Lakeridge alumna Emily Henderson adds inventive style

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - This is what a master bedroom looked like before receiving a facelift courtesy of Emily Henderson, a Lakeridge High School alum.After undergoing an update featuring Decorview window treatments, wallpaper and bed linens, this master bedroom was deemed bright and shiny.

Emily Henderson, the fifth-season champion of HGTV’s “Design Star” and a Lakeridge High School alumna, recently partnered with Decorview, a custom window treatment supplier, in the Shiny Happy Room Makeover contest.

The two-week open call for entries from across the United States, announced last month on Henderson’s blog and hosted on Decorview’s Facebook page, generated more than 800 entrants seeking a touch of Henderson’s vintage-inspired style backed by the vast inventory of Decorview’s blinds, shades and shutter systems.

Winners of the contest were identified as Emily and Gary S. — a full last name was not provided — of La Canada, Calif. The couple won facelifts for their master bedroom and children’s bedroom for an estimated value of $10,000.

“My husband and I bought and moved into this house six years ago, three days before (having) our first child, who, as it turns out, has a rare chromosome disorder and a variety of special needs,” explained Emily S. in her entry. “Flash forward, two kids later and we really haven’t done a thing to the master bedroom. ... We need help! Please help!”

Henderson and Alla Berelson, a Decorview in-home design consultant, transformed the rooms in this manner:

For the master bedroom, which has a sliding glass door and an above-bed light-box window, they chose a Roman shade, which complements the wallpaper and adds texture to the room. They chose slightly textured drapery in the same color for the slider, pairing it with a custom, modern natural wood rod.

For a hard-to-reach window in the boys’ bedroom, they selected motorized Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades, which remove the danger of dangling cords. The shades can be adjusted by a remote, wireless wall switch or with the Hunter Douglas Platinum app for iPhone and iPad.

For the bay window in the boys’ room they selected matching shades with a cordless LiteRise system for child safety and ease of use.

“We are excited about how the room was styled by Emily and with how the window treatments make the room bright and shiny,” said Berelson. “Working with both Emilys was so much fun. When I showed them the fabrics I wanted to use, they immediately lit up. The two rooms are so beautiful and I’m happy to have helped make someone’s dream room come to life.”

Henderson said her family often made their own clothes and reupholstered their own furniture. After she graduated from the University of Oregon, she moved to New York City to study industrial design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Soon after, she became a high-demand photo shoot stylist for lifestyle and design publications and national retailers. In her new HGTV series, “Secrets From a Stylist,” she will transform one room into three totally different spaces using a mix of both classical and contemporary design. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband.

Henderson’s blog can be read at Learn more about Decorview at

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