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Modern Living Room Decor Ideas

We love the look of a well-lived home, but every so often we’re seduced by the clean and sleek aesthetic of a minimalist living space. If only it were as easy as hitting the reset button! Modern room design that stays functional can be deceptively difficult to achieve. Thankfully, Amanda of The Fashionable Hostess shares her expertise with eight helpful tips to give your living room a modern, minimalist look.

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How To Calligraphy Envelopes + A Giveaway

Ashley Buzzy is giving us tips on how to address envelopes in the most beautiful of ways. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4 and with a little practice, your snail mail will be looking just as pretty as these images by Kathryn McCrary. But if you’re still needing a more in-depth how-to, lucky you, we have a giveaway to one of her upcoming workshops below! And if you missed it, check out her latest workshop right here.

instructions step-1 Draw your baselines. These lines will help keep your envelope organized, and provide consistency in a large group of similar envelopes – like for wedding invitations!

step-2 Write the basics of the address. You can write all the information in the same size, or play with making some elements larger or smaller – like the street address and zip code!

step-3 Once your address is dry, erase your guidelines. They will start to get distracting when you add flourishes.

step-4 Flourish away! Add swashes and embellishments wherever you want – it’s also visually nice if there’s some symmetry to your flourishes, or if certain loops mirror each other.

Ashley Buzzy Lettering Workshop

At the Ashley Buzzy Lettering Workshop, you’ll learn the basics of typography, calligraphy and hand-lettering. We’ll go through a full supply kit and discuss a variety of calligraphy tools and how to use them. We also cover how to mix and use gouache, white, metallic and colored inks in your projects. You’ll get plenty of supervised practice time and, at the end of the day, learn how to bring your designs into the computer for digital editing. Basic supplies for this class are provided! You will get: a sketchpad, brush markers, an oblique pen holder, assorted nibs, containers of ink, a letterpress practice guide, pencils and always a few surprise goodies! (This kit is valued at appx. $100)

Upcoming Workshop Locations :

Nashville, Tennesse at Deavor

Little Rock, Arkansas with Zimmerman Events 

Dallas, Texas with Design Roots at WELD

Seattle, Washington with Coco + Kelley

Atlanta, Georgia (May and July) at our home studio

Los Angeles, California with Alissa Bell Press and Darling Magazine

Austin, Texas with May Designs

Toronto, Ontario with Blush and Bloom

New York City at The Sky Gallery with Cadence Kennedy

All skill levels are welcome! Beginners will get a little more one-on-one time and intermediate/advanced students will get time to ask questions and edit their work. Classes are offered during the spring and summer across the country! Visit Ashley’s workshop registration page to find an upcoming class near you!

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Photography: Kathryn McCrary | Calligraphy: Ashley Buzzy | Location: Press Shop

The Art of Hand Lettering

Kathryn McCrary knows a lot of talented ladies; from the painters to the crafters of beautiful hand lettering (ahem Ashley Buzzy we’re talking about you). It might be an Atlanta thing or a creative people flock together thing. But, whatever the case, we love to catch a glimpse of these talents at work. Have a look at Ashley’s Lettering Workshop and stay tuned for a tutorial + awesome giveaway up next.

From Ashley… I started teaching workshops in the summer of 2014. It really came to me by request: a lot of my current clients were interested in what I did and curious to see if they could do it too. I knew I wasn’t the best calligrapher in the world, so I made sure that it was a class for beginners: basics that I knew I could teach. I held my first class at my studio with a few flower arrangements I made myself and a high priority on making sure everyone had a mimosa. My thought process was that calligraphy is harder and more frustrating than anyone expects, and I wanted the students to have fun, take in some beauty and enjoy themselves while they worked.

What I didn’t know is what teaching would spark inside of me. I realized that teaching calligraphy made everything in my own heart and mind click into place. I learned how to explain what I did, which made me realize different ways that I could be doing it better. It made me eager to seek more information so that I could give those students as much knowledge as possible. It cut through the fog of competition and comparison that so many artists struggle with. I wasn’t working against these people, I was coming alongside them. Their victories had something to do with me. I helped! I’ll never forget the first time that feeling washed over me – from that point onward I realized: I am a teacher.

Coming from a weddings and events background, I am also a hostess. I thought if I subjected my students to six hours of calligraphy drills, I wanted to treat them with surprises in their supply kits, amazing food at lunch, fresh cinnamon-covered doughnuts, the good coffee, and yes – more champagne. From that, traditions were born! My assistant and I have now hosted ten workshops to date, and we always eat, pop some bubbly, and get to know the people who learn with us. This experience has introduced me to some of the most beautifully creative people, it’s motivated me to travel to meet them and it’s improved and inspired my work like nothing else has. It motivated us to move into a beautiful new space in Atlanta where we could have people over for pour-over coffee and some good old shop-talk. I sincerely can’t wait to meet the people who take our classes this year – the adventure awaits!

Photography: Kathryn McCrary | Food: Homespun | Artist/Host: Ashley Buzzy | Dessert: Sugar and Slate | Dessert: Sugar and Slate | Drinks: Reuben Bidez | Florals: Martha McIntosh | Location: Foster