Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Corona Del Mar Den

In some lovely twist of fate a writer over at Newport Beach Magazine stumbled across my work and occasionally calls me to see if I have something she can publish. She's been kind enough to publish a dining room, kitchen, and holiday table and decorating tips from me in the past year. I have a lot of unfinished client homes and projects that I've been busy with lately so when Somer called me this time I was scrambling to find something that I could send her. She needed it within a day or two, so I quickly threw together a photoshoot at one of my awesome clients' homes in Corona Del Mar. Throwing together a shoot means grabbing some fresh flowers, renting a wide-angled lens for my camera, and moving around a lot of furniture until you get the right shot. This is all so much easier, and better, with a legitimate photographer, but since it was last minute and I had no budget for that, I decided to go it alone.

The magazine only needed one image so I chose the room that was the closest to being finished, which is their downstairs office/den. Unfortunately this room also had the worst lighting imaginable with only one window facing a shaded outdoor walkway so I had to pull a Tim Gunn and make it work. I chose the photo at the top, but below is another angle of the room that I took while trying to figure out the best angle to use. I really wanted to show that killer multi-color ikat Roman shade, but the desk was eating up most of the photo and I couldn't make it look right.

My favorite thing about this room is the painted wood paneling which used to be white. I also love the mix of textiles that we got to use in this space from the Turkish rug to the Indian inspired linen on the chairs, the ikat on the shade, and the vintage African pillows.

I'm yet to get my hands on the printed version of the magazine that features this room, it's always fun to have something to add to the press page of my website so that people take me seriously.

(A huge thank you shout out to Somer Flaherty for always thinking of me when she needs an interior!)

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