My best friend’s Los Feliz home …
It’s a sad, sad day for me, but happy for somebody in LA. One of my best friends ever, world famous prop stylist Scott Horne is selling his amazing Los Feliz home. I LOVE this house so much. After his breakup with his long term boyfriend he thought he was going to keep it, but he’s recently decided to sell to get a fresh start. I don’t typically do real estate listings but I thought it would be fun to show how we styled it for a more editorial site (mine and the book) compared to how it can be shot for a more informational purposes (real estate). I suppose overall one provokes more of a sense of person which gives the viewer an emotional reaction whereas the other shows the space in a broader way, giving more information. I like both and I know that some of you do, too, so we are trying to shoot more wides for you, in addition to our pretty vignettes.
Let’s start with the living room – here is how we shot it for Styled, the book:
Rarely do I see a house with no real color and wish it were mine. This is that house. I know that my heart needs to be surrounded by more color, but man, he knows how to mix a neutral.
Here is what the real estate photos look like.
They use a wider lens, to show more information which has to distort the sides and makes you feel further away, thus less intimate but it’s nice to see the whole room.
Or at times the lens squishes the middle of the frame like in this one, in exchange for showing the whole space. This is not me saying that one is better, they just have different purposes with different end results. So many people wish we took huge pulled back shots (and we are trying to do more of that) but that means you have to use a different lens which changes the perception of the space.
I love this one, by the way. When it’s a smaller scope it still works and looks great.
As a buyer, I definitely want to see these pulled back shots from every angle.
But I sure do like our Styled shots from the book, like this entry:
Here is how they shot that the entry, more pulled back which I actually love because you can see the arches and more of the architectural interest.
This one was also shot for the real estate photos, which I love. So as you can see this has nothing to do with the photographer, just the function of the photo.
We figured we’d pull together a get the look, for those interested in that beautiful living room.
Couch | Rug | Coffee Table | Side Table | Tripod Table Lamp | Fringe Pillow | Plaid Pillow | Chair | Leather Pouf | Etched Ceramic Vase | Ceramic Urchin Box | Black and White Lined Vase | Cream Pillow | Black and White X Base Pillow | Navy Throw | Brass Bowl | Short Woven Basket | Woven Basket | Brass Wishbone | Black Lamp | Gesturing Man Print | Black Lines Print
(His sofa is from Cisco Home, where I also custom ordered mine from. It’s expensive and has a long lead time, but the quality and comfort for such a slim, modern design is uncomparable for an investment piece).
Meanwhile this dining room was never shot because “it was never ready”. So we don’t have editorial shots of it, just the real estate shots.
It’s such a pretty room (hague blue, from Farrow and Ball) and its dark deep color was dramatic and yet calming.
Onto the hallway:
That’s how they shot it for real estate, and here is how we shot it for Styled:
You know, a bench in the middle of the hallway … We placed the bench, rug, plant and obviously the art/shoes to help tell more of a story.
Now the kitchen, here are the real estate photos:
And here are our styled out shots:
Lastly, the powder room. We shot it like this:
And they shot it like this:
WAY more information, but so good to see how the space works, right?
We shot his master bedroom two different ways:
1. Tight and close (for Styled)
2. Pulled back and yet still intimate (for a sponsored makeover):
And then the real estate photo shows an even more pulled back angle.
He has done such a good job of making it feel really inviting and lived in, with all neutrals.
Upholstered Bed | Rug | Nightstand | Table Lamp | Coal Linen Bedding | Linen Sheets | Cream and Black Throw | Wishbone Arm Chair | Candles | Brass Bowl | Black Bud Vase | Cream Throw Pillow | Grey Alpaca Throw
Lastly, the guest room. We styled/shot it like this:
For real estate staging it looked like this:
Bed | Nightstands: Vintage, Similar: Curiosity Nesting Tables | Rug | Patterned Sheet Set | Embroidered Duvet | Linen Euro Shams | Wall Sconce: Vintage, Similar: Princeton Junior Sconce | Plant Stand: Vintage, Similar: Ceramic Planter Stand with Pot | Art: Vintage,Similar: Hovering Union Art | Side Table: Vintage, Similar: Round Metal and Glass Accent Table | Global Oversized Pillow | Raw Edge Quilted Sham
We also shot the Izze party, tons of Target content and many Redbook DIYs here. That special house will be missed. I believe he has two more open houses this weekend if you are interested. Check it out here.
Don’t worry, his next house will be all over this blog, too….