!

  17. Return to OZ was soooo good, although that head scene gave me nightmares! I love your white head in a glass case. Can't wait to see more pics =)

  18. I love that lingerie drawer! So cute!

  19. Ellen

    I cannot figure out how to register for the contest to win the shopping trip to the Rose Bowl flea market. I am already a member of Open Sky, but every time I click on the link and log in, it won't take me to the contest page. Please email me and let me know how to enter!

  20. Lindsay

    Ummmm…yeah Emily….Lindsay here and I NEED that gold tangle deliciousness for my 18 month old daughter's room…it's been the ongoing saga of thrifting/ebaying/etsying to transform her big brother's room into her big girl room…LOVE this and it's not available on open sky any longer, details please?! And oh if you wanted to do a pro bono kitchen reno I'm cool with that just saying ;) Love your blog and style, no worries no silence of the lamb or precious dogs in this household b/c I did in fact enter to join you at the rose bowl ha!

  21. I very much enjoy seeing glimpses of your lovely home. <3

  22. flipdoubt

    Can you not enter the contest if you already have an OpenSky account?

  23. Emily Henderson

    @flipdoubt If you are already a opensky member use this link, http://osky.co/ehsweeps I didn't want to punish people that were already members so they created this link for those of you. Sorry i didn't post it. I posted it on the orignal post a few weeks ago but forgot to yesterday. Good luck!

  24. OMG! I was reading this post and scrolling down and the scene from Return to Oz scared me to death! I'm with your husband, I only saw the movie once as a kid and it scared me and scarred me for life! The institution, the monkeys and I still think about the heads every time I'm in the freezer aisle at the grocery store. Ahhh! Anyway, I'm so excited about your OKL sale, can't wait! Thanks for sharing the pics from your house, love the awesome pendant over your night stand. The chair is adorable! Love your style!

  25. Shawna Palomino

    I love that weiner dog painting and love that you use him EVERYWHERE!

  26. Megan

    Hi Emily! I just got word from Opensky that I won the sweepstakes (although, I keep asking myself, "for real??!") I am over the moon right now! Can't wait to meet you in LA!