My Top Styling Tips - Part One

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Evening All

I have now been working for over twelve years styling homes for magazine photo shoots and am often asked what my top tips are ..... so I thought that over time, I would share a few of these tips with you.

If a home is considered to be magazine worthy by an Editor, then needless to say it is already gorgeous to begin with .... styling is simply a way to enhance what's there and make the home look its' absolute best for the camera. 

Its no different to a fashion shoot in a way - no matter how stunning the model is, hair and make-up play an important role.

Sooooo - I thought I would kick off with one of thee most effective styling props - namely flowers !!! There is no easier way to make a room feel 'refreshed' than introducing flowers. They add little splashes of colour, texture and generally make any room look more appealing.

I am not a florist by any stretch of the imagination - I'm full of admiration for their skills - I guess I'm more of a "plonk them in a jug!" sort of girl !! And to be fair, I think that sort of informal approach suits Natural Calico.

I usually buy an inexpensive bunch of something or other in the supermarket when doing the weekly shop - I'm no expert as I say - but what I like to do is break up the bunch - cut the stems quite short and place them in lots of small jars dotted around  - like so .....

 

 

I always assumed that the flowers wouldn't last long with the stems cut short but they actually do ..... so you can afford to fill very small containers to create lovely little vignettes  ....

 

 

Sometimes a single stem is every bit as eye catching as a bunch - I do love Hydrangeas ......

 

 

I know that Gypsophila is generally used to mix in with other flowers but I actually like a bunch of it used on its' own .. it kind of reminds me of Cow Parsley when you do this ...

 

 

I love to chop the stems short with Hydrangeas and - place them in a stylish bowl  - this sort of thing looks great on a dining table or coffee table .......

 

 

Much as fresh flowers are beautiful, it isn't always feasible to fill the house with them - so I must admit, I'm more than happy to use silk ones ...... I think the key is to choose good quality ones that are as realistic as possible. These Geraniums (available in our shop) are great I think ....

 

 

 

I also love these blue Hydrangeas - they are ideal to inject a little pop of colour in a neutral scheme and look well as a single stem - like so ....

 

 

Or in a bunch ........

 

So there you have it folks - a very simple yet effective style tip that needn't cost the earth. Inexpensive flowers in jam jars, tin pots, big bowls, jugs whatever ...... just do whatever tickles your fancy.

Go forth, arrange and footer :) 

 

Marie x

PS: As well as the silk flowers mentioned, the coat hooks, tall pitcher, vintage bottle, fruit bowl, original artwork and framed print as seen in these images are also available in our shop.