Earth Week 2016

Happy Earth Week!

Earth Day, an annual event, celebrated this Friday, April 22, 2016, heralds a global offering of events worldwide in support of environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, and now celebrated in more than 193 countries each year, the event is coordinated globally by Earth Day Network.


This week, sign up for our monthly newsletters to have a tree planted in your honor through One Tree Planted + each month, you’ll receive regula updates regarding our featured, inspirational color and other creative event ideas.

In honor of Earth Week, we celebrate our newest preferred partner, Nicolet Candle!

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Inspired by the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, Nicolet (pronounced Ni-co-LAY) Candle blends quiet luxury with natural beauty. Owner, Gerri Brunner creates a quality product – not only for our customers, but also for the planet we live on.


Simply perfect and oh, so elegant for events, weddings and special occasions, custom candles are hand poured using 100% soy wax, exceptional scents, and lovingly packaged into Fair Trade boxes. Designed by Distant Village, each box is assembled by hand using recycled chip board, covered with tree free, hand-made paper. A delightful twig clasp, native to the Philippines and known as the Nito Vine, completes the exquisite packaging.


Another preferred partner [that we love and is charmingly sweet!] is Swirlz Cupcakes! Their environmentally-conscious collaboration with Gotham Greens celebrates Earth Day with delicious cupcakes, seedlings, sunshine and delightfully good company!cupcake

Stop by Swirlz Cupcakes on Friday, April 22, 2016 between 3pm and 6pm to try one of their mini lemon basil cupcakes + take home your very own basil seedling, courtesy of Gotham Greens!

Happy Earth Week 2016!

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.”

– Henry David Thoreau

PC: Girl Twirling in Forest | © PhotoGabi, 2015; Nicolet Candles | © Nicolet Candle Company, 2015; Custom Color Cupcake Icon | © The Huestudio + Company, LLC, 2015.

Our 2014 Favorites!

New Image1We are proud to present Our 2014 Favorites in Circles of Color!

As we begin to close out 2014, we reflect upon the past months of special events, successes, learning’s, and opportunities for the New Year. We pause to spotlight select, memorable preferred partners that captured our hearts with magical experiences and unique Client offerings.

Take time to visit their sites and experience their services. Tell them, “The Huestudio + Company sent you!”

Trust us, you’ll be glad that you took time to do so!

Happy Holidays to you and yours, with all your favorite circles of color!

LogoA Sweet Delivery

Discovery Arts-8Not only do we love Sugar Chic Designs with their uniquely imaginative special event sweet tables, but we adore A Sweet Delivery, a petit sweet table in a box! As a preferred partner, Amy DiTomasso has re-created the same magic and elegance of her beautifully appointed sweet tables into stylishly curated gift alternatives for everyday gift giving. Offering custom-branded corporate gifts, in addition to private and special events and weddings, A Sweet Delivery is a favorite of The Huestudio + Company! Send a smile of sugar and style today!  

DiscoveryArts-logo-blueDiscovery Arts and The Courage Campaign

Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootAs a preferred charitable partner of The Huestudio + Company for several years, Discovery Arts brings joy, laughter and normalcy to over 3,500 critically ill, hospitalized children and their families through their 100% free, signature “Arts Adventures”. We are honored to support The Courage Campaign through the sale of Louis T. Lion, the Official Lionison of Courage and Ambassador of Heart of Discovery Arts, through our online store, Gifts that Give. Purchase a Louis T. Lion through December 31, 2014 and one (1) additional Louis will be sent to Discovery Arts in your honor.

DSC_5703Feed My Starving Children, featuring PhotoGabi

DSC_6140Gabriel Bucataru of PhotoGabi, a preferred partner, captured the essence and joy with amazing images at the two-day volunteer MobilePack event at Chicago’s Union Station in August 2014. The “Be An Engine for Change” event was a 2014 highlight and volunteer favorite which allowed the hand-packing of life-giving meals, specifically formulated for malnourished children around the world. As a preferred charitable partner, Feed My Starving Children ships meals to over 70 countries around the globe. Consider volunteering your time and donating to this wonderful organization!


white-winter-arrangement1The only flower shop to make Our 2014 Favorite list is a lovely European-style shop owned by the talented Joanne Leiman. Located in Evanston, Illinois, FlowersFlowers, a preferred partner, designs the most luscious and exquisitely creative floral arrangements using exceptional seasonal flowers from around the world. In addition to the flower varieties, coupled with interesting textural and whimsical elements, the designs of FlowersFlowers are truly outstanding and a favorite of The Huestudio + Company.

