6 Easy Steps to Create a Gallery Wall You’ll Love

Gallery Wall Cover

Have you been contemplating what to do with that large blank wall in the family room or living room for quite some time? Have you wanted to put up some sort of photo gallery wall like the ones you see all over Pinterest but don’t know where to start or what it exactly entails? If so, then this is the post for you!

With these gallery wall tips and tricks, which were provided to a recent US client from one of our amazingly talented interior stylists in the UK, Maxine Brady, you’ll be well on your way to creating that budget-friendly gallery wall you’ve been wanting in no time.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (THE INGREDIENT LIST, OF SORTS)

Before getting started, here’s a list of items you may need to make your photo gallery wall (as suggested by Maxine’s 6 steps below):

  • Paint (potentially needed to add color behind the gallery wall – this can really make your gallery wall pop!)
  • Photo frames in a variety of sizes (more detailed advice below on how to go about selecting the frames perfect for your gallery wall)
  • Pretty, patterned wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper
  • One or two quirky items to mix with the gallery wall of photo frames (more detail below)
  • Pencil, spirit level, tape measurer or ruler, nails or (recommended), command strips

6 EASY STEPS: HOW TO CREATE A GALLERY WALL

We hope these simple steps will provide you with what you need to easily (and confidently) put up your own photo gallery wall that sings – that is harmonious with your space, personalized and unique to you, and that you (and friends and family) will love!

1. Painting a backdrop. If each of the walls in your space are uniformly painted a light color, Maxine suggests painting the gallery wall a different shade to provide a colorful backdrop that will draw the eye to the photos. In this case, she recommended running the accent paint color across the full length of the room, despite the gallery wall being on only one side of the room.

Paint gives the wall a colorful backdrop that makes the photos pop (above are shades recommended specifically for this client's space)

Paint gives the wall a colorful backdrop that makes the photos pop (above are shades recommended specifically for this client’s space)


2. Gallery wall frames.
 
Choose frames that match with the furniture (and possibly trim) in the room. In this case, Maxine recommended the client frame her prints in dark wooden frames to coordinate with the wooden furniture in the room. Coordinating the frames with furniture and other room elements will stop the art from looking too ‘messy’ and ‘cluttered’ when arranged. Maxine recommended purchasing Ikea Ribba frames as they are affordable and come in many colors, shapes and sizes, including a ‘box’ frame (like a shadow box) for the framing of more quirky items like a hand cut vintage map letter (more info in step 5) or even small momento’s (like a child’s first pair of shoes). In this case, she recommended purchasing the following frame sizes (7-8 frames total): one at 19’x19’, two 5’x7 rectangles, one 20’x9’ rectangles, and then adding in 3 smaller sizes.

Ikea Ribba frames are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.

Ikea Ribba frames are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.


3. Pretty paper.
 Instead of using white paper mount in all the photo gallery wall frames, back a few of the photo frames with pretty wrapping paper (or potentially scrapbooking paper). Choose pretty paper such as the selection below that brings out other colors and patterns in the room, such as any throw pillows or window treatments.

Paper suggestions Maxine selected to bring out the colors and patterns in the client's cushions.

Paper suggestions Maxine selected to bring out the colors and patterns in the client’s cushions.


4. Photo frame layout and spacing.
 Now, lay out all the frames and any accessories on the floor. Start with your favorite photo frame in the middle, and position all other photo frames around it working outwards in a clockwork pattern. Each piece should be spaced no more than 3 inches apart.


5. Mix in a couple unique, quirky touches.
 
Mix in 1-2 quirky items with your gallery wall of photo frames, like these book letters from Etsy (similar to those that used to be offered at Anthropologie) or these hand cut, vintage map letters from NotOnTheHighStreet (you can custom pick the map for your hometown). Think of shapes. Mix in round items as well as square within your layout. In this case, Maxine suggested this hanging mirror on a leather strap, indicating that it would pair well with the sofa in the room and add shape and dimension to the wall. On Etsy, you can also get a personalized quote, like a family saying, in a framed image made just for you.

