Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Thoughts On Styling

September 2, 2014

Studio Besau-Marguerre is design duo Eva Marguerre und Marcel Besau, a talented couple who founded their studio in 2011 in Hamburg, Germany. Their projects include visual communication, interior design, editorial design and styling. I’ve seen their work before in German interiors magazines, such as in Living At Home and fashion mag, Brigitte. Here are some photos that I find best represent what they do on the styling side. Or maybe it’s that I find these the most appealing because they are a bit “less is more” than their other projects, which I like. Check them out…

Thoughts On Styling

I really like the color palette in this image. It’s a bit odd but in a good, quirky odd way. That table is rather interesting too with all of those legs, isn’t it?

Thoughts On Styling

I really love the color palette here. Reminds me of what I’m going for with my new work studio.

Thoughts On Styling

Everything about this image speaks to me, it’s not really the individual pieces as much as the sum of all parts – what they are sharing together, a sort of crazy harmony that manages to be relaxing and warm. And okay I really like the lampshade, a lot actually. Plus the peek through into the next room is always a nice touch when you are styling interiors. It adds interest.

Thoughts On Styling

Seeing a herringbone natural wood wall is such a creative idea in my opinion, because I’d actually love to see that applied to a lake house or country cottage. It’s such an imaginative way to make wood walls cool again.

Thoughts On Styling

I love seeing rolls of wallpaper falling out of windows. Of course, it’s only for a photo and only for a few hours, but the idea of it is so appealing to me. It makes me wish you could buy patterned wooden shutters to add to the outside of your home and have a big white house like this with patterned shutters and a bold blue or canary yellow front door or something. I often wish I lived in a world that was more experimental. So many people claim to be but in the end, most of us just conform. It’s a shame. Because I bet lots of us would have way cooler houses – I’m talking about exteriors – curb appeal.

Thoughts On Styling

I’d really like to know more about this X panel with lights. I wonder how they made it. I missed the issue of Living At Home that it was in so I missed the project. But it looks funky and affordable, too.

Thoughts On Styling

I was just picking flowers in a field nearby to Hannover, where I live, and while there I met the owner and she went bonkers when she learned of who I was and what I do. She loves flowers. So she instantly wanted to know everything about me. And I told her what I could. While there, I imagined going back and shooting a field scene similar to this one, so maybe I will next Spring.

Thoughts On Styling

Maybe these candles were drawn on with markers? I can’t tell. But you know what I really love about this photo? I love that smoke. I just do. It really adds atmosphere and imperfection in a good way.

Thoughts On Styling

This looks like a really fun and happy corner of someone’s creative studio, doesn’t it? I love that acid yellow too. It makes me happy.

Thoughts On Styling

I imagine the word YES was made from washi tape? If so, YES YES YES! Good idea!

Thoughts On Styling

 Drawing on cups and pots? Sounds (and looks) like a great idea and something you could do with the kids, too.

These are all nice and interesting concepts, don’t you think? I especially like the series on cross stitch and applying the look of it to objects like ceramics and lighting. What I find so interesting about styling overall is when you are given a project, you can have so much fun developing whatever theme you either pitched or were given by the firm who hired you. Many times, though the sky is the limit, you also have to consider what is practical and functional depending on the client and their market. I honestly love the work of magazine styling and also book styling, though I find magazine styling such a different field altogether because you really have to pitch, develop, order product, make, pull everything together, etc. so it’s such a reflection of YOU. Interior styling for books, like the line of work I’m in – well, it’s just different though the title is the same. I’m thinking to add magazine work to my resume, I’d love to work on location and pull together something I’ve envisioned. I was able to this with my new book that just came out, Decorate With Flowers, because it required my co-author Leslie and I to brainstorm all of the ways we do and would use flowers and then create stories around themes and colors for each, plus add DIY projects… So it was really my big break into doing a book that required a lot of careful planning.

My decorating books before that were a little different since I styled homes on location and for the most part, I only brought and styled flowers for the rooms and then styled the rooms channeling my vision and aesthetic, which I felt was important to not only apply that but to maintain the homeowner’s voice too. It was a challenging balance but I achieved success with those books and the homeowers felt delighted to be a part of those projects.

I’m developing concepts now for books 4 and 5, and I’m thinking of mixing interiors with my own styling but also to add interesting projects and things that can, like Decorate With Flowers, give me a chance to really show my more artistic and creative talents. But yes, back to styling and images above, I really did enjoy them and also liked that they are doing so well here as a creative design firm. I often feel this market has so many gaps and there are so few “names” when it comes to interiors. I cannot think of anyone in particular that is a household name in Germany when it comes to interior design or styling. It’s so different where I come from. In America we are just saturated with names and talent in this field. I wonder if Germany will ever see that? I would be happy to step up and nominate myself but in many ways, I’m unsure what people here would think or how they would react to an American being one of the voices of German interiors?

I’m thinking out loud. I need to get some work done around the office today, some consulting for a NYC startup, but I’ll be back online a little later with some more finds and words to share.

(images: Silke Zander and Peter Fehrentz)






4 Comments

  • Reply leela September 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    love hearing your thoughts on your upcoming books Holly — why not be the voice for German interiors, sometimes it takes an outsider looking in to really *see* what’s happening somewhere. Think of Robert Frank’s “The Americans” — such a brilliant swath of American from the late 50s…. done by a Swiss person!

    • Reply decor8 September 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      @Leela – SUCH a good point!

  • Reply Stine Helgesen September 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Love the images ! Lots of inspiration when i need it :) I have a wall where this herringbone wood wall would be perfect! Now I have to convince my husband to help me make it ;) Well Wishes from Stine

  • Reply Catherine Ingleby September 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Some great ideas and inspiration!
    Random question – did you mention a French lifestyle/food blog a way back, about a woman and her family (four kids) she wears a lot of black…
    Would love the link if it was you!
    Many thanks

  • Leave a Reply

    Scroll Up