Thursday, July 31, 2014

styling for Hudson Woods

A few months ago I received a very lovely email from the people behind Hudson Woods, the new 131-acre architect driven real estate development in the Hudson Valley. They had found me on Instagram, loved what I did and it turned out we had mutual friends, Sam Moyer and Casey Dzierlenga (who both have pieces included in the model home).

Not soon after, I was brought on to this project to style their model home and events held at the location (most recently their official Launch Party) and the rest is styling history...

Drew Lang and the architects with his firm, Lang Architecture, are spearheading the project with the idea to redefine housing developments due to the reaction against suburbia.

Each home pays homage to the beautiful Hudson Valley surroundings while remaining clean, minimal and maintaining a modern way of living (hello, salt water pool!).

When I first visited the model home, most of the large pieces were already in place including a stunning dining table from Sawkille, a custom built pantry by Sam and many pieces from local and NYC-based makers and designers.

For the styling, I wanted to bring the essence of the surrounding woods and the beautiful Hudson Valley landscape into the space while staying true to how one would live in this home; boots by the door, branch clippings instead of flowers, herbs and moss filled vessels, and lots of natural materials. 

I'm calling it utilitarian/rustic chic with a clear focus on items that are well-made and well-designed.

Throughout the space, I've created little moments using relics found on possible nature walks and forrest exploration; bird feathers displayed in vintage glass bottles, collections of rocks on windowsills and trinkets of an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

With an area rooted in history (not to mention being surrounded by many antique stores!), it was a no brainer to include vintage items. The shelving in the kid's room is lined with a collection of tin lunch boxes and retro board games, books and toys. Antique bowls and pitchers are included in the kitchen's open shelving, and a few small vintage furniture pieces are thrown into the mix.

But this is still a high-end property so we made sure to incorporate new pieces from retailers like West Elm and Hammertown, plush Coyuchi towels, gorgeous coffee table books, handmade soap by HudsonMade, and fresh linens, pillows and throws.

It's not often a project like this comes my way that encompasses my love for the Hudson Valley with a strong sense of design and I encourage you to check it out in person! As this is an ongoing project, the home is open for viewing on the weekends (and available lots to purchase!) with events throughout the summer.

More info can be found on the Hudson Wood website.

Recently featured on Architectural Digest and The New York Times.

Friday, June 20, 2014

WorkOf for NYCxDesign

Product styling I did for WorkOf for their first online shop is now live! These pieces from over 30 NYC designers were featured during NYCxDesign 2014 (aka New York City's Design Week) this past May.

WorkOf is a new digital platform connecting independent makers with interior designers, creative directors and design-conscious consumers.

I also lent my styling eye along with Emily Johnston (who photographed the project as a whole) in the execution of WorkOf's Apartment held at Industry City, Brooklyn during NYCxDesign.

This was an installation of furniture, lighting and home decor showcasing these 30+ makers in a home-like setting. You can read more about it HERE.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Country Living Fair

This past weekend, Country Living Magazine held its thrice annual Country Living Fair, which was hosted again in Rhinebeck (my hometown) for the second year. Fingers crossed they'll continue to hold it here every year!

You may remember my post last year and the space that I designed/styled for Hammertown Barn, which was on Country Living Magazine's list of vendors not to miss this year!

This fair is so beautifully done -- booths are curated and set up as mini stores and the merchandise varies from handmade pieces to one-of-a-kind antiques and vintage. I went all three days and left each day feeling inspired and energized.

One of my favorite booths was Tivoli Tile Works. Potter Caroline produces classic shapes in beautiful whites, pastels and pops of bold color, all with an organic and handmade feel. I immediately became obsessed and wanted everything... and I'm obviously not the only one, she also sells on One Kings Lane!

She's a great sport too... I came in to her booth the second day and asked if I may restyle her set up (sometimes I just can't help myself!). Caroline was immediately game for my crazy idea and mid-day on Saturday we rearranged her space...!

I found lots of goodies to bring back with me to the city (with a clear yet unintentional color pallet in mind! Think I like white???)

I love having these little reminders of my time spent at home in the country and the stylist in me is already planning to incorporate everything into my next shoot.

For more on the Country Living Fair, my friend Sarah just posted a review over on her blog...

Monday, March 31, 2014

Baileys commercials

A series of six Baileys commercials that I art directed + prop styled featuring their new Vanilla Cinnamon liquor are now live!

Watch as six different fantastical themes manifest after each drink is poured...

Art Direction + Prop Styling: Me
Food Styling: Claudia Ficca
Director: Antonio Scarlata
Director of Photography: Luca Del Puppo
Production: Rooster

Monday, March 17, 2014

a decorating frenzy!

