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Rooms feeling flat? Tap Your Inner Photo Stylist.

Updated: Apr 15, 2019

This fantastic kitchen belongs to my style-savvy brother and sister-in-law, so it was a true treat to produce a feature story on it for Kitchen & Bath Ideas magazine a few years ago. The color palette we chose for the photo shoot was a subtle celebration of fall hues, which ended up working beautifully with the kitchen's foundation of rich wood tones offset by gleaming stainless appliances and that swoon-worthy quartz waterfall countertop. For every photo shoot I produce and style, I create a "palette & props" idea board to share with the editor and art director. It sets the tone for the visual storytelling, and guides me as I shop for props and select flowers. Just because your room isn't going to end up in a national magazine, doesn't mean you can't take the same intentional approach. Clear off counters, get old art off the walls, free up open shelving, and nix old knick-knacks. Step back and take a look at your kitchen with fresh eyes. Think of a palette that makes you happy (forget design trends!) and create an idea board. Then bring in those colors through small but important details like kitchen towels, canisters and bowls. My go-to styling resources are affordable national chains like Home Goods, World Market, Crate & Barrel and Target, all of which have friendly return policies. But don't overlook your local boutiques and pop-up shops! A few of my favorites in the Twin Cities west metro are Urban Market and Chloe's Attic.


Have fun tapping into your inner photo stylist—you're going to be happy with the results!




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My name is Heidi Pearson. I'm a mom of four and a freelance lifestyle writer and editor by trade who's created content on everything from facial creams to 401Ks. I'm also a field editor and photo stylist for the Better Homes & Gardens family of magazines, which puts me in touch with lots of pretty spaces, places, insights and ideas. Even better are the handy tips I learn daily from the wise and witty women (ages 8 to 83) in my life. Add it all together, and it's a lot of things worth falling for. Hence, Tumble + Swoon. If you have a swoon-worthy something I should know about, let me know!