Monica Wang House Tour

rebecca buenik | longwood drive studios

Fun fact: I studied interior architecture in college that lead me to LA to pursue dreams of working in a big firm. After a few years doing residential design - lots of drafting - I wanted to get away from the computer and make things happen. I found styling to be a much better fit for me. To have one (or several) really intense days planning, prepping, shooting. Having to be creative on demand with whatever you have in your kit. Moving things just slightly to make magic on the camera. Even to cheat things - like filling a bowl with napkins with only a few apples on top to make it look full - was exhilarating & exhausting but then it was done! You move onto the next project.  

rebecca buenik | longwood drive studios

This home Monica Wang, photographer extraordinaire, was such a treat to style. So many great architectural features, amazing light and lots of goodies to play with. Styling tip: shop interesting items with height. That wood bird was a $5 flea market find that gives the right amount of texture and brakes up the line of smaller objects. 

rebecca buenik | longwood drive studios

Another fun/sentimental fact: Monica inherited this piano from her grandmother and brought it all the way to Los Angeles from Chicago. It's a really sweet story, check it out Rue Magazines September issue. It's on page 143

rebecca buenik | longwood drive studios
rebecca buenik | longwood drive studios
rebecca buenik | longwood drive studios

Enviable speckled nesting bowls by Chris Earl. I need!! 

rebecca buenik | longwood drive studios
rebecca buenik | longwood drive studios
rebecca buenik | longwood drive studios

This statement wallpaper is what dreams are made of. I am simply obsessed. Trying to plan out where it should be in my house. Check out designer Samantha Santana for more goodies. 

rebecca buenik | longwood drive studios
rebecca buenik | prop stylist | longwood drive studios
Rebecca Buenik | Prop Stylist | Longwood Drive Studios

As I've transitioned into styling (interiors, props, food, product - you name it) as my sole base of work it's been all the cliches: lots of hard work, a little unstable, slightly terrifying. The other difficult thing was to put the idea of being only an interior designer out of my head. It's taken me awhile to be 'OK' with doing something other than what I spent 4 years of school in. To know that what you learn outside of the classroom is just as important, even more so, then what I've gained by trial and error. 

rebecca buenik | prop stylist

Interior Styling by Rebecca Buenik

Photos by Monica Wang

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