Studio tour: The LV Studio

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Name: Leslie Vega

Company: The LV Studio

Location: Gainesville, Florida

What is your aesthetic?: I would have to say…shabby chic, girly with a little spice…yet not too froo-froo :)

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?: My workspace is colorful, chic, organized and simple…and that would probably be the best description of my designs. I’m the odd-ball artist who is creative, yet organized–insanely organized. if my desk is too cluttered, I can’t start my day. It’s not just a clear mind, but a clear desk that gets me going in the morning.

Favorite part of your studio?: I love my desk space. With the mix of my shabby white desk that I rescued from someone’s apartment to bring it to life, and the simple patterned fabric on my bulletin board, it just makes me happy that my work space finally reflects my fun designs. And I can’t forget the big window right next to me. There’s something about natural light that gets my creative juices going.

Where do you go for inspiration?: I love patterns, fabrics, and new random color palettes. I have found new inspiration in fashion. Fashion is often the sneak peek of what’s to come for weddings, so to stay ahead of the game, original, and creative, I look to the unique patterns and color palettes on the catwalk. Photography is also a big inspiration. I’ve worked closely with wedding photographers throughout my career and there’s always something new or a new vibe to approach each shoot with. My current ‘vibe’: vintage. Give me vintage and i’ll marry it with paper. love it!

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?: My mac. What I can’t always do with a pencil, I can do with my mouse. The possibilities are endless.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to: Probably more space. My studio used to be our porch. So I’m thankful for my handy husband who made it work, but I’m certainly day dreaming of what I will do with the next space that comes!

Anything else we should know?: I love paper. I love how it smells when it arrives from the printer or letterpress studio. :)

And thanks so much for the opportunity to connect with other creative designers! check out our site for more designs and more information about our new bridal referral program: “Team V“. Not your typical referral program…so our industry friends and wedding savvy-friends are having a blast with this.

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[images from LV Studio]

If you’ve got an amazing studio to show off and are in the wedding industry, email me!

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Studio tour: Nancy Liu Chin

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Name: Nancy Liu Chin
Location: San Francisco
Company: Nancy Liu Chin Designs

What is your aesthetic?

Great questions.  Modern. American. Classic.  And Pretty.  I am to be the Ralph Lauren of Weddings!

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?

It’s a 2 story commercial workspace with a bottom workroom that has high ceiling.  My office is on the top floor.

Our studio is very simply designed using all light blonde wood.  Everything is very clean, tailored, and simple.  Colors of cream, tan, brown are the dominant.  Every year I change the accent color.  It’s been a light/sky blue for a while now.  Magazine boxes in happy green.  Kolo boxes in dark chocolate.  Pillows in suede mocha brown.  We show off our portfolio using a slideshow presentation on our Sony 42 inch color tv screen.  Everything is clean.  On one wall we have some shelves and 3 large oversized floral images framed in thick White wooden frames.  That’s my studio.

If you are wondering, our space in Potrero Hill, our logo, station products reflect my casual, fun. unpretentious personality.

Favorite part of your studio?

My desk!  I combined two simple rectangular desks together so they are back to back.  It creates a really nice work space.  Also, when my assistant is working, we love chatting face to face. Love it.

Where do you go for inspiration?

I love to shop and window shop.  I often get inspiration from walking around Hayes valley with their ecletic, urban mix of shops and eateries.
Going to restaurants and hotels is a huge source of inspiration as I often design for large spaces.  I love the decor at hotels like St. Regis, Clift, and Solage in Calistoga.   There are so many wonderful restaurants in the world.  A few in SF that sparkle my imagination include Michael Minna’s restaurant in the Westin St. Francis. The beautiful new Out the Door in Fillmore is lovely and urban.  There’s a Supperclub in SF and the decor is very provocative.  That’s appealing to my senses.

Believe it or not, movies and pop culture gives me inspiration.  The Twilight mania is just one example of how pop culture/movies inspires.  Though I haven’t done a “vamp/goth” wedding, it does inspire me.

This sounds so crazy but I love food, candy, pastries.  Going into Miette’s candy shop is eye candy for the senses.  I love how food is displayed like at Bi Rite.  And when you see a plate of food from Cyrus, it’s art.  How can I not be inspired by these things.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?

IPHONE – so that I can twitter, fb, and read emails while I wait for my ice tea.

EXCEL – to help me with large buys

Crowning Glory – for flowers

Manila Folders – they keep me organized
Fandeck – it is a deck of cards that shows almost all the flowers from a to z.  It’s my secret tool when brides can’t figure out what flowers they like.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to?

We are getting new computers next year…at least I hope.  We are currently trying to phase out of pc’s.

Anything else we should know?

I think that’s a whole lot!

