Five Tips for Styling Better Photos

April 19th, 2012

Greetings everyone!  Today I’m on a flight to the SNAP Conference in Utah where I’ll be mixing with other bloggers and also speaking on Saturday on a panel with Ana, Shelley, and Emily on ‘Discovering and Defining your Personal Style’.  Can’t wait to meet all of you that are attending! 

While I’m away, I have a very special guest for you.  I’ve long admired Heather Bullard, a talented stylist with impeccable taste.  Heather is a Contributing Editor to Country Living magazine, and she also produces and styles editorial stories all over the country.   Heather recently launched her publication Souvenir Magazine, filled with inspiration on all things home and garden.  I admire her talents so much I asked her to share a few styling secrets with you. 

Here are Heather’s Five Tips for Styling Better Photos!

“Hi Centsational Girl readers! So happy to be visiting you here today. I thought I’d share a few of my styling tricks and tips with you. Whether you’re working on an entire room, a small vignette in your home or want to style better blog photos here’s five tips to help make things easier!

1. Contrast.  When styling, think in terms of adding items that counter balance one another. The bright whites and warm woods in this photo of my kitchen corner, are a great example. Also notice there is additional contrast in the breadboards and the texture of the basket tray. And even hints of subtle contrast in the various colors and textures of the ironstone.

low shelf heather bullard

 

2.  Use a Statement Piece.  The bold graphic artwork in this mainly white home makes this room stand out.  Because the artwork was the focal point, I kept the other styling elements minimal and neutral. In this case, less is more.

statement piece heather bullard

 

3.  Real Life Styling.  Keeping props and styling realistic is what makes a space or image feel lived in and gives it a warm, inviting atmosphere. For this kitchen, I added what the homeowner might naturally have, such as a small collection of cookbooks, vegetables at the ready and the cooks favorite utensils. Even with all the added props, the styling remains simple and comfortable.

Carla Malloy, Counter, Kitchen, Lompoc, Malloy

4.  Group Like Items.  A collection of like objects can be a stylists best friend. For this vignette, the only additional props added were a few vintage books in similar colors to accent but not overpower the clock collection. Letting the collection remain the true focus.

group like items heather bullard
 

5.  A Touch of Nature.   Adding just a few sprigs of greenery or simple bouquet can give such life to any styling project. Beautiful florals and natural elements bring fresh perspective and help to add color and life a setting. These are a stylists mainstay and I can’t imagine working on a project without fresh flowers!

table styling heather bullard

Thanks for inviting me to guest post today, Kate! I hope you and your wonderful readers learned a few Tricks of a Stylists Trade! Feel free to stop by and say hello anytime!”

Thank you so much Heather, you’re so inspiring!  I love all of these tips and she’s so right.  Incorporating at least one of these suggestions into your next photo shoot is sure to make for a simple yet well composed image. 

Be back tomorrow with one more post to finish out the week! 

 

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That Last Corner of the Living Room

April 19th, 2012

I’ve never confessed it out loud here, but I’ve always wanted a mirrored piece of furniture somewhere in my house. It must be because having just one piece of mirrored furniture adds a little glam to a space.  I also had this dilemma in my living room where the former barely gray dresser sat for many many months.  (You can see it in the Christmas tree post from last year.)  The dresser, while nice, was not the proper fit for the space, it was too thick and since it sat behind the door I could never open the door wide enough to allow for proper flow of traffic. 

As I was looking for something more narrow that would fit that little corner much better, I spied this Cosmopolitan Apothecary Chest on Joss & Main a month ago and thought, “That’s it!  The perfect fit for that last corner of our living room! And mirrored too!”  So I took the plunge and ordered it.  The mirrored chest was finally delivered and I sat there staring at it for several days.  Then I decided while I liked the shape, I wasn’t crazy about the all black color.  So naturally, being me, I changed it.

apothecary before

 

This time I used the ‘French Linen’ chalk paint with its mid tone gray color that goes with everything.  Last Saturday morning over coffee decided to change things up and gave the piece two coats of the French Linen.   

chalk paint and coffee

 

I almost painted it all, but then decided to step it back and not paint the drawers for a two tone look.  There’s a black piano in this space, and the black trim on the drawers plays well with it. 

Here’s the mirrored chest, redone in French Linen chalk paint.

cg mirrored apothecary chest

 

The best news is the door now opens all the way now that the new mirrored apothecary chest is more proportional to the space.  Score one for me!

open living room door

 

The mercury glass bottles are from Pottery Barn (I know, coulda done a DIY, but fell prey to their beauty).  Inlay boxes from Marshalls.  That’s the Kitchler mirror in antique silver.  I moved the DIY paint stick sunburst upstairs – I still love it, but wanted something slightly more elegant in the living room.  The flowers are budding viburnum from my yard.

mirrored chest and mirror cg

They’re both a nice upgrade to this last corner of our living room I’ve been meaning to complete for oh, I dunno, a year?  I think I might be close to deeming the living room “done”.  “Might” being the operative word! 

For anyone who’s interested in the dresser that used to sit there, it’s for sale in my friend Jessica’s space at Summer Cottage Antiques on Kentucky Street in Petaluma! 

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