The last few years I’ve been asked by many friends and acquaintances to name my style. Is it curiosity? Is it a desire to determine their own style, figure out if they want me to help them with an upcoming project? To be honest I hadn’t given it much thought. When I first started this project of mine, I would have simply said my style was “French”. Later I might have clarified that it was Parisian French – not countryside. After I completed No. 2 I had to admit that I had been bitten by the Mid-Century Modern bug, and began thinking of my style as Modern Glamour for it’s harmonious coupling of modern and mid-century furnishings, fresh takes on traditional prints with age old techniques and plenty of gold, silver, and chrome, from leaf to brackets, baubles and knobs, fancy frames and chandeliers, decorating with metals does indeed bring a little glamour to a space.
I can’t exactly remember how I came to know who Emily Henderson is in the first place. Perhaps Instagram where I am introduced to so many amazing people and products it’s revolutionized my curatorial expeditions. There in my feed, my world and my eyes – open wide. It calms me when I am anxious and excites me when I am in need of inspiration. So I may have found Em here or I might have spied her in a Target commercial, it matters not. I think her style falls somewhere no the spectrum of Boho Vintage. Not mine at all, and yet I am attracted to all that she does, and after reading her book Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, I think I know why.
Creating Visual Interest.
Emily began her career as a prop stylist for residential photo shoots. Looking to add the details, mini vignettes and touches that would create visual interest, and tell a story to the readers. So while she doesn’t consider herself a decorator per se, she certainly brings a space to life.
The book is very well written, funny, and real – making you feel as if you’d be fast friends with her if she didn’t live all the way across the country. I love that she challenges you to NAME your style, first by taking a quiz and then by finding adjectives or words that appropriately evoke an image of that style. I took the quiz just in case I had been getting my own style wrong all this time, but I nailed it. I love getting A’s. at 95 points I am considered: Modern Glam. While Mid-Century Modern isn’t considered complimentary on her style wheel – Zen is, I think the clean lines work well with the detailed style for which I associate most powerfully. I think I’ll call it: Marie Antoinette Goes to Hollywood.