Posts by Shelly Beauvais (page 2)
I feel so flattered to have been chosen as one of the newest Rejuvenation employees. I first discovered Rejuvenation back in 1996, as a fresh college graduate at my first corporate position. The Grand store was a short hop from my Portland office, so often at lunch, co-workers and I would sneak over for a bite to eat at the Daily Café. We'd roam the store, being inspired by the beautiful period-authentic pieces while making our (future!) home wish-lists at the same time. Over the years I kept stopping in, and with time saved a box full of catalogs that still reside on my bookshelf (that came in handy when interviewing!). So I think you can say that I've nearly always loved this brand. As Rejuvenation's Creative Director, I hope to be able to bring my love of photography, design & writing to you - so that you too will want to savor & collect all that makes you love & feel connected to our brand. The product, the imagery, the voice. There are so many lovely things we have to share with you!
While my professional background has always been design centric, my specialty has been in the fashion industry for the bulk of my career; with special focus on directing fashion photography shoots, print design, and color & trend forecasting. I have appreciated interior design and lighting all along – with fond memories of my mother bringing me antiquing weekend after weekend in Seattle where I spent my early years. Nowadays, I have found that my personal aesthetic is likely more accurately described as Neo–Traditional. I love mixing my antique and period authentic finds with more modern lines and beautiful color.
In my 'off' time, I relish travel & discovering new things. I have a love of reading, printed books and the smell of libraries. I write as time permits for my own blog, as well as for another internationally recognized design blog – and design art prints for a studio in London. I love the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone probably more than I should.
2 truths + a lie
- My father first put a paint brush and a set of oils in my hands at age seven.
- I always keep a picnic blanket in my car, just in case the opportunity arises.
- I wear a watch on the weekends.
Sometimes even the hardest working folks need a little break and a little fresh air. What better way to get the creative juices flowing again than a quick bike ride with a co-worker at lunch?! We’re lucky here at Rejuvenation to have a fleet of bikes and the gear you need for any employee to check out & take for a spin…
You just have to sign in & out,
and promise to follow the rules – check!
And not block the parking area for the bikes,
or HR could come looking for you.
Then just choose your bike & helmet combo,
Maybe have Maud (our copywriter) help
Shelly (our creative director) adjust her helmet.
It was stuck, I swear.Then we were off & running, um biking, to our
lunch time destination in Northwest Portland.
We made it…library books safely returned on time.
And two Rejuvenation employees refreshed & ready
to finish up some exciting projects headed your way!
Very shortly our Fall Resource guide should be showing up in your mailbox – and we have just been itching to share with you our new Alexandra fixture with its gadrooned shade. It’s lovely – and was so fun to design a room around for its debut! But getting to that final interior design can be a little messy (but in our defense, it’s a very organized messy!)…the props & design inspiration can often take over a whole set-up room.
Although we do much planning prior to shooting our fixtures, some details can only be pulled together at the last minute. Like exactly what white plates should be on the table, or which plants (fresh from the florist or farmer’s market that morning) will add that just-right finishing touch…
And time permitting, we might even style the room two ways…
We were all quite pleased with our latest fixture launch – and hope you will enjoy it too. Breakfast (or party prep) anyone? What version do you like best?
Are you like me and distracted by lighting & vintage details wherever you go? The beauty of antique lighting stops me in my tracks every time.
After a wonderful stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel in Southern Oregon, I realized I had collected quite a nice array of photos of their vintage lighting decor…
Talk about grand chandeliers…
These lovelies sported a bit of a Moroccan theme I loved:
And I kept trying to figure out (to no avail!) how to get this little fixture home with me…
I did manage a few other non-lighting snapshots during the trip,
but the album didn’t seem complete without documenting these treasures.
As a designer at heart, I am always on the lookout for inspiration – inspiration for color, for propping, for catalog themes. Often that means taking the time to pop into a new boutique or museum, road side fruit stand – the Farmer’s market. Everything around us is fair game to freshen up the day-to-day & spark a new idea. So from time to time, I’ll share my favorite stops along the way to the office in Portland.
This week I made a detour to hit an old favorite, Ink & Peat home + floral on Mississippi. Despite the clouds outside, it felt like a bright summer afternoon inside.