With Gratitude + Thanksgiving

Turkey. Dressing. Pomegranates. Pumpkin + Pecan Pies! A bountiful harvest of of joy and blessings.

In celebration of Thanksgiving, our wonderful friends and Preferred Partners at Fun To Eat Fruit, featured our branded logo on edible apples, pomegranates and miniature pumpkins, among other fresh fruits. These fun, and oh, so whimsical edible fruits have charmed everyone!

Branded fruits were used throughout to decorate our corporate offices, as well as, utilized to set thoughtful and healthy place settings. We also playfully designed + created our version of a branded “pumpkin pie”. #NoCookingRequired

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

– William Arthur Ward

So, wherever your holidays may take you throughout our wonderful world – and whatever your Thanksgiving holiday traditions might be – plan ahead and always be prepared.

You just never know who might surprise you with an ‘unexpected’ visit!

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

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“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”

– William Blake

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

All Treats! No Tricks.

[Preferred Partner Spotlight: Katherine Anne Confections]

Kaleidoscopic. Kind. Kindred. Knockout! Known. Katherine Anne!

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On this last day of October 2017, we are all about sweet treats! No tricks from us.

We are honored to spotlight our longtime, and oh, so delicious preferred partner, Katherine Anne Confections! Creating local-focused sweets in Chicago since 2006, we highly recommend their scrumptious confectionary delights for every special occasion you might wish to celebrate.

All artisan confections are handmade completely from scratch with an intense focus on local, organic and fair-trade ingredients.

Decadent truffles are lovingly rolled + dipped by hand. Classic flavors include Lemon Poppyseed and Toasted Coconut Rum – however – innovative and limited-edition seasonal flavors [over 175 flavors are created each year!] spotlight Peanut Butter Coconut Curry or Goat Cheese Walnut, offering the unique chance to taste and try something new!

Silky caramels are made with local wildflower honey and organic agave nectar, instead of corn syrup. Popular flavors include Rosemary Sea Salt and Chocolate Walnut + are perfectly packaged to delight guests as charming favors in delicate flavors that are soft, floral and delicious!

Soft, pillowy marshmallows are made with local wildflower honey instead of corn syrup, with a slight touch of sea salt.

Perfectly toasted for creating exotic s’mores or melted in Katherine Anne’s rich, European-style sipping chocolate [named “one of the best 15 in America” by Fodor Travel], each marshmallow is simply delectable right out of the bag! #Yum

We simply love their packaging, crafted from handmade, cream-colored paper – and – gift bride + groom clients of The Huestudio + Company with our signature “Something Blue” appreciation gift, showcasing their 7-piece truffle box elegantly tied with a special tag, created in pointed pen by Bien Fait Calligraphy.

Merci Katherine Anne Confections for always creating exceptional, unparalleled and elegantly crafted confections for us, and for so many in the Chicagoland area, and beyond.

We love and adore everything single confection that you design and create! #HuestudioPreferredPartner

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“A life without sweets is not much worth living.”

– Pawan Mishra

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

A Private Pool Christening!

Guided by the wisdom of Jurgen Kloop’s words of, “Life is too short not to celebrate nice moments”, over seventy-five invited guests came together to christen and celebrate a new pool and private home resort.

Unique and distinctively different floral arrangements by The Flower Studio graced festive tables around the pool covered by Over The Top, Inc. with an appropriately named specialty fabric, “Bubbles.”

“Colors answer feeling in man; shapes answer thought; and motion answers will.”

– John Sterling

Fine wines, craft beers and Italian sparking and still waters were plentiful throughout the private party.

Custom designed letterpress beverage napkins by Lucky Invitations artfully captured the owner’s words of “If you can’t go to the water…bring the water to you!”

Destination signs, custom made in the U.S.A. by Lizton Sign Shop, celebrated and paid homage to family birth places.

