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    Wednesday
    Jan262011

    lora lamm

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    Tuesday
    Jan252011

    giveaway winner + discount codes + matchbook mag

    I randomly generated a comment number and am excited to announce Beth as the giveaway winner! She has already been contacted but for the rest of you.. thank you so much for entering! After that crazy response I'll be sure to do giveaways more often :)

    Here are a few discount codes for those of you who didn't win (I know, I hate not winning too):

    Enjoy free shipping over $50 with code "FREESHIP51" now through Feb. 14th.

    or.. take 10% off the custom illustrated prints until Feb. 3 with code "ARTPRINT7"

     

    AND... a big congrats to Matchbook Mag on their debut issue that just went live! Be sure to check out a little interview that I did about Nathan & I working together in the issue..

    Monday
    Jan242011

    custom couple print giveaway!

    I'm doing a custom couple print giveaway in time for Valentine's Day! To enter, leave a comment below sharing what you love most about who you'd give this to. I'll pick a random winner tomorrow evening at 5pm (EST).

    about the prints:

    prints are 8"x10" (the winner's will include a frame) and there are two design options available.. each with multiple colors. Prints include hand-painted custom couple illustrations, hand-lettering, and customizable text at the bottom. Printed on archival watercolor paper.

    We'll make sure your print arrives in time for Valentine's Day.

    Open to U.S. customers only (sorry, it's due to shipping)

    **UPDATE: be sure to leave your email address when you comment. No one will see it but me and I'll need it to get in touch with you if you're the winner. 

    **GIVEAWAY ENDED** the giveaway is now closed and I randomly generated a winner. stay tuned for the announcement as well as a few discount codes to use in the shop.

    Wednesday
    Jan192011

    autumn de wilde

    photography by autumn de wilde

    Wednesday
    Jan192011

    luke best

    illustrations by Luke Best

    via here.

    Tuesday
    Jan182011

    pretty florals...

    ... from Saipua, of course.

    via the Saipua blog

    Thursday
    Jan132011

    architecture

    I've been researching architecture lately and these are some of my favorite inspiration images..

    The top left image is Russel Wright's Manitoga.. nestled into a rock quarry in the Hudson River Valley. I love the way it blends into nature and the handcrafted mixed with modern qualities. (the image is from this book, which I'm dying to get). more images here.

    Top right is one of my favorites as well.. The Brain in Seattle by Tom Kundig (built in 2001). It was built as a creative studio space.. can you imagine working in there?? I love those windows..

    The bottom two are another Russel Wright space, a townhouse in New York City built in 1949. Again, I love the mix of structure with nature and the windows. More info and images here.

    Wednesday
    Jan122011

    valentine's day goods...

    our Valentine's Day goods are in the shop! We've got some new cards, an assorted set, and new custom illustrated portrait prints

    check out the collection here and save 10% on all Valentine's goods now through Jan. 24 by using code 'LOVE10' at checkout.

    images by Rifle Paper Co.

    Monday
    Jan102011

    monday eye candy

    Mr. Jon Hamm from Best Life Magazine

    Nathan are I are in the midst of watching the most recent season of Mad Men.. SO good.. 

    Tuesday
    Jan042011

    the amazing Blair Sligar (who also happens to be our friend)

    Blair Sligar is our amazing & dear friend here in Orlando who I have talked about before but I am so excited to share the the profile Grain & Gram just did on him. Check out the full interview here along with beautiful photos shot by JonPaul Douglass.

    Blair built out our whole studio and did all the custom woodwork in our shop. He also heads up production of our recipe card boxes. He's amazingly creative with his work (he does everything from custom furniture to built-ins to products) and is committed to using locally salvaged woods & old finishes.

    Soo, check out the interview & short video below.. If you're interested in contacting Blair or working with him, check out his site or email him at hogeathog[at]gmail.com.


    Photos by JonPaul Douglass

    Grain & Gram: Blair Sligar, Woodworker from Grain & Gram on Vimeo.

     

    photos by JonPaul Douglass

    (bottom two images are from our storefront)

     

    via Grain & Gram 

    Blair's website

    p.s. If you're not familiar with Grain & Gram it's an awesome online men's journal headed up by some fellow Orlando creatives.. full of interviews & lovely photography.

    Monday
    Jan032011

    hello 2011!

