Decorating Our New Apartment

Bri’s cheerful living and dining room
Ian’s masculine living room
Joy’s colorful office
…and Emily’s own living room.

Can’t wait to share the before-and-afters of our apartment in a few weeks. We keep pinching ourselves:) Thank you so much, Emily!

(Photo of Joy’s office by Zeke Ruelas; photos of Bri’s living room by Laure Joliet; photos of Emily’s living room by Zeke Ruelas)

  1. Awesome! I like the decorations and designs of your apartment. I can I copy your design for my cubao condo? I really love it!

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  4. Awesome and great arrangement of the things in the apartment!!! Colorful & Hats Off!!!

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  6. I’m excited about the return of Domino!
    Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what some of those beautiful plants are in some of these photos?

  7. jealous, jealous, jealous! we’re in the process of selling our large home here in italy and buying a smaller place and i worry that it will end up looking cluttered and claustrophobic! oh, to have talented help like emily …. sigh. can’t wait to see your “after” pics!

  8. Well that’s just really freaking awesome! I’ve always loved her designs. Your apartment is going to look like a magazine spread…until the kids ravage it. ;)

  9. Finally! My two favourite blogs have converged! Ohhhh this is a great day for me ;) haha – can’t wait to see!

  10. I’m so inspired by your getting your apartment decorated. Hopefully it will give me the extra kick I need to get going on my house. Emily’s work is really beautiful and homey. I love it. Keep us posted! I can’t wait to see what she does for you!


  11. I love Emily H! She’s doing such incredible stuff. I literally love EVERYTHING she does. YAY! Your place is going to be so fabulous!

  12. I always see these pictures of homes with guitars laying against the furniture. If I did this, it would be destroyed by my toddler or so dusty I’d have to thoroughly clean it once a week. (Ever tried to dust under the strings?) I’ll keep mine in the case, thank you, though it won’t look so pretty.

  13. That is so exciting! Congrats, what fun!

    Two Leaf Clover

  14. How very awesome, Joanna! Can’t wait to see the result of you working together to spin a beautiful new home… exciting:)

  15. wow!!! I love all of the color she uses! Count me green with envy! Well if you are looking for things to fill your home with, I am having a sale on my site. . 50% off of everything. Id love for you to come check it out!

  16. I can’t wait to see pictures of your new space once it’s done! And, I love that frame collage you have pictured!

  17. great inspirations!

  18. Love, love, love those white carpets she uses, but don’t do it! You are one grape juice box away from tragedy!! :)

  19. How cool! I am pretty jealous that you now get to work with Jenny AND Emily. Two totally awesome design talents. And hooray for you for finally having a dishwasher. Such a game changer! Hoping Emily still has a show with HGTV…I keep waiting for a new season to appear???

  20. My blog worlds collide. In a good, happy way. :)

  21. lb says...

    You two seem like the perfect pairing! Can’t wait to see what Emily and her team come up with!

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  23. Emily is one of my all time favorite designers!! Can’t wait to see the fab results!!

  24. i can’t wait to see what she does! i absolutely love her style!

  25. I dreaaam of one day having a freaking dishwasher again! You don’t realize just how convenient they are until you don’t have one. I love the photos you have selected.
    Leah Faye
    a clover and a bee

  26. Exciting! Big plants, interesting lighting, and a pink rug? ;) Those big windows sound heavenly!!

  27. Amazing! Can’t wait to see how it turns out. I really like Jenny’s makeover of your last apartment, too.

  28. So exciting! Can’t wait to see your new space.

  29. All those spaces are stunning. Can’t wait to see how your home turns out.

  30. Awesome! I saw on Emily’s blog that she was going to be spending some time on your place. Great collaboration!

  31. This is the most fun news I’ve read in a long time. I am so excited for you and can’t wait to see what kind of magic Emily works on your digs.

  32. This is the most fun news I’ve read in a long time. I am so excited for you and can’t wait to see what kind of magic Emily works on your digs.

  33. you must have done something incredible in a past life to have such luck! what a dream.

  34. So Jealous! Would love to have Emily come to the West of Ireland and decorate my house and have Max to come and photograph me and my boys. Sigh. Might have to Win the Irish lotto first.
    Enjoy it! Love your blog XXX

  35. Oh what fun. Have a ball!!

  36. Two of my favorite bloggers, oh, I can’t even stand it. It’s gonna be awesome. So excited for y’all

  37. I loved your old appartment because it looked like a place where people actually live. As much as I love magazines, I don’t like houses that look like magazine material…
    I’m so looking forward to see your new decorated home! i’m sure it’s going to be amazing!