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[images from Nancy Liu Chin Designs]

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Studio tour: Southern Weddings Magazine

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Name: Lara Casey
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Company: Southern Weddings Magazine

What is your aesthetic? Clean, warm, and personal.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We have a very open, warm, fun office dynamic, so the space reflects that feel.  Each person’s desk space conveys their personality.  We like everyone to feel like they can kick off their shoes and get comfortable.  The couch gets a lot of use and we tend to all move around a lot during the day.  Inevitably, one or two people end up working there.  It’s important to that everyone is ultra-comfortable because we’ve found that it increases productivity and long-term happiness.  Whether that means bringing in family photos, a favorite pillow, or posting inspirational quotes on our white board, there are no rules.

Favorite part of your studio?
Lara:  My personal bulletin boards.  They are a collection of things that make me happy and make me feel refreshed when works gets crazy.
Emily:  Our office manager, Abby Kitty Pants, and the bow on Katharine’s bulletin board.  It makes me happy.
Katharine:  the couch.
Whitney: my bulletin board.
Apparently, we love our bulletin boards.  They really reflect who we are and make us feel at home.

Where do you go for inspiration?

As a group, we tend to get inspiration from bouncing ideas off of each other during our morning huddles.  We are also inspired by the creativity of the brides we feature, art, music, nature (living in Chapel Hill, the leaves are gorgeous right now!), relationships, popular culture, and exploring museums and non-wedding magazines like Architectural Digest, Wired and Veranda.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?
Our Mac’s and iPhones.  We’re all all-Mac office now and things are moving at lightning speed compared to our archaic PC days.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes, we need more space!  We’re taking on another full-time employee starting in January, and we’re out of room.  I’ve been dreaming of getting Emily and Katharine huge white table-top desks from Pottery Barn.  And Katharine wants a TV.  Don’t ask— she says she works better while watching Lifetime movies, so we’re gonna make that happen.

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[images from Nancy Ray Photography]

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Studio tour: Les Petites Excuses

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Name: Anaïs Bergeron and Pascale Roussin
Location: Montréal, Qc
Company: Les petites excuses, it’s french for the small excuses.

What is your aesthetic? Fresh, simple, seasonal, in the details, handmade and a bit crafty.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? It’a a clean, simple, inspired space and i think our work is a lot like that.

Favorite part of your studio? The comfort of it, that big blackboard wall and the fact that the dog is always somewhere under a table chewing on some stem.

Where do you go for inspiration? Blogs!!! So many creative people are out there, oh and magazines!

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I would have to say croissants in the morning! They are vital for getting us to the end of a big project.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I dream of having a beautiful little studio in the garden, next to the house, with big windows, huge walls and a lot of space.

Anything else we should know? We like weddings and events so much that we would like to extend the business to more than flowers, maybe work on the entire style of the event.

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[images from Les Petites Excuses]

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Studio tour: Garter Girl

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Name: Julianne Smith
Location: Washington, D.C.
Company: Julianne Smith Wedding Garters

What is your aesthetic? Bedroom chic! Ha! My real answer would be…purely functional.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? My work area is super functional, as you can see by the bins, but it also has little touches of me and my personality everywhere, like with the wall color and the pictures. Everyone who comes to my home always comments on how organized everything is, which is kind of funny because I’m not an organized person by nature. I’m quite a mess truthfully. (Here’s a tip, get bins for everything…just having them is organization itself, you don’t have to actually be organized within the bin!) I’m a hand crafter by hobby and profession. I love to be creative, but I live in 1,000 square feet of space in a major city, so there is no wasted space in my home. I’m constantly editing and clearing out my craft and work supplies. I don’t keep anything around unless I seriously intend to use it. This is a great philosophy for me because it motivates me to not have unfinished projects lying around. Everything in my house and on my sewing desk has its place and function. I’m not a nick-nack type of person in general, but any personal items that I do have are on the shelves of my sewing table. I like being able to look up at fun pictures and great memories as I’m working.

Favorite part of your studio? I love that I can run my business from my home so that I can stay here with my daughter full time and I can work while she naps.

Where do you go for inspiration? I go everywhere for inspiration! I just had a great idea for a new photo shoot concept come to me on my run this morning…inspiration is all around, we just have to be open and ready for it!

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? This is hard because there are so many little things that I use to put on little wedding garter together, but if I had to pick one, I say sewing machine. I just love it! It was a gift from my parents. It is the lifeline of my company and how I’m able to make what I make.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to?
A studio space, preferable shared with others. I’m dreaming of a super bright, open space that is very clean and fresh with little work areas around the edges for all of my friends. And, then in the middle would be a common area where we can chit chat and hang out….who is with me??

Anything else we should know? I love what I do! Running this stylish wedding garter company has been one learning experience after another and I can’t get enough of it!

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[images from Julianne Smith]

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