The best weekend …

We did nothing this weekend and it was just wonderful. After the Airbnb project (more blogging on that to come, but check out Snoop’s right now) and Vegas we needed a weekend that was just ours. I needed to not have any commitments; nothing except cuddling a certain baby and enjoying our new house which I still never want to leave.

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Friday afternoon I had a sitter watch Charlie while I got a massage with my best friend and then had a couple drinks. It was lovely, wonderful and a new friday ritual. Then Brian and I watched the Veronica Mars movie (me for the second time) and went to bed at 10:30 mainly so I could wake up and have the fullest, happiest day possible with one Sir. Charles Henderson.

Saturday I woke up at 7:00, mentally begging Charlie to get up early (he woke up at 7:30)  and then we went on a 3 mile hilly walk where I caught up with my mom on the phone. Afterwards, I instagrammed this makeup free pic where I got a lot of good advice on how to properly wear my baby. Whoops. And for the record he can absolutely hold his head up himself, he was just sleepy in this photo – I’m not walking around with my baby’s head slumped over for an hour, I promise – I support with with my hands, too.

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So for our Sunday walk I used my more complicated (but yes WAY more comfortable) Stokke Carrier. So don’t worry, America, Charlie Henderson’s hip flexors are healthy and happy.

To celebrate his hip flexors I bought an awesome antique persian rug. Here’s the deal with traditional persian rugs – I love them in theory but they are often in bad colors. So when I saw this (3’x6′) I knew it had to be in my entryway. Those colors are just perfectly me. Besides, right now I have a lot of new things in the house so this rug is giving everything else some soul. ($1900 down to $350 … I mean, rug dealers are, ahem, challenging …). Not a steal, but a good enough price for how unique it is.

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Oh and then naturally I decided to throw in this rug, too. I hadn’t been out of the house is 5 days (I’m not kidding) so apparently I panicked and was desperate to shop as if it was a post apocalyptic world where the vintage rugs that we own will determine what level in the new caste system we belong to. Don’t worry, Brian, we are in the ‘Very high because you hoard a lot of vintage rugs’ class. I really am useful sometimes.

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I love this rug, but in retrospect it wasn’t as wise of a choice. I don’t exactly have a space for it … but i do have a bench that is dying for a redo so this bad boy might be on a piece of furniture ($200 for 2×8 at a random rug store on La Brea next to Sycamore Kitchen)

Then I went to my lovely friend Danielle Krysa’s book signing at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. I don’t want to gush but trust me that if she lived here we would be hanging out every weekend – shopping, brunching, playing with our respective ‘Charlies’ (yes both our sons our named Charlie). Plus she is a total humble inspiration.

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I look like I clearly took the ‘Lean In’ advise literally as I’m about to topple Danielle over. No matter. I HIGHLY recommend buying her book. In her book she interviews 50 incredible artists and asks them how they get over creative blocks. It’s such a simple but genius idea with a ton of practical, approachable advise.

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I think its SUCH a good gift for anyone that is pursuing a creative career or hobby. I’m serious. I LOVE IT and have picked it up over and over this weekend.  Buy it HERE.

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Then Sunday morning I went for another big walk and then did a solo shopping trip to Target (my first since I’ve been officially on Team Red, read about that exciting partnership HERE) and bought A LOT of very exciting accessories and textiles for my house.  I was there at 9:30 am, it was so quiet, I got my pick of everything and it was just wonderful. I was there for an hour and a half, went through every single aisle and happily cleaned that joint out.

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Meanwhile my family room is coming along (more details on that this week) with my new sectional, pouf, curtains, lamp, blanket and basket. After I played decorator all day (on Sunday)we took the kids to Golden Road Brewery and had such an idyllic Sunday afternoon with our best friends who also have a kid (its a kid friendly joint).

Then Brian and I curled up on above sectional and watched Nate Berkus’ American Dream Builders which I liked for the most part but am dying for more details/photos of the designs (those before/after pans go so fast you don’t get to see so much of what they did).

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And then last night this guy started giggling for the first time. And he couldn’t stop. And I wanted to cry and die and put him in my mouth, chew him up and swallow him so that I can have him near me for the rest of my life. Don’t even bother nominating any band in 2014 for the Grammies; the sound of Sir. Charles Henderson’s laugh has just won all  ‘best sound ever’ awards.

And now its Monday, and this is how Charlie feels about Monday:

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photo by LK Griffin Photography

Me, too. But don’t worry, Charlie, Mondays (while definitely the worst) are only 24 hours long and then Tuesdays come along. And Tuesdays are only 4 days away from Fridays. So we are on our way to another very fun weekend.

Thanks for listening to the rant. Sometimes I over think posts (which can take weeks to write) and sometimes I’m like, ‘why not just post pics and ramble aimlessly about my life?’

Clearly I chose the latter this time :) I hope your weekend was full of baby laughter, breweries, shopping, friends, and walks. Thanks for listening, friends. Have an excellent Monday.

xx

Ramblings of a New (working) Mom …

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Well Charlie is 3 1/2 months old now and I’m still suffering severely from postpartum obsession. I just love this little mush pile so much. Not every day is perfect, certainly, but when I’m tired (often) and frustrated  (often enough) I just think about how things will not always be like this. Someday he is going to be grown up and will probably call me WAY less than I want him to and visit even less than that.

