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Style your favorite nook to fit just right.

teacher avatar Stacey Lanning, designer, architect + detail-ethusiast

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Project intro

    • 2. Project overview

    • 3. Project ideas + Things to keep in mind

    • 4. Select a space

    • 5. Collect inspiration

    • 6. Edit Your palette

    • 7. Compose the big picture

    • 8. Through a time lapse lens

    • 9. Complete the 24 hour test

    • 10. Photograph your "new" space

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About This Class

What better way to start the new year than with a “new” space.

Learn to re-envision and style a nook in your home, office or favorite space so it fits your
personal style and budget.

Whether you’re creating an organizational solution for your car keys, designing a more aethestic coffee table landscape or outfitting your bar cart with chic labels and fresh ingredients - you can transform even the tiniest spaces into something more beautiful and representative of you. 


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Stacey Lanning

designer, architect + detail-ethusiast


Hi! My name is Stacey Lanning, and I'm a designer, architect and detail enthusiast living in Raleigh, North Carolina. I've been studying design and spatial relationships for over 13 years. While in design school, I explored 2-dimensional compositions through digital photography and 3-dimensional forms through architecture and furniture design. I even built my own dining room table and accompanying bench. This background has taught me to create great design through a variety of mediums and in a range of sizes.

While working as an architect, I grew to love interior design and the art of styling. Since then, I've used that love to do editorial styling and furniture construction with Southern Weddings Magazine.

