Above and Beyond! | Balloons by Tommy

As we Celebrate a Decade in the event industry, experience has proven that no one creates vibrant and colorful displays of festive balloon artistry like Balloons by Tommy!

As a trusted Preferred Partner of The Huestudio + Company, [not to mention, multi-award winning décor artists!], their unique balloon design applications transform ordinary décor themes into extraordinary, stunning works of art!

 Throughout 2018, we are proud to spotlight select Partners with Ten Things to Know and Love!

Read about our special friends at Balloons by Tommy who are always delightful, creatively awe-inspiring and soar high above others with every special event experience.

Tommy + Scott DeLorenzo

Ten Things to Know + Love about Balloons by Tommy

  1. Back in the Day: When Balloons by Tommy started, Tommy was 14-years old. After seeing what balloons could do when used as an art form, he decided that he wanted take his passion for balloon art to the next level. With his parents encouragement, Balloons by Tommy was created. 
  2. The Present: Although Balloons by Tommy just started as a high school kid with a dream, it has grown to a team of three (3) full-time and several part-time helpers. It is no longer a home-based business. We now have a warehouse where we have room to create and Tommy hopes to keep up the momentum by expanding.   
  3. Our Website: Because what we do is visual, we have set up our website so you can browse through thousands of options and choose what you like without having to describe it to us. 
  4. Balloons by Tommy and the Environment: All latex balloons that we use are 100% biodegradable natural product (gluten free, cruelty free and cage free too!) Latex is harvested from the rubber tree, similar to maple syrup, and does not harm the tree.
  5. Max Impact: No other décor medium can fill a space as cost effectively as balloons can. ALSO, balloons are the only décor option that can defy gravity! 
  6. Not Just for Birthdays: Balloons by Tommy staff pride themselves on making unique installations and décor pieces.   We hope to redefine the way in which people envision balloons. We like to think of ourselves as artists and balloons our medium.
  7. Cheers: All the staff at Balloons by Tommy agree that famous and beloved Winnie the Pooh was right when he said, “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” 
  8. Parades: Balloon art is an experience that photos can’t quite capture and there is no better way to experienced balloons than in person. That is why Balloon by Tommy participates in multiple parades each year in hopes that others can enjoy balloons like we do! 
  9.  The Purists: Tommy and his staff consider themselves to be balloon purists. This means that the only medium we work with is balloons and we aim to find solutions for our clients strictly using that medium. 
  10. Life is a Musical: Although most staff at Balloons by Tommy are not necessarily musically inclined, we find ourselves creating musical numbers throughout the day in the workspace. We definitely stay entertained!  

From elegant balloon bouquets for private parties, unique theme events featuring stunning special effects, and imaginative, colorful grand parade flairs, Balloons by Tommy turns visions and dreams into creative balloon reality.

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“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”

– A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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“I remember as a kid having a balloon and accidentally letting the string go and watching it just float off and into the sky until it disappeared. And there’s something about that, even, that feels very much like what life is, you know, that it’s fleeting, and it’s temporal.”

– Pete Docter

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beyond pictures | Weddings by Revealed Studios

April continues to blossom with the extraordinary artistry of Revealed Studios: Boutique Wedding Photography and Boudoir Photography Studio.

As a trusted Preferred Partner of The Huestudio + Company for many years, their images and photographs are beyond pictures, and we are honored to spotlight their talents with Ten Things to Know as we Celebrate a Decade throughout 2018.

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” 

– Dorothea Lange

Revealed Studios provides artistic, storytelling wedding photography and fine art boudoir photography. We like to think we help our brides and grooms sleep a little better leading up to The Day.

Just like we would (and have!) for our own friends, we think of ourselves as a resource for more than just photography. You can come to us for everything from organizing a timeline, to making the day flow smoothly, to scouting out the best locations for display-worthy pictures.

We intentionally take only take a handful of weddings each year. Keeping things small gives us more room for creativity and leaves us more accessible to you.

We’re all about the art and the story.

Whether it’s a tight frame showing a gentle touch or an intimate distance capturing an emotion, our images take you back in time. We love the pretty and the styled, the amusing and the quirky, the tender and the poignant. We value taste, and work for our angles without being intrusive.

