Thursday, 31 January 2013

A Colour Story...



Shades of Brown...


Welcome to the first in my new series on colour,
 where I will focus on various shades of one colour in each post.
 Also looking at texture and shape,
 the feel and style of the feature will vary from season to season
 in the nature shots, but inspiration will also come from
 packaging, stationery, objects, accessories...in whole, or in detail!

 Today's pictures are a combination of i-phone Instagram
 and my DSLR shots. I'm off to Sweden in the morning,
 so keep an eye out on my Instagram feed!
 I hope you like my new series
 and have a great weekend!


I-phone shot


I phone shot before filter


I-phone shot after filter








I-phone shot with filter



Saturday, 26 January 2013

Mini Makes....sketchbook



The Sketchbook Project 2013....'a two day project.'

Sometime last year, during one of my visits to the incredibly talented Cari-Jane Hakes of Hybrid Handmade, I read a post about her wonderful 2012 sketchbook project. Please pop over and take a look at her sketchbook posts and blog, they really are lovely. Anyway, I felt inspired to give it a go myself-registered in the nick of time in October and relaxed-after all the post deadline was 15th January. My mini sketchbook arrived in November-great, 'teeny-tiny' I thought-'this is going to be sooo easy'...Well, needless to say, after one thing and another-work and then Christmas  mainly, I got to the 13th of Jan and panicked. Best laid plans went out of the window-paintings, collages, sketches, prints.... no time for any of that-an inventive and catchy name for my project-no, none of that either...
So, my little book became a tale of life at my studio desk. Anything and everything I had used for styling or for the blog during the past few months, with a little bit of creativity thrown in (anything thrown in that 2 days would allow!) Paint tester pots, dried leaves, vintage postcards, my trusty dymo ( a true staple in all 1970s households), butcher's twine, string....whatever was in my cupboard of stuff. Here are a few pages-next year I'm going to be so much more inspired, so much more creative, so much more on time!?! I hope you like them! x



caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, craft ideas

PS- Cari-Jane also shared a fantastic vimeo link on her latest post, which I'd love to share with you too as it's all about the brilliant Oliver Jeffers and the sketchbooks and ideas behind his very unique and entertaining childrens' books. Our kids Evie and Gabriel are huge fans and so are we!
                                                              Oliver Jeffers

To take part in the sketchbook project, or just find out more about it click on the link:

Friday, 18 January 2013

Styling Details...




My Styling feature for You Magazine-Vintage Botanicals.

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke

I'm so pleased to finally be able to show you some of my sketchbook ideas, prep work and final shots for my editorial piece in You magazine. It's been a long time since I did regular magazine work and it's great to see some of my work in print again.
After building up a bit of an on-line 'home-made' portfolio, I took my work in to the Interiors Editor Clare Nolan. We've both been in editorial styling for a fair few years(!) and had a good laugh at some of my older work, which now looks incredibly dated. After almost one year of taking my own shots for the blog, I've finally managed to gather together a fairly decent selection of pictures to show the magazines.

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke
My project book at the beginning-starting to collect fabric and wallpaper samples to go with my sketches 

Since having Evie and Gabriel ten years ago I've worked (very) part time on a mix of residential interior design and space planning, commercial styling for PR agencies and local Interior Design companies. It has all been fantastic experience and worked pretty well with the childcare/work balance, but last year I decided it was time to get back to my first love, magazines.
Looking through my portfolio at the time, I decided I wasn't happy to show my old work and there was nothing for it but to re-invent myself and start again from scratch! I really had no idea that stylists had their work on-line and as I had nothing current to show, I had no choice but to pick up our unused DSLR, which had been gathering dust for almost 5 years, and teach myself to take my own shots.

Before going in to see Clare, I had been putting together a few feature ideas, but kept coming back to vintage botanical. During our first meeting, we discovered that she had been planning an identical feature and so plans for our shoot started! The next stage was to find a photographer that Clare felt would suit the style of the shoot,  pull together a few ideas sheets, then find a suitable location that would give a very moody vintage feel. I was thrilled when Catherine Gratwicke said she was free to shoot with me. We last worked together almost 20 years ago, we think possibly on a book  for Murdoch publishing, but to be honest, neither of us can quite remember! Anyway, it was fantastic to work with her again and felt more like 5 minutes since we had last seen eachother. Take a look at her website, her work is beautiful.

During London Design Week, I was walking back to Old Street tube and on the way took a few Instagram snaps of some of my favourite Huguenot Weavers' houses in Spitalfields. The one that has always caught my eye you could say is the most delapidated in the street, but on the other hand, perhaps the most beautiful? Click on the Instagram link and tell me what you think! Anyway, this very house turned out to be the next location for our shoot-No 4 Princelet Street. Built in the early 18th Century, this truly incredible Georgian property has been preserved in it's original state, with just a few modern trappings, such as central heating, electricity and hot and cold running water! The house has appeared in countless film, TV and photographic shoots and has got to be my most favourite place ever to have done a shoot (thanks for the recommendation Cath!)

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke

Initial line drawings of Princelet Street to plan shots.

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke
More detailed sketches and props in specific rooms.


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke
Thinking about colour schemes and moodboards.

Calling in wallpaper and fabric swatches.
Louise BodyGP&J BakerSanderson and Brunschwig & Fils

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke
Painting Autumn leaves!

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke
Transporting dried flowers and leaves in tupperware to the shoot!

We shot the feature in late November-Winter shoots are notoriously tricky due to bad light and that day was no exception. Typically, the day before had been beautiful, but by 4pm our light had got so bad we couldn't manage any more shots- I had boxes of unused props left and still a ton of ideas-it was gutting! Huge apologies go out to those people I just couldn't get into the shoot (particularly Nordic Rose and HK Living-priority next time!!), something that happens so often, but I hate letting people down...Without the help of my two fantastic assistants that day, I wouldn't have achieved what we did and certainly wouldn't have left before midnight. By 7.30 pm  we were finally done and out.

Anyway, you've seen the sketchbooks, the location, the on-line article. Here are the final shots. Huge thanks to Clare for taking a punt on an old-time stylist, Nicole at the office for handling nightmare deliveries and returns, Catherine for the beautiful shots and Robert for his wonderful location and being so helpful. Last, but not least to styling assistants extra-ordinaire Polly Ord and Tiffany Grant-Riley.

Have a great weekend and I hope you like the shots!

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke
Paints from the Sanderson range, botanical notebook from a selection, The Garden Centre Group, vintage-style scissors, Red Lilly, Plant Life Greeting Card Sticker Set, Louise Body, leaf selection, Velvet Brown.

caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke


caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, mail on sunday you magazine, botanicals, vintage, styling details, catherine gratwicke


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Instagram Stories




HAPPY 2013!


Welcome to a New Year everyone!
 It's great to (very slowly) get back into work,
 the blog and Instagram!
I can't remember exactly when I took my first Instagram shot,
 but it's safe to say I have been more than hooked ever since.
 I feel just as guilty not updating my Instagram shots
 as I do blog posts- I love the fact that when
 the alarm goes off in the morning
 I can take a sneak peak at what my friends
 on the other side of the world
 have been up to that day-brilliant! (easily pleased)

Anyway, here are a few of my first shots of the New Year
with my old I-Phone-I hope you like them.
Thanks for all your support
 and I hope 2013 is
 a fantastic year for you all x