Currently I work full-time as graphic designer but I spe... See full profile

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1. Project intro: Hi, I'm Stacy Landing, a designer, architect and detail enthusiast. For as long as I can remember, I've been interested in spaces and the impact they have on people changing the space around you for the better, making it more functional, more beautiful, more reflective of you. You have the ability to improve your mood and make your days brighter. During this class, you'll learn to re envision and style favorite note within your home office for personal space to fit just right. First, you'll select a space. Next, you'll collect visual inspiration, your favorite sources and a symbol of the board to help direct the overall aesthetic of the space you're styling. Under appearing down your palate, you begin transforming your space and making your vision a reality. Once it's style just or a take a photo and show us all how awesome your freshly styled nook books 2. Project overview: welcome. I'm excited you're here. During this class, you'll learn to re envision and style a favorite nook within your home office or personal space to fit just right To get you excited, I'm sharing a few examples of areas I've styled in our home. These spaces air small enough to manage and big enough to impress. I've al on the process and project deliverables here, but we'll talk through them in more detail as we move through the lessons. First, you'll select a space to transform. Next, you'll collect visual inspiration from your favorite sources and compiled both a mood board and an inspiration board. Then you'll edit your palate. Once your palate is defined, it's time to begin arranging and composing the items within your space until you're happy with the result. Next to wait patiently for 24 hours to see if you still like the design decisions you make . If there any elements you're not really feeling anymore than feel free to change it. After your project is styled to the tea, you'll show us all how good it looks 3. Project ideas + Things to keep in mind: I'd like to share a few tips and tricks with you before you start your project. Your space is a reflection of you. Is there any area of your home, office or space that you really dislike each time you see it or pass by, You think that's not me? Yeah, well, that's the perfect place to start. No space is too small to again infusing your personal brand or influence into it. First and foremost, once again, your space is a reflection of you. When people walk into your space, it tells them a lot about you your interests, likes and preferences. For this reason, it's really important for you to choose objects, colors and textures that match your style. So for a functional problem, form follows function. After all, Sometimes the best way to create a more pleasing sight is to start by addressing a functional meat. If you're late, work each morning because you can't find your keys and wallet. Then designing a cool space from scratch for this very purpose makes a lot of sense. Morning. Set the tone for the day. Let's pretend for a moment that you're like me and you are not a morning person, So enjoying a cup or two of freshly brewed coffee is a prerequisite for early conversations . Wouldn't it be nice if this space where you enjoy your coffee each morning was warm, encouraging and uplifting? I think so. You can start creating a space like this, but stacking your journal sketchbook and favorite candle on the table closest to where the sun rises. Sipping coffee in this space will certainly start your day on the right foot. Do more of what you love. Set yourself up for success, that creating a space where you can do more of what you love. Do you love gardening? Maybe you live in an urban area where limited outdoor spaces the norm fear not with a single window or balcony niche you can design your very own gardening Oasis is all it takes . Is a couple of full of pots of you seize and a top notch watering pale. Yeah, it's really that simple. Now that you have some ideas on where to start, I'll share a few other things to keep in mind. As you're working through your process, it's important not to take on too big of a space bite sized is better, since it's easy to get overwhelmed when the project you're trying to tackle is too large or complex to resolve within a bite size time frame. It's really important to start with a manageable area so you can see quick progress and staying motivated to keep going. Although the space you bitten off to style may be tiny, it's part of a larger picture. A piece of the larger hole, like a coffee table, is to the room itself, and the room is to the entire house. When designing your bite, said Space, you'll want to consider the surrounding context. What's around this face you're working with? For example, if you're styling your bedside table, you want to be sure that you're creating a space that works really well with the bedroom as a whole, Composition is key light, composing a photograph arranging a spatial composition, whether on a table top or wall service takes attention to detail and a general design intuition. This they should feel balanced. Balance can be achieved through the overall layout, textural compositions and the colors use. I also like to mention that balance doesn't always imply symmetry. Asymmetrical compositions can be balanced to when proportion in scale are taken into account. Asymmetrical compositions can totally be balanced. I'm actually a huge fan of asymmetrical compositions, but they can be pretty challenging. Um, since his concept of balance is somewhat abstract, I thought I thought it could be helpful to share its definition. Mary own Webster's Dictionary defines balance as a state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts. Simply stated balance is a sort of physical equilibrium. It's also worth sharing the definitions for proportion at scale to because they both play a significant role in the success of a design. Proportion is defined as the correct or appropriate relationship between the size, shape and position of different parts of something. Oh, mouthful. It was a little harder to pin down a definition for scale, but the closest one I could find describe scale as the size comparisons of internal parts within a composition. So proportion refers to this facial relationship of objects within a composition and scale refers to the size of an object relative to other objects. Oxygen and stems are always a good idea. While it's true, the adding plants and fresh flowers to your States can feel a little indulgent. Doing so helps the space feel more lively and energetic. Whether incorporating the cactus you've had since your college dorm days or the sprouting succulent you nursed back to health after last