I Make Emily Henderson Cry

Over my break, I kinda stepped back from the old bloggety blog and took one of the views from 40,000 feet. Yikes, I sound so corporate. But I did, and something very noticeable stood out to me. House Of Hipsters took a weird turn from home decor to being more DIY driven. Wait, what??? How did that happened? Don’t get me wrong, I love the DIYs, cocktails and recipes, but I need to get a bit more home decor back into the loop.

If you were one of my original readers, you may remember a little series I started called, “I Make Emily Henderson Cry”. If you don’t, you can read more here, here and here. I’ve explained in the past that there are several nooks of perfection in my home, and then there are nooks of utter and complete horror. I picture Emily knowing these nooks exist, and she sits in a beautifully organized, colorful closet, crying sweet salty tears of sadness. Somewhere in Hollywood, this poor woman is in disarray and has no idea why. Maybe it’s because Orlando left her for Homepolish. Maybe it’s because Charlie Hendo smeared his cute baby hands over her white leather poufs. Maybe it’s because she lost a button on her favorite floral blouse. No my dear, it’s not. Alas sweet kitten, it’s because I can’t for the life of me figure out how to style my nooks of disaster.

The evidence is pictured here. In my living room. It screams, “Don’t look at me! I’m hideous!” So what did I do about it? Well, I can tell you one thing, I’ve been sitting here for the past 4 months asking myself that same question.

Reading Nook Before

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Interior Styling – Front Room

Interior Design The Front Room

So a long, long, LONG time ago, I photographed my front room and posted it to the blog. This is when I had about 5 visitors a day and you guys probably hadn’t any idea of its existence. So this past weekend, I decided to rephotograph it (since it has change a bit…does that surprise anyone? Nope. Not one bit.) and repost. Y’all know my love for interior styling, #cantstopwontstop, am I right?

This room in particular is probably one of my most favorite in the house and coincidentally also closest to completion…if there really is such a thing? Yes, I keep moving small items like vases and antlers around, but for the most part, this room has not changed much. Oh, I did add into the mix that pretty little Katy Skelton hairpin end table a couple months ago. And yes, those are brass hairpin legs! I know we’ve all discussed that calling furniture sexy is super weird, but in this case, well that table is sex on a platter. (Although I must confess. See that brass planter all sad and empty? The one from Schoolhouse Electric? Umm, ya, I know, it’s in dire need of a nice leafy plant or succulent. I just haven’t found the right one as of yet.)

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I Make Emily Henderson Cry

Yep, it’s that time again. Time to show you how the imperfect nooks of disaster in my home make Emily Henderson cry tears of sadness. Today I’m going to feature my guest bedroom dresser. You may remember seeing a picture of it on my to-do list post (and yes, I’m still hacking away at that sucka). This nook is still a work in progress as are most nooks in my home, but let’s just have a gander, shall we?

Gasp. Oh sweet kitten, I would not be surprised if you just fell to the floor in sheer and utter disappointment. Quick, someone help Emily up before she wrinkles that adorable floral pullover! Plus, it might make Charlie cry to see her in such a state. And no one wants to make a baby cry.

Guest Bedroom Dresser Makeover

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i make emily henderson cry

So, I’ve decided to start a series called, “How I Make Emily Henderson Cry”. If that name is completely irrelevant to you, just know she is my girl crush an HGTV star who I idolize. If you read my to-do list, you know that there are many areas in my home that aren’t perfect. Yes, there are nooks of perfection, but there are also nooks of complete and utter disaster. It’s real and it’s normal and for some reason photographing it and making it public gives me purpose to give it a makeover.

But, until these poor unfortunate spaces gets redesigned, I know somewhere in Hollywood, Emily Henderson is crying. She may not know why. Maybe she’s chalking it up to a mood swing…leftover hormones from her pregnancy. Maybe she thinks she is sad because she didn’t buy that perfect MCM lamp at the Rose Bowl flea, or she forgot the booth number where she purchased that white vessel for her oh so perfect florals. Oh no sweet kitten, you cry because of my nooks of disaster.

The first in this new series that I’d like to share with you is my bedroom…not really a nook per-say. Ya, the entire room is sad, but today I’d like to focus on the bed nook, the non-existent headboard, and nightstands. And let me tell you that nightstand  is prolly her biggest disappointment. See, I was actually in her top 15 of of Nightstand Styling Contest winners! If you clicked on that link, I was #13. Well, that nightstand stayed like that for approximately 2.5 seconds, and then it became real again. So here it is in all it’s glory..the bed that makes Emily Henderson cry sweet salty tears of saddness.

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mantle styling — before and after

mantle styling before

this mantle makes emily henderson cry…seriously, it does. it needed a makeover…badly. one of the best features in a home might just be the fireplace and mine was embarrassing. to say the least it was not the fireplace of my dreams. in fact, a large part of me wanted to take a sledge hammer to it. but rather to take things to such extremes (mainly because we have been living in construction zone central for almost 3 years), i chose to dip my toes in the mantle makeover. to keep it quick, clean and easy, i decided to keep the ugly molding and even uglier marble and gave it a simple facelift. (the boy and i discussed painting it white, but since all of our trim was medium wood, we thought it might look weird.)

i’ve tried to place things i love over it to mask it’s ugliness. one of my favorite pieces is the max wanger “tulum” photo. i purchased it two years ago before it made a giant splash in the interior design scene. i thought i had nailed it until i saw my girl crush, emily henderson, frame it in white about 6 months later. my heart sunk…IT LOOKS SOOOOO MUCH BETTER! i also loved the turquoise tea lights from jayson home and garden. they tie in the ocean colors just perfectly! they were to stay.

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