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June 5, 2016

Styled by Emily Henderson

Jenny Javier, Styled, 2016May23Interior decorating books are catnip and I cannot resist them. Preferably ones that are about modern interiors and talk to you in completely reasonable tones while showing aspirational crazy- beautiful-yet-livable spaces. I blame my art history-cum-English major professor of a mother. Her books about design opened my eyes to the beauty of symmetry, colors, textures and depth. One book stands out in my mind ―it was a textbook filled with line illustrations and didn’t even have colored pictures (which did not deter yours truly). I must have re-read it a dozen times while in high school. Looking back makes me wonder, how many ways can one possibly interpret a textbook?

And you, yes you in the hideous macramé sweater, may stop snorting.

I have never heard of Emily Henderson before, despite the fact that she’s clearly on top of the interior design game. She’s a host on HGTV and maintains a blog whose latest post set my heart racing (How to Lay Out a Narrow Living Room). Yes, there are people who react this way. I felt a combination of excitement (so much to read!) and dread (so much to read!) knowing that I’ll be adding yet another blog to stalk on my already-full plate.

Emily Henderson is a prop stylist―a.ka. the secret sauce behind all the gorgeous rooms in magazines and Instagram. She comes in once everything is set up, to tweak a pillow or to add a plant. It is the prop stylist’s job to ensure that the shot makes sense to the reader’s eye. We can all use one! The good news is, after reading the book, we can all be one!

How many times has it happened that you’ve followed all the rules, and yet things feel flat and look nowhere as fabulous? Take a dip into STYLED–it will not be a regular interior decorating book experience, I promise. You may laugh out aloud (“All would be right in my life if only I had bought that huge oil portrait of Tom Selleck from his Magnum P.I. days and hung it over my bed.”) or raise an eyebrow (“how can I be a Minimalist Bohemian after taking this quiz on the style wheel?”) but you will definitely not feel bored.

My takeaway? Yes, it is completely possible to be a Minimalist Bohemian. Please excuse me while I dig out the black sheepskin rug that I’d completely given up on, so I can put it back on the couch.

Styled is available in hard cover. On sale: October 13, 2015.


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