JanBangles0614_133Jan Lewis Designs

Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootAs one of Our 2014 Favorites, the exotic and exquisite Fair Trade bangle creations of Jan Lewis Designs are uniquely lovely! We especially love the new Circle of Colors collection and were honored to have collaborated on the colorful and intricate designs. Soon to be featured inside the 2015 “Everybody Wins at the Oscars®” gift bags for the third consecutive year, Jan Lewis Designs’ handcrafted bangles and ties are sure to delight nominees in the best actor, best supporting actor, best actress, best supporting actress and best director categories. Neil Patrick Harris, the host of the 2015 Academy Awards, will also be a recipient.

La Relance SalonLa Relance Salon

IMG_1154While many salons are terrific, La Relance Salon is exceptional in every way! New to Our 2014 Favorite list, this comfortable, yet romantic Aveda Concept salon is creative, classic and contemporary. Offering event styling for weddings and special occasions, their hair color treatments, hair conditioning, makeup and skin care services and specialized treatments for men, women and children are always first class! Book today to look amazing for the holidays and into 2015!

LOGOpdfMaddiebird Bakery

_MG_0361New to Our 2014 Favorites list is a small cake studio + mom ’n pop cupcake shop located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Selected on behalf of their adorably creative, edible artistry with a focus on fun, contemporary cake designs, Maddiebird Bakery’s classic scratch cakes are literally “works of art” and oh, so delicious. As a preferred partner of The Huestudio + Company, you can easily see why we love and adore them! Yum! Yum!

MRP_LogoRife Ponce Photography

Image 1Owned by the multi-talented Maggie Rife Ponce, and selected for the second year in a row as one of Our 2014 Favorites, Rife Ponce Photography captures simple human exchanges and emotions of everyday life in sensitive and magical settings, all while focusing on amazing light. As a storytelling wedding, portrait and travel photographer, not to mention a preferred partner of The Huestudio + Company, Rife Ponce Photography is exceptional in every way! View our 2014 Spring | Summer Magazine to view more of their amazing work and artistry.

CAYENNE.FINAL copyRosemary Fanti

New to Our 2014 Favorites list is the nationally published illustrator, Rosemary Fanti, a preferred partner, who supported a magical 100-year Milestone Birthday event earlier this year for a special Client. Illustrating on-site, Ms. Fanti captured guests within minutes in vivid detail and colorful backgrounds. Her chic and fashionable, custom illustrations are always a guest highlight!

michaelcourier-huederby-3102-7x5 Special Olympics Illinois, featuring Balloons by Tommy + Swirlz Cupcakes

michaelcourier-huederby-2722-7x5For the third year in a row, The Huestudio + Company and The Sunshine Paddlers have proudly supported The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby for Special Olympics Illinois. As one of our 2014 Favorites, the fun and festive balloons by Balloons by Tommy and delicious custom cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes, both preferred partners, complemented our mega flashmob-style dance to Pharrell Williams’, “Happy!” to the delight of many along Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue.

IMG_3310Joan Rivers

Whether you liked her, hated her, or loved her, the world lost a comedic legend with the passing on September 4, 2014 of Joan Alexandra Molinksy, known as Joan Rivers. Our final 2014 Favorite is the touching, humorous and poignant last request, shared below. We celebrate a life well loved; a life well lived.

“When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, camera, action…”

“I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way.”

“I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents.”

“I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonely.’”

“I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag.”

“And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé’s.”

RosesTo properly close out 2014 [ and we’re not planning on going anywhere for a long time ], our final wishes and requests are shared below! May you and yours be blessed!

“Just like Joan, I want to look handsome, better dead that I do alive. I want to be laid out for just one hour in a crisp, white Charles Tyrwhitt shirt with a gorgeous, custom Mark Roscoe tie, a classic Ermenegildo Zegna Bespoke suit and colorful Happy socks [to keep my feet warm!], along with yellow Gucci shoes to keep “walking on sunshine”, just like Katrina and the Waves!”

“I want a Celebration of Life that is colorful, festive and uplifting at House Without A Key at Halekulani under the century-old Kiawe tree. I want attending guests to have gorgeous, fragrant leis from Cindy’s Lei Stand in Chinatown and to raise a beloved Mai Tai with crushed ice to a life well lived while dining on succulent coconut shrimp and Maui chips.”

