Happy end of summer! I shall refrain from complaining about how long it’s been since I’ve blogged (except I will say that I couldn’t remember my login…) because I’m really excited to tell you guys about something so FAB I wish I’d thought of it myself! Here goes: earlier this year I was fortunate to work with three talented ladies who were starting their dream biz: a subscription box that delivers beautiful, tasteful home accessories quarterly. As I am a lover of all things decorative, (and tasteful, and beautiful) I was really excited to work on their project. Sometimes working with several clients on one project can get tricky (input x 3) but not the case here. They were dreamy, and so is their product! (more below)…
We were all very happy with the chic & sophisticated result of the brand identity, and the ladies were so sweet to send me one of their fabulous boxes last month – (I posted about it on instagram here and here). When I opened the box I was blown away by the attention to detail with the way everything was packaged (plus I love seeing a brand come to life like that). The shipping box was branded, everything was wrapped in beautiful tissue, and every little gold foil label had a brand touch or logo. AND a personalized card with my name in pink. Sold. The real excitement was unwrapping everything. This was literally like Christmas – I had no idea what was inside, but I knew I was going to love it. A solid marble frame, an beautiful faux flower arrangement with lots of natural elements and white orchids in mercury glass, a rustic wooden tray (perfect for cocktails or gathering things on your desk), a beautiful glass pedestal container (I have already used it for pencils and straws), two gorgeous crystal rocks pieces that make perfect bookends – I love these so much (and would never know where to find them on my own)…. AND, a linen covered book and a small collection of feathers – some white, some gold -that are the perfect accessories to – well, the accessories.
I think the greatest part though, is that this collection works with any type of home decor. They have so very carefully curated the pieces to be neutral, stylish and very high-end. They make a statement while blending in with what you already have happening in your home or office. This would make a great wedding gift, and I can really see decorators working it into their clients homes as well. I for one, am in. I can’t wait to get my next box! I also have a discount code for you when you order your first Classic or Luxe box: visit www.styledhomebox.com and use DMSHB10.
Both the ladies from SHB and I would love to hear your thoughts on the branding and boxes. Kisses!
*photos by deluxemodern
Last week I walked into my youngest daughter Lily’s room, looked around, and said “nope”. This has got to go . Do you ever just sort of *see* something for this first time, even though you look at it everyday? That’s what happened.
The walls were a navajo-ish beige, which came with the house – but as the oak trees outside of her room have gotten bigger, it’s gotten really dark in there. Combine that with my “here, have this huge hot pink rug I bought for my office but don’t love” (I’m talking hot pink and really, really big), along with other assorted pieces I decided would be cute but didn’t have any real thought behind them -and it was suddenly just yucky. This is not a happy cheerful place for a kid. Time for an overhaul.
The last big room makeover she had was when she turned 5. Now she’s about to turn 10. We’re planning her tenth birthday shindig, and this kid LOVES to party. She also loves ice cream, like a little too much – and she’s decided on an “ice cream pool party.” We sort of turned that into the theme for her new room, without even realizing it.
One trip to Target, one trip to Amazon, one spin around my garage, a quick trip to Lowes, and we’re almost done with everything. (That was on Thursday, today is Monday). Thursday we went to Target and picked up a few things, starting with a pink lamp that you can tap to turn on and off from the Pillowfort line. She pretty much thinks that’s the coolest thing. Then we found two mint striped rugs, and had a plan. Friday I bought some super sheer curtains, a dust skirt and some party decor from Amazon, and I spent Saturday cleaning out her room of anything she didn’t need. Sunday morning, my husband was at Lowes picking up paint – we used “The Bubbly” in a satin finish. It’s a gorgeous bright white, and my office & kitchen are both painted this color. It’s perfect. Really perfect. He was done painting (2 coats) by 1:00 pm. Yes.
Were using many things we already had of course – the bedding, bench, teepee, vintage mirror, round gold shelf , ikea bookcases, and ice cream sheets (not pictured), and we’re going to do a few DIY projects to add to the mix.
Anyway. We pulled together this ice cream dreamy pastel party bedroom look without a bunch of time or money, and it’s JUST SO CUTE. I can’t wait to finish it up and show you before and afters!
list of resources:
- Party Pinwheels from Meri Meri via Amazon
- Pink comforter set, striped rug, body pillow, lamp, and storage pieces from Target
- Letter banner and ice cream balloon DIY from Oh Happy Day
- Paper Lantern DIY from The House that Lars Built
- Clipboard Project from Lovely Indeed
- Popscicle art print (free download) from Remodelaholic
- Bench, vintage mirror, extra art // already owned
Not sure that’s a surprise statement up there: Deluxemodern Loves Pink. Yes, I totally admit it. My sheets are pink (pale pink) and my husband doesn’t care ’cause he’s cool like that. And dang, my office floors were pink up until a month ago.
I use a lot of pink in design. My clients come to me for it. A few years ago I tried to go a more neutral route on my website, and people would literally say to me “that doesn’t work” and they were right. I actually don’t have a ton of pink on there now, but it’s still pretty girly. The point of me telling you all of this, it that PINK IS A THING. It’s a good thing for business, and I’ll tell you why.
First, it’s really, really pretty and it makes people happy. I created an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the color in fact, and you see ongoing progress here. But there are scientific reasons it’s a fab color, and I was pretty excited when I found that out. (All images above are from our Pinterest board Deluxe Loves: Blushing Pink).
