How To Style A Flatlay


Unless you’ve been fasting from social media for the last couple of years, it’s safe to assume that you’ve all heard of, tried, or, perhaps, mastered the flatlay. Seems simple enough, right? Lay some things down on a surface and snap a shot. Much easier said than done, trust us. We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve got some crazy good photo stylists here at Style-Architects, and we’d be happy to show you a thing or two. While there's no black and white method when it comes styling, here are a few tips and tricks from our pros to take your insta from basic to #goals.

  1. Determine your theme. This could be something as concrete as packing essentials for your beach vacation, to something as abstract as all things blue. The key is to establish a common thread to create purpose for the image.

  2. Coordinate colors + patterns. This will create synergy and keep your image easy on the eye. For example, if you’re styling your beach vacay image, you might choose to use bright colors and boho prints. Or, If you prefer a neutral palette, you can pull in natural elements and muted colors + patterns.

  3. Variety is key. When selecting items for your flatlay, create visual interest and balance by using a variety of different sizes, quantities {we’re partial to the odd numbers} and textures.

  4. Choose a composition style. There are a million different ways you can lay out your items, so start by determining your style and the purpose of the image. Do you want the image to be structured and linear? Messy and lived in? Maybe you want to create an intricate pattern {serious props to those who’ve mastered these!}. 

  5. Bend the rules. If we’re telling it straight, there isn’t a right and wrong way to style a flatlay. Don’t get hung up on rules, a certain style or "the norm". Establishing your own style and playing in the grey area is much more fun, anyways!


Flatlay away, friends.

Destination Spring: Getaways + Packing Essentials


 

We couldn't help but notice that spring is awfully close now {less than two weeks away, but who's counting?!}. And with these 65-and-sunny forecasts on the horizon, we're getting awfully eager to swap out our winter coats and boots for lighter layers and ankle-bearing flats. We still have a little more time until we get to that point, so we're dreaming our way into spring with this list of our top getaways and, of course, a few packing essentials for each.

One ticket to paradise, please!  

 
 




Unmentionables Worth Mentioning


Style-Architects | Valentine's Day Gift Guide

We love love, and being that February is the month dedicated to just that, we thought it was only right to share a few things we are loving at the moment. Looking for a gift for a friend, your mother or sister, a significant other, or a little something special for yourself {because self-love is just as important, right?}? These mentionables + unmentionables will have that someone special totally blushing and head-over-heels... 

1. Banjo & Matilda Cashmere Sweater, Room No. 3   2. Vitamin E Eye Balm, Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics  3. Natori Lingerie Set, Room No. 3   4. I Believe in Kissing Notebook, Lily and Violet   5. Gold Bar Necklace, Lily and Violet   6. Marvel Old Fashioned Candle, Askov Finlayson   7. U.S. Apothecary Rose Water Hand Lotion, Room No. 3   8. Long Handled Lovis Bath Brush, The Foundry Home Goods   9. Threshold Sweater Knit Blanket, Target

5 Tips for Getting Organized in 2016


Style-Architects | 5 Tips for Getting Organized in 2016

Sure, we’re a couple weeks into the new year, but it is never too late to make a new resolution or get back on track if you’ve fallen off… we’ve all been there {depriving yourself of desserts for an entire year wasn’t a good idea in the first place}. A common and much more reasonable resolution is to get {and stay} organized in the new year, whether it is tackling your pantry, playroom, or closet, or just managing the incoming paper flow. Easier said than done, right? Right. Sometimes it’s best to look to the experts for these things, which is why we called upon organization guru, Leslie DeMuth of Simply Organize for some tips and tricks to get us started. Read on for her top 5 tips for getting yourself type-A grade organized in 2016!

1. Get Your Priorities Straight

Most clients’ number one question for me is, "Where should we start?". And my answer is always, "With the space that’s bugging you the most". It's easy to get overwhelmed when there are multiple problem spots, so breaking it down one at a time makes the process simpler and more effective. Today we might tackle the mudroom; tomorrow, the kitchen pantry. Allowing yourself the satisfaction of completing one space will propel you forward to the next.

2. Pull Everything Out

As crazy as it sounds, I suggest taking everything out of the first space you’ve decided to organize—and I mean everything! Sure, this will temporarily create chaos, but the process is instrumental in helping you assess the entire lot—sorting, categorizing, and purging before putting anything back.

3. Prepare To Purge

It’s a cliche, but it’s so true—less is more! Purging can be one of the most challenging steps, but most of my clients feel a great sigh of relief once the process gets rolling. Ask yourself - Do I love it? Do I need it? Do I use it? If the answer is no, it's time to let it go. I am a believer that too much stuff turns into clutter, both in our brains and in our homes. And trust me, you won’t miss what was collecting dust once it’s bagged up and heading out the door.

4. Give Everything A Home

Whether it’s a basket for your shoes or a container for your hairbands, you can ensure that things will stay organized if you know exactly where they belong. It’s simple. Store like items together - pasta with pasta, light bulbs with light bulbs. And make sure you invest in a label maker to mark your bins and shelves—this is particularly essential when kids are involved.

5. Start The New Year With New Habits

Being organized means staying organized, and often times this means breaking old habits.  Commit to staying on top of your new system of organization… processing the mail the day it comes in, reminding the kids that their shoes go in the shoe bin. Once your home is organized, it will free space in your mind to focus on what really matters.  That's why my tagline is Organize so you can simply live!

And, if all else fails, call on the expert to do the organizing for you! Find more information on Simply Organize here or email Leslie at simplyorganizemn@gmail.com.