Mix in a few quirky, non-photo options such as these into your gallery wall.

Mix in a few quirky, non-photo options such as these into your gallery wall.


6. Gallery wall frame positioning and mounting.
 
Now, it’s time to start hanging! The part we probably all dread the most. Start central to the wall with your favorite photo frame positioned directly in the middle of the wall and at eye level. In this case, Maxine recommended positioning the main picture at 59 inches (given the wall was 118 inches wide in total) and at approximately 63 inches off the floor.  Maxine recommends that the lowest photo frame or piece of art should be no lower than 47 inches off the floor (assuming that’s out of arm’s reach and a safe height for any children present). Use a pencil and a level to mark out the position of each piece on the wall (it can be rubbed out afterwards). Invest in command picture strips which allow you to hang and reposition the pictures without putting nails in the wall just in case you make a mistake!

Interior stylist, Maxine, used this photo from the client's Pinterest board as inspiration.

Interior stylist, Maxine, used this photo from the client’s Pinterest board as inspiration.

THE RESULT: A BUDGET-FRIENDLY, PERSONALIZED GALLERY WALL

With these simple steps (and photo wall ideas), we hope you feel inspired to now start your gallery wall project! We were sure excited to learn that creating a gallery wall can actually be both easy on the wallet and a fun and rewarding project after all!? Huge thanks to Maxine! You rock!

If you’d like to read more about this gallery wall Stylevise project (that also included advice for small touches that would improve the overall warmth and flow of her bonus room),  hop on over and read more here.

And remember, should you want a little help or expert guidance to create a gallery wall perfect for your space (and on a budget), Stylevise has many talented interior stylists such as Maxine on the platform who are ready and excited to work with you! Simply tell us some details specific to your gallery wall project (or other interior styling dilemma), and we’ll get to work right away on bringing you proposals free from stylists around the world.


 

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Bonus Room Ideas: More Warmth, Better Flow

Stylevise :: Bonus Room Ideas

This week, we’re excited to share highlights from this Stylevise “Past Project” (see other Past Projects here) because it is full of helpful tips and ideas for easily adding warmth and flow into a rather large space in your home – in this case, an upstairs bonus room that’s used as a family room, play room and office.

This bonus room project is also a really great example of  how hiring an interior stylist can save you time and money … and make what you may consider a daunting chore or item on your “to do” list far more easy and fun to bring to fruition.

THE BONUS ROOM DILEMMA

Our client needed more than just bonus room ideas . She needed an actionable bonus room plan.

Our client needed more than just bonus room ideas. She needed an actionable bonus room plan to bring the room to life a bit more.

Our client needed bonus room ideas that would turn her space into one that flowed better and felt warmer and homier. The room was off to a great start, but she still wanted stylish, budget-friendly bonus room ideas that she could easily implement herself. Specifically, she was struggling with how to decorate a large blank wall in the bonus room and in finding the right-sized, decorative throw pillows for the adjacent daybed.

This additional room view provided by the client shows her need for some help in improving its form and function.

This additional room view provided by the client shows her need for some help in improving its form and function.

This client had already spent hours on Pinterest (and had even created a Pinterest board of bonus room ideas that she shared with her stylist). She finally reached out to Stylevise for help because she didn’t have any more time (or desire) to continue on this journey solo. She just wanted a plan, from someone who know what they were doing, that would get her to the finish line. That’s where Stylevise came into the picture – to turn her many bonus room ideas into a simple, but polished, plan that she could bring to completion in a budget-friendly way – and on her own terms.

On the Stylevise platform, it’s easy to find and hire talented interior stylists with a lot of fresh perspectives and expert ideas, including bonus room ideas. They can quickly put together tailored options for clients, saving them a lot of time and money in the process – and making the process of shopping and decorating more smart, fun and rewarding.

THE BONUS ROOM SOLUTION: BONUS ROOM IDEAS

Interior stylist, Maxine Brady, created an easy-to-follow, completely customized and personal style guide with helpful tips and shoppable links.

