I have been following Emily at Ever After Press on instagram (I am warning you, its envy inducing) for quite a while, it was only recently I plucked up the courage to ask if I could blog her stationery. I adore her work, the colour palettes are always perfect, her calligraphy is just beautiful and her design work is so on trend. I hope you enjoy getting to know a little more about the lady behind the brand.
(Thirty under Thirty will be uploaded tomorrow, as you may have seen on twitter I have had a rather hectic 24hrs involving smashed windows and the policia)
Where do you find the inspiration for your designs?
I find design inspiration all over the place, both online and when I’m out and about, which is why I’m such a big fan of Instagram and Pinterest. It’s great to be able to share your visual aesthetic in such a visual and immediate way, although I feel like what I’m into design wise is constantly evolving. I read a lot of blogs on many different types of design, from Scandinavian interiors to photography and how to master a minimal capsule wardrobe. I designed an invitation suite recently inspired by the ongoing trend for marble in interiors. Another recent invitation suite was inspired by Dutch painting and was a chance to explore a moodier, more dramatic palette which was really fun to do. When working on a bespoke design I am normally guided by my clients plans for their day and their personal style as a couple, but I hope to also expand my personalised collection soon with some new designs which will be more trend led. It’s great to get the best of both worlds. I’m also inspired by textures and textile design, photography and architecture. Living in Paris, you are constantly surrounded by beautiful details, as well as a great wedding industry community.
I’m also constantly inspired and supported by my wonderful husband James, he always believes in me and chats through work with me, even when he’s had a really long day at the office, which means a lot when you are working on your own – sometimes it’s really good to get another perspective.
How did you come to live in Paris?
It was completely unplanned and out of the blue really! After University I lived in Dubai for 7 years where I met my husband. We then moved to London for just over 2 years and my husbands work then brought us to Paris. Working for myself meant that I could continue with Ever After Press from Paris, as although my French is really shocking (rusty GCSE level-I really want to find time to learn properly)! …most of my clients are international so language isn’t an issue.
What is a typical work day for you like?
Every day is different, which I really love. I tend to start work slightly later than normal as I work from home, but I do often end up working late at night and sometimes at weekends.
I get up at the same time as my husband and either have a healthy breakfast of yoghurt, berries and chia seeds, or if it’s the weekend or we’re up early enough, we head to our favourite local café for pain au chocolat and a crème. I then start replying to emails in my little studio and working on my client work for the day. It could be anything from putting moodboards together for a wedding client, working on stationery designs, artworking files to be foiled or letterpressed, or preparing something special by hand for a styled shoot. I also love to work on branding and web design for small companies and start ups with a feminine or luxury aesthetic. I often chat with clients over Facetime as they tend to be pretty global. Around lunchtime I’ll either make something quick at home if I’m really busy, or meet a friend or work related contact for coffee and cake (I have a weakness for Ladurée)! I try to get out for a walk in the afternoon now that the weather’s so great: I live right between Trocadero (which has a great view of the Eiffel Tower), and the Champs Élysées, but I also love popping into the Bois de Boulogne, a huge wood with beautiful boating lakes, which is also nearby (sometimes with a detour past my favourite local pet shop which has the cutest puppies)! Then it’s back to work for a few more hours, until meeting friends for rosé on a terrace or for a picnic, steak frites with my husband or a cosy night in with Netflix.
What are 3 of your favourite things?
Fresh peonies, ranunculus or white hydrangeas
My husband’s carbonara
Weekend train trips exploring France, seeking out brocantes and wine tasting – Provence, Bordeaux, Champagne, Biarritz, the Cote D’Azur
Follow Emily on instagram, her feed is addictive. Not only is it filled with her beautiful stationery but also her life in Paris.
Also visit her website to see more of her work. So gutted my wedding has been and gone…I need to find an excuse to have some Ever After Press pretty in my life!