The author of Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, From Tabletops to Bookshelves, designer Emily Henderson worked with single-family home rental company Invitation Homes, to share some practical advice for making a rental home into a cozy, on-trend and functional space. Better still, you can take these tips with you each time you move to make every space beautifully suited to your unique style.
Professional dancer Cheryl Burke fell in love with her Los Angeles home because of its bare-boned look and minimalist feel. See what happens when eclectic, color-loving designer Emily Henderson transforms Cheryl's space for the holidays. (Goodbye, gray!)
"In the bedroom, things are a bit clunky with the bed, the large art and the draping of solid fabric at the head of the bed all reading as the same solid visual weight," says HGTV Design Star judge Candice Olson. "An eclectic, gallery grouping of wall art would have brought some lightness and relief and allowed Emily to flex her stylist muscle once again."
"In creating an apartment for her client, Emily naturally walks us through her concept, easily conveying her translation with candor and in a conversational tone," explains HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip. "The end result is a tailored space that is a real reflection of the client's essence and style."
Upholstered headboards are a fabulous way to add texture and depth to a bedroom. Designer Emily Henderson encourages readers to try this easy, do-it-yourself project. "The headboard is made simply by wrapping batting and then fabric around a large inexpensive piece of plywood and using a staple gun to attach it," says Henderson.
Whether you can paint your walls or not, you can always embrace color and pattern through your furnishings. Use rugs, textiles and furniture to create a dynamic home no matter how long you live there. "Choose colors that are on the opposite sides of the color wheel to ensure they balance each other," says designer Emily Henderson.
This look is sleek and streamlined with teak furniture and simple patterns. After getting inspired by a vintage sofa, designer Emily Henderson custom built a tufted couch that has high arms and a wood surround, but maintains a low profile to keep the living room open. The walls are painted a warm, inviting gray which lets the brightly colored accessories and white fireplace pop out in the room.
Designer Emily Henderson plays into her love of eclectic styling by mixing various patterns, furnishings and accessories to create a light and airy living room with feminine charm. For more casual appeal, she added some oversized patterned throw pillows by the sofa. They're perfect for floor lounging, gathering 'round the coffee table and other cozy cushioning. Plus, they're an additional visual accent against the stark, white sofa and hardwood floors.
This simple dining area designed by Emily Henderson for Secrets From a Stylist features a drop-leaf table and black Windsor chairs. Black-and-white toile wallpaper sets a traditional backdrop to the space.
This eclectic living room designed by HGTV Design Star Emily Henderson features a metal industrial coffee table, modern furniture and built-in storage with rustic ladder. The space is anchored by a gold patterned rug.
This space designed by Emily Henderson for HGTV's Secrets From a Stylist offers an ideal spot for dining for two.The simple dining area features a drop-leaf table and black Windsor chairs, while black-and-white toile wallpaper sets a traditional backdrop.
You can unify a shelf display by function, too. Mary Carol Garrity, author of Feather Your Nest: It's All in the Details and the owner of Nell Hill's, an accessories emporium in Atchison, Kan., likes to turn a shelf into a bar or a serving station. "Take out the shelf above to create more room, then top a tray with pretty cut-crystal decanters and glassware," she suggests. Design by Emily Henderson.
Simple white frames house a variety of special, sentimental objects in this chic gallery wall design by Emily Henderson. A Lucite box holds a sculptural object and three small frames house matchbooks from favorite restaurants. A gallery wall should be a reflection of the resident's tastes and interests and doesn't have to be expensive or difficult to create says Henderson. These personally significant mementoes help you capture your personal style and memories no matter where you go.