Well, we have yet another snow day here in the DC area. Schools are closed once again.. while my kids are making me coffee (thank goodness for the easy to use pods!), I pulled together several gorgeous entries that I had to share with you!
I was perusing photos last night and came across New York based photographer Matthew Williams work and fell in love. He has a ton of photos on his site that are gorgeous! Here are a few I wanted to share with you today.
I just got back from NYC to meet with a new client and am super excited to start their project. They live in a gorgeous building with 14 foot high ceilings, a beautiful Bay window, and ornate moldings. But, after all, it is NYC, so this is a small space and I've been tasked with designing to make it the most functional.
Today I'm sharing NYC spaces to show you how creative design can get when it comes to small spaces.
by Denison Design
Via House Beautiful
Geneieve Gorder's old NYC home
This studio apartment by Nate Berkus
Design by Frances Herrara of a Grammercy Park home
Today I wanted to share tips on taking great Instagram photos. I get a lot of emails about how I've grown my Instagram account so fast. One reason I believe this has happened is because I post excellent (aka high quality) photos that I've styled and taken with my iPhone 5. Other photos are from other designers that I share and love.
Here are my tips and actual photos I've styled and posted to Instagram using my iPhone 5: PS- If you found this helpful, please send me a note and let me know! Thanks!
Use a plain background& varying heights
(White walls, gray walls, black walls) A plain backdrop allows you to focus on what you are styling Varying the height of the objects makes for a more interesting photo too as you can see in this photo of my living room below.
Take "top-down" photos
Hold the camera (I know you've seen it a million times) directly above the items you want to showcase. I love using my white dining room table or white cowhide rug. Play with the items while holding the camera above so you can see what looks good in the camera. WHAT LOOKS GOOD TO THE EYE DOES NOT MEAN IT WILL LOOK GOOD IN THE CAMERA LENS.. YOU MUST PLAY WITH THE ITEMS.. I've found putting items close together works
We all know good lighting is everything! In my experience good light, but not bright light (it creates shadows) makes for the best photos
It is crazy here in DC! Snow everywhere--beautiful, yet messy!
Today I found this gorgeous California home designed by Ann Lowengart . Not only do I love the colors, but what caught my eye was the use of the same color for the sofas--but different styles! I've never used 2 different style sofas in a room and think I will in a project (pending client approval of course!). I love this look!
Just in time for Valentines or any event that calls for a candlelit dinner, I created this sexy dinner for two (ON THE FLOOR!) using Target, West Elm and World Market for trays, lanterns and floor cushions.
A Huge shout out to Rue Daily for featuring my photo shoot today!