“I want Stefan Holt to moderate any speakers who might wish to say a few kind words in his booming newscaster voice and for all three (3) of the Ponce men to sing “My Old Kentucky Home”, the official song of The Kentucky Derby and the official state song of my beloved birth state, in colorful Derby hats with red rose boutonnieres.”

“I want the talented Kanoe Miller to dance the hula to “I’ll Remember You” and “Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwoole, and to end the Celebration by engaging all to dance in a circle, “The Hukilau”.

“I want a scrumptiously designed Circle of Colors sweet table from Sugar Chic Designs and a custom guest favor box from A Sweet Delivery curated with one (1) delicious Swirlz Cupcake, a small bag of Garrett Mix® popcorn, Chicago Butter Cookies twosies, angelic salted caramel marshmallows from Katherine Anne Confections, and Lemon Paradise™ toffee from Terry’s Toffee. I want it to be Chicago all the way!”

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”

– Erma Bombeck

Smiles of Sunshine

june_sunFor the third year in a row, The Huestudio + Company and its corporate team, The Sunshine Paddlers, sponsored The 9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby for Special Olympics Illinois on Thursday, August 7, 2014!

michaelcourier-logoBelow, are professional photographs by Michael Courier, a preferred partner! Delight in the joy and happiness in all of these terrific images!

michaelcourier-huederby-2285-7x5Balloons by Tommy, a preferred partner, provided the fun and festive balloons! Team members of The Sunshine Paddlers “surprised and delighted” spectators with over 100 yellow, “Happy! – kissed” balloons!

michaelcourier-huederby-2422-7x5Jillian Thomas, dressed in bright Sunshine Yellow attire + blue and yellow ‘fireworks’ balloons by Balloons by Tommy!

michaelcourier-huederby-2458-7x5Practicing for our mega flashmob dance to “Happy!”, by Pharrell Williams.

michaelcourier-huederby-2467-7x5The Chicago Cubs mascot, “Clark”, stopped by to cheer The Sunshine Paddlers on! Over 100 + dancers joined for our mega flashmob dance on the Plaza, directly across from the famed Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago!


michaelcourier-huederby-2511-7x5Lujean Berry, dressed in her “Be Happy!” t.shirt from Ink 4 Your Soul, a preferred partner, and Derby-style hat!

michaelcourier-huederby-2553-7x5Southpaw, The Chicago White Sox mascot, stopped by for a team photograph with The Sunshine Paddlers!

michaelcourier-huederby-2585-7x5Benny the Bull, The Chicago Bulls mascot, was initially reluctant to be photographed, but graciously indulged our team in a fun, festive manner!


michaelcourier-huederby-2616-7x5The wonderful team of Swirlz Cupcakes, a preferred partner, delighted spectators with delicious mini-cupcakes!

We love and adore Dana, Paula, Alex and Pam!  xoxo


michaelcourier-huederby-2658-7x5Lujean Berry + Kate Vilatuya!

michaelcourier-huederby-2716-7x5The Sunshine Paddlers pictured here with a Special Olympics Illinois athlete. Proceeds from The 9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby directly supports the nearly 21,500 athletes and over 18,500 Young Athletes across Illinois.

michaelcourier-huederby-2703-7x5The fabulous ladies of Swirlz Cupcakes, a preferred partner!

Thank you Alex, Dana + Pam!  xoxo

michaelcourier-huederby-2722-7x5Adorable [not to mention, incredibly delicious] sunshine + ducky-branded [The Sunshine Paddlers] mini-cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes, a preferred partner!

michaelcourier-huederby-2806-7x5Pam Rose, a partner of Swirlz Cupcakes, serving mini-cupcakes to hungry spectators!


michaelcourier-huederby-2739-7x5The one and only, Penny Thomas!  xoxo

michaelcourier-huederby-2765-7x5Be Happy!

michaelcourier-huederby-2994-7x5Our mega flashmob dance to “Happy!” by Pharrell Williams promptly started at 12:15 pm to the delight and enjoyment of all spectators and guests!

Our over 100 + dancers can now say they were part of a flashmob dance on famed Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago!


michaelcourier-huederby-3025-6x4The Sunshine Paddlers Team!

michaelcourier-huederby-3102-7x5Thanks to Balloons by Tommy for the fun, festive and very Happy! colorful balloons! We love their work and creativity!

