I’ve just returned from spending the month of May in France. My time there was divided between hosting The Academy, visiting friends, and taking a solo French road trip to see new places and have a little creative down time. What I’m always struck by, no matter where I may be in the country, is how authentic the French live. You won’t see homes filled with shiny new items from a big box store or mass produced wares delivered to their doorstep. Homes are collected, well lived in, and speak purely to those who inhabit them. They are unique and imperfect. They are nurturing to the senses and welcoming to all who enter their doors. I had the privilege of photographing one such home belonging to my friend, antique dealer Lou O’Leary. His home encourages me to approach my own decor with a sense of authenticity and meaning. My hope is that it does the same for you.
Finally, I’ve begun to tackle a design project that, quite literally, looms over me every single day – finishing my studio space at Grove House. More specifically, the lounge seating area. You know how the saying goes – the cobbler’s children have no shoes. That’s me, in a nutshell. The “busy” excuse has been used frequently in an effort to ease my slight guilt over not getting my act together with the project. But enough already, the time has come to mark this one off my to-do list. Step One – Share my design plan with the internet.
As a stylist, there are certain props I pull for every single photoshoot. Pillows and throws are two of those items. Even if the home appears to be filled to the brim with choices I still bring options and always include a mix of neutrals. They’re sort of a secret weapon in styling. Neutrals add a soft, quiet background layer that enables more colorful pieces to pop on camera. It would work the same in your home as well. I promise.
Having spent years immersed in residential and commercial design (which subsequently transitioned to my current career of editorial styling) I’ve decided to utilize my expertise and help you learn the styling techniques I employ in my work through a new series of posts – Styling 101. Here’s what you can expect and our first lesson!