This Is How Emily Henderson's Creative Director Styles a Living Room

How do you bring a 1930s Spanish-style home into the present? According to interior designer Ginny Macdonald, you honor the home's history while injecting a sense of modernity and personal style. The English native (who also happens to be Emily Henderson's design director) typically "errs on the side of traditional," but in her recent living room makeover, she fused her classic style with a Californian vibe while keeping its heritage bones squarely intact.

"I wanted to make this space feel like a home away from home and bring in some of my English roots," she told MyDomaine. "The molding details reminded me of the Victorian terrace house I used to live in London, and I wanted to bring some of that essence in."

Sustainability was also key to Macdonald's décor decisions; she opted for antiques where possible. "I try to have a mix of vintage and new because it brings a layer of personality, history, and eclecticism to a room," she adds. "Also, bringing in vintage gave it that layer of Old World that I was going for." Ahead, Macdonald shares her style notes behind this striking redesign.


"The greatest find is the oversize map in the dining room," she said. "My husband Patrick and I were at an antiques mall in Venice Beach, and he spotted it hanging up on the wall. It caught his eye because it has Lancashire printed at the top, which happens to be my home county in the UK. I can literally point to the small town I grew up in. We couldn't not come home with it that day."