No Fear In Love (Free Printables + iPhone Wallpapers)

"There is no fear in love, because perfect love casts out fear." 1 John 4:18. Free #iphone #wallpapers and #printables from Lesley Myrick Art + Design. #collageart #bible #verse
You guys. There is a big shift happening. I'm in the middle of a huge redesign of my blog and website to further focus my web presence on exactly what Lesley Myrick Art + Design is all about, and what I can do for you. My current "blog as a website" is expanding to become a full website with a blog component. This is a change that I wish I'd been aware enough to have made long ago. For years I've been struggling with the pressure to always have fresh content on my blog for new viewers to land on, which has resulted in hundreds of quick, easy posts that don't have a lot of substance.

And you know what? That's not a good use of my time, or yours. You deserve good stuff! And that's what I'm going to give you from now on. Because I've realized...

I'm not a "blogger".
I'm an artist and designer who has a blog.

There's an important distinction there: the blog is not the end goal; it's the means to an end.  If you're someone who is into art, design, and creativity, you're in the right place. I want this blog to be a space for you. I want you to get value from being here - whether that's through learning a new art technique, being inspired to redecorate your home, or getting free stuff (more on that in a minute!).

So changes are coming. Good changes. Changes like making space for a new design and new focus. Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that I've trimmed a lot of extraneous content from the blog sidebar, and also that a lot of posts have gone missing. I have literally unpublished hundreds of posts. Posts that have felt like "filler" content. Posts that don't bring real value. Posts that were shared for the sake of sharing, not for the sake of sharing something awesome. My hope is that if you scroll through this blog, all of what you read will be worthy of your time.

To say thank you for reading, and thank you for just being rad, I've made some free stuff for you! Below are links to two 8x10 printable collages (perfect for framing) and two iPhone wallpapers. Everything is free for personal use. (Shoutout to Madewell, whose catalog pages became the background images for these pieces.) The collage diptych above features one of my favorite bible verses from 1 John 4:18: "There is no fear in love, because perfect love casts out fear".

8x10 printables:

iPhone wallpapers:
These are sized for the iPhone 6, but will scale for any iPhone.

Here's to letting go of the fear and living from a place of love. I'm so excited to launch my brand new website and blog. Stay tuned!

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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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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.

6 Food Styling Tips for Photography

6 Food Styling Tips for Photography from Lesley Myrick, Interior Designer and Stylist. Great ideas for Instagram photos! Photo credit: 55 Downing Street #photography #tips #Instagram
Whether taking pictures of food is something you do for fun or it's part of your creative business, food styling is a tricky thing to get right! The pros make it look easy, but I can assure you, there's a lot more to it than meets the eye. Here are my 5 food styling tips for photography to get Instagram-worthy photos of your eats.

Food Styling Tip #1: Find the Right Light. 
Lighting can truly make or break a photo. Natural, diffused light is best. You want your photos to have depth, but no harsh shadows. If you need a little more light to bounce on your tabletop, try holding up a white napkin or something similar to bounce some light and brighten the scene. It's not the same as the fancy reflectors that professionals use, but it's a creative solution that will help in a pinch!

6 Food Styling Tips for Photography from Lesley Myrick, Interior Designer and Stylist. Great ideas for Instagram photos! Photo credits: Ginny Branch and Domaine Home #photography #tips #Instagram
Food Styling Tip #2: Shoot From Above.
There's a reason you'll see a lot of food photography shot this way. It makes for an interesting and beautiful photo! It's relatable and really invites the viewer in to your scene, since they're seeing it from your perspective.

6 Food Styling Tips for Photography from Lesley Myrick, Interior Designer and Stylist. Great ideas for Instagram photos! Photo credit: The Brand Stylist #photography #tips #Instagram
Food Styling Tip #3: Shoot with Shallow Depth of Field.
This is how you get objects to be crisp and focused in the foreground, and beautifully soft and fuzzy in the background. With a DSLR you can adjust this with your manual focus. On an iPhone, tap the screen where you want the camera to focus and that spot should appear crisper while the background should appear softer. Play around until you get a look you like.

