Studio tour: Nice Owl Design Studio





Name: Helena Hong
Location: San Jose, California
Company: nice owl design studio

What is your aesthetic? I’d have to say my aesthetic is drawn from nature, simple pleasures, vintage and kitschy color mixes (usually inspired by fashion and home goods) and things that just make me feel happy.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? My studio space reflects my style in the details. Let’s take my mismatch furniture, for example, that somehow all works together but doesn’t match one bit. Though my walls are a bare white, I welcome color that comes in all shapes and forms that dresses things up. I meet with a variety of clients, so I kinda like how I’m in a space that starts off bare and gets added to and layered on.

Favorite part of your studio? It’s just a blessing to have so much space to be creative. But I’d have to say my favorite part of my studio is my storage shelf. I love that it houses all my papers, materials, boxes i collect, samples and more. I love how organized it makes me (well, as organized as I can be!). Oh, and I love that I have a window to stare out of…¬† ūüôā

Where do you go for inspiration? In the virtual world, I have loads of blogs and web sites i visit to keep me inspired through photography, typography and even quotes. But in the real world, it can take a walk through a thrift store, a drive through a small town I’ve never seen before or a walk by a bakery. I seem to take with me something artistically pleasing and enjoyable that later gets put into my work, journal or a sketch.

What tool do you use in your business that you can‚Äôt live without? This is a hard one, because there are so many tools and gadgets that help me create…but here’s the short list:

  • my ruler, bone folder, pantone swatch books, iPhone, tape gun
  • Is there anything you‚Äôd upgrade to? I’d love to give my hands and fingers a rest with machines to score and cut my papers, but that’s an upgrade way down the road. I’m happy to be a human paper cutter for now.

    Anything else we should know? I’m a pretty nice gal, so let’s connect!
    To learn a little more about my business, please click here.

    A special thanks to Mark J. Sebastian for my photos.

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    Real wedding: Sharon + Chris


    I always knew Shake Shack had exceptional burgers, but who knew you could fall in love there too?!¬† It sure made for some great pre-wedding photos for Sharon & Chris, thanks to Maggie Harkov!¬† Sharon gives all the details below…[make sure to check out the gorgeous lace on her dress!]

    US: Chris and I met one fateful summer at LAX airport en route to a¬†cultural exchange program in central China.¬†We bonded over the joy of¬†eating sheep stomach soup, yak yogurt and grilled lamb kabobs. We love¬†to eat! Back in the US, we started five years of long-distance¬†courtship (me in NYC, he in Maryland). ¬†On Valentine’s Day 2009, Chris¬†proposed in front of our favorite burger place, Shake Shack, at¬†Madison Square Park.


    THE WEDDING: On our wedding day, it only seemed natural for us to have¬†our first embrace in front of Shake Shack. Not even a rainy October¬†day prevented us from getting a burger to eat (and shake to drink!) on¬†the biggest day of our lives. We even had a personalized wedding cake¬†topper of us feeding each other a Shake Shack burger and shake…that’s how much we love the place.

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    Free engagement session

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    Once again Michelle Hayes Photography is offering an Engagement Session giveaway and this time it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    A lucky couple will win a complimentary engagement session around the NY area with Michelle.

    In about 1,000 words share your NY love story with Michelle. Just email submissions to:

    Contest Deadline: February 14th Valentine’s Day. The winners will be announced on February 20th.

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    MaeMae Paperie





    This latest addition to MaeMae’s 2010 wedding collection , Gilly, is a stunner…I like how the designer, Megan, comes up with a fictional story behind her designs.

    “Gilly spotted Cian at an old fashioned candy shoppe where she was buying jelly peach rings before boarding a train home. She had the peach rings at the shoppe at the same everyday for five months before Cian finally took her on a date to an orchard where they were married the following year.”

    [images from MaeMae Paperie]

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