Thank you Tommy + Scott!

michaelcourier-huederby-3280-7x5Over 60,000 yellow rubber ducks were dumped from The Columbus Drive bridge in downtown Chicago!

Ducks then “swam” to The Michigan Avenue bridge!


Our Favorites for 2013!

“When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.”

– Mary Baker Eddy

 Happy Holidays Friends of The Huestudio + Company!

IMG_2823The bold and festive color – Chartreuse – was selected for December 2013! This color, halfway between green and yellow, serves as inspiration for Our Favorites for 2013!  

The color Chartreuse was named due to its resemblance to the French liqueur called green chartreuse, introduced in 1764. Known as the Elixir of Long Life, Chartreuse dates back to the early 1600’s when a monastery out of Vauvert, France started crafting the complex recipe using natural plants and herbs. Intended as a cure-all, rather than a beverage, monks adapted the formula in 1764 to make what is know today as “Green Chartreuse” liqueur. The recipe is still very much a secret, and to this day, only two monks know how to identify, blend and distill the 130 plants and herbs needed to produce Chartreuse.

As we close out 2013 and begin a new year in 2014, we are honored to share select preferred partners who have become Our Favorites for 2013!

Their products, services and offerings reflect the excellence and exceptional high standards that clients have come to expect of The Huestudio + Company, LLC. Share our joy and love for these special organizations and small businesses and visit our Preferred Partner section for more!


We love Discovery Arts!

ImageThis amazing non-profit organization brings art, dance, drama and music to children with cancer and life threatening illnesses while in the hospital receiving treatment. Miracles are witnessed everyday, as sick children get out of bed and delight in “Arts Adventures” filled with fun, creativity and joy. All programs and services are free and Discovery Arts relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to survive and grow. Cathy Rigby is their spokesperson and board member and The Huestudio + Company is proud to support Discovery Arts through select products for sale in our online store.

Recently on an adventure to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, we visited Tabitha Foundation Cambodia and were captivated!

Image 8Their mission is to recognize and develop inherent skills and resources which bring dignity and respect to the people and country of Cambodia. Tabitha Foundation Cambodia provides a regular income for widowed mothers, landmine victims, street women, AIDS sufferers, orphaned singled women, drought victims and other poorest of the poor through hand-crafted products and offerings.

In early 2014, our online store will begin featuring select products which use local Cambodian materials such as hand-dyed and locally woven silks. These unique and special offerings will allow people to purchase food, clothing, medicine, place children into schools, and buy land to build small, but sturdy homes.

In the spirit and generosity of the holiday season, if you’d like to donate to either Discovery Arts or Tabitha Cambodia, contact us for more information. May you be blessed with the joys of Our Favorites for 2013, and beyond!

Image 1Throughout 2013, The Huestudio + Company has been honored to highlight the vibrant, multi-colored bangles from Jan Lewis Designs. Spotlighting the color chartreuse for December 2013, Jan’s coriander multi triangle bangle is a perfect choice! This unique bangle may be worn by itself or paired and stacked with Jan’s twenty six (26) newest designs in her collection!

ImageVisit her website to view all designs and take advantage of special holiday pricing! 

Stay tuned for more exciting news from Jan Lewis Designs in 2014, including The Huestudio + Company’s “Circle of Colors” collaboration on two new and colorful bangles that are sure to delight!

Capturing Moments

Photography, at its best, is a powerful language which speaks directly to our emotions. This allows us to tell a story and show others our insights and perspectives of the world around us. Photographs tell us what is important. They are part of our legacy. They allow us to share and to communicate. They make us artists. Photography has the power to move us.


Maggie Rife Ponce is a preferred photographer of The Huestudio + Company, LLC. She is a storytelling wedding, portrait and travel photographer looking to capture magical moments in time, like bottling lightning bugs in a jar. Her subjects range from the father of the bride to indigenous natives on the other side of our world. Whatever she is photographing, Maggie’s sensitive nature and desire to understand her subjects fully, leads to still frames eternalizing the simple human exchanges and emotions of everyday life. Simply said, her photographs are amazing works of art. Visit her website for more spectacular photographs!


As a preferred photographer, Phyllis Delaney of The Peddler’s Den in Woodland Park, Colorado, loves taking pictures of all things in nature. This gives her a sense of peace and connectedness to something bigger than the craziness that sometimes surrounds us.

