11/16/2020 19 Comments
IT ALL BEGAN WHEN JOHN ELLIS, FRIEND AND MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER,
SPOTTED A WHIMSICAL LITTLE COTTAGE
ON THE VENICE, CALIFORNIA HOME TOUR
AND JUST KNEW (WITH A LITTLE SUPER STYLING)
IT WAS A PERFECT MAGAZINE STORY!
JOHN SENT ME THE SCOUT SHOTS WHICH I PASSED ALONG TO
(WHO ELSE BUT!) COTTAGE STYLE MAGAZINE
AND OUR SHOOT WAS BORN...
When I arrived, this is how the living room looked...
And here it is "super styled"...
a large pot of fresh meadow flowers
a "moment" of a cuppa tea and juicy peaches
furniture rearranged to provide drama and lead the observer into the shot
and the crowning touch?
John's pulling in the verdant outdoors.
AND THEN THERE WAS THE DINING ROOM...BEFORE...
shelf to kitchen tidied up
the addition of posies, a crisp linen to soften the lines,
an inviting jug of cool limeade
and a "moment" added of getting ready to set the table
with plates & silver readied on the chair.
THE KITCHEN BEFORE...
added large chunks of color and life
with fresh fruit, viburnum blooms, and herbs on the window sill
accented the nook by bringing in the yellow door frame.
BREAKFAST NOOK BEFORE...
minimized the ordinary chairs
and again, added yellow door frame for punch
and life with fresh sunflowers, a pile of strawberries
and...a toppling stack of waffles for whimsy!
OFF TO THE STUDY....BEFORE...
Invited the reader in by
replacing the desk chair with a more comfortable one
added more comfort with pillows, throws, and an open book
filled in the empty middle space with a "coffee table"
made out of a wooden tray and a stack of drawers!
a cup of sharpened pencils and a more interesting desk lamp frame the shot
COOKBOOK SHELVING BEFORE...
Rearranged books and colorful vintage Bauer pottery
for a better balance
(always more interesting to display books both vertically and horizontally)
placed a vintage oil painting to fill empty wall space
enlivened the room by opening windows and added fresh oleander blossoms
changed the camera angle to eliminate a dark chest
AND FINALLY, THE BATHROOM...BEFORE...
simple addition of color for punch
and opening the mirrored door adds interest in the reflection
(and keeps the photographer from appearing in the image!)
AND THE FINAL PRODUCT!
COMPLETE WITH ALL THE DELICIOUS DETAILS....
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