1. Studio Hours: Wedding Update (The Invites)

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    Happy Monday! Here in St. Louis we got hit with yet another ice/snow storm yesterday and you can tell the city is revolting. I even saw a middle-aged man walking out of Michaels Craftstore yesterday carrying a massive indoor palm tree plant!! When is spring coming??

    Anywho…Sharing something dear to my heart today. The wedding invitations (and all other printed materials) are designed, printed and shipped out, and thanks to the lovely hand lettering work by Maggie of Type & Title

    , I think they turned out beautiful. You will not believe how amazing it felt to mark that wedding task of the master (days long) to-do list. Honestly, the to-do list is getting much shorter and I couldn’t be more thankful and relieved.

    Also, if anyone were to ask me if designing/printing your own wedding invites was a good way to save money while adding personality…I’d say run the other way. I will never do wedding invitation design again and I can’t believe how many hours I spent fussing over paper texture or shade of gray! Spent the money for a full set (designed by someone else) and just be done with it.

    Have any of you designed your own wedding invitations in the past? I’m curious to know if I was the only one that would now suggest spending top dollar for someone ELSE to piece it all together. Seemed so simple in the beginning. Thoughts?

    More wedding progress posts : Save The DatesTabletop DetailsOverhead lighting DIYenvelope assembly, and the smaller details

     

  2. Lesson Learned: Manifesting the type of work you want

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    Happy Thursday lovely people of the internet. Hehe. This post is a LONG time coming. I start writing, then stop, then start again, never really typing what I really want to say. So, I’ll start with a short overview just in case I start rambling. The gist of this conversation is that I believe in some higher power out there in the universe and that that power is more than willing to lend you a hand if you’re kind enough to ask. It’s like the whole lottery ticket saying …you can only win the lottery if you first buy your ticket!

  3. Worn .02

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    Hi folks! Changing things up a bit again over here today. This is the second “Worn” post and I wanted to introduce the mister into the mix. I’ve got a brand collaboration coming up soon and he’ll be a part of that as well. So, in spirit of being newlyweds in less than 3 months, here’s a glimpse at Jake’s side of the closet.

    He’s definitely a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy, but has got quite the obsession with shoes, particularly boots. We were doing a little spring cleaning in our closets last night and it’s confirmed…he has more clothes and shoes that I do! Do your significant other’s have a go-to item?

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    Worn / T-shirt from Iron & Resin, Standard Cloth denim
    Clark’s Desert Boots in Beeswax, horse hair boot brush from Ralyn, Military watch via Marathon

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    ( Worn 01 )

  4. Notables No.40

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    Hey there! Wanted to drop by today to share some of my favorite things on the net this week. Can you believe this is notables post #40!

    I also wanted to ask if you guys like this feature enough to keep it around? I’ve got a few  new features lined up for the blog this year and I don’t want to lose focus. In the past this has been a favorite, so please leave a comment if you’d like it to stay or leave! Your help deciding is greatly appreciated. Also, for those of you on Instagram..I kinda started sharing photos again on my account. You can follow me here.

    Notables This Week :

    1. Beautiful salad recipe shared via The Design Files
    2. This boho house looks super cozy
    3. This embroidered shirt needs to get in my closet
    4. This dresser is just adorable, via design sponge
    5. I’d live outside if I had a patio like this

    6. I love the pops of blue in this bathroom
    7. Denim overalls. Love em or hate em?
    8. Geometric stacking bracelets, so pretty!
    9. Loving the woven artwork by Brook & Lyn

  5. Inspired By: Moving Mountains

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    Happy Thursday folks! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared an inspirational brand with you, so today’s the day. haha . I’ve seen these beautiful images floating around in blog/pinterest/internet world and needed to do a little more digging to see who was responsible. The company is called Moving Mountains (based in Brooklyn NY) and it is rooted in industrial design practices. I found this aspect very interesting because my fiancé is an industrial designer/product designer so I have a good idea of what the design process is like. Also, the branding is beautiful and I just love the name!

    I love the raw materials used and especially how simple the designs are. Large impact without a lot of fuss.

    ( Moving Mountains Website, MM Shop )

  6. Lesson Learned: My days in hours

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    Hope all of you are well!! It’s so nice to be able to log on to this blog and chit chat with all of you! Wahoo! Thanks for making this such a great place to come back to and continue to share.

