HGTV star, Los Angeles-based interior designer, and blogger extraordinaire Emily Henderson is one busy lady—but that didn’t keep her from checking out the Twin Cities last week for a partnership with Alicia and Bruno Bornsztein, fellow bloggers who run the design and DIY site Curbly. In a set up straight out of our design-filled dreams, Emily came to style the Bornsztein’s house, the progress of which they’ve been dutifully chronicling on their own site.
So what happens when blogging minds meet? Mpls.St.Paul Magazine had the privilege of a behind-the-scenes peek at the finished product just off Como Ave. as it was photographed. A once dreary and dark fixer-upper was infused with light and a host of envy inducing vintage finds. Check out the progress for yourself, and stay tuned to Curbly and Emily's blog for the official reveal.
Before she put the finishing touches on “the Curbly house,” Emily had a chance to do some shopping around the Twin Cities. We got the scoop on her favorite sources for one-of-a-kind pieces.
Hunt & Gather: The team found barware to stock their vintage bar cart, a few pieces of furniture, and an antique basket for well-disguised living room storage.
Mall of St. Paul: A great place to hunt for clean mid-century lines at good prices.
Missouri Mouse: Emily’s favorite for truly quirky finds. She found an old globe that made the trip back to LA with her that evening.
Forage Modern Workshop: Best for striking modern furnishings that can stand as focal points of a room.
Craigslist! With dutiful long distance crawling of Minneapolis/St. Paul listings came an abundance of well-priced mid-century furniture pieces.
CB2, West Elm, and Target: After splurging on the unique pieces and vintage finds, Emily chooses to fill in the rest of the room (and the budget) with mid-priced finds from big box stores. Blankets, plants, and small accessories came from these stops.