If you search for beautiful and creatively styled homes and interior inspiration, it is hard not to come across Emily Henderson. She is well known as the host of HGTV’s Secrets from a Stylist, where she transforms real people’s homes based on their personality, using her famous “Style Diagnostic”. But more than that, Emily is an interior designer, blogger, stylist, and author of the New York Times best-selling book Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves.
She has managed to develop her own impeccable style, especially when it comes to designing and styling homes. She has made herself a name as the home style expert with a strong commitment to creating beautiful homes that represent the personality of its owner, no matter what the budget. Emily knows how to blend bright colors, bold patterns, and antique pieces to transform everyone’s home into a functional, stylish and yet cozy space.
“I believe a home should look like the person that inhabits it, not a catalog, not what you think others would like — but really, truly like you.”Emily Henderson
But how did it all start?
After Emily earned her liberal arts degree in Oregon, she quickly moved across the country to start her career in the Big Apple. There, she began working at Jonathan Adler and then as an assistant for renowned stylist Cindy DiPrima for 4 years. You could call her decision to participate in the fifth season of the HGTV show ‘Design Star’ in 2009 her breakthrough; she won and that propelled her towards success and fame. Over the years, she has done work as a prop stylist and has infused personality into commercial spaces for both magazines and advertisements. Beyond that, she also started working as a spokesperson for Target Home.
Style by Emily Henderson is the design blog to bookmark!
In 2010, she started her blog which serves as her personal place of inspiration; here, she posts about her style and home projects, makeovers, project updates, product roundups, and anything design-related that she believes is worth looking at in the design and style world. With the help of her staff, the blog started to amass a huge following; despite its massive success, Emily managed to remain personal, transparent, and honest with her engaged followers. In 2015, she added an addition to her blog; The Flea, her online e-commerce site where she highlights shopping/design resources and sells handpicked vintage goods. StyleByEmilyHenderson.com attracts 1.5M readers a month with informational, inspirational, personal, and beautiful posts about design and style.
She believes that growing an audience and influencing followers can be done most successfully through writing authentically and with a sense of humor – consciously staying away from anything that feels too generic, commercial, or impersonal.
Spreading out from her blog, Emily extended her business even further and in 2012 she started her own design firm. Since then, Emily and her staff have been working on projects across the country, designing and decorating spaces for corporate and private clients. Her work has been featured in a wide range of magazines and online home style websites.
“I believe an object or piece of furniture should be either functional, beautiful, or sentimental and if it can be all three, then that is design magic.”Emily Henderson
With her blog, the caring mother of two manages to give us an unfiltered look at both her personal life and her work as a designer, always bringing thoughtful and conscious elements of her family life into her posts. So, make sure to keep track of Emily and her life full of exciting news and great stories as well as design and interior inspirations.
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