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Interior Styling: Real Spaces

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 Group

Nestled In, the Purl Bee, Candi Mandi

Interior Styling Group

ethanollie, Dora iz Londona, lulaland

Interior Styling Group

june craft, emma lamb, tovemichelle12

Interior Styling Group

the happy home, nest decorating, souvenirs du passé récent

Interior Styling Group

pink loves brown, kflaim, dottie angel

Interior Styling Group

elena, Saídos da Concha, cupcakes & cartwheels

Interior Styling Group

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)

Posted in Decorating Tips, inspiration on January 07, 2010

Lovely Things: Rebecca Thuss

Stylist Rebecca Thuss makes me happy. I often turn to her online portfolio for inspiration. Does she make you happy too? How can she not, right? When you look at these photos do you imagine a big party or a room decor or perhaps an outfit you’d like to wear using certain elements from these arrangements?

rebecca thuss

{Inspirational thought} Remember, the more you look at things that you love, how they are arranged, and question what it is that you love about them — the more your taste evolves, and the better you’ll be for it!

(images: rebecca thuss)

Posted in inspiration on December 23, 2009

New: Interior Styling Group

I’m excited to announce a new, inspirational group I’ve created over on Flickr called Interior Styling for both budding and seasoned interior stylists (maybe you?) who want to share photos, participate in discussions in the group forum, and participate in once monthly challenges that will begin in January – each challenge will be announced on the 1st of the month but you have to join the group to read the forum and participate!

Please join~

Challenges will include specifics that I’ll ask members to incorporate into one of their photos — colors, patterns, themes, etc. Members do not have to participate, the challenges are optional and meant to be fun giving you a chance to show your skills and stretch your creative legs a bit!

Photos should be styled and photographed by you and also show your best work – the goal is to build a group of stylists and stylists-in-training who can support one another, learn, grow and of course share their talent.

I just started the group a few hours ago, so there are not a lot of photos yet in the group pool but this one from Adore Vintage, a group member, really stood out as an outstanding example of what I mean by a styled shot. A photo where you’ve carefully arranged items and then photographed that arrangement. It can be of pottery you’ve arranged on a shelf or your entire living room — the goal is to submit photos that you’re proud of and that you took time and imagination to style and shoot.

Have fun, see you in the Interior Styling group!

(image: Adore Vintage)

Posted in inspiration on December 14, 2009

Color Me Pretty

Hello Friends, it’s Leslie with Color Me Pretty and this time around I wanted to work with red, white and kraft paper brown for a simple and slightly nostalgic approach to the winter holidays. There are lots of vintage bottles, twine and old newspapers combined with apples, pine cones and a few berries. I hope you enjoy this series I made for you.

Color Me Pretty

It is always nice to turn wrapping into a tiny design project – right? For the few gifts I choose to give, no matter how small, I love the creative challenge and the result of having a gift show care and attention. If you give yourself a little extra time it is amazing what you can use up from around your home – scrap papers, brown lunch bags, extra buttons, kitchen twine or whatever else you can find to add a little extra love to your gifts.

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Holiday decorating can be so elegant when done with simple gestures that speak about what you love. Like a bowl of crunchy red apples waiting to be eaten or made into a pie. Lots of pie cones gathered from walks and sprinkled around the house. A few sprigs of berries or a small bunch of roses on the table. Whatever you love and whatever helps you settle into what the holidays mean for you. Of course some yummy smells from the kitchen are always good too!

I really hope you liked this collection and I will be back soon with one more holiday series, until then, all my best to you. – Leslie.

(images: leslie shewing)

Posted in guest bloggers, inspiration on December 14, 2009

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