Back in December... November — which was it, now? — I was asked to style out a video set for a Bertolli campaign with HonestlyWTF. The founder of HonestlyWTF, Erica Chan's original idea of turning her backyard into an Tuscan villa, complete with olive groves, was met with a few setbacks. For starters, turns out, renting rows and rows of 9 foot olive trees is not in your budget's best interest. But if it is, email me. A. ) I want to be part of said project and B.) I now have an Olive Farm contact in the area. Also, we didn't have much room to work with and to transform any larger of a space would require cranes and helicopters.
So with our main styling element out of our reach, we worked with what we had and I transformed a former sad and neglected shed corner, into a beautiful outdoor entertaining area — the perfect place to have friends over for a delicious Italian meal, pour copious amounts of Italian wine and do as the Italian's do, mangia!
First, a before shot...
As you can see, I decked the walls with dried olive leaf bundles, strung tons of lights and even filled in the lattice fence with vines to create a cozier nook. I brought in tons of candles, created a cute Negroni cocktail making station and a full olive and lemon garland to run down the table to add fun and festive moments. And of course, rosemary, lemons and olives were the name of the game. I used these garnishes and details just about everywhere. It's rustic, intimate and still very sophisticated. You can check out more images and the full video here.
Styling by Bianca Sotelo, photos by Aubrie Pick