Studio tour: Blossom & Branch

Name: Sarah Brysk Cohen
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Company: Blossom & Branch

What is your aesthetic? We create modern, structured floral designs with lots of texture and color.  We aim to surprise and delight our clients with special touches – everything we do is custom.  We will use vintage brooches, paper mache birds or unusual flower combinations in our work.  We are thrilled when people say “I have never seen that done before with flowers!”  We find that brides and other clients who are themselves creative people tend to be attracted to our work – artists and designers, especially.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?
I am compelled to incorporate fabulous color into everything – from colored paper clips, pens and ribbon, to bright containers for floral arrangements, to the picture on my iMac desktop wallpaper!  And I am a bit of a collector, so you will find bins and trays of cards, trinkets and knick-knacks around the studio that I save because I think “I will use this someday in a floral arrangement or on a tablescape.”

Favorite part of your studio?
The open space and enormous windows.  We are blessed with a nice amount of room and year-round streaming light, as our studio is in a converted loft that was a turn-of-the-century underwear factory!  Apart from the desk and granite island, everything from our Parsons work table to our files are mobile, so we can configure the space in any way that suits the particular event on which we are working.  When the space is filled with flowers it is truly magical in here.

Where do you go for inspiration? With floral design, inspiration is easy – we are inspired by seasonal flowers!  My favorite time for the flowers is definitely spring – we love to use fluffy blooms like peonies, lilac, garden roses and anything else fragrant.  I also take cues from fashion, interior design magazines, the Brooklyn Flea market…anywhere I can be exposed to color and pattern inspires me to create new and unique combinations with flowers.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I am so grateful for our Honda Pilot that I have named her – Frannie.  She holds a miraculous amount of flowers and gear.  Some mornings at the market I am absolutely certain I have bought too many flowers to fit in one trip and somehow it always works.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? My upgrade fantasies involve refrigeration – a massive walk-in floral cooler and a refrigerated truck.  Lately when I am out and about in the city, I fixate on the giant trucks I see and wonder how hard they would be to drive and whether or not they could be refrigerated for our flowers!

Anything else we should know? We adore being a boutique floral design studio – this gives us the flexibility to do flowers for intimate gatherings or grand affairs and provide incredibly personalized service.  We love it when a bride or a client comes to us and says something like “Please create flower arrangements inspired by vintage candy…” (which we recently did!).  A light switches on and the creativity just flows.

[images from Blossom & Branch]

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Studio tour: Simply Jessie Photography

Name: Jessie and Eric Stevens (Jessie Speaking)
Location: Chicago Illinois
Company: Simply Jessie Photography

What is your aesthetic? Our aesthetic is simple, modern with a hint of whimsy.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Our studio is full of space, sunlight and modern lines.  Both physically and mentally we strive to have space to allow our creativity to flow freely.  Our studio is mostly a lovely charcoal grey and a background to our creative endeavors.   We have work space complete with computers and paperwork coming out of our ears, along with a sofa to sit, read and chat it up with clients.  Our studio gives both us and our clients space to be themselves. We are passionate about capturing and telling each couple’s story through images.

Favorite part of your studio? My favorite is our big windows that spill sunlight into our space.  Not only do they bring in sunshine and a  summer breeze but also the cheerful sound of our neighborhood.   We are in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Square where there is always something going on, including lots of live music, festivals and good eats.  I love being in the center of it all, and our business being an active part of this lovely community.

Where do you go for inspiration? The natural world is where I glean my creativity and rejuvenation.  I believe that beauty is in the ordinary all around us. I take daily walks to stay connected to the nature around me and to escape my computer.  I put a lot of energy into gleaning all the joy I can from each moment that comes my way.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Aperture.  I love Aperture for workflow and post processing of my images.  It simplifies the process of organizing, color correcting and pumping out awesome images.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? A dark room and a new polaroid. (I’m a little obsessed with Polaroids)

Anything else we should know? We love telling stories through images and meeting new people.  We are still booking weddings for 2010 and onward into 2011.  We’re friendly, so let’s connect!  Click here to check us out or you can find us on twitter and facebook as well!

