The Project Cottage Power Meetings

Allyson and I have been very busy the past couple of weeks. In addition to strong and steady business we actually squeaked out a few hours to design some coordinating sets of framed prints. I absolutely love it when the stars align and we have some design time!

Typically we design after we have one of our power meetings where we throw out ideas and both get excited about something. First I should tell you about our unconventional business meetings. We are incredibly lucky because we live on the coast and we have a 9 mile island that is protected by the federal government about 1/4 mile from our dock. I would have to say that most of our very best ideas have developed while sitting on the beautiful sandy beach of Masonboro Island.

Masonboro Island is the largest undisturbed barrier island along the southern part of the North Carolina coast and is located approximately five miles southeast of Wilmington.

Masonboro Island is the largest undisturbed barrier island along the southern part of the North Carolina coast and is located approximately five miles southeast of Wilmington.

 

Last week we had a warm sunny day and the kids were in school so we kayaked over, walked a couple of miles and then it was time to get down to business. We begin these sessions by getting really comfortable in our beach chairs, crack open a beer, whip out our pen and pads and start brainstorming. It’s such a great place to get coastal inspiration and typically if it’s a weekday we are the only people out there!

We get a little exercise, beach time and once we are fully relaxed we talk business. Last week as we were throwing around ideas we started talking about kid prints. We make dozens of custom print sets for kids rooms every month and feel like the possibilities are endless. We’ve also seen a LOT of kid bathroom prints so we started there. We threw around a few ideas and came up with some really cool sketches as a start. We wanted prints that would work for young children as well as teen decor so the challenge was figuring out prints that weren’t too babyish and would work for all age kids. Our next topic was coming up with a few more surf printsNautical and surf decor is still really hot and we want to ride that wave! So we came up with a few slogans, talked about color combos and once again we noted our ideas and then it was time to pack it up and get back to go pick up the kids.

I started making frames and Al started her graphic magic. It still amazes me how we can easily convey our ideas to each other and somehow end up with the same vision. Al came back to the studio after dinner with some prints she had been working on and I was beyond thrilled. We went back and forth a bit on colors but she NAILED it! I finished up the frames, she started printing and by the next morning I was ready for a photo shoot! So that’s our secret to success, 3 hours away from civilization on a deserted island. Below are a few pictures of some of the sets we designed. We have already sold a couple and are still fine tuning a few other sets. Let us know if you have any ideas or would like a custom set for your house! We love an excuse to have to have one of our “power meetings”!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

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