Private Styling Workshop in the Studio

19.12.14

This week I hosted a private styling workshop in my studio for the first time. Exciting to see the space be used for what it was intended – a place to inspire creativity! My ‘student’ Nailia recently began her wedding planning and styling business ‘Best Day Ever Events‘ and was looking to do a workshop with that yielded styling tips, tricks and inspiration that she could put into practice immediately, as her wedding agenda is already filling up for 2015.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography by Holly Marder.
Nailia assisted me a little while back when I was putting together a couple of styled tables for the Engaged event I was hosting a workshop at for over 40 people, and when he contacted me about a private styling workshop I was delighted. I mean, I’ll take any excuse to play around with props all day!

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}.

In a bright area under the eave of the studio, I laid out all the props we would be using during the day. For Nailia’s private workshop, I wanted to show her a few things that I do as a stylist when given a brief from a client, as well as give her the opportunity to ‘play’.

I style interiors mostly, but also do lots of editorials and have done the odd wedding, but I always apply the same techniques. So to begin with, I gave her a client brief, describing the bride and groom and what they want in terms of style for their big day. I wanted to make this session as valuable and relevant for Nailia as possible to make sure she could take the tools she learned home with her. From the brief, she created a moodboard {with some of my best tips and tricks to help her along the way} and then got started making her pretend bride’s vision come alive. What she came up with was so lovely, I had to get the camera out and capture it to show you guys too!

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

The client brief went a little like this: The bride and groom are a young couple getting married in October. Their budget is around 10-15k, so not huge but enough to make it a super gorgeous celebration. To save some money, they are having their wedding on her parent’s farm inside an old barn, and will be celebrating with 50 of their closest friends and family. They want a low-key BBQ style dinner and trestle tables. Their favourite colours are blues and greens but the overall colour scheme should reflect the fall season. The key element they want for their reception is romance.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Nailia’s did such a great job interpreting the brief. She blended the old with the new, bringing in contemporary round white dinner plates and pairing them with mismatched vintage plates in green and blue. She went for a simple yet lovely centerpiece of a potted pink plant propped inside a glass jar. Sprigs of the pink plant were tied into tiny little bouquets and used to adorn each side plate.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

She paired simple silver cutlery with vintage pieces, which is smart as most wedding venues/caterers will already have simple silver flatware but adding some old thrifted knives and forks to the table adds so much charm. Looking at the table now, I’d say that those dried twigs in the centre of the table weren’t really needed. It would have been even more lovely without, but then again, I’m a less-is-more girl and those sprigs/twigs {what are they?!} do throw in the fall factor.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Nailia hand stamped little lables and tied them with wool to each napkin. This detail adds a lovely touch of texture but doesn’t take away from the sweet little floral thing happening in the centre of the plates either. Long stemmed brass candlesticks added the romance factor, and finished off Nailia’s table.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Didn’t she do a great job? I think she translated the brief very well, being careful to keep things on the budget friendly side with simple, cost effective ideas. It’s so lovely to see the different ways people interpret styles but also props. I had most of this stuff lying around as part of my prop collection and she used things in ways I wouldn’t even have considered. So in the end we both took away some inspiration!

We had time for one more table, but this time I gave Nailia no brief. I wanted to allow her the time and space to create freely, so she did just that. Here’s what she came up with:

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

I love how fresh and simple this table is. It could be so lovely for wedding tables but equally as awesome for a relaxed dinner at home with friends. Love the little sprig of dried whatever-that-plant-is-called in the centre of each plate. I foraged for those with my little girl in the fall and haven’t had the heart to throw them away so it was nice to see them come out today!

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

My favourite element on this table was the wool wrapped she around the terra-cotta pot. It’s so simple, yet adds a graphic element to the table. Nailia used simple round white dinner plates again, paired with crimson vintage side plates plates with a tiny earthenware bowl to finish it off. Linen napkins and table runner add to the simplicity of this table, keeping it light and unfussy.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Between potted succulents, Nailia added white candlesticks of varying heights and sizes, and a lovely, surprising touch: a ball of unravelled wool kind of spilling out into the centerpiece.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Nice job, Nailia!

I’m really pleased with how the day went, and that Nailia felt she had learned some new things by the end of it, felt more trusting in her own aesthetic and felt inspired.

Hope you guys enjoyed that little peek into the studio today!

And no, you can’t see the whole studio or even more than I have already given away here and on Instagram, because there’s a FULL before/after tour in the making and you’ll just have to wait. But I can tell you that things are looking great up here so far, guys. I’ve been slowly tackling it little by little and it’s starting to really resemble the creative space I’ve been envisioning since we bought the house a year ago. And while things up here are taking shape, the same is happening downstairs in the living, dining room and kitchen. Watch this space!

Back on Monday with an awesome Copenhagen home tour I styled back in March! Have a great weekend.

Holly x

Photography: Holly Marder {original to Avenue Lifestyle} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova

5 Responses to “Private Styling Workshop in the Studio”

  1. Hanke says:

    Oh this is gorgeous Holly! Amazing styling but also your photos really look so so so good! I love this idea of a one-on-one workshop!!

  2. Nailia says:

    It was really fantastic! I’m so happy that Holly had time for one-on-one workshop 😉

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