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Updates

Well, well, well …. that was an unexpected break. Sorr-rry. Keith is now officially home for the summer, which allows me to work semi-normal hours again, but those hours fill up so quickly. You guys, there is SO MUCH happening right now. Like, really so much. First of all, I’ve moved the studio yet again – this time into the most gorgeous and bright space – and I’m sharing it with none other than my total girl crush, Dean Renaud. I’ve talked about Dean and her incredible design and event planning company South Social & Home close to a million times, and I’m so thrilled to be shacked up with her and her amazing brass shelving unit. I mean …

veronica sheaffer studio_south social and home

Isn’t it such a dream in there? I’m dying to show you more, but we have a lot to do still, and obviously we want to do a fancy shoot, etc. By the way, I posted that on Instagram forever ago – that’s really the best place to keep up with me when I disappear. Anyway, Dean is the best, and that’s only the tiniest fraction of her shelving unit, which is also the best. And the space is so amazing – we really lucked out. Hopefully this will become a place where we can both establish some roots.

So what else is new? We’ve just wrapped up with five brides, are finishing with a couple of others and are about to get started on the next round of cuties. I’m also sketching for new group of brides – all with the most incredible design aesthetics. I’m really not kidding – across the board, I get the coolest, most fashionable clients. Case in point:

veronica sheaffer custom bridal_english net gown_modern wedding

The incredible Miss Mrs. Molly in her custom, over-sized gown of English net worn with a coordinating silk taffeta midriff top and tulip-cut skirt. That’s just COOL. I cannot wait for the professional photos to come in, because the drape of that dress really is the limit – you have to see the light shine through to get the full ‘ohmigod’ effect. In the meantime, thanks to @kixnwhips86 on Instagram, from whom I stole this image. Amazing florals by Foxglove Studio, ps.

And … guess who was also married recently. Very excited to get THOSE pictures back as well.

We’ve been moving along so quickly this year, that I haven’t had much opportunity to take you along in the process, but I hope to change that soon. Among other things. Ohmigod, you guys, something is a-brewing!

 

 

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Draped, Chiffon Goddess Gown for Rachel

I haven’t talked much about my custom brides this year – definitely NOT because I’m not completely in love with them and their amazing dresses, but because I’m no longer a one-woman-show. And while that makes me infinitely better adjusted, with room to fill my days with other things that make me crazy and busy, it means it’s no longer just me and a dress until the wee-hours. And so when I do get my hands on the dresses, and they’re being fitted onto their adorable owners, I get all wrapped up in the moment and forget to document. Well, I remembered earlier this week, and ohmigod. But first, a peek at the sketch I did for this gorgeous bride, Rachel …

chiffon draped wedding bridal gown sketch by veronica sheaffer

Rachel is getting married outside at a rustic, indie location and when we first met, and I heard about the wedding, all I could picture was this tall, elegant woman gliding around in the sunshine, draped in chiffon and loose florals. Woodland GODDESS. And when she said she was going to go bold with color, I could have kissed her on the mouth.

Yes. A million times yes.

And what color do you think she chose?

custom bridal gown fitting _ veronica sheaffer

Hint: I couldn’t help myself, and posted this in color on Instagram. Aren’t you dying to see it in all of its glory? And don’t you want to hug that little girl in the mirror??

I can’t wait to show you this stunner when all of the draping is in place. Total, TOTAL show stopper.

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Fashion Show Announcement!

