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: