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The other day I was googling myself, as you do, looking for an old project to reference, when so many other old projects popped up – projects that I’ve even forgotten about!  Ginny and Brady were like, ‘You did that? We’ve never seen it before!’ Some of them I’m proud of and some of them I’m really not. Since a lot of you are new and probably haven’t seen 1/2 of them I figured I’d do a roundup of some of my favorite bedrooms that I’ve designed – and see which one you would live in the most, if any (poll at the end). Some of them are a bit controversial and there are definitely some things that make me want to shove my hand through the photo and change, but all of them I really like for different reasons. It’s incredibly hard to be objective about your own work, though. Also my feelings towards the client always effect how much I like/dislike the space.

I’m very curious about all your thoughts – so here you go:

Vintage romantic Canopy bedroom (from 2011):

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This one was from Secrets from a Stylist and while I could lose that intense orange, I just love that bed and that bedroom so much. See full post here | Photo credit: Bethany Nauert

Hollywood Regency Master bedroom makeover (2013):

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Sometimes I seriously regret selling them those teal rams head lamps. I’m doing another project for them soon so I might, you know, steal these for myself. See full post here | Photo credit: David Tsay

Curbly’s bedroom makeover 2014:

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The Curbly makeover is still one of my all time favorites – and YES, that is a Target bed. So good. See the full post here | Photo credit: Melissa Oholendt

Click through to see 10 more.

Studio City bedroom makeover (2013):

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This whole house is just so fun and whimsical. See full post here | Top Photo credit: Victoria Pearson, bottom by Bethany Nauert.

Ian Brennan’s bedroom makeover (2011, with an update in 2012):

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I must have a thing for navy blue headboards, eh? This one was DIY’d and I those tufts have always killed me. See full post here | Photo credit: Bethany Nauert

Cup of Jo’s bedroom makeover (2014):

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It was a pretty small room, but it turned out pretty darn cute. See the full post here | Photo credit: Ryan Liebe

Venice bedroom (2013):

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This was when I went full ‘hotel’ and my love for really paired back bedrooms began. You should see ours right now – there is like not one accessory in there and I kinda don’t want it to change (update soon, I promise, just dealing with some issues).

See full post here | Photo credit: Bethany Nauert

Lisa’s bedroom makeover (2013):

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Here we went all french country … See full post here | Photo credit: Bethany Nauert

Old world meets new world bedroom makeover (2015):

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And here we went more modern industrial french country. See full post here | Photo credit: Tessa Neustadt

Eclectic Guest Room bedroom makeover (2013):

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Such a happy room. See the full post here | Photo credit: Bethany Nauert

Graphic novel antique geek chic bedroom makeover (2011):

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Remember this? Antique Geek Chic from Secrets from a Stylist. I still love that wallpaper, the lawyer shelves and that nightstand that was a store display thing. See full post here | Photo credit: Mark Champion

My guest bedroom (2014):

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The only things I’ve changed are the blue lamps – they were just too bright, so instead I have these now. See full post here | Photo credit: Tessa Neustadt

My OLD bedroom (2013):

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WOW. CALM DOWN. Man how my style has changed in 2 years. I mean, I still love EVERYTHING in this room, but it’s just so different now. See the full post here | Photo credit: Laure Joliet

Shiny happy bedroom makeover (2014):

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That gold wallpaper still kills me. See full post here | Photo credit: Zeke Ruelas

Cape Cod Modern – Episode 1, Season 2 bedroom (2011):

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That is another one that I had forgotten about from Secrets From a Stylist. See full post here | Photo credit: Teri Lyn Fisher

Lately (because of a big rebrand and starting the whole product line idea thing) we have been trying to really pin point what ‘my style’ is and what is possibly unique about what I do, but because I do so many different styles its been really hard. Yes, it’s a pretty narcissistic process and even talking about it like that feels weird, but I hope you guys know what I mean. They all have different color palettes, although none are totally neutral. They all have something vintage, they all feel really layered and they all feel really happy. There are some design mistakes up there for sure (which I can’t point out because they are not necessarily in my bedrooms – although some are), and there are some things I would change (why is there a huge brass A on my nightstand???)

Anyway, I think I have a couple favorite – I think it’s either #3 or #9 – but I also have an advantage that I’ve been in these spaces and these two bedrooms are huge and have a ton of natural light.


But what is YOUR favorite? For this one we won’t be showing the results because I don’t want the bedrooms that score the lowest to be bummed out, so I’ll update it in a week with who ‘the winner’ is (and watch for it on social media.)

Also in case you want to see my LEAST FAVORITE bedroom I’ve ever designed click HERE. Such a mistake. A fun crazy colorful mistake, but one that I repainted over within like 2 months.

The polls are now open.


