MargotAustin_portrait

Welcome.

My name is Margot Austin and I am the editor-in-chief of The Design Edit, a collection of the best design stories I encounter in my life as a stylist and design communications specialist. Read on to meet top talents, get inspired by beautiful spaces, find out about innovative products and  maybe even try one of my dead-easy DIY projects. I look forward to connecting with you, a fellow design hound.

iPhonography: Flowers

iPhonography: Flowers

Coriander Girl Flowers || via The Design Edit

I received this arrangement quite some time ago. It's by Coriander Girl and was a gift from some former colleagues. The vase is my own vintage piece. I switched it out because it came in a Mason jar (not a real Mason jar, but a florist vase interpretation of a Mason jar - huh? Do I need to say more about that?). I won't. Anyhoo, beautiful flowers from some lovely people. I couldn't help but take photos, since that's immediately what I do when I see beauty. These deserved more than an Instagram post but this was pre: The Design Edit so I saved up the images for some future posting venue. And here we are.

As a freelancer I'm using my iPhone often to create posts for my clients' social media channels. Someday I may splurge on a DSLR. That day has not yet come. Someday I'll cook up a post on my top iPhonography tips. Today is not that day. Today is just about sharing the pretty.

photo editing

I will share one big tip: you should edit almost every single photo you want to post somewhere. I don't have Photoshop so I just use the editing tools included on the Mac Photos app. My go-to trick is to boost the brightness, since I favour a light, bright style. But these flowers needed more colour and a dose of darkness. I messed around with all the settings quite a bit. I can still see ways I'd like to edit further — how do you know when to stop? Love the wacky nerines! They are like little magic wand flowers. Here is the rest of my experiment. Please enjoy!

Cassina Maralunga Sofa, Cool Since 1974 (more or less)

Cassina Maralunga Sofa, Cool Since 1974 (more or less)

5 Times I Picked Myself

5 Times I Picked Myself