Emily Henderson

Matte Black Magic

When shiny black is used in decor, you run the risk of coming off as goth or glam or too modern or american psycho.  But the same doesn't go for matte black.  When that shiny surface is stripped away, you are left with something warm and velvety.

Check out how it is used on doors, walls, furniture, tile, hardware...Sky's the limit!

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

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Jenna Lyons' old bedroom from  Living Etc

Jenna Lyons' old bedroom from Living Etc

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John Pawson Staircase

John Pawson Staircase

Chair by Gonçalo Arcalo

Chair by Gonçalo Arcalo

Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

Wythe Hotel, New York City

Wythe Hotel, New York City

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 Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

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Rast IKEA hack

Rast IKEA hack

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

And here is a great article that backs me up:  Is Black the New White?

Storage from Minanda Studio - WIRT

Storage from Minanda Studio - WIRT

Malachite: Just putting it in writing

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I am not the first person to say MALACHITE IS AMAZING, and I won't be the last.......because it's amazing.   

Malachite is a green mineral, often banded in appearance.  This patter has been reproduced in fabric, wallpaper, DYI hand painting, vinyl, and anything else you can think off.  The bold color is unmistakably decadent  and the application of this pattern produces out of this world results.   

 

Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

Amanda Nisbet Design

Amanda Nisbet Design

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Sally Wheat Design

Sally Wheat Design

Nate Berkus Design

Nate Berkus Design

Hillary Thomas

Hillary Thomas

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Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Lamp Finial  $75

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Lamp Finial $75

Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Bowls

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Bowls

I think this room is a little all-over-the-place, but I felt like I needed to include it because of the ceiling.  Not only is it hand painted malachite, but I am all about patterned ceilings in general. 

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Onefortythree is the light of my life

I was reading Emily Henderson's blog post about her living room, and she shows a detail shot of wall sconces.  Naturally, I assumed they were super fancy, but then she mentioned that a sconce was less than $100, and I couldn't believe it!  

I followed the link the Onefortythree, a shop and blog from a lighting and furniture designer.  

Can you believe that all these lights are less than $200 (and most are less than $100). 

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But wait, he makes other things that are reasonably priced too! 

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Love affair with a Fiddle Leaf Fig

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I have been coveting Fiddle Leaf Figs since I read about them a year and a half ago on Emily Henderson's blog.  I have just the planter, and just the spot, but I have been doing long stints outside of the country, so it never seems like a good time to bring a new plant into my life.     

The reason fiddle leaf figs have run away with my heart is their scale and irregularity.  They have large stiff asymmetrical leaves and can grow in unexpected ways. They are contemporary sculptures, but alive. 

Emily Henderson's old living room

Emily Henderson's old living room

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Jonathan Adler 

Jonathan Adler 

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Fiddle leaf figs (ficus lyrata ) is native to western Africa.  It grows in lowland tropical rain forests.  As a houseplant, it usually stays shorter and fails to flower or fruit.  

It was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. To qualify for this ludicrous award, it must meet the following criteria.  

  • must be available
  • must be of outstanding excellence for garden decoration or use
  • must be of good constitution
  • must not require highly specialist growing conditions or care
  • must not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease
  • must not be subject to an unreasonable degree of reversion.

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

Once I learned about fiddle leaf figs, I started seeing them everywhere: in IKEA, in Home Depot, in people's homes, and in television and film sets.

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 10

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 10

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 20

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 20

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 15

Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 15

This is exactly why the room is wrong

I am going to use this post to paraphrase/plagiarize an Emily Henderson post that I thought was pure genius. 

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Everyone has been in rooms exactly like this one, and it is so obviously an American- livable-adult-mess, but why??!!

Well... 

1.  The furniture doesn't go together!  The furniture is almost TOO close to each other in style and color, therefore looking accidental.

2. These pieces fall in the “contemporary” range, which means they don’t really hearken to a particular style or period and aren’t particularly modern either. And they are too big and bulky.

3. The furniture is obviously left over “starter furniture,” which 10 years later is not exactly awesome.

4. Not knowing where to start. Rug first? Sofa first? Total style paralysis.

Emily Henderson (with some help from West Elm) totally over hauled and mega-styled the room.  TA DA! 

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