Whether you are looking to photograph your place to submit to a contest (like our Small Cool or Room for Color) or just want to preserve it for posterity (look how I lived before kids!), here are a few quick styling tips from my own house tour photo shoots that will help you get the perfect shot.
1.Bring in fresh flowers.
Fresh flowers, or any bit of greenery, will add a bit of color without modifying your decor, and create the impression that the space is well cared for.
2.Tape it up.
Gaffer's tape is my favorite because it's sturdy and doesn't leave residue, but duct tape will do the trick too. Use tape to affix cords to the underside of tables, getting that dreaded cord-octopus out of sight, and if you have pillows with edges that just won't hold their shape, lining the back edges with tape will stiffen them up and keep them in place
3. Light some candles.
Lighting candles and any lamps that can be put on a dimmer (you want a glow without overpowering the natural light) adds a bit of warmth to your shots and makes the space feel as if it's lived in and enjoyed.
4. Get it straight.
Check to make sure that objects like barstools and dining chairs are properly lined up, and get any stacks of books or magazines in order. My favorite trick for tidying up magazines it to use a hardcover book as a vertical guide and tap the stack against it until they are in place.
5. Stuff it.
When photographing purses, totes and fabric bins that want to slouch, stuffing them with crumpled up newspaper will help them hold their shape and stand upright.
(Image credits: Kim Lucian)