  38. These are a joy to look at – an amazing blend of eclectic, character, modern with space, light and colour. I am so tired of seeing bland hotel-like rooms everywhere.

  39. Emily is my favorite favorite! Your apartment is going to look amazing!!!

    • laughed at the ‘SHUT UP’

  40. You are so lucky to be working with such a talented designer! Her aesthetic seems to fit perfectly with yours. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  41. Your apartment is going to be awesome and, not that I didn’t want to before, but now I really want to come crash your pad and hang with Toby and Anton (and you and Alex). I’m sure you are excited to get things on the wall!

  42. Wow! I can’t think of a better person to help decorate your home, it’s going to be perfect! I can’t wait to see the results. Have lots of fun planning. /Niki

  43. So thrilled for you all! Can’t wait to see the results!

  44. SHUT UP!
    that is so awesome! i love her style and i can totally picture you living in rooms designed by Emily. So lucky!

  45. jr says...

    I love how Emily’s style is very UN-designed, you can live there.

  46. jm says...

    CANNOT wait to see the pictures as you decorate!!!!!!

  47. gorgeous interiors :)
    xo, cheyenne

  48. She’s one of my favorites! Can’t wait!!

  49. So much inspiration! Now I’m ready to redecorate my apartment!

  50. lucky duck! I’ve always been a fan of her work. I feel like I’ve seen her living room before on apartment therapy or something… we’re getting a blue velvet sofa too! we’re about to close on a new-to-us jersey city condo in a 100+ year old brownstone, and the day I get the keys is the day I buy my new blue velvet chesterfield from!!

  51. Joanna, do you have a recommendation for someone like this in the Bay Area?

  52. Oh wow! Well if those photos are any indication of how your new place will be looking, it looks like you’ll be in amazing shape! Maybe those pictures will get hung afterall :)

  53. YAY!! Can’t wait to see what your guys come up with! And I’m crossing my fingers for a rad flag:) XO

  54. I’m seriously drooling over all of this perfectly designed rooms! I absolutely love the black and white wall paper shown in #6. Such an awesome opportunity! Looking forward to seeing your design.


  55. You’re so lucky! If I could work with any designer on my place it would be Emily. She has an incredible eye. AND she seems like she be tons of fun! :)

  56. Oh wow. My jealousy knows no bounds!!! So exciting!! Emily is beyond my favorite ever!!!

  57. How exciting! :) Emily’s work is sensational, you are in very good hands :) I am in love with Joy’s colorful office but everything in their own style and personality is great. Can’t wait to see how you together create a family stylish space.

  58. I can’t wait! I’ve been anxiously anticipating pics of your new place

  59. I LOVE that dining room set!! Such beautiful work-I am sure they will help make your new place lovely and charming. Cheers to your new place. Post pics when you can!

  60. I love your blog and i LOVE Emily Henderson!! I’ve been following her since Design Star days – you lucky girl to have her decorating! Can’t wait to see!

  61. Oh it’s going to be beautiful. I love Emily’s work. Especially Bri and Joy’s places. Gorgeous!

  62. Oh, I am so incredibly jealous! Emily is AMAZING! So excited to see how your new home turns out! She does a great kid’s room!

  63. omg i am SUCH A BIG FAN OF HER WORK. can’t wait to see the project come together!

  64. Lucky! Emily is a genius! Can’t wait to see the results!

  65. DC says...

    Enjoy decorating! Emily Henderson seems so fantastic. And, I second the comment- congrats to Jenny about Domino.
    Can’t wait to see the place!

  66. At some point i realized that so many of the interiors i pinned were styled by her that I finally figured out who she was. now i obsess over her spaces.

  67. I grew up without a dishwasher (my mom still doesn’t have one!). Best. Thing. Ever!

    P.S. Ian and Emily’s spaces are my faves. Good luck!

  68. What a BRILLIANT move by Domino hiring Jenny. I am so in love with her blog.

    All the best in your decorating! Looks like you’ll be in fabulous hands.

  69. Oh wow! I’m really excited for this.

  70. I think you guys are in good hands, their previous work is beautiful and I love the overall relaxed, cozy and eclectic feel of these rooms.

  71. The old adage “Less is more” might work well until decorating comes together! I know I visted my new neighbors apartment recently and was jealous by their lack of possessions. I realized that my 10 years living in the same space has given way to a collection of ‘stuff’ that I am not even sure how I acquired! Enjoy the space!

  72. I’m sure it will look fab x