Studio tour: One Girl Cookie

Seriously, if you live in Brooklyn and have NOT tasted something at One Girl Cookies, there’s something wrong with you!  Amazing red velvet cake!!
Name: Dawn Casale
Location: 68 Dean St Brooklyn
Company: One Girl Cookies
What do you do? Depends on the day! Usually, I focus on the marketing & image of OGC and keeping it all consistent. Any sort of events, promotions, communications would fall under my jurisdiction. I also work with brides to help create the sweet elements of their special day. Of course, things like HR, bill paying and other “housekeeping” tasks take up some of my time as well.
What is your aesthetic? It sounds so cliche, but modern vintage. I think there is a really fine line between charming and cutesy. I am very careful not to veer too far towards the cute aesthetic.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? The shop definitely oozes my aesthetic through the window display, serving pieces, design elements, etc… I’m not sure the back of house does as much. I have a business partner (my husband, Dave) and sixteen employees, so my style is somewhat hard to maintain in a busy kitchen. That being said, the kitchen is a really exciting place with lots going on, both production wise and creatively. Plus, it smells pretty darn good.
Favorite part of your studio? My desk is my little oasis where I can maintain control!
Where do you go for inspiration? I actually find the peace of my apartment very inspiring. It’s when my son is napping and I am able to clear my head from the daily clutter that all sorts of creative ideas start gushing in. Of course, blogs, magazines, architecture, art, landscapes, nature, fashion, books….and so on…all play a part in the process.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I can’t imagine anyone not saying their computer. Also, now that I am a mom and am at work less, my iPhone keeps me connected. I hate that my first answer to this was technology based, but I suppose it’s the reality of the world we live in. On a non technology related note, my paint swatches/pantone book, vintage cake stands and serving pieces beautiful decorative papers and ribbons. I use those when we are designing a cookie bar, wedding cakes and favor boxes.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I would love to overhaul our office, paint the walls a happy color, install a huge wall of inspiration, shelving to display all of the serving pieces I’ve collected and create more organization there. One of these days….
Anything else we should know? I have the best job in the world. When people come into our shop, if they aren’t already happy, there’s a very good chance they will leave happy. What’s better than that?

[images from D.A. Wagner]

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Studio tour: Sweet & Saucy Shop

Sweet & Saucy shop

Name: Melody Brandon
Location: 6400 Stearns Street Long Beach, CA 90815

Company: Sweet & Saucy Shop

Aesthetic: Simplistic, modern, vintage, shabby chic

My studio style conveys my professional aesthetic pretty closely since I like to keep my designs clean and modern looking, but add pops of color and precise details.  I don’t like to overwhelm my work space with too much clutter and business and that is definitely the same with my dessert designs and flavor combos.

My favorite part might have to be my office!  I worked out of a rented kitchen for about 2 years or so before I got my own studio, so I really appreciate having a space of my own where I can bring my clients that shows them who I am as a designer and where we are casually chat while they taste my desserts.

I probably find most of my inspiration from wedding magazines, blogs, fashion, and nature.  I love using elements of fashion or design and creating an edible piece of art that really has meaning to the person who orders it.  We also do a lot of handmade sugar flowers, so nature definitely inspires us all the time.

I could not live with my laptop or iphone!  I use them to get design ideas, chat with clients, and look at gorgeous photos!

Well besides desserts, photography is a huge passion of mine, so just last week for my birthday I bought a professional camera and fabulous new lenses!  I am madly in love with them and can’t wait to get more and more lenses!

Photos by Diandra Ann - August 2009 (44)

Sweet & Saucy shop

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