Meet your Mentor: Michelle Green
Michelle from @everyday.home is a breath of fresh air when it comes to interiors. Her beautiful home interior is light, bright and airy, and is the envy of most of us. But most importantly it is incredibly homely which compliments Michelle’s loveliness and generous nature. One space that features a lot of her feed is her bedroom spaces which makes her the perfect inspiration for our bedroom themed week! Keep reading to get some great tips to help us all showcase our sleeping sanctuary and fulfill our sweet bedroom dreams.
Q&A with Michelle
Hey Michelle! Thanks for joining us for a Creatively Squared challenge during our Interiors month. We are absolutely thrilled to have you mentor the community. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, your background and how you came to be creating such fabulous interior inspiration.
Feeling pretty special to be here for interiors month!
A little about me — I’m very much a creative at heart. By day, I work full-time as a digital designer. When I’m not working, I love taking photos for Creatively Squared or for my Instagram account, Everyday Home.
I started Everyday Home a couple years ago with small glimpses of our old flat and some basic product photography. Good times.
Fortunately, since then I’ve been able to share the build of our new home & renovation of our latest investment home. This has allowed me to grow Everyday Home as a place for inspiration on small home living & more budget-friendly options.
Can you tell us about your creative process, how do you come up with ideas for what to share next on your Instagram account?
For my account @everyday.home, I know the content that works best with my community by looking at what’s performed best in the past. I use this data to create new spaces and images that I know my audience will want, and then space it out with whatever has inspired me that week/month.
For example, new additions to our home such as our study nook, latest renovation before & afters, new season colour trends, etc.
Who or what inspires you the most to create your images and share your journey?
For me, I’m quite a creative person so I have to be creating something, always, to stimulate my mind. I started my Instagram taking little product photos on my iPhone, as I didn’t have the beautiful house we have now. I would do this on the sly, out of embarrassment (how stupid), until one day I got found out by my (now) fiancé.
I’m glad I did, because he’s probably my main motivator who has encouraged my passion for interior styling and photography. Now I have my Everyday Home account and also take photos for Creatively Squared.
This challenge is all about your bedroom space. What are your three top tips for making your bedroom a sanctuary, and conveying this feeling in your images.
Keep the space soft and calm
I like to keep my bedroom a calming space both in a practical sense and aesthetically for photos. It’s about creating balance and harmony with soft colours, introducing textures and natural fibres to make the space feel inviting and homely.
I’m a huge sucker for of crumpled linen, muted colours, sheer curtains and textured cushions. That lived-in look can look beautiful in photos when done correctly.
2. Don’t over clutter
This is so easy to do as well. Don’t worry, I’ve been there, but practice makes perfect to find the balance between all your soft furnishings, homewares and furniture.
I would suggest taking a couple of photos, all with slightly different styling. There’s nothing worse than finishing your shoot and realising you’ve overdone your styling.
3. Capture the light
I love seeing sunlight streaming through sheer curtains onto a beautifully styled bed. Hot tip: if you don’t have sheers installed like me, you can still achieve this look. I have roller blinds, but purchased a sheer curtain from spotlight that I now hang in photo shoots.
Not so classy in real life, but it works a treat in images.
Do you have any hacks, tricks or tools which help you create your interiors imagery?
- Download Snapseed if you’re taking photos on your iPhone, or even just on the go. This helps tremendously to help lighten dark areas, add saturation to small areas & retouch out power points or tufts of dog fur (for me) with my forever-shedding border collie.
- Take a couple shots with different styling and angles in each location. I can’t tell you the amount of times I would do a shoot and not like any images once I’d finished.
- Don’t try to make the styling perfect. Whilst I don’t believe it will ever be ‘perfect’, it can also make it look too staged.
- When you shoot, make sure you don’t over expose the images.
- Go easy on the filters!
- Try something or somewhere different – for example, I’ve posted the same areas a couple times. It’s time to shake things up and find more great angles of your home.
What equipment do you use?
For my @everyday.home images, I shoot with my canon DSLR. I do use a tripod so the geometry of the photo doesn’t get too distorted. I try not to edit the photos too much, however I will use Lightroom or my iPhones editing features to brighten images. Again, I use Snapseed if I’m not near my computer to fix up mistakes / blemishes.
Anything more than my Instagram images, I use lighting, tripods, Lightroom and Photoshop to ensure the photos are of a professional quality.
What is your favourite images that you have created? Can you tell us why it is special to you?
1. A simple image but so rich in detail. I love the beauty and intricacy of flowers.
2. My favourite area of my home, where we spend the most time. It’s also been the most popular area of my home on Instagram.
We can all relate to falling in and out of love with Instagram, how has your account evolved over time?
Absolutely, you’ll notice I get really involved in Instagram for a couple months and then take a breather for a little while. I think that balance is important, however you find yours, as Instagram can become all-consuming.
When I started Everyday Home, I was obsessed with growing the account’s followers. There was a lot of quantity over quality. I spent so much time on Instagram, it took the fun out of it.
Now, I enjoy taking photos when I’m not at work or doing photo shoots for Creatively Squared. I post content I know my community will love. I don’t post everyday as I still prefer quality over quantity, and to actually enjoy my hobby!
Michelle is the guest mentor for our October 14 - 20 creative challenge ‘My Bedroom Sanctuary’ and will be featuring her favourite entries and feedback on the @creativelysquared Instagram account. You can find Michelle at @everyday.home on Instagram. We invite you to join Michelle and the rest of the Creatively Squared community to share your sleeping sanctuary. Hit the button below for entry information and full resources.