1. Veda News: Observing


    One of my favorite blogs to read and bloggers to follow is Jodi of Practicing Simplicity. She’s got a beautiful soul that appears to be full of patience and adventure…in my opinion two really important character assets. I use her blog as a calming tool after a long work day. Recently, Jodi posted a list of random thoughts and it got me thinking. More importantly, it got be observing where I am TODAY….taking mental notes along the way. Thanks Jodi!

    I am…

    making the last of the wedding DIY projects.
    cooking lots of salads and trying not to eat bread!
    drinking lots of my new found favorite – hazelnut coffee.
    reading Souther Makers by Jennifer Causey.
    wanting spring to stick around and for summer’s arrival.
    looking at all the flowering trees.
    playing The Lumineers – their songs are contagious.
    wasting my time sitting on the couch.
    sewing  nothing – I’m not even going to pretend.
    wishing for ice cream to appear in my freezer.
    enjoying working from home in my studio.
    waiting for May 17th – wedding day!
    liking having the windows opens and curtains blowing.
    wondering if being married will feel different.

    loving taking on more photography jobs.
    hoping this week flies by – really enjoying my weekends.
    marvelling at how things tend to just work out.
    needing to workout.
    smelling coffee brewing in the french press
    wearing jeans and a t-shirt (without a coat!).
    following my gut and recognizing my priorities
    noticing qualities of true friends.
    knowing that all I have to do is take it one day at a time.
    thinking about having an early lunch.
    bookmarking more and more ideas on Pinterest
    opening boxes containing photoshoot props!
    giggling at the pup who is afraid of ALL sounds.
    feeling anxious, but also super excited at the same time.

    ( photo from Veda House Instagram )

  2. Notables No. 43


    What a great week. St. Louis weather has decided to show us a little what spring is all about. Today it’s going to be 70 and sunny! What a 180 shift from a week or so ago. This week was another super busy week preparing for another scouting trip to Denver and working on client work. Hope you had a grew week as well :)

    Notables This Week:

    1. I love this marble printed scarf from Scout & Catalogue
    2. A cursive clothing hanger via Annalenna Hem
    3. Beautiful travel inspired decor on Blog Milk
    4. The new shop called Association
    5. Forever inspired by Doug Johnson

    6. Unexpected house guests feature
    7. Amazing Stockholm apartment 
    8. The color palette in this living room
    9. The raw materials used in this kitchen!!!

  3. Worn. 05


    Hello and Happy Thursday! I wanted to share one of the newest additions to my wardrobe – this lovely “beach coverup” from Free People. It’s incredibly soft and I can’t wait to wear it on the beaches of Tulum Mexico is less than one month. Have any of you started to buy summer clothes? Any favorite pieces?


    Worn / blue tunic from Free People (similar style) Emerson Fry Outlet, caities sandals from Life’s Little Thrills, high waisted harlem pants from Forever 21, bikini bandeau top from American Apparel


    ( Worn 01, Worn 02, Worn 03, Worn 04 )

  4. In Collaboration w. Commodity Goods (Part 2)


    Remember a few weeks ago when I introduced Commodity Goods as a new collaboration? I wanted to stop back by and let you know how the process went for us. We absolutely LOVED everything about the idea of trying a variety of scents (at home) to find our perfect scent. Shopping for perfumes and colognes has always been frustrating for the mister and I and we usually leave the store empty handed and with headaches.

    With the Commodity Goods process we were able to slowly try the 10 male and 10 female scents, day by day…really living in the scent. Some scents we loved at first spray, others just weren’t “us”, but we both walked away with a few scents to rotate through as we please.  Not to our surprise we tended to gravitate towards the “fresh” scent category and I threw in a more “floral” scent (Tea) for those special occasions. Our top picks are show above.

    Again, If you’re looking for a new scent and are sick of browsing the stinky perfume aisles, give Commodity Goods a try. The team at Commodity never asked me to post about their product, but I loved the experience and end result so much I just had to share!

    ( Shop Commodity Goods )

  5. Studio Hours: Wedding Update


    Hi Guys. The one month countdown to wedding week has officially begin. This time next month, I’ll be packing my bags for a whirlwind of a month and couldn’t be more excited. These past few weeks have been spent pulling together the finer details of the event, such as buying clothing for the honeymoon in Tulum Mexico, scheduling salon appointments and making final DJ playlist selections. I’m getting really antsy!!!!

