Studio Party + Introducing Tiny Prints Home collection

I’ve always needed to be forced to get my life together – design wise, that is. It’s very much a ‘cobblers kid with no shoes/dentist kid with no teeth’ situation. Only with me its more like ‘stylist/designer with two staff and no proper place to design/shoot’, situation.

To start/finish the house I needed that Domino Shoot (I know, I KNOW, I haven’t blogged about it yet, but I’m waiting for more photos!). For my studio I needed an excuse to throw a party for my style peers in order to get the design done. Enter TinyPrints. They approached me about a partnership, and one of the first collaborations was to do a media event around the launch of their home collection and I was like, oh we aren’t having a luncheon, lets throw a party at my studio in 2 1/2 weeks!! Because I’m certifiable like that.

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Let me be clear, this isn’t technically the studio reveal because it’s styled for a party, not a functioning design studio but you’ll obviously get a massive sneak peek into what it looks like. Domaine Home is featuring the studio next friday (10/7) then I’ll be blogging about it, so stay tuned for more of a studio tour.

What is TinyPrints you ask? It’s basically a website where you can customize photo books (I did last year, way before the partnership), invitations, frames and now they have a new home line (which is why they reached out to me). For the party we wanted to customize the product to make it more individual for the party-goers. So we started with Instagram, naturally.

One of my favorite products is the Acrylic Photo Blocks photo frames which are just basically thick lucite squares that are the perfect size for an Instagram, like so:

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So, we scoured our guests/friends instagram for ones we loved and had them made (that’s Kelly from Bash, Please and her beautiful daughter). Then we showcased them all on those floating shelves above and played a ‘find your face’ game, which was extremely popular because we are all secretly narcissists and playing a game about finding your own face is satisfying both because you get to see your own face and everybody wins unless you don’t know your own face! We are genius’!!!!

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There are the Sharkpig boys (above), being all mischievous and weird, per usual… in a good way.

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And there is my friend Jen with a cat on her head, being all mischievous and weird, per usual … in a good way.

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I chose a pic of Justina‘s daughter, Ida, who has an awesome interiors blog (Justina, not Ida ;)). Must have a girl next. Immediately.

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We had the signage made out of mirrored plexiglass. We adhered the letters to the floating shelves with glue dots and I love how it looked like it was floating. Magical, ya’ll. What are those hanging panels you ask? (click through to read the rest of this crazy long post)

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I’m off …

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Well, folks, I’m up in Sacramento on a much-needed staycation at Brian’s parents house. We had a wedding here on saturday (which I actually didn’t make because I was finishing the shoot, but Brian and Charlie did) and then his dad’s birthday bash next saturday so we decided to just stay here for the week because it’s just so relaxing. Big old sofas, fridge full of food, grandparents dying to entertain young child, etc. We thought about going somewhere (Tahoe, Napa, etc) but the idea of just chilling and having a built-in babysitter here for date nights actually sounded less stressful than trying to coordinate housing, a sitter, etc. We might change our mind, but as you can tell from my face up there, I’m so exhausted that watching TV, reading magazines, going on dates with Brian, making dinners with his parents, vintage shopping with his mom and playing/cuddling with that kid actually sounds perfect.

I have a few planned post that are prepped but not written but I may decide to just, well, not. This brain isn’t going to relax itself and I don’t want to risk an actual burn-out. So right now on my calendar I have ‘Parenthood season premiere’ on Thursday night and ‘Brian’s dads birthday’ on Saturday night and that’s it. I’m very busy.

But knowing me I’ll wake up tomorrow, feeling all fresh and be like, ‘maybe just a quick post ….’. Either way it will be a very chill week.

 

Videos, vintage, babies, Target and general nuttyness

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I’m in the middle of shooting a bunch of videos for Target. Not little ‘one camera, 2 hour, maybe there will be a siren in the background’ kinda vidoes. Nay. These things are planned, supported and executed with an intense level of creativity and professionalism. Like a 70 person crew and working with one of the most best creative agencies in the country, Partners and Spade. Its awesome.

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I mean, look how much fun I’m having. My friend Bri stopped by to do a post for her blog and we just laughed and laughed. I think she just got done telling me the one about the blogger, her ballet flats and the huge round balloon. It was hilarious.

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Then that baby, Charlie, came to visit during lunch/touchups and he was terrified/entranced by what Danielle was doing to my face (she does miracles on my face every day, by the way). He stayed and watched the videos a bit (during non-talky times so he couldn’t disrupt the sound) and it was insanely fun to see his face amongst the SEVENTY crew members watching me. He was sitting far away but still had a massive smile on his face every time I caught his eye. Perhaps he is also really into the upcoming Target pieces for Fall and Holiday. Either that or he also heard the one about the blogger and the big round balloon. Trust me … its hilarious.

