The Must List: The Lettered Cottage

Layla was one of my first true blog friends, and I couldn’t be more proud to have her here today. I do well with two things—humor and full disclosure. Luckily, Layla fits the bill for both! I learned more about her in 5 minutes than what it takes some women years to learn about their friends. That’s my kind of girl! As for her blog? It speaks for itself. Seriously. Here she is!

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Hello! I’m Layla and I blog at The Lettered Cottage. First off, I want to send out a big thanks to Chris for allowing me the opportunity to talk about one of my most favorite subjects today: PHOTO STYLING!

Over the past few years, my husband and I have started photographing interiors professionally for a few different shelter magazines, and I have had so much fun arranging and re-arranging things during our shoots. It’s such a trip to see how differently things appear when you look at them through the lens of a camera!

I’m still learning as I go, but it seems like my 3 must haves when it comes to styling an interior photo shoot are: Texture, life and art. Texture for interest, life for movement, and art for heart.


Whether it’s a soft, ragged-edged throw blanket draped over the arm of a hard, clean-lined chair, or “crunchy” flowers mixed with glass and painted wood- layering textures always seems to add so much spirit to a photo.



I like to think in terms of rough and smooth, or old and new when approaching textures in an interior shoot. That kind of contrast is always so refreshing, surprising, and seems to photograph so beautifully.


I like to add life to photos in a few different ways. Sometimes it’s with people and pets…


Sometimes it’s with plants and flowers…


…and sometimes it’s simply making inanimate objects a little more animated….


I pulled that delicious old door forward a bit in the photo above to give the picture a little more energy. I love the movement and pulse life gives a picture.


There’s something about art that just instantly relaxes a look.

Whether it’s propped…


or perched…


…or planted…


…or hanging,


incorporating art and/or photography really comforts and grounds the room those elements live in, don’t you think?

I know Chris only asked for 3 must have’s but I did want to mention one more that I absolutely have to have at every shoot. FUN!

Without that one, what’s the point, right?

Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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