Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Interior Styling: Real Spaces

January 7, 2010

My little interior styling group has grown so much in just a week, we’re up to over 500 600 742 800 members! And the photos being contributed are just lovely. The January challenge was posted a few days ago and I love seeing what some are doing, it’s inspiring to say the least. If you want to take part in this group, you can — but please know that I’m curating all of the photo submissions to ensure that the quality of the photos, lighting, and overall style fits the theme of this group as well as my aesthetic so that the group has a very specific look and feel. I find that some groups on Flickr do not have that many rules and as a result, they’re chaotic and hard to really see the point of joining the first place. Most act more as a no rules photo dump but Interior Styling is different and I’m so proud of my fellow group members, you are all so talented and I love visiting each day to see what new submissions have arrived. Would you like to catch a glimpse of some member photos? Here you go… And be sure to click on the links below to visit the Flickr pages of some of these terrific peeps!

Interior Styling: Real Spaces

Nestled In, the Purl Bee, Candi Mandi

Interior Styling: Real Spaces

ethanollie, Dora iz Londona, lulaland

Interior Styling: Real Spaces

june craft, emma lamb, tovemichelle12

Interior Styling: Real Spaces

the happy home, nest decorating, souvenirs du passé récent

Interior Styling: Real Spaces

pink loves brown, kflaim, dottie angel

Interior Styling: Real Spaces

elena, Saídos da Concha, cupcakes & cartwheels

Interior Styling: Real Spaces

yvestown, kitsch cafe, imacookoo

Bottom line: Anyone can make their home beautiful and stylish with or without being a “pro”.  With consistent practice, editing, and patience you can create rooms and vignettes with style and impact, too. Most of the above images are from talented people who are creative but do not necessarily decorate for a living. You have the work of jewelry designers, artists, writers, graphic designers and stay-at-home mothers who have never worked in a creative field in their life. These photos demonstrate what all can attain – a fantastic “real” space that reflects the style and taste of the owner that also happens to be styled nicely to show thought and care. THIS IS something attainable, so I encourage you to join the group and practice, practice, practice! And if you’re already a pro, you can join the group to teach and show an example of professional work to other members so they can follow your lead (Interiors Stylist & Author Selina Lake is a member!).

I hope that you find Interior Styling inspirational and fun!

(images linked to their sources above)


  • Reply Jacqueline January 7, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Oh my such gorgeous space!! I adore the idea of having those holland wooden shoes as stoage! Thanks for the inspiration! Love to you!
    .-= Jacqueline´s last blog ..some of my favorite things =-.

  • Reply Rachel B. January 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

    These spaces are amazing! Talk about perfect inspiration for new year re-decorating! Thanks Holly!
    .-= Rachel B.´s last blog ..Still Recovering.. =-.

  • Reply Natalie January 7, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Rosa January 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

    What a lovely pics, so inspiring!

    Love from Amsterdam,

    Rosa Blu
    .-= Rosa´s last blog ..Happy New Year!! =-.

  • Reply yael January 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

    everything you put here Holly, is just magic… I adore each space with its own decoration… those type machines!!! wow!!!!!
    .-= yael´s last blog ..Stick me FLICKr N1 – collaborative sticker book =-.

  • Reply Johanna January 7, 2010 at 9:13 am

    These are beautiful photos and they inspire me to get the holiday clutter out of my house!

    .-= Johanna´s last blog ..Giveaway!!! =-.

  • Reply michelle January 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

    i’m so glad you started this group, i’m, blown away by the talented group of people. the monthly challenges are going to be a great way for my to push myself to see the objects in my home in a different light.

    side note: there is a tutorial on the purl bee’s website to make those petal pillows that i have to try, they are awesome.
    .-= michelle´s last blog ..Spotted: Wallpaper by Numbers =-.

  • Reply maggie January 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

    So pretty and fresh!
    .-= maggie´s last blog ..A most unusual creature: Chicken in Milk =-.

  • Reply Stephanie January 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

    The clogs holding the knitting needles is a brilliant idea!
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Birds and Corduroy – FABRIC PENCIL CUP =-.

  • Reply Kim January 7, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Wow! I love so many things in so many of these photos! The hallway with the world map AND the two globes is amazing! And displaying a rainbow of spools…what a fabulous idea!