6 Food Styling Tips for Photography from Lesley Myrick, Interior Designer and Stylist. Great ideas for Instagram photos! Photo credits: Stijlbloem and Decor8 #photography #tips #Instagram
Food Styling Tip #4: Consider Your Colors and Composition.
While your colors don't need to be matchy-matchy, they should have cohesion and feel good together. Consider the 80/20 rule - 80% of your composition should be cohesive, and 20% can introduce elements of contrast. 
Composition goes back to the basics you probably learned in high school art class - unity, balance, scale, contrast, etc. Move around your tabletop elements and explore unusual configurations. And after every tweak, always look through camera! The camera will perceive the scene much differently than your eye. What looks good in person doesn't always translate through the lens, and vice-versa. 

6 Food Styling Tips for Photography from Lesley Myrick, Interior Designer and Stylist. Great ideas for Instagram photos! Photo credit: Carnets Parisiens #photography #tips #Instagram
Food Styling Tip #5: Make a Little Mess!
Perfectly styled food can look beautiful, but a little boring. (Although admittedly, the textures and slightly irregular shapes in the donut photo from Carnets Parisiens, above left, keep it from feeling stagnant.) Make a little mess and add some life to your photo! Drip some coffee onto the table. Crumple up your napkin. Spill some sugar. Take a bite and artfully scatter some crumbs. Capture a lifestyle moment, not just the physical food. This element of texture draws the viewer in and makes for a much more interesting pic.
 6 Food Styling Tips for Photography from Lesley Myrick, Interior Designer and Stylist. Great ideas for Instagram photos! Photo credit: Ginny Branch #photography #tips #Instagram
Food Styling Tip #6: Give the Eye a Place to Rest.
The photo above, styled by Ginny Branch, has a lot going on - but it's not overwhelming because there's space for your eye to rest. Remember, what you leave out is just as important as what you put in!
A neutral background like a white tablecloth will allow you to go a little crazier with your food arrangement without becoming visually chaotic as long as your arrangement has some breathing room. Also, notice how the clear glasses seem to disappear into the background? They add just a little texture without dominating. Solid-colored cups or cups filled with dark opaque liquid wouldn't have the same light and airy effect.

Bonus Tip: desserts and sweets are a lot easier to photograph well than savory foods. So if you just want to take a quick snap, shoot a photo of your cupcake and coffee - not your meatloaf and mashed potatoes. 

I hope you enjoyed these 6 food styling tips for photography. You'll find more inspiration images on my Styling - Food + Flowers Pinterest board. And I'd love to see your photos using these techniques - share them with me on Instagram, will ya?

Happy Wednesday!

Images: Lesley Myrick for 55 Downing Street, Ginny Branch, Domaine Home, The Brand Stylist, Carnets Parisiens, Stijlbloem, Decor8, Ginny BranchHave something to say about this post? I'd love to hear from you on Twitter! Tweet me @lesleymyrick.

Project Highlight: 55 Downing Street Catalog

Project Highlight: 55 Downing Street Catalog. Interior design and styling by Lesley Myrick for 55 Downing Street. Traditional romantic bedroom. I'm very fortunate to have a day job I love - I'm an interior design stylist at Lamps Plus, and I primarily shoot for their sister site, 55 Downing Street. The main project I've been tackling since returning to work in April after maternity leave has been the premier 55 Downing Street catalog. It was a huge undertaking, with over 45 individual shots - some in studio and some on location - over a 6 week period.

Here's a look at a few of my favorite shots from the book. And if you're curious, you can peek at some past styling work I've done for 55 Downing Street's website here and here.
Project Highlight: 55 Downing Street Catalog. Interior design and styling by Lesley Myrick for 55 Downing Street. Wedding tablescape and food styling. Project Highlight: 55 Downing Street Catalog. Interior design and styling by Lesley Myrick for 55 Downing Street. Fun and colorful bedroom styling. Project Highlight: 55 Downing Street Catalog. Interior design and styling by Lesley Myrick for 55 Downing Street. Traditional living room. Project Highlight: 55 Downing Street Catalog. Interior design and styling by Lesley Myrick for 55 Downing Street. Midcentury modern living room.
Happy Wednesday!

Images: 55 Downing Street. Photos 1, 2, and 4 shot by Jonn Coolidge; photos 3 and 5 shot by Alyssa Ratowski. 

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