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!