Part 2: Styling Class With Justina Blakeney

Today's homework that I had to turn in consisted of styling and photographing my coffee table in order to showcase some AFTER pics. I was actually really eager to get home and get to work.

As a reminder, here is my BEFORE pic:

Remember, the goal is to address all eight principles of styling in this space.

NEED * SHAPE * COLOR * PATTERN * TEXTURE * PLACEMENT * BLING * BOTANICALS

Drumroll please ...

My AFTER pics:

Wide shot of my coffee table and sitting area. I also decided to style the small side table between my chairs so everything flowed and was balanced. My coffee table is fairly large so I pulled out many pieces from different areas of my home to create this look.

Overhead shot. I divided my table into three sections being sure to feature a variety of SHAPES and create an intriguing PLACEMENT. TEXTURE is brought to life through my rug. 

I wrap a lot of my books in craft paper to fit the color scheme of my home as well as give a rustic feel. The coaster serves the need of entertaining and provides a pop of COLOR. I needed more shape, textue AND PATTERN so I gathered a bunch of wine corks into a small bowl. (One in particular features my name.)

The center section of my coffee table showcases shape, NEED (entertaining through photos) and BLING. The third section features hardcover books, a bling tray and BOTANICALS from the Presidio. In the background you can also see some SPARKLE in the pillow sitting on my chair. A girl can never have enough bling. (I think this is my favorite principle.)

The lower level of my coffee table houses succulents on top of feathers (texture) and stacks of books.

 I added life to these photos by placing heels and wine in the shot. Girl is ready for the weekend!

I've been sitting in my home looking at my recent styling. At first I thought things were too busy because I like things clean and simple, but I have to say that this is really growing on me. There is so much LIFE and PERSONALITY in it (especially after glancing at my before pic again).

Would love to hear your thoughts!