PER­SONAL SPACE Blog­ger Emily Hen­der­son and her fam­ily prep for a pa­tri­otic back­yard bash.

L.A. IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER AND BLOG­GER EMILY HEN­DER­SON BRINGS AN ALL-AMER­I­CAN VIBE TO HER OUT­DOOR DIGS WITH EASY­GO­ING FUR­NI­TURE, STRIPED TEX­TILES, AND FES­TIVE TOUCHES.

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BY DANIELLE BLUNDELL

pPart pa­tio and part shaded lawn, the out­door space is what drew de­signer Emily Hen­der­son and her hus­band, Brian, to their Tu­dor-style Los An­ge­les home. Af­ter liv­ing in out­doorsy Ore­gon, they wanted a place where kids Charlie, 4, and El­liot, 2, could run wild. The space wasn’t al­ways #back­yard­goals; ini­tially the pa­tio was 50 shades of greige, and the yard, de­spite its old-growth trees, kinda stan­dard fare. But Emily, a for­mer mag­a­zine stylist, dec­o­ra­tor, and Tar­get’s res­i­dent Home Style Ex­pert, loves a dec­o­rat­ing chal­lenge (and doc­u­ment­ing it for her read­ers at style­byemi­ly­hen­der­son.com).

So Emily quickly got to work; she splurged on bold geo­met­ric Granada tiles, which es­tab­lished a cheery blue and off-white color scheme, and then sep­a­rated the pa­tio into eat­ing and loung­ing zones with comfy neu­tral fur­ni­ture from Tar­get. To spruce up the gar­den, Emily and her land­scap­ers added hearty, col­or­ful plants through­out and built a raised stone seat­ing area in the grass for morn­ing cof­fee (or evening cock­tail hour). For the lit­tles, the Hen­der­sons com­mis­sioned a play­house cas­tle, painted to match their fenc­ing. The pro­jects took time, en­ergy, and, yes, money, but since the yard has be­come a daily hang­out spot and party cen­tral on the week­ends, Emily has no re­grets. “It’s such a happy, invit­ing space,” she says. “My friends joke that it’s ‘Amer­ica’s Pa­tio’ be­cause it’s all over Pin­ter­est. Not sure about that, but it’s def­i­nitely per­fect for a Fourth of July shindig.”

Emily has fully em­braced the in­door-out­door Cali life­style: French doors in her din­ing and liv­ing rooms open onto the pa­tio, where you’ll find pot­ted plants, state­ment tiles, and, at the mo­ment, her daugh­ter and son play­ing with toy cam­eras.

Fresh flow­ers are a no-brainer sum­mer party dec­o­ra­tion. Emily clips some from the gar­den; El­liot helps ar­range them in jars (right).

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