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THE CREATIVES; SERIES NO.3

Happy Friday, folks! I hope you’re ready for another great guest feature day. I’ve been excited to introduce this group of ladies to you because one, I’m obsessed with all of their work and two, even though they are from different creative fields, they all still share the connection of working with/in interior spaces. (holla!) While I love love love learning about all the creative fields, my heart and soul will always go back to interior design and everything related to it; interior spaces, interior photography, interior styling and well, along with styling comes throw pillows. You can never have too many pillows. If you believe otherwise, I’m sure you will change your mind after reading today’s feature. So to start this weekend off on a good note — here is The Creatives, Series No.3!

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For our first guest feature, I’d like to introduce Monica Biesen. She is the crazy talented sewing lady and pillow dealer of Boho Pillow. Aka: she’s the one who sources beautiful artisan textiles and sews them into pillow covers, making you believe you can never have too many pillows. I just swoon over every single vintage beauty posted on her shop. While each pillow cover is so uniquely detailed from the one before, they all still compliment each other cohesively. Seriously you guys, go check out her Etsy and Instagram, and you’ll know what I mean!

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WHAT MADE YOU ASPIRE TO BE A TEXTILE SEWER AND PILLOW DEALER?

I had become freakishly obsessed with interior design about five years ago and I started sewing so many home décor projects for myself, I mean, our family’s home.  Along the way, I absolutely fell in love with vintage, ethnic textiles.   I was at an impasse with my career, and had previously been in such structured jobs, that the creative aspect of designing and sewing really appealed to me!

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE SETS YOU APART FROM OTHERS IN YOUR FIELD?

My testing field!  I mean, having four young kids trying to body slam, pillow fight, wipe, pick, destroy  my product and still have it win, is a pretty good testimony!  But all kidding aside, I am constantly striving to make the best product I can.  I try to source textiles and create pillow covers that are unique, but that all still speak to each other, so that they can be mixed and matched within my shop for a cohesive look.  I also pay painstaking attention to each detail that goes into my pillow covers from beginning to end and I sincerely hope that shows.

WHAT/WHERE IS YOUR GO-TO PLACE FOR INSPIRATION?
(OTHER THAN PINTEREST)

I am constantly inspired by the textiles that I work with!  There is such a plethora of raw talent from the artisans that have designed and created each piece, every detail, it’s truly amazing.

ANY ADVICE FOR OTHERS WANTING TO GET INTO SEWING AND SELLING PILLOWS?

Go for it!!  I think it’s equally important to research your specific market first and figure out how to carve out a niche for yourself.  Have a supportive gang surrounding you and have fun!

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To learn more about Monica and/or to see more of her work, check out her Etsy Shop, Instagram and Facebook!

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Next I’d like to introduce the lovely, Bri Moysa, an interior stylist of Emerson Grey Designs. I was fortunate to come across Bri on Instagram awhile back, and through emailing/Instagramming (is that even a word?) get to know her a little more. I remember seeing her work on her account, and was instantly drawn to the style of her spaces. Her interior styling projects are a true reflection of the creativity and talent she encompasses, and the genuine relationship she creates with each one of her clients. Make sure to check her work out, and get to know her sweet self a little more 🙂

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WHAT MADE YOU ASPIRE TO BE AN INTERIOR STYLIST?

I have always been the girl who loved to rearrange my room and get new linens.  My mom would hear pounding coming from upstairs and knew it was me just being creative again.  When I got my first job it was in a baby boutique and that is where I set down my roots in the juvenile industry.  I managed all the custom bedding and furniture orders for customers and just thoroughly enjoyed helping them create beautiful pieces for their special spaces.  The tough part was I never actually got to see the space in which I was helping to create.  When I became pregnant with my second child I knew I wanted so badly to stay home with my kids and that is when my business, Emerson Grey Designs, was born. 

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE SETS YOU APART FROM OTHERS IN YOUR FIELD?

I would have to say what sets me apart from others in my field would be my approach to the design process.  I’m sure I make things harder for myself by doing this, but I don’t sit down to design a space by looking for pieces I know I need.  Instead I just sit down and start creating a fun, great looking design board.  I let my creativity take over without any boundaries of what the space I’m designing actually needs.  Once I feel I have created a design I love, that is when I let the space I’m working with actually dictate the pieces I use.  For myself I find that this lets me get lost in my creativity and usually guides me to pulling the space together quicker.  Also because I strictly do E-design, it is really important for me to make my clients feel like I am there with them in the space when it’s time to style the room.  Each one of my clients receives a written tour guiding them through every inch of their space, talking them through why I chose a particular piece, why we are putting it where we are and really just leading them in every step I want them to take in order to execute the overall design properly.  I would feel horrible if I suggested what drapes a client should buy, but just assume they knew how to hang them properly, only to find they hung the rod right at the top of the window or even worse, hung them so the drapes didn’t touch the floor. I feel that I go heavy into the step by step because I just want my clients to feel confident in their execution of my design.

