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That One Space...

Let's jump right into it. Do you have that one space in your home that you love to style but getting that perfect photo is difficult to get?

Well, the mantle in our living room is one of my favorite spaces to create & a perfect mantle style, but I don't think the photos show it well. It is on the south side of the room & gets light from both sides, so the lighting is fine. It's the position of where it's at, right between our TV / TV hole & our window. The mantle is right under the TV & across & butts up right to the window too. I should have said we are in a rental & so moving things around or adding a different mantle style is not optional. Here's what I would change, I would start by covering the TV hole, changing the mantle style with a vintage one, removing the faux gas fireplace & make it into a wood-burning fireplace, remove the hideous tile. Well, that went well, haha I just told you exactly what I don't like about this space. I have given the hearth a cozy vibe by adding tons of pillar candles & two corbels surrounding it. The window, I like it. I would change out the renter-grade blinds & either do roman shades or leave it with no window treatments.

Okay, so how have I learned to love this space & take a semi-good photo? Well, I mentioned the hearth. Taking the photos, I have to take them at an angle, either from our dining table or on the other side of the room. Any close-ups need to be close to the item I want to focus on. I can also creep up on it at an angle & shoot from there, but only if the sun isn't glaring through. So never a straight shot. Hopefully, these tips will help you in a space like mine that is smack in the middle of two spaces.

Using this technique, I have included a few photos of what works for me. I'd love to know if you have any special techniques for areas in your home that require you to think about how to take those fantastic pictures that you share with all of us. Let us know in the comments below.

I appreciate you stopping by & reading along & chatting with me.



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