Interior Styling with Justina | Before & After

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A few weeks ago, I took an Interior Styling class on SkillShare taught by the wonderful Justina Blakeney. Some of you might know her as the “queen of the jungalow” from her amazing blog! I was so happy to have taken her course and learned the fundamental (yet super helpful) tips to styling… I mean, I was learning from one of the best!

During the course, our assignments were to style 5 key ares in our home – coffee table, sofa, console, bookcase, bed – take before & after photos and share it. Given the limited time I have these days because of my newborn, I was only able to style the coffee table and a little bit of my sofa (I have a huge sofa and need some time to shop for new cushions, so until then, I don’t really have much to show for.) BUT, one trick I did learn in this class (especially for photography) is to place things symmetrically. So I did just that with my cushions, and magazines, and that did wonders to my own little photoshoot!

As for the coffee table, I’ve been stuck on a real styling rut. Having a 2 year old toddler too really puts constrain on what you can/cannot have on the coffee table. Most of the time, Hayden is the boss and our coffee table is “decorated” with her toys (and that’s not a pretty sight at all!) So, what I needed is to keep my table fairly simple and style with things I can easily remove, while applying the tips I’ve learned from Justina.

So, here it is, I’m sharing my ‘before & after’ of my coffee table/sofa. I hope you like it! Would love to know what y’all think!

Before (as you can tell, it was pretty bare. i’m even a little embarrass to show you this, but we can’t always share the pretty stuff, right?!) 

before sofa Before_coffee table

After…

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(Remember when Glenda Bailey signed my copy of this book?) 

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It’s pretty amazing what little changes can do, right?! Do you like it? Feel free to give me any feedbacks (positive or constructive) as I am trying to hone in on my styling skills! I would love to know if you have any styling tips as well. I’ll try my best to style the other key areas soon so I can share them with you too!

Photos by Shop Sweet Things.

source: sofa | rug | coffee table | tray | pillows | throw | vase | white pottery bowl | wall art – diy