Tuesday, March 29, 2011

{in the studio with} lemon & lavender design

Ashley La Rue of Lemon and Lavender Design
Tampa Bay, Florida
How many years have you been in the wedding industry? 
 I am a newbie :)  I've been obsessed with weddings since I was a child but I didn't officially open my shop until a year ago. 

How did you get started? 
When I made the leap to start my own business I knew a blog was the first step then I emailed everyone I knew asking if they needed wedding invitations.  Luckily, I had several friends getting married and it was a great way to build my portfolio!
Where do you go for inspiration? 
Love pinterest and tumblr for gorgeous images for the blog but when I begin the design process with a bride I really look to little details in her wedding.  I ask about her dress, cake, venue, etc.  I think it's paramount to creating a unique piece that truly tells a story for the couples wedding day.

What's your signature style? 
I love vintage but I also love mixing my traditional vintage flare with modern elements.  I think it's a perfect marriage of design :)
What’s your favorite spot of your studio? 
Since my studio is really only my desk I would have to say that my favorite spot is right at my mac with an espresso in hand :)

Do you have a current favorite color palette or wedding trend? 
I am really in love with peach, coral, mint, and muted yellows.  Love all the pretty pastels this spring. 
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
My business has grown so much over the last year I really couldn't ask for more!  I have been truly blessed with amazing opportunities and wonderful clients but I would love to see the ready-made line of invitations become a staple in the wedding industry.

Finish this sentence 
“I can’t live without…” my delonghi ;) I make a pretty amazing Americano.
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  1. Ashley, LOVE getting to see your studio. Its beautiful! I know that you will continue to be successful. Your work is fabulous!
    Thanks ladies!

  2. Love the idea for this series. It's fun to see other designer's workspaces!

  3. such a lovely interview! i love seeing photos of ashleys studio! v inspiring. xoxo jcd:: enter to win my jewelry giveaway !!

  4. Awesome idea for this series! I love getting studio inspiration & seeing into the creative process for other professionals! *That picture on her desk is adorable!

  5. i love ashley so i really enjoyed this interview! so fantastic, ladies!!!

  6. I love this studio series - and what a beautiful workspace Ashley, sure wish mine could look like that :)

  7. this is so fun to get a peek inside our favorites studios!! i might need a delonghi myself, but i have no idea how to use it :)

    ashley is such a sweetheart and i'm, happy to have found her in this wedding world!

  8. What a great post idea! Ashley is one of the sweetest people I have met on Twitter {next to you that is}. She's supportive, kind, and is always ready to jump in and be a part of the bigger picture. I'm so happy to have "met" her and I'm so glad you gave us a little insight on her life, Chris. Love this series!!

  9. Yay!!! Your first post in the series...and I LOVE it!!! Ashley is darling and it's no wonder that she is successful...her successes will only continue! It is so fun to see where other people work and how they get inspired...thank you bunches for sharing!! And can't wait to see who is next ;-)))


  10. Love the vignette of the 3 old books, with the inspiration photo of your hubby, and baby. So sweet.

  11. This is such a great series and I'm so excited to see more studio tours! Ashley's lovely space was a great way to start off. She has created such a cute and inspirational space.

  12. Ashley's workspace is beautiful & inspiring! Mental note to make mine more functional & pretty. Can't wait to see more studio tours :-)

  13. Such a divine interview, and a peak into Ashley's workspace has my head spinning with desk inspiration! Love this!

  14. Inspiring to say the least!!! Love it and I'm loving this new series!!!

  15. I want an office space like this! Glad to see a Mac lol.

  16. So lovely getting a look at Ashley's creative space and learning about her start. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot from Lemon and Lavender for years to come.

  17. Simply beautiful space of yours! Thanks for letting us have a glimpse into your world. :)

  18. I'm going to love this series... and hopefully it'll give me the impetus to sort out my studio (sounds so much cooler than office :-) Ashley your space is lovely... and how gorgeous is your photo btw!!!


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