I had never thought about how interior designers stylize their own home. I found out first hand back in January when I visited two designers in one day.
My first stop was at the home of Edwin Massie.
I had two primary objectives while at the homes of theses designers – capture the essence of their home design and make a portrait of them in their element.
One of the bathrooms proved to be very difficult to photograph. The entire design was very cool but the contrasty lighting and tight quarters made it hard to show everything. I ended up using a 14mm lens and playing with the reflections to show the entire scene.
I left Edwin Massie’s house wanting him to overhaul my home. I loved his style and use of international antiques.
I then moved on to the home of Ken Stuckenschneider, who had a very different design style.
Brooklyn, his dog, was very excited to see me and nearly ripped my camera off my neck. Luckily, my camera strap (and my neck) held.
It amazed me how much both of there homes felt like I was shopping at a high end furniture store. Every room felt like it had a theme. There was a perfect balance of design and blank space.
So yes. It is true. These guys do indeed practice what they preach. If their home design at all reflects what they could do for a client, I would hire either one in a heartbeat.