I’m Emily Henson and I’m a London-based interiors stylist and author with a passion for colour, pattern, imperfection, and most importantly the idea of creativity before consumption. In the 20 years since I left university, I’ve been involved almost exclusively in creative work. More than ten years ago I was designing my own line of children’s clothing called Spike & Ella. I went on to create displays for the Anthropologie stores in Los Angeles, where I spent my days hand-crafting and installing elaborate pieces of art. That led to a bit of interior design, which in turn led to styling for photography.
I’ve worked hard over the years and have had the opportunity to work for some incredible clients, including IKEA, Anthropologie, Primark, Graham & Green, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Not On The High Street, Target, and Cath Kidston.
In May 2011 I uprooted my family and moved them from the sun and beaches of Los Angeles, where I had lived for many years, back to my hometown of London. I now live in North London with my two teenagers. My kids have put up with the rain, clouds, and the Brits’ obsessive tea-drinking, so far without much complaint. And yes, they now have really weird accents.
In 2012 I began work on my first interiors book with the publisher Ryland, Peters & Small (RPS). Creating my own books has literally been a dream come true (some of my favourite interiors books are by RPS and I used to daydream about creating my own). Modern Rustic was released in October 2013 and received both commercial and critical success. My second title Bohemian Modern was released in February 2015, just in time for the seventies revival to hit the worlds of fashion and interiors. In October 2016 came Life Unstyled, about embracing imperfection to create a personal and beautiful home. And in October 2018 came my latest book Be Bold: interiors for the brave of heart, perfect for the return of maximalism in interiors. Both books are available on Amazon UK and Amazon USA and most good bookshops.