A few months back, I met with self-proclaimed “organizing nut”, Maren Dalida. Maren and I went to college together, and when I heard she was doing a bit of professional organizing on the side, I knew we needed to reconnect. Maren also authors the blog ProperPlaceOrganizing, and she definitely has a knack for creating order out of chaos.
When Maren and I met to discuss the studio, and come up with a plan for whipping it into shape, it was obvious to both of us that the space could be better used. Not only does this small room need to contain my desk (which holds my computer, printer and scanner) it also needs to have a workspace where I can cut, craft and create. On top of that, I wanted the studio to be self-contained, so all my office supplies, sewing notions, fabric, photo props, and papergoods could be neatly organized in this one room. Yes, it was a tall order, but we were both up for the challenge.
After a couple conversations, and several emails bounced back and forth, we had a master plan in place. This week has found me painting, building shelves, running to IKEA and Home Depot, clearing out the closets, doing a bit of sorting, and preparing for tomorrow. Because tomorrow, Maren will be arriving at the cottage bright and early, and we will officially be putting our plan into action. Wish us luck!
The mess that has been my studio is getting dealt with. Shelves are being built. Organization is about to enter the picture. Oh, and the walls that were not my favorite shade of sea green are now well hidden below a thick coat of Gravel (by Restoration Hardware) and one wall of chalkboard paint. The mix-match of wood and white doors and trim is now all seamlessly and beautifully white. The rest of the house is a disaster, but progress is being made. At the moment, my computer is a bit hard to reach, so, ah, if you are awaiting an email from me, have patience my friends! I will get back to you as shortly as possible.
In the meantime, head on over to the new b*spoke Facebook page for more “behind-the-scenes” photos. Don’t forget to become a fan so you stay current on all that’s happening in the studio–including my photo styling, freelance design projects, blog post reminders, and more!
As I mentioned yesterday, I had a great time working on the details of Emily’s workshop this past weekend, collaborating with other creatives, and interacting with the students. The entire experience was inspiring and energizing! I was delighted to see Emily’s post this morning with photos from the event, and so I wanted to share a few with you. Head on over to her blog to see even more amazing images of our “rustic, modern, urban” warehouse shoot.
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photos by : Emily Steffen | design/styling/papergoods : Bethany Hway
location : Minneapolis Photo Center | desserts : Shauna Younge Dessert Tables
floral : Sadie’s Couture Floral | hair/makeup : Aubrey Thoren | linens : Linen Effects
Monday is here, and that means I get to share a little glimpse of my weekend with you. Friday night found me at the Minneapolis Photo Center with my fave photog and good bud, Emily Steffen. Emily taught a 2 day class/workshop on wedding photography there this weekend, and I got to help out with the details. And by details, I mean all the pretty stuff.
As part of the workshop, attendees got the opportunity to photograph a mock reception table, dessert buffet and bride and groom. Shauna of Shauna Younge Dessert Tables worked her magic and presented a flawless spread of sweets, while Melissa of Sadie’s Couture Floral wowed us all with her perfectly hip and modern floral designs. I helped cast the vision for the overall look and feel we wanted, designed our tablescape and all papergoods, styled the bride and groom, and spent an agonizing amount of time cutting little paper X’s and O’s, then hanging then from a ladder suspended from the ceiling. In the end, our vision for a “rustic, modern, urban vibe” came across flawlessly.
On Sunday, I was back at the Photo Center finalizing details, interacting with the students, and watching Emily rock the house. As always, I found myself inspired by the talent of other creatives. This experience maybe didn’t fit quite within the traditional picture of what I do as a designer, but it is a perfect example of why I love my job.
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floral : Sadie’s Couture Floral | desserts : Shauna Younge Dessert Tables
location : Minneapolis Photo Center | hair/makeup : Aubrey Thoren
linens : Linen Effects | styling/papergoods : Bethany Hway
It’s been awhile since I’ve given an updates on all the work that keeps my days full. I think it’s time to remedy that, so today I’d like to open the door to my studio and invite you all in. Lately, I have been really busy with blog designs, and I have to say that I’m loving it. Having been trained in traditional print media, doing blog and web design was never something I thought I’d take on. I still do a large amount of identity and branding work, as well as my fair share of print pieces such as business cards, letterhead and brochures. Yet, it’s the blog designs that have me excited. There is something about the process that thrills me, and I love that each blog takes on a life of its own after the design is complete and the author moves in.
This fall, I designed a blog for the lovely and talented Kim Box. Kim is a portrait and wedding photographer from Alabama with a love for all things design. Her aesthetic is very similar to mine, which made for an easy and natural design process. ‘Life, Love & Pictures’ is all about things that inspire Kim, and seeing as she has great taste, perusing her posts is quite a treat. So head on over to Kim’s blog to see more of my design, and find a daily dose of inspiration from Kim!
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If you interested in learning more about my design services,
please contact me directly at bethany(at)bspokestudio.com.