  1. I only could vote for one, but I like your old bedroom too #13 – and voted for #2
    as I think the combo with the gold/yellow curtains is very fresh looking. I also love the lamps/chandeliers on a chain. Quite clever!

  2. This is a random question – but I thought that here in California we were not supposed to hang anything on the wall above the bed. Thoughts on that? Love your work!

    1. I think as long as its really secure you are all good. I wouldn’t do like a really heavy piece of art with glass or a mirror, though. Thanks!

  3. I love so many, and I would gladly move into many of these bedrooms. I voted for #9, but I wish i could have also voted for 2,3,6 and 14.

  4. My favorites,asthetically, are so different from what my favorite is for hat I want in my own place! I love your style when its neutrals with big gold glam accents and a little bit of good color and some wacky textures or shapes. (feel free to copyright that phrase!).

    Is it the same mirror in the curbly house as in the shiny happy one? The big square bamboo gold one? Who eventually got to keep it?

    1. HA. Good eye! They are actually two different mirrors. Curbly lives in Minnesota and we found that one at a thrift store there, and then the ‘shiny happy’ came from a vintage store in LA, but yes they are very very similar (and possibly the same). i did however notice that we had styled the teal ram lamp in Lisa’s bedroom and she rejected it before we moved it to #2. 🙂

      1. I noticed the lamp too and wondered if you had had 3 or if it had been re-used. 🙂

  5. I just voted, but I need to say that even though I did not pick #6, it was a close second. I love the color combo and the pillows. Seems cozy, fresh and happy.

    I am dying that you are discussing a product line. As a fan who has seen all of Secrets from a Stylist and read the blog since what must have been close to the very beginning I would be so psyched to buy your line!!!

    1. THANK YOU MEGAN. For watching, reading and commenting over the years. THANK YOU. xx

  6. They are all well done. #1 is my favorite. It’s nice to see you branching away from having blue in every room, reference#1, #6 #14. The pops of red, orange and yellow are nice. I’m sure not very many people tend to have those colors in their bedrooms much.

  7. Love #2 and the way the curtains work with the suburban windows. Excellent colors, too.
    For the same reason I like #14 as well. Can i vote more than once? 🙂

  8. Oh, so hard to choose! All of them are so pretty. I think I like #6 the best thought. 🙂

  9. Oh, so hard to choose! All of them are so pretty. I think I like #6 the best though. 🙂

  10. It was a tough decision between #1 and #4….but I had to go with #4…but #1 is so darn good!!! I remember watching that episode too and looooved it!!

  11. #6 is my fave (the buffalo pic is ridiculously charming), but I also love 12, 13, and 14. Really, all of them have great elements, those four are just the ones that I would actually want in my house.

  12. I like a lot of them (and remember most of them). I think I’d go with 6 or 12 maybe? hard to pick just one or two to vote for.

  13. What??? I’m really surprised that your green guest bedroom is your least favorite. I think that’s probably my most favorite. I like the original colors and contrasting patterns. I also love the headboard you designed. It’s such an intimate moody room which I love. Why don’t you like it any more?

    1. Agreed, I loved that room! I think it would be intense as a primary bedroom—but seems perfect for a guest bedroom.

    2. Me too! I love almost everything about that room!

  14. wow, what i am noticing is that you really cushioned headboards! i love 6 and 7!

  15. Number 12! But only because I want to live with you! 🙂

  16. I don’t know why but I took this poll very seriously! Ha, ha, I think i scrolled up and down like 5 times to pick my favorite. I picked 7, I love it. Love the blog, I often read but have never commented. Your little one is such a cutie, my little girl is 3 months so I love to see how big he is getting and the updates!

  17. This is definitely a tough one because I would choose several for different reasons. Love some because of the architectural space (windows, tall ceilings, molding, etc.), but love others because of the style. They are all totally beautiful in their own unique ways 🙂

  18. Oooh it’s hard to pick just one favorite! I love #3, #6, and #9. Totally feelin’ the bold artwork + colorful pillow combo.

  19. I love #9 and #10 but ultimately picked number #9 as I prefer to have a soothing bedroom but #10 is so cute and fun. I can’t wait to hear more about the product line, so excited for you!

  20. This post is so much fun. Also I’ve been pining away for a covered tray like your vintage gold one…. can you put a few on target shelves? Pretty pahleeeeze?

  21. I picked 12, but really like 6, 10 & 13 too.

  22. Curbly. Curbly. Curbly. My favorite house you’ve ever done. Still go back to those posts for inspiration on the regular.

  23. I really like number 7 because it’s just so cool and calm but I also really like numbers 14 and 9.

  24. STILL can’t get over the Cup of Jo room and the Geek Chic room. Dying over the bed in your guest room. Sources for ahem, less expensive alternatives??

