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04.17.13

ADVICE / 60

today’s question: “how do you invest in your business?”

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KATIE’S ANSWER

i’m not really at a point to invest in my business yet. as soon as i get there i would probably start renting a studio space to work out of. it would be nice to separate home and work. and! with that comes the adventure of furniture shopping!

i’d also like to find an accountant that works with freelance designers to make sure i’m actually doing everything the best i can.  i currently work with a lovely H&R Block woman named barbra for my taxes. she told me she was proud of how organized i was this year vs. last. she is great but i just wonder if i’m getting the best freelance advice. i would also get a lawyer and have him/her go over all my paper work and make sure my business is set up the best way. since i wrote this post about getting paid i’ve had a couple of sticky situations come up. it would’ve been nice to have some heat backing those emails i was sending.

i assume that if i’m profiting enough to put money back in my business i’d be crazy busy. i might want to hire an intern to help out a couple days a week. i’d try to find someone from a local art college to help out. i love working with students. they’re so ambitious and excited. i like to think that i’m helping them on their career path like my mentors once did for me. my mentors help me make my career. every big job came from someone recommending me. it’s really all about word of mouth.

so…one day…that’s the plan.

BRI’S ANSWER

i have definitely learned the importance of putting money back into the business. sure, we’d all love to get a paycheck in the mail and take it straight to the bank…and then to the mall. but it doesn’t really work like that.

i am going to focus on the expenses of a blogger for this one…

1. employees & contributors: my biggest expense! in the beginning this expense scared me the most because it’s sure not cheap! but when i was really able to evaluate the income before i had the extra help and then after, i realized the value right away. i needed to free up some of my time so i could think further into the future and stop spinning my wheels.

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04.17.13

MY OFFICE MAKEOVER

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we have been in this office for quite some time, but we had our desks setup downstairs. we recently expanded our team and moved up into the loft and decided it needed to be redecorated! the loft has amazing windows & beautiful natural light so i knew i wanted it to function as a workspace but also as a studio for us to shoot blog content in. (ps. make sure you enter to win the big office giveaway too & see this feature over on the glitter guide!)

take a look at the space before we moved up there…(photo by bethany nauert)

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and after we were all finished…

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the first step was to cover the floors. the purplish-pink wood was distracting and limited us quite a bit, so we decided to cover it with canvas. we went to home depot and stocked up and ended up stapling it to the floor. it also made the space much more cozy. (it feels very palm springs ace hotel) it was important to add rugs on top of that so the canvas didn’t get filthy, but it made all the difference in the world to have the floor neutral. for the rugs, we went with layering…we used the west elm moroccan rug as the main rug, and then added a colorful turkish rug by the mini bar & a metallic textured rug under my desk. (they were from a shop called lake in silver lake. you have to check it out if you’re in LA!)

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04.02.13

FLORALS FOR YOUR SPACE / 04

we are flowering the studio of the uber talented textile designer rachel craven today! rachel is a really close gal pal of mine and so I was super excited to pay a visit to her new downtown studio and check out her latest works. 

all rachel’s linens are made by hand here in LA. i love her clean lines and attention to detail…like the metallic copper stitching or neon pops on flax fabric. i was inspired to make rachel a little something different, so i put together a wreath + garland of spring florals that could hang in her new space.

both rachel and i are big fans of monochromatic tones in pale shades of cream, white, and greens. this earthy and organic wreath was something i knew would match rachel’s studio space and linens perfectly.

doesn’t this make you want to have a craft day at rachel’s studio? and you can get the apron she is wearing right here!

apart from being a textile designer, rachel is also co-organizer of the echo park craft fair which is a collective of local artist who gather twice a year to sell their wares. this is really such an amazing event. this year it is going to be held may 11th + 12th (mother’s day weekend) in downtown los angeles. all the details are still being worked out…but save the date! i’ll be there with flowers for all the mothers and lovers out there! kristen

florals by: moon canyon design co. – see more floral posts here!
store: rachel craven
photos by: kimberly genevieve

03.29.13

LONDON BLOGSHOP!

we were so impressed with our london blogshop last time that we had to make a round 2 happen. we stopped by shoreditch for a few days before we went on our vacation in france. here’s a look into the class!

that flower shop supplied our decor this time around, and went with a structural and natural installation to supplement our florals. the white studio space was perfect for it all.

our friends at splendid sent along some colorful bags to put all of our goodies into.

geometric notebooks and custom gold-foiled blogshop pencils by abigail warner prove that form and function do go hand in hand.

a great uk shop,  papermash carries these london journals and classic spools of twine.

bright blooms by that flower shop hung out on all the tables.

pauline of benu handmakes these quirky leather brooches, and we put one in each bag. gotta love the simple triangles and this sausage dog.

this great and one circle print is by mrs. eliot books.

we thought these handmade felt garlands by little nest box would add color to our students’ homes and offices. we love that they put them to use while still in class.

double triangle necklaces by oh my clumsy heart were a hit.

we shot and shared and learned all weekend long. the students really got to know each other and made friends.

we’re so excited to continue working with frankie. they generously provided us with copies of their magazine along with a smith journal and gift paper book for each student.

you can imagine my delight when i saw this thing, full to the brim with party decor for one lucky student who won the prize pack from paper mash.  ++ they are offering a discount to DLF readers. just use the code blogshop at checkout to save 20% through april 5th.

if you can’t tell we had loads of fun in lundy town this time. see things from our students’ perspective here by checking out our london blogshop insta feed.

april & may:
VANCOUVER (sold out) |  SAN FRAN (email for waitlist!) SF VIDEO |  PHILLY  (almost sold out!) |  NEW YORK (almost sold out!) CHICAGO  (almost sold out!) CHICAGO VIDEO

we hope you join us in our future blogshops! check out past class photos here.

03.19.13

FLORALS / A LINUS BIKE GIVEAWAY!

we east side girls traveled west to visit linus bikes in venice beach. just off the abbot kinney strip and down a tiny garden path is a beach bungalow surrounded with bikes and full of beautifully made baskets, bells, and all sorts of other must haves to style your ride.

i really love the linus look! sleek and chic. reminiscent of the french bicycle design of the 50’s and 60’s. its with this spirit that the sweet people at linus let us take the bikes out on the town for an afternoon of flowers, farmers markets, and fresh juice. all day long I kept saying to myself that it doesn’t get better than this!

in keeping with the spring farmers market afternoon i filled the baskets with all sorts of spring flowers like daffodils, ranunculus, fritillaria. i also incorporated sweet pea tendrils and kale into this bouquet to give it that extra from the garden touch.

another great find of the day were the beautiful white forsythia branches which have a sweet fragrance. (i must have left a spring scented trail behind me.)

if in venice be sure to take stroll into linus. we heart them and their bikes! kristen

and guess what! we are GIVING AWAY A BIKE!

here’s how to win one of these linus bikes! (CLOSED)

1. head over to the linus bikes site and tell me your favorite product from their shop! bike or basket 🙂 and leave us a comment below! we hope this ends up in the hands of someone who has been really wanting a new bike!

2. you can chose to win the roadster classic or the dutchi 1 style in the color of your choice!

one winner will be chosen on tuesday, march 26th at 10am PST. open to us residents only. the retail value is $475+

florals by: moon canyon design co.
store: linus bikes
photos by: kimberly genevieve

 

UPDATE: winner is #1182 Jessica O!

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