Chilled glasses of Veuve Clicquot were hand-passed to delighted guests to “officially” christen the pool while celebratory toasts in languages of Italian, Greek, German and English were spoken by family members as arches of clear water shot upwards from pool deck jets. 

With a love for sun and a quest for a relaxing, elegant personal retreat, this pool and private home resort is simply spectacular!

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“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.”

– Plautus

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

The Beauty of Bien Fait

Joi Hunt is the talented calligraphy artist behind Bien Fait Calligraphy. Based in Lake Forest, on the north shore of Chicago, Illinois, Joi’s work is simply divine. 

As our newest Preferred Partner for The Huestudio + Company, we love the elegance and exquisite details in every design.

With a love of color, texture, the glisten of wet ink and the nib gliding across paper, pointed pen calligraphy is the perfect blend of everything Joi loves in the special creations of something beautiful, inspiring and meaningful for her discerning clients.

Fortunate to have studied with Master Penman and Master Calligraphers, Joi has earned a Certificate of Calligraphy in Copperplate from the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society of the UK (CLAS). She regularly pours over gorgeous historical exemplars from penman’s of the past, and interprets them for how calligraphy is used today.

View more of Joi’s stunning artistry that was exclusively created for The Huestudio + Company in our Gallery – plus – read more about Champagne Gold Ink, our personal color favorite on the Bien Fait Calligraphy blog.

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be kind | don’t steal | credit the artist

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Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company

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Partner Spotlight! Concentric Design

[Preferred Partner Spotlight: Concentric Design]

Chic. Classic. Creative. Colorful. Collaborative. Concentric!

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Concentric Design is a Chicago-based graphic design firm that specializes in visual identity, digital and print design projects for a variety of clients seeking to positively impact their customers and communities.

An organization’s identity is much more than a logo, so in early 2012, The Huestudio + Company selected Concentric Design to further define our brand and develop a new website. As one of our longest and loyal Preferred Partners, we couldn’t be more proud of the exceptional design work they created for our team. 

For our June 2017 Preferred Partner Spotlight, we posed two key questions that are often asked of our exclusive, invitation-only network of the finest artisans.

Read their thoughtful responses + consider partnering with Concentric Design to define your audiences, design an effective brand platform, and deliver messaging that resonates. Taking brands to screens big and small and the printed page, they focus on smart user experience, maximizing conversions, and making content shine. 

Why is color important in design?

Color is one of the most important elements in designing a brand. Colors act as psychological triggers for many different emotions helping to quickly explain to your clients or customers how you want them to feel about your business.

Blue is often used to provide a sense of trust and professionalism, which is why healthcare and government tend to use it. Green is full of energy and evokes a sense of closeness to nature. Red is energetic, impulsive and feels powerful. Color helps to generate our perceptions, directly or indirectly, and that makes it a powerful tool.

Color allows designers to convey certain messages or actions quickly and without relying on words. If used properly, it also helps to guide the eye, highlighting important information, and in the case of web and app design, guiding users to where actions need to be taken.

What are you most proud of with your design with The Huestudio + Company?

We know that Jeff not only loves color, but he also has quite a colorful personality. From the very beginning of developing The Huestudio + Company identity, we knew color would play a key role. One hurdle to using a lot of color is how to balance that energy and excitement with a feeling of professionalism and seriousness, when necessary.

Our strongest ally in the use of color is not a color at all… it’s white! By maximizing the use of whitespace in The Huestudio + Company designs, we’re able to use all of these bright colors without being overwhelming or feeling too childish, resulting in designs that are vibrant, exciting and professional.

We’re proud to have been able to provide The Huestudio + Company with an identity that represents its services and expresses its personality in a unique and identifiable way—it’s one of the most appreciated projects in our portfolio!

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To view the exciting and innovative projects of Concentric Design, follow them on Instagram, check out their full portfolio or send them a note at hello@concentric.design 

We love their extraordinary talents – and – know you will too!