    One of the projects I’ve been toying with for months now is making natural fabric dyes to create beach flags for the ceremony. I got the idea fr

    href=”http://greenweddingshoes.com/dreamy-beach-proposal-colleen-justin/” target=”_blank”>photoshooton the Green Wedding Shoes website. The flags are dyed using the natural pigments found in yellow onion skins. Its the combination of amount of time in the dye and amount of water that gets the color to range from yellow, to peach, to pink. Lots of experimenting to get just the right colors.

    If you’re interested in making your own natural plant based dyes, this is the resource I used.


    More wedding progress posts :
    Save The Dates, Tabletop Details, Overhead lighting DIY,
    envelope assembly, the smaller details, and final invites!

  6. Inspired By: Uncommon Matters


    Hey there! Is it going to be spring yet? The midwest is just holding on to dear life to those chilly days and unpredictable storms…I’ve about had enough of it. With that said, I’ve been oooing and ahhhhing over all the spring jewelry and clothing launches these past few weeks. So many great things happening and some very unique “outside the box” kinda stuff!

    One of those really unique brands happens to be Uncommon Matters. Amélie Riech, creator/artist/jewelry maker extraordinaire describes her brand like this…

    “When traditional craftsmanship meets the immateriality of the future”

    How awesome is that? Geek out moment. Want to learn more about her process or materials used, stop by her site!

    ( Browse Uncommon Matters )

  7. In Collaboration w. Bonheur Prints


    Back to blogging!! I’ve taken a few days  to remedy a head cold after getting back from the other side of the US, But here I am and ready to share with you another really great brand I had the privilege of working with recently. Have you guys heard of Bonheur Prints? This company specializes in fine art photography prints and I was just blown away by the print quality of each piece. You can shop by artist or by category and the selection is continuing to grow.

    I chose a few landscape images to be paired together and potentially hung in my living room or bedroom. I got them framed and matted and I couldn’t be any happier with how they turned out. Go check it out!


    Other Collaboration Posts
    ( Commodity Goods, 70percentpure )

  8. Notable No. 42


    Hi Guys! I’m in Denver doing a little scouting for an upcoming adventure (more on that soon) and wanted to stop in and share some of my favorite links I’ve found recently while scouring the net. Thanks to all of you who said they enjoy this feature. I think I’ll keep it around for a while longer ;)

    Notables This Week:

    1. A dreamy ceramic studio 
    2. The colors and patterns of this spring post
    3. This beautiful South African estate
    4. A cozy cottage via Design Sponge
    5. A fashion designer’s studio space

    6. This entire photoshoot for Kinfolk
    7. Love the rustic touches
    8. Beautifully dyed pillow
    9. This photo gets me excited about our honeymoon

  9. Inspired by: HRUSKAA


    It’s no shocker that I’m a big fan of Scandinavian design and home decor, so posting about HRUSKAA shouldn’t be a big surprise. This amazing little Etsy shop creates Scandinavian inspired decor pieces such as Himmeli Mobiles and plant hangers. I just love the geometric aspects and the simple materials used. The shop owner (Melissa from Michigan) does a really great job showcasing the roots of Scandinavian design.

    ( Shop HRUSKAA )

  10. Lesson Learned Mini-Series: Taking Cues From Our Childhood



    “In order to live a fascinating life – one brimming with art, music, romance, and intrigue –
    you must surround yourself with precisely those things.”
    — unknown author —

    Hello Veda House Readers! I’ve been excited to share with a new little build on the regular “lesson learned” freelance series. I’ve paired up with Maggie of Type & Title (the amazing talent behind the hand lettering on my wedding invites!) to chat about a few freelance topics that “just starting out” individuals may really get into. With this mini series, I’ll be answering questions about making the leap to a freelance career. We’ll then pair the question with a quote to illustrate the topic together; my photography and Maggie’s lettering. We’re starting way back at our childhood with the first topic below.

    How has your childhood potentially shaped your professional career? Were there distinct “clues” that now looking back, really spoke loudly towards which career you’d choose?

    As I grow older (especially during the first part of the new year), I find myself reflecting back to my childhood on a more regular basis. I find it super interesting to see how our pasts shape whom we are today, all the little elements building upon one another. For a lot of us, or childhood hobbies are the roots of the career path we choose later in life.

     ( Keep Reading over on Type & Tile )