MEET THE STYLIST // BECK SIMON - HOW TO STYLE THE PERFECT SHELF November 11 2016, 0 Comments

BECK SIMON has been part of the styling industry for 6 years. Her beautiful work has been published in Belle, Real Living, Home Beautiful, Country Style and Fete magazine. She has worked with many iconic brands including Myer, Adairs, Dulux Group, Fenton & Fenton, House Of Orange, Cultiver and of course styling for our most recent GYPSY shoot.

Having styled a few shelves in her time, today she shares with you her tips for creating a perfectly balanced (and instagrammable) shelf, as well as how she came to be a star of the styling industry.

BECK'S TOP TIPS FOR STYLING THE PERFECT SHELF

GYPSY Beck Simon Nathan + Jac

STYLED  BY BECK SIMON, PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEX REINDERS FOR GYPSY

When styling shelves I am of the opinion that less is more, my shelves are always quite paired back - I’m not into clutter.

1. Include beautiful objects of relative size - smaller objects look 'bitsy' and cluttered

2. Group objects in different shapes and sizes

3. Include plants/greenery/flowers 

4. Don’t be afraid of negative space - don’t think you have to fill every inch of your shelving, give your objects room to shine.

5. Keep it balanced

GYPSY shelf Nathan + Jac

STYLED  BY BECK SIMON, PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEX REINDERS FOR GYPSY 
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BECK'S BACKGROUND 

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Kyneton - a country gal, shaking it in the big city.  Kyneton is a great little town, my family still live there in the same house I grew up in.  

It’s a great place for a weekend road trip - good food, coffee and my favourite gallery/store to visit Stockroom Space

How did you get into styling?

I began my pathway into styling by assisting stylists I admired. This was invaluable. It’s where I began to learn about the industry and what it would take to become a stylist. So I worked hard, learnt as much as I could, then began my transition into styling for my own clients. The transition wasn’t easy, but I was very fortunate to have great mentors.

Being a stylist requires physical work and a whole lot of organisation and coordination, and that's before you even step on set or location!

There are SOME days when I wish I didn’t have to pack and unpack a van, but seeing the final images from the shoot makes it all worth while!

BECK STYLING FOR FENTON & FENTON

Do you have any styling tricks or rules you always go by?

Balance. Things need to feel/look balanced. 

I will keep working on a scene until I am happy with the balance of colour, shapes and light.

I think there can be styling rules, but the best work i’ve seen pushes those boundaries. 

Colour - Tone - Texture - Balance. They’re my rules. 

Make your own rules, that’s when you’ll find your own style. 

What piece of styling work are you most proud of? 

I’m proud of most projects. When I look back at some of my earlier projects, there are things i’d change and do differently now. 

I’m proud of my first published editorial, which was a kids bedroom feature, that will always be special.

I’m always learning and developing my style.

Beck Simon Styling Nathan Jac

BECK STYLING FOR BALMAIN

Who or what inspires you? 

Travel inspires me.  Design inspires me. 

I am fortunate to work with some of the best interior/lifestyle photographers and these talented people inspire me to do better every shoot. The drive to create beautiful imagery inspires me. Oh and a vodka martini!

Do you have a favourite artist?

I love Sylvia McEwans and Emmi Goodwin. I like darkness in art. I always found Abbey McCulloch’s work interesting.  Australia has some exceptionally talented artists, how do you choose a favourite! 

Where do you like to look for pieces? 

Artwork is important in interiors. I spend a LOT of time searching online for things I like. So much of my preparation is in research. I search galleries, exhibitions, blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. 

Art doesn’t need to be a expensive, there a lot of affordable options. Photographic prints are everywhere at the moment.  

Check out your favourite photographer’s website, you may be able to purchase one of their prints! 

Beck Simon Stylist

BECK STYLING FOR IVY

A big thank you to Beck for her time in sharing this with us all!

Keep in touch with Beck: 

Instagram - @becksimonstylist

Website - www.becksimon.com