    :) Kim
    .-= Kim´s last blog .. =-.

  • Reply 31everything January 7, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Lovely simple these in these photos – totally up my alley. Great spaces!
    .-= 31everything´s last blog ..Jane’s Furniture Divas =-.

  • Reply Frau Mayer January 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

    How come I haven’t joined yet to spoil the group with my talent-free pictures? *Heading to Flickr*

  • Reply City Chic - Jamie January 7, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Oh wow, what a fabulous flickr group! I am drooling over the pic with the vintage thread spools. I just ordered some for incorporating into my photos and am picking my package up from the post office today! Thanks for coordinating yet anther inspiring place for us to visit!
    .-= City Chic – Jamie´s last blog ..Sew in Love =-.

  • Reply Sarah January 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Oh My Goodness it’s like a big piece of chocolate cake for my eyes! I love them all! :)
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..What would you guess? =-.

  • Reply Sharon January 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I recently did I search on your blog for rolodexes since I knew you would be in the know about such things and indeed you were a great resource. Now the rolodex of all rolodexes shows up in your flickr selections in 2 photos. I think that is a sign that I must order one from right now. I just checked and they are back in stock. They are pricey, but it is an item one would use forever. I’m rationalizing my purchase, can you tell?!?!

    Thank you for your blog and your work. When read the design blogs each day I often save yours for last b/c reading decor8 is like eating a fine chocolate at the end of a meal. It is my design blog reading dessert.

    • Reply decor8 January 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      Sharon how nice!!! decor8 chocolate!!!

  • Reply Brigitte January 7, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Holly – Where can you find the challenges posted? I can’t seem to track it down.
    .-= Brigitte´s last blog ..The Blank Page =-.

    • Reply decor8 January 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      Brigette – You have to join the group to see the “discussion” section I believe, but the challenge is listed there. I’ll be listing a new one at the beginning of each month. For this month, look for January Challenge. xo

  • Reply Jackie January 7, 2010 at 11:07 am

    That white telephone! I love this post! ?
    .-= Jackie´s last blog ..Navidad en mi ciudad (esa es Montreal) =-.

  • Reply Kellie January 7, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Oh wow, what a perfect group! I would really really like to know the color of the yellow hallway in the last photo.

  • Reply Tricia McKellar January 7, 2010 at 11:14 am

    So lovely! Love the image of the old photographs… :)
    .-= Tricia McKellar´s last blog ..52 Weeks of Blogging Your Passion =-.

  • Reply D R E W January 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

    i love this collection of inspiring photos! this flickr group is going to be amazing!

    and wow, thanks so much for including one of my photos in your blog post!
    .-= D R E W´s last blog ..fabrics =-.

  • Reply Danielle January 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Those are all lovely looking spaces, with so much character. And very inviting.
    .-= Danielle´s last blog ..Vintage Children’s Books Illustrations =-.

  • Reply Liv & Create January 7, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Love Love Love these spaces! I can’t wait to get my own open white space so I can put all of my creative ideas to work …. then share them on my site with all of you!

    – thanks for sharing! … Liv
    .-= Liv & Create´s last blog ..filling empty wall space. =-.

  • Reply Anna January 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

    These pictures are just lovely – so much talent. Will definitely be checking this flick group out.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..One of those days =-.

  • Reply leslie January 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Amazing work! I am so impressed and inspired!!!
    .-= leslie´s last blog ..Vignettes of Color =-.

  • Reply molly January 7, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Lovely! The perfect inspiration!
    .-= molly´s last blog ..Things I love: Speaking of Chocolate… =-.

  • Reply Saima January 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

    You’re doing a great job curating this group. Gorgeous pictures!
    .-= Saima´s last blog ..The Mangle Xmas Sale =-.

  • Reply Creative Coquette January 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    These are wonderful!

    I am in love with the image, and idea, of the shoes holding the needles! Very clever and fabulous!

    What a great flickr group!
    .-= Creative Coquette´s last blog ..Invading Downtown, Kittehs! Well, sort of. =-.

  • Reply nina January 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I love the shopping tote!
    .-= nina´s last blog ..Down pink memory lane =-.

  • Reply Rose January 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Wow, that is really inspiring. I move to my new apartment four months ago and I still haven’t decorated. As a matter of fact, I still have a room full of boxes. Yeah, it is definitely time to start.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Candy’s Art Designs ring giveaway #3 =-.