  25. i voted for #6..i’ve always liked that bedroom makeover for some reason. I also like #3 and #12 your guestroom and #13 your old bedroom a lot. this post is fun!

  26. Well, I love them all, but I have to laugh, because last week I totally used your “least favorite” room as inspiration for my master bedroom. Itching for an emerald wall color. I guess you’re really good when your “mistakes” are inspiration for others.

  27. I like everything from 2013 and newer. I will admit I’m not a big fan of any of the 2011 ones. I think your 2013+ bedrooms feel more polished, sophisticated and fresh.

  28. I voted for 2, but I held my mouse over #13 (your OLD bedroom) for a long time debating on whether or not to click. #13 is crazy happy bright and fun! I LOVE IT. But I”m not sure I’d love it as much to live/sleep in.
    I also really like 1, 6 10 and 11. Oh and 12. Eh, who am I kidding I pretty much love the all!

  29. 3, 6, and 9 are all my favorites! But ultimately I voted for 9. I could move into that room.

  30. i love most of them…but the Cup of Jo makeover is by far my FAV!!! Quick question about the framing of the map in your guest room…getting ready to frame the USA map from School House and I’d love to know how you framed it! Under plexi? Mounted on foam core? Details please

    1. Mounted on foam core then framed professionally, but cheaply. They used acrylic. Good luck!

    2. I agree Kelsey, I love the Cup of Jo makeover (#6). Living in a small space ourselves, it gives me an idea for how to style my own rooms. Love your style Emily and I love it BECAUSE it’s so eclectic. To me, that shows you are listening to your client’s ideas and suggestions and really getting to know who they are and how they wish to function in the space you are designing. Wish you lived on the East Coast, my living room could use some HELP!

  31. I have two favourites – 7 and 13. And yes, I know that that doesn’t even make sense, because they are pretty much the most extreme examples, on different ends of the scale.
    I like my own bedroom to be so pared back, basically I don’t want anything but the bed in it (bviously not possible,because of real life practicality reasons). BUT. I really love love love your own bedroom (the old one) so much. Everything in it is just right, the colours, the textures, the light, the cat …
    By the way, I love your new blog features, the polls, and the one thing four ways bit, and of course the ones with the “get the look” info. 🙂

  32. No. 2 is my favourite room, it’s quietly sophisticated without being snobby, I love the bedside lamps, the tables, the chest and that geometric table lamp…next no 13…I’d live in your bedroom any day…those lamp shades and that velvet headboad…I’d get rid of the giant ‘a’…STUNNING!

  33. I have always loved the bedroom you designed for Joanna Goddard. Beautiful.

  34. Umm how can you pick just one?! I’m about to just tie a blindfold on and just click something because this is super hard. My faves are #3, #6, #7, #12, #13, #14. Pinning this post right now so I can use all these lovelies as inspiration. 🙂 xo.

  35. I’ve always loved #11. But I also love all the crazy color in #13!

  36. My new bed was literally just dropped by UPS on my front porch an hour ago and it’s this because it’s passable and dirt cheap.

    I really wanted that Curbly navy Target bed but the pic at Target is such a different color, I was afraid mine would come looking almost black like that. Not good, with white hairy dogs. I still kinda want it after seeing your pics again. Hmm. I could buy another new bed and toss the Ikea one that’s in the spare room and put the Costco one there…

    1. Replying to my own comment here. Someone posted before about the Curbly bed saying that they ordered it and the color is like in the Curbly video, which is not as bright as the blog pics but not as dark as the Target pics. In case it helps anyone. Here’s the video. The bed is around 1:05.

      1. Interesting. I’m going to look at it. I remember it being pretty bright/pretty/dark blue. Not crazy bright, more indigo. I’m going to follow the link again. I’m actually debating it for my master because my headboard is strangely 1 foot too wide even though it said it was a queen. So weird.

  37. GAH!!! i clicked the wrong one! add one point to #12, still one of my faves 🙂

  38. ( and 2 are my favotire. Mostly because they are so full of windows and the colors are calm and not too busy. I like 15 as well but that blue wall is just so blue 😉

  39. I’m torn between 2, 9 and maybe even 10, but I’ll say 2. It was my gut’s first response. Something about the goldish drapes and the blues that gets me every time. Your use of blue is what I’m always drawn to. And I LOVE that you showed your least favorite room too- so honest and fresh. Fun post!

    1. I totally agree- #2! I would be just smitten if I were to be a guest and come upon this room! The blue and ochre/gold is somehow a combo of warm, relaxing, sumptuous, and it wouldn’t grow old too fast. Know what I mean? <3

  40. I picked #3 because it’s the one I would most want to live in right now. But what I love best about your style is the whimsy you always throw into it and the pops of color. I love your old bedroom and your guest room because they’re so fun! I hope you don’t lose that with your rebrand!