We crave good light and study it with awe. We search for compositions that show relationships and settings that evoke a feeling. In short, we create frame worthy images that transport you back in time. 

Ten Things to Know About Revealed Studios

  1. A collaboration of two best friends. Kelly and Maggie have been friends for over a decade. Self-described “feelers,” they are in love with all things that make our hearts pitter-patter – a great book, twinkly lights, and genuine human connection. 
  2. We’re a perfect balance. According to the Meyers-Briggs test, our two personality types are an ideal match for working together. Kelly (INFP) is the logistics queen with a unique eye and killer taste. She keeps Maggie (ENFP), who can gravitate toward vision of grandeur, in check, but also knows when she’s in the flow. Together we’re a balance that works – making a day on the job something we always look forward to. 
  3. Our Studio was once a milk delivery depot – the R. F. Clark dairy from 1890 through the 1920s. You can see the original carriage house door hanging inside the now converted space. 
  4. Mission based: we’re all about helping our boudoir clients feel as great as they’ll look. 
  5. Maggie was first introduced to photography by her Dad, a wedding and portrait photographer. She learned on a film camera and developed prints in her home darkroom. 
  6. Wide range of boudoir clientele: We’ve worked women in their 70s, plus-size women, sexual assault victims, women with breast cancer, women with !disabilities, and women with self doubt. We are champions of ALL women.
  7. We talk about missing our clients all the time. We always talk about wanting standing happy hour dates so we can see them on the regular. 
  8. Wedding photography has taken us as far south as Argentina and west as Palm Dessert, California. 
  9. We can’t resist a good Motown tune. When “Shout” comes on during a reception, you’ll find us dancing right along with our clients. 
  10. Only a handful of weddings. We intentionally limit the amount of weddings we take each year to maintain high standards of client care and imagery. 

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“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

– Aaron Siskind

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Visit our Gallery to view exclusive, personally-selected images by Weddings by Revealed Studios.

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Photo Credits: © Revealed Studios: Boutique Wedding Photography and Boudoir Photography Studio

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10 Years of Art in Flowers | The Flower Studio

April 2018 blooms brightly with an exclusive spotlight showcasing the amazing floral creations and innovative designs of The Flower Studio, a longtime Preferred Partner of The Huestudio + Company. 

“Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.”

– Thomas Tusser

We honor the many years of creative collaboration with Karen Meeske Cook, owner of The Flower Studio, and her team of talented floral artisans, as we continue to Celebrate a Decade throughout 2018.

Their stunning talents contribute to our company in offering gorgeously textured, vibrant colors and coordinating, collaborative styles to our thoughtfully planned and exquisitely-curated event experiences. 

Ten Things to Know About The Flower Studio

  1. Flowers are our Art. We are inspired by nature and all things botanical. Before designs are realized, they are inspired! Hand selected and artfully crafted for our customers and clients, we interpret the story into magic.
  2. We are not a “cookie cutter” flower shop. Bigger is not necessarily better. A beautiful gift of uniquely unexpected blossoms will live in your heart long after they have faded and gone.
  3. Our doors officially opened on April 1, 1992. We are blessed to celebrate 26 years in business, and we’re still counting!
  4. The business began in my home as a ”Basement Betty” after working many years in the floral industry. Initially, I worked at a greenhouse and plant nursery, then moved into the flower shop, later working at the wholesale level. Prior to opening The Flower Studio, I was a buyer, flower shop director and assistant to my floral mentor at Amlings, the largest floral provider in the Chicagoland area, many years ago.
  5. Working from home provided the opportunity to develop a client list. Weekly hotel and corporate installations, along with personalized weddings, grew the business into our current brick and mortar location at The Continental Towers in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
  6. The Flower Studio is a “destination” florist. We are a bit challenging to locate, but truly a worthy discovery.  Stop in for sensory overload!
  7. Holidays are magical as we transform our studio into a wonderland with collections of eclectic gifts and home décor. April features elegant and fragrant Lavender Wands from Provence, France, exquisite hand-painted Easter eggs from Austria, and adorable children’s gifts from Maileg, a Danish company with charming little toys that inspire the imagination!
  8. Our specialty is interpreting our customer’s sentiments in life’s momentous occasions. Whether a wedding or celebration, sympathy and loss, The Flower Studio creates unique florals and stunning displays for maximum impact for our personal, hotel and corporate clients.
  9. We truly are a “flower family”.  Jerry Lyons and Krina Koenen are a huge part of The Flower Studio’s success, each with 26 years and 24 years of experience. Each staff member brings a personal touch and charm in serving our customers and clients along with a creative edge and a trained eye for detail. Together, we have a combined 103 years floral experience! 
  10. We delight in working with Jeff and his team at The Huestudio + Company. Jeff brings his colorful imagination and creative ideas to life with flowers as our medium.   