Interior stylist, Maxine Brady, created an easy-to-follow, completely customized and personal style guide with helpful tips and shoppable links (click image to view in full).

Here’s a glimpse of what talented interior stylist, Maxine Brady, put together to help bring more flow (and warmth) into this bonus room. It’s more than just more bonus room ideas. We love that it includes easy-to-follow steps for how to create a gallery wall that’s personalized to her space. It also includes simple, rather small touches (with easily actionable steps) to make the space flow better, including what to do with paint, plants, throws, pillows and pictures.

(Psssst…when it comes to finding stylish stuff for your room and for other interior styling needs, you should know Stylevise has curated a list of go-to sources you should know about for framing, throw pillows and many other categories. So, any time you are about to embark on a styling project and may be in need of finding great stuff or specific pieces, be sure to check out the the Stylevise Sourcebook, a resource on our website that lets you know about the latest and greatest sources our talented stylists are recommending right now! We are always updating it with new sources as we learn of them.)

Find a few simple, easy-to-execute ideas for improving the decor, warmth and flow of your bonus room (or other large space in your home)!

The result of this bonus room project? Again, not just bonus room ideas but a real, actionable bonus room plan with small touches that can be easily executed to improve the overall flow and warmth of the bonus room. We can’t wait to see the before and after pictures from our client! She promised she’d send them. She was delighted with the Style Guide she received from Maxine. She was super impressed that Maxine listened to what she was looking for and took time to really review the information she provided. She said that Maxine understood her needs and tastes from the get go, stayed within her desired budget and provided a plan that would be “no problem to execute at all.” Thanks to both our client and Maxine for another successful experience on the Stylevise platform.

With that said, if there is any way we can help you with your next styling or design project, visit Stylevise.com and tell us about it. We’ll get to work right away on getting you proposals free from talented stylists and designers excited for the opportunity to work with you.


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“Dessert Tables Are My Forte” :: Event Styling with Emily Cann

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We are excited to begin our new Stylist Spotlight series on the blog. We will feature talented, helpful stylists who are a part of the Stylevise community platform so you can get to know them better, and check out some of their awesome work! Along the way, we will feature seasonal style trends they have identified, along with other styling tips and tricks that might interest you.

Our very first featured stylist is an event stylist and celebration enthusiast, Emily Cann. Emily grew up in a household where her parents really took care to celebrate the holidays and all life’s small, special moments. And now, she continues the tradition by showing others how to celebrate in style.

Event Stylist Emily Cann is a member of the Stylevise community

Event Stylist Emily Cann is a member of the Stylevise community.

Emily’s blog, B. Lovely Events, is an amazing place to get inspired and find awesome new entertaining ideas for your upcoming events. And of course, her specialty dessert table and other tablescape ideas are truly spectacular (check them out on her Pinterest page here). Emily was also just recently married and styled her own gorgeous wedding (above you can see her having a blast at the beach, on her honeymoon).

We asked Emily a few questions about her passions and interests, as well as if she had a few styling tips and tricks she could share with us (and our readers).

Q. What are your styling specialties?
Weddings, parties, events, and tablescapes, including dessert tables and dinner tables.

Q. What kind of styling do you love most?
I love styling any celebration, including birthdays, dinner parties, rehearsals, and weddings. I am most passionate about florals and getting all the little details just right. Creating dessert bars and tablescapes is my forte. You can examples of the kinds of event details I love, including some awesome dessert tables, here on my Instagram feed.

Emily loves these donuts from @apumpkinandaprincess. Get inspired with such details on Emily's Instagram feed!

Emily loves these donuts from @apumpkinandaprincess. Get inspired with such cute details on Emily’s Instagram feed!

Q. Tell us about your process.
First, I look for inspiration from the client. I find out what their vision is and what it is that they are dreaming of. Then, I see how I can play on that, within the space they have chosen. I like to look at the space with a full “360 degree” perspective.  How can we get details in every part of the space, from the floors to the walls and even the ceiling?  I ask myself, how can we bring it all in?

