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!


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

– Plautus


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.


be kind | don’t steal | credit the artist


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!


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! 

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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Simply…a 10 | Ten23 Designs!

[Preferred Partner Spotlight: Ten23 Designs]

Talented. Tantalizing. Tasteful. Terrific. Tempting. Textured. Simply, a Ten!

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Delight in our beautifully branded acrylic mirror chargers, custom crafted by the creative team of Ten23 Designs!

As a mom-owned, family-run business, owner Lauren Sarnoff Atwaters specializes in custom event and business branded vinyl decals, table numbers, cake toppers, [and so much more!] for home decor, weddings and special events.

Ten23 Designs beautifully branded our Giving Circle icon in an exquisite acrylic mirror charger for a recent styled photo shoot.

Giving Circles combines our beliefs, mission and Guiding Principles to offer Imprint and Not-for-Profit clients the option to direct up to 20% of event experience fee/s on the planning of The Huestudio + Company events to a Preferred Charitable Partner. Learn more about Giving Circles.

For all special event and business branded items, contact Ten23 Designs today! We love them and know you will too!

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The Huestudio + Company offers premier event and wedding planning + design services creating exquisitely-curated event experiences throughout Chicago and exclusive destinations worldwide. Our team plans and orchestrates elegant and glamorous celebrations all over the world from intimate weddings, large affairs and private soirées.

Contact us at hello@thehuestudio.com + allow our experienced and talented team to handle every detail for you today!

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