Uniquely unexpected and always elegantly designed, The Huestudio + Company and our clients love and adore The Flower Studio for life’s momentous celebrations, special occasions, gracious gifts and little luxuries.

Trust us…You will, too!

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Visit our Gallery to view exclusive images by PhotoGabi, personally selected from our vast portfolio of floral artistry by The Flower Studio. 

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Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2017.

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Icons in Circles of Color

As we celebrate our 10th year in the event experiences industry, throughout the years, we have collaborated with Concentric Design in the creation of unique, colorful graphic icons to complement our digital experiences, print materials and community engagement with select Preferred Charitable Partners.As our Preferred Partner for all things creative + colorful, Concentric Design has crafted twelve graphic icons representing each month of the year which rotate on our website home page and within social media spotlights. These color-filled graphics communicates our love of circles + colors which align to our innovative brand identity.

“Everything is designed, few things are designed well.”

– Brian Reed

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“The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently.”

– Gary Zukav

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Delight and find enjoyment in our clever and colorful creations; each one crafted to connect graphics, imagery, shapes and innovative design to specific events, moments-in-time and all special occasions.

As Pierre Bonnard stated, “Color does not add a pleasant quality to design—it reinforces it.”

Here’s to color…and…lots of it! 

“No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July.”

– Mac Thornberry

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“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.’

– Charles Kettering

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Delight in our Gallery of additional colorful celebration icons, some which have been exclusively created for select one-of-a-kind, custom event experiences.

Custom Circle of Colors Illustrations: © Concentric Design exclusively for The Huestudio + Company.

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Concentric Design | 10 Years of Collaboration

March 2018 features the amazing designs and creativity of Concentric Design, a longtime Preferred Partner of The Huestudio + Company.

As we Celebrate a Decade throughout 2018, we honor many years of creative collaboration with Blair Hannah and Jeff Meador, Concentric co-founders, innovative artisans + extraordinary talents that contribute invaluably to our team in offering exquisitely-curated event experiences.

Ten Things to Know + Love about Concentric Design

  1. Concentric focuses on visual identity, digital, and print design projects for companies of all sizes and in many different industries.
  2. We’ve been working with The Huestudio + Company since 2010 when we designed its original logo.
  3. We’re based in the wonderful city of Chicago—Wicker Park to be specific. The food, the people, and the summers just can’t be beat!
  4. We work with clients all over the US and our work spans the globe.
  5. Concentric co-founders Blair Hannah and Jeff Meador founded Concentric together at their alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan in 2006.
  6. Our first big project was for the Downtown Bloomington Association. We designed a year-long promotional campaign that promoted shops and activities in historic Downtown Bloomington, Illinois.
  7. For its first 10 years in business, Concentric was a “side hustle” for Blair and Jeff. In 2016, though, we dove in full-time!
  8. Between The Huestudio + Company and Concentric, we’re not sure who likes color more.
  9. We like to think we have pretty high-brow taste in design. This is balanced somewhat by our low-brow taste in music. We publish monthly studio mixtapes on Instagram if you’d like to hear for yourself.
  10. We’ve had such fun designing custom icons for THC over the past few years. See a few of our favorites below. Check out more of our collaborative work with The Huestudio + Company on our website.

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View our Gallery to view more of Concentric Design’s portfolio, including images from our amazing brand. “Good design means good business.”

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Photo Credits:© Concentric Design exclusively for The Huestudio + Company.

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