Last month, a styling job came up from Time Out Chicago.
We power shopped for a weekend to get it done and then carted it all around town in a giant van (and we are a bicycle rider normally - yikes!).
The assignment: start with a simple, inexpensive loveseat and dress it up two ways.
The goal: Show how decor and accessories can completely transform a basic piece.
The parameters: Not more than 2 items per store. Focus on local retailers. Nothing with a high price tag, keep plenty of items under $100.
Items needed: Rugs, coffee tables, wall decor, lighting, pillows, lots of stuff!
The photos appeared in this week's issue (Summer Concert Preview) but unfortunately the photos aren't available online. Instead, we thought we share our own idea boards that we presented to Time Out before the shoot.
Of course, this is nothing like pulling together a "real" room - the goal is to make the same sofa and setup look VERY different in the two photos - not something one usually cares about when decorating a space. But it was good to do - as someone who shops virtually and picks and chooses items online for AT everyday, it was a nice change of pace to be picking up actual items, seeing and feeling the quality and scale of pieces. Working with the Chicago shopkeepers was the best part - everyone was helpful and up for the project.
We felt that these montages of items that we presented ended up conveying a pretty good picture of how the actual set ups looked and felt in person at the shoot. This leads us to the conclusion that using a method of shopping with a digital camera and piecing together photos of items you are interested in with pieces you already own is a worthwhile step when considering a big purchase.