Prop Recipe No. 2: SUPPER CLUB

Whenever creation and making happen, so do messes, getting your hands dirty, and making memories. When I envision a supper constructed from natural ingredients, I picture a natural table to go with it. For this week's theme, I chose a palette of white, wood, and earth tones; all natural backdrops to showcase the real star: the FOOD. I believe pedestals and cake stands in white and wood create a beautiful tablescape, and also help create more room on the table by layering different levels that can fit together neatly. Pottery vessels add a beautiful earthy quality that look best with simple florals.

Supper Club Inspired Prop Recipe

As you plan your holiday dinners this season, know that all of these pieces are available to rent to help make your gatherings everything you had hoped for! For a reminder on the inspiration for this post, check out the inspiration board I posted earlier this week.

Prop Recipe Inspiration Board: SUPPER CLUB

Two weeks ago, I introduced a new Prop Recipes series to the blog and I'm back again today with more inspiration!

As the holidays approach, I imagine that many people are gathering together with their friends, family, and loved ones sharing meals and stories around the table. There are so many ingredients that come together to create a memorable dining experience, not the least of which are the food and the people making it. Every person involved in meal-making brings with them their own background and heritage, old traditions and new ideas. This togetherness has inspired a more earthy inspiration surrounding the idea of supper. Check out my SUPPER CLUB inspiration below!

Supper Club Inspiration

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SO excited to share the recipe on Thursday!


I thought it would be a good time to chat about styling and what it is, because I've been getting a lot of questions about it lately. The term "stylist" is being thrown around a lot nowadays; there isn’t a clear definition of what that means. Styling may appear so easy and effortless, but it actually requires an incredible array of skills, a large amount of time, and endless patience. While a shoot or event might be over in a matter of hours, the prep work takes weeks!

So what is styling?

Styling can be defined in so many ways, but I see it as an artistic arrangement of objects in space, much like graphic design, but with three-dimensional items. My degree is in Illustration, so I have a foundation in art, color theory, and design principles.. Many of the same basic principles apply across ALL artistic genres, but things get a bit more complicated when you're dealing with real life scenarios. 

For example:

How is the lighting that day? Cool or warm? Moody or bright?
Are you indoors or outdoors? Will the weather be a factor?
What backdrops and details are needed to best display the items or people being represented?
If it is a product, what styling will be appropriate for the brand?
If it is a shop/fair display, is it easy for shoppers to navigate while also looking tailored to the brand?

And after all that, how will all of these objects translate into photographs, which will then translate into print? All of these things need to be considered when planning shoots, whether it is for a product, event or editorial. Oftentimes when shooting for publications, the allowance of space for text can also be a factor. Not so simple and effortless anymore, right? 

Styling doesn't stop there! A stylist's time starts with the overall idea and concept, transitions into focusing on details, moves on to sourcing all necessary details, then the actual styling, and in the end, usually the returning of any borrowed/rented/purchased items. A stylist needs to have a keen eye for color, texture, and how objects will translate in a space along with other products. 

When it comes to styling events and decor, it is actually very similar. I start by getting to know the client – their likes, dislikes and what quirky things about their life/program/company can be included in the overall look. I do a lot of research on what MAKES them who they are and try to incorporate that as much as possible. Many event and decor-related styling are very personal, so it's incredibly important to make it FEEL like them or the brand. 

A stylist many follow online is Emily Henderson, and she wrote a great post about A Day in the Life of a Stylist. It's a very informative read and covers many of the basics! 

What is your interpretation of styling? Do you have any questions about this previously “underground” career?

COLOR DREAMS: inspired by textile weaving

I wanted to find a way to share colors that inspire me, while also focusing on things I love like nature, home decor, handmade items, arts, illustration, and design. COLOR DREAMS was born! What better way to create new color palettes and showcase amazing art and science from around the world? This first palette is inspired by a textile weaving. I love that each of the colors is pretty muted, but when you put them all together it creates this gorgeous gradient effect that is absolutely stunning.

This particular palette was inspired by a weaving created by Maryanne Moodie, an Australian weaver who has since relocated to NYC. Maryanne has a rich artistic background and creates weavings inspired by contemporary art, couture, architecture and her nostalgia of days gone by. If you're as intrigued as I was even by the little snippet shown above, you can find her website here:

Prop Recipe No. 1 : BOTANICAL

Earlier this week, I introduced a new series on the blog - Prop Recipes! I posted my inspiration board for a BOTANICAL inspired prop recipe, and today, I'm so excited to share the actual recipe itself! 

When I envision any display I'm working on, I usually try to layer in not only natural elements, but eclectic handmade elements wherever possible. I love incorporating sustainable materials, which is why I wanted to start with this first theme: BOTANICAL. For a Botanical theme, I would choose props in organic materials like glass and metals. I picture brass containers with plants, minimal glass bottles with fern fronds playfully spilling out of them, and pale aqua glass or brass cake stands to display food, desserts, or beverages. Think Secret Garden meets Wes Anderson. Natural and earthy, but with a quirky, modern edge.  
Are ya with me?

Botanical Prop Recipe