This is a super busy time for me (when am I not saying that?) because I’m in the throes of designing and stitching together the new collection. And. Holy. Smokes. I love it so much, I can barely stand it. I’m so not kidding. Here’s a sneak peek:

veronica sheaffer lace bridal gown

I totally shouldn’t even be showing that, but I’m so dang excited, I can’t help myself. There is a lace/shimmer/ribbon/chiffon love fest happening over here, with me in the center of it all, and I’m so completely overwhelmed by my own excitement. This is what designing a collection should feel like – it’s just an absolute joy every time I get my hands on these materials, and it doesn’t bother me at all that I have only a few short weeks to get everything together for the photoshoot. I want to spend ALL of my time sewing – I just can’t wait to see everything come to life, and I can’t wait to share everything with you. And I’m so super thrilled that it’s going to happen on a RUNWAY.
chicago bridal fashion show 2014That’s right! I’m showing all of the gorgeous new stuff in the Blush Bridal Fashion Show APRIL 27th at a gorgeous new event space in Chicago. I mean … this is some pretty fancy stuff, you guys. I do not exaggerate. Champagne, sweets, bridal gowns by some of the best Chicago bridal designers, all at Chez – a new, and completely amazing, event space:

chez event space chicagoI mean … YES. Obviously. And tickets just went on sale! I really. really. really. REALLY want you guys to come out for this. First, I want to see your cute faces, and second, I WANT TO SHOW YOU THE NEW COLLECTION. With all of the drama of a runway show, you know? And duh, this will be so much fun. Early Bird tickets just went on sale, so you can save some cash if you buy now (and if you really want to throw down, grab yourself a VIP ticket, get more-than-a-little tipsy on champagne and come backstage and get a big ol’ hug and kiss from yours-truly).

Space is limited – please order right away!

And tell them Veronica Sheaffer sent you. *wink*

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Kitchen Progress: Part 1

Sooo ….

Do you remember the ‘Before’ shot of our kitchen?

hideous kitchen beforeMy eyes! My EYES!

Well. It’s getting better

kitchen progress

At least, it’s starting to look clean anyway. It’s inevitable that a kitchen is going to acquire some grease. And some dust will gather in that grease. But there is nothing grosser than scrubbing someone else’s dusty grease accumulation. *gag*

So far, we have:

  • ripped out the upper cabinets
  • primed the lower cabinets
  • replaced the countertops
  • replaced the sink
  • replaced the faucet
  • patched and primed the wall
  • installed cabinets against the other wall (not pictured)
  • removed the cabinets going into the dining room and replaced them with one tall pantry cabinet

And now we have to actually make the space look NICE and FANCY. One thing I can’t wait to do is get the floating shelf in place. That will go the full length of the wall above the sink, and I’ll store our everyday dishes there, freeing up some much-needed space elsewhere.

Then all of the cabinets need to be painted, and quite frankly, after getting them primed, I’m now completely convinced I need to replace the doors entirely. I hate that extra bit of trim on them – they’re too fussy.

The fancy stuff will come in with the gold hardware and super modern brass light fixtures. I’m also toying with some different backsplashes, but still undecided as of yet. I’m thinking something “mirrored”.

The whole thing has been super DIY, which I don’t mind, but I’m so ready for this project to be DONE. I just want a clean, uncluttered kitchen already. My goal is to have it all finished by spring, so that I can then focus my attention on the porch. If only the baby was more patient on painting days. I’m wishing so hard for a “let’s finish your torn-up kitchen!” contest. And that I actually won contests.

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A ‘Before’ Tour

Ohmigod. It’s like this baby KNOWS when I’m trying to take a moment for my dang self. She was fast asleep, I opened up the “Add New Post” page and she woke up crying. For no reason. Which she never does. THIS is why I never get to blog anymore, you guys.

But she’s so incredibly cute and sweet, so it’s okay.

I’ve been dying to share what I’ve been up to in our new home, but you can just read that opening section over and over again and draw your own conclusions. I’m feeling overwhelmed with the whole baby/work/decorating balance, but every now and then I’m able to pat myself on the back for what I’ve accomplished in the last month. (When I’m not feeling like a huge failure for not doing more. What? You already know I’m a freak. Normal, well-adjusted people do not need to write blogs.) Anyway, I have found a moment, so here we go!

Living Room

ivory black living room _ paned windows _ french doors _ boxwood wreath

 

ivory black living room _ simple fireplace _ paned windows

ikea besta billy

Keith installed the Ikea bookshelves (like a pro, might I add – ’cause he was one), and I styled ‘em up. That’s actually a pretty complicated task when you use your bookshelves for BOOKS and not just pretty things. Where is everyone else putting their books? Baffling. Anyway, we still have to add the trim to make them proper “built-ins” but for now they’re doing the job and I straight-up love ‘em.

