It’s been a rough few weeks for everyone, hasn’t it? When our son was little he used to scream this at the top of his lungs, with great joy and excitement in his voice, nearly every day … at dawn. When I’m having a bad day I think about his cute little voice shouting out “BEAUTIFUL,” and it helps get me through. Next time you’re having a bad day try taking a moment to focus on one little spot of beauty in the world. It’s always out there. — xoxo, E.Pin It
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Things have been so busy around the Delphine studio, with the cross country move, new school, new staff, new studio, crazy (!) number of new clients … it’s been on my to do list since February to share the great pro bono project we did for Omo Child. The distressed logo is the unifying element throughout the brand, along with the warm African sun orange color and the fantastic photographs (most by Jessica Davis Travel Photography). This project was a true labor of love. John and I spent nearly all our time on this project for several months, at a time when we should have been packing our house and preparing for the big move. Though it was a lot of work, for nearly no money, at the exact wrong time in our lives to be spending a lot of time on a project, I’m still really glad we did it for these precious children.
//photo by Erika Firm for DelphinePin It
Crystal Kluge has done it again! Another perfectly charming font. The San Rafael font is sorta girly, sweet, and on the casual side, but still sophisticated enough for a wedding invitation. I think it would be particularly fun for an autumn apple picking party invitation.Pin It
I really like the crisp, clear color palette for Batdorf & Bronson coffee roasters coffee cups. It’s a refreshing change from most coffee packaging, which is predictable brown.Pin It
San Franciso Tile has always been one of my favorite Delphine designs. I like the clean, simple layout. I prefer it with sans serif fonts like Gill Sans or Futura, but some clients have been ordering it lately with script fonts. The look is growing on me. What do you prefer? Fancy script or simple sans serif?Pin It
Goldfish, Lilypad, Copper, Blonde and Eucalyptus color palette. Goldfish painting and Portrait of Erika paintings by my super talented mom, Béatrice Firm. Cat sculpture by my super talented son, Alexander.
//photo: Erika Firm | DelphinePin It
When Steven and Casey approached Delphine for a brand refresh for their professional organizing business, Organizer Guys, I knew their project would be a dream. There is nothing I like better than a perfectly organized drawer, books aligned just so on a shelf, and spotless supply closets. I was totally right: Steven and Casey are dream clients. They love white space, simplicity and clean lines, and have a less is more philosophy. A match made in heaven!
While the business of professional organizing sounds a little — dare I say it — boring, these guys are anything but!!! So in order to pull their joie de vivre into the brand we used a fun color palette (tangerine, turquoise, crisp black and lots of white), retro fonts with a hint of industrial solidity, and infused a cheeky tone to all the messaging (“your junk drawers can’t scare us”).
The design is restrained and contained … we used lots of rule lines, boxes, and borders so everything is arranged just so, without looking stuffy. The fun colors and cheeky tone are balanced with strong fonts, sober black, and nice bright clean white space.
Read about what makes them cool, who their celebrity doppelgangers are, words they live by, who has slept outside for more than 500 nights (!!) and what makes them laugh. I’d trust these guys to organize my home or business in a heart beat. Right now Organizer Guys is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but they have big plans to take over the world. Guys … open a satellite office in Charleston, pretty please? My junk drawer(s) need some taming!Pin It
Hello, July! It’s getting HOT here in Charleston. Glad we have a freezer full of popsicles, ice cream and frozen treats. We’re getting good at concocting frozen cocktails, too ; ) Happy July, friends!
Welcome, October. Welcome, yummy, crunchy local apple season. Candy corn season. Glow sticks, pumpkins and silly costume season.
//photo and 2011 calendar and letterpress dragonfly card by Delphine.
It’s September. It’s back to school time. Back to regular schedules, bedtimes, carpool … blech! I’m in denial, hence the tardiness of this Welcome September 2011 post. I sincerely wish summer could last all year, don’t you?
//photo and 2011 calendar and letterpress owl card by Delphine.
Earlier this summer my dear friend Cyd came to visit. Technically, her visit was supposed to be purely vacation, but we managed to sneak in a quick photo shoot/picnic. You can see the Backyard Picnic photos on her blog.
A lot of styled photo shoots you see on blogs are just for show, but we wanted to actually have a little picnic party to introduce Cyd to my SoCal friends. The second Jennifer Dery was done snapping photos we all dug into the yummy food. When it got dark we moved the party over to the fire pit and made s’mores. The evening was truly one of the biggest highlights of my summer.
One of my favorite things to serve for summer picnics is Orange Salad. We’re super lucky to have orange trees in our backyard, so we make it a lot. It’s refreshing and delicious for summer get togethers.
RECIPE: ORANGE SALAD. Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS: 12 fresh oranges, 1/2 onion, 1 tsp. sea salt, fresh mint
DIRECTIONS: Slice oranges into small wedges (use a paring knife to remove all rind and membrane). Slice onion into very thin ribbons. Put in bowl and add salt. Toss gently. Sprinkle fresh mint leaves on top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Delphine intern, Marissa Cool, and her sweetie enjoy blueberry coconut cocktails between shots and lounge on cute pillows from Bixby & Ball.
Stylist Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion, the brains and inspiring force behind the scenes.
The Delphine Chevron wedding invitation design, which inspired the look of the shoot.
MANY THANKS to the team behind this shoot, especially to Cyd for making it all happen. Event design + styling: Sweet Occasions Studio + Delphine / Stationery + paper goods: Delphine (Featured design: Chevron) / Floral design: Adrianne Smith Floral Design / Photography: Jennifer Dery / Decor + tablewares: Bixby & Ball / Styling assistance: Marissa Cool (Delphine intern extraordinaire) + Bekka Palmer of Minted Condition
//photos in this post by Erika Firm
How is it June already? I’m so looking forward to visits with friends, the last day of school for my son, trips to the fair, walks on the beach, fresh orange juice cocktails by the pool. How do you plan to kick off summer?
I first spied Domestica’s fabulous logo via a Tweet. It’s difficult to make a little 50 pixel square stand out, but they’ve done it for sure! After I saw their avatar I HAD to click through to their website. It was love at first sight, and their logo has been sitting in my inspiration folder on my desktop for about a year now. I love the color palette, the use of transparency, the perfect font choice. So fresh and retro at the same time.
I emailed the shop owner, Chrissy Jensen, for a little more info about the logo and was surprised to hear that she came up with the concept herself. It looks like it was commissioned by a fancypants agency, right?!? Here’s what she said:
Photos courtesy Domestica
ADORE what Chrissy said about the logo opening doors for her new business. I whole heartedly agree that a good logo inspires confidence and helps get a new venture off the ground. This is something I’m constantly telling my clients.
Needless to say, I have a huge crush on the Domestica logo. Isn’t it lovely? Don’t you wish you lived in Des Moines so you could go visit in person? If that’s not convenient, you can shop online for modern home décor, paper goods, art and gifts. Check out their cool blog, too, for some fun inspiration.