This Pistachio Kitchen Combines Nods to the ’60s and Scandi Minimalism

How does one take a drab, dark, and dysfunctional kitchen and make it user-friendly, clean, and bright? That was the challenge designer Velinda Hellen faced when it came to a recent remodel for first-time homeowners in Los Angeles’s Los Feliz neighborhood. In addition to settling into their new home, the couple had just welcomed their first child.

Read More


A $25 Find Made This Pro Chef Couple’s IKEA Kitchen Feel Custom

British pub, Scandinavian, farmhouse, boho, California coastal: Emily Henderson alum Velinda Hellen received a tall order for her first solo design project—and a builder-grade budget, no less. But a blend of those disparate styles was exactly what Meredith and Olly, two Los Angeles–based chefs, had dreamed of for years. “Right off the bat, they were like, ‘We’re going to be a challenge,’” remembers the designer, laughing. “And they really weren’t, not in a bad way.”

Read More

“An approachable guide for anyone who is looking for tools and resources to create a home that speaks to who they are and what they love.”

Co-Founder, Magnolia on The New Design Rules
real simple


Space of the Week: An Outdated Yellow Kitchen Gets a Budget-Conscious Makeover

When Velinda Hellen, a Los Angeles-based interior designer and an Emily Henderson Design alum, first saw her clients' kitchen, it was a Coldplay song come to life: the walls, the trim, the cabinets, they were all yellow. Designing for a young, creative couple, Hellen sought to modernize the dated space, sneak in more storage, and even incorporate some of the top kitchen design trends. Find out how she checked all the boxes, while still keeping the budget in check.

Read More
ehd books

The New
Design Rules:

How To Decorate And Renovate, From Start To Finish

(Produced & Styled by Velinda Hellen)

“From the author of the New York Times bestseller Styled, here is Emily Henderson's masterclass on interior design.In this visually driven decorating bible punctuated with photographs from real homes and colorful illustrations, she takes you through her entire process, including every single decision she makes when it comes to picking paint, arranging furniture, hanging window treatments, and deciding on lighting fixtures.”

Order Now

Featured in