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Secrets from a stylist interior design by emily henderson interview by ariene c. bethea photographs by zeke ruelas

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ix an ounce of 70’s Palm Springs; a dash of kooky British grandma; and one 2013 eclectic artist and you’ll get HGTV Design Star, Emily Henderson’s personal style. She blends tons of character and oodles of personality to create her picture perfect space.

You are such a colorful person, both in your wardrobe and in your interior styling, yet you went with white walls in your living room. Why? And when is it okay to go with white walls? The reason is totally counter intuitive, but colorful walls paired with colorful things make a room look like a circus – made this mistake before. The room can look like a kid's room. If you like color, you should go with white walls to balance the color. White works best in a room with lots of light because without the light, white can read dead. Many designers both in fashion and interior design favor neutral spaces, possibly because they are surrounded by color and pattern all day. What made you surround yourself with colorful pieces? To me, if someone works with trends and patterns a lot it’s strange that their space doesn’t look like them. I love Cynthia Rowley’s stuff and how her home reflects her style. For me, I don’t have a huge emotional connection to my things; I switch them out a lot. I mix big and crazy with trendy and kooky. I switch things out all the time; I love to redesign and restyle. I don’t have to live with it for 10 years. I’m my favorite client!

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