Home Styling 101
One often overlooked piece in the design process is the final styling.  I used to think the only important parts of design was getting the floor plan right and making the selections.  That is definitely a huge part of the work but styling can refresh a space even if the core pieces of the design stay the same.  I had the awesome opportunity to style a show home of Kelly Kustom Homes.  There are so many details to bring together.  Selecting the colour palette, the key pieces to incorporate, the organic elements and what to showcase for the photography. 
For the colour it was an easy decision when I found the saffron linen napkins from Crate and Barrel.  They are essentially my brand colour which I was able to incorporate with accent pieces as well as vases and dried flowers.
For this shoot I wanted to highlight two exciting new trade accounts Fable and Olive and Linen. The Fable dinnerware are really well made dishes that are great for everyday use. Olive and Linen specialize in Turkish towels for the kitchen, bath and beach.  They are also a high quality product that exceeded my expectations when I saw them in person. 
I think my favourite element of the decor for the photoshoot was the fresh lilacs. I was inspired by the beautiful blossoms in the park I pass on my daily walk.  The timing for the lilacs to be in full bloom worked perfectly with my vision of an oversized floral arrangement.  They were the perfect asymmetrical organic accent to finish off the styling.
After reflecting on my first styled shoot, I realized how much I enjoyed the creative freedom of having no constraints on my styling. Obviously when working with a client I have to work within their design but it was a pleasant change of pace to be able to fully express my aesthetic in the space. I was thoroughly pleased with how it all came together.

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