Last week I spent a day by the seaside. Well, to be precise, I spent about half an hour at the end of the day by the actual seaside, the rest of the day I spent styling and shooting for Etcetera Vintage. The lovely owner Shelly had asked me to style and shoot a vignette for her new website's homepage and to take photos of her home (also for the website) which very much represents her vintage business.
The brief for the main picture was as follows: One image in which Scandinavian mid-century and French vintage are combined in a way that wouldn't clash but would look like everything could happily coexist. Ohhhkayyy… So I got to work and we pulled together the items Shelly definitely wanted in the picture and I added others to complement the overall picture. I clearly didn't need to bring along any props because everything I could possibly have wished for was already in the house.
From the moment I walked in I couldn't stop "ooh-ing" and "ahh-ing" at all the amazing details and vintage finds in this place. From classic and iconic furniture pieces, worn and weathered vintage accessories, to taxidermy, this place had absolutely everything a stylist's heart could desire. Nothing seemed out of place and despite the obvious elegance of the large living room, there was a casual and laid-back feel to the whole place which was underlined by the fact that Shelly told me that she's not overly precious about anything.
Shelly and I hit it off immediately. We chatted all day whilst working, found out that we had an enormous amount in common (including a penchant for using swear words more often than appropriate to keep up ladylike appearances) and after packing up we went for a walk down to the coast and the beach. It was such a fantastic work day, inspiring, fun, creative and productive and I drove home with the sun slowly going down, music on the radio and a big grin on my face.