It makes me so grateful every single second that he is my baby right now; that he looks at me with nothing other than pure innocent love, that he needs me right now more than he needs anyone else. I don’t annoy him ever; I am the best! I am his person and I’m not always going to be that. I don’t want a day to go by that I don’t hug him, kiss him, squeeze him and appreciate the fact that I have his 18 pound mushy body in my arms. Everybody says cherish every day because they grow up so fast and I’m really really trying to do just that. 

Because even though his crying can be frustrating at times, at least I get to be the one that soothes him and that will not always be the case.

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But work is nuts in a good way and its been super hard emotionally to know that there are some days/weeks/months that I will not see Charlie nearly as much as I want to and possibly as much as a mom should. Last week while we were in Austin for SXSW I was working 9am – 8pm for the first five days. Brian watched Charlie and would come bring him to the site so I could feed him and hold him for an hour at a time, but by the end of the five days doing that I was bawling. It just wasn’t enough. He clearly was preferring Brian over me. Brian made him smile faster and bigger, he knew more about how he was doing/feeling/napping, he had more special daddy/son games that he played with him, and I was super sad and pretty jealous. (more…)

Our baby shower, part 2

Well folks, you can call off the search, take down the posters, hang up your 911 call because you have officially found the best ‘parenting party’ (co-ed shower) that’s ever been given … and it was ours, thrown by Scott, Corbett and Orlando – 3 of my very best friends in LA. Naturally they are also the people who I think have the best style and know me the most, stylistically, too, so thats awesome. Last week I blogged about the party but not the decor  – check out those photos here.

It was totally fantastic and just generally amazing in every way. Let me walk ya through it.

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They chose a triangle theme. Everybody kept trying to guess that the triangle was symbolic for something fertile or infant or something, and while it is the shape of ones, ahem, lower region area, I think they chose it because its super on trend and visually very fun.

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Scott hosted the party at his new beautiful house in LA. In case you don’t know this man he is one of my very best friends in the world (like family, this man). We met on set years 12 years ago, both assistant stylists. He went on to work for Martha and has been a freelance (and very sought after) stylist for years.

So he got his DIY on to make some much needed confetti.

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When I walked up to the house I was shocked at what I first saw. These awesome DIY brass pendants that Corbett just whipped up. Just like that. Leave a comment if you want the DIY – I’ll have her recreate it for the blog. They were awesome.

But that wasn’t good enough, nay. We also got to walk through this threshold of triangle ribbons. This was also around the holidays and could double as SUCH a cute holiday decor idea, too. It’s strangely fun to walk under a bunch of ribbon – it’s like life just turned up the silly and festive on you. And while I would have had a good time if they had just shoved a bunch of themed straws in my face, I have to say that Brian and I  both had so much more fun having it be so decked out.

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Then Kristen from Moon Canyon made this awesome triangle wreath that was just stunning. Thanks, Kristen!

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Here’s a sneak peek into Scott’s house which is just ridiculously beautiful.

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Even the ceilings had triangle banners … Because ceilings are people, too.

Emily Henderson Baby Shower

Emily Henderson Baby Shower

Oh and there was a teepee, naturally. What triangle themed party would be complete without a teepee serving as the bar? So beautiful.

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They even had this pinata custom made for me which of course I’m still hoarding in Charlie’s room for his 4th birthday. And in case you are wondering how much a custom pinata of this size is, the answer is either $18 or $28 … I forget, but definitely not as expensive as I thought it would be.

Emily Henderson Baby Shower

Emily Henderson Baby Shower

Check out the other party post to see that triangle light fixture in action. It’s awesome, served as a focal point in the space and drew people to the other side of the pool.

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They painted on these floating candle holders which tended to want to just hang out at the edge of the pool, but looked chic regardless.

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The thought, effort and love that went into this party is truly remarkable. I stayed up til 12 on that Sunday talking with everyone while they kept drinking wine and I wasn’t even jealous this time because I had such a good time.

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I mean, that’s a ridiculously fun, festive and modern baby shower/party. Scott, Orlando and Corbett KILLED IT.

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They are three of my favorite people in the world. Three people who I’ve never gotten sick of no matter how much time I’ve spent with them (which is A LOT) plus they all love each other, thank god. We all go flea marketing, thrifting, shopping and then many a happy hours drinking. Thank you guys so so so so so much. Without sounding too cheesy and hormonal, it truly was one of the best nights ever. Brian and I felt very, VERY, special. I love you. (To see all the party photos,click HERE).

Resources: They rented the majority of the furniture from Yeah Rentals, the food was by Heirloom LA (sorry, we devoured it before the pictures could be taken!) and the rest of the resources are here: 

Floating water lanternsGold triangle pillowPaper garlandTriangle rugTriangle fabricEmbroidered triangle pillowGold fringePyramid light garlandTeepeeGeometry pillowArrow pillowTriangle paper punchLarge triangle paper punch, Happy Habitat Throw.

