I gave a preview in my Wish & Tell guest post of my nightstand and how I was playing around with the styling. Here is where I started after I had recovered the seat - a little plain Jane right?
The scarf that I had gotten from my Mom is used for some color and shiny/smooth texture.
The basket to the left is used to camouflage the cable outlet. I got the basket at Home Goods a few years ago. I like the weathered look of it and also that it introduces some roundness (is that a word?) to the area.
The cream storage bin underneath the bench is from IKEA and is used to avoid your eye from focusing on the otherwise negative space underneath there (a.k.a. the tunnel effect which I will tell you more about below). I'd like to get something else for underneath but it works for now and didn't require any extra out of pocket.
And then there is my stack of random books and magazines that need to be fixed and organized a bit more but that is how it usually looks - keeping it real friends. I actually think I would scrap the books in the next photo and maybe just do a clock for a cleaner look. We'll see.
Now about that tunnel effect...
I really enjoy reading Camille's posts (from The Vintique Object) that she writes on photo composition. Camille's post back in May on styling to avoid the tunnel effect really stuck with me. And Camille actually has a tab on her blog dedicated to photographing rooms - I highly recommend taking a browse over there. You will get hooked and I bet come away with new insight on photos and styling that you see in magazines. I look at photos in books and magazines in a completely different light now and it's so interesting.
Ok, now it's your turn, what are some of your favorite tricks or items to use when you're photographing projects in your home?
By the way, thank you so much for your support yesterday on my guest post at Emily's blog - not only did you guys have sweet things to say but I also found some great new blogs so welcome if you're newer here!