winter, the bright to lips who scored from the Farmers Market or the freshman you used to garnish your prize to mixology creations. Adding greenery is a quick way to enhance your mood and satisfy your senses. Last but not least, and very important inspiration. Inisfree Inspiration doesn't cost a thing. It's truly a matter of opening our eyes, using her imaginations and being willing to see the world from a different perspective. A visit to your local farmers market. A sunny trail height. Our chat with the singer can spark the best ideas. When you get a quick search of inspiration, be sure to document your ideas in the notes section of your phone or scribble a quick napkin sketch or take a photo. These visuals will help jump start your memory when you finally have time to revisit your creative process. For me, inspiration always comes at unexpected times, like during a long drive to visit family or crazy enough in the shower. Well, it's tougher to draw your ideas down in these situations. It's worth the benefit of committing into memory until you can get home and make yourself a reminder. In the next unit, you'll start your project and begin the process of transforming your space. I'm excited. 4. Select a space: Finally, you're ready to start your project. The first step in transforming your space is to actually select one. I'd recommend using a small area within your home office or beyond. That needs a little love. Think coffee table, night stand windows, still small desk or something similar. Remember the bite sized tip and try not to bite off more than you can chew. Now grab your sketchbook and favorite pen and jot down some thoughts. What's your objective? Why did you select this space? Where exactly does this milk begin and end? What are its spatial women's? Well, it's great to consider the surrounding context of your nook. Try to define clear boundaries for your project so you don't spend too much time considering other areas. A few other questions to consider. How do you use your space currently? What do you like about the space? Its location, the daylight, the paint color? After identifying your favorite aspects of the existing space, you can be sure to preserve them and hopefully even enhance them. What do you just like about the space? Hopefully, this is nothing, but that's pretty unrealistic for this stuff. It's best if of this only on the things you can change. Sure, you'd like to make the window bigger, but that's not something you can change. However, changing the paint color is within reach. I'll be styling my own little nook and sharing my process with you. Along the way, I decided to style are new buffet area and defined the station limits as the piece of furniture itself and the wall above the bus, a area with the buffet center between the two windows. In our dining area, I'm ready to create a bar area for cocktail ingredients, mixology, tools and recipe books. I hope this, newly designed, will give us a little more space to serve and entertain guests since this, but they is brand new. This face didn't really exist until we defined it with the actual piece of furniture. So fortunately, I don't have many dislikes, which is great. The one thing I don't like is how close the buffet is to the dining room table. Since I can't really control where the buffet goes because space is limited, I decided, Why not rooty our dining room table? And already the space is working much better. Next, you'll take photos of this face you selected. It's pretty quick and easy to snap. Snap a couple of photos with your phone. I like to document things with my phone, so the images are always Mindy. That way, whenever I get stock waiting in the grocery store or doctor's office, I can refer to the images have taken and brainstorm ideas for how to take my designed to the next level. It's also pretty easy to switch back and forth between my camera roll and the Paris AP. So this phone month, it allows me to take full advantage of any downtime. A fair warning, though, if if you try this method and venture into the world of Pindaris or one of the other visual discovery sites trying to stay on task and avoid getting lost in the endless world of visual inspiration, I know it's tempting. You can see here that I've taken some photos for about a space, including its proximity to our dining room table and cheers. The filters air nice because they give a little bit of surrounding contacts ready to work with, like the floors, the walls, the quality of daylight. In this things. I also like to keep these images on hand to refer to throughout the design process. Next, you'll sketch out ideas for how you want the space to work. Doing lots of quick sketches allows you to think through what sort of objects you want to include in this space and where they should be located in order to be most efficient again . These can be quick and rough, but should get your bring thinking more seriously about the space and what would reasonably fit within it. I always find it super helpful to zoom in even when sketching. In this case, AB zoomed into the area above the buff a to more carefully study the placement of objects relative to the width of the service itself. Um, in this sketch, I've begun to think about how the contents in the bar might take shape, where the bottles might go, how the books might be pleased, how to incorporate the fresh fruit and even how the art might be arranged. Above the buffet. Zoom out. I like to compare the process of zooming in and zooming out to other disciplines, like working in the computer on a large scale graphic or photographing with those New England's. If you're constantly changing your perspective to study the space from a different view, the end result will be that much better. After all that effort, your space will certainly look good from every angle. 