Are you entering your home in the Fall Color Contest? We hope so! (ATSF recently posted some pointers on photographing your home)Seeing how other people live and discovering how they've solved their home challenges is incredibly inspiring. We appreciate the courage of everyone who's ever opened up their home to us. Inviting people into your home to have it photographed for posterity, and the scrutiny of strangers can be challenging. The camera often sees things that the eyes miss...Even if your own home is not quite house tour ready, you can harness it's objectivity to help you clean and declutter your home. In a picture, that grouping on the coffee table is revealed to be a cluttered mess; it might be time to thin it out. The yellow lamp that you were considering dumping is a bright spot amid a sea of blue upholstery; balancing it out with a bright orange pillow might bring it more into focus. And, that neat arrangement in the corner? Not so neat after all. Try it. Snap some photos and take a good look at them. And, if by chance you'd like to share your home with us, whether via a house tour, entering the Fall Colors Contest, or a good question, we'd love it!
[image: Ben's Midcentury Mecca]