Exclusive: Emily Henderson Takes Us Inside Her Newly Renovated L.A. Home

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Emily Henderson can't resist a challenge. In fact, the bigger the better, as far as she's concerned. So when it came to renovating her 1920s English Tudor–style home in Los Angeles, the Target Home Style Expert and founder of Styled by Emily Henderson didn't back down. "We did a gut renovation in three months," she told MyDomaine. "We renovated the kitchen, opened up the den, added a bathroom, and redid the flooring, fixtures, and finishes in most of the rooms. We kept all the character with the windows, doors, and the original plaster walls." It sounds like a massive undertaking, but Henderson wanted to open up the 2300 square feet home and start fresh. "The bottom floor, where we live, feels big, and the second floor full of bedrooms is tight, but it's great because it's big where we play but small where we sleep," she laughs.

With two young children, Henderson's goal was to marry the formality of an English Tudor with the casualness of a family home. "I wanted it to be stylish yet timeless, functional yet aspirational, and formal but not precious," she explains. "It was a tall order, and while it isn't perfect, neither are we, and we're so happy." While she did bring in some vintage and preloved pieces from her previous home, most of it was newly purchased. "I viewed this house as a blank canvas with which I can start fresh," she explains. This is also the first time we're seeing Target's new modern home collection, Project 62, in action. (The range lands in store on September 19.)

"I'm beyond excited for people to see the collection because it's perfectly designed for people who love modern design but want something a bit more approachable," says Henderson. "There are pieces that work well in small spaces and for urban living, and clearly these are pieces that also work in a home like mine—mixed alongside a more traditional aesthetic." Scroll ahead for your first look inside Henderson's newly renovated home, and see the complete tour in Real Simple's September issue hitting stands August 25.

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