Styled by Emily Henderson

Design Book Review: Styled

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves By: Emily Henderson

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You may know Emily Henderson from her win on HGTV Design Star - Season 5 or when she starred in her own show, Secrets from a Stylist. We know Emily from her daily stories and posts on Instagram at @em_henderson. She has a vibrant personality and eclectic approach to design that can be helpful to any set of style preferences.

The team at Rumor Designs is always on Instagram @rumordesigns. We post daily stories from the jobsite and curate content from our projects and musings on our feed. We also find and follow other designers that we admire and are inspired by, like Emily.

We love her daily styling tips and inspiration pics, so I decided to pick up a copy of her book at the local library. I enjoyed the fact that her book also makes a great styling prop, which she encourages using throughout your home to enhance any space.


The book is great resource for getting your feet wet in the design world. It focuses primarily on the visual elements of design, arranging a living room or dining room and vignettes at your entry or on a bookshelf. Her intensive style quiz will point you in the right direction according to your results, however all of her “rules” and advice can be applied to a variety of tastes.

We have to agree on the many design “rules” she has spelled out and shares examples of through beautiful rooms and vignettes. Layering, balance and scale all play into the overall aesthetic of a space.  Her “rule of 3s” translates across any artistic medium with something vertical, horizontal and sculptural that ties everything together.

I am confident this book can be utilized in any home, for a fun snowy day project or when you tire of the current state of your home. Emily encourages the readers to work with the things they already own, pieces they love, and to get creative with artwork. At Rumor, this is the perfect guidebook for a styled photoshoot after completing one of our projects. We loved the book so much, we just purchased a copy for the studio.

Let us know what you think of the book, or if you have any recommendations for our next design read. 


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