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Meet Orchid, our Creative Coordinator. In sum, she's the talented gal who keeps us organized and helps bring our visions to life! Her days are filled with photo shoots, calendars, glue guns, and everything creative.
One area of her expertise involves set design. For our baby collection, Itsy Bitsy, Orchid was responsible for all the adorable sets! She designed and installed the fabric tent (which we all wanted to take a nap in), the oversized letter blocks, and the cute DIY bunting flags.
Ruche: How did you become skilled with set design?
Orchid: Well, I technically didn't have set design experience. I started off at Ruche as a Photo Shoot Intern and then transitioned into a Set Design Intern. In the beginning, I helped make little things for the shoots, but then I started getting bigger projects (set design-related). I was always good with arts and crafts stuff at home, but I didn't know half the stuff I could make until I came here! After working as an intern for about 4 months, I was offered a position as a creative assistant and I've been here ever since!
Little details can make a photograph, and Orchid makes sure those details exist. For example, fall leaves for our ecards photo shoot and award-winning ribbons for our fall lookbook were a must! She's a regular at our local craft store now.
Have you tuned in to our Breakfast at Ruche series? We create a new video tutorial for you every month, and Orchid helps make that happen! Fun fact: In the Breakfast at Ruche photo below, Orchid hung a sparkly background, which she originally created for our Great Gatsby inspired holiday shoot.
Whenever we feature crafty ideas, such as Valentine's Day cards (as seen in our last Breakfast at Ruche video), last minute gift wrap, and yarn ornaments, Orchid makes each one and outlines the step-by-step instructions for you to replicate.
Ruche: Where do you find inspiration for creative projects?
Orchid: I looooove spending my free time on Pinterest! Whenever I need ideas for a fun diy or prop, Pinterest is always one of the first places I look to. I also love looking at design blogs like Oh Happy Day! and Design* Sponge.
Adore her DIYs? Orchid makes all of our seasonal-themed projects too! Here's a round up of our favorites:
view winter projects (all featured in our Homemade Holiday guide!):
paper mache ornaments, origami ornament, glittered party glasses
Ruche: How did you learn to be so creative?
Orchid: Ever since I was a kid, I've just always been drawn to art in general. I definitely remember wanting to become an artist when I was in the 3rd grade.
When we think about all our projects from 2012, this DIY suitcase series is in our top three favorites. As with all of our creative ideas, Orchid made them come to life!
Ruche: What's the best part about your job?
Orchid: The best part about my job is that I get to spend my time making things. There have been a lot of days where I've left the office covered in paint, and I love that!
Step 1: With a ruler and pencil, outline a chevron design onto the canvas.
Step 2: Cover every other section with tape.Step 3: Apply glue over the uncovered areas and sprinkle with glitter.Step 4: Once dry, carefully remove the tape.Step 5: Paint the remaining parts of the canvas and let dry.
Step 6: Hang the completed project!
When Flora + Fauna shared these images with us, we were instantly captivated by the vintage inspired charm and beauty. Take a look at how this styled bride wore our Gabriella Rose wedding dress at The Museum in Jacksonville, Florida.
Photography: Jenn + Derrek Sullivan of Flora + Fauna, Event Planning + Design: Cheryl Abbott of Forever Sacred Events, Floral Design: The Floral Emporium II, Wardrobe Styling: Michael McDaniel, Wedding Dress: Gabriella Rose, Hair: Natalie Restrepo of Makeup by Paulina Perez, Makeup: Cathee Molina of Hello Cathee + Makeup by Paulina Perez
Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!
Back in December, we partnered with Unleashed Beauty for their winter editorial. Photographed by Arina B. Photography, here are a few more photos of Kathryn McCormick (an all-star from So You Think You Can Dance) in our bridal gowns! Doesn't this editorial make you want to walk in a winter wonderland?
wedding dress featured above: Claire
wedding dress featured above: Angeline
See more of this photo shoot here.
Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!
