Feb 4, 2010

"Creativity Before Consumption"

I just stumbled upon this designer on Design Sponge and I already love her! Her name is Emily Henson and she lives in LA in a 700 sq. foot bungalow. While she uses a little more color than I like, I really like her ideas and the way she designs...
Her motto is “creativity before consumption” – and it’s one she extends to her professional work with clients. She will find ways to use paint or reupholster before buying. And, when she has to shop, she goes to thrift stores and flea markets.


She painted this birdhouse tree (the birdhouses came from an old job at anthropologie.)
She painted her wood floors white...I love it.
To "disguise" the TV she hung artwork among it, some of which her children made :) I love that her house is kid-friendly and still beautiful.
I SO want to paint my door a bright color.

How cool does she sound?

28 comments:

Danielle said...

I love how she mounted the tv on the wall and made it look like it's part of the art! Really fun designer :)

Anna said...

Hi Jessica,

I love love love white painted floors and bright coloured doors..I say go for it...there are so many gorgeous colours out there now..and its meant to be lucky too :) x

Haven and Home said...

Very cool, that is some serious creativity!

paula said...

that kids room is so much fun.

simplesong said...

very cool! love this.

Red Lipstick Style said...

I love this door!

Kellie Collis said...

That work is fantastic!! xx

Crystal said...

Those white floors are amazing! But I don't think I would want to be the one in charge of keeping them clean! :)

Sidney said...

Love how she disguised her TV!!

~~Carol~~ said...

I LOOOOVE that birdhouse tree, and the purple French doors!

daylily777 said...

I love all she has done !
Blessings,
Myrna

Donna Rafferty said...

I love how the colors pop against all that white - awesome ideas!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

She sounds like my kind of designer. I love everything but that purple door...lol..sorry just can't go there. The way she set up her tv is great. I was so glad to see that picture. I did my tv like that with my paintings around it, but DH said it didn't look right. I left it anyways. So now I'll simply show him I'm not so junky after all.
Thanks for sharing, I must check her other works out.
Molly

SueLovesCherries said...

Wow! She's got some great ideas! I admire her for not being afraid to leave the dvd player/electronics out in the photo!

Being in New England, Mister always wanted to keep the traditional red door/black shutters look, but "everybody" does that here. I talked him into letting me choose a color, and now we have bright blue doors on a white Cape!

AshTreeCottage said...

Great touches of color. Her place has a fun and playful feeling.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Mary said...

Oh yeah, i do like how she's done her small bungalow...white floors and cool decor. Happy Reds~

Sandy said...

Love the splashes of color! So unique!

P. said...

I really like her style! And the motto "creativity before consumption" is fantastic.

Sarah said...

Hi! I follow her blog, she has great ideas! I especially love the picture with the tree and bird houses, SO cute!

Debbie said...

She has a great motto. It's fun to see her creative ideas.

Charlotte said...

Love that purple door! Are you sure she has kids? How does she keep all of this white clean? But it is beautiful!

Vonlipi said...

She has very good ideas! I did not care for the tree and the treehouses, it gave me the wilies!lol

Laura said...

Creativity before consumption! That is an awesome motto, and I know lot's of us bloggers that live by it without ever having used those words. I love it!

These pics are great. I love all the bright colors. Very kids friendly!

Manang Kim said...

IT is very pretty!! White wall is not boring though this one is the perfect example of it.

VTT~Old cameras

mallorymurray said...

Beautiful!!! I want the birdhouse tree in my house!

SueWis said...

Love how she repurposes items and doesn't buy new. Very cool.

Stephanie said...

I love her motto, and the purple door is awesome. Thanks. Peace, Stephanie

The Happy Homemaker said...

Every photo is inspiring!I had a friend who had a tree painted on the wall,too.It really is very lovely with the birdhouses