  41. Emily, I had to go with your guest room #12. Your old bedroom #13 and #2 were close seconds. I really like certain elements in ALL of them, it was really hard to pick one! I am VERY EXCITED about your product line and your vintage store. I don’t think you need to define/label your style, it is just #emilyhendo! I have to tell you I have been faithfully addicted to your blog since I found it a couple years ago, your blog is MY FAVORITE BLOG and I come here EVERY DAY!! Love you girl!

  42. Your guest bedroom (#12) is totally my style! I love all of it. The only thing I would do differently is I probably wouldn’t have the repeating lights at the bedside. Oh I think they look great and everything, it’s just my head wouldn’t be able to reconcile the redundancy of function.

    My second favorite is Cup of Jo’s bedroom. You can’t beat that buffalo print.

  43. Funny enough, I actually googled “Emily Henderson Bedrooms” yesterday, as well! I’m debating a patterned duvet and wondered, WWED? Apparently my answer is to go with a white duvet and layer, but I think I’m going to take the risk and regret it later. Life’s more interesting that way. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Yeah! I love a good patterned duvet and its honestly one of the things that you have to rebuy in a couple years anyway, so its a good risk. Thank you 🙂

  44. Love 3,4,12 and 13. I think what I love is your use of art and pops of color that stand out but aren’t overwhelming. I love color but I never want it to throw up all over the room.

  45. I’m so glad the Curbly bedroom was included! I absolutely love everything about the Curbly makeover – and have basically designed my next living room around it in my head 🙂

  46. Bedroom number 2 is my new spirit animal.

    1. 🙂 I love how much everyone is loving #2. Plus they are crazy wonderful people. xx

  47. I love #3 and have been using it for inspiration in my house and now specifically the bedroom. We’ve been weirdly “blessed” with a huge master and I love the colors and feel of the Curbly one. My husband and I were on a makeover show recently and I referenced this room for the designer to use as inspiration!
    I was also hoping you’d have a product line soon and will probably everything : )

    1. OOh fun, which show? And congrats on your big bedroom. You’ll sleep well. xx

      1. thanks! Unlivable on FYI. Episode Deborah and Colin. I told the designer on the show you were my design spirit animal, ha! The colors they used were a little brighter than I wanted, but I think to show better on TV. The dining room light fixture and credenza were inspired by the Curbly bedroom, although the one you used is TDF!

  48. um. confession. that bedroom that you hate was the moment that I started checking your blog daily. i love it. it’s my type of crazy and I refuse to be concerned with my style even though my love = your hate. but I might be delusional.

    1. Oh I actually still love it (i’ll edit it so it doesn’t sound so negative). But I think that since I have a kid now i just can’t handle that much stuff or something. So thank you and I actually still own everything in that room – its just dispersed and a little less busy. xx

    2. I agree! I have an unnatural obsession with that room. So much so that I really thought about painting my master the same hunter green/white walls. The pink headboard (!) green walls, tommy bahama print drape and brassy accents just appeal to me.

  49. I like 4 because it’s layered and interesting without being
    busy. And I love your “old” bedroom because it’s often
    difficult to get several colors into and still keep it relaxing.

  50. Emily = “Happy Vintage” or “Joy Vintage”

    1. I like that. 🙂

  51. I LOVE your style so much Emily! I know this might sound unthinkable but I am not a “blue” person (!!!) so my favorite is #14. I “try” my best to style our CA home a la Emily Henderson but replacing the blues with corals and citrons.
    You rock!

    1. That’s awesome. It seems not possible to dislike blue, but I get it. I can’t seem to bring orange into my home. Meanwhile #4 does have a bit of blue, but not too much 🙂

    2. Wow your wording sounds just like me. I too don’t care for blue and picked 14. Fall colors do it for me.

  52. #3 is my absolute fave and what I would want in my own home! I like the “less busy” bedrooms.

  53. You have a thing for using navy blue headboards 🙂 Which I have has well. I must have channeled you when buying it.

    1. I Know. so many. hilarious.

  54. 6,11, and 12 are my favorites, they are all such great rooms

  55. Picked#3 but absolutely love #6 #10 and #14 who in my eyes represent beautifully your style. (even though #14 doesn’t have any blue or navy to show for)

  56. I voted for #9 as my overall favorite with the bed, colors, stadium seats and dresser. But I also love the bed in #3, colors of #14 and I have loved the storage nightstand thing of #11 since you were on secrets of a stylist! All great!

  57. I share your love of blue, especially in the bedroom, so that was hard. Voted 10 but liked 5, too. But most of all, I love that woven chair in the Curbly room! You don’t often see those with arms! SO GOOD.

