Pinch me!

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I could hardly sleep last night because I was so excited for today! I popped out of bed early for one final cleaning of the studio and a few last minute additions to the walls before the art walk. At 10a, the balloons and signs went up outside my door, and I started distributing stickers on each visitor's map- those who received a sticker from each studio was entered to win a raffle.

I would say, in the 6 hour span of the walk, I easily had 100 visitors. I was very humbled by the kind people, many of whom gasped when they rounded the corner at the top of the stairs and peeked in the studio (a few asked if they could move in!). Everyone offered their congratulations and "welcome to the neighborhood," as well as tips for great brunch spots and neighborhood organizations to join. Mothers with not-yet-engaged daughters tucked my business cards into their purses with a wink. People marveled at the artwork, the beautiful light in the space, and the yummy cupcakes (yes, the mini version of my birthday party treats- I'm hooked!). It was a long day, but boy, what a great way to introduce emilie inc. to the East End and kick off the official wedding season.

Once the tour wrapped up, J and I headed to dinner at Flatbread with the emilie inc. associates and their families. What a treat to spend an evening with Geneve, Steve & Sage, and Wyndee, Pete, Olivia & Chloe. Really looking forward to working with you!

Here are a few pictures of today's set-up with the studio's finished look! Some of you may recognize photos of yourself on my walls!




















The work area is ready with an empty desk for a studio manager when I am ready to expand.

One observant (and obviously very hip) visitor exclaimed, "Wow! You have the cool 'American Idol' stools!!" :)



Mmmmm.... Two Fat Cats Bakery is dangerously close to the studio, just two blocks away.





L to R: (excuse the p&s red-eye): Geneve, Sage, me, Olivia, Wyndee and Chloe.

I'll never pass up the opportunity to hold a baby!


My heart is very full tonight. As cliche as it sounds, I feel so very lucky to be making my dream a reality. Thank you, everyone!! xo

44 comments:

  1. what an incredible space! i'm envious!

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  2. Emilie, your new studio space looks absolutely stunning! Wow. I can't wait to come up and visit y'all again and see it in person. Congrats!

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  3. Wow, it looks amazing - inviting and cozy, yet not overbearing. And those chairs are absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on all your hard work.

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  4. Emilie!!

    It looks amazing! I'm so excited for you. Congrats on dreams coming true!

    jenn

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  5. Your studio is perfect! Congratulations!

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  6. Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! You should be very proud and it's not cliche - you have to follow your heart! Hope one day I'll visit in person!

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  7. It's amazing to have seen and been part of the process...your space is just like you sweets--gorgeous! I am so looking forward to many good times and successful meetings in the studio :)

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  8. Wow Emilie, this looks amazing! I am so happy for you :)

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  9. Congratulations Emilie! We are so excited for you :)

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  10. I am so proud of you! It looks so beautiful! I just want to come and enjoy the luxury of sitting in such a beautiful place! What a wonderful reflection of your art.

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  11. Mark Gardner1:35 AM

    Emilie-

    The space looks great! Much Success!

    -Mark

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  12. Emilie, you have invested both heart and soul into this project and we are very proud to see your dreams realized. What a wonderful journey...

    And I have to say: that's the coolest upholstery on the chairs in your sitting area! :)

    Rachel

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  13. Very impressive! LOVE the furniture you have such great taste. COngrats!
    Cyndi

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  14. I'm so sorry we weren't able to make the trip. It looks absolutely amazing!!! I am so proud of you and I can't wait to become your studio manager ;-) Many, many hugs and kisses. Kara

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  15. Wow! What a transformation. And I thought it was cool prior to all of your work. I LOVE it! The images look stunning, and it is obvious how much love you put into the whole project.
    ;)tabitha

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  16. Emilie! Beautiful and Classy!!! Congratulations!

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  17. Your new space looks amazing! Glad to see that everything got there in time for the Art Walk. When do we (me and my man Henry roll together) got to see it in person?

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  18. It's gorgeous! I'm so excited for you! Congrats!!

