For many years, a big part of my job was photo styling.
I’d work with the photographers at whatever publication I was writing or editing for at the time and, whether it was on location or in the studio, I would make sure the products, models, rooms or whatever else we were shooting were looking their best. At times, the work would involve using goods as props, turning and tweaking them to perfection; a simple adjustment on a garment; or gathering and arranging flowers, fluffing pillows and rearranging furniture. The stylist also scouts products, clothing and props and then arranges for pickup and dropoff.
It’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that most people aren’t aware of, but makes all of the difference in the final photo. I don’t get to do as much styling these days, but the time I spent immersed in the work has given me a deep appreciation for those who do it well. We are fortunate to have several wonderful stylists who scout and primp homes for us. Their work is invaluable, and we appreciate them more than we can possibly express. Which is why, when stylist Margaret Zainey Roux, who produces “Style” and “Gatherings” for us, mentioned her recent home renovation, we jumped at the chance to peek behind the curtain. On page 50, Roux shares her fabulously redecorated interiors and some of her top tips.
Also in this issue is our spectacular Renovation of the Year. We are sure this home, reimagined by Albert Architecture, will knock your socks off like it did ours.
As always, we have the aforementioned “Style” section with a selection of goods saturated in Pantone’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue, and “Trendwatch” features fun and fabulous goods for your furry friends. If you can’t glean inspiration from this issue, it’s a hopeless case but, we have faith that you will go forth and beautify with confidence after giving it a read. Cheers!
Mark your calendar for Coverings 2020 on April 20-23. If you aren’t familiar, Coverings is the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America. It has been 20 years since the conference was held in New Orleans, so expect a big splash. New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles is a media sponsor and we’re conducting both a design panel on April 21, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (additional details in “Home Renewal” on page 76) and a cocktail hour during the conference (date and time TBA), so be sure to get your tickets and visit us at the event. coverings.com
Speaking of fine finishes, Stafford Tile & Stone is celebrating 20 years. Owner Peggy Stafford says the company was born at a Coverings conference two decades ago. Stafford has since grown her Magazine Street shop to include a location in Baton Rouge. The company is kicking off its 20th year in style with a recent renovation of the New Orleans location. staffordtile.com