WHAT/WHERE IS YOUR GO-TO PLACE FOR INSPIRATION?
(OTHER THAN PINTEREST)

My go to place is Instagram.  I’m not one who likes to sit down and look through magazines or books.  I certainly don’t have time to read blogs anymore, sad, I know.  But the visual beauty that can be seen by just cruising through hashtags, specific to what I need to be inspired on, has been such a great tool for me.  I love having the capability of looking at interiors from all over the world, with so many different design directions…I truly can get lost on Instagram for awhile. I’ve “met” some pretty great people through that little app, too, that continue to inspire me with not only their way of capturing moments and their interiors, but also their way of running their own businesses.

ANY ADVICE FOR OTHERS WANTING TO GET INTO INTERIOR STYLING?

My advice is to be sure to have a strong support system.  When I first started out I was so nervous and really lacked confidence that I could do this on my own.  I’m blessed with the most amazing family who were always there to build me up and remind me this is my natural gift.  That I must share it with others.  I’m so glad I did because it has been an amazing five years full of the best clients.  They’ve allowed me to help make their houses into homes and there is no greater feeling.

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To learn more about Bri and/or to see more of her work, check out her website and Instagram and Facebook!

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And last, say hello to Alyssa Rosenheck, the interior photographer of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography. She runs her business with an 80% focus on interiors and a 20% focus on photo branding select clients. Her whole portfolio, whether it’s interiors, branding or lifestyle, is absolutely beautiful. Her focus on minimalism, simplicity, natural light, and clean lines is portrayed perfectly in all her work, and I may or may not be obsessed with it all. Go and take a gander of her work on her website and Instagram!

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WHAT MADE YOU ASPIRE TO BE AN INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHER?

Photography speaks to my soul and it has from an early age. My eye has always gravitated towards clean lines and negative space. There is something so beautiful to me about minimalism and simplicity. When I walk into a space, I look at the light and I am moved by the way it travels from room to room. I took a very conservative approach to life in my twenties. I went to college, joined the corporate world, worked hard, made money…. and yet my life was void of color and there was something missing. I resigned my consulting job and took a leap of faith which lead me to start my photography business two years ago. The question is often asked, what inspired me to pursue my interior photography business. My inspiration was embracing a dream that scared me most in life, which was to pursue my passion and love for photography. Life is too short not live out one’s passion. My husband and my mother have been a huge support system throughout my successes and failures on this journey.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE SETS YOU APART FROM OTHERS IN YOUR FIELD?

Combining my strong business background with my interior photography business has created a great niche for myself with clients. I am able to capture their spaces in a unique way while also focusing on my clients branding goals and business objectives. I like to think I am more than a photographer for my clients and I contribute to the success of their bottom line. Collaboration is true success in my mind. I believe there is enough room for everyone involved to be successful and it is so important as a creative and business owner to encourage this mentality in one’s day to day.

WHAT/WHERE IS YOUR GO-TO PLACE FOR INSPIRATION?
(OTHER THAN PINTEREST)

I disconnect from technology for inspiration. I put down my phone and walk away from the computer (which can be hard to do). I don’t have a specific place for inspiration. My mind tends to be a constant wheelhouse of ideas and creative pursuits. I can tell though when I am not taking enough time away from shooting and editing that these ideas tend to slow down, so it’s very important for me to recharge and disconnect.  This can be a thirty minute nap, playing with my puppy, going for a walk, cooking with my husband…

ANY ADVICE FOR OTHERS WANTING TO GET INTO INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY?

It is  important to develop and stay true to your own individual style, even when you are starting out. There are many trends in photography and I always have to remind myself and others that these trends are fleeting and it’s vital to pursue this craft in an authentic way. My other pearls are… work hard, network, stay humble, and most important is to celebrate each step of the way.

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To learn more about Alyssa and/or to see more of her photography, check out her website, Instagram and Facebook! You can also spot her photographs published on My Domaine, Elle Decor, Design Milk, Pop Sugar, Apartment Therapy, Kohler Co., Style Me Pretty, West Elm, and many more. Full list here.

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Well that wraps up another amazing series! If you want to get involved in ‘The Creatives’, shoot me an email at: hello@jennifersweetdesign.com. The next series will be posted in October!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

-J

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