5. Collect inspiration: the next step is to collect inspiration. This process is meant to be fun and loose, so try not to be too disciplined when collecting inspiration. Think of it as visual brainstorming. The point is to collect lots of beautiful images quickly without ever thinking it. You'll start by compiling an analog or digital mood board of spaces and objects that you like in which also represent your aesthetic style. I find most of my images online on sites like Pinterest and a variety of other blog's I frequent Like style by Emily Henderson and designs Bunge wouldn't delight just to name a few as well as the sites of my favorite makers. I also enjoyed coming through magazines and catalogs to find beautiful images. Sometimes I'll collect a stack of images by tearing the glossy pages of a fresh magazine. Uh, if that's not an option, I'll take a quick photo of the spread with my phone. This is especially useful when I find images I like in real life books and cant just tear the pages out. Another way I've been collecting visual inspiration lately is by taking Screenshots straight from my phone. Universally, we spent so much of our lives on the go and on our phones. So this method allows me to collect bits and pieces of inspiration whenever and wherever. The best part is that I usually have the source of the image handy sense. The screenshot itself shows where I found it. Keep in mind that the images you collect don't have to come exclusively from interior sites , even though that's our focus for this project. It's healthy and even encouraged to pull inspiration from unrelated places like Lifestyle Blog's food blog's museums, flyers, boards, the world. This guy is really the limit. So if you walk by a cool graphic sign every day and think to yourself, I'm really like to have something like that in my space. Then photograph it and use it in your mood board. You may not be able to use the exact sign in this project, but if you really like it, then but it inform your design direction before immersing myself into a sea of imagery. I like to take a couple of minutes to clearly define my personal style and words. One of my favorite exercises is Toe list, my top five favorite colors and materials This helps me connect my personal brand with my vision for the space. For instance, I describe my style as minimal, modern, sophisticated and authentic, with both a typographic and geometric emphasis. My top five materials and colors are white matte black char truce, natural wood and brushed metal. Now it's your turn. Grab your sketchbook. Take a few minutes to describe your style inwards. List your top five favorite materials and or colors. In other words, define your palate. After you've done the prep work, it's finally time to collect images. After collecting lots of images of inspirational spaces, I paired the images down to a handful that really capture my aesthetic and the spatial look and feel I'm working towards. I like to compile my favorite images in tow one space and composed them using in design. But you can use a variety of other tools to do. This is, well, mood boards can be tidy or messy. Whatever works best for you, you'll notice that the images shown here aren't all of bar areas, and that's okay. The goal here is to begin honing in on your visual style. I've also shared the image sources of the bottom of the page so you can read more about the talent behind these beautiful cities. No worries if you can't read them on screen. Now, I'll include this document with the supplementary materials for this class, in case you want to use it as a reference throughout your own design process. Now take another look at your mood board. How would you describe the spaces you selected for inspiration? What characteristics, Themes or patterns Do you notice in the spaces? I would describe the spaces I chose as light, fresh, livable, simple and design minded. Collectively, they incorporate natural materials with well composed interiors and thoughtfully curated color palettes full of neutral shades and pops of color. All the things I love next you'll developing inspiration board. So inspiration boards air like mood boards, but they're a little more specific and typically include actual objects you plan to use in your space before arriving at the Inspiration board you see here, I created lots of different variations of this concept. Before I finally settled on these 12 images, E carried over one of the images from my earlier mood board, the white buffet seen here in the upper left corner. Since I plan to use this exact buffet in the bar area, I'm styling. It made a lot of sense to include it in both the mood board and now the Inspiration board carrying specific elements throughout the design process leads to a more competive product . Ideally, you'll incorporate a few of the objects in this Ford into your style space, but it's not required. The goal is with all of these forces to help direct the overall look and feel the space you're styling. I've included a circular color swatch here in the center that's very similar to the paint color on the walls in the space I'm designing. I really like to include a paints watching my inspiration board, so I can easily see it throughout the design process. Having this you present helps ensure that all of the elements will work together once everything is in place. 6. Edit Your palette: This is the refinement phase. Step back and review your nook along with the inspiration board you created. Now it's time to edit. You'll have to decide what's necessary in the space you're styling. Eliminate What is a challenge yourself? Do you need to keep the remote controls on the coffee table, or is there a convenient location out of sight where you can store them? Also, if you noted any dislikes earlier, this could be a great opportunity to find a replacement or eliminate the item altogether. You want to keep the elements that work pared down what doesn't and finally add a couple of new or repurposed items to enhance your new space. If it's easier, you can execute the editing process digitally by creating a collage of items that you want to incorporate into your space digital collage. Jing is less risky and allows you to see whether an item you've been coveting well, look the way you envision once it's actually in the space. Alternatively, you can try the old fashioned method and pin your favorite items to a court board. When considering which items to bring into your space, be thoughtful. Ask yourself. Why does the item serve a functional purpose. Does it holds sentimental value? Does it make you happy when you see it? If it's difficult for you to answer why you'd like to introduce an item into your fresh new space, then set it aside and think on it. You've spent precious time and energy getting rid of things you don't like, so you can start fresh. Don't miss your opportunity to do it the right way. Generally, I like to focus on adding items that are either functional, sentimental or inspirational in the functional category. I've listed cocktail ingredients, mixology, tools and recipe books since all three year necessary for making the bar area a reality for the sentimental category. I like to hang some travel related art on the wall and maybe include a tiny reminder of my heritage or family or roots. Finally, for the inspirational category, I'm interested in adding a positive quote or message as well. A Z, a plant or some fresh flowers. This method isn't scientific, but it encourages thoughtful decision making. It's only natural to be selective when styling small spaces. This illustration is intended to show the process appearing down all of your inspiration and then thoughtfully adding items back into your palate. This process is fluid. Feel free to swap out items as you see fit. Finally, we'll take