Decorating vs. Styling

When I started blogging almost 10-years ago, Color Outside the Lines became my outlet for communicating with a design minded public I couldn’t find in my neighborhood, or at work. I instantly became virtual friends with amazing people, all of whom had a love for interior design and decoration. In the beginning, I couldn’t wait to post pictures of inspiring interiors or blog about my own home. I would log on every day anxiously hoping for a new post from my favorite bloggers, and found myself bouncing from blog to blog for hours, hoping to find a new blog to follow from their sidebar.

Fast ahead 10-years, and instagram has reawakened that frightened pleasure, and supplied a brand new, extra streamlined channel for notion with photograph after photo of stunning spaces. Whether one image, or an entire feed of inspiring photographs, I can without problems wander away in the instagram rabbit hollow. And similar to with the weblog, I’ve met a few great digital friends who love decorating simply as much as I do.

One of them is Richard Stone (@fauxrealco) who lives in Richmond, Virginia. While we’re hundreds of miles apart, instagram has made us rapid friends. Richard and I are each self proclaimed maximalists, and feature a passion for blue and white, chinoiserie, and fabric.

Richard is a product, textile, and wallcovering stylist, operating for agencies like Scalamandre and Yves Delorme, with published work for retail commercials in refuge magazines and catalogs. When Richard reached out to me approximately possibly doing a blog about the distinction in adorning and styling, I notion it was a awesome idea!

As with any blog post, I try and do as a good deal research as I can to ensure that I have a few meat to serve with all of the quite facets. This turned into one of a kind although. I imply, I too changed into careworn about styling and adorning. Wasn’t it all the same? Aren’t we splitting hairs whilst we use decorating, designing, styling, accessorizing? Don’t all of them mean "to make it quite"? I figured the quality way to address this unique feast, became to behavior a touch interview with Richard.

A: In your opinion, what’s the distinction among redecorating and styling?

R: The phrase "styling" is slowly turning into faded, together with the growing popularity of phrases like artisan, bespoke, and curated. Most of what I see being categorised as "styling" is really an association of ornamental items inside or on a piece of fixtures, which falls under what I bear in mind to be accessorizing. Photography experts use the term "styling" to explain the composition of furniture and objects in a placing, maximum in all likelihood created on location or in a photograph studio for an article or product image shoot.

Now, I know what you are thinking. You’re studying that and probably counting the wide variety of times you’ve hashtagged "#interiorstyling" or talked about how a vignette turned into curated. I recognise I’ve finished it thousands of instances! Heck, I actually have draft posts for the two rooms I am adorning within the condo now all set to head, and I’ve used the phrases curated, and styled 6-7 times in each of them. Don’t agonize!

Here, an example of styling in a photoshoot for wallpaper by Barry Dixon for Vervain. Purely decorative, with only as much of the wall papered as necessary for the photoshoot, this is the photographers version of “styling”. If this had been your own home, you would have likely not positioned the chairs in this way, perhaps you would have a mirror on the wall, or a piece of modern art? You would have decorated the room, and styled the photo.

A: How lengthy have you been operating as a stylist?

R: After many years of fashion vending, I wanted to make my visual work everlasting. I grew weary of creating beautiful apparel displays, most effective to have them totally decimated in mins via just one client. One day I become flipping thru a mag and examine "Styling by using …" and I found out human beings are virtually paid to control the classy of the photograph shoot. With no picture styling revel in beneath my belt, I contacted the mag’s art director and sat in on a meals shoot. I become later introduced to Bill Sorrell, now the Style Director of Thibaut, who took me under his wing and skilled me in his artwork form of textile and wallcovering set styling. I nevertheless work with him after ten years.

A: Where have your projects been posted? Who have you ever worked for?

