The last time I attended High Point was 3 1/2 years ago in the Fall. I remember it being pretty much greys and charcoals. There was very little colour although, of course, I looked for it.
My friend Barbara Miller (above right) and I walked the Suites at Market Square today and came upon this fabulous lighting and accent furniture designed by Stacy Kunstel and Michael Partenio.
She is a stylist and her partner/boyfriend is a photographer. They style and shoot for Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens and New England Home.
Her work is stunning and of course I immediately had to find out her best styling tips.
So here are her top three:
1. She never arrives at a shoot without a ton of books, pillows and flowers.
2. Choosing the right angle to shoot something can make a room go from cold to intimate. It’s that simple.
See how the camera is positioned LOW in the AFTER photo? That’s where the tripod is. So if you’re snapping photos of an interior and you’re not using a tripod, get on your knees to take the shot, don’t just stand there and point and shoot unless it’s the BEFORE picture.
And one thing I recently learned that I can add to this is that when Style at Home published my home this month, I was fascinated to see how they cropped the images for the magazine. I’ll show you in a future post so you’ll see what I mean.
It’s entirely changed the way I crop images now for my blog or anything else. Sometimes a photo can just look dull until it’s cropped.
3. Over Scale lighting is important. Table lamps should be a minimum of 36″ high and have a 20″ wide shade.
Stacey said this charcoal shade is currently their best selling colour.
Speaking of lamps, look how they make this room by Larry Laslo for Chaddock. Check out the French Deco sofa. This is definitely a sofa for a room designed just for show.
Stacey showed me a living room she recently styled for a shoot and said “The homeowners are NEVER in there”.
Purple is the big story here at High Point, it’s everywhere! Here I’m at Design Legacy.
Here’s another one of her pillows in this lovely vignette. There were so many fabulous rooms in C.R. Laine’s showroom I asked her if she had designed the colours to coordinate with their already decorated rooms, she said it was a coincidence.
Hmmm. . . I think understanding colour trends probably had more to do with it.
Traci said her pillow collection was inspired by the geometric feel of English garden plans. And she loves symmetry and order.
Traci is the Mom of twins. Here’s one of them.
Stacey from Naquin Interiors guided me over to their corner for a pic because we coordinated with it so well.
Turquoise and teal are also everywhere along with lots of coral. I took this photo because I liked the art arrangement.
I love these chairs in the horizontal stripe!
Over scale. There’s another trend. Here’s a very tall curvy chair and there were lots of unusually high wing chairs at market.
Tracy Hiner at Black Crow Studios makes these wallpaper murals entirely custom to each space. She did many of the rooms here at C.R. Laine. Stunning!
And look at this yummy, buttery leather, yellow sofa! I had to snap a photo. Leather like this I can get excited about!
Day 3 at Market today! My feet hurt so much! You can tell who the seasoned High Point attendees are, their shoes are all about COMFORT.
Amanda Gates interviewed me for her Design 101 Podcast series way back in January and it’s live today, check it out here.
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