I’ll explain more later, but there were four sets like the living room below, full of different furniture (mostly vintage) and lots of accessories (mostly Target). They were designed BEAUTIFULLY by production designer Meghan Duran and styled by Scott and of course my life-lines, Ginny and Brady (and yes, I helped, too).

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And by the way there is a MASSIVE room of vintage pieces (in addition to the massive room of Target Product that I didn’t take a photo of today) that is very exciting to be in. Its hard to really see what is there but trust me that there are a lot of amazing things to help compliment the Target product i’m styling with. Scott Horne (one of my very best friends in the world) was hired to style the shoot and is responsible for all the vintage pieces here. He’s wonderful and I want everything in this room.

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Yes, there are christmas trees because we do holiday very early in the commercial world. Also Charlie saw the holiday set and freaked out and now I CAN’T WAIT til Christmas.

All in all its been a totally wonderful week. Every single person on set is awesome, so helpful, has a good attitude and most importantly cares about making these videos good. I seriously don’t have ONE thing to complain about. Its just awesome. Sure, I miss Charlie, what with my 7:30am – 8pm days (by choice, they wrap me at 6:30 but I like to stay to prep for the following morning). But next week Brian, Charlie and I are on vacation all week so I know i’ll make it up to him then. I’ll be in his face so much all week that he’ll be like, ‘hey lady, maybe give me some space, eh?’ because apparently he is a 1950’s mafioso from Brooklyn.

Anyway. So, thats why i’ve been a bit absent. More details and behind the scenes next week, but I just wanted to check in real quick and say ‘hi’ and ‘tgif’. Stay tuned for these videos. Unless I somehow royally mess them up, I think they might be pretty good thanks go all the people involved. xx

Behind the scenes: We mainly just stare at screens

written by Brady Tolbert

Yes people, we at EH Designs love to stare at screens and play with pretty things. That is pretty much all that makes up our day. We wake up, look at screens whilst playing with pretty things then when we can no longer keep our pretty eyes open to look at pretty things we go to bed to rest our eyes, hands and bodies. Then we wake up the next morning to do the same thing. I mean life is all about pretty things and staring right?!

OK, OK, there is much more that happens in the lives of Emily, Ginny and Brady and especially here at the job. But, judging by the below pictures it may look like all we do is take a picture, look at our computer screens, move things around, take a picture, and then do it all over again in a different location.

Please see Exhibit A:
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I’m pretty sure during this last one either David or Emily passed some major gas, I mean what else would be that funny as to make them both bust up laughing from one frame to the next.

I digress … Last time you heard from me, we were in the midst of shooting the book, well we can officially say that for the most part all of the shooting has been completed and you better get your gift cards ready folks because we have some beautiful spaces in store for you in that book. Unfortunately I can’t show you too much as we want to actually have a book to show to you but here is an idea of what goes into getting a book put together.

Here’s what we’ve been up to:

1. Props, Props and more Props:

This last month we tore apart our new studio time after time to create 15 different style-specific vignettes, and 4 different full living room shots amongst other things. In order to accomplish all of it, our office pretty much looked like this on a daily basis. Ginny was a total badass and tore the internet apart and rented just about every chair, light, and accessory known to man! She killed it with the props she found and the images definitely show it.

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2. Midnight runs to all of our favorite retailers:

Emily loves her options (I learned this lesson my first week on the job) and when you have to style out so many different rooms you really DO need options. My cart was filled to the brim time and time again. This image represents just one of the many separate trips we all took to different retailers. While I did “shop til you drop” at one large scandinavian retailer, Emily did the same thing at Target, and Ginny conquered the West side shops.

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3. Stuffing things in places where they don’t belong:

There was no corner or empty floor space that was safe. Basically we had to always have one clean area of the studio where we were shooting the current shot. In order to do that everything was shoved to one side of the room or the other. It was like a fun furniture tetris game, or an episode of “Hoarders”. I’ll let you make the final call on that.

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Our cars were also not safe from the “hoarding”. On one occasion I had to run out to pick up a chair after we had finished at the office and lets just say that my results were not so successful. When I spoke the the gentleman on the phone he told me the box was around 2 ft x 2 ft so I assumed like any normal human being that the box would in fact be 2’x2′. When I arrived I found that the box was a tad larger than that.

