Thursday, January 31, 2013

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.

view: Itsy Bitsy lookbook, children's collection, nursery DIYs

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.

view: ecards, Kindred Spirits lookbook

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.

view: Breakfast at Ruche videos

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.

view: homemade Valentine's Day cards, gift wrap idea, DIY ornament

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 spring and summer projects:
downloadable flags, gelato (fun fact: the gelato is actually Crisco and food coloring!), diy pinwheel, homemade stilts

view autumn projects:
pumpkin tutorials, pinecone turkey tutorial

view winter projects (all featured in our Homemade Holiday guide!):
paper mache ornaments, origami ornament, glittered party glasses

view wedding season projects:
ruffled buckle, labeled vase (as seen in our wedding guide!), keepsake box

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!

view suitcase DIY ideas: planter, travel bag, table, dog bed

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!


  • What a dream job! I especially love the projects using vintage suitcase, esp. that chevron one!

    Looking forward to more projects from you Orchid!

    Posted on January 31, 2013