Through Wedding Workspaces, we are showcasing Hampton Roads-based wedding pros and where they create throughout the week when not on location for a wedding. Weddings never are one-day gigs; it typically takes months and days to be part of that special celebration... so we might as well feel cozy for the day in, day out tasks!
And today, we have wedding coordinator and vendor fam Jill Brown of Sunkissed Events and Design and her funky chic home office space in Virginia Beach. Through leopard print and touches of gold, black and white, this cat-loving designer has made her work space not only fabulous, but practical.
What was your inspiration for the space?
The inspiration for my office is really all things that I love like leopard print, gold, and black and white. I wanted a clean look but still funky with my own twist on things.
Give three adjectives to describe how you want your clients to feel coming into your workspace.
Since it's a home office, I actually don't conduct initial consultations here, but I do often have meetings in my office once my clients and I start working together. It's no secret that I'm a cat mom, so it's always good to first find out whether my clients mind my little furry supervisors.
I want my space to be more of a representation of all that's important to me, professionally and personally. I wish I had enough wall space for all of my couples' photos because at the end, that's what I love-- meeting them, getting to know them, and helping them enjoy a memorable moment in their lives! I have a sliver of a wall left so I will be working on adding a few more. ;)
What's your favorite part of the workspace?
The photo of my Mother and me when I was little. First, it's my favorite photo of us, and second, she once told me to find something I love and do it-- she's my inspiration. (It's why I have that "Do what you love" mug!) She has always supported me through every avenue in my life.
Do you have any interesting locally based details in your workspace?
I am sort of a picker and finder. I always find things at the craziest places and end up turning them into something. I found my chair at a thrift shop in Norfolk and refurbished it. The white milk glass dish I found at an antique store in Norfolk, and the Fenton cat (CAT MOM!) from Barrett's Antiques in Virginia Beach. Of course, TJ Maxx is the mecca for picture frames.
Have any personal stories of designing, building, or creating?
I always thought I wanted to incorporate the color coral. I don't know why but the more I really started designing my space, the more I realized I loved the simplicity of the three colors of gold, black, and white. I am really attracted to patterns and textures, so I knew I wanted the blend of those. Sometimes it just takes time to find the right pieces and finesse it all together. I've been working on the office since we moved in about two years ago. The wedding photos really brought it all together for me as my design focal point.
The "Amazing Ideas That Will Change the World" notebook on my desk was given to me by a dear friend who has supported my business, and it's something that I will always cherish.
You can get to know Jill and her wedding happenings on Facebook and fun everyday, kitty-filled life captures on Instagram.
Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography