Do Less

Do less with more focus. Free printable from Small Fry blog, via Lesley Myrick Art + Design. #inspiringquote #printable
A good reminder, isn't it? Do less with more focus. Use your time wisely. Eliminate distractions. Get done what you have to do today so you can move on to what you want to do this weekend.

Happy Friday!

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Lovely Web Links: Issue 111

Lovely Web Links: art, design, and business resources for creative freelancers. How to get paid when you hate asking for money; how to use Photoshop actions; apps to make life easier; interior photo styling tips; and more. Moodboard by The Brand Stylist. #lovelyweblinks


+ How to use Photoshop actions to create a signature style.


+ Why I'm a Christian. My husband sums this up beautifully.


+ One of my favorite Humans of New York posts ever.

+ This cracked me up. Prayers for Myers-Briggs types. I'm an INFJ and this is bang-on!

+ "There are published bylines and international speaking engagements and sold out product lines. And these are real and true and good and exciting, but these accolades, I want you to know – these are not me."


+ If you missed it yesterday, I shared some interior photo styling tips to help you rock on Instagram.

+ The coolest car.

+ Give scrapbooking a chance!

+ Why $30 will put you in debt.


+ This story broke my heart.


+ Incredible Halloween pumpkins decorated as fashion icons.


And find me elsewhere on the interwebs:


There are lots more lovely web links here. Happy Thursday!

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Drool-Worthy Interior Styling Inspiration

Drool-Worthy Interior Styling Inspiration from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Photo styling ideas for blog and Instagram photos. Image: Domino. #designtips #photographytips #styling #interiors
I love how accessible great interior styling inspiration is! From books to shelter magazines to blogs, there is no shortage of beautifully photographed interiors to inspire your own decorating and photography. But what makes certain photos work? If you've ever tried taking a picture of a room in your home, you've likely noticed that what you see with your eyes doesn't always translate to camera. Just like with food styling, there's more to meets the eye when photographing interiors.

I've rounded up 8 great examples below of interior shots - from tight vignettes to wide rooms - and will break down what's working in each. Keep these ideas in your back pocket when snapping your own photos of your space!

Drool-Worthy Interior Styling Inspiration from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Photo styling ideas for blog and Instagram photos. Image: Gala Darling.  #designtips #photographytips #styling #interiors
1. Desktop Vignette
Why this works: Color and balance. Bright pops of fuchsia and violet running from the upper left corner diagonally to the bottom right move the eye across the image. Lots of white keeps the bold colors from feeling overwhelming, and there's just enough black to anchor everything. 

Drool-Worthy Interior Styling Inspiration from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Photo styling ideas for blog and Instagram photos. Image: via Decor8. #designtips #photographytips #styling #interiors
2. Gallery Wall
Why this works: Balance, repetition, and texture. The photo arrangement is balanced but not symmetrical, which lends a relaxed feel. The repetition of photo frames creates a strong focal point (notice how your eye travels there first?). And the texture of the rough fireplace wall, weathered furniture, and peeling baseboard paint is just sooo yummy.

Drool-Worthy Interior Styling Inspiration from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Photo styling ideas for blog and Instagram photos. Image: via The Curated House. #designtips #photographytips #styling #interiors
3. Bed Vignette
Why this works: Composition and color. The rule of thirds is at play here, so of course this photo just feels right. Notice how the bed takes up about two thirds of the image, and the nightstand fills the remaining one third. Also, the colors are simply dynamite. The dark grey wall and light grey headboard allow these saturated brights to really shine without feeling too "in your face". 

Drool-Worthy Interior Styling Inspiration from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Photo styling ideas for blog and Instagram photos. Image: via Paperblog. #designtips #photographytips #styling #interiors
4. Bedroom
Why this works: Color and scale. The muted palette of grey, taupe, and cream is so chic, especially in these proportions. Also: THAT ART. Hello giant mixed media piece, you totally make this shot.

Drool-Worthy Interior Styling Inspiration from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Photo styling ideas for blog and Instagram photos. Image: Anthropologie. #designtips #photographytips #styling #interiors
5. Chandelier Vignette
Why this works: Color, texture, and space. While this is not a real room, per se, it's still an awesome interior photo. The colors are all muted neutrals - both in the foreground and background - which keeps this composition from looking too busy. The amount of negative space lets the shot breathe. And the touch of botanicals adds serious interest to what could feel like a stagnant shot. (Sidenote: what the heck is up with the greenery on that chandelier?)


Drool-Worthy Interior Styling Inspiration from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Photo styling ideas for blog and Instagram photos. Image: High Fashion Home. #designtips #photographytips #styling #interiors
6. Living Room
Why this works: Color, balance, and pattern. I seem to be drawn to images with deep grey as an anchor, with off-whites and accents of really saturated color. While the super-symmetrical formal arrangement could look boring in a photo, the color and pattern (in the artwork, pillows, and rug) really give this space personality. You can just tell the woman who lives here is meticulously organized but also knows how to rock. 

Drool-Worthy Interior Styling Inspiration from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Photo styling ideas for blog and Instagram photos. Image: via Decor8. #designtips #photographytips #styling #interiors
7. Dining Room
Why this works: Color and repetition. The mix of pendant patterns, chair styles, and empty vessels could feel really chaotic - but it doesn't. While there is a lot of color in this shot, if you examine carefully you'll see that there's a unity between all of the colors and the palette is actually pretty limited. The simple linear repetition of the pendants, chairs, and vessels helps calm down the crazy. And there are so many white, translucent, and wood-toned elements that sit back and allow the color and pattern to shine.

Drool-Worthy Interior Styling Inspiration from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Photo styling ideas for blog and Instagram photos. Image: Sawyer Benson. #designtips #photographytips #styling #interiors
8. Kids Room
Why this works: Color and repetition. All that white is such a good thing because you don't notice it - your eye goes right to the colorful artwork - but it brings calm and restfulness to what could be a too-crazy room. The repeating rectangles on the gallery wall echo the shelves and drawers of the nightstand, and also echo the simple shape of the headboards. Plus - purple owl alarm clock. So adorable.

Bonus: check out these DSLR basics for bloggers for more photography tips.

Hope you liked this interior styling inspiration and found some ideas for your own blog photography or Instagram shots. Happy Wednesday!

Images: DominoGala Darling,  Decor8,   The Curated House, Paperblog, Anthropologie, High Fashion HomeDecor8, and Sawyer Benson.  Have something to say about this post? I'd love to hear from you on Twitter! Tweet me @lesleymyrick.

Lovely Web Links: Issue 110

Lovely Web Links by Lesley Myrick - weekly link roundup of business, productivity, art, design, parenting, and fun. Featuring 25 self-improvement books that will make you a better person; 25 apps to make your life easier from TED; free handwriting fonts from Making Nice in the Midwest; no-carve Halloween pumpkin ideas from A Beautiful Mess; best gifts for a new mom from Love Taza, and more. Image by Jenny Andrews-Anderson. #lovelyweblinks
It's been a lovely, low-key week around these parts. Nate and I marathon-watched the final season of How I Met Your Mother (so good, right?); I Skyped with a couple of my best friends from Canada; Ford was adorable and charming, as always (proof here, here, and here); and we booked a mini vacation to Texas at the end of the month! I'm excited for a few days off of work and little getaway with the family.

Hope you've had a lovely week too. Thanks, as always, for reading.

+ I've been wanting to add a "related posts" widget on my blog, but haven't been happy with the options out there that either require sign-up or branding. Thankfully, Code It Pretty has a fantastic tutorial on how to do it yourself! You can see it in action on any post page. (If you're viewing this in a reader or on the homepage, click here to go directly to this post.)

+ 25 self-improvement books that will make you a better person. I've got a couple of these on hold at the library now.


+ A great roundup of free handwriting fonts!


+ Cute no-carve pumpkin ideas for Halloween.

+ Best gifts for a new mama. Or any mama, really! I will accept free childcare any time.

+ What kids really think of their parents and cell phones.

+ The Young House Love blog is no more. Sad.


Find more Lovely Web Links here. Happy Thursday!

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Lovely Web Links: Issue 109

Lovely Web Links - weekly #business, #art, and #creative links from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Featuring 8 #resume tips for creatives, online shipping with Shippo, free #printables from Goodnight Little Spoon, custom portraits by KrisAtomic, and flashback #90s songs.

+ A great (and free!) e-book to help you charge what you're really worth.

+ I've been looking for an easy online way to purchase and print shipping labels, and I think Shippo is it. SO EXCITED to never return to the post office. (Thanks for the tip, Jared!)

+ If you're in to type and lettering, this is super interesting - Jessica Hische's subtle re-design of the Mailchimp logo.

+ Goodnight Little Spoon has the cutest free printables.

+ Instagram lover? Poster of food pics? Check out yesterday's post on how to style food for photos.

+ Billboard parenting. (And another great post from Erin Loechner here.)


+ This little girl is the CUTEST!

+ I want KrisAtomic to paint a portrait of meeeee.


+ These 90s songs are not terrible. THEY'RE AWESOME. (High school flashbacks!)

Find more Lovely Web Links here. Happy Thursday!

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