Name: Emily Henderson
Location: Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA
With some help from Tiny Prints, interior designer Emily Henderson held a soiree to christen her new and first-ever work-out-of-the-house office space! I caught her between sips of amazing cocktails by Pharmacie and nibbles by RoomForty. Shake up the delicious Old Fashioned I got tipsy on (Pharmacie's recipe follows) and hear what Emily had to say about her new project:
So how did you and Tiny Prints get together?
Tiny Prints was launching their home décor collection and were looking for someone to showcase the products in a personalized and stylish way (making them uniquely your own). So they approached me and after I sampled the products I thought, "Yeah, I can style with these bad boys." So many options.
Tell us about the pieces in the collection.
Every piece in the Tiny Prints home décor collection is customizable, so yes, I customized several pieces for my party. We did pillows, acrylic trays, acrylic photos blocks, curved glass frames and metal wall art. For example, my guests left the party with acrylic photo blocks with the pictures I stole from their Instagram, so you can personalize the products with photos, designs, patterns and really anything that tickles your fancy! We even displayed the bar and food menus in the curved glass! Very cool.
So this also coincided with opening your new office! Is this the first time you’re not working at home?
YES. As a freelance stylist, I was mainly either shopping or on set so I didn’t really need a office because I didn’t really have staff. The last few years have changed things and the team has grown and we’ve been desperate for space to shoot. I thought that having a house would solve the problem but every day it became a total mess and then I had a baby and two full time people and one night I was like, 'That's it, we are getting a proper studio."
Plus we were looking for locations to shoot so many shoots and we were even starting to pay location fees for them — which is crazy because if we had a studio then not only could we not pay the location fee, but we can potentially rent it out as well. That was what gave me the confidence to make the leap and pull that trigger. It was a bit terrifying but now it's just amazing and I can’t believe it took me so long.
So when Tiny Prints approached me about this collaboration, I figured that the studio launch would be the perfect thing to invite people to come and see the products in a context that was totally unique.
Okay, now you’ve been in it for a week! What’s the biggest difference for you?
Space. Light. It's just so civilized. I know that my team is so much happier, and things are just so much more organized. We haven’t figured out all our systems yet, but we have the space to do it. While yes, it's still going to be a mess most days while shooting, at least at night I can leave it and we’ll clean up the next day, and I won't be sleeping on top of lamp shades.
Okay, gotta ask about Charlie Hendo, your son. Do you take him to the office with you?
He comes most days to the office for about an hour in the afternoon. And it's such a luxury to be able to have that visit. Luckily Ginny and Brady know him so well at this point and he just brings in a fresh little break at that 3pm hour that is normally the "I need coffee" hour. So it just makes me soooo happy the second I hear him come through that door.
Any advice for people decorating their office?
Keep it modern and simple with ample storage. I don’t know what your job or style is but inevitably it gets a bit nuts, so we like simple desks and comfy chairs (From Target) with lots of shelving. Since we are a design studio with lots of photo shoots, we wanted total flexibility to move things around. In our office, everything is on wheels and everything can be moved to the wall that is best to shoot. The wallpaper panels are just hung from the ceiling so that when we need that wall to be clear or painted, we just take them down. But lord knows I couldn’t just have blank white walls. It's against my very being.
So, are you still taking work home with you at night?
I’m only taking home blogging. During the day it's virtually impossible to write posts while shooting, answering emails and designing for clients. So after I put Charlie down is when I sit down to write the post for the next day. I get help prepping them (pictures, links, crediting) but the writing is still all me. Looks like I'm a bit controlling like that still :)
And here's the recipe for The Old Fashioned:
Combine 2 oz Bourbon, 1 oz Simple Syrup, and 3 dashes of Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters in a cocktail tin or stirring carafe (preferred) over ice and stir for 30 seconds (minimum). Then strain over new ice into an old fashioned glass.