The Link Up: An Exciting Design Announcement, Caitlin’s Money Saving Decor Hack, And Our Favorite New Scent

October?! Yes, hello October. Arguably one of the best months, right? And no, a person whose birthday is in October is NOT writing this post… 🙂 Anyway! We had SUCH a fun week not only showing off the sunroom with a new incredibly fun tablescape but TWO outdoor Halloween decor posts. You saw them right? The front porch and DIY graveyard? We think this might just be the beginning for Emily and her love for exterior holiday decor.

This week’s hour tour was SUCH an exciting treat when it popped up on Domino this week! If you are someone who is nervous about adding color to your home take a peek at the STUNNINGLY bold yet soothing palette of artist couple, Cristina Martinez and Al-baseer Holly. It’s a visual feast for the soul and WILL make your day better. The 92 paintings don’t hurt either. GO LOOK NOW.

From Emily: WELL WELL WELL, one of my nearest and dearest has launched online design consultations – THEE Orlando Soria. Also if you aren’t subscribed to his Substack you really should (and pay if you can). So, he is now booking through his own site one-on-one design consultations if you are stuck on something (or if you just want to hang out with him, which is a real joy IMHO). He has a ton of experience (and is great with budget ideas, where most designers simply are not). He’s one of my favorite people in the world and I want you to all experience his magic. Now you can:)

Left: Hat (similar) + Jumper + Mules (currently 30% off) + Purse (similar) | Right: Jumper + Flannel + Sneaker

Also From Emily: For those of you who also loved the short version of this jumper I can personally endorse the pant version – you know for the winter months. Roomy where you want it to be (or where I want it to be – around the tummy) but fitted in the armpits (which is flattering). Good structure, and thick but not too thick linen. It’s just good and versatile (dress up and down). Do I wish it were more affordable? Absolutely. But, I wore the shorts version no less than 40 times last year, so I feel good about this being a huge fall/winter/spring (and summer) staple. I’m wearing a small here, and I’m a size 6, FYI. xx

From Caitlin: OH MY GOSH. Guys. MAXXINISTA HERE! I just scooped two of these Serena and Lily-style nightstands for only a FRACTION OF THE PRICE (with free shipping!) from TJ Maxx. (Here’s the S&L version, if you want to do a side-by-side comparison.) I’ve been looking for rounded nightstands with closed storage and open shelving for over a year – no joke – and I’m so excited to have found these, which fit the bill perfectly!!! (Saving over $1,400 wasn’t too shabby, either.) To that end, TJ Maxx is actually carrying a few great “looks for less” right now – I also loved these classic raffia nightstands (nearly $2,000 cheaper than these after shipping – insane), these slipcovered linen chairs (even better in person, and for less than half the price of Crate’s version!), and this Tito Angoli dupe (you know, for those of us who don’t have years to spend sourcing or $4,000 to drop on a single wicker chair). Here’s their entire home offering if you want to peek – highly recommend perusing the site (or the in-person store, let’s be real) if you’re on the hunt for an affordable addition to your furniture or decor this fall! (PS. I’M SERIOUSLY SO EXCITED ABOUT MY NEW NIGHTSTANDS, THOUGH.)

From Gretchen: With Halloween in full swing over at the Henderson Homestead—we just finished decking out the front porch and covered walkway for the spooky season, here and here on the blog if you missed it—I’ve been on the hunt for a few inside finishing touches. Em’s moved on to decorating various indoor vignettes but was missing some candles. Specifically, black candles and the ones I found during my search are just too cute not to share! This scary skull and spider pillar are the bee’s knees (and 100% beeswax). I only snagged the spider because we had plenty of these twisted, black pillars from Target to fill out the scene, but I’ll be going back for the skull for myself—it put a spell on me! We added a bunch of these beautiful, black tapers to the cart too, for a very necessary candelabra moment. It all turned out so cute and I can’t wait for y’all to see the photos soon!!

Did you see the new Rugs USA collaboration with fashion designer, Prabal Gurung?! It’s full of bold patterns and colors which is SO fun. We really love this one, this one, and this one. Oh, and this colorful one too!

From Mallory: While putting the final touches on my apartment for my MOTO shoot, I stumbled into CB2…or should I say limped…I sprained my ankle last week but that did not stop me from running to purchase two duvets for options for my apartment shoot!! I think I’m gonna go with this polka dot-ish one (it’s stylist, Emily Bowser-approved) but I love this one too SO SO MUCH.

From Alryn: You know what we all deserve? A great-looking rug that feels nice underfoot and doesn’t require us to tap into our 401K just to afford it. While I love a vintage option most times, they can be tricky to find in *just* the right size you need. Enter: my bathroom vanity area. The space required something no wider than about 24 inches so the door to the wet room could open and no longer than 6 feet. I grabbed this runner (by Loloi from the Chris Loves Julia collaboration) and was quite pleased when it arrived. The colors are gorgeous, it’s just thick enough that it feels substantial, and is soft on my feet. I LOVE it. Plus, it’s available in 11 sizes. 

From Jess: I’ve recently realized a common thread through all of my current favorite body care scents and that’s Hinoki! It’s a native Japanese cypress and I can’t get enough. Remember this body wash I was raving about?? It’s woodsy, warm, and yet still fresh. Totally intoxicating. So when I was searching for a new natural deodorant in store, I stopped to smell Salt & Stone’s Bergamot and Hinoki option and fell deeply in love (they even have a sensitive skin option). So much so that I want to get the body lotion too. I basically want to be a Hinoki tree every day.

That’s it from us today! Hope you have a great rest of your day and see y’all tomorrow. xx

Opening Image Credits: Styled by Emily Henderson | Photo by Kaitlin Green | From: Our Front Porch Decorated For Halloween (+ How It Looks Spooky At Night For Trick-Or-Treaters)