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Design With Chon (DWC) – a boutique design studio with defined niches in (1) visual communication, (2) event design and (3) interiors. Each of these industries are huge in themselves, but DWC’s goal is to achieve good design in all its various forms, whether it’s from the branding of your business to saying “I do” to transforming interiors. Let me, “Chon," be your personal design consultant + stylist for your business, wedding or home. A balanced environment makes you feel good, and I am here to inspire your surroundings.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Inspiration Board #9: A Warm Winter Wedding

We are well into our cold winter season here in Chicago, and weddings are still brewing. Today, I have a charming & cozy wedding inspiration board the embraces the holiday glitz of gold ornaments to the wintry landscape of white snow and rustic pine cones. Colors of gold, champagne, ivory, white and browns glisten in the table settings, the dessert table and accessories. And the wedding favor that is sure to warm your guests' heart are soft, delectable chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk. Also don't forget to find a couture-like shrug with your wedding gown; it's the perfect wedding accessory to cover your bare shoulders from the cool, brisk air.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Design w/Chon: Prexa & Ronak Wedding Book

Success! I have been waiting for this day for a long while and to be able to finally share it with you all is exciting. The longest wedding book yet that I have designed — 216 pages, plus the custom cover design. This was a tedious design, because I divided the high-end, coffee table style book into several chapters to showcase the traditions of an Indian wedding. From the Mehndi gathering, where the bride gets adorned with intricate details on her hands and feet, to the Vidhi, and the actual wedding day ceremony followed by a festive reception. There were sooo many photos to go through, process, stylize with my keen eye, and then layout visually telling a story of this lovely couple, Prexa & Ronak, and their journey together. What a great book it is, and I hope my clients are as happy with it as much as I am. :)

This is only a sample of the all the 216 pages. To view more pages beyond what is seen here, visit this link. The book is 12 x 12 inches, hard cover with an image wrapped cover. The perfect over-sized coffee table book to feature a spectacular wedding. Congrats Prexa & Ronak!






















Credits: Cover, book layout, retouching and written copy was produced by Chon. Select Mehndi Photography copyright ©2010 Design With Chon. Wedding ceremony/reception photography copyright ©2010 Modern Image Studios.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Featured Photography: Lucida Photography

It's Friday and brrrrrr... it's cold! I have some great photos to share today that will certainly warm you up on the inside. When I look at Lucida Photography's work, it brings a smile to my face. Melia Lucida, the photographer based in Vancouver, has a way of capturing the true personality of her clients. Whether it's the intimate, fun or a serious moment. I decided to give a highlight reel of her portfolio vs. one specific subject. I was practically looking at her work for over an hour which is pretty long for me. Her photography skills and range is sooo good that I had to show a bit of everything! Enjoy folks. :)




This particular image below with the spotlighting on their faces reminds me of the old black and white movies of old, Hollywood glamour. Too cool.







Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Holidays with Anthropologie

Those who have followed me for awhile all know that I love Anthropologie. This is my one greedy sin since I can splurge on their stuff way too easily. Oops. :) Right now, I am feeling and loving the rich golden hues, soft greys and the deep indigo/purple shades, and you can see that all here in my seasonal picks for the holidays. Vintage, modern elegance that I cringe for.