    Two weeks ago I did a little experiment. With all this talk going around about how freelance designers have more on their plate than just designing, I was curious how I really spent my “working” hours. How much of my day is spent on responding to emails, writing blog posts, client work, house work, errands, etc? How much time do I spend growing my business, maintaining my business, and keeping that business afloat.

    I knew going into the life of a freelancer would come with tasks that I wasn’t used to doing. I knew I was going to have to wear ALL the hats, but I was ok with that because all those hats were growing MY business and not someone else’s.  If you’re curious about the hourly breakdown, continue reading after the jump.

  7. Studio Hours: A Wedding Update

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    Hi guys! So sorry for the crickets over here these past few days. It got CLOUDY over here and all photo taking was put on a major hold. But’s its sunny today and I have a wedding update! Boy oh boy are we getting closer and closer. We are officially 3 months away from the big day and the last minute details are definitely piling up. I feel like my to-do list has gone from BIG items like “find a venue” to small tedious stuff like “tie a string around sachet bags”. Haha. The whole hoopla is pretty funny actually, but I am getting pretty excited and honeymoon planning is in full swing.

    I’m not going to exhaust you with all the details of what’s been going on, but I am happy to announce I have found my wedding dress shoes! After 3 different pairs ordered, I landed on these Gladly booties from Steve Madden. I’ve also finally got the invitations all printed and assembled (more on those later), and an obscene amount of lavender/rosemary to fill little sachet bags. It’s a real circus over here, folks.

    If you’re interested in reading a few other Veda House wedding progress posts you can see our Save The DatesTabletop DetailsOverhead lighting DIY, envelope assembly, and the smaller details.

  8. Worn. 01

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    Hello there! Happy Valentine’s Day :) Sharing something new to switch things up a bit. In an effort to get a little more personal on the blog these days, this is the first post of a new series here on Veda House called WORN. I’m not a gal that’s big into fashion or even really keeps up with clothing trends, but I do appreciate a wardrobe that has personality…and a few great pairs of boots ;)

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    Worn / Sanctuary Clothing knit top, Flats by Coupleof, Khaki Skinnies by Gap, concrete cube necklace
    by Maple + Mauve, ring and bangle – vintage

  9. Studio Hours: Favorite Corner

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    When working from home, I’ve found that it’s really important to create a cosy and inspiring space to work in. For me, I spend my days bouncing around my home, from room to room, usually utilizing a different room for different reasons. I shoot a lot of blog content in our guest bedroom, work out in my living room, sit at the computer in my little side nook, etc etc. More recently I’ve worked to create a really cozy space in my living room where I can ease into my mornings with a laptop instead of the desktop computer. I’ve found that I do most of my inspiration gathering first thing in the morning, so being comfortable is a must.

    This lovely chair  from West Elm (Paidge in Ink Blue Velvet) is one of my first adult purchases and I couldn’t be happier. The studded ottoman is from Euro Style lighting and I think brings some much needed “toughness” to the space. The lighting in this corner was thrifted as well as all of the little baubles on the shelves.

    ( More Living Room Snippets  & Here )

  10. Studio Hours: Photoshoot Prep

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    Just dropping by today for a quick little hello. I’ve been doing a lot of photoshoot preparations for clients this past week so I thought I’d share a little about my process. Each shoot is a bit different, but as photo stylist/photographer combo it’s important to keep the job organized so you don’t go crazy.

    Steps I always take:

    1. Research Gathering: This is almost always on Pinterest because it’s a really easy platform to share my thoughts with my clients. It also allows for both parties to seamlessly add and delete content as we go.

    2. Create a Shot List: This is a really important organizational stage in the process. Ideally, I like to plan out ever shot of the shoot to make sure I have the right props, lighting, surfaces, camera lens, etc. I find that if I have a shot list, its easy for me to capture the “must have” shots, but it also makes it easier to snag those more in-the-moment shots.

    3. Prop Shopping: This is one of my favorite parts of the process. Not necessarily because it’s shopping (because I’m not a huge fan), but because you get to pick those really key pieces to make your shoot iconic and unique. Usually there is a prop allowance budgeted into the original quote.

    4. DIY & Setup: Since DIYs are a fun thing for me to do, I often find a way to incorporate one into the shoot. Usually this means building a light for the shoot or building a structure of some sorts.