“You Got Served” is a DXD Original Series and ongoing creative project where three individuals (bloggers, stylists and/or tastemakers) are picked to exemplify their own unique styles by sourcing and photographing a table setting using the same box of provided mystery props.
Whitney is not only a blogger at Brunellos Have More Fun, she’s a first class sommelier, owner of Bottle Stock (aka: the best designed wine accessories on the planet) and did we mention she took home the gold for Editor’s Choice Best Wine Blog at the Saveur awards this year?
Yeah…we think she’s pretty rad too.
We knew that Whitney would have a fresh take on this styling game. Where she doesn’t normally pull together this type of table-scape for all the internet to see, she does have impeccable taste and a fabulous eye for design…plus she always knows how to make a bottle of wine look gorgeous. Let’s see how she tackles box 002 (spoiler alert: like a champ) and talk about personal style as well as what she’s currently got her eye for her own personal wine accessory collection.
You got served…by Whitney Adams.
~Subject must choose and work with at least two items and one textile from the mystery box
~Location and surface area up to the discretion of the subject
~One additional textile, prop, and food/botanicals can be selected from the subject’s private collection
Do you have a routine or game plan when it comes to styling with props for your photos?
I don’t really have a routine since I shoot a lot when I’m out and about, traveling on the road or out at a tasting or restaurant. Since I don’t always have total control of the environment, my main goal is to make the wine look damn sexy and to tell a story. Tasting notes don’t always have to be written, they can be visual. I try to take photos that convey the energy of the moment along with my perspective and feeling of a wine.
all behind the scenes images: Kristin Guy
What’s your Serving Style? Brand new/on trend, unique vintage originals, particular colors?
To be totally honest, I don’t know that I even have one! If I had to describe it, I guess I tend to stick to white and gold mixed with natural wood elements and pops of color or pattern. I keep things pretty simple. But, I also like having some special little pieces to throw in the mix that are conversation starters- a cool Spanish porron, a tiny vintage Italian ice bucket, my engraved julep cups…
Do you have a favorite piece in your collection? What’s the story behind it?
When I was on a family vacation last year in North Carolina, I visited the Stecoah Valley Arts Center with my mom. I found an absolutely beautiful maple wood bowl by a local artist. It’s one of a kind and signed by the man who made it, Danny Jenkins. Sometimes, I just stand in my kitchen and stare at it.top & bottom image: Whitney Adams
If you could get a hold of any item for your kitchen or tabletop, what do you currently have your eye on? A complete set of Zalto Universal wine glasses. I only have one and that was given to me as a gift. They are pricey! And a Soda Stream, cause homegirl is OBSESSED with sparkling water.
top image: Whitney Adams
We adore Whitney’s style! Not just her photographs, but also how she takes them…always on a chair. No really, we’ve been in restaurants with this girl and she’s been known to pop up onto the stool top with no shame and a smile. This table top has us dreaming of sea-side balconies, caprese salads, flowing kaftans and, of course, a large bottle of rosé. Her playfulness and chic sensibility totally come through with east – Thank you for transporting us to the tranquil territory lady, I think more than a few of us needed it this week!
Also keep on eye out for her brand spanking new website launching in just a couple weeks: Whitney A – which will be HQ for all things Ms. Adams…and no doubt excellence.
Box 003 is currently under development (and it is going to be VERY different), as well as more prop boxes heading to Michigan and San Fransisco later this summer. Do you want to be part of the collaboration or know someone with exceptional style we should consider for future issues? Drop us a line and let it be known – we look forward to hearing from you!