85 Years Young

“I’m not scared of growing old, I’m just scared of not achieving everything that I want to do.”

– Melanie Laurent


To celebrate several milestones, at 85 years young, Betty + W.C. Hughes were magically photographed at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky by the talented Collin Pierson.

With February birthday’s within days of each other, including a wedding anniversary honoring 57-years of marriage, the Hughes’ are life-long Kentuckians, not to mention special parents.

“Aging has a wonderful beauty and we should have respect for that.”

– Eartha Kitt


Our sincere thanks and gratitude to Collin for taking time to capture the essence and spirit of these two precious people in our lives! 


Photo Credits: © Collin Pierson Photography

Pure Imagination

The Factory gates at The Huestudio + Company recently were opened to celebrate and honor Broadway’s delicious new musical, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Inspired by the five Golden Ticket winning children, our Factory shoot features whimsically colorful place settings on luscious amethyst Gatsby linens from Over The Top, Inc. and uniquely different chairs from Hall’s Rentals, depicting the nuanced personalities of each character.

Step inside our world of pure imagination!

The place setting for Charlie Bucket, the poor, kind and well-mannered young boy who finds the final Golden Ticket, is sparse and features real cabbage leaves, pieces of chocolate, tin and metal and an elegant silver lamour napkin from Over The Top, Inc. tied simply with twine. 

Originally played by Peter Ostrum in the beloved 1971 American musical fantasy film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder, the Broadway cast features three multi-talented Charlie’s – Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust and Ryan Sell.

Augustus Gloop, the gourmandizing German Golden Ticket winner who gets sucked up in a pipe after falling into the Chocolate River, is represented with vintage German china and beer steins, authentic German sausages + Topkuss chocolates to satisfy an insatiable appetite and black, red and yellow lamour napkins folded to resemble the German flag.

Brilliantly played by F. Michael Haynie on Broadway [and an Understudy by talented cousin Elliott Mattox], Michael Bollner was featured in the 1971 film.

The place setting for the self-indulgent and impatient Veruca Salt marries two distinctly different themes of “bad egg/bad nut” in an elaborate place setting, perfectly fitting for the girl who wants it all!

Discarded down the garbage chute after considering her a “bad egg” in the 1971 fantasy film, nut-testing, dancing black squirrels in the Broadway musical equally determine that spoiled Veruca is a “bad nut”.

Wonderfully played by the talented Emma Pfaeffle on Broadway, Julie Dawn Cole was memorable as selfish Veruca in the 1971 film.

Perfectly set for the “Queen of Pop”, gold + hues of purple spotlight the ultra-competitive, gum-chomping Violet Beauregard. Featuring artfully folded purple and violet lamour + blueberry fortuny napkins by Over The Top, Inc., colorful gum balls and scented violet gum stand ready to chew to blow big bubbles.

Portrayed on Broadway by the spectacular Trista Dollison, Violet blows up into a giant blueberry after sampling an experimental three-course chewing gum meal in the Inventing Room, but who could ever forget Denise Nickerson in the 1971 film. Simply eye popping!

With a playful nod to the TV/technology-obsessed Mike Teavee, a reduced place setting was created in miniature. With the Broadway update reflecting current trends, graffiti and color, neon green, orange and pink napkins by Over the Top, Inc. are secured with plugs and connectors.

Getting shrunk after attempting to become the first person to be sent by television and technology via the TV’s Television Chocolate Technology, Mike, played on Broadway by Michael Wartella, updated the pint-sized character to reflect current technology with social media, internet, etc.

Paying respect to Paris Themmen, the rambunctious, gun-totting Mike in the 1971 film, a vintage cowboy hat rests on a white folding chair.

Jeff Hughes, the Chief Experience Officer at The Huestudio + Company, channels the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, artfully played on Broadway by two-time Tony® Award winner Christian Borle.

But what about the iconic Oompa Loompas, the small people who help Willy Wonka operate his chocolate factory?

They are magically wonderful!

So magical that Basil Twist won the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!

Purchase a ticket. Go see them for yourself. You’ll be awed by their magnificence and wonder!


View more of our photos in our Gallery, captured beautifully by the talented Gabi Bucataru of PhotoGabi to see how select Preferred Partners created custom gifts for our five #HuestudioGoldenTicket winners in our recent online promotion + see the video of the magic of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory on Broadway!


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“The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere.”

Terence McKenna

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Land of the Free. Because of the Brave.

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

– John F. Kennedy

On this special Memorial Day 2017, we salute all that are serving and honor all that have served.

This past Saturday, May 20, 2017, The University of Kentucky (UK) was the first university in the nation to sponsor an Honor Flight from Bluegrass Field in Lexington, Kentucky and sent nearly seventy veterans affiliated with UK – including my father Winfred C. Hughes – on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

After landing, the American Airlines jet was saluted by local fire trucks with water cannons + veterans and their volunteer guardians were enthusiastically welcomed by cheering crowds, upon arrival.

While in Washington, the memorable day included a bus tour of Capitol Hill + World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans visited the iconic memorials, including Iwo Jima Memorial, Women In Military Service For America Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, National World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and the Air Force Memorial.

Following lengthy weather delays on the return flight home to Lexington, veterans were greeted proudly by hundreds of supporters. View the gallery for additional photographs, graciously provided by the talented Tami Stieger.

In honor of Memorial Day, please consider donating to Honor Flight, as a special tribute to your favorite veteran.

Let’s continue to honor those who have served, and continue to serve proudly today.


Photo Credits: © Tami Stieger Photography, 2017.

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Bow Ties + Bunnies!

Celebrate all things colorful with dapper bow ties + adorable chocolate bunnies!

Welcome family, friends and guests to your home and tables with playful patterns, fragrant florals, bouncing bunnies and bright + bold bow ties; bow ties filled with colorful jelly beans for a delicious guest favor + silk bow ties artfully tied onto china plates for a thoughtful gift!

“When you wear a bow tie, doors open for you. Your posture is a little more erect; your shoulders are a little further back; your style is a little more dynamic. It’s about the reestablishment of the gentleman.”

– Dhani Jones

Custom printed linen menus by Lucky Invitations delightfully welcome guests to each place setting.

Paint-splattered chocolate bon bon’s + bunny noses by Anna Shea Chocolates are artfully presented on pristine white china plates to tempt and indulge all guests. #Yum

Whatever you do.

Where ever you go.

Enjoy every color.

Delight in every pattern.

Always set a beautiful table!

Happy Day from all of us at The Huestudio + Company!


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

Chicks + Ducks

Colors to celebrate. Patterns of playfulness. Textures to tempt.

Go wild with creativity to set charming and festive Easter tablescapes that are certain to delight this holiday season!

Green moss placemats provide a circular base to anchor whimsically frame heirloom floral china plates. Bright sunshine yellow check napkins, folded artfully like a pinwheel, complement the adorable ‘Trio of Chicks” egg-shaped plate.

Real broken egg shells playfully decorate the entire tablescape + tempt guests to engage with textured elements.

Custom hand-painted watercolor menus by EIGHT21 Studios joyfully welcome guests to each place setting.

For delicious guest favors, adorable mini chick bon bon’s by Anna Shea Chocolates were placed in real egg shells along with graffiti-inspired painted eggs. #Yum

A fresh floral centerpiece completes the festive Easter tablescape design with hand-painted eggs, real egg shells and vintage keepsake Annalee duck darlings!

Delight in the details.

Celebrate every color.

Play with patterns.

Tantalize tables with texture! 

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”

– Charles Eames

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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