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Emily Henderson does it again! Emily helped her friends’ rental bungalow in Los Angeles with a strategic mix of color, texture, plants and personal items…

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We HAD to bring color into this space because we couldn’t change the walls, BUT they didn’t want to get a big colorful sofa because that was too much of a commitment.

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Choosing the sofa was very tricky. There was only one place for the TV so sometimes that just dictates the orientation of the room. Normally you would go for the sofa facing the fireplace/mantle, but the TV couldn’t fit above the high mantel, and the fireplace doesn’t play Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad (nor does it play actual fire because it’s non-functioning).

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The sectional is perfect because the arms nor the back pillows don’t take up a ton of space. You get a lot of seating area and it’s still really wide and deep. The chaise allows for one person to be lying down and the other to be on the other side, wildly more functional than a sofa that same size without a chaise.

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And nothing says color like a teal chair. Jim found this guy on Craigslist in the OC, and after I gave him my blessing he drove down and grabbed it. It was in vinyl but all ripped up. This teal pulled out the blues in the rug and turned out to be a total stunner.

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See more photos and read all about the whys and hows at Emily’s blog: Style by Emily Henderson | LA Bungalow Makeover and don’t miss the helpful video that outlines Emily’s take on How To Add Personality to Your Neutral Space.


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Images: by Zeke Ruelas via Emily Henderson


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Irma Navarro-Hankins

August 8, 2013

I just love Emily’s style! A success. Again! She makes it look so easy.


August 8, 2013

Thank teal chair! Please tell me that is for sale somewhere?! Love it and the room looks amazing


August 8, 2013

I love the media console. Do you know where this was purchased?


August 8, 2013

Lovely! where did you guys got these arts?


August 8, 2013

I absolutely love the piece that’s holding the TV, where can I find it.


August 8, 2013

Where did the blue chair come from? I would love that for my office.

esther @ cuteheads

August 8, 2013

looks great!!


August 8, 2013

Which fabric option did she use on the sofa?

Sherry Brewington

August 8, 2013

Where did you get the vintage or retro tv table? LOVE!


August 8, 2013

I liked the “before.”


August 8, 2013

I second Mary Jo – what is the fabric on the sofa?


August 8, 2013

Why did she use such a boring rug and not one with pattern?


August 11, 2013

Seating has been cut in half! No little dining nook/work area. Dislike use of space. Color is nice. Those sofas were amazing/would have kept them. More colorful less functional.


August 28, 2013

Love the room, but no lamps or tables (other than coffee table)? Where does one set the frosty beverage while enjoying Breaking Bad?


September 6, 2013

I love wold color what is the name of this color please answer me. Thank you lot. i love this room it is WOW .

Jensen Merréll

September 24, 2013

Bambi asked where did they get the artworks. I don’t know but has a lot of talented artists who make artworks like that. There is SO MUCH variety of art and photography at Society6. Also try Etsy.

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