After talking to the client, I look for additional inspiration from all over, photos, other parties, window designs – even clothes and wrapping paper! There really is inspiration everywhere.

Q. We know you recently got married – so awesome and huge congrats!  What was one favorite detail from your big day?
Wow, where to start! The ceremony was really emotional for both of us and will be an everlasting memory full of happy tears and happy smiles. My favorite detail was the head table though. Our table had suspended cascading orchids and branches, with floating bubble votives and a table full of white blooms in mirrored and silver vases. We sat in king chairs too and really felt like royalty for the day.

The tablescapes at Emily's wedding. We cannot get over these beautiful hanging orchids!

The tablescapes at Emily’s wedding. We cannot get over these beautiful hanging orchids!

Q. What are your favorite ways to spend your time this summer?
Hiking, pool parties, dinner parties, kickball, going to the beach and dog park, and just enjoying the sun.

Q. What style trends are you loving this summer?
Pineapples and flamingos are totally trending right now, and I am loving every second of it. Plus, coral and turquoise color palettes are seriously lovely for all summer celebrations. Another trend that I’m adoring this summer is all things nautical.

Love these pineapple cookies from @thealisonshow that Emily shares on her blog!

Love these pineapple cookies from @thealisonshow that Emily shares on her blog!

Q. Do you have any summer party recipes that you’d like to share?
I have an amazing pomegranate tequila sunrise popsicle recipe that I will have on my blog next week. It is a super fun (adult) summer treat. Stay tuned!  In the meanwhile, you can see some of my other ideas and inspiration for a Popsicle Party here.

Thanks so much, Emily!
You can stay in touch with Emily by following her on social media and requesting to work with her on the Stylevise platform to help you style your event (and your dessert table!). Our talented event stylists like Emily help lots of people plan special events and parties customized to their every need.  Check out some examples of past projects on the Stylevise platform!

Happy summer – and happy styling!


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5 Great Sources for Affordable Art and More

5 Sources for Affordable Art
One of the most common styling problems we hear is how difficult it can be to find unique, but affordable, artwork for the home or office. It is really intimidating to not only pick the right art, but to also pick the right frames … and then figure out how to hang it. But that’s too bad, because adding artwork to your home or office can really make the space a lot warmer and happier. Artwork also helps add a high-quality feel and more personality to your space.

We wanted to take a minute to help solve those art dilemmas by providing some sources we really love for finding affordable artwork below. You can also find each of these affordable artwork sources listed on our website – so you can easily refer back to these affordable artwork sources, and others we continue to add, at any time.

AFFORDABLE ART SOURCES

1) Serena and Lily.  We love the way Serena and Lily has curated some really stunning original art from talented artists at a range of prices, many very reasonable. The work is striking and inspiring.  A really nice search interface makes the “hunting” process quite enjoyable.

We love the art selection on Serena and Lily, including the beautiful abstract paintings.

We love the art selection on Serena and Lily, including the beautiful abstract paintings.

2) Buddy Editions. Buddy Editions is a refreshing, new website highlighting limited edition fine (and affordable) art prints. We think it is nicely curated for a variety of tastes and styles. Each print is available in a variety of sizes.

Buddy Editions is such a cool new source for limited edition prints - we can't wait to see more!

Buddy Editions is such a cool new source for limited edition prints – we can’t wait to see more!

3) Minted. We really enjoy Minted’s carefully selected collection of art prints and wall art.  And of course, there is nothing more wonderful than supporting independent artists. The affordable art you can find here is sweet, available in various sizes, and even customizable (which makes for a great gift!)

Minted just always gets it right, don't they? We are fans of everything they do, including their art offerings.

Minted just always gets it right, don’t they? We are fans of everything they do, including their art offerings.

4) Etsy. It can be overwhelming to source art from the Etsy website, but there are some really beautiful pieces to be found. Working with a stylist on Stylevise is one way of curating a more manageable selection, but you can also find a lot of really great tips on sourcing affordable art from Etsy on this blog post by Emily Henderson. Overall, there are some amazing purveyors of affordable art here.