R: My clients include Scalamandre, Stroheim, and Vervain. My maximum latest advert campaign is currently going for walks in numerous safe haven publications for the brand new Barry Dixon wallcoverings collection for Vervain. I nonetheless work with a nearby mag to fashion a number of their shoots whose places every so often turn out to be being perfect for one in every of my cloth and wallpaper shoots.

A: Your mystery weapon for styling?

R: My favorite part of creating my shoots is finding the furnishings to be reupholstered within the consumer’s cloth. There’s not anything greater thrilling to me than taking what many could recollect a hideous piece of upholstery and slightly tweaking the form to make it excellent. The upholsterer I use is really a master who can reap the maximum beautiful or even welt cords I’ve ever visible.

A: No room is complete with out?

R: Chinoisierie! Something, something! Blue and white ceramics by no means go out of style and appearance equally as elegant on an English chest or a Lucite cocktail table.

In Richard’s colorful Richmond, VA condominium, he packs the blue and white porcelain in. Books and blue and white pair beautifully on his midcentury glass top, brass and lucite frame coffee desk, and a collection of chinoiserie is artfully curated (see what I did there) atop his Dorothy Draper stimulated chest.

Richard additionally has carried out thoughts blowing shows for the high-stop herbal pressed vegetation and leaves corporation, Blackwell Botanicals. His attention grabbing headpieces are not anything quick of stunning.

A: What inspires you?

R: I’m absolutely now not a minimalist, even though a number of my paintings calls for me to put a more modern spin on my styling. I flip to my preferred maximalists when I want ideas: Celerie Kemble, Mary McDonald, and Michelle Nussbaumer. With that being stated I do love the "California Cool" look of Jeffrey Alan Marks and Mark D. Sikes.

Richard also shops for style worthy finds and sells them in his store on Charish, Pawvayon , (a clever take on the word Pavillion). The store specializes in Chinoiserie with a twist, and offers up a collection of amazing one of a kind pieces and vintage items that are perfectly suited to unique interiors.

So, of route as someone who takes pics in their home for instagram and the weblog, I needed to ask Richard a few questions about what he is found out approximately perfecting pictures for magazines from his years inside the industry.

A: Give me a few tips on getting magazine worth pictures for instagram and the blog.

R: Edit! Always lighten and brighten, except you’re going for a moody shot. Focus on one middle concept or motif. I prefer herbal lights while feasible, and usually use the Clarendon filter out (most probably out of dependancy for the reason that it’s the very first one to choose from). I love how this intensifies vibrant hues and lightens up whites, which can every so often photograph with a blue, pink, or yellow hue.

A: Are there some common mistakes to observe out for?

R: Keep it constant! Your instagram page is an extension of your non-public life and brand. Continue building to your aesthetic so your web page does not study as an all-over-the-place mashup of random ideas. I’m tired of seeing stacks of fabric on a table within the "temper board" style. Give your viewer an idea of the application … Is one on a settee, with the other three as pillows? Keep your posts very cohesive. The pages I locate myself travelling the maximum are those were I realize I’ll always see stunning and galvanizing thoughts.

A: What’s the most overused accessory you are seeing available proper now?

R: Geodes! I’m over it. Geode bookends, geodes embedded into furnishings, geodes on top of bins, geode lighting – the listing goes on.

In addition to his instagram, Richard has a beautiful internet site wherein you can see a number of his photographed paintings in interiors, floral, and still life styling. Having worked with fabric and papers for shoots that we haven’t even visible yet, I wondered if Richard might be able to share a few trends he sees coming for the future.

A: Any tendencies you’re seeing?

R: The return of Pretty! FINALLY! Slowly but virtually, chintz florals and pretty Chinoiserie patterns are replacying the null grey and beige linen rooms of yester-two years in the past. Velvets are coming round sturdy for fall, but in calming spa blues and celedon vegetables in preference to the everyday jewel tones.

A special thanks to Richard for sharing a part of his lovely portfolio at the weblog, and for answering these questions and supporting us to better define our adorning vocabulary!

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