Guest post by Cate, of With a Touch of Pretty
Do you know what I love the very most about pregnancy apnea? Well, nothing.... except for when I would wake up from the dead of sleep with an idea... a spark of inspiration... so when the morning finally showed its beautiful face I could take that idea and make it come to life. I'm not sure where these ideas come from... like a whimsical meadow theme nursery... we do live in the mountains... but mostly I was inspired because I thought it would work with the second-hand-dream-of-a-rocking-chair, the husband bought for me.
So there you have it! That little yellow rocker is the one and only reason those walls are "robin nest" blue instead of "sunrise" pink.
Almost everything in Miss Wynn Charlotte's room was either thrifted, gifted or recycled! All those years of thrifting paid off! It has been so very gratifying! The deer mural was painted by my insanely talented older sister and myself (and by "myself" I mean I helped paint the flowers).
Now onto Jet's big boy room!
For one whole year Kyler and I have enjoyed tucking Jett in for "night night" and not seeing that shining face of his until the following morning. Each night before bed, Jett would pick a new "treasure" to sleep with... a rock, child size plastic rake, piece of paper, all of his toy cars... really anything that wasn't soft to snuggle with. It was always the highlight of our lives each day to see what he going to bring to bed with him! Then a few weeks ago he got out of his bed (I was so very surprised!!), made his way down our stairs, and climbed into our bed! Suddenly he can't fall asleep unless I am right beside him... Honestly, if I can be truthful...I am kinda loving it! After all, he will only be two and a half for a bit longer.
So on to the details of the misters room... We purchased his boat bed off ksl classifieds. Its previous owners were two husky teenage boys, who were more than happy to get it off their hands. The map is a wallpaper decal from Pottery Barn and the rugs and bed spread were purchased at Target. That store is just full of fun stuff!
The color scheme of Jett's big boy room was inspired by the color plate of an oatmeal canister. I only wish I was kidding. :)
--Guest post by Cate, of With a Touch of Pretty
Do you have interior design photos of your home? Share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured! For more children's room inspiration, take a look at Amelie's room!
Here at Ruche, we can never get enough of a cute print or a darling saying. When we laid our eyes on Rifle Paper Co.'s artwork, we knew it was a perfect match for our boutique. So why do we love Rifle Paper Co.? Because there's something adorable for every occasion!
These Valentine's Day cards are as pretty as can be. With blank interiors, you're free to be as lovey-dovey or as funny as you'd like, too! Which one would you choose for your best friend or special someone?
While on the topic of love, we'll point out that Rifle Paper Co. also has the prettiest cards for weddings. Ask your best friend to be your bridesmaid or send a gift to the happy couple with these! Wedding season is around the corner, after all.
In addition to even more cute greeting cards (there's one for birthdays and Father's Day -- but don't worry, that's not until June), Rifle Paper Co. creates matching placecards. You can create an entire party theme with the floral print! Start with the bridesmaid card above or the birthday card below (since they're blank, they can work as party invitations too) and then create a garden party!
As mentioned, we also love Rifle Paper Co. for their adorable prints! A few of our favorites below are perfect to hang in a child's bedroom or an elementary school classroom. If you don't have a little tot yourself, you can always give these prints as gifts too.
For more decor options, we imagine this citrus fruit print in a shabby chic kitchen, a cute cafe, or even in a nutritionist's office. And the coasters? They're perfect as a hostess's gift or as the final touch to your tea party!
Whether you're planning a small get-together with friends, decorating your child's room, or just wanting to say hello to a friend, Rifle Paper Co. has something to fulfill every event. Shop the collection here and keep checking back for more Rifle Paper Co. at our boutique!
Happy Sunday, Ruchettes!
Looking chic as usual, Rebecca from The Clothes Horse had to keep warm in the snow too by pairing tights and a scarf with her dress! She also kept her toes warm by wearing our waterproof Khombu boots.
Do you have winter Ruche outfits you'd like to share? Send your photos to email@example.com for a chance to be featured in a Style File post.