Studio tour: Paloma’s Nest new shop

Name: Caroline and Jose Vásquez
Location: Austin, Texas
Company: Paloma’s Nest

What do you do? Paloma’s Nest creates a line of handcrafted modern heirlooms. We focus on designs for weddings, baby, home, & holiday. Often our custom pieces commemorate a special time or event.  We strive to produce items of the highest quality craftsmanship and materials that will be cherished and passed on to future generations.

What is your aesthetic? Our aesthetic is timeless. Most of our designs are simple, modern, and unexpectedly elegant. However, we do not design based on trends or styles. When we design, we look at a piece and say “Will this still be beautiful in 100 years?”

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? In our product line, we stay true to the natural characteristics of the materials we use- wood, clay and porcelain, organic cotton, pure gold and silver leaf. We recently moved into this new studio space, which houses our offices, shipping area, ceramic studio, wood shop and boutique. Most everything in the space needed to be gutted before we moved in, so we were able to create an environment that reflects the brand that lives here.  We used lots of reclaimed building supplies, and got an amazing deal on overstock of pale maplewood flooring. Simple white walls, desks and tables are matched with silver galvanized metal chairs and wooden storage pieces. Lots of natural sunlight makes the space a joy to work in.

Favorite part of your studio? The expansive 12 foot long chalkboard. It serves as a “home-base” for important notes, dates, numbers, and funny jokes.

Where do you go for inspiration? Most of our inspiration comes directly from the materials we use, and how far we can push those materials, combined with a real love of history and antiques. We love to re-consider items from the past, and update them to create a “new classic.”

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Our amazing team! We could not do what we do as entrepreneurs and parents if it wasn’t for the talented and loyal folks who work with us everyday.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? As much as we love our little kilns (they are incredible workhorses!), we would LOVE a new giant kiln, because of the possibilities it could bring for new designs in the collection.

Anything else we should know? As you see in the photos here, we have this sweet little showroom/boutique now open in Austin! If you are in the area, come say “hi!”

We will be open for extended holiday hours starting in November, around the same time our beloved Holiday Collection debuts.

Shop hours and location can be found here: http://palomasnest.com/locations.html

If you’re not around Austin, of course our entire collection is available online at palomasnest.com

[images from Paloma's Nest]

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New from Paloma’s Nest

I know I tweeted this yesterday when I saw them, but they’re too good to not show here too! The ceramic letter garlands from Paloma’s Nest are genius, and I’m pretty sure I’m buying a bunch of the personalized ornaments for Christmas this year!

This weekend has been INSANE with Bridal Market, and I promise I will be getting lots of dress pictures to you soon…

[images from Paloma's Nest]

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Top 10: Ring pillows

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It wasn’t too long ago that ring pillows were lookin pretty lame….thankfully, we’ve been seeing  some cool new looks and ideas with DIY’s, Etsy shops and blogs!  From books to pillow, to bowls and nests, you can pretty much use anything!  Here are my top 10:

1st row: Emersonmade, Llubav, Pomme Frites
2nd row: No144, Martha Stewart Weddings
3rd row: Paloma’s Nest, 100 Layer Cake, Wee Gardens
4th row: Wedding Aisle, Bklynpillow w/details from Thoughtful Day

The fabulous Caroline from Paloma’s Nest just released these darling NEW bicycle ring bowls in her shop, and is giving one away here on Brooklyn Bride!  Just leave a comment below and the winner will be announced on Friday.

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Post-wedding shoot: Kate + Jeff

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When Joanne and Jonathan sent over this post-nup shoot, I gasped a little…such a cute couple, and OMG, the locations where they were shooting! Every shot is a little piece of genius. Joanne shares a little about the day…

The bride and groom got married in Hawaii, but reside in SF and wanted to do a fun post-nup session with their wedding attire in muir woods, and still incorporate some of their own favorite locations in SF as well as their beloved bikes. What I loved about this was all the custom details that went into not only planning their wedding, but also the custom outfits as well as the grooms hot suit. Locations of the shoot were Muir Woods, Treasure Island, 2nd Avenue, and Carriage Inn Hotel, all in SF.

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Groomswear – h&m

Cake Toppers: Goose Grease on Etsy – http://goosegrease.etsy.com/

Veil/Fascinator: Twigs & Honey on Etsy – http://myrakim.etsy.com/

Ring Bowl: Paloma’s Nest on Etsy – http://palomasnest.etsy.com

Invites & other wedding collateral – Upstairsloft – http://www.upstairsloft.com/

[images from Encarnacion Photography]

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