What’s inside an interior stylist’s toolkit?

What's in an interior stylist's toolkit? | Growing Spaces

A while ago, a friend messaged me to ask wha I keep in my interior stylist’s toolkit that I take with me on photo shoots. As I sent her back my long list of styling kit essentials, I thought it would make a great post on Growing Spaces, and so here I am, eventually sharing it with you. Not only is this a great checklist of things to take on a shoot, but everything in it is useful for small DIY or craft projects at home, too.

The above is my current wish-list, including some of the key items I wouldn’t be without:

  1. Grey toolbox, £39.50, Rose and Grey
  2. HAY brass scissors, £9, The Lollipop Shoppe
  3. OHTO mechanical pencil, £7.50, Quill London
  4. Kate Spade stapler, £29.95, Selfridges
  5. Giant bulldog clips, £18 for 8, Papermash
  6. Gorilla glue, (100% waterproof glue that bonds virtually anything), £7.74 for 115ml, Screwfix
  7. Command Strip picture hanging strips, £4.29, Ryman
  8. Tape measure and tailor’s chalk, £5.95, The Makery
  9. Rifle Paper Co notepad, £8, Papermash

And here is my definitive list of all the useful things to keep in the ultimate interior stylist’s toolkit…

  • Scissors (small and large)
  • Glue – Gorilla Glue is a good all-rounder, but also check out the Gorilla Wood Glue and Gorilla Superglue
  • Stanley knife (and spare blades)
  • Tape – I include scotch tape, parcel tape, gaffer, masking tape, double-sided tape and a selection of washi tape (you need lots of tapes!)
  • Fishing line – good for hanging, almost invisible
  • Floral wire
  • Command strips – these are excellent for putting up pictures or mirrors without damaging the wall. They’re a stylist’s saviour on shoots.
  • Tape measure and ruler
  • Bulldog clips – good for any job that involves cheating with fabric i.e. holding back curtains etc
  • Pencil – mechanical is good so you don’t need to remember a sharpener
  • Small sewing kit (needle, thread, pins)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Baby wipes – good for cleaning and also remove streaks and marks on stainless steel
  • Blue-tack (or similar)
  • Pens, including a good marker pen
  • String and lengths of ribbon
  • Binbag

I’m sure I’ll keep remembering things I’ve forgotten. Is there anything you’d add?


Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Growing Spaces’s Sponsor, Gorilla Glue, but all opinions and content are my own


1 Comment

  1. May 11, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Love this list. I think I need to add more varieties of tape to my collection. I always have a lint roller with me – I’m amazed at what fabrics pick up!

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