    And it made me smile that you admit how you feel about the client influences how you feel about the room. 🙂

  58. Hi Emily,#6 is my absolute favorite! I love all of your Cup of Jo work! I styled my and my fiancé’s living room and my bedroom after your beautiful designs. We used a tufted navy headboard and I shipped some of the expensive Svensk Tenn fabric over from Sweden, and then I asked my soon-to-be mother-in-law to help make a replica of that beautiful long pillow. Instead of the buffalo photo, I printed a huge ocean photo that I took when we were in LA. I like to think it channels the LA cool vibe out here in the uptight East Coast. It all turned out beautifully. You are are a design inspiration as well as a wonderful person! Thanks!!

    1. Yeah, thank you. That is so nice to hear. I would love to see it, seriously. Send pics!! Where are you located? I’m thinking it could be such a fun series to see how readers reinterpret spaces that we design. Like a whole other interpretation. xx

      1. I’d really love to see that series! It was really fun to pick some key pieces and accessories that you used in the post and then try to match others that were more in our price range (wedding planning is expensive!!) or just make due with things we had until we could try to save up for some similarly-looking items that you used. Also, we met at that Target Registry Event in NYC, which has turned me from an fan to a super fan, haha. I’m really honored that you’d want to see photos! I’ll plan to take some soon (maybe once we finally have a non-grey day here) and send them your way : )

        1. I would be embarrassed to share, but it would b so fun! I ha e done many a copy!

  59. #6 all the way! It just feels fresh and calm but still has some personality. Love the color palette and subtle mixture of patterns. Exactly the kind of place I’d want to retreat to at the end of the day.

  60. Color, color, color! It was a tie between 12 & 13; ultimately I voted for 12 because I loved the painting over the bed. But really, I could be happy with them all. Love your work; I’ve followed you closely over the years since you debuted on Design Star … YOU NEED A NEW SHOW!!

  61. #6 is my favorite and did it just kill you that Joanna ended up moving so soon after you finished that project??

  62. This was HARD. I voted for your bedroom, but the Curbly makeover was a close second (I just don’t love the headboard and it’s such a huge focal point).

  63. You did a bedroom on your show, that had a peacock screen you painted white and gold if I remember correctly. That screen alone would have gotten my #1 vote here. Otherwise # 1, but I could happily sleep in all of them and would love for you to “fix” my bedroom!

  64. I went back and forth between #6 and # 10 and finally voted for #10. I was drawn to color schemes that had blue plus one other color. I didn’t want too formal or too graphic and those were the two that did it for me. The final decision came down to curtains in #10 because that makes me feel cozy 🙂

  65. I picked #14. I never have trouble going to sleep but in the winter it can be tough to wake up in the Pacific Northwest with the dark and rain. So a warmer color green and salmon are the colors I actually have in my bedroom after years of various blues and it is so much better!

  66. I’ve been trying to emulate #2. My husband doesn’t allow “light” in rooms (don’t get me started. But I love #2 and #3

  67. #3 and #9 are hands down the best. If I had to choose between those two, I’d choose #3.

  68. My faves are #6 and #10, which I guess means I like white w lots of wood and a little warm color, but with very little pink. The grey and blue bedrooms just look cold, and a little too “ethereal” to me. Maybe living in a place where the winter is cold has influenced my feelings.
    I clicked on your least favorite. I remember that! To me, it was kinda “1940’s roadside motel in Mexico,” which is not necessarily a bad thing.

    1. HA. That’s hilarious. Its true that where we live influences what we want. I like I like bright cool colors because its california and all bright and airy and hot here or something … I mean, i love all colors so not sure what i’m talking about …

  69. I voted for #6, because that buffalo stormed in and threw the entire contest. I didn’t even give the others fair consideration. I would be interested to know how many others were coerced by that buffalo. You may need a re-count!

    1. buffalo got me too. add in a print and i’m toast.

  70. Really hard to pick just one! Love it all Emily!

  71. Wow, I love these rooms. My favourite is #12 and #13. I love the added art work in the room, really brightens it up.


  72. I used #2 as a template for my master and LOVE it, so thank you for the inspiration!

  73. L o v i n g the elegant simplicity of #3…Great Job E!

  74. #2 got my vote but I pinned… 2, 3 ,4 6, 7,9,12 & 13! I guess you could say I like your styling.

  75. 3-6-12 for me!! one of the best posts ever!

  76. Number 3 is my hands down fave but I love so much about 6, 10, & 12. And I miss your show so much!

  77. I am so obsessed with the DwellStudio Sonia pillow cases in the Cup of Jo bedroom makeover. I just spent an hour online trying to find them and they’re sold out everywhere. If anyone can point me in the direction that leads to me owning them, I’d be so happy.