editing our pal it one step further. While I love every element in my inspiration board, I don't own all of the items in it. And realistically, it'll be a while before I could buy some of those things. So here's an example of where you'll get to decide which items you'll purchase and which items will replace with something slightly different that you already own. This stuff is challenging because you'll have to improvise a little and look through what you already own and find ways to repurpose it. To achieve the overall look, even vision for your space, I decided to purchase some of the more affordable pieces that I felt would make the biggest impact visually or functionally. For example, I decided to purchase the good things happen, print from read between the lines because I felt it worked wealthy, other black and white art. And in general I liked it's clean, typographic look, and it's inspirational message I could imagine as entertaining friends in this space and sharing cocktails to celebrate a special occasion. This print seemed like a fitting reminder of how good those times really are. I also bought some fresh fruit and a couple of mixology and recipe books. Instead of purchasing the Washington D. C. Print from city fabric that I should earlier in my inspiration board, I decided to go through some of the drawings and paintings I created in college to see what I could find. I found a nude drawing of an utterly Czech woman who had drew while studying abroad in Prague. Rather than keep it hidden, I decided to use that in place of the D. C. Print a t least temporarily to remind me of the amazing opportunity it waas. The woman serving board you see here is left over from Would I used to build our dining room table? It's just a scrap piece, unsanitized and left Roth. But I love the shapes, so I've kept it for years to use one day. I think it's the perfect way to incorporate the wanna green I love so much without spending any extra money on the beautiful bowl right now, I even managed to find a White Bowl that we already own toe Hold the fresh fruit for those aiming cocktails. With all of the items laid out on the floor, you can get a better idea of how they'll work together in a space. This step is particularly helpful if you're trying to study and more complex composition, like a gallery will or something similar to that. Otherwise, it's helpful to see all of the items you're planning to use in one location. It makes it easier to wrap your head around it. And finally, one last thing about this step. It's not final. You can totally still switch things up. Once you get to the composition step, this is a forgiving process. 7. Compose the big picture: now for the fun part. Composing the big picture, you'll start transforming your nook by introducing the items from your palate into the space. If you feel overwhelmed at first, start with the elements you feel most confident about, like stacking your price bull collection and go from there. After everything is in place, you can begin rearranging, stacking, rotating and nudging each of the items. Repeat these steps until you feel pretty good about your style masterpiece. Initially, I plan to style our bar area like this. In this design, I was able to create a space for the cocktail ingredients, fresh fruit and fragrant blooms. However, there isn't really room for the mixology and recipe books with the current design. I mean, I could definitely stow them inside of the buffet, but I'd like to try to find a creative way to display them. Also, I forgot that the drawing the Lady is in a landscape orientation non portrait, so I'll adjust the layout of the larger frame in the next iteration. With this version, I rotated the drawing 90 degrees so the lady is oriented correctly in the horizontal direction. I was able to make room for lots of greenery and fresh blooms as well a showcase, our coal, our wine decanter and books. Unfortunately, this arrangement doesn't include a space for the cocktail ingredients, which is a pretty big component of creating a bar area. Sure is a little bit of an oversight. Finally, this version successfully incorporates all of the elements to create a bar area for entertaining guests and housing cocktail ingredients, mixology, tools and recipe books. Additionally, there's enough space for both pieces of artwork as well less the serving board and fresh herbs. Finally, here's how it all came together. For fun and inspiration, you can view a time lapse video of how I styled this space. 8. Through a time lapse lens: right. 9. Complete the 24 hour test: with everything styled, you might be tempted to call this project complete. As I'm sure you know, the design process is never complete, but there are times when it's more complete than others. I really love how Emily Henderson describes her home as her personal style laboratory. She states proudly that it changes every day. I think this is a great way to think about your home and personal space as a style laboratory open for experimentation and unless creativity. Even if you take design risks and fail, you probably learned a valuable lesson along the way and above all else. You'll never get tired of your space. In my experience, however, it's smart to wait 24 hours from the time everything is styled and in place before you change anything or make in the any new decisions. When you change the space around you, it feels different. And sometimes it's tough to identify if it's different in a good or bad way. After waiting 24 hours through a full cycle of morning, noon and night, your new space will either grow on you or it won't. From there, you can adjust the space as necessary as a reminder. Here's the original space. At the start of the 24 hour period, after 24 hours, I decided to pare the design down even more by removing the wine decanter from the space. This helped to simplify the bar area and create a little more service area for creating cocktails. And since the dig, Cantor is clear. This subtle changes barely noticeable, but I did add the freshman back in as well. I'm pretty happy with the result. 10. Photograph your "new" space: Now that your space is styled just right, you'll take a photo and show us all how awesome your freshly styled nook looks. Be sure to capture a photo of your note in its entirety to give everyone an overall view of the space. It's also fun to take a few detail shots to show all of the time and energy you put in to make your space look so great. I hope you've had a lot of fun and are happy with the result. Now you're armed with the skills to tackle your next nook or the rest of your house, even. Thank you for taking the time to join me for this class. Don't forget. Once you're spaces style just right, you'll take a photo and show us all. How awesome your freshly styled enough looks happy styling.