Although it takes some work, you can find some incredible artwork on Etsy.

Although it takes some work, you can find some incredible artwork on Etsy.

5) Affordable Art Fair. Hosted in a number of amazing cities around the world, this is a great place to browse and begin to collect really special affordable art.  If you are lucky enough to visit one of these spots at the right time, you should definitely check it out! We have snagged up some of our absolute favorite, most unique affordable art here.

We have bought some pretty incredible art from the Affordable Art Fair in NYC.

We have bought some pretty incredible art from the Affordable Art Fair in NYC.

FOR MORE GREAT SOURCES, CHECK OUT THE STYLEVISE SOURCEBOOK

These sources for affordable art are detailed in the Stylevise SourceBook, a brand-new and completely awesome resource we’ve just launched on our website.  On the Stylevise SourceBook, you can find great places to source unique items such as lighting, artwork, bedding, hardware and a whole lot more.  Our stylists (and us!) will continue to add to the Stylevise SourceBook over time, so you can be sure we will always have the most stylish, up-to-date and most dependable resources available listed there.  You can visit it online at Stylevise.com/SourceBook.

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You can also hire an interior stylist to help you find just the affordable artwork perfect for you and your space at Stylevise, the place to find and hire talented stylists and designers. It’s easy, fun and affordable.  And getting proposals from stylists and designers excited to work with you is always totally free.

Whether you use our stylists, the Stylevise SourceBook, or your own resources and creativity in finding and creating lovely, affordable art displays, we hope you find pieces you really love and make your day (and space) brighter and happier!


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Summer Must-Have: The Perfect Weekender

We can’t get over how beautiful and functional this perfect bag is from Lo & Sons.

Stylevise hearts this awesome bag called The Catalina.

Stylevise hearts this awesome bag called The Catalina.

We saw this brand slowly creep into our FB feed, saw all our SF friends loving on it, and are now finally giving in. What style! What function! How excited it makes us to go anywhere this summer!  We love the bottom pocket, so perfect for shoes or wet swimsuits, and the fact it’s machine washable.  Check out the video of how much this beauty holds online.  Nice work, Lo & Sons!  And here’s to some great summer weekends!

 

 

Pools of Fun :: The Stylevise Edit, July 2015

“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.” ― Kellie Elmore

It is getting hot out there! This month, Stylevise is inspired by images of Slim Aarons, his vision of poolside glamour, and the idea of creating our perfect poolside paradise. So we turned to the stylists we most love and admire, and asked them for their top picks. And the stylists on the Stylevise platform really had a lot of ideas on this one, as you can imagine. From the looks of it, their sense of fun is as great as their taste!

So, here you go…some awesome finds for “pools of fun” this summer!

This month’s Picks

Poolside Glamour :: Stylevise Edit (July 2015)

1) A red hot swimsuit.

Red hot summer!

Red hot summer!

Super cute and super flattering, all at the same time. We picked red but you should see how many amazing colors this “holy grail” of swimwear comes in!

We also love how ModCloth shows you a video so you can really see how it fits. This site is seriously great.

($90, ModCloth, Sarah Larson)

 

2) This wonder woman one piece.

Sexy, modern and classic all at the same time.

Sexy, modern and classic all at the same time.

We love this super sexy piece from the very cool site Creatures of Comfort, also with a vintage feel!

From the very chic designer Rachel Comey, we love the beautiful detailing and punches of color.

($193 on sale, Creatures of ComfortMelissa Guedes)

 

3) A crisp white carryall.

This white leather bag is perfection.

This white leather bag is perfection.

A summer bag that is nothing but classy – and one we’ll imagine you’ll have forever. The leather on these bags is to die for!

We love the perfect length of these handles and the interior slip pocket to easily (and beautifully) carry all your poolside necessities.

($395, Loeffler Randall via Bloomingdales, Erica Jones)

 

4) A light linen cover-up.

