An Exclusive First Look at Emily Henderson's New Book, Styled
In her new book, Styled, stylist and design star Emily Henderson focuses on identifying your style with her signature diagnostic quiz, then applying your personality room by room using stunning homes, handpicked by Henderson, for inspiration.
For the book, Henderson wanted to showcase homes that were not only beautiful but also reflected a unique point of view. “Just ‘nice things’ wasn’t good enough,” she says. “We needed the interesting, the weird, the eccentric, and the beautiful.”
Henderson adds, “Some of those houses in the book blew me away and still inspire me every time I look at the photos.”
Scroll down for a sneak peek inside some of Emily Henderson’s favorite spaces from the book!
Henderson describes Jessica Helgerson’s living room, one of her favorite spaces in the book, as “striking and inspiring.” She adds, “Every time I look at those photos I think, ‘I want to be the designer that designed that house.’”
Emily Katz’s living room, according to Henderson, “is a good example of how much personality a space can evoke.” Henderson found herself uniquely inspired by both Helgerson’s and Katz’s houses. “What both of these homes have in common is that they pushed it to the limit,” she muses. “They are intense and specific, which makes them so bold and desirable. I’m jealous of those rooms.”
Even as an experienced stylist, Henderson found new ways to approach decorating in the process of writing the book. In selecting homes and helping to enhance their styling, she constantly asked herself, “What story are we telling and what is the reader going to learn from this space?”
“As a stylist or designer, it’s really easy to take on the style of the project that you are working on,” notes Henderson. “For the book we were in different styles of houses every day, and it was so satisfying and inspiring to change direction on a daily or weekly basis.”
To help bring the best out in each home, Henderson enlisted the help of her good friend, fellow stylist Scott Horne. “It was so wonderful having another set of eyes on each shot (and another set of arms to schlep), and most importantly to make sure that I didn’t stop at ‘pretty good,’ and instead pushed to ‘perfect.’”
“You never stop learning tricks as a stylist,” Henderson says. “My biggest trick is to always look at the final photo and ask myself, ‘Do you want to be in that room? Would you pin that photo?’ And if the answer isn’t an ‘ABSOLUTELY,’ then keep tweaking, styling, and moving.”