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I had to unpack to the box in a very busy parking lot during shopping rush hour to find that to my dismay the chair was completely assembled. It took some moving around… and when I say “some” I really mean A LOT. I mean can we all please notice that the sun was up when I got there and the sun was down when the chair finally found its final resting place in my car. Tick Tock, Tick Tock, oh the woe’s of gathering props!

4. One very happy mother with child in tow:

The book would not be possible with out Emily and Emily would not be as happy as she is without Charles.

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We’ve got lots more in the works people and don’t worry it involves much more than staring a screens and pretty objects so come on back to see what we are making a mess of next.

TGIF. Now back to staring …

Our New Kitchen reveal, plus we cook now

Most of you know that I don’t cook and topping my excuse list has always been that I’ve hated my kitchens and as a ‘visual person’ its just always bummed me out to be in there. They’ve always been rentals, and either tiny (in New York), run down (two houses ago), or both (our last house).

To prove my ‘ugly kitchen’ situation I give you exhibit A and B:

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See?? You might be wondering what we ate then, right? Well it was a combo of take-out, going-out (pre-charlie) or most likely ‘making food’ which is normally a salad or a microwaveable meal. I’m not really a foodie (clearly), but Brian is very emotionally invested in EACH AND EVERY MEAL and literally every night from 7 – 7:30 is the ‘what are we going to do for dinner’ debate. I say, ‘I don’t really care, I’ll eat anything’ and then he spends the next 30 minutes torturing himself trying to figure out what he wants and debating the not so endless possibilities.  It’s literally groundhog day every night. Our biggest issue is that we never have food in the fridge and if we do, it doesn’t really create an easy meal – or one good enough to actually put effort into.

Anyway … Our new kitchen (that is not a rental) was pretty ugly but fairly doable (see the before photos and what the plan was here). We started cooking a bit more (mainly because I can watch TV while I make my one weekly chicken soup), but I mostly still ‘made food’. Then we updated it and it looked like this for a while (which is what is in Domino) and all of a sudden I liked being in it:

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Photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino Magazine

Wildly better, obviously. I love the white, the hardware, the brass “grout” (which I’ll tell you about once I get some detail shots), the pendants, the faucet, the appliances and that baby. I love that adorable baby. I love all of it EXCEPT for the refinished lower cabinetry that looked even more retro than before, and besides those beautiful schoolhouse electric handles just didn’t pop off of them.

Ok, this is not ‘The Kitchen makeover post’. Nay. I’m working on that post (trying to get more photos of what was in Domino, fishing through my library for the ones I’ve taken and then probably taking more photos of details for ya) but I figured I’d may as well show you a sneak peek of the kitchen because we changed it even after the Domino shoot. Because i’m crazy. 

Yes, you heard me. We have painted that kitchen since that shoot. 

Around that same time, Blue Apron emailed and asked me if I wanted to try out their product – delivered meal plans, with all ingredients, ready for you to cook, always different, and delicious meals. I figured I’d celebrate my new kitchen with a photo shoot (who doesn’t?) of me proving to the world (you) that I now cook. And yes, this is a sponsored post but since i’m not a food blogger I figured clearly a reveal of my new kitchen would make it even more fun, no?

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Here’s the deal: Blue Apron allows you to create delicious, chef-designed recipes at home and takes all the guess-work out of it as they send all the farm-fresh ingredients you need, right to your doorstep, in exactly the right proportions. No trips to the grocery store and no waste from unused ingredients. Its wonderful, and completely dummy proof.

Blue Apron will send you three meals per week – for two, four, or six people. The meals are $9.99 per person with free shipping and in case you are worried about all those fresh ingredients spoiling they are one step ahead of you and everything arrives in a refrigerated box so ingredients will stay fresh even if you’re not at home when your package arrives.

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When I first started getting Blue Apron I put it in the fridge. Five days later we hadn’t made any of them. I was like, ‘whoops, guess I’m going to have to cancel that sponsored post’. But then that night I was like, just make one and see. I turned on the tv, poured a glass of wine and started cooking. After about 10 minutes I texted Ginny and Brady with a ‘I’m blue apron-ing it and I kinda love it‘. And then I ate the meal and I was even more psyched (I think that one was beef stuffed poblano chili).

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Here’s what I liken it to – it’s like a personal trainer for cooking. Sure, i can cook on my own, but I don’t. Technically I know how to do the basics but I don’t know how to do anything interesting so I never try the new stuff and therefore I’m never super excited about what I’ve spent my time on. Like a personal trainer you are kinda taught how to do the more innovative things, and are in a way forced to do it (because it’s staring at you in the fridge) and then afterwards you are just so proud of yourself because you are good at it. Click through to see more photos (even a few pulled back ones) of the new painted kitchen.

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