styling spoiler alert

There are so many things for me to love about this image. First, it's a foyer large enough for a centre hall table – this is a feature that's on my dream house wish list. We actually already own a table very similar to this one, which makes it even easier for me to imagine living this way. And there's lots more to love. White walls, dark floor: perfect. 12-lite entry door: stunning. Hundi lantern: classic. Small bench with cabriole leg and pad foot: understated and elegant. Styling with kids shoes and a cylinder vase of Queen Anne's Lace: both nice touches that lend a laid back vibe. The designer is Darryl Carter: love his work. But Darryl, if you are reading this – and I know you've been by here before – I have a bone to pick with you, or whoever styled this shoot.

What is UP with that itsy bitsy little area rug? That postage stamp is bumming me out. A carpet so small that only two feet of a tripod table go on it, and one of those only just barely? Huh? Also, you can see the end of the rug in the foreground, so there's no fooling the eye to think it's a long runner. So here's my theory. I think this rug belongs right at the front door. I'm guessing someone on the shoot remarked that there was a lot of glare on the section of floor at the base of the table from the natural light streaming in all the uncovered windows. Someone suggested using the carpet to quiet down the glare a bit. And the deed was done.

If I had been on the shoot I would have done one of four things. 1) Place the rug right at the front door where it should be and suggest the photographer work on cutting the glare. 2) Wait until another time of day to shoot this area so that the light would fall differently in the space (since I actually think strategy 1. would be very difficult). 3) Remove the carpet entirely. 4) Shoot the space as it is here, then place tape on the floor to mark the position of the right edge of the carpet. Move the carpet to the right, lining up its left side with the tape, so that it covered the section of floor under the right side of the table. Then shoot the space again. Later in digital post production someone would need to overlay the two images and PhotoShop the centre "seam" so that the carpet looks like one large square rug. Voilà. We do that kind of stuff all the time, no biggie. Why why why didn't they??

So that's the styling bee in my bonnet today. Am I being crazy? Ok maybe. Did you notice it before I mentioned it?

photo: Max Kim-Bee for Country Living