    LOVE that room, Emily!

  78. I vote for #13, but I really do love your least favorite room the most. I remember seeing it and just thinking that it looks so bold and unexpected and a bit European. Strangely, I have pretty much only black, white and wood in my house, but your rooms always make color seem so alluring!

  79. It was hard to narrow down to just one. Numbers 3 and 9 were my favorites! I would love to live in either bedroom!

  80. Your old bedroom gets me the most, and I think the reason is that you and Bearcat are in it and there are open books laying around and a messy bed and a throw actually *thrown* on the chair. Such an impact–it feels like Christmas Eve and we’re bestie sisters and hanging out after breakfast and before wrapping presents for the rest of family in your awesome, friendly room.

    Of course, also I can’t get tired of your pink and blues. Ever. Don’t give them up entirely or I will cry.

  81. How do you not love your old guest room??? If that had been one of the choices, I would have chosen it as my favorite. In fact, it inspired two (successful) projects in my own home!

  82. Emily, I’d say your style is Trans-Modern-Weirdo. Oh no, did I just make you sound transgender? Trans, for Transitional because while the concept of marrying classic and contemporary styles is common, you’ve REALLY ALWAYS held your own. Modern because you are THE modern woman/designer, and Weirdo – ’nuff said. You always add a little something weird into your finished designs, and it manages to pull the room together even more! Wouldn’t be the same without those little quirky moments that throw us and make us fall in love at the same time.
    I like all of these rooms, but #9 is my favorite, no contest, and I’m so glad you listed that as one of your two faves. I’ve been waiting for you to post about this home makeover for over a year and a half! So, when you finally did, I ugly cried all over my computer, triple pinned all the photos because I’m an insane person, and declared that I can now die happy.
    Love your work. Love you and your team

  83. I voted for your guest room but #6 was a really close second and a favorite of mine too. I think both are calm and muted but still have color which I really love in a bedroom!

  84. Your old bedroom, #2 and #9!

  85. Agh! Didn’t click the right one. I vote for number 2!

  86. Which one would I love to retreat to at the end of a hectic day? Which one calls out “Come here to recharge your creative juices!”? #9 for me. Soothing, airy, light, comfortable. Great room!

  87. i voted for your old bedroom. those pink pendants (which don draper had in his living room!) are my favorite…and that velvet headboard is the bomb! i have a feeling you got rid of it for your current bedroom….this will make me sad, but maybe you will surprise me. i will have to wait for the reveal!

    I remember reading about your green guest room way back when you did it and I loved it. Now looking back I still love the green and pink together, but would change the blue trim…
    you have had a lot of good transformations. i just love everything you do! thanks for sharing it all!

  88. Boy, you sure like blue! I also notice a couple other running themes like chandeliers. Looking at all of these together should make nailing down your style a lot easier. I choose #9. I love the antique seats and the contrasting dark wood furniture. Nice job.

  89. I’m actually surprised. White and blue in almost every room yet your 2 tone guest room you considered a mistake? I think it’s far more exciting than the ones above as lovely as they are. Your guest bedroom was edgy. These are nice. Your mistakes are exciting. Wish you would come to Florida and make some “colorful mistakes” in my new house that I’m trying to get out of 1980.

  90. I LOVE number 11–one of my favorite rooms ever. I bought that wallpaper for my powder room after seeing it on the show–did the wall paper on the top half of the wall and chalkboard paint on the bottom. Now you have “company” in the bathroom and can draw on the wall while you are there.

  91. i am OBSESSED with number 1. I seriously think about that bedroom at like random times and think about how beautiful it is. and then i have to go back and look at it. such a beautiful color palette!!! looks so calming and peaceful.

  92. It’s interesting that you’re having a hard time defining your style (maybe because you’re too close to it?) — because it’s really obvious to me that you have a very defined look. Blue/white/brass, lots of vintage and reupholstering, splashes of color, etc. etc. You may do the French Country or the industrial version of that, but I can spot an Emily Henderson room anywhere. (In a good way.)

  93. I loved seeing how your styling and eye has changed over the years! I really really love 3/6/9/12 (weird??) but I am also a fan of your old bedroom and how you layered all of those awesome colors in the space. Excited to keep following you, Emily! You create HAPPY spaces and who doesn’t need a good dose of happy??

  94. I voted for your old bedroom #13..I always love the vintage items & splashes of hot pink & gold & velvet make my heart leap..so, yes, I’d feel pretty cozy & happy in it myself, so that’s my favorite.

