Airy + Minimal design is a popular style right now but few are able to perfect it in the way that Meg Quinn of Aint Too Proud To Meg does.
Her photos first caught our eye in the #mywestelm gallery towards the end of summer and we have kept up with her posts ever since.
Read on to see more of Meg’s images, how she got into food styling, game-changing bookshelf organizing advice, and more!
Your home (through your Instagram) seems like the perfect mix of modern, minimal, and mid-century. How would you personally describe your interior style?
You have me pegged! I’m also a lover of all things brass, white and unexpected. Most importantly, I like spaces that are bright and airy. For me, it’s about mixing two ends of the spectrum… Oftentimes, my larger pieces are modern and white (like the West Elm Modern Buffet), but I’ll mix in lots of whimsy, texture, and color with the styling pieces.
You seem to frequently re-style your bookcase — what tips would you give to someone who wants to reorganize his or hers?
Definitely start with books! For me, books are perfect styling tools. They add height, color, and an opportunity to better display your most cherished accessories. But the first step in styling with books should always be taking off the covers. Once you strip away the glossy and image-laden sleeves, you’ll find simple and beautiful canvases in bright whites or dark purple/navy/black hues with pretty embossed gold and silver writing. For me, they never take center stage, but they are the unsung styling heroes of each styled vignette.
Your food styling photos look almost too beautiful to eat, how did you get into this craft?
My mom was a caterer, so growing up I’d help her out at parties. Looking back, it taught me the importance of presentation. Beyond that, Instagram has really upped the food styling game. I love exploring the ways people are “playing with food” on IG. The combination of fresh, natural colors can be as beautiful as a piece of art. I’m not the best cook, but I can sure make the store-bought stuff look pretty!
Considering your love for travel, where is your favorite place and how has it influenced your design style?
So many to choose from, but Positano, Italy was simply amazing, as evidenced throughout my living room. I’ve blown up two iPhone photos that I took on the beach and put them into huge frames on each side of the room. It’s a constant reminder of those care-free vacation days and my love of the beach! In addition to displaying my favorite travel photos, I always pick up something fun and meaningful from each trip. Not necessarily the cheesy trinkets, but an interesting painting or local artisans work. These are usually the kinds of things that stand out in my #shelfies!
When it comes to design, it’s about surrounding yourself with interesting things. I don’t necessarily want what everyone else has. I want something that someone stops and asks me about. I’ll take any opportunity to tell a good story.
Meg Quinn is the founder of food + home styling blog Aint Too Proud To Meg as well as a self-proclaimed shelfie expert with a love of all things brass, white & unexpected. Connect with her on Instagram!