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Chaos Comes Before Order

Chaos Comes Before Order by Erika Firm DelphineSorry for the radio silence around here. Things have been … well … chaotic. On top of my already hectic home and work life, I was in a car accident two weeks ago. I can now say that I know exactly how it feels to be hit by a Mack Truck. (Not good, in case you were wondering). I’ve not been able to work a fraction of my normal workload, at home or at the studio. My projects and to do lists are piling up, my house is a certifiable disaster zone, I have no idea how I’m going to find a car I love as much as my old one, I haven’t been able to exercise (i.e. unload stress), I’m missing all the fun Spring Break things I should be doing with my little one, and I feel really really super lousy. But my very wise Tatie (“Auntie”) tells me, “Chaos comes before order.” So I push on.

So to all of you struggling to meet deadlines, struggling to get dinner on the table, or just plain struggling … chin up. Chaos comes before order.

And to all my clients: thank you for your extra patience. Xo —Erika.

 

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Happy Hour | Tropical Color Palette

We had the pleasure of styling a photoshoot for our one of our amazing clients, FLÛTE. One of the highlights was getting to try their incredible signature cocktails.

 

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Paper Camp 2012

Erika Firm president of Delphine to speak at Paper Camp in LA 2013

The schedule for the Spring 2013 season of Tradeshow Bootcamp has been released and I’m so happy to let you know that I’ll be a speaker at Paper Camp in Los Angeles, CA next month.

For all the details visit Tradeshow Bootcamp. Heads up: there is a SCHOLARSHIP UP FOR GRABS!!!

I will be discussing developing a wholesale stationery product line, developing a wholesale wedding invitation album, industry standards for pricing, terms, ordering, shipping and packaging. If you have any specific questions feel free to comment below and I’ll be sure to cover as much as possible in the workshop. Cannot wait to see everyone in Los Angeles.

 

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Peaceful Weekend Wishes

Johns Island South Carolina Peaceful Weekend at the Beach or Salt Marsh via DelphineIt’s starting to feel a teensy bit like Fall here in Charleston, so I’m hoping to make it out to the beach one last time before the chill settles in. Wishing all of you a peaceful weekend. Cheers!

// photo: Erika Firm |  Delphine

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Erika Firm featured in Arts + Power issue of Riviera Magazine

Erika Firm featured in Arts + Power issue of Riviera Magazine San Diego 2011So happy to share that I was featured in San Diego Riviera‘s annual Arts + Power issue (December 2011).

The story covers inspiration (Mother Nature, Pinterest), design do’s (blues, yellows, and chevrons), next season forecast (melon/pistachio/gold palette), don’ts (neon for wedding … sorry!), and my favorite wedding details (the classics: proper menus).

Riviera Arts + Power 2011It was such a treat to be in my favorite issue of the year! Merci, Riviera.

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E+J Bedroom Redo Update

gray zig zag chevron bedroomOur bedroom is slowly coming along. We installed gray-blue curtains nearly the same color as the “Heavy Goose” walls (and no, they don’t always look crazy like that — just were pinned back behind the door handles to let in some light for the photo shoot earlier this week). The curtains are from Ikea.

Today I ordered a gray chevron rug and zig zag pillow shams from Urban Outfitters. I realize that at some point I will tire of chevrons, but I think a $100 price tag for both zig zag-a-riffic pieces is keeping it under control.

Urban Outfitters MusicSidenote: did you know that Urban Outfitters has free albums and streaming music? Nice. I’m listening now (Phoenix … excellent). Thanks, UO!

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My Dreamy Workspace

ghost chair silver desk polaroidThe studio is in the midst of a big cleanup/reorganization. It’s in the “it’s going to look worse before it gets better” stage. It is so incredibly messy in there that I had to move my computer to a new workspace just to be able to think. Can you work in a messy office? I absolutely cannot do it. The “noise” of the mess makes my brain hurt … and it’s difficult to design without a functioning brain! This is my temporary workspace. I borrowed a Ghost chair from Mom. I love it except for the fact that I can’t cross my legs into my lap — Mom told me if I scratch the chair I’m toast!

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Sneak Peek at the Delphine 2012 Calendar

sneak peek at Delphine 2012 CalendarIt’s never dull here at the Delphine studio. Yesterday we had a photo shoot. Sneak peek behind the scenes shot above left. Add “reluctant model” to my list of duties as a business owner. We also picked up our new 2012 calendar from the pressroom. It’s our most colorful one yet. We’ll take photos later this week and get it up on the site soon. Meanwhile if you’d like to order let me know — they are ready to ship!

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Wanted for the Studio: a comfortable office chair

comfortable office chair roundup for the studioI really need (okay, want) a new office chair. I sit at my computer all damn day and my butt is getting sore from sitting on a hard chair (I currently rock No. 7 in pale blue — a piece of plywood from Ikea). I started looking around for a new chair and HELLO, can you say crazypants prices? The new Eames Executive from DWR (No. 5) fits all my criteria except one. It is decidedly not cheap at just over $3k! And it’s not even leather!

I took a look at office supply stores but all I could find are ugly black chairs that look like they belong in a cubicle. Ick. I do like white, but am super concerned about a white chair getting disgustingly dirty in my studio, since it will get a ton of use. I am leaning toward a green, gray or yellow chair.

At the top of my list is No. 1, a replica of the famous Eames chair — gotta love that Pistachio color! But I’m a little nervous to commit. Will I like having arms on my chair? Will it be too soft? Will the light color get destroyed immediately by rogue Sharpie marks? What should I do????

Office chair roundup: /1/AG Management Chair in Pistachio from Advanced Interior Designs $219  /2/ Ripple Leather Chair in Ivory from Crate & Barrel $299  /3/ Freedom Task Chair from DWR $2,465 /4/ Haworth Very White Office Chair from Crate & Barrel $799 /5/ Eames Executive Chair from DWR $3,079  /6/Eames Aluminum Management Chair in Apple Green (LOVE) from DWR $1,889  /7/ Jules office chair from Ikea $39 /8/ White Grant Office Chair from World Market $229

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