    Above are a few photos from Life of New Year's past that I thought were fun. 
    photos (& more images) via here.
    Friday
    Dec242010

    Merry Christmas!

    I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday weekend! I'm enjoying some time up north (so cold) with nathan and my family.

    Above is my Armenian great great grandparent's Christmas card circa 1907

    Tuesday
    Dec212010

    Studio Tour Pt. 3: Grand Opening Party

    all photos by Studio222 Photography

    Here are a few photos (taken by friends Studio222 Photography) from our store opening party that we held for family, friends and associates in November. I was incredibly busy around the time so I really didn't do too much in the way of planning or decorating. However, with the help of the talented Janelle who works with us, there were lots of gold glitter stars and paper decorations made with our pine wrapping sheets hanging from the ceiling.

    We served cupcakes from Blue Bird Bake Shop, my mother-in-law's amazing homemade pies, beer & champagne. We also played old records on our tabletop record player.

    It was a great night and it was so fun to be able to celebrate with those closest to us to kick off the opening of the shop! 

    photos by Studio222

    p.s. that's yours truly holding the beer & wearing my favorite sequin skirt.

    Monday
    Dec202010

    Studio Tour Pt. 2: the storefront

     

    all photos above by Kallie Brynn Photography

    Here are a few photos that the wonderful Kallie of Kallie Brynn Photography (amazing photographer & recent logo client) took of the storefront on our first official day open. I also added a few of my iphone pictures at the end that showed a couple more perspectives.

    I love the space and it's been so fun to find other products to sell along with our goods. Right now we carry Saipua soaps (my fav), Angela Liguori ribbon & twine, Clementine art supplies, Xenia Taler ceramics and a selection of books (to name just a few).

    As for other random details..

    all woodworking/buildout (floors, shelves, built-in, window boxes, brackets, etc.): Hog Eat Hog / Blair Sligar (creationations[at]yahoo.com); outdoor sconces: barn light electric; red pendant lights: Anthropologie; glass door bookcase: antique

    let me know if you have any questions!

     

    tomorrow: photos from our opening party

    Friday
    Dec172010

    Studio Tour Part 1: the buildout

    I thought I'd spend the next few days before I leave for the holidays chronicling the process of our studio & storefront buildout (I'll continue on Monday). 

    We moved into this current space in February 2010 and it took until November to fully complete the project. The time lapse was mainly due to our crazy schedule but we also paced ourselves to budget the cost (we've run our business completely credit & debt free). 

    The studio is located in the Hannibal Square district of Winter Park- a quaint shopping district with brick streets and cute shops & retaurants. It's one of the nicest parts of town and we were able to secure an amazing rental rate due to the economy. The space is 1500 square feet and we separated about 300 sq. ft. for the storefront. Before this we worked out of another space a few blocks away that was about 700 sq. ft. and before that we were working out of Nathan & I's one bedroom apartment. 

     

    photos & sketches by Anna Bond

    Throughout the process we worked with our friends Blair & Craig (of the woodcrafting company Hog Eat Hog- the same guys who help us produce our wooden recipe boxes) to complete the buildout. You can see my initial layout sketch for the space above. To keep costs down we kept the concrete floors throughout the studio and laid wood floors only in the storefront area. We also built a walls with an opening in the center to separate the studio area from the shop. The main projects we did for the space were: painting (benjamin moore's ballet white on the walls), added simple wood molding, the separation wall (fully made of wood), wood floors in the front, our custom shelving for the shop, and signage.

    Blair is all about using found, salvaged, and local woods so pretty much all of the wood in the space is salvaged from Florida. He also used some unique processes like painting our wood floor with a mix of stain and milk paint and then topped with wax to create a really vintage look that I absolutely love.

    photos & sketches by Anna Bond

    We worked on getting the studio area set up first and waited a while to complete the storefront since it's not a vital part of our business (it acted as an inventory storage area for quite a while). The studio area is set up as an open room with a large work table in the center for production and desks on either side of the room. The space also has a storage room and a separate office where I work.

    My favorite part of the whole space is the custom shelving in the storefront. I worked with Blair to design the card shelves and the built-in shelves around the windows (bottom left image). I love the character they add to the shop.

    It's definitely been a process but I love the space and how it turned out! It's very simple, open, and functional for us. 

    Let me know if you guys have any questions in the comments section... More photos of the completed space & opening party coming next week...