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A Beautiful Room with Dual Purpose: Photography Studio By Day, Dining Room by Night

When wedding photographer Heidi Lau enlisted my help to transform her new home, I was immediately on board. The opportunity, however, presented some challenges. We started with lavender wall-to-wall carpeting and dusty rose walls, and her new space had to be dual purpose: a work space by day and a place to host friends, family, and loved ones by night.

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Photography Studio Meets Dining Room: After

Writing my own design blog is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Not only has it provided me with countless opportunities I could not even imagine (hello Martha Stewart Living contributor!), but it has also allowed me to collaborate with some of the most talented, like-minded individuals. Case in point: meeting superstar wedding and lifestyle photographer Heidi Lau just over two years ago. She photographed my home tour, and needless to say, we instantly became friends.

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Dining Room Meets Photography Studio: Before

Not long after I announced that I was starting my own interior design business, Heidi and her sweet husband purchased a home just outside the city. As it stood, their new home was in dire need of design help.

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Amazing Southern Light: After

Luckily, both Heidi and her husband have discerning eyes. They were able to see through the pastel mess to the huge windows and the flood of incredible southern-facing light (a photographer's dream!).

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Photography Studio Meets Dining Room: After

They took the plunge but knew they'd need a hand in executing their vision. Not only did their living/dining area need to be a beautiful, usable space for family and friends, but it had to pull double duty as a photography studio as well. The couple enlisted my help, and the rest is history.

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Photography Studio: Before

The coffered ceiling adds interest to the room, and I knew that a few small changes would go a really long way when it came to redefining this dated space.

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Touches of Velvet: After

Heidi and I worked together over the course of a few months to come up with the perfect design to accomodate her work life and family life. A lick of bright white paint on the walls and some luxurious walnut-coloured hardwood floors helped create a space that was simple and clean enough for photo shoots. Adding a few quality furniture pieces gave it enough character to feel inviting to guests. A dual purpose room was born!

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A Hint of Brushed Gold: After

Touches of brushed gold paired perfectly with the almost-rustic furniture finishes.

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Rustic Flowers: After

At this house, incredible floral arrangements are always at the ready -- a bonus to being a wedding photographer, let's be honest!

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Gilded Details: After

Gilded details, like these incredible agate coasters, added just the right amount of glamour to the room.

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Timeless Dining

Accented with photos from Heidi herself -- and gorgeous flowers provided by the talented Blush & Bloom -- the room feels timelessly elegant. For more images, information, and links to all of the sources, head on over to my blog, Lark & Linen.