  • Reply My Owl Barn January 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Each and every photo is gorgeous! They inspire me to move things around and do something new, something different.
    .-= My Owl Barn´s last blog ..Anne Wendlandt’s Enna =-.

  • Reply Krista January 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Love the thread spools and the brightly colored knitting needles :-)
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..Remy’s Marvy Mujaderra =-.

  • Reply Pandora January 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    This group is amazing!
    I will absolutely joined and I hope can post my photos soon.
    .-= Pandora´s last blog ..Resoluções de Ano Novo =-.

  • Reply monika/eco-stylista January 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Amazing photos! So many talented people here. I am heading to flickr to browse the photos for inspiration!
    .-= monika/eco-stylista´s last blog ..stylish feet =-.

  • Reply Piper January 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    wow, what a talented bunch of folks! it always amazes me to see the work of everyday people and how talented they are. thanks for creating this group and giving people like me a chance to see it :)
    .-= Piper´s last blog ..{dreaming…} =-.

  • Reply carolyn January 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Holly, thanks so much for including my photo, such a lovely group to be with! I found it interesting that almost all the roooms were painted grey or white!!

    Kellie: I’ll try to locate the name of the yellow hallway paint, it’s been about 4.5 yrs since we painted it!! I’ll report back!

  • Reply Engracia January 7, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    My favourite Flikr group, such a great idea Holly and the quality is superb. Keep up the wonderful work members.

  • Reply annkent January 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Wow, this was such a wonderful idea! Many thanks for inspiring us Holly!
    .-= annkent´s last blog ..Inspiration From Coach. =-.

  • Reply my spatula January 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    simply impossible to pick a favorite!

  • Reply Mandi Johnson January 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Oh, I was so surprised to see my living room among all of these beautiful photos! What an inspiring post.
    .-= Mandi Johnson´s last blog ..I’ve been vicariously finding furniture. =-.

  • Reply Laura Bray January 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    This is really inspirational. I’m excited to get started and hope to become a better stylist in the process. I’ll be applying the challenges to different sections of home, so it should be a showplace by the end of the year!
    .-= Laura Bray´s last blog ..Sizzix Scoreboard Blog Hop =-.

  • Reply thedoodlegirl January 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I just love the simplicity and the pop of each of these spaces! Awesome.
    .-= thedoodlegirl´s last blog ..Umbrella Love: Pink and Black =-.

  • Reply erin January 7, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    holly, such a great idea. so refreshing to see such lovely spaces put together by such a range of professionals and novices–thoughtfully, and artfully curated.
    .-= erin´s last blog ..your downtown: charleston, south carolina =-.

  • Reply Carol Maguire January 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    What a wonderful project…….you are such an inspiration to us all……and the photos are the proof! Thanks!

  • Reply Miss B January 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Holly loving this concept, this may just land you a book deal!
    .-= Miss B´s last blog ..MOMAGENDA =-.

    • Reply decor8 January 8, 2010 at 3:04 am

      Miss B – You’re so kind. Thank you. Actually I have had an agent for over a year already and have been approached by publishers as well, they’re ready to work with me, but I’m very particular about the projects that I take on and so I haven’t yet unearthed exactly what it is that I want to bring forth in a book. I’ve had several ideas and have been working diligently on concepts, but I want it to be the right fit. Moving overseas really took a lot of time and energy away from this project, I lost about 8 months on moving. My goal for 2010 is to pull together a solid idea that I’m proud of, passionate for, that is from my heart. :)

  • Reply Niki January 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Holly, I am hoping your group uncovers some new design talent. While I love the styling talents of the regular blog set we all know and love, I am eager to see new and fresh ideas from bloggers we don’t already know. :-)

  • Reply CreativeButterflyXOX January 8, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Very inspiring for all my home decor ambitions.
    .-= CreativeButterflyXOX´s last blog ..My First Etsy Treasury! =-.

  • Reply Etincelle January 8, 2010 at 5:57 am

    SO GREAT! all of these pictures are just amazing and look very professional. Thinking that I might be able to achieve it or at least learn a lot from other very talented persons while having fun is putting a smile on my face.
    My plan for 2010 – and one of my resolution (30 before I turn 30 in June) – is to explore more of prop styling and photography as I think it could be an interesting way of getting back to work while having 2 young kids to look after… For this reason your blog is getting more and more useful with all the amazing links and subject you are introducing us.
    A big THANK YOU!
    .-= Etincelle´s last blog ..Mini Me Doll – Dina =-.

  • Reply Lizzy January 8, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Holly, how wonderful that you’ve given all these gifted stylers a way to share their skills. The photos are beautiful.
    .-= Lizzy´s last blog ..morning =-.

  • Reply the domestic fringe January 8, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I loved seeing everyone’s real spaces. They are beautiful! Thank you for sharing them.


  • Reply belinda January 8, 2010 at 8:49 am

    thanks for including my pic in your line up! i’m really enjoying this group – i didn’t really have much to do with flickr until I joined this one, now I “get” it. so many clever creatives out there, and such a lovely like-minded community.
    i liked the challenge this month too – I blogged about it today and included the first version i did too. looking forward to more; maybe one where we have to merge fashion with interiors somehow?! xx
    .-= belinda´s last blog ..interior styling january challenge =-.

  • Reply Kara January 8, 2010 at 10:01 am

    All SO beautiful!!! I love the image with all the spools of thread!
    My first weekend of the new year is going to be dedicated to reorganizing my studio- I will be looking through all the images for inspiration!

  • Reply Etincelle January 8, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Just coming back after taking a look at the group, signing up, uploading one picture, commenting and spending 1 hour looking at the pictures… wouahh!! just what I needed to start 2010!
    .-= Etincelle´s last blog ..Mini Me Doll – Dina =-.

  • Reply Catrin January 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

    These pictures are so great. Thanks for the inspiration!
    .-= Catrin´s last blog ..LESEZEICHEN =-.

  • Reply LD January 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    What an inspirational group! Thanks for sharing these…I’m in the market for a new camera so I can take better photos, this will motivate me to do it so I can join in! Happy weekend to all!

  • Reply Jodi Anderson January 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Oh, I am SO into this. I just joined the group. Thank you!

  • Reply Sharnel January 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for posting one of my images Holly. Mine is the one with the hydrangeas and the perfume bottles. I’m actually using this image as my blog header and I do love it to bits.

  • Reply rachel January 9, 2010 at 4:22 am

    I would really love to find out where that table cloth material is found.

  • Reply Concha January 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks so much for including my photo, Holly!

    I’m sincerely interested in photo styling and this group is a brilliant idea.

    I’ve just relocated to England and can’t wait to find a home to decorate and style!

    Happy weekend!
    .-= Concha´s last blog ..Brrr! =-.

  • Reply chenoa January 10, 2010 at 4:17 am

    so much yumsciousness!!! hope you had a most precious Christmas!!! lots of loveliness
    .-= chenoa´s last blog ..a collection of moments =-.

  • Reply Shermaine/interior design January 22, 2010 at 3:03 am

    First thing, I’m lovin’ the colors here. The decorations were like candies, they all look yummy. The atmosphere is fun and comfy. It inspires me to re decorate my apartment this month.

  • Reply Erin January 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Fabulous pictures! I once saw a company whose owner traveled around the world taking inspirational pictures, then had a book published with the travel picture, next to the room designed inspired by it!

  • Reply vector artan July 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I totally agree that almost anyone can make their home beautiful and stylish with or without being a “pro”. These pictures look awesome. I think that a room can reflect a persons personality.

  • Reply Ann Kristin December 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I like your blog :-)
    Ann Kristin:-)

  • Reply Künstlerbuch Macher December 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing all the great pictures and ideas. I love the type stuff and the grasses on the wall .. have a nice christmas time!

  • Reply Melanie Johnson November 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    What a beautiful selection of photographs; all so perfect in their simplicity and choice of colours. Please take a look St my site.
    Mel x

  • Reply bee January 3, 2012 at 12:36 am

    This is a great selection and that flickr group is amazing, I will definitely follow.
    I’m a graphic designer but I find this very inspiring. Any tips on how one could transition to this field? Thanks for all the posts and happy New Year!

  • Reply Stacey@ A Sort Of Fairytale February 25, 2012 at 6:52 am

    i just joined the group… 2 years later! lots of inspiration there! do you happen to know of any good books on interior styling or perhaps other websites devoted to the subject? i love Selina Lake!

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