  95. I would love to see the results of the poll as I have been able to before…I voted for #6, cuz the ochre of that headboard is my most feel-good color right now, I just can’t stand it! And the gorgeous pillow prints, elegant paired down sconces, and tribal rug are the perfect mix of intrigue and laid-back sophistication. I know Jenny Komen brought in some of that, but what you added was brilliant (and more relaxed). Though that one is my FAVORITE…I love what you did with the lavender and orange- that was a truly sweet design risk/color combination that paid off…I remember when you designed #11 on ‘Secrets’ and I was falling over with intense lust for the aesthetic of that room- if rooms were men- I would die for this man. Graphic and playful and fresh with a necessary dose of intellect-AYE! Finally, I do love a calm space- and the one I love the most on this page is #9- all the textures and shapes are wonderful- you do just as beautifully with antique looks as you do modern. This room just feels so soulful to me and the movie chairs bring in great character and those funky lamps with the plants!! It’s just so comfortable and lovely and rich at once. Cheers Emily!

  96. 3,4 and 6. Omg this was so hard!! I initially loved 4 but felt like I couldn’t get too excited about the typography prints. 3 is absolutely amazing and I would love that room if I felt like a real grown up… Lol. I had to vote for 6. I kept going back to it. It’s absolutely amazing! The best part about it is it’s size and you managed to make it look so stylized just by decorating the bed and one desk. It gives me hope that I can make or room look good 🙂 if I went off of just looking at the photos alone I would have voted for 4 but after reading your blog post on each room it changed my outlook.

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  97. I voted for #9…I just LOVE the mix of old and new! Simply beautiful! That tufted headboard, distressed dresser and those old theater seats…omgoodness!! LOVE!!

  98. #6 is my runner up 🙂

  99. I love them all but my favourite is number one! Love the colours and style in this one. Basically I love all your blog. Many kisses!

  100. 6! The brown headboard and those colorful pillows! I just love it, it inspires me to get more colorful pillows immediately.

  101. My favorite bedroom of yours is actually a kids/tween bedroom. It was a Land of Nod partnership. I had been working on my own daughters’ room with that exact same color palette and was having a hard time describing my vision to my husband. That post came along and suddenly he could see where I was going with it.

  102. Emily, just a suggestion. Have you ever considered working with blue? 🙂

    I like so many of these but voting came down to a neck & neck between the eclectic guest room (#10) and your guest room (#12). Love them both so much but #10 got the nod because It feels more “me” to me. Or the me I aspire to be. Since I can’t be Emily Henderson.

  103. Oh man, I get the trying to define your aesthetic thing. I’m planning on moving in a few months, and I’m trying to get past the whole “poor college student/ hand me downs/ mismatched” situation.

    The only problem is I have no idea where to start with defining my style (and it does feel super narcissistic to talk about, doesn’t it?). I can only imagine how much harder it would be to do that for your business + a product line! Good luck! I’m sure it will be great, but I hope the process isn’t too stressful!

  104. My favorite is the studio city one. I guess it’s also something about the architecture of the room itself–not to take anything away from your styling, Emily. Also loved the Eclectic Guest Room and your guest room.

  105. Those bright yellow curtains in #10 just get me! They’re so cheerful!

  106. Love love #6. Agree on branching away from blue! Also still love #11.

  107. 6, 9, and 10 for me!

  108. # 7 is my favorite!

  109. I went with #9 and like you said, a lot of it had to do with the abundance of natural light. There are a lot of fun bedrooms (like I love the nook in your old bedroom with the teal chair) but #9 makes me want to spend time in that room, read a book, go to sleep. It’s more inviting than the rest.

  110. I have a sentimental attachment to #6, since it is a bedroom that combines elements from Jenny K’s design with Emily’s design. Jenny + Emily = design heaven! Two best design bloggers ever. But my all-time favorite, wish-that-was-my bedroom is #12, with a little side-eye lust glance also for the Curbly’s bedroom makeover. That was my favorite Emily H. bedroom makeover until the guest room in the new house happened–and that is pretty much perfection.

  111. I remember every single one of these! Crazy how time flies…and how I realize how long I’ve been enjoying your work. They’re all so great, but I definitely appreciate the more restraint you’ve shown in the last few. I love cooky and crazy color, but for some reason I love a master bedroom to be calm and clean.

  112. This was a hard exercise! I wanted to vote for my top 3 instead of just one! I chose #3 because I just love that color combo, but I remember loving that graphic novel room when you did it on your show. I also love your old room. I guess that while I still love your style and all of your current work, I’m really drawn to your past projects with more color. This was a fun walk down memory lane for longtime fans – great post!

  113. My favourite is #14 (interesting that it’s the only one that isn’t mostly blue and white, and my own room is blue and white). #12 is a close second! Also love #2 and #10 and #6.

