Breaking News
Home >> Designer Reviews >> Decorator Review: Find Decorating Inspiration from Emily Henderson

Decorator Review: Find Decorating Inspiration from Emily Henderson

Easy-going, vintage-inspired, and budget friendly are adjectives that come to mind when describing the decorating inspiration from HGTV Design Star season 5 winner, Emily Henderson. The eclectic, LA-based designer is known for her use of repurposed furniture, affordable DIY projects, and versatile furnishings that can be coupled with just about anything. By pairing staple design elements with personal accessories, color, and print, she’s one of the best at creating spaces with a fun, individual feel.

Here are some decorating ideas that inspire us:

What’s old is new again.

Emily believes that a room isn’t complete without an antique element. Whether working with hand-me-downs, thrift store finds, or Craigslist purchases, Emily is a great fan of reupholstering, painting, and refinishing older items to fit in with modern décor.

Use this decorating inspiration to incorporate family heirlooms into the design of a room. Here are some examples:

  • TV stands and desks from the 70s have a dated look, but given new color, they add a funky vibe to a family room.
  • Old sewing tables can be refashioned into writing tables.
  • Record player cabinets make cute shelving units.
  • Rocking chairs with wicker or metal frames are great finds and can be used in nurseries, family rooms, and porches.
Ian Brennan’s house - Emily Henderson
Ian Brennan’s house – Emily Henderson

Mix and match furniture

Buying traditional matching living room and dining room sets is expensive and sometimes boring. Instead, create a fun and relaxed vibe on a budget by pairing furnishings of different colors and styles. It is possible to splurge on a high-end sofa if you consider coupling it with Craigslist recliners in complementary colors.

Here are a few chic ways to do this:

  • Add neutral tones like whites, beiges, and leather finishes when reupholstering 60’s vinyl chairs.
  • Incorporate non-traditional table options into your living room space.
  • Opt for old-fashioned travel cases as coffee tables and wicker poufs as side tables and ottomans.
  • Consider having an assortment of chairs around your dining room table. Pair chairs in similar styles but different colors in groups of two, ensuring they are of the same seat height.
Bri Emery’s House - Emily Henderson
Bri Emery’s House – Emily Henderson

Fit to print

Although Emily advocates solid-colored upholstery for furniture, her décor features a wide variety of pattern and print. For those who prefer a minimalist approach, add throw pillows to spruce up single-toned sofas and chairs. Ready-made pillows can be purchased in a variety of prints. If you’re feeling crafty, save some money by buying material pieces to sew your own pillow covers.

To create rooms bursting in wall-to-wall color, choose print wallpaper and large area rugs. Some of the most intricate and creative types to use and mix together are animal prints, tribal prints, and native prints.

Oh Joy’s House – Emily Henderson

Accessorize to personalize

The accessories you display on shelves, tables, and counters in your home should be personal representations of you and your family. Built-in shelving around entertainment units, underneath staircases, and in other unused spaces is optimal for displaying your collections. Consider balancing your books, artwork, and objects evenly throughout the shelving units rather than placing like-objects together.

Pro tip: If you are shopping to create table or counter vignettes, don’t hesitate to put them together in the store before bringing them home to ensure that size, color, and style work together. Odd numbered groupings tend to work best since symmetry looks overly-stylized. Whatever style you choose, make sure that any purchased items truly represent your style!

The Patel’s - Emily Henderson
The Patel’s – Emily Henderson

Get back to nature

One of the most popular design trends right now is to feature wood or wood-like finishes. Wood pairs easily with prints and colors. They are also very easily found second-hand! Wood laminate flooring in any room from living room to bedroom makes it simple to lay down a cowhide rug or place simple white furniture.

Different woods also look good together. A dark wooden table pairs well with a lighter floor. Chairs, shelving units, and side tables are good ways to introduce wooden pieces into your décor.

Ian Brennan’s house – Emily Henderson

Whether you are looking to redecorate with ready-made pieces or have a DIY project in mind, these tips will get you on your way to creating a space that is relaxed and personal while still being mindful of your budget.

About Bestlaminate

Bestlaminate’s blog is dedicated to you by making the home improvement process easier and more affordable. We hope to make your home remodeling and maintaining a more positive experience.

Check Also

Designer Review: Holland Based Studio Marco Vermeulen

Designer Review: Holland Based Studio Marco Vermeulen

You might not think about getting design inspiration from climate change, but Holland based firm, …

Designer Review: Dallas Interior Designer Emily Johnston Larkin at EJ Interiors

Designer Review: Dallas Interior Designer Emily Johnston Larkin at EJ Interiors

Looking to add a colorful upgrade to your home? Look no further for inspiration than …

Chip and Joanna Gaines: Two Hearts, One Design

If ever two people were meant to be together it’s Chip and Joanna Gaines. The …


  1. We recently moved into a home that was built in the 80’s. The main living area (living room, dining room and kitchen) is fairly open, which I like. The problem is the majority of this space is carpeted in a beige color that HAS GOT TO GO as I prefer hardwood flooring. However, just the kitchen (which butts up against the living room) has a very light colored laminate floor in it. I don’t like the very light color and would install a darker wood flooring in the rest of the area. However, how is this going to look? the kitchen is quite large, and tearing out that light flooring to match the darker hardwood would be very expensive. My question is: Can you combine wood colors like this in an area where you will be able to see both of them together? Thanks for your input.

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Jan – Great question! I think it might be a good idea to install the dark hardwood where you know you want it installed, and then see how it looks with the kitchen with the light laminate still installed. If you like how it looks, leave it. If you don’t, then I would consider saving up to redo the kitchen at a later date. Just be sure to save the name of the hardwood flooring so you know the exact floor to get once it’s time to redo the kitchen.

      Unfortunately, I don’t feel like I can give a good suggestion without seeing the layout of your living room and kitchen. Depending on how your home is laid out, it could give a nice contrast and visually separate the space, or it could completely clash. I would stick with the advice I suggested above and see how it looks together, because then if you don’t like it, you can always order more flooring and install it at a later date! I hope this helps!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *