Posts Categorized: collaborations

collaborations + Life + Party + Scandinavia / Friday, 21 Jun 2013

Happy midsummer!

After living in a cold, dark country for a few years, I have a ginormous appreciation for the sun. In Denmark, in the chance that the sun did come out, you never knew how long it would stay so you would get your hiney outside and soak in the vitamin D as long as you could. I find myself reverting to those patterns here in Utah though I don’t really need to because default weather is good weather. Sun = happy me. Thus, Midsummer is my new favorite holiday. We don’t celebrate it as much in America, but that’s ending today. 
Midsummer is the longest day of the year (and Scandinavians like to point out that the days only get shorter from here on out, but I cringe at that thought), so celebrations are in order. Up in the north at this time of the year, the sun hardly goes down, so you get pretty much 24 hours of sunshine. The Danes celebrate with Sankt Hans, where they burn effigies of witches, but I didn’t think that would be the prettiest shoot, so we celebrated with more of a Swedish midsummer. I’m told that Swedish midsummer is mostly about drinking, so as a non-drinker that’s not an option, so we’re going back to the classic midsumer.
I called upon some great talents for this shoot who luckily said yes to the last minute collaboration: Ciara Richardson, the fantastic photographer and Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral who did the lovely flowers. I was also lucky enough to have all my interns come be models. Aren’t they gorgeous? I couldn’t have asked for better magic makers.
First thing to celebrate the Swedish midsummer, floral wreaths. These are essential. Ashley made some beautifully simple headpieces for everyone.
Then we brought in the maypole that I made (DIY right here) with Ashley’s beautiful flowers on top.
Midsummer, or summer solstice, is an ancient paga ritual that often started with fertility dances around the pole. SO, ummm, we did some fertility dances. Because that’s what grown ladies do.
Then we started the weaving of the ribbons. I don’t know why, but for some reason I was afraid that all the beautiful images I saw on Google in my research wouldn’t come true for ours, but it did. It works! 

 In and out, in and out. Every other person goes the opposite way to create the weave.

 If you take it off the pole, does it form a Chinese finger trap?

Then Ciara worked her magic and somehow made me look presentable, which is quite the feat because well, I’ve never seen my skin so broken out before. Eeeek.

 Channeling Kate Moss’ wedding.

I’m so lucky to have such wonderful interns. Besides being helpful and willing, they are kind and good people. And gorgeous, sheesh! Audrey even had her 14 year old sister, Jenny, visiting from Texas so she came too. Thank you Jenny!

And I mentioned it earlier this week, but by the end of Midsummer, if you haven’t found someone to hook up with (not my words), then you collect 7 flowers and put them under your pillow. Then you dream about your future husband. Does it work? You tell me!

If you want to learn more about midsummer, watch this video. The humor is so dead on.
If you want to make the maypole, step-by-step instructions here.

THANK YOU to the ladies who made this collaboration possible. Let’s do it again!

photography by Ciara Richardson
flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Florals
maypole and concept by me, Brittany Watson Jepsen
models: Ashley Ellsworth, Jenny Ellsworth, Carla da Silva, Maude Lee, Maurine Anderson

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collaborations + flowers + Life + Moments for Me / Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Moment for me: Tulip Festival

photography by Griffith Jones
Haagen Dazs gifted me a trip to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point–it’s like they KNOW me!–for my most recent Moment for Me. (If you’re just joining us, I’ll be doing a few of these Moments for Me in the next couple of moments. Feel free to create your own #hdmoment) I brought along my buddies  Audrey, Griff, and Michele for a trip to the buds. 
First off, I guess I was expecting, well, Holland, to my trip to the Tulip Festival. I came to find out that it really just means paths of tulips. Still beautiful. But not this. Just good to know in case you keep going around the bends of the path and think that you somehow missed it. You didn’t. 
Along with the tulips there were other goodies like the daffodils and kale. I love kale! Give me some of that electric purple any day!
We had to take this pic. Had to.
Here I am being all poetic with a line from Secret Garden at the Thanksgiving Point Secret Garden. 
And here we are being all Three Stooges at that same Secret Garden.

Man, I’m loving these Moments for Me. Haagen Dazs is nailing it! Check out more Moments for Me here and start adding in your own! 

