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.

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pretty little things — styling and decor

hello lovelies! it’s really late tonight, and i just can’t sleep…the boy is traveling on business which means momma bird stays up all night long making sure no masked bandits get in the house…i know, it’s super silly, but i have this fear that if i close my eyes, something horrible will happen, and i will sleep thru the entire ordeal. thank gawd the boy rarely travels, or i’d be walking around with bags under my eyes. but lucky for you, i’m bright eyed and bushy tailed…ready to share with you a new edition of pretty little things.

this time around, i decided to include a few things that i actually own…a select few of my most priced possessions. since i recently shared my most embarrassing to do list, i figured i needed to redeem some of my cool factor. i should also tell you, i have knocked out quite a few items off that list and this little momma is feeling quite proud herself . i think writing it down and publishing it for the world to read helped motivate me, and i can’t wait to share more of the happenings around the house…but until then, check out what’s in store for you today!

pretty little thingsbrass lotus lamp and white tulip saarinen round dining tablechesterfield green velvet sofa and caravan pacific lamp

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domino is back baby

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domino fans rejoice! the ultimate guide to living with style has returned, just in time for the holidays. conde nast has finally brought back my dream magazine, and i couldn’t be happier. i was completely crushed in 2009 when i learned i would no longer receive my beloved home interior guide to goodness every month. last year my hopes were raised when there was rumor for a possible comeback, only to learn that the hyped issue was a repackaging of old content.

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but i’m a domino pack rat and saved every single issue. so needless to say, i was completely bummed when i bought the new issue after hunting it for weeks only to find it was old news. but not this time…domino is back and the new issue for the 2013 holidays is on stands now.

one of the coolest things about this comeback is not only will it be a quarterly publication, but it will also host an e-shop. now you can source and buy everything you see on every spread all in one shop…a-mazing! since the dismantling of the original domino, i’ve enjoyed reading and perusing lonny, rue and anthology magazines. not only are they the ultimate source of trending and obtainable interior design, but these publications provide URLs for featured decor. it beats googling weird descriptions of pillows or lamps in hopes of getting lucky with the link of your lighting desire.

after quickly snapping up my copy online, i had to check out the e-shop. here are a few things that might just have to make it into my home in the near future.

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cole & sons — woods wallpaper

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patterns, patterns, patterns…there are so many to chose from! and how do you narrow it down to one. or to make the decision more difficult, how do you pick more then one pattern that doesn’t make your home look like a crazy fruit bowl? how do you make them mesh; be fluid. if i thought picking a paint pallet was tough, adding in patterns and multiple colors can make my head spin. i thought pillows were difficult. seriously, how do interior designers do it? oh ya, that’s right, they go to school for that stuff.

since we moved to the new house, i’ve been contemplating wallpaper much to the boy’s dismay…but (i think) the reasoning behind it is because neither of us have ever plastered it to walls—wallpaper newbies. i always thought wallpaper was too much of a commitment, too 70’s and too much of a pain in the ass, but the mind changer was when i found ferm living a few years back. recently, i dipped my toes into wall decals in little maus’s bedroom. we, and when i say we, i mean the boy, stuck a tree decal into the corner of the room, and i love it. it is soft and subtle; however, i have not clue as to how to remove it…i guess i will learn years down the road when she is 15 and deal with it then. i digress.

while perusing design*sponge, I came across this blog post and fell in love with the cole & sons new contemporary two woods wallpaper. all i could think while viewing sonja rasula’s dining room was was, “hey there pretty little birch trees. you guys need to be living in my foyer along side the barrister shelving and the haywood wakefield chair”, omg, this pattern might just change my life. dramatic, maybe a touch, but seriously crushing on it all the same. the wallpaper pattern, designed by michael clark in 1959, features bold sketches of trees making a unique forest repeat. it would look fabu in my mcm cookie cutter home.

my love for birch trees stems from my childhood. my parents had this beautiful white paper birch in their front yard. i can remember sitting next to it, running my fingers over the trunk. the paper bark peeling off and feeling silky soft. the pattern clark created just makes me think warm and cozy thoughts. it brings the outside into the home which is the main idea i’ve tried to convey in the interior of our home. i guess all i have to say now is, “get on my walls!” let’s do this!