[images from Simply Jessie Photography]

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Studio tour: Maybelle Calligraphy + Illustration

Name: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls
Location: Oakland, California
Company: Maybelle Calligraphy + Illustration

What is your aesthetic? Japanese tea house meets Paris flea market. Rustic simplicity.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?
The best way to describe my work is that it is perfectly imperfect, an understated elegance. This allows some of the other details of a wedding to stand out without forgetting about the guests. It makes someone feel so special to be given personalized attention by something as simple as their name written by hand in pen and ink.

Favorite part of your studio? By far, it has to be the commute, which  consists of a walk down a few stairs. My studio is located in a underneath our house and as a working mother of 9 month old twins, I feel very fortunate to be able to do this.

Where do you go for inspiration?
Japan. I can never sleep on the flight so I often stay up and sketch during the long flight. I get my best ideas this way. When the weather is nice, I like to go on walks along the redwood trails near our home.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Don’t laugh. A raw potato. Its my secret weapon. A former calligraphy teacher showed me this trick to clean the ink off the pen nib, and I swear it really works!

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Taller ceilings and more windows. I love working in natural light.

Anything else we should know?
You can now find a few of my designs for your wedding invitations at Bella Figura, and I am in the process of updating my website so please check back very soon!

[images from Maybelle]

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Studio tour: poppies & posies

Can these girls BE any cuter??  And their space is to DIE for!!

Name: Juliet Totten + Sierra Yaun
Location: Upper West Side
Company: poppies & posies

What is your aesthetic? I’d say our aesthetic is country garden meets fabulous vintage shop.  We love bold, bright flowers and found objects, and what happens when you put the two together!

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We’re surrounded by vintage vases, antiques, and found objects that we use in many of our designs and they certainly keep us inspired!  Also, the more permanent parts of our studio, like our old farmhouse table (now desk) and old industrial toolbox, reflect our belief that beauty can be found and realized in unexpected places.

Favorite part of your studio? The big shuttered windows let lots of light pour into the space which makes for a pretty great place to work!

Where do you go for inspiration? Our antiquing trips outside of the city really inspire us. It’s really fun to find little treasures and use them in our designs. We recently found a vintage hat box that said “park ave nyc” on it. We bought it and filled it with flowers for an event.  Also, any place with fresh flowers and produce.  We’ve definitely been known to go to the farmers market and come back with huge amounts of herbs and vegetables… excited to turn them into some fabulous centerpiece or bouquet.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Clippers… Juliet is especially attached to her clippers and really hates leaving the house without them… this is especially awkward at black tie events :)

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Sometimes we daydream about our future retail shop.  We’ve already designed the whole space in our heads.

Anything else we should know? We really love when we get the chance to work on the overall design of a wedding.  It is so exciting to help our clients take their personal sense of style and turn it into an environment that reflects them as a couple.  We also love getting to handcraft all of the tiny details… we’re mad for the crafty stuff!

[images from Oh Darling! Photography]

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Studio tour: La la laurie

Name: Laurie Cinotto
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Company: La La Laurie

What is your aesthetic? Vintage inspired, fanciful but not whimsical, curated craftiness, and on occasion, borderline kitschy.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I feel the things I choose to surround myself with, and the way I present them in the space, truly represent my craft style.  Most words used to describe the things I make, could describe the room I make them in.

Favorite part of your studio? What I love most about the space is the light.  It’s a corner room, with windows on the south and west side.  In the afternoon on a bright day when the sun hits the  “foam flower pink” walls, the room is aglow.   Close seconds are the vintage linoleum floral “rug’ or the farm scene mural.

Where do you go for inspiration? Estate sales, antique stores, and flea markets are always great for inspiration.  I love old things. Mother Nature is a great source too, especially when it comes to color.  I worked as a florist for many years and learned everything I know about color from the flowers.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Floral corsage tape.  I swear, if I were ever lost in the wilderness, I would hope to have a roll of it in my pocket.  Corsage tape works miracles.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I would love a larger space with more storage.    It’s a constant battle to remain organized, and keep the things I use most at my fingertips.

Anything else we should know? More than anything, I care a great deal about the quality of the things I make.   I use old-school techniques and never take short cuts with my crafts.  Yes, I own a glue gun, but I prefer a needle and thread. Also, I have a paper flowers book/craft kit coming out in February of 2011.  It’s for Fall Rivers Press, a division of Barnes and Noble.

[images from La la laurie]

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