  114. My two favorite rooms were in your house and you said your client affects how much you like your work so I think you like yourself best. ha ha. Well I picked your old bedroom becase it has pink in it and I love pink and mostly all the other bedrooms are blue. Also the mad men lamps hanging by your bed were irresistible. The room that you liked least was nice but I can see why you didn’t like it as you ventured from your normal style. The green in your least favorite room was nice but that gloss on it made it look bad. But the fabric on those curtains was heavenly. You are still my favorite decor blogger because you are so honest and talk about how things are faked and how they change things around for foto shoots. You have really informed me so much about the behind the scenes work. No other blogger has done that for me before.

  115. This is really helpful, actually, I just moved to a new apartment and I’m basically starting totally fresh (no furniture, stayed with the boyfriend when I moved for the new job) and I have a pretty good idea for the living room/ dining room but NO IDEA for the bedroom, i have a white duvet, floor mattress, a white malm dresser and a black desk/ chair -besides that nada

  116. For me it really is a tie between 10 and 13. Im totally into super colorful eclectic spaces and those two really hit the mark for me. What a fun post.

  117. Oh and your least fav room was probably one of my all-time fav makeovers youve ever done. Apparently im weird like that. I loved the color play in that space and that you stepped outside of the safe zone at the time.

  118. I voted for #6 because I remember being so obsessed with all the great details of Jo’s bedroom. If I could vote multiples I would choose #2, #6 and #14, I think that they are the bedrooms I would most like to live in and are a good combo of your style. If I had to describe it I would say unexpected color combos that just work beautifully, comfy and layered, refined styling, eclectic mixes and pops of color and shine. Otherwise in a word “perfect” – if you’re ever bored in the portland area and want to style/rearrange/decorate my crazy house you can have at it cause I love your style!

  119. I voted for #6, but I’m giving a three-way tie for second place: 9, 11, and 15. I would repaint the window trim on #9. It draws too much attention for me. So I’d probably just make it boring white so it blends in and I can focus on the furniture instead. And I’d add more art. For #11, I’d want a bigger headboard (I guess just a bigger bed too since that’s just a twin) and I’d want the wallpaper to be some abstract black and white print. I don’t like that it’s comic-y. With #15, I just hate the textures of the bedding/bed and I don’t like that style of pendant light. I would happily live in any of these rooms with those tweaks. They are so beautiful and home-y and a great blend of feminine and masculine, cozy and industrial!

  120. It was between 6, 10, and 12. Ultimately, I voted for 10–probably because the first time I saw it, I had a design “ah-ha” moment. The juxtaposition of the dark, somewhat masculine bed linens and the cheery, feminine drapes just spoke to me, and I knew I needed to take more risks if I was ever going to love my home. 🙂

  121. I just checked out your “least favorite” bedroom. If that’s as bad as it gets, you’re doing stellar (which we kind of already knew). I think it is great for a seldom-used space, like a guest room, but I understand why you painted over it. Wouldn’t it be cool in a very hip bed and breakfast? You know, one that eschewed all things English floral and eyelet lace, and therefore doesn’t exist? 😉

  122. I love all of them, but voted for #1. It’s “clean” and absolutely ME :)Thank you, Emily, for sharing so many different ideas!!!

  123. Joanna’s is my favorite, but only slighty over your guest room and 2013 bedroom! Love them all 🙂


  124. I had to vote for your old bedroom because I DIE for those lamps every time I see them. I die. But #6 is a close second.

  125. #8, but there are parts of all of them that I love.

  126. I voted for Cup of Jo’s room, but…. I really wish your old guest room was included! The green walls with that lady print and the double green linen chairs! I constantly reference it in my brain.

  127. And Nevverminnd….just discovered it was your least favorite 🙁 which makes me sad. You were on that banana leaf trend before it was a thing.

  128. I actually have a picture of bedroom no. 3 as my iPhone wallpaper. I love every single element and it’s what I want to achieve in my own master bedroom. Every time I turn on my phone, it’s there to remind me.

  129. This is a random question but I’ve always wondered, when you do renovations or decoration/design in your home, does you and your husband always have the same tastes? Is it a mutual agreement to decorate that way or it is for example your decision? My boyfriend and I sometimes have kind of a hard time meeting with both of our styles. Any suggestions? Thank you so much? 🙂

  130. I battled between a few of the rooms, especially #6 & #10. Ultimately decided on #6 because (to me) it is such a “Emily Henderson” room. Bright, happy, a touch of whimsy, a dash of MCM and of course your “signature” blue. Also, #13 and even the bedroom you no longer like – that’s reminds me of your style when you started. LOTS of color (which I love), but can get you burned out from staring at green walls, pink headboards and tons of prints all the time. I think you’ve really found the balance between fun & exciting design that also stands the test of time. 🙂

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