Rylee + Cru Studio Remodel
Finally! It’s complete!! Our new Rylee + Cru studio / workspace is finished and I’m so excited to share how it turned out! This back warehouse used to be packed FULL of product from floor to ceiling. It’s where we used to house all of our inventory and ship out orders. But we quickly grew out of this space and made the decision to move all of our inventory to a fulfillment center in Utah who was much more equipped to handle the high volume of orders we were receiving. So, in moving that we were left with a big empty warehouse ready to be transformed! We decided to completely gut the space and turn it into a much bigger office and multi-use studio space for our growing team here.

In terms of design, I really just wanted it to compliment our aesthetic as a brand. Creating an inspiring work environment has always been important to me. Even all the years I was working from a tiny home office (or desk in my bedroom, i should say), I always tried to make it feel comfortable and aesthetically inspiring because it helped keep my motivation high and curb the burnout! The first thing we did was paint everything white and grind down and refinish the concrete floors. I love a bright and airy workspace and knew I wanted to incorporate warm wood tones, a little bit of brass, plants and some statement pendants. Because our clothing has a lot of pattern and artwork involved, I wanted our space to be somewhat neutral so that it could let our clothes do the talking.
We had the opportunity to partner with Semi-Handmade who really helped bring our storage cabinets to life. They create beautiful custom door fronts that pair seamlessly with (old and new) ikea cabinet systems. Basically, you are getting the look of custom cabinetry for a fraction of the price. Typically you see their doors used in kitchens, but our need was office storage….and lots of it! For the tall bank of cabinets we ordered 6 of the Sektion High Cabinet Frames and paired them with the Beach Impression door fronts in 15″x30″ and 15″x60″. And for the base cabinets behind our desks, we ordered 6 of the Sektion Base Cabinets and paired them again with the Beach Impression door fronts by Semi-handmade in 15″x20″ and drawers in 30″x10″. This helped bring in the warm wood tones the space needed but also kept it feeling light and bright! And then I decided on the Hex Brushed Brass Pulls from CB2 and I love how they pair together.
This little area changes depending on if we have photoshoots happening or not, but right now it’s a lounge spot for lunch or meetings or just chill time (which, to be honest, we rarely have around here!) That cute sun painted on wall was inspired by Molly of Almost Makes Perfect who’s queen of DIY and I think it fits the space perfectly. But that rolling wall will likely be a canvas for rotating art depending on the season or mood we are feeling.
Sources: Rug / Stool / Couch
Our design and marketing team sit back here together (6 of us total!). I was really trying to convince everyone of getting super cute and highly uncomfortable chairs to match the aesthetic but I am glad they all convinced me otherwise! haha. These Herman Miller chairs fit right in and save our backs too! One of my favorite things we got are these giant Norman Copenhagen Bell pendants. They make such a statement in here and I feel like the round shape helps soften the space as well.
A big part of what we do is photography and a priority for this space was to create a handful of photo backdrops / wall options to choose between when shooting. First we have a large white 20′ x 20′ infinity cove wall that seamlessly blends the floor and the wall to create a perfectly smooth backdrop for studio photography. We also often use colored seamless photo paper with a stand here as well. Then we created a (faux) brick wall with light hardwood floor for when we want to simulate a bedroom. And lastly, we painted a textured lime wash wall that blends well with our concrete floor for a more industrial or vintage look (depending on what we are needing!) It has been so helpful to have these photo stations right here in our office instead of traveling with our product and renting other studio locations for the day! Seriously, such a time saver!
I hope you enjoyed that little peek into our workspace!
– Kelli

Q turns TWO!

We celebrated Quincy’s 2nd birthday yesterday with a sweet little Daisy themed party with our family.  She is truly our sunshine girl and a daisy theme just seemed fitting for our happy spunky little girl.  I love watching her grow but I also get a little sad how quickly time is flying by…realizing our last baby is not so ‘baby’ anymore.  Gosh, it’s just all so bittersweet! Q is so full of life and has one of the funniest personalities we’ve ever seen.  We call her our boss baby because she is so independent and strong willed that she kind of runs the show around here.  She is feisty and goofy and fearless and while that sometimes brings it’s challenges, I just love her confident little spirit so much.

I had so much fun crafting and baking for this party. I always get asked about recipes and tutorials and all that on social media so I thought I would just link everything here in one place.

Cake – this one was a labor of love!  I followed THIS RECIPE for the vanilla cake and buttercream. (which was SO yummy I will definitely be using it again).  And THIS RECIPE for the sugar daisies that i used to decorate it.

