Thanks to social media, we are bombarded by perfect interiors, images that aren’t attainable because they have been styled to the point where they bear no resemblance to reality. These interiors may be stunning, but they aren’t an honest reflection of how we really live.
Life Unstyled is about taking inspiration from real homes that are beautiful, creative, and inspiring but at the same time a little rough around the edges, with signs of everyday life evident throughout. The first section, Homes Unstyled, sets out Emily's manifesto for creating a stylish home that is beautiful but lived in. A Home is Never Done advocates allowing space to evolve gradually, so it is an ever-changing expression of your tastes and interests. Work with What You’ve Got suggests ways to make the most of the home you have rather than yearning for unattainable perfection. Signs of Life offers ideas for wrangling papers, clutter and other stuff, Creative Clutter tackles collections and displays, while Break the Rules rejects style diktats and shows how individuality can bring a home to life. The second section, ‘People Live Here’, visits real-life homes that may not be Insta-perfect yet display incredible style and creativity and reflect their owners’ needs, tastes, and talents. And throughout the book, quick fixes, DIY makes, and ‘Every Home Should Have…’ boxes offer creative solutions with unique results.
Emily Henson has recently returned to London after many years spent living and working in Los Angeles. Her career has encompassed store display and merchandising for Anthropologie and set design for commercials and design TV shows, as well as interior design for private clients. Her popular blog is entitled Life Unstyled and she is also the author of the bestselling 'Modern Rustic' (978-1-84975-445-3), which is also published by Ryland Peters & Small.