When I saw this photo of a porch overlooking the beach in Traditional Home magazine, I liked some things about it but wasn’t so sure about a few others. I sat and stared and thunk on it a bit. Here’s how that went:
- The rug still has creases in it like it was just unfolded for the photo shoot.
- Bugs me when they’re at an “artistic angle.” Wish I could straighten it.
- Cute dogs!
- I’ve never seen deck flooring like that. It kinda looks fake…
- Are those doors navy blue like George Banks’s tux?
- Love the ceiling color.
- Wish I could be sitting there right now with those views!
Then I turned the page and forgot about it. At least until I came across the listing for this beach house on VRBO and was like, hey, I recognize that porch!
What a difference a magazine photo shoot makes! The porch in the listing isn’t nearly as colorful, with gray porch decking, solid black doors (no hint of navy), and a plain white ceiling. No rug, either, angled or otherwise.
In this listing photo you can see how different the flooring really is:
Looks like there must have been some digital tweaking involved here. Not that I think there’s anything wrong with that, since this is a magazine and not a real estate listing, like we saw here — I just found it interesting to see how they changed things up. (It’s possible they made the changes for real but the listing photos are old, I guess. But I kinda doubt it.)
Here’s another example of how a professional photographer (in this case, Colleen Duffley) and some styling changes can make a room look like a million bucks. The bathroom in the VRBO listing is nice enough:
The little touches of blue and green make a big difference, don’t they? The better lighting doesn’t hurt, either! It’s a beautiful beach house, which the homeowners dubbed “Lollygag.” You can see the rest in Traditional Home and on the rental website.
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