The perfect cover up - we want to wear this all summer!

The perfect cover up – we want to wear this all summer!

This amazing source from model and advocate Liya Lebede always has the most amazing light linen cover ups (featured in J Crew a few seasons ago) and this year is no exception. We love the neon and metallic mix up on this one, and of course the always lovely light wear and feel.

lemlem, which means “to bloom” in Amharic, features hand-spun, woven and embroidered women and children’s clothing.

 ($198, lemlem, Julia Wester)

 

5) A floppy fish hat.

Because you need a seriously great hat.

Because you need a seriously great hat.

We love how this is described as a “lakeside luxe” look.  The fish is too cute and we always love us the retro-Miami vibe from Jonathan Adler. This season’s “summer of color” line is on-point.

($68 on sale, Jonathan Adler via Bloomingdales, Erica Jones)

 

6) A monogrammed topper.

Another great hat option at a great price.

Another great hat option at a great price.

A monogram looks great everywhere, and poolside is no exception. This site has a great range of reasonably priced monogrammed hats, in just about every color, and about every other monogrammed item you can think of.  We also  love the idea of sourcing some great party favors here!

($25, Marley Lilly, Dawn Darnell)

 

7) Personalized platters.

Classic and classy.

Classic and classy.

These preppy, premium, handmade lacquer trays will bring your entertaining efforts to a whole other level. We love the different lettering options on this site, which also has free gift wrap and free monogramming.

($150, Mark and Graham, Stylevise Founders)

 

8) A very cool cooler bag.

More pop than prep!

More pop than prep!

If your tastes run a little more pop than prep, check out this amazing watermelon cooler from the always fun Ban.do site. Perfect for sneaking a bottle of rose into the neighborhood pool. Ban.do is the perfect site for other awesome party accessories, desk accessories and gifts too – check it out!

($32, Ban.do, Julia Wester)


9) Pop-tastic Ice cube trays.

Pretty fineapple!

Pretty fineapple!

How adorable are these? A perfect hostess gift as far as we are concerned. We love it with a bottle of pineapple juice, Malibu Rum or something else summer-y and fun. Don’t forget the little umbrellas!

($17, Nordstrom, Julia Wester)

 

10) Cheeky pool floats (watermelon and pretzel).

It doesn't get cooler than this!

It doesn’t get cooler than this!

These just make us happy, and they will make you happy too – as well as every single person at your pool, lake house or beach house. Be a hero and bring these for all the kids (little and big!) to play with.

($46 Watermelon, $29 Pretzel at Urban Outfitters, Julia Wester)

HAVE POOLS OF FUN THIS SUMMER!

Have an amazing Fourth of July, and a wonderful rest of summer! We hope some of these ideas get you inspired for even more summertime fun! Let us know if you have any other great poolside finds in the comments below.  And remember, you can always get customized styling help with your outdoor spaces, summertime events and fun pool parties on Stylevise – where you can save time, shop smart, and have fun working with your own stylist, today.

Cheers to tons of poolside fun this coming 4th of July weekend and all summer long. Happy birthday, America!

 

Wedding Outfits Optimized (and Family Style!)

Working with a virtual stylist made planning what to wear in my sister's wedding (for me and my children) so easy...and fun.

Working with a virtual stylist made planning what to wear in my sister’s wedding (for me and my children) so easy…and fun.

Did you know that I am not only a Stylevise co-founder, but I’m also a happy customer!?

I love working for this company for so many reasons, including the amazing stylists we get to work with everyday. But one thing that is really great about working on this company is the opportunity to use the Stylevise platform to solve my own style and design dilemmas. Most recently, I was able to use Stylevise to help create perfectly styled wedding outfits for my sister’s wedding — not only for me, but also for my two children. My beautiful, sweet sister is super stylish. She told me to go ahead and pick out our own wedding outfits, and I did not want to disappoint her. But picking out an impossibly chic, reasonably priced dress and accessories for myself plus great looks for the kids that would make every wedding guest die from cuteness overload? That was a big job. Stylevise to the rescue!

