One of Livingetc’s go-to stylists, Sophie Brown, shares the things that make her smile and say ‘I must use that in a shoot some day…’
Animals. And, more specifically, animal figurines. I’ve just unpacked the last boxes in my new house and have been surprised by how many animal ornaments need to be found homes. They’re every where, from taxidermy birds, to owl moneyboxes to a Victorian knitted animal picture. I think this obsession comes from how fun, light hearted and friendly animals can make a room feel. I find that a hat stand made in the shape of deer – I also have this – is much more smile provoking and exciting than any other non-animal shaped one. They add an element of kitsch and a quirk to a shoot or house, yet don’t need to be overwhelming or too much of a statement.
Orange. I am going through a strong bright-orange phase at the moment. It crept into my life via a MAC lipstick and now is appearing everywhere in my thoughts. More specifically, a Seventies orange, I’ve boon buying original Seventies books and interiors catalogues from eBay. Giving great food for thought of why I think things are stylish or well put together and what is exactly that appeals to me in the images.
Paris. I have just returned from a short stint in the city and have come back with a notebook stuffed with ideas and inspiration. Its elegance and lifestyle is awe inspiring. From the delicious shades of the macaroons to the faded grandeur of the Rodin Museum, even the new Ralph Lauren store, sells you a French lifestyle that allows you dream of high ceilings and daily high teas. I think if you are feeling visually starved a day in Paris is what is needed.Read more →