14 September 2012

Studio Time: Stephanie Saunders

This week I wanted to share a fairly recent project with you all, which a lot of you may have already seen me mention on our Facebook or Twitter pages. Stephanie Saunders is a floral design company, which focusses on high-end arrangements, and a quality service. Stephanie Saunders provides floral design for weddings, funerals, corporate events and special occasions.

Stephanie came to us a while ago with a dream, and after a thorough briefing over a coffee, the ball began rolling with her brand development. From logo and colour palette, to letterheads and promotional cards - and most recently a website and social pages - this was a fantastic project to work on, which really allowed us to gain maximum brand consistency for her.

Stephanie wanted a look that encompassed everything she strived for with her new business - namely quality, elegance and style.

The colour palette was very heavily based on earthy tones, to reflect her work - as was the stock for 
her stationery, which was an off-white, uncoated, recycled stock, giving a very natural feel.

For Stephanie's envelopes, we had a brass stamp made of the icon part of her logo, which carried the luxury feel onto her thick, quality envelopes. This was used with a silver wax, to match her palette.

For her website, that luxury feel and ease of use were at the forefront of the design. The feel of the website was taken straight across her social pages, for consistency. After a tutorial on her social pages, Stephanie was all set to embark on getting her personality out there to the masses - and what a natural she is! Why not pop on over and find out more about Stephanie and her already very successful new business - I know that she would really appreciate your support...

Check out her Blog
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As ever, our clients reaction is always the best bit of any project, and Stephanie's feedback couldn't 
have been better. This is what she had to say:

From my first email conversation, your understanding of my situation and your guidance regarding everything I needed to start was superb. I feel you really understood everything I wanted from my brand and really grasped the concept of 'Stephanie Saunders'. Throughout the entire process you provided excellent expertise and transformed my dreams into reality. Here's to the future of 'Stephanie Saunders' and a blossoming relationship with Leaff!

If you would like to talk to us about your brand - whether you are a new business in need of a brand that reflects you, or an existing one in need of a refresh - please get in touch as we would love to help!

07 September 2012

The one, the only, 'Cottontails Baby'...

Incase you haven't already heard of Cottontails Baby, it is the toy shop that dreams are made of; independent, traditional and utterly charming.

Owned by Charlotte and her beautiful bunny Humphrey, Cottontails Baby is based in the countryside of rural Herefordshire, where the headquarters are really something in themselves; picture a traditional wooden summer house, perched underneath the shady tress of a gorgeous garden - where ducks roam and bird nest boxes are always full.

Focussed on special products and gifts for babies and young children, Cottontails Baby really delivers on quality throughout its range. Being the recommended UK retailer for the famous big brand Moulin Roty, Cottontails Baby has earned itself quite a reputation! Also stocking product ranges from Maileg, Gluckskafer, Ostheimer, Ragtales, many UK makers, and soon Trousselier too, Cottontails Baby really is a hub for quality, specialist toy makers.

Currently being pregnant myself, I very much adopt the same attitude towards products for the nursery, that Cottontails Baby has - buying a few really special items that will last and inspire for years to come, rather than buying lots of cheap, low quality products from high street stores. I would much rather spend my money on really special things from an independent shop, where my money will go further and where I am keeping business local. With this in mind, I will share with you a selection of the products at Cottontails Baby, that are currently inspiring my wish list - needless to say, some of these will certainly end up in our nursery!

What is more, Cottontails Baby is currently running a 15% discount on all products until midnight tonight - just enter code 'Blackberry' at the checkout to claim yours!

Aside from this exquisite selection, there is so much more on the shop to drool over - Cottontails Baby is always updating their collections, and soon will come the time for their Christmas range to be launched, which is always ridiculously beautiful, so do keep a close eye on the shop. You can even sign up for their mailing list, here, to be kept updated.

Cottontails Baby has just celebrated its 9th birthday, and with the milestone, Charlotte has embarked on some brand developments. Leaff has been very much on hand to develop a new logo, and web visuals to inspire her planned changes there, which I will certainly be sharing with you all in due course. It is a very exciting time for this amazing little shop, and I hope that you will all be inspired to support Cottontails Baby in the years to come - there really isn't enough shops like this around.

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 Koko Dog Comforter, by Moulin Roty, £16.50 - www.cottontailsbaby.co.uk
 Koko Musical Moon, by Moulin Roty, £29.00 - www.cottontailsbaby.co.uk
 Koko Little Dog Rattle, by Moulin Roty, £11.00 - www.cottontailsbaby.co.uk
 Tiny Lola Rabbit, by Moulin Roty, £7.75 - www.cottontailsbaby.co.uk
 Baby Perlette Frog, by Moulin Roty, £6.75 - www.cottontailsbaby.co.uk
 Sleepy Cat, by Moulin Roty, £19.00 - www.cottontailsbaby.co.uk
7  Les Pachats Cat Baby Slippers, by Moulin Roty, £21.50 - www.cottontailsbaby.co.uk
 Pretty Ugly Activity Toy Chain, by Moulin Roty, £46.00 - www.cottontailsbaby.co.uk

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