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.

this makes emily henderson cry

Don’t get me wrong. The potential is there. We have the Dwell Draper bedding, pillows by Dwell, a small herd of antlered animals (that the boy insists he will impale himself on someday) from Z.Gallerie and pretty white lamps. But that’s where the fun stops. Not really an inviting place to sleep if you ask me.

So what am I going to do about this? Well my friend, THAT is a very good question. Buying all new furniture is not really in the cards right now, so I think I have to attack this the same way I attacked the mantle restyle. I need to think small on this project which is oooooooohhhh so hard for me to do. I have existing blinds but need some drapes to soften the space. Maybe I can find some MCM nightstands at the flea market or estate sale them? I’d like to find some small artwork to hang above each nightstand (or at least casually prop against the wall). Maybe add a plant? A couple brass objects? A peony or two?

Well, now you’ve seen my challenge. My goal is to make Emily smile again. She’s such a perky little cutie patootie; I hate to bring her down like this. So Emily, my sweet girl crush, challenge accepted!

Check back for my mood board and thoughts on how to fix this monstrosity (hopefully I will have something together in a week or less). And if you have any ideas, please write them in the comments below! Plus, comments make me smile!


  1. teresa August 16, 2014

    Lovely draperies that extend to the floor with a fun texture or graphic will really help softem and frame the area. It needs a vertical element. Love the Dwell pillows! Great mic of patterns!

  2. Grace August 18, 2014

    Ooh, Kyla, I dig both of those curtain options, maybe the futura just a tiny bit more. And, I fully endorse this series. A. it is a genius idea and B. it made me snort out loud in a meeting (I should contemplate not catching up on my blog reading while other people expect my rapt attention…) Love it.

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  8. Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus February 23, 2015

    I think I found your blog after this post, but I can’t believe you have the duvet set. It’s been on my want list forever!! I keep checking Wayfair to see if it goes on sale… but nope! You have lots of potential with this picture. Love the lamps and the animal heads! Going to check out that nightstand styling post now!

    • kyla February 23, 2015

      I love that duvet set as well, but I think I want a change in the master. More crisp white with layers and textures over pattern. But who knows. The duvet will probably go live in the guest room if we don’t use it because I love it too. Although, the gray stripe is not gray. It’s more of a faded brown. Buyer beware. I didn’t know and ordered it after I painted my room gray =) Whoopsies.

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