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A Typical Photo Shoot Day--The Process & Behind the Scenes

Hi !  
I'm up late Saturday night (1 am to be exact) thanks to a Dr. Pepper which I never drink and now I remember why!? Are you affected by caffeine like I am?

Anyway, last week if you followed me via Instagram @jwsinteriors you saw a few behind-the-scenes the photos of the final day of the photo shoot for my project "Glam Condo."  

This has been a year-long project and my wonderful client Lee has been nothing short of amazing....period. It has been a dream come true project and I'm not exaggerating... She hired me to design the entire space, top to bottom. It was gutted, 30-year old wallpaper removed, old carpet ripped out, and then we re-designed the entire space.

I always thought before I became a designer that photo shoots must be so glamorous and fun...  Fun--yes!  Glamorous--Not so much.. Rewarding--You bet!

I have had the pleasure of working with Stacy Zarin Goldberg for the past 2 years and she photographed this project for me. I also worked with Charlotte Safavi whom helped me style the condo for the photos. Let me tell you--it's a longgggg day. The first day we shot for more than 8 hours!  Thanks to these ladies who helped make it happen! 

Here's a little recap with photos of the shoot for those who are curious how it works.... Obviously, I can't show much since these will be kept under wraps until hopefully and fingers crossed a magazine publishes.. In the meantime, here's a typical timeline & a few pics:

Box up vases, accessories, books, you name it--anything additional that can be added to the space for extra "oomph" for the photo. Jam pack everything in  my car and take off to client project... And, Rarely are the photos you see in a magazine, the space as the homeowner lives in it everyday.. trust me on this.. The way you arrange a room or accessories for a photo can be much different than what looks good in normal, everyday life. The camera's 'eye' sees things much differently than our eye.  

Go to florist or in my case Whole Foods and pick up flowers and fruits and vegetables.. typically hydrangea, peonies (if in season) or tulips.. I'm personally not a huge fan of roses, so ergo, I don't buy often. Fruits and vegetables are to fill bowls, place on cutting boards for the kitchen "shot" etc.

Arrive at shoot and start cutting flowers and arranging in appropriate vases

Then add in accessories, one at a time, per room, until it's how it needs to be. Usually the photographer will take a few "test shots" so we can see how it looks in a photograph--where it can be cropped, if color needs to be adjusted or God forbid--a dust ball shows up in photo that is hidden under a table (again--trust me on's happened!) 

The photographer starts shooting after taking the test shots. We do different angles and use different lens to get the best photos. We basically do this for every room!  I love detail shots, so I always ask Stacy to get the close-in shots, which are just always so pretty.

Put everything back as best as possible where homeowner originally had items; pack up accessories we used; leave flowers for homeowner as "thank you" for letting us use their home for the photos

Submit to magazine editor and hope they pick up the photos and publish! 

Me, exhausted in the elevator. 


Weekend Photo/JWS Interiors Hits 10,000 Mark on Instagram!

Hi !
I hope you all are having a great weekend!

Here's a little weekend inspiration photo for you....  And, I am thrilled that JWS Interiors just hit the 10,000 followers milestone on Instagram! ...You all rock and I super appreciate your readership! 


the style saloniste 



Meet My New Assistant/Weekend Links for Fashion, Home and Food


I'm super excited to share with you that JWS Interiors is growing with the addition of my new assistant, Betsy Luke!   She's already proved to be a great help with the business and I'm thrilled to have her! 


Also, I wanted to share some great links for you to check out over the weekend:

I want this sweater to wear with leggings..

I'm definitely going to try this recipe over the weekend!

I love this floor lamp and am thinking of using 2 in a sitting room project.

Thinking of imitating a few design elements of this room in my own home:


Fall Decor & Entertaining Ideas

Depending on where you live, you may or may not be into Fall decorating.  While it feels like Fall here in DC, I have to say that I am so behind on any type of "seasonal" decorating--so much so--that when my youngest daughter asked for a pretty cool black cat made of wire, I said "sure" and put it on our kitchen island...alas..I have decorated for Fall..officially!  

But today I'm sharing with you classy, sophisticated and pretty fall decor and entertaining ideas. I found these three great photos that depict Fall decor at its best. 

Cart, lamp


The Perfect Fall Cheese Platter

DIY Sequin polka dot pumpkins



A Serene Bedroom I Could Live In

Hi Everyone!
I can't believe it's already Wednesday..where has the week gone to?!   Today I am finishing up the final portion of a photoshoot of my penthouse condo project. This project was a labor of love and has taken a year to complete.  I cannot wait to get the pictures out there, but have to wait as I'm hoping for them to get published.  All I can say, this project is glam, glam, glam...and my client couldn't have been better to work with! 

Which leads me to today's post--I found this gorgeous bedroom via Rue and thought I would love to come home to this--beautiful, serene, relaxing and just plain pretty.  

Don't you love? 

Tuesday’s Treasure: The Canopy Bed + How You Can Make Your Own--The Interior Stylist
via Rue magazine


A Feminine Entrance : Design Board

A Feminine Entrance by JWS Interiors

The "WOW" Factor

Happy Monday everyone!  It's overcast here and DC which makes it actually cozy, even though I am working on this holiday! 

Today I wanted to share this one-of-a-kind room, chock full of mirrors and glam. I love how this vanity plays against the mirrored wall and then those shiny gold birds! I don't know who the designer or owner of this home is, but it definitely has that "wow factor."   

What types of rooms do you like? Sophisticated, Subtle? Or do you like a room that makes a statement?



JWS Interiors Now Offering Clients Access to Kelly Wearstler Collection

If you've been following me, you already know what a huge fan I am of Kelly Wearstler, so when  I received a call from a Kelly Wearstler representative informing me about her new line of furniture and home accessories to-the-trade, I was thrilled.  

That said, JWS Interiors is so excited to announce that we are now offering our design clients access to Kelly Wearstler furniture and home decor items such as decorative objects, tabletop accessories, and more!  What would be a more perfect way to complete a project than with a KW accessory in your home!  

Take a look at some of  my favorite KW pieces in her new collection.