Design Spotlight: Emily Henderson

I know it’s been all music, music, music with me since the blog started, but I really do have other interests.  Promise.

To prove it, I’m sharing some STUNNING work from my absolute favorite, never-gonna-love-any-designer-as-much-as-I-love-her interior designer, Emily Henderson.  She won season 5 of HGTV’s Design Star and now hosts her own show on HGTV called Secrets From A Stylist.  Added bonus: she’s from Oregon!  Yeah home state pride!

Here are a few of my favorite rooms from her design portfolio:

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite living rooms. I mean, look at that tufted beauty of a couch! That coffee table! Those colors!

I love Emily’s use of purple in this space, and her unexpected use of wood for the pelmet boxes (those awesome boxes hiding the curtain rods).

I mean. That staircase. No words.

Love the combination of turquoise walls with the red in the curtains and the rug. And that leather ottoman is SO gorgeous.

So many things to gush about in this room! The bold green paint that only goes 2/3 up the wall… the chairs at the foot of the bed… the beautiful pink headboard which lends a bit of old world glamour… and of course the gold bull head above the bed! If it were up to me, I’d put various animal heads in every room of my house (I currently have a cardboard bull head in my bedroom).

I am a huge fan of cowhide rugs and how they instantly make a space feel more homey/warm/inviting/polished/beautiful. Pair one with a stunning dark blue sofa and fun red cross art, and I never want to leave. As Liz Lemon would say, “I want to go to there.”

As if the spaces above aren’t beautiful enough, there are hundreds more photos available for your perusal/inspiration on Emily’s website.  Everything above was pulled directly from her portfolio.  She also keeps a blog on the site, which is super funny and informative and full of design and DIY tips and pictures from her life (looks like she has a gold bull head of her own!).  It’s a fun read, and I dare anyone not to love her after checking it out.

On a completely unrelated note, I hope everyone on the east coast is staying warm and dry, and my prayers are with everyone affected by Superstorm Sandy.  I may not love the constant heat in Los Angeles, but at the end of the day, I know how lucky I am to still have a home to go back to every night.  Stay safe, NY!

xx Hannah

British Imports – The Music of Dan Croll and Joe Banfi

Hello from our almost month-long hiatus!  I don’t know about Ashley, but August was the most hectic month I’ve had in years.  I went to Oregon for my 28th birthday…

…and my 10 year high school reunion…

Then a couple weeks later, entertained the lovely Elisa, one of my best friends from Australia who’s now doing great things with a Christian organization in Birmingham, Alabama.  I treated her to the true Hollywood life (because of course every day is like this in LA!) with a visit to the set of REVENGE (yes, that is Victoria Grayson’s chair)…

…and Regina Spektor at The Greek (amazing!!!!!!)…

…and finally we embarked on a road trip up to Napa for some much-needed R&R.

But of course I wasn’t done after Napa.  A week following Elisa’s departure, I headed up north again to see my favorite band, Mumford & Sons, at their Gentlemen of the Road Monterey Stopover.

They were of course brilliant and the drive was worth it, but after a month of driving and flying and hosting and being hosted and hotels and motels, I am happy to be back in LA with no travel plans for the foreseeable future!

Which brings me to my latest music discoveries, now that I have time to blog again.  Both are British (of course, because I am me and love England and wish I could live in London and am slightly obsessed with all music from that part of the world).  Both were brought to my attention by Communion Records weekly newsletters.  Thank you, Communion, for continuing to expand my music library!  If you like Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, Phillip Phillips, Fleet Foxes, or Ray LaMontagne, you will like Joe Banfi and Dan Croll.

I dare you to deny the soulful rasp in Banfi’s voice:


Or the joyous swell of Croll’s “Home”:


Also, in honor of the recent London olympics and my love for all things British, here’s a beautiful hand-painted side table which I will someday attempt to recreate.

If I lived in NJ, I might just drove over to the seller’s house and pick this baby up for $115.  You can buy this beauty on Etsy at Suezcues.  You’re welcome.

xx Hannah

Designing the Digs

One of the reasons Ashley and I started this blog was so that I could share my explorations and experiments in interior design with all of you.  I know so far it seems like I’m just the music half of this blog, but I promise, there’s more to me than the bands I like!  (Or is there?)  Yes, there definitely is.  Don’t listen to the creepy parenthetical voice.

I have been dabbling in interiors since signing the lease on my first I’m-all-grown-up-and-moving-back-to-LA apartment 4 years ago, and my love for all things interior has grown by leaps and bounds since then.  In my last apartment, I painted a salmon/rose/pinkish/orangeish colored stripe down the middle of the living/dining area.  It went up one wall, across the ceiling, and down the other wall.  And it turned out to be my favorite part about that apartment (I am now obsessed with painting stripes).  I took a chance and it paid off, and lemme tell ya, that stripe got more compliments than any other thing I’ve ever done in interior design land.

Someday I’ll post pictures of the stripe, but for now I’m just using it as an example of why NOT to play it safe when it comes to decorating the place that we call home.  When we take chances and branch out, taking the time to find elements that we really love, our homes become so much more than just a place to relax and watch TV and do laundry and cook and clean.  They become a gathering place, a haven, a welcome destination after being out in the world all day.

As an introvert, my home is my sanctuary, a place where no one demands anything of me and I can recharge and delight in my solitude.  And as a lover of pretty places, my home is a chance to express myself and put a little bit of me into my surroundings.  The more I’ve had people over, the more I’ve been told that I have a knack for interior design, and the more I’ve been interested in pursuing it as a hobby / side business of sorts.  Thus, when a friend asked me to help her decorate her new place, I of course jumped at the chance!  Since she’s not moving until the end of summer, I have been amusing myself by dreaming about her future living room and making inspiration boards to help her envision what I’m chattering on about.


Right now she’s digging the second one, especially the grey geometric temp wallpaper from Sherwin Williams’ Easy Change line.

What about you?  Would you go with the bold green wallpaper (which is actually fabric – Waverly Lovely Lattice in Jungle), or do you gravitate more towards neutrals like my friend?


P.S. Please forgive my inspiration boards… I don’t have Photoshop, so I used Powerpoint to make them.  Not the most conducive program for putting together rooms.

P.P.S. After proofreading my post for me, Ashley decided to buy the watercolor map in the second picture.  I might have to do the same.