Studio tour: Nice Owl Design Studio

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Name: Helena Hong
Location: San Jose, California
Company: nice owl design studio

What is your aesthetic? I’d have to say my aesthetic is drawn from nature, simple pleasures, vintage and kitschy color mixes (usually inspired by fashion and home goods) and things that just make me feel happy.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? My studio space reflects my style in the details. Let’s take my mismatch furniture, for example, that somehow all works together but doesn’t match one bit. Though my walls are a bare white, I welcome color that comes in all shapes and forms that dresses things up. I meet with a variety of clients, so I kinda like how I’m in a space that starts off bare and gets added to and layered on.

Favorite part of your studio? It’s just a blessing to have so much space to be creative. But I’d have to say my favorite part of my studio is my storage shelf. I love that it houses all my papers, materials, boxes i collect, samples and more. I love how organized it makes me (well, as organized as I can be!). Oh, and I love that I have a window to stare out of…  :)

Where do you go for inspiration? In the virtual world, I have loads of blogs and web sites i visit to keep me inspired through photography, typography and even quotes. But in the real world, it can take a walk through a thrift store, a drive through a small town I’ve never seen before or a walk by a bakery. I seem to take with me something artistically pleasing and enjoyable that later gets put into my work, journal or a sketch.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? This is a hard one, because there are so many tools and gadgets that help me create…but here’s the short list:

  • my ruler, bone folder, pantone swatch books, iPhone, tape gun
  • Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I’d love to give my hands and fingers a rest with machines to score and cut my papers, but that’s an upgrade way down the road. I’m happy to be a human paper cutter for now.

    Anything else we should know? I’m a pretty nice gal, so let’s connect!
    To learn a little more about my business, please click here.

    A special thanks to Mark J. Sebastian for my photos.

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    Studio tour: Well Spun Wedding Films

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    Name: jon gangwer
    Location: philadelphia, pa
    Company: well spun wedding films

    What is your aesthetic?: our aesthetic is a mix between modern, vintage & utilitarian

    How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?: i think our aesthetic conveys out style through its simplicity. we are believers in simplicity through and through. i try to keep it in every element. i also try to keep things balanced.

    Favorite part of your studio?: my favorite part of the studio is my little collection of old medicine bottles by the window sill with the cactus, or the wood stove, actually my all-time favorite is when my little daughter comes running over to give me a hug

    Where do you go for inspiration?: living in the suburbs, i like to just go outside and peal my eyes away from the computer for inspiration (or) just put on some good tunes.

    What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?: tool not to live without (i assume we are not allowed to say computer or dunkn donuts?) aside from that, i would say maybe post-its. i know that’s not too interesting, but should fess-up — it’s an addiction.

    Is there anything you’d upgrade to?: upgrades? i would love to convert a big old barn into a nice refurbished studio. maybe one day..

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    Henry
    Christine

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    [images from Well Spun Weddings]

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    Studio tour: d. Sharp

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    Name: Denise Sharp
    Location: Portland, Oregon
    Company: d. Sharp

    What is your aesthetic?
    My work is vintage inspired –  little paper luxuries to mark an occasion. I am a collector and fascinated by old ephemera, and like a mix of vintage charm and modern polish.

    How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?
    A lot of the functional elements I use for storage or to organize are vintage finds – a tin honeycomb from a winery, an old wooden screen stand to hold ribbon, vintage film canisters and baking pans {anything tin!} to hold stuff, old medical cabinets.

    Favorite part of your studio?
    The heat!  We built the two story studio and it’s insulated – our old house isn’t.

    Where do you go for inspiration?
    My drawers of ephemera  and stacks of old books, fun stuff with husband and kids, Powell’s Books, the flea market, a few favorite shops, coffee {meet friends or people watch}, sketchbook. Time at the gym helps me mentally sort through and clarify things.

    What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?
    I never thought I would say this, but my computer.

    Is there anything you’d upgrade to?
    There are some things I would love to have in the studio, but am pretty happy with what I have.

    Anything else we should know?
    Having scaled back the wholesale side of the business after my second child, I would love to license a paper/gift line. Designing new pieces is the best part  and I would be thrilled to have an opportunity to spend more time doing it.

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    [images from Where Women Create]

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    Studio tour: Sugar Couture

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    Name: Penny Stankiewicz
    Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, by appointment only
    Company: Sugar Couture

    What is your aesthetic? While I can work with almost any design aesthetic to please my clients, when left to my own devices, I’ll always lean towards a modern/vintage feel with Moroccan inspiration and bold color combinations.

    How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Like my cakes, my studio embraces bold contrasting color and lots of texture.

    Favorite part of your studio? I just love my large desk, to be able to spread everything out in front of me for inspiration.  It has cubbyhole shelves on either side that hold reference cooking and baking books, cameras, and things creative, all at arms length. On top is my beautiful iMac, the hub of Sugar Couture.

    Where do you go for inspiration? Color is inspirational to me  So many kitchens are built for functionality, but I’ve been able to create a space that makes me want to work.  I also look to Moroccan design, antique markets and interior design.  I find the mix of color, pattern and texture a brilliant starting point for cake design.

    What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I could definitely not be without my 20-quart Hobart mixer.  I purchased it on Ebay a couple of years ago.  It’s so old, there is no record of the serial number, but it continues to work like a charm.

    Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I will forever need more refrigeration space.  I dream of a walk in refrigerator.

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    [images from Roberto Ricci]

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    Studio tour: Llubav Co.

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    I’m a huge fan of Llubav’s ring pillows, so I was super happy when she agreed to show where she creates them!

    Name: Llubav Choy Duerr
    Location: Brooklyn – NY
    Company: Llubav co

    What is your aesthetic? Fresh and vibrant with a touch of vintage. I love giving new purpose to old materials and finding new places to showcase found objects.

    How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I work from home while I take care of my almost 2 year old.  My magic corner really reflects my aesthetic in that is colorful, sweet and fun my workspace, like my life, can at times become extremely busy and complicated, but everything has its place, and over time everything serves its purpose.

    Favorite part of your studio? My cute orange desk that my old boss Susan Hable passed on to me — She has great taste for antiques. I enjoy sitting there and letting my creativity flow.

    Where do you go for inspiration? NY library, Nature, Bloom magazines, or an unexpected fun trip (especially up along the Hudson) can each be a source of great inspiration for me.

    What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Needles.  Can’t have enough of those to sew all those shimmery beads and sequins.  I make my piece from scratch, so not having a needle would be devastating.

    Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes, a real studio detached from my home — a backyard barn studio would be a dream!

    Anything else we should know? Yes, I’m working on an exclusive made-to-order collection that will be available next year.  I hope to add textiles to my product line this year along with other goodies.
    I’m 6 months pregnant with my second child so the creative juices are becoming more intense!

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    [images from Llubav]

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