Day in the Life of a Stylist

Fine and Feathered Blog - Day in the Life of a Stylist

The last year I've been working more and more as a freelance stylist. I've always loved styling and it's honestly been a dream come true for me. However, I've realized that most people have absolutely no idea what a stylist does, so I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about what a stylist really is and a little of what what my days look like.

Let's start with the specifics - I actually specialize in home-wares. I style anything from little things like mugs and spoons to big things like beds and sofas. Most people I talk to seem to think stylists are some type of photographer. While we're not photographers, we work very closely with photographers. That said, there are generally two different types of styling I do when I go into work:

One type is referred to as "flats" (some studios also call them "seamless") these are the more basic type of product photos. We shoot them typically on a very simple backdrop, and they serve to show the customers exactly what the products look like. My job is pretty simple with this type of styling - make sure the product is clear and that the photographer gets all the angles and detail shots we need.

The second is the fun stuff - Lifestyling! Lifestyles are about building a whole little world for the products. So if I need to do a lifestyle for a blanket I set up a bed, I grab a rug, a side table, maybe a dresser, some artwork and mirrors, and of course tons of plants (cause every room needs a nice collection of plants). Lifestyling is all about helping the customer see how a product could look in their own home. It's definitely the most challenging and most fun part of my job.

Fine and Feathered Blog - Day in the Life of a Stylist

So what do I actually do in a day? The truth is that it can vary pretty wildly. I've had styling jobs where I don't go in to work until 3pm and I spend the whole night fluffing artificial Christmas trees, and other days where I've spent hours cooking mini waffles or cat-shaped eggs (true story, bro). On an average day though I typically work 9-5 in a photo studio doing a mixture of flats and lifestyles, and drinking my weight in coffee.

Fine and Feathered Blog - Day in the Life of a Stylist

It's a fun, challenging, and sometimes physically exhausting job (especially when you spend all day moving beds and dressers around), but I absolutely love it.

P.S. You can also see a little more of my styling work over here!

Flurries

Fine and Feathered Snow Day Winter Style
Fine and Feathered Snow Day Winter Style
Fine and Feathered Snow Day Winter Style
Fine and Feathered Snow Day Winter Style

Hollister Sweater // Target Jeans, Boots & Hat // Urban Outfitters Jacket //
Habitual Threads Necklace

March is always such a tease. It's definitely one of my least favorite months. I'm well past any good feelings about winter and am waking up everyday desperately hoping it might be warm. But the truth is, March is rarely warm, and usually piles plenty of snow on top of our blooming daffodils. Of course, I still can't resist running out in the snow to take a few pictures, it definitely has a little magic to it that you can't beat, even if you would much rather be running around 80 degrees and a bathing suit instead.

DIY : Bedside Table Makeover

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Sometimes when you're deep into a long home reno and have about twenty different big projects going at once, you hit these points where you think, "I just want to finish SOMETHING!" Well that's where I've been at. Should I be scraping wallpaper from the hall instead of worried about how ugly our bedside table is? Yep. But here I am.

I grabbed this not-so-pretty table from a thrift store after being on the hunt for something for a few months and coming up empty (we only have about a foot from our bed to the wall, and I really wanted something with a little drawer to hide all of my junk). So when I came across this for $5 I just grabbed it, still hoping I might find something a little cuter in the future.

But I didn't. And now that our bedroom is finished it really felt like it was sticking out like a sore thumb, so I thought I might as well try to give it a little makeover. Honestly though, I can't believe how cute it turned out! I actually love it now and have officially stopped the hunt for a replacement.

The best part is I spent less than an hour in total working on it.
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BEFORE & AFTER

Before & After : DIY Bedside Table Makeover

Isn't it crazy what a little paint and a new handle can do? We actually had these pulls left over from redoing our kitchen cabinets, so I really only had to buy a little paint! Everything else we had one hand, but if you're looking to give a piece of furniture a little facelift you can easily grab everything you need at Lowes or Home Depot.

How

The hardest part (and I use that term lightly, as it was a breeze) was changing out the pull on the drawer. If you're looking to do the same you could opt to go with a pull that fits in the hole from the original hardware, in which case you can skip the wood filler and drilling new holes!

  • I started by removing the old pull, filling in the hole with wood filler, and letting it dry overnight.
  • Then I sanded the wood filled hole, drawer, and entire table down. I started with a very coarse sanding sponge and worked my way down to a fine one.
  • For the hardware: My new pulls were 5" so I found the center of the drawer and then made marks 2 1/2" out from the middle on either side, being careful to keep them straight. I then sat the new hardware on my drill marks to make sure they lined up and everything looked good before drilling. Then I went ahead drilled the holes using the marks I made. Easy peasy.
  • Clean Clean Clean! I always make sure everything is super clean before I paint.
  • I used just a basic paint brush on all of the edges and corners, and then used a mini roller to go over everything (these are my go to for cabinets). The paint I went with is Sherwin Williams Carbonized, and I ended up absolutely loving it. It's a nice deep grey. I did about 3 coats of paint and used about a half of a quart of paint in all.
  • Once completely dry I attached the hardware (This is the pull I used in the 5" size). And that's it!

I'm telling you, it's a breeze. So if you have a piece of furniture you've been feeling a little so-so about, try and give it a quick makeover!

Fine and Feathered Blog : DIY Bedside Table Makeover

Of course, once it was looking so cute I couldn't resist adding some artwork to this corner and a plant, becuase I truly believe every surface in our house probably needs a plant on it.

Fine and Feathered Blog : DIY Bedside Table Makeover

A Little Christmas

Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas

Is it a sign you're getting old when you truly start to believe that the holidays come earlier and earlier every year? Sigh.

Well here we are! Just a few days until Christmas. I've been meaning to share a few photos of the house for a while now, and I'm coming in just under the wire, eh? This is actually the first year in all 6 years we've been married that we actually got a Christmas Tree (and it's real! So extra points for us, right?). I've actually loved having it way more than I thought it would. The warm glow it gives off as we cuddle up on the couch each night together is just a teeny bit magic. It feels so magic in and of itself I opted to keep decorations really simple and just went with a few metal stars all over.

How is everyone's holiday season going so far? I am so excited to just chill and eat cookies all day - bring on Christmas!