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Interior Stylist Stacy Kunstel

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

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I find it so interesting that many of these beautiful photos we see in magazines are not only designed brilliantly by an interior designer, but then are also ‘styled’ for the perfect shot for the photographer:

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Interior stylists are involved in creating imagery for interior books, magazines and catalogues. They finesse spaces for portfolios and magazine spreads.:

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Design by Louise Brooks, styled by StacyStyle, shot by John Bessler for @Traditional Home

One of my favorite eye-candy publications is New England Home. I love looking through their beautiful, glossy photos:

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One of the main reasons I love this particular magazine is because I admire the work of Stacy Kunstel, stylist extraordinaire. All of the photos in this piece are styled by Stacy. Are they not amazingly gorgeous?:

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Lynn Morgan Design. Styled by StacyStyle, shot by Laura Moss

Just beautiful. Her work is such an inspiration! Maybe she needs an assistant:

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 Kelly Bernier Designs

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I am available Stacy.  I will need a professional photographer also!

I love looking at beautiful pictures and hope you do too!

If you need help with your space, contact me today.

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Styled Nightstands

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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Designer Emily Henderson recently hosted a contest along with Serena and Lily, to find the best styled nightstand. Which got me thinking…

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Do you decorate your nightstands? I don’t think that everyone thinks of it. I love to decorate mine. Like any other flat surface, it is a great place to put together something creative that makes you smile every time you see it. This is one in my guest room:

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There are no rules to make a pretty styled nightstand. Begin with the basic items: a lamp and a clock. The rest of the items are just accessories:

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Use items with different heights, sizes and shapes. This adds variation and dimension. Something big and short, something tall and thin … use a variety of sizes and heights to amp up the personality. Lamps, skinny vases, flat books, tall frames and flowers all look great:

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Bowls are great to use for taking off your jewelry at bedtime:

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I think a styled vignette on the nightstand makes the bedroom look more polished and pulled together.

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Do you agree? Do you decorate your nightstands? It’s not as easy as it looks, is it? I hope these photos have given you some ideas and inspiration. I just love looking through these beautiful pictures, don’t you?

Thanks!

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Kitchen Vignettes

Monday, March 4th, 2013


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Shelley Morris Interiors

Plain, simple, uncomplicated. You all know how much I love a pretty vignette!  How about in the kitchen?

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Kitchen countertops should be rather simple to decorate. We already own tons of accessories in our kitchen to use. Plus, the only simple rule to remember is to not over-accessorize. Keep it clean and simple:

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Here are a few ideas I hope might give you some design inspiration:

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Simple and so beautiful:

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Isn’t that gorgeous above?! A corner of the kitchen.  I love when I find such beautiful pictures to share with you!

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Notice how the kitchens are not at all boring using just a few simple items:

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I tried to use only photos of kitchens that actually looked lived in (coffeepot on counter, etc.), and not styled for a magazine (although they probably were!). I just want you to notice that the beautiful rooms we love are decorated very simply.

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Plain, simple, uncomplicated. My favorite. How about you? I hope some of these pictures have given you some good ideas to use in your home!

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Ideas For That Wall Behind The Sofa

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

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Do you have trouble thinking of ideas on what to use in that large space behind and above the sofa?

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That prime decorating space is usually between six to eight feet wide. That is a huge area and should be treated as a huge area when thinking of accessories that will work. It other words, think big!

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One of the biggest mistakes I see is hanging something that’s too small and actually makes the wall look more awkward. Think gigantic!:

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Look closely at the above photo. See how they used wallpaper and then put painted white molding around it? What a great idea! I might have to try that.

Another idea I love that is gaining popularity is the gallery wall:

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Gallery walls are perfect for creating a focal point in any room and are a great way to incorporate creative ideas. My favorite thing about a gallery wall is that it can be interpreted in so many ways. To some, a gallery wall is a collage of various styles and sizes of frames. To others, a gallery wall is unified frames hung in a grid pattern:

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I love the idea of a collage on the wall! Best is that there are no rules! You can mix and match frames and artwork, vintage posters and photos and mirrors in an uneven display and it looks brilliant:

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Another creative way to fill in the space behind the sofa is with small ledges:

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See how the grouping is together with the sofa? Be sure to include the sofa as part of your arrangement and build off of that:

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Another great option is mirrors. By themselves or along with art:

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I think they always look fabulous and will never go out of style.

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One last idea that also looks great and is practical, is a console table behind the sofa:

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As I wrote about here, console tables are such a perfect addition to many spaces and behind the sofa is one of the countless ways you can use this exceptional table:

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Not only useful for holding your glass of wine, a table behind the sofa gives you a place to put a set of matching lamps, a pretty vase, a couple books and anything else you want. Another place to decorate and fill the wall at the same time:

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I hope I have given you some ideas and inspiration that you can use in your home. Be creative and have fun. It will make you smile every time you see it! Any other suggestions to work with that big wall?

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Here is one example you can find on Pinterest for ideas and layouts of gallery walls:

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