I’m in the process of painting the television cabinet a deep, inky black (no more red) and I have to paint the top to our new coffee table, and then we have to hang the sprockety death star thingy in front of the fireplace. And I want to recover the bentwood chair seats and hang a few things on the walls, but all-in-all I’m super happy with the direction of this room.

Bathroom

1920s subway tile bathroom

I totally love this room. Even though it needs some replacement tiles and paint clean-up, it’s so airy and it makes me feel like a million bucks. The sink faucet appears to be shot, so I bought this one as a replacement. I also love that.

Poppy’s Bedroom

floral babys room

I have done nothing in here but try to keep it tidy. I have plans, but she doesn’t even sleep in here yet, so whatever. I’m anxious to get some stuff done, but I have to pick and choose. She crabbed at me the entire time I installed her ONE roman shade, so I’m not too eager to listen to her nag while I make the other one.

She really is so sweet, for real. She just wants me to stare into her eyes and not worry about window treatments, because she is SMART.

Master Bedroom

greek key carpet remnant rug

Everything is changing, so I’m just showing you our new rug. This lunatic, ridiculous, MAJESTIC rug. I love this thing so hard. It’s a carpet remnant that I got for less than $200 with the binding and delivery (it’s 11×11 ft). It’s totally a weirdo hotel ballroom border carpet, and even though I now have to completely redo everything else in the room, I have not one single regret. It makes me want to float around in a silky robe and spray perfume into the air. By the way, this amazing tufted headboard is on my to-do list.

Dining Room

butlers pantry _ dining room built-ins painted white

I’ve got one coat of paint on the walls, but I couldn’t get a good shot of it this morning, so I’m just showing this wall today. And I have some serious plans for these built-ins. The hardware has been purchased, I just need an hour to drill all new holes. And then a few more hours to fill the existing ones and paint over them. It will be glorious. I’d also love to have mirror cut for the backsplash at some point, but that’s a future project.

As is the rest of this post. Looks like a two-parter, my friends. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the joint!

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Spring 2014 Collection: Sneak Peek!

Ohmigosh, you guys, babies take up so much time. Waaah. Never getting anything done ever again. Although … I have been getting something pretty major done, and it’s magnificent. I can’t wait to tell you about it! But I’m a little superstitious about sharing really amazing stuff before it’s a done deal, so we’ll talk about that later. Just know: IT’S AMAZING.

It’s not another baby.

I’ve also been working on the next collection – another reason for lots of excitement around here. We did the photo shoot last week, and … YES. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such truly talented people. Take a look at these super fun behind-the-scenes shots that I took:

Veronica Sheaffer Bridal 2014 Collection Sneak Peek

Pretty! I mean, these are just MY photos – wait until you see Billy Rood’s amazing photography! I was really inspired by the ’60s for this collection, and we went for a sort of late-60s/early-70s saturated tone for this campaign. I love it SO MUCH. Doesn’t Danielle look like a french movie star? Also, balloons are way more fun than I ever remember them being as a kid. Go get yourself some.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the full reveal, which will happen soon  –  I can’t wait to show you these dresses!

[Model: Danielle Maddox; Hair/Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago]

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Another Blush Heartbreaker

Yay, it’s Friday!

I have no idea why I continue to get excited about weekends, ’cause I still end up working through them all of the time. I should be more excited about Wednesdays, because that’s usually when I get my break, but then I’m always going to the doctor. P.S. I totally forgot to tell you that I passed that glucose test I was forever complaining about, so … CAKE!

Anyway, I’m rushing, but I couldn’t wait to show you this:

blush draped wedding gown _ veronica sheaffer custom bridal

YES.

Wait until you see the rest of it. There will be lace. There will be chiffon scarves. And there will be love hangovers. Guaranteed.

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