August 25, 2015

it all comes down to books and flowers

While doing some prep work for a photo shoot recently I went thru my stacks of magazines, books, binders, and Pinterest for some inspiration. And y'all know what I realized? All you really need for styling is some flowers and a few books.

Miles Redd

Jeffrey Bilhuber
The really good photos, are where the rooms speak for themselves. A little bit of life (aka flowers) is added and a simple stack of books to say, "hell yeah this room gets used" and you've got yourself the makings of a great photo.

Deborah French
Of course this is with the understanding that the room itself is 'great'. But really that's what you are wanting to see - the details of the room. The more accessories that are added, that more they take away from the design. Just some flowers/plants and a few books and you are good.

Domaine: Angie Hranowsky

Peppermint Bliss
Everyone is in danger of overdosing on accessories (I've totally been guilty of this). I mean come on, how many times have you come home from HomeGoods with a whole bag of things you didn't even realize you needed? Maybe sometimes we should let those things pass. 

Now understand, I'm not into absolutes, so I won't say get rid of your knick knacks all together, but let's try to use a bit less fluff and instead really show off the furniture, lamps, pillows, curtains and rugs that you've spent quality time reinventing and refinishing or quality $$ purchasing. Let the big details shine.

Am I alone here? Do you ever get the less is more itch? Are you happy dusting all of those bits and bobbles? Let's discuss. 


35 comments:

  1. I really want less, a lot less. My stumbling block is that so many of those bits and bobs have a special story and the best I can do is stash and rotate accessories. Too much crap on surfaces does ruin a photo.

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  2. Walls are a great place to mount some of your smaller knick-knacks to keep them off of surfaces while still keeping them on display. I'm working on a big gallery wall in my main stairway, and have used some neat travel souvenirs that were previously cluttering up the bookcase as "fillers" between frames. Now I enjoy them so much more!

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  3. Amen! Instagram is filled with bad styling from those trying to be interior designers! Drives me crazy!!!!
    xo~Jill

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    1. Wow, Jill! Perhaps you shouldn't look at Instagram? Your comment really came across to me as mean-spirited. I have followed your blog for years and until now was also a follower of you on Instagram.

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  4. Totally agree...you are not alone! My problems is tossing the sentimental stuff. Then I just wish I knew how to get rid of the papers, bits, toys, and junk that get left around the house. I cannot declutter to save my life!

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  5. That is exactly why my bookshelves are filled with books. I get hives when I try to style them or the coffee table with knicknacks, but books and flowers always feel right and not forced.

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  6. So agree. Gradually I'm completing what has been a four year+ whole house remodel. Just this weekend I was able to take some books out and start filling up what is now our dining room-library. Books by the fireplace and two comfy chairs, good lighting and a place to set a drink. The whole room isn't done, but I keep looking at the promise of what will be.

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  7. True dat! And who am I kidding, I'm not gonna dust on the regular anyway ;)

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  8. Yes to less is more! Less stuff to dust around as well.

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  9. Like Kerry I am always moving my accessories around and switching out for the season!
    Although I do go through and tell myself, okay this looks cluttered, and take away an item or two for awhile!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Artist Alex Katz

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  10. it go back and forth daily! I also think i change seasonally..I like more stuff in the winter than in the summer. great post!

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  11. So true! I agree with Emily for some reason I like it more spare in the summer and a little more cluttered in the winter!!

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  12. I totally agree with you…you know how they say:” A room without books is like a body without a soul”, so just one book can totally change a space. If you will add even some flowers, you will definitely bring the life into the room. :)
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  13. it all comes down to those amazing collections of colors!

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  14. What a great post! SO true! I often find myself reflecting on the "accessories" around me and analyzing...do I really need those?! Do I really need that 15th black and white fur blanket I keep buying..... I am a firm believer in simplistic design.

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