The wedding outfit dilemma

Here was the dilemma I needed help with.  It was easy to submit on the Stylevise platform!  

“My sister is getting married in a small but elegant wedding in Washington DC. There is not a large wedding party, but I am the matron of honor and my daughter, age 2, is the flower girl. My son, age 5, is the ring bearer. It’s an evening wedding and the church will be lit with lots of lanterns and white flowers. I would like to wear a dress that is floor length. I would like to coordinate somewhat with my daughter but not be too “match-y.” My daughter definitely wants to be a princess. I want my son to look cute but no need to put him in a rent-a-tux looking thing. He’s a very tall, big kid. I just want us all to look classic, elegant, sophisticated, classy.”

I said I would pay +/- $100 for a Style Guide that would have suggested outfits for the three of us, and had a budget of about +/- $1000 to spend on purchasing wedding outfit items (clothes, shoes, coats, jewelry options, etc). I submitted my dilemma through the Stylevise platform and waited a couple days to hear from talented stylists excited to work with me and help me figure out these wedding outfits!

A Stylist who could rock it

I got back a number of bids from stylists who wanted to work with me on curating wedding outfits for my family to wear on my sister’s big day. I was delighted to work with stylist Svetlana Colville because I dug her elegant style, and experience.  After I went ahead and hired Svetlana for the project, she had a number of questions for me (via a questionnaire) about what exactly I was looking for.  Her questions were so thoughtful! I will always remember how she asked me for the exact color or shade of white my sister’s dress was.  This was because she did not want to put my daughter in something off-white if my sister was wearing something that was a true, bright white, because then my daughter’s dress would look “dirty” and the pictures would look off.  She even asked for a picture of my sister’s dress, which I was happy to share. Thank goodness she thought of that, I remember thinking when seeing the photographer’s photos a few weeks later. (You can see how perfectly she matched everything in the “after” photos below!)

My personalized style guide

I was so very excited when I got back a 10+ page PDF full of amazing wedding outfits for me and my kids. It was hard to say what was most helpful – all the different options that so harmoniously worked together, the fact that I could instantly click and buy any of the items, or the fact she found so many reasonably priced options. In fact, a lot of the options were actually on sale! The dress I ended up buying was over $600 regularly priced, but only $150 on sale. Nice! That pays for her fee right there.

Here are some examples of the kind of looks and amazing guidance I received from Svetlana.

One of the great options in my personalized Stylevise Style Guide!

One of the great options in my personalized Stylevise Style Guide!

This was my absolute favorite page, and had the perfect wedding outfits for me, personally, and my kids.

Wedding outfits

My favorite look from my Stylevise Style Guide – I love all the details!

I went ahead and ordered all the pieces online quickly, giving myself time to try everything on and adjust if needed before the wedding. Everything was easy (especially a number of pieces available on Amazon with free shipping!)  And I learned about some new sources, too, like Marks & Spencer Kids for this adorable boy’s suit, skinny tie and Chelsea boots.

The Stunning ReSult

Finally, here is what we looked like on the big day! As you can see from the photo below, I had no problem implementing the wedding outfits solutions Svetlana suggested. And as you can see from the smiles on our faces, we all looked and felt great.

I adore this photo - everyone looks and feels great. I followed my Stylevise Style Guide to a "T"

I adore this photo – everyone looks and feels great. I followed my Stylevise Style Guide to a “T”

Overall, this process saved me time, money and a lot of headache. Did I mention how helpful it was to send my sister the “book” of looks she put together for us so I could get her input on what she liked too? This made her feel included, and made me worry less about picking something she wouldn’t like. After all, I mentioned she’s super stylish…and it is her BIG day! It is one of my favorite projects that we’ve produced on the Stylevise platformand I can’t wait to do more.  And what an amazing day! Thanks Svetlana! We looked and felt great.

Another beautiful shot! I love that my sister and my daughter both wore crisp, bright white.

Another beautiful shot! I love that my sister and my daughter both wore crisp, bright white.

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