Before & After: Nicolette Mason's Extreme Home Makeover

Photographed by Jessica Issac.
Moving to a new apartment in a new city is a great time to rethink your decor. For design consultant and fashion blogger Nicolette Mason, who relocated to L.A. with her wife, Ali, and their dog Frankie, that task was doubly exciting as she had Target Home Style Expert Emily Henderson along for the ride.

Henderson approached Mason's empty space with an open mind and a wealth of inspiration — plus a team of four. Her deft outfitting of Mason's space proves you can accomplish a lot on a tight budget without having a ton of time on your side. "Nicolette has a strong point of view, but is also open to change and suggestions," says Henderson. "She loves pinks and greens, and is very feminine, so we wanted to create a space that would play to her aesthetic. Her dog Frankie is the true decision maker in the house, though: Everything required the Frankie stamp of approval."

Click through to see the big reveal and let us know in the comments — could you imagine tackling this project in just 72 hours?
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The living room had a lot of potential before Henderson and her team set to work. "A blank canvas can be scary, but it also makes my job a whole lot easier because you have so few limitations," says Target style expert Emily Henderson. "The first step is to break down the space – the function of the room, the desired aesthetic, favorite colors and patterns, and any must-haves for the room, whether that's a piece of art or a paint color.
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The "after" is a wonderfully bold gesture that riffs on Mason's outsize personality and love of color and pattern. "There was ample wall space, so we knew that something exciting needed to happen on those walls," says Henderson. "[Nicolette] was really drawn to the classic — but very expensive — Martinique palm wallpaper. So we found an updated, more modern version of that that we used as our jumping-off point."
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"For Nicolette, I put together two boards — one that was more refined, neutral, and sophisticated, and one that was more fun, eclectic, and high energy," says Henderson of the design process. "She knew her decision immediately." Mason concurs that the makeover was smooth sailing from the start. "Emily and her team basically got our personalities instantly."
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The living-room cocktail table is a master class in tablescaping. Coffee-table tomes and fashion magazines are stacked neatly on each shelf, on hand to provide constant inspiration. The cocktail table is from West Elm, and the rug is from Lulu & Georgia. "What I love about redecorating a space is that it doesn’t always mean you have to replace your furniture or start over," says Henderson. "A lot of times we have what we need right in front of us."
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When Henderson sat down with Mason to talk about the direction for the project, Mason already had her ideal color palette in mind: pink, green, black, and white. From there, the pair got to work refining their vision. "I gather inspiration by flipping through magazines and books, and looking through Pinterest," says Henderson. "My favorite part is collaborating with my client on creating the mood board. This is the first time we’re putting things together, seeing the color palette and individual pieces laid out altogether. It’s super-exciting and gets me pumped to start executing!"
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Mason is a self-described "Wednesday Addams and Cher Horowitz hybrid," a pop-culture reference that informs her space in unexpected ways. "There are significantly fewer skull motifs and a lot less black in our new West Coast abode," she notes with a laugh. "A lot of the inspiration for our home actually came more from iconic styles in our surroundings: Hollywood Regency and some of the colors and patterns seen throughout The Beverly Hills Hotel."
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In the living room, the fabulous button-tufted Cococo sofa in cream, which Mason already owned, is offset by the repeating palms pattern behind it. Two abstract art pieces by Jaime Derringer for Minted ground the space. "I like to make one piece in a room the focal point — a piece of furniture or a standout piece of art — and from there, I build out the space with accents and lighting that fit with the item," says Henderson.
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"As a stylist, I could — and sometimes do — spend hours arranging and rearranging," says Henderson. "Putting together the perfect mix of pieces can take time. It’s one big experiment, and sometimes you might feel like you fail, but it does get you closer to the goal." The copper lamp and accent table are from Target.
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This empty nook seemed destined for a good credenza.
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Now, it provides the perfect perch for Mason's wall-mounted flat-screen TV. "I think a lot of people have trouble deciding whether they want to match or juxtapose pieces in their home. I can understand why this is hard, but a lot of times it doesn’t really matter as long as it reflects your personal style," says Henderson. "Most of the time, you can find ways to tie a room together with just one piece, like a throw blanket or a rug. And remember, ‘pretty' always looks good with ‘pretty’ — no matter what style it is." The metal hexagon side table and geometric mirror are from Target.
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Vases and vessels of staggered heights create a dynamic, colorful vignette atop the credenza. "Since Target's home accessories are so accessibly priced, we could have fun in playing with home-design trends — like mixing and matching different metallics; I love the mix of gold, rose gold, and copper throughout our home," says Mason.
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The dining area can accommodate a well-proportioned table for entertaining.
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The dining area is now home to a gorgeous vintage table that Henderson and her team refinished in white. The Jonathan Adler chandelier is from Lamps Plus.
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"We both love to marry style and comfort, and bring elements into the space that look and feel really personal," says Mason of working with Henderson. "I think that, coupled with the fact that we both love to have fun with everything we do, made it so easy for us to create a beautiful space that really reflected everything [Mason's wife] Ali and I hoped for."
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"I live in Los Angeles, where there’s this incredible community of creative folks — a lot of whom I consider to be my good friends," says Henderson of her social-media diet. "I turn to [the feeds of] friends like Joy Cho, Bri Emery, Justina Blakeney, and more for all things home and lifestyle."
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"For me, there's always a balancing act of form and function," says Mason. "I can't have one without the other. I spend a lot of time working at home and love to entertain, so I try to make my spaces really beautiful, inspiring to my own creative process, and inviting for friends and family. I like keeping objects and colors around that make me happy."
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"I shop online a lot and love eBay for vintage treasures and Etsy for handcrafted and customized pieces," says Mason. "In New York, I always visit A&G Merch in Williamsburg, The Future Perfect in NoHo for ultra-modern inspiration, and The MoMA Design store in Soho, which has amazing housewares and the best selection of art books. Housing Works is also fantastic for gorgeous vintage pieces!"
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"In L.A., I love getting inspiration from all the high-end, to-trade-only interior-design powerhouses along Beverly Boulevard and La Brea," says Mason. "Then I look for comparable pieces elsewhere in my budget. Jonathan Adler is a perennial favorite on both coasts."
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Another "before" photo — of the dining area. The open kitchen is at left.
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The space is transformed by a coat of paint and gold accents. Drapery draws the eye upward and makes the room feel more expansive.
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Photographed by Jessica Issac.
"Be open to diverging from your original plans and getting inspiration from unexpected corners," says Mason. "I never would have thought to bring in modern, Scandinavian-inspired touches into my home, but Emily and her team helped me realize how seamlessly mixing different styles could work."
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Last, but not least — see how it all went down in this exclusive video.
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