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  19. I was swelling with pride and excitement for you as I read through your post. Your brand and studio are a beautiful reflection of your spirit. What a wonderful and peaceful person to have in ones presence. I can tell that your studio gives the same feel. I agree with Mark...we all need to come see the new digs.

    Much love....

    Katie, Chris and Asia

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  20. B-E-A-UTIFUL!!!!
    My heavens this makes me smile. Goregeousness abounds!... you have done such a beautiful job, and I think your passion in this project is so incredibly obvious through those photos.

    um, and can I just marvel at your chair fabric a little longer?? YUM!!

    xoxo

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  21. Stunning as usual. No less from the great Emilie! (PS, I didn't know we were on your WALL too, I'm blushing!). :)

    Congrats to you!

    Stef and Tom

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  22. Love what you've done with the place... Congrats!!

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  23. leigh miller11:55 AM

    emilie! just wonderful. i love it. so nice seeing you in vegas again. congrats :)

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  24. Anonymous1:05 PM

    WOW! Way to go little sis! We are very excited for you! The studio space is beautiful-can't wait to see it in person. Love, Kate

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  25. Beautiful Emilie!!! Congratulations!! We're so happy for you! - katrina

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  26. Emilie:

    All I can say is WOW. Congratulations on such a wonderful studio!

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  27. anil tohani6:15 PM

    wow emille your space is lovely! I wish you all the best my darling and good luck

    Anil T

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  28. Anonymous6:35 PM

    Emmi-Lou,

    It's gorgeous!! I can't wait to see it all in person. Maybe August? When we're in Maine for a wedding? We'll talk before then for sure. But I LOVE your space; I'm so impressed. Who would have known that girl who always had a camera attached to her hand in jr. high and high school could make herself into this incredible, respected photographer. I'm still honored to be one of your first friends, one of your first wedding photography clients. Congratulations!!

    Ali

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  29. LOVE IT!!! I am coming to visit as soon as I get to Portland!!!

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  30. totally inspiring. One day I will have a cool studio in brown and blue, of course. It looks fabulous daarling. I know it was a tremendous amount of work and it must be awesome to see this come to life.

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  31. congratulations! the studio is amazing. shawn and i are both so happy for you!

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  32. patricia8:57 AM

    bravo! looking forward to meeting you when you're on the cape this summer...

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  33. Carlos Baez10:01 AM

    The space is awesome. I am jealous.
    Can't wait to visit and answer your phones for you. All the best.

    Carlos Baez
    www.carlosbae.com

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  34. I just popped on to see what you have been up to ... and WOW! CONGRATULATIONS!! It is absolutely breathtaking! You did an incredible job and deserve every bit of success that this will surely bring your way! Best wishes and here's to many happy and fruitful years! YAY!! Hugs!
    Cara Finnegan

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  35. Nice job Em!
    Beautiful!

    Can't wait to see it in person.

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  36. The space looks absolutely amazing! I love everything about it! It is the beautiful pictures you have taken which absolutely make it. All our best!!

    Sara and Tom Maida

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  37. emilie... i can't say enough great things about what you've accomplished! you have done an amazing job with everything from your canvas's to the furniture- everything!!!!!

    i hope to one day check it out for myself :)

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  38. Anonymous1:43 PM

    Em, WOW...the studio looks fabulous. Oh, I would like to apply for the Studio Manager position......
    Love, P.

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  39. There are no words!!! SO happy for you!!! Enjoy the elation- you've earned every nanosecond of it!!!

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  40. What a transformation of the studio space Em! I didn't realize that it was such a make-over. Thanks again for dinner at Flatbread--love the photos! ;). Fun chatting with J too. Looking forward to many fun emilie moments! Hugs!!! Geneve, Steve & Sage

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  41. Em, I think you are blocking an emergency exit with that new managers desk per IBC 5500.4.3.2. We'll have to check with the inspector on that.

    LOOKS GREAT! would love to check it out on wknd of june 21-22. what country will you be in then?
    -Nat and Abigail

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  42. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your studio is beautiful and very inspirational.

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  43. Clicked over from Blog Nosh Magazine to say -- that is one ROCKSTAR studio.

    Have a feeling you will do amazing things there.

    Congrats!

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