A few months ago I made the big move back to the city I love, back to where my heart belongs and back to where my friends, peers and industry awaits. NYC never looked finer...

I have yet to post about my new pad (the work load has been incredible which leaves little time for blogging!), but a few months ago I was asked to partake in a very special/secret project (more details soon!). I mean, it's huge. Or at least I think it's huge. No, no, no, it's huge. And now I'm in crazy-frantic-styling-mode trying to get my new home ready for its close up. A 'decorating frenzy,' perhaps?

So with that being said, here are pics of my apartment before I moved in and before I started working a little magic (I literally pulled these directly off the apartment's listing). It's a pretty standard NYC studio apartment; 300 square feet, small kitchen and a very tiny bath. But it has great storage, hardwood floors, a white marble entry, looks onto the back gardens and in a very convenient location.

Because I'm in a decorating frenzy and am basically giving the space an entire makeover within a matter of MONTHS with veerrrryyy little to start with (I purged almost a half of my processions before moving), I thought 'Hey, this is pretty crazy so.... let's blog about it!"

In addition to blogging about this project, I'll also be instagramming along the way because, why not, right? Follow me using hashtag #ProjectNYCApartment via @meagancampstyle

And I certainly couldn't end this post with these god-awful 'before' images, so here's what caught my eye as far as inspiration for my new abode...

Saturday, March 1, 2014

HGTV magazine

I am quoted in this month's HGTV Magazine about a bathroom I styled for Rue Magazine (you may remember the story HERE) for their story on "Sweet Little Baths" starting on page 77.

This Farmhouse bathroom, located in Rhinebeck, NY, was a combination of modern conveniences with classic, timeless touches. I mixed in antiques with newer pieces, and as I'm quoted, there's a lot of texture happening in this space which makes it visually interesting regardless of its small size.

If you're interested in creating a space like this of your own, I've listed the sources below. Please keep in mind this story was shot 3 years ago so many of the product may no longer be available!

- Pedestal sinks, vanity mirrors and white marble tiles from Lowes
- Wire basket, white towels and silver trash bin from Restoration Hardware
- Blue and white towel and block of soap from Terrain
- Gooseneck lighting from Barn House Electric
- Knobs on mirrors from Anthropologie
- Bath mats from Paper Trail in Rhinebeck, NY

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

on-screen with robyn moreno

Sometimes you meet people on set and you just click, and so it was with Robyn Moreno whom I met during the Fox & Friends segment I styled over the summer.  We instantly knew collaborations were in our future, and our most recent project are these quick videos for Robyn's newest venture, Pocket's of Pretty.

It was my first time being on screen but it's something I've recently been thinking about (more on that later), so when Robyn asked me to be a guest on her new web series, I couldn't say no!

Robyn is all about easy and affordable tricks and tips you can use in everyday life, which is something I can totally get in to, so we focused on easy flower arranging and quick DIY artwork... enjoy!

--> Easy Flower Arranging

--> 60 Second Crafting

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy valentine's day!

Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day with treats, sweets and all things decadent on this day of LOVE!

Some new work styled by yours truly, shot by the lovely Emily Kate Roemer and food styled by the equally lovely Claudia Ficca.


And don't miss our stop motion video!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

new work!

Champignon Cheese's Spring 2014 advertising campaign...

+ Prop Styling by Me
+ Food Styling by Claudia Ficca
+ Photogrtaphy by Davide Luciano

Thursday, January 30, 2014

styling a super bowl party with target

I'll admit, I'm not huge football fan. It's not that I don't enjoy a good beer and some fried chicken wings, because I'd be considered grossly un-American for not enjoying that pastime, but my idea of 'game day' is usually a trip to a flea market or something a little more hands on.

So when Target asked me to style a Super Bowl party with Lifestyle expert Robyn Moreno, I knew I needed to brush up on my football knowledge stat!

I pulled many items from Target's Threshold line and mixed in some easy DIY's to glam-up the event. Using black and white (reminiscent of a ref's jersey) as our base pallet, I added pops of the two team colors; orange and blue for Broncos and green and blue for Seahawks.

Check out the full video with party tips and decor ideas...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

dessert in the desert

I came across this video while in the midst of updating my portfolio for the New Year. It was shot on location for a Rue Mag story I styled a few years ago in the middle of the Las Vegas desert. The talented guys behind Shark Pig perfectly captured the essence of that day and the spirit behind this specific project...

See the published story here.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

christmas styling

I love the Holidays; It's an excuse to be corny, sing silly songs, and deck your halls with all things sparkly. It's also one of my busiest times as a stylist, which for me, starts mid-summer. Around July I start meeting with art directors, producers and editors to plan for their Holiday stories, issues and catalogs.