Color obviously plays an important roll in branding and business, and here is why pink can be a good thing for both: it calms the nerves, is mood-uplifting, weakens anger & violence, makes you spend more(!) makes you happier, AND it’s an appetite suppressant. (Not business related, but still). And that’s just for starters. There is a certain shade of pink called Baker-Miller or”drunk tank pink” and it’s used to paint the inside of holding cells for the drunk and disorderly until they sober up.
I read a book called Drunk Tank Pink A few years ago, and it explains it all in detail. It’s pretty crazy how much of an affect color can have on our moods. You can find more info by googling it or reading the book, and I’ve included the color code below (I called it Rosy Cheeks because I like to make up my own names) along with a few other pretty pinks. Feel free to pin.
DELUXEMODERN LOVES PINK | A COLOR PALETTE
I love the pink jail cells, it almost seems like a joke. The Baker Miller pink is a little too intense, and I’d much prefer a softer, more “Miss Modern pink” if you wanna know the truth. (And you know, if I were in jail). Pretty crazy though, right? As a designer I’ve developed my own palette over the years (starting with the above mentioned). Actually, that’s not true. I used to use lots of Chartreuse green on everything when I first started, and I still love it. Especially with pink. But anyway, there are certain colors that I REALLY don’t like, and it’ been that way forever. I wouldn’t wear them, decorate with them or design with them, and I suppose it has something to do with the way they make me feel. How do you feel about all this pink? Would you use it in your home or business?
I leave you with this pink drink from Style Me Pretty. A gorgeous, girly, pink rose slushy that seems perfect for spring. Please click on over to their site for the recipe.
Lastly, I very much intend to start sending out regular newsletters, because I want to stay connected to you guys. If there is anything specific you want me to cover on branding, design, interiors, products for the shop, or if you just have a question, please let me know in the comments below! And if you’re not already a subscriber, you can do that here: The Stylegram Newsletter. Cheers!
In a spare moment today (ok, the internet was out) I realized how I never give myself a break, and that I don’t leave enough room in my brain or time in my day to really chill out. So I wrote down my thoughts on being a creative person + a human. Here ya go.
As much as we adore our little print shop, there are only so many hours in the day for us to accomplish all the things we want to.
Coco + Ollie has been something really fun and different for us, but we just don’t have the time to give it all the attention it deserves – so we’ve decided to sell the business as a ready-to-go package. Coco + Ollie is an instant business for someone who is looking to start something pretty, creative, and fun. *Also note: the prints can be incorporated into an existing business or online shop.
The sale of Coco + Ollie will include:
- The Coco + Ollie website (a customized Shopify site)
- Digital files of the artwork, so that you may print and ship from your location
- All Coco + Ollie branding files
- Postcard and business card design files, updated with your name and information
- The www.cocoandollie.com URL
- Information on shipping and where to purchase supplies
- Transfer of instagram account with 500+ followers
PLEASE VIEW THE WEBSITE HERE: http://www.cocoandollie.com
FOR MORE INFORMATION please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I cannot actually believe I’m doing a “6 ways” post. Really, they drive me crazy (probably because I see so many of them) BUT here we are. The reason I’m doing this is because I actually have 6 things to tell you. Here goes. You probably have a website. And a facebook page. And a Pinterest account. And probably a blog. Just guessing here. Am I right? Instagram? You better have one of those.
So here’s the thing. Unless you’re a designer (and even if you are) it is SO HARD to keep everything looking fresh across all of these platforms. Sometimes you need a new look, right? Oh, and if you decide to update something, you have to update EVERYthing, because otherwise you start lookin’ like who done it and why. (That’s an old southern saying that cracks me up). Everything has work together. I sometimes see businesses with a couple different LOGOS. Nope, that doesn’t work. Everything doesn’t have to totally match mind you, because that gets a little boring. I’ll talk about that in the next design lesson though. So how can you quickly and cheaply update your look? Here it is: one photo.
Yes, one photo, six ways. All you need is a cropping tool. If you don’t have pro design software, all of this can be done in PicMonkey (my favorite) or Canva. (Google them). The magic lies in 3 things: scaling, cropping, and adding text. By enlarging and cropping a certain area of the photo, you can highlight just that piece – which generally looks very cool. Her’s how to do it:
Find a photo you like. Horizontal layout is best for this. Please make sure it’s a good resolution, and has been edited. (Promise me you’ll do this part). Now all you’re going to do is open that photo in whatever program you’re using, and crop away. You can add the text and shape overlays to your images right in PicMonkey, then save them for the web. (PNG files will look slightly better than JPG). Then upload, sit back, and feel fabulous. I bet you could do all of this in under 30 minutes. There are lots of places to get photos, and of course you can take your own (don’t forget to edit)! We have some pretty awesome styled stock photos too -you can see them here: Styled Stock Photos / and below are the pieces we created with our photo.
SIX WAYS TO USE ONE PHOTO
- Website home page. Leave as a static image, a slider image, or full screen. You don’t need to do much here except resize to fit your dimensions or add a semi-transparent overlay and text.
- Crop to use as a blog, facebook, google+ or twitter banner. Add text over the top, or don’t.
- Crop different areas into squares to use as an instagram or facebook post. Add text on top or leave as-is. Whatever you’re in the mood for.
- Make buttons for your site or blog by cropping into rectangles, then add a solid white overlay and text. Keep these simple.
- Use in a (6 ways) blog or Pinterest post. Ha, kidding. But clearly, it works. Crop vertically for this one.
- Crop to a small square to use for buttons and sidebar links. So. Cute.
Ta Da! You rule. Please feel free to ask questions and leave comments here, and have fun!
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