All photos by  Christian and Reina. Thanks guys for such amazing photos!

Our baby shower …

You can call off the search, fire the detectives, put down the phone, and take the flyers on the street poles because you’ve officially found the best baby shower ever. And by baby shower I do mean a boy/girl party to celebrate parenthood. Baby showers come in all shapes and sizes and they all have different things that I love about them. But I have to admit that sharing the experience with your partner is pretty special. Don’t try this if you are going to have a traditional baby shower, the boys will want to suffocate themselves with cloth diapers if they had to come. But if feel like just making it a party, then there is no reason that fathers shouldn’t be there to celebrate the entrance into parenthood, too.

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It was thrown by three of my best friends in LA, and quite the coincidence that they also have extremely good taste and are all super into DIY-ing such events. So Corbett, Scott, and Orlando, Brian and  I thank you so much for the best shower ever.

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It was at Scott’s house which is stunning. He’s a stylist, his boyfriend is french – the world would crumble if these two didn’t have a pretty house.  I’ve broken this party down to two posts – ‘The Party’ and ‘The Decorations’. There were just so many pretty photos and so much to talk about that I didn’t want to put them all in one. So todays post is just the party and then tomorrow it will be broken down more. (Originally I was going to reverse it but as I was posting it looked like nobody came to the shower and it was just a bunch of empty decor).
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Not sure how much I LOVE seeing pics of me this pregnant and bloated (below), but I do love how clearly happy I was. It was a Sunday night, I only had 2 or 3 weeks left before the baby, and I think I was in a pretty good mood all the time those days. Plus Christophe, Scott’s boyfriend who is an amazing hair cut/color/stylist, did my hair and I squeezed myself into this red little number.

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So despite packing on 25 pounds, I felt good and I was just so excited to be around all my friends. I was so busy wrapping up The Fig House, the Air bnb project, Cup of Jo’s house and still keeping up with the blog, plus the move and the baby, that I hadn’t really socialized in a while. I was psyched to be around friends and celebrate.

Also they hired a ‘Slight of hand’ magician to rove around and entertain us, in lieu of games. This guy was hilarious and did tricks with fire and made balloon animals and generally acted ridiculous. We laughed and drank and played with fire inside this awesome triangle that my friends made.

Emily Henderson Baby Shower

Emily Henderson Baby Shower

Brian was just so adorable and he absolutely LOVED that this was for him, too. I know its tradition to have it be just for the girls and have it be more about the moms pregnancy, etc, but it’s both of us who were entering parenthood and deserve a send off.

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I know you are dying to see the decor, as you should be. But you’ll have to come back tomorrow …

Emily Henderson Baby Shower

Emily Henderson Baby Shower

My friends also planned a onesie making station. They bought onesies from American Apparel (the outlet so it wasn’t a fortune) and bought fabric paint and iron ons and everybody went to town to create a wardrobe for Charlie that he would never notice, but that I would be pretty psyched about. I love having these in his drawers. They remind me of my friends, the party and what happens when drunk people get a hold of fabric paint.

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Commes De Garson, naturally. Thanks, Bri.

Emily Henderson Baby Shower

Emily Henderson Baby Shower

All in all it was really an awesome night. Thank you so much Corbett, Scott and Orlando for everything. You’ll see tomorrow during the post but they put so much time, effort, money and love into the night and I can’t thank them enough. It’s such a treat to have someone else throw a party for you. It’s never happened to me before. And it was one of my favorite nights ever.

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That is the whole group, drunk from Cheer-up Charlies (the signature drink) and magic.

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And that’s Brian and I practicing our Demi Moore pose (we succeeded, but I decided to not show you those shots).

Thanks, Corbs Scott and Orlando so much for the best parenting party we could ever have been given. It was just so fun and memorable in every way. xx

All photos by the amazing Christian and Reina of Max and Friends. Thanks guys so much!!!!!

Happy Holidays from the Hendersons

Emily Henderson Happy Holidays

Well folks, its been quite a year and moreover quite the month. That pic was taken 18 hours before I gave birth and it just represents the beginnings of our family and how happy I hope we are going to be. So, this is us signing off for the holidays. I’ll be back in January with lots of house redo posts (I’ve been reading your comments like ‘whats happening with your house?????‘). I’ll be blogging about it room by room including before photos, mood boards, layout options, color boards, furniture choices, … everything. I’m basically making myself my dream/nightmare client and you guys are going to witness every decision or indecision. So get ready.

A quick thank you so much to everyone who stops by every day to read, comment and share. You have no idea how much I appreciate it and it keeps me doing this every day. I get asked all the time if I still love blogging and the answer is truly YES, but there are days that I wouldn’t be as motivated if nobody read it. You fuel my desire, creativity and motivation to spend hours a day here. You make it rewarding and worthwhile. So thank you very, very ,very much.

Until January 1st i’ll be hanging out with two pretty cute dudes named Brian and Charlie and two cats named Bearcat and General Meow, doing practically nothing except having the happiest of holidays ever.

Peace out. xx

Photo by LK Griffin Photography