Image 3With the enhancement of our online store in 2014, The Huestudio + Company will collaborate with The Peddler’s Den on unique “Circle of Colors” offerings for simple gift giving and unique guest favors that can be customized with desired color palettes.

Contact Phyllis for more offerings and stay tuned for exciting items in early 2014!

Cupcakes + Cookies

Two perennial favorites for The Huestudio + Company throughout 2013 are Swirlz Cupcakes and Chicago Butter Cookies. Both small businesses have exceptional product offerings, are adored and beloved by clients and are always delightful to work with for any event, wedding celebration or special occasion!

Image 2Swirlz Cupcakes, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, are baked from scratch daily using only the finest ingredients. Artfully decorated with luscious two-tone frosting combinations + topped with Swirlz house-made delicacies, you immediately forget you’re indulging in a delicious guilty pleasure.

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In addition to their full-size cupcakes, Swirlz Cupcakes also bakes bite size mini-cupcakes which are perfect for weddings, sweet tables and adorable guest favors. Their unique and creative 6″ or 8″ cakes features 4 layers of cake and 3 layers of filling, not to mention, playfully elegant presentations. Their special “cupcake cake” is a delight, but then again, all offerings are simply deliciously divine! Visit their website for additional offerings and flavors! 

Image 14Chicago Butter Cookies are simply delicious! These light-as-a-feather, heart-shaped butter cookies are sinfully scrumptious treats that sure to warm the hearts of all who indulge.

Image 15As President and Chief Cookie Officer, Mary Astor Smithe has been perfecting her Croatian grandmother’s butter cookie recipe for years. Each wholesome cookie contains high-quality, all natural ingredients. While the original butter variety is delicious, tempt your palette with the effects of chocolate and seal salt, a hint of orange zest, or chocolate and mint in Mary’s fun and playful packaging. Clever box names of The Chicago Signature, The Pier, The Orange Line and The Gold Coast are a nod to many of Chicago’s favorite areas.  

Contact us to plan your next event or occasion with Chicago Butter Cookies + visit their website for more!

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In the spirit of uniqueness and rarities, we are proud to feature these amazing chartreuse-inspired art glass pieces from Bloyd Art Glass. The blown, sculpted and textured glass heart is ground on one side for unique displays. Recently viewed at Chicago’s One of a Kind Show, these stunning pieces are works of fine art that are featured in galleries and collections around the world. Contact us for unique gifts for special events, weddings and celebrations.

Image 11We also feature and spotlight the highly creative and colorful Mirabelle Studio as another one of Our Favorites for 2013! Owner and artist Judy Lynn likes to mix things up when she designs her books, boxes and prints. She combines her own block print images and exquisite papers with traditional book art techniques to create pieces of art that are striking and functional. Her background in graphic design and smallest, attention-to-details are evident in every items she crafts.

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In early 2014, The Huestudio + Company will collaborate with Mirabelle Studio on a distinctive “Circle of Colors” offering for our enhanced online store. Stay tuned!

From all of us at The Huestudio + Company, we hope you will share our joy and love for these special organizations and small businesses this holiday season and into 2014, and beyond. Visit our Preferred Partner section for more!

Photography Credits: Alyssa the Angel | © 2013, Discovery Arts; Hand-crafted Cambodian Silk Mobile Phone Pouches | © 2013, Tabitha Foundation Cambodia; Jan Lewis Designs logo | © 2013, Jan Lewis Designs; Coriander multi triangle bangle in narrow | © 2013, Jan Lewis Designs; Chartreuse Champagne Cocktail | © 2013, Rife Ponce Photography; Chartreuse Mojito with Pepper Garnish | © 2013, Rife Ponce Photography; Butterflies are Free| © 2013, Phyllis Delaney of The Peddler’s Den; Specialty Cakes by Swirlz Cupcakes | © 2013, Swirlz Cupcakes; The Signature by Chicago Butter Cookies | © 2013, Chicago Butter Cookies, LLC; Portrait of President and Chief Cookie Officer Mary Astor Smithe | © 2013, Chicago Butter Cookies, LLC; Chartreuse Hand-blown Heart | © 2013, Bloyd Art Glass; Chartreuse Hand-blown Vessels | © 2013, Bloyd Art Glass; Hand-crafted journals | © 2013, Mirabelle Studio; Hand-designed bird prints | © 2013, Mirabelle Studio.