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collaborations + flowers + Life + Projects / Thursday, 18 Apr 2013

Moment for me: How not to arrange flowers

photography by Heather Janis
My first Moment for Me, came in the way of a package that arrived at my door on Monday filled with lots of goodies. Christmas in April? Yes please! One of the goodies was a gift certificate for a Fresh Flowers 101 class. They nailed it! I was kind of giddy at the thought of taking a little break for a class. I felt pampered. The class was taught at Thanksgiving Point, a local events and gardens center, and apparently, it was their first ever fresh flowers class. The teacher had set up beautiful pots lining the tables with our names printed on signs. 
She taught us step by step how to go about making an arrangement and I thought I had paid attention well until she let us loose. Immediately, I was the slowest one in the group as I, somehow, turned my oasis (is that what it’s called?) into a sculpting project. The teacher calmly told me that I needed to start over again. Horrifying, right? 
Definitely, the best part of flower arranging is picking out the flowers. I was the last to go, which was just fine because I take way too much time deciding. I ended up going with a more pastel scheme, even though they had these amazing red tulips from their gardens. 
So, you start with a few in the middle, criss-crossing them, and then add a few more bulky flowers in like these roses below.

And then just keep on going. Look how happy it makes you to arrange flowers:

 Maybe I should have put on some make-up and brushed my hair.

By the end I was much less nervous of hurting the delicate little flowers and just went for it. Because I had all these flowers at my fingertips, I wasn’t afraid to use whatever I darn well pleased. 
Häagen-Dazs, ya done good. If this is what the moments are, I’m all ready for you! You can follow along on more of these moments #hdmoment or here.
A huge thank you to Heather Janis for snapping these beautiful pics. Aren’t they lovely? 

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collaborations + Design + Style Sheets / Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013

Style Sheets: Lucille Ball

I’m super stoked to present a new collaboration with 2 very talented ladies. Here’s how the story goes: Jessica Williams and I (I talked about her last week on the blog) interned together in NYC one summer at Jonathan Adler 5 years ago. She’s now the global display coordinator at Kate Spade in NYC and she’s an uber talent. We’ve been chatting about collaborating together and decided to do a monthly column called “Style Sheets” based on these clever interior collages she does. I thought it’d be cool to do a series based on popular and design icons and re-imagine how they would live. THEN, I thought it’d be so nice to bring in an illustration to  complete the ensemble. Enter illustrator Michelle Christensen, who I’m working with on this Saturday’s SLC Pop-up Shop (are you coming?!). I just adore everything she does (like this sweet story). Didn’t they rock it?!
It’s that time of year when I love to come home from the office, open the windows and wind down with my favorite episodes of I Love Lucy. Lucy and Ricky are a youthful and vibrant couple, but their apartment is a bit more on the traditional side. The organized grouping of frames above the desk is one of my favorite style moments in their space, which I was inspired to do in this style sheet. The show was filmed in black and white but I imagine soft blues and bright red accents would have been fitting. The modern pendant chandelier is a twist for their traditional setting but it certainly speaks to the unpredictability of Lucy’s wild ideas! 
text and style sheet by Jessica Williams
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collaborations + Life + Scandinavia + Style / Monday, 15 Apr 2013

Josef Frank for the whole house

My favorite, 1st Dibs, a huge marketplace for antiques/vintage furniture (it’s like Etsy, but for antiques), invited me to create a Pinterest board for them and they’ve started to promote it today. I chose to focus on one of my favorite Scandinavian textile designers, Josef Frank. He’s like Dr. Seuss without the rhymes. He’s like living in the deep, dark ocean, but with oxygen. Though I think it’d be ca-razy good to do a whole whole house in him pattern upon pattern, I think a dab is all you need to add a touch of whimsy into your home. Let’s take a look.
Living room: Easy squeezy futon covering. Looks like they just did a simple reupholstery job using Josef Frank’s “Butterfly” pattern (you can find it at Just Scandinavian in NYC or Svenkst Tenn in Sweden)
Bathroom: Sweet roman blinds above a beautiful bathtub, you know, because we all have one. They used the “windows” pattern. Found here in the US or here in Europe
Sitting area: Long drapes creating a colorful backdrop for a neutral grey sofa. This print is the Hawaii and I can only find it from Svenkst Tenn in Stockholm.
Kid’s room: Isn’t this precious?! All over pattern for a kid’s room. It’s charming, whimsical, colorful. I’ll take it! Kid included? Sure! That too. This is the Paradiset pattern from Just Scandinavian in the US.
And if you’d like a touch of Josef Frank, but don’t want to commit to a room, these accessories are easy to interchange. Well, maybe not the sofa, it’s just awesome and I want it. They also have cute aprons at Svenkst Tenn.
Can’t get enough of Josef Frank? Neither can I. Check out the Pinterest board here or click on the image above and the beautiful wood furniture up for grabs on 1st Dibs. And once upon a time I wrote about him here and here and my trip to Svenkst Tenn in Stockholm here.
pillow  |  tray  |  handbag  |  memo block  |  sofa
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