Cookies – these also turned our really yummy and I used THIS RECIPE

Paper goods & balloons – from my go-to shop Witty Bash based here in San Diego!

Flowers – by my friend Esther of Wallflower Inspiration

Daisy Party Hats – I followed THIS DIY with a few alterations. I made them child size and painted the centers in gold and dusted with glitter instead of using poms.

Dress – from Zara / Daisy Hair Clips – I just made these using fake flowers from the craft store.

 


LA JOLLA SHORES HOTEL

So let me just tell you, staycations are where it’s at.  Sam and I always laugh when people tell us ‘enjoy your vacation, I hope you can get some rest!”.  Because if you are a parent you know that vacations are usually way less restful than just staying home.  BUT….that’s not the point of them for us (or at least not the point of FAMILY vacations).  The point is to get out of our normal work/life grind and routines and spend quality time with our kids.  Some of my favorite memories growing up are while on vacation with my family, and Sam and I want to be able to create those experiences for our kids as well.  What I love about staycations is that you get all the same benefits of a vacation, but without the dreaded travel part.  I am a little high anxiety when it comes to travel so a road trip is much more up my alley, and even better, a 20 minute trip down the coast!  Which is what we did a few weeks ago when we visited the newly renovated La Jolla Shores Hotel.  The hotel sits right on the sand overlooking the coastline.  Our room was one of the best in the house with it’s own private balcony and oceanfront view. Not only was the beach just a few steps away, but the hotel also has an awesome kid-friendly pool as well.  My kids have grown up by the ocean so in all honesty, they probably prefer the pool over the beach!  Where I on the other hand would choose the beach any day.  But I love that this hotel has the best of both worlds.

Every breakfast and dinner we ate at The Shores Restaurant.  It’s conveniently located in the hotel and opened early at 7am which was nice because my kids wake up early and HANGRY! haha.  They also offered this amazing beach BBQ cookout one night on the sand which we did, and the kids LOVED. Amazing fresh food and our own BBQ and smores kit for after.  The kids had fun chasing around all the seagulls and we got to watch the most beautiful sunset.  Life gets so busy that I often forget what a beautiful city we live in.  It was nice to be able to really savor our town and all that it has to offer with my family on this trip.  And I could not recommend The Shores Hotel more.  It was our first time there, and won’t be our last.  A great place to bring the whole family if you are looking for a family-friendly beach getaway!

 


MAGIC LINEN

New Bedding!  I’m not sure there’s much that makes me happier!  Especially when it’s in beautiful neutral linen! It just feels so cozy and relaxed to me! We just got this new bedding set from MagicLinen.  Pictured are the striped linen sheet set, natural linen duvet cover set, and 2 pom pom trim linen pillow cases.  I definitely thought Sam and I would have graduated to a King size bed by now, but here we are, 10 years and 3 kids later, and still rocking our queen ;)  We have been house hunting for longer than I’d like to admit, so I know our time is coming soon enough! haha.  Until then, I’m going to enjoy how cute our bed looks with these linens regardless of the size.  MagicLinen not only offers bedding, but they also have clothing, curtains, kitchen and table linens too!  I own a few linen table clothes that I love to use for parties and birthdays.  And they only get softer with each wash.

MagicLinen is kindly offering a discount for you guys – use code MAGIC10 for 10% off your order!  I know you’ll love it as much as I do.


Sleeping on clouds

Christmas is in two days! TWO DAYS!! How did that even happen!?  This year has gone by so quickly it’s hard to believe it’s already almost over.  In some ways I am glad it’s over as it was one of the harder years I’ve personally experienced in a long time.  It’s definitely had it’s blessings, but overall I have been struggling through mysterious health issues that I honestly have still not fully gotten to the bottom of.  Lots of doctors appointments, lots of unanswered questions and lots of pain.  It’s just been rough…and as a mom of three young kids and a full time job on top of that….when my health is struggling, it effects everyone.  One thing that has helped my sleep + chronic neck pain lately has been my new Tempurpedic cloud pillow.  I know it might sound silly but investing in a new (nice) mattress and pillows has done wonders for my sleep / body.  If you think about it, one third of our lives are spent in bed sleeping (isn’t that crazy!), so I think a good mattress and pillow are more than worth the investment!  We’ve switched out all of our pillows for the TEMPUR-Cloud pillows and today I am giving one away on my instagram (so head on over to my profile if you want to enter!)  This pillow is made of soft memory foam and has a somewhat low profile and great neck and head support.  My kids actually love it too.

Merry Christmas to you all!  I hope you are able to slow down and really savor this holiday season with your family and loved ones!

*this post is sponsored by Tempurpedic