Posts for December 2014

December 27 2014

What I’m Working On: Seeing It In Place

IMG_1772A couple of posts ago I took a picture of my studio table full of styling accessories. Here you can see it all in place. We were going for a soft, slightly glamorous look, without the over-the-top bling; which in my opinion, can look tacky. Styling a whole wall of open shelving can be a challenge, and to make it even harder, my client requested not to have too many books. I wanted to keep the palette subtle and tone-on-tone so it didn’t look cluttered and overly merchandised. To make this look work, we made sure to use enough texture and interesting objects that looked collected over time. There are a few more things to layer in to add depth and scale and of course a pretty floral arrangement on the desk.

IMG_1771It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the scale of these wall sconces on the opposite wall are very large and dramatic, which works so well with the painting and balancing out the room.Screen Shot 2014-12-27 at 10.18.21 AMThe over-sized knobs we used for the built-in drawers are a work of art. They are so luxurious and worth the investment.
Screen Shot 2014-12-27 at 10.17.31 AMWe installed the smaller flush-mount version of this chandelier in the study to tie the two rooms together. Polished nickel was used throughout, with a small injection of brushed brass to keep it from looking to ‘matchy’ and give the room dimension.

December 12 2014

Sharing: Simple Holiday Decorating

There’s something about the pure simplicity of Danish holiday decorating I love. Maybe it’s it’s the honesty of the materials that conjure ideas of snowflakes, family and crackling fires; not shopping malls, screaming kids and garish adornment on everything. I look forward to celebrating Christmas with my loved ones every year and try to keep my life as uncomplicated as possible. I have a healthy supply of good food and wine on hand, so spontaneous drop-ins are welcomed. I love to decorate with natural cedar and magnolia boughs, with clusters of lit beeswax candles under hurricanes. Simple and elegant.
021214_6 071214_1 041214_8photography and styling – elisabeth heathland

December 11 2014

Design Dilemma: Styling – A Few Take Aways

One of the joys of working on a design project is the big reveal day. It’s when all the amazing things you sourced, designed and ordered for your client are finally ready to be perfectly placed. Here’s our studio table full of some of the amazing pieces we found, ready to be styled. It may be hard to tell from the photos, but the scale of some of these pieces are very large. The glass vase series in the background are huge and will look so dramatic in my client’s dressing room. The stacked Barbara Barry boxes in the foreground are large enough to hold legal size papers and odds & ends; plus fill an entire shelf in the adjacent office bookshelves. Scale, quality and balance are so important when styling. Adding these final details are the personal touches that reveal your personal story, and give the room individuality and character. It’s not easy to do and in my opinion, best left to the professionals. But if you’re going to give it a go on your own, please keep a few of these tips in mind:

1. Remember scale and balance: I like to use larger scaled pieces to add drama and keep it from looking cluttered. Balance of colour and pattern throughout gives a sense of calm and synergy.

2. Layering different textures in similar tonalities are a stylist’s trick to make a space cohesive and sophisticated. It’s more complex and risky to mix colours and pattern.

3. Quality: Invest in some special pieces you love. If you add a bunch of cheap items everywhere, it will cheapen the look of the whole room.

4. Edit: Just like an elegant woman, know when to take the one extra piece of jewellery off before leaving the house. Leave the “more is more” styling credo to the experts.