Today we are diving into the catalog and asking our in-house stylist, Katie Ward, how she created and styled page 24. We loved this wallscape and wanted you to understand the inspiration behind it!
What was your inspiration behind the wallscape from page 24 of the new home decor catalog?
I love mixing old antique pieces with new modern pieces. My inspiration was to create a space that looked like a collection of pieces that you would acquire over time and travels.
How do you decide what colors and textures to use?
The products I used have a variety of texture and colors, so I added in colors and textures that would complement the Trilogy Mirrors and Heritage Wall Art. I chose Knoxville Grey by Benjamin Moore as my wall color. It is strong enough to ground all of the pieces on the wall and bold enough to catch your eye. I used a variety of textures to add interest: wooden tray and mirrors, metal wall art, chevron fabric, canvas paintings, glass vase, an iron letter, and even a natural branch cut from my back yard! With only one texture it would have been a bit monotonous, but with several different textures it makes it exciting!
What is your favorite thing about the wallscape?
My favorite thing about this wallscape is hanging one of the Trilogy Mirrors in a frame backed with gray and white chevron fabric. That little bit of pattern takes this antique collected look up a level to a modern day collection of art.
What advice would you give to anyone trying to recreate a wallscape like the one featured?
My advice is to collect things you fall in love with and incorporate them! For example in this look I have an old W I found at the Nashville Flea Market, a chevron fabric (my favorite pattern right now), antique landscape paintings from a local antique store, and a black globe sphere. All things I have found over time and love! Add in your favorite Willow House wall art pieces and you are good to go!
What is your favorite element to use when styling?
I have two favorite elements that like to incorporate.
1. I love to add that unexpected detail! Like in this shot there is a black globe sphere on the tray. Why? Just because it’s cool!
2. Layering! On a tablescape, on a wallscape, on a sideboard, on the kitchen counter, everywhere. It is so much more fun to layer a bowl on a stack of books, on a tray, on a runner, on a sofa table. If you were to just stick that same bowl on a sofa table it would be boring! Layer in different elements to keep your eye moving.
What is your favorite color?
As crazy as this sounds, I have two favorite colors. One that I call my staple, never changing, favorite, CORAL! I also have one that I call my trend favorite color (meaning it changes once or twice a year). Right now I have a color crush on TEAL! In fact, we just used Benjamin Moore’s Tropical Teal as a wall color in a jewelry shoot, and it made my heart flutter!
One closing remark…
Have fun with decorating! At my house decorating is my never-ending project that I also call my hobby. My pet peeve is when people say, “I am just ready to have my house decorated and done.” Are you kidding me? Your home should be a continuously changing look that reflects your life, your family, your travels, and your personality. Just by simply creating a new wallscape or adding different linens to the dining room table or swapping furniture between rooms, it keeps your home exciting (and makes your friends jealous about how amazing your house always is)!