The September issue of Country Living is our Small Spaces issue. It’s one I look forward to every year because I’m fascinated by folks who scale back their home size, pare down belongings, and live in petite places. Have you ever watched Tiny House Nation? Obsessed.
I thought it might be fun to share how I styled each space within this 1,143 sq.ft. California ranch and give you some tips for using the concepts in your own home.
Over the years, there have been countless times I’ve been asked for advice about my career. Depending on where the person was on their own path, the questions would range from photography advice, blogging and brand image topics, to how I got started styling, and what it takes to work with magazines and major brands. I’ve realized there are so many creative people wanting to pursue their passion and learn to refine and improve their own body of work. I also noticed there weren’t many offerings of teaching others creative and editorial styling. Most were geared towards the wedding or floral industry and not specifically on professional styling.
So after a year of contemplating the idea of helping others learn the art of styling, I’ve created The Academy – A Creative and Editorial Styling Event.
The first week long event will take place next spring in Dordogne, France. I’ve reserved a small private 15th century chateau exclusively for our group May 14-21, 2016. Taking time away from our daily tasks and environments will allow for relaxation, inspiration and creativity to overflow. I’ve designed an amazing curriculum to share with you including intensive lectures and hands-on styling sessions and have included fabulous excursions to antique brocantes, 11th century villages, picnics, and authentic French open air markets. In essence, I can’t wait to share with you all my favorite things about France while we explore and learn the theories and best practices of creative and editorial styling.
You can learn more about the itinerary I created and additional details about the event by reading The Academy Brochure.
If you would like to reserve a limited space to attend, please visit The Academy by Heather Bullard to fill out a Reservation Form and make a deposit.
For more information or questions, feel free to get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: We are Sold Out for spring 2016.
Please email if you would like to be added to the waitlist.
I’m just going to put this out there…farmhouses have been and always will be my favorite locations to style. It doesn’t matter if it’s a dilapidated 100 year old home with creeky floors and vines growing out of the walls or a complete renovation that’s been updated with modern conveniences – I love them all. This one I styled for Country Living is no exception. It was small with tons of windows, nestled in California wine country with a homeowner who adored simplicity. She enlisted the talents of designer Laurie Furber of Elsie Green to accomplish the task of renovating and decorating the home. And I think they struck the perfect balance of antique and new furnishings with a result that is warm and welcoming.
For the dining table I created an early morning breakfast scene with casual fare and a pile of mis-matched pillows on the banquette. It ended up being my favorite shot with that gorgeous light streaming through the window panes.
They tucked an old French work bench into a small niche in the living room making it the perfect bar area. The black and white photos throughout the home were original to the area and included a few of the property in it’s former farmhouse glory.
The kitchen was open and bright with large beams and library lights centered over the island. Here I added in natural elements, reworked the shelves and kept the styling fresh.
I’m sure everyone loves my shenanigans on set (wink, wink) especially when it involves grabbing the tallest ladder we can find and several of us trying to cut a large tree branch for my vision….
Mission accomplished (without injury) and it definitely added so much life to the entry shot.
I styled the outdoor table with a laid back barbecue gathering just as the sun was setting. This was in fact, our final shot. Too bad there weren’t any grilled burgers for those buns…we could have had a wrap party right there. You can see more images and read about the details behind this amazing farmhouse at Country Living.
Photos – David Tsay | Styling – Heather Bullard
Between posts you can find me on Instagram sharing highlights of daily life.