Photo: Love, the Nelsons + Styling: Kaitlin Holland + Invitation: Simply Jessica Marie 

Photo: Love, the Nelsons + Styling: Kaitlin Holland + Invitation: Simply Jessica Marie 

Flat styling is definitely an art, which means it takes practice. At the live online class, "Styling 101: What Every Creative Needs to Know to Style Like a Pro," I will be diving deep into the fundamentals of design as related specifically to product and paper flat lay styling.

Today, I'm sharing three tips for styling a strong, beautiful flat lay to get you ready for what's to come on 4/26! 

Tip #1: Let the pieces direct you. 

Rather than forcing a preconceived plan on your flat lay, allow yourself to be creative and take a cue from the products and pieces you're working with! What might be a great approach with an invitation suite might not work as well when styling food. Look at the lines, shapes, colors, and textures of the pieces you're working with and then trust your eye! You will naturally be drawn to certain arrangements and elements based on your design eye and preferences.

Tip #2: Pay attention to tone and color.

We will talk more about working with colors and tone in the online class, but pay attention to how your color and tone are interacting. Does one side or portion of your composition feel weighted down compared to other areas? Is one portion heavy with a specific color? Is this intentional or accidental? Squinting your eyes to look at the tones rather than colors is also a helpful trick when trying to balance your palette! 

Tip #3: Practice, practice, practice!

I can never say this enough to the students at our workshops - if you aren't practicing you will not see improvement! At the Styling 101 class you'll receive even more insight you can begin to put into practice, along with built in work time. But whether or not you have additional training, you have to practice styling flats in order to develop your personal aesthetic and voice and strengthen your design eye. 

Happy styling, friends! I hope to see you at the Styling 101 class - Early Bird tickets end tonight at 11:59 pm! (Grab your seat here!)


TSOS Richmond: Day One


Whew! This series of posts may be my longest to date. Why? Because so much goodness happened over the course of the three days we spent in Richmond. And it was so beautifully captured by Rachel Linder of Blue Barn Photography! Each workshop is so unique, and this was no different. The energy of this workshop was invigorating and inspiring! I'm so thankful to know each and every person who attended, spoke, and contributed.

Before we jump in, I have to first recognize the amazing team of Paisley & Jade. P&J went out of their way to make it an incredible and seamless week for us. It was hands down the easiest set up and tear down experience we've had as a team thanks to them! They hosted and furnished the entire week, so if you see something beautiful, chances are it's from them.

Sweet Root Village did the amazing flower installation (hello, English garden!) and really brought the workshop vision and aesthetic to life. A little rule of thumb when it comes to greenery: you can never have too much. 

Every attendee had a beautiful welcome box awaiting them at their seat. Simply Jessica Marie did all of the hand-lettered details for the week, including the custom gift tags. In each box was a Rifle Paper Co. notebook, a Scarlet & Gold print, a pack of Malvi Mallow (so good, y'all), and a spool of ribbon from Honey Silks & Co among other goodies.

We began the day with introductions and a few sessions! Shanna Skidmore, Morgan Montgomery, and Emily Thomas began our week. Emily's session was a fun hands-on flat styling session, so the attendees were able to play with their own compositions. 

Simply Jessica Marie is the creator of all of the beautiful paper details, Wax Seals provided the seals, and Verde Studio sent the most beautiful vintage stamps!

At the end of the hands-on session, attendees gathered in smaller groups to discuss their work and others. It's so vital to talk about what does and doesn't work in our compositions so we can continue to grow as artists and designers. 

After our sessions finished, we moved into the next room for cocktail hour and a little thing I like to call speed dating :) It's such a fun way to quickly have mini conversations with other attendees that can be continued later in the week!

And how lovely is that floral backdrop By Brittany Branson created?! It was such a stunning piece.

Mosaic Catering took such great care of us all week long (just wait until I show you our final dinner!!), and the cocktail party was no exception. Sitting underneath the cluster of chandeliers with new friends was definitely a highlight of the week for me!

Check back tomorrow for a recap of day two with even MORE beauty (if it's possible!). A big thank you to our wonderful photographer Rachel Linder of Blue Barn Photography for capturing the week perfectly!