Our newest partner, Emily Henderson, is a well-known interior designer and stylist, best-selling author of Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, and host of HGTV’s “Secrets of a Stylist” after winning the network’s “Design Star.” Known for her eclectic, comfortable take on interiors, Emily’s latest project, the Farmhouse, is one of her biggest yet. Get to know more about Emily and the plans for her new home in the Q&A below.
Q: Tell us a little bit about you!
A: I grew up in Portland, Oregon, and after living in New York City and Los Angeles, I’m so excited to be back. My husband, Brian, and I have two kids and two pups we rescued during the pandemic. I’m big on having fun with design and always incorporate something vintage or thrifted in a room to give it some soul.
Q: So, you just moved back to Portland! What inspired the change?
A: Brian and I have been seriously thinking about moving to Portland for a few years now. I have family and close friends here and we wanted to raise our kids outside of a big city and among nature. The pandemic really showed us that we don’t need to be somewhere like L.A. or New York for our professional lives to thrive, so we wanted to take the opportunity to slow down and move closer to family. We found an amazing 100-year-old farmhouse near the city and are so excited to make it home.
Q: Tell us more about the Farmhouse.
A: The Farmhouse is an amazing property. On three acres of land, it has two buildings: the main house, built in 1910, and an old Victorian farmhouse from 1860. Over time, we’ll renovate both buildings and do some landscaping. There’s also a barn, a carriage garage, sports court and fruit trees. It’s the perfect mix of country while being close to the city – exactly what we were looking for, for our family. It feels like a dream.
Q: What has your design process been like for the Farmhouse?
A: We really want to respect as much of the original intent and design of the home but need to be realistic about what needs to change to work for our family (and also for it to survive another 100 years!). I’m trying to infuse as many vintage pieces and touches into it as possible since they have so much life and charm. With this home, I’m trying to design with longevity in mind.