I was fortunate to have a very busy year and thought I'd share a few of the Holiday projects I've worked on. Now that it's the Eve of Christmas, I'm looking forward to sending my Holiday upstate with my family and friends, kicking my feet up and doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING... which, really, is the best gift of all!

Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and merry Christmas!!
xo Meagan

--> A decorating story for Rue Magazine featuring the home of Nate Berkus' Publicist

--> A Holiday catalog shot on location at a beautiful estate in upstate New York

--> A DIY Holiday crafting story

Thursday, November 28, 2013

happy thanksgiving!

I have lots to be thankful for this year -- my loving family, great friends and my work that constantly keeps me inspired. Just in time for the holiday, here's a quick story I prop styled, along with food stylist Claudia Ficca, for the Wall Street Journal with celebrity chef Tom Colicchio at his famed Craft Restaurant.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Photography by Even Sklar

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

crafting with the Today Show

With Halloween right around the corner, what's funnier than dressing up your dog? I whipped out the glue gun with Robyn Moreno to help design costumes for Kathie Lee and Hoda's dogs for a Today Show segment that aired this morning. If you're familiar with this fun loving morning duo, turning their little pups into "Red Wine" and "Cheese and Crackers" couldn't be more fitting!

Here are instructions to make these cute Howl-O-Ween costumes...

Red Wine (seen on Hoda's dog, Blake)
- purple doggie sweater
- purple or maroon balloons
- faux grape leaf garland
- cork coaster
- large wine cork
- sparkly green foam paper
- dog collar
- small safety pins
- needle
- thread to match the sweater
- hot glue gun and glue sticks

To make the Wine Costume:
1. Rip individual leaves off the garland and sew them on to the sweater. Some leaves have a hole already built into the bottom of the stem which makes it easier to adhere to the sweater.
2. Blow up enough balloons to cover the top part of the sweater. Balloons should be about 3-4" in diameter (smaller or larger depending on dog's size)
3. Safety pin each balloon to the sweater, working around the leaves, until the sweater is covered. We found it easier to start pinning some balloons while the sweater is lying flat, then put the rest of the balloons while the sweater is on the dog.

To make the Wine Collar:
1. Using the cork coaster as your base, hot glue individual leaves to the top of the coaster.
2. For more sparkle, we cut out a leaf in the sparkly foam paper and included that with the other leaves.
3. Hot glue a large cork in the center of the coaster.
4. Finish off by hot gluing the grape tendrils (also pulled off the garland) randomly amongst the leaves.
5. Let the glue cool for a few minutes before hot gluing it to a dog collar. Adhere the collar on the underside of the coaster so the clip would sit under the neck of the dog and the piece directly on top of the neck.

Cheese & Crackers (seen on Kathie Lee's dog, Bambino)
- tan or beige doggie sweater
- large grape leaves stem or small garland (we chose one with sparkly leaves)
- foam cheese hat
- yellow craft paper (with a dotted texture)
- gold paper
- brown colored pencil
- hole punch
- scalloped pinking sheers 
- two cork coasters
- dog collar
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Elmer's white glue
- foam glue

To make the Cheese & Crackers Costume:
1. Trace an outline of the coaster onto the yellow paper, then trace a larger circle around that circle so that the "cracker" is larger than the coaster.
2. Cut along the larger traced circle (the "cracker") using the scalloped pinking sheers.
3. Use the hole punch to punch out small circles from the gold paper (seven holes per cracker).
4. Adhere the punched circles onto the cracker using the white glue or glue stick.
5. Using the flat side of the point of a brown colored pencil shade around the edge of the cracker; also add some shading around the gold punched circles. This will bring out the texture of the cracker. It helps to look at an image of a cracker as you do this.
6. Cut off the elastic from the foam cheese hat.
7. Remove the leaves from the leaf pick.
8. Place the foam cheese wedge on top of the doggie sweater. Add some leaves and crackers under the cheese and add some crackers on top of the cheese wedge. Glue one of the paper crackers to a cork coaster as a way to add depth to the top of the cheese wedge. We found it easier to lay everything down first to find a design you like before gluing.
9. Use hot glue to adhere the leaves and crackers to the sweater. Use the foam glue for the cheese wedge. Note: Hot glue melts the foam cheese and prevents it from adhering to the other materials.

To make the Cheese & Crackers Collar:
1. Using the cork coaster as your base, hot glue a leaf off center to the top of the coaster.
2. Hot glue a cracker to the center of the coaster.
3. Let the glue cool for a few minutes before hot gluing it to a dog collar. Adhere the collar on the underside of the coaster so the clip would sit under the neck of the dog and the piece directly on top of the neck.

Here's my little girl, Tessa, modeling a neck-piece for the Wine costume...

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