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March 4, 2015
by Jessica
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COFFEE WITH: KATHRYN OF THE EVERYDAY NAPKIN

I am SO excited to share the next Coffee with… post with you! My incredibly talented studiomate and friend, Kathryn Yee of Bash Studio, recently began an endeavor that I have been so lucky to be able to experience from behind the scenes and am thrilled to share it with you today. Before we jump right in, I want to formally introduce you to Kathryn! She is the owner of Bash Studio in Boston where she creates styled private events and experiences – she is hands down one of the most talented and motivated women I have met to date. I feel so lucky to share a studio space with her – we are also collaborating on an upcoming project (which we will share details soon)! Now, without further ado, here is Kathryn to introduce her new product – The Everyday Napkin.The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog

1. What is The Everyday Napkin?

The Everyday Napkin is a simple, stylish and reusable cloth napkin designed for any meal, no special occasion necessary!The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog

2. What inspired you to create The Everyday Napkin?

I was creating small cloth napkins for a client’s in-store event and a light bulb went on! After the event, I took them home, washed them and found they were great for every day . . . My fiancé and I stopped buying paper napkins and would only use cloth for a few reasons . . . I couldn’t bare to look at our trash can and see paper towels and napkins hardly used and cloth just feels nicer on your hands and face. But I found cloth napkins are really designed for formal dinners and took up a lot of space which we don’t have much of in the city. These napkins from the event were just want my fiancé and I needed. With some modifications from the original, they are now the perfect size.The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog

3. Tell us a little bit about the process of creating the napkin? What made you choose the size, colors, and fabrics? 

I love to hunt and gather so I do this to find the perfect fabrics for each collection. They have to feel good and look nice which is tough criteria but just perfect when I can find fabric that is both functional and stylish. The size comes directly from the size of a disposable paper napkin. Sometimes you think you need something larger because it gives you a sense of comfort or familiarity but we think you really don’t need much more than a 6.5” square.The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog

4. What are some creative ways you are seeing people use their napkins?

What’s great about The Everyday Napkin is that it’s a simple every day product you can use however it fits your life the best. I’ve had a few mom’s buying them specifically for their kids’ lunch boxes. When we get out of this winter weather, I look forward to seeing our fans taking them on day trips to the beach, on a hike, picnic or road trip! They are great for on-the-go and travel too. Maura, who helps with my social community efforts, has a handful in her purse at a time! I use them with my breakfast and mid-day snack. We also use them every night at dinner time. And something that I didn’t expect is that we have a number of gents who put them in their shirt pocket and use it throughout the day! My fiancé is our biggest advocate!The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog The Everyday Napkin - photographed by Joyelle West - Oh, I Design Blog Joyelle_150225_090

5. What’s next for The Everyday Napkin?

We are in the process of pulling together a Pop-Up Shop Tour that will launch at West Elm on Saturday March 14th and we are so excited about it! West Elm is the perfect alignment for us. It will be followed by a special Shop for a Cause Pop-up with Pop & Circumstance on Saturday, March 28th where we will release a new spring line! Then we’ll kick off April with a Pop-up Shop at Olives & Grace. There is a lot in store so we hope you’ll stay tuned!

Eventbrite - The Everyday Napkin Pop-Up Launch Party at West Elm

 

Credits:

All photography is by the talented Joyelle West Photography.

Styling by Bash Studio and Oh, I Design.

March 2, 2015
by Jessica
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OH…HOUSE HUNTING…

//So as some of you might know, Cody and I are going to be in Boston for a while. We originally thought we might be returning to San Diego after a year or so…once he got the office off of the ground..but it looks like we are here to stay for a while. He is doing phenomenal things and I couldn’t be more proud of him! That being said, we are at the point where we are tired of renting and really want a place to call home. We have jumped from place to place…feeling almost settled when we have to pack up and move again. With my love for decorating and his love of outdoor spaces, we are ready to have a place to call our own and really make our own.

We have been looking on and off for a while, but are now getting really serious about it. This has been one of the reasons it’s been a bit quite on the blog. As I am sure some of you reading this are aware, house hunting is TOUGH. Especially in a place like Boston where the market is extremely competitive and the real estate is very expensive. Very expensive.  You pay for the location and I am totally okay with that because I love it here … as long as a girl can get a washer/dryer and two bedrooms without spending a fortune. Is that too much to ask, BOSTON?!

Anyway, since the market is so crazy – you literally have to get your offer right away without too much time to think about it. There is so much pressure! We are planning on placing an offer on a place today if all goes well… and I am so nervous.

One thing I can definitely say I have learned is to not get attached to a place and start mentally moving your furniture in it… we did that a couple of times and things just didn’t work out. So, here’s to hoping all things going well with this one and no one comes in with all cash or we get into a crazy bidding war. My anxiety cannot handle that.

I would really appreciate any tips from all of you homeowners out there! Please tell me I am not alone in this. :)

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February 17, 2015
by Jessica
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BRIGHT PILLOWS FOR SPRING

Bright colors and sunshine have been on my mind this week. I have been super jealous of everyone that is in Palm Springs for Modernism Week because it’s pretty much my favorite place on earth and I would love to get a tour of some of the estates and gardens. And….I just need the sun and to feel sweat again. haha! Okay, back to the post. Here’s a round-up of some bright pillows to get you excited for Spring!pillows-1 pillows-2shop the pillows: one // two // three // four // five // six

February 16, 2015
by Jessica
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7 REASONS BLACK & WHITE SPACES RULE

Typically when I begin a new design project, I create a pinterest board to gather inspirational images to determine the design direction. I find it’s interactive for clients and is extremely helpful to see what catches their eye. When I was perusing pinterest this weekend, I was overwhelmed with how many black and white interiors that kept popping up. Although I tend to bring color into each space I design, the photos below make me giddy about the idea of designing a room sans color. The bold contrast makes the elements in black act as art (and white in the one photo with black walls) and the simplicity is refreshing. A repeating detail I notice that most of these rooms have are plants – which bring the space to life! Which one is your favorite?
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