Elevated Stock Photos for Your Business
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Hello + happy weekend! I hope you’ve been doing some of your favourite things these past few days.

If you run a small business, you probably know the struggle that comes along with producing imagery for your marketing materials, website, and social accounts. I work with clients to produce this type of imagery, styling product and lifestyle photos for use across marketing and sales channels. But! Not everyone is ready to take the leap and hire sometime to help. I totally get it, these photoshoots are investments and are best made when you’re ready for them. So what do you do in the meantime while you’re building your business? You still need beautiful imagery if you’re going to stand out from the crowd.

In order to bridge this gap and make the process easier for you, I’ve built an Etsy shop with styled stock photography that you can use on your website, emails, social media, and ads. The shop will be filled with interior vignettes and still life photography. Pro tip: A lot of these shots would be easy to add text over top of (because of the white space in the image), so they’re great for banner ads or headers.

I’m working on building out the shop, so if there are certain types of images or subjects that you think would be helpful, please let me know!

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I hope you find this new shop useful! I want you all to be able to market your businesses in a beautiful way and I’d like for these styled stock photos to be a new way to get simple, elevated photos for your brand.

Kendra Murphy
Happy 2019!
Beautiful image from    Our Food Stories   .

Beautiful image from Our Food Stories.

Can you believe it’s January already?! This past year was filled with all kinds of new experiences and changes. It’s been quite a while since I wrote a post, but I’ve been wanting to create for the sake of it lately, and I think this could be the platform to do it. I want to kick off the new year by saying hello and welcoming you to this space. I blogged for many years and it was one of my favourite parts of my studio (you can see all of that over here) and I’m excited to see what it will be like to add this back into my routine.

To get started, here are some of the things I’d like to focus on in 2019, in no particular order.

Create because it feels good. With a full-time design job, as well as this studio, I spend a lot of my time creating, and I’m very grateful for that! This year I’d like to carve out time to create what interests me, even if it won’t further my work. Which leads me to…

Spend time on hobbies. I started knitting this year and I really liked it. However, there’s still a massive bag of yarn in a corner of my apartment that I had big blanket plans for, and haven’t made time for. I think I’ll dive into this blanket pattern.

Cook more often. I’m definitely guilty of takeout or cereal, and I’d like to spend more time in the kitchen. I find it quite relaxing when I do, but I always seem to find something more interesting I want to do in the evenings. But I’m going to try anyways. I’m thinking it could be fun to buy a pretty cookbook and work through it, one recipe at a time.

Read lots, listen to lots of podcasts. I started using a Kobo reader a couple months ago, and it’s so great. I love it for reading on my morning commute, and it’s easier to carry around than books. I also want to find some more podcasts to add to my library. My longstanding favourites are A Few Things and Second Life. Recommendations welcome!

What are your focuses right now? I like to look at my intentions no matter what time of year it is, but January always feels like a good time to reflect.

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Modern Art to Update Your Space

Welcome to 2019! I always want to update my space a little when this time of year rolls around, and art is such a nice way to do that. If you’re feeling the same way, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite art prints from around the internet. Consider this your encouragement to spruce things up a bit.

You can click through on any of these images to shop!

As you probably know, Etsy is a treasure trove for art. It’s a great way to buy original pieces and prints from upcoming and established artists, and support small businesses.

Digital print downloads are a new discovery for me (I’m probably behind the curve on this one) but I think it’s such a great idea. You can get a beautiful design from an artist, without having to pay for shipping or wait for the order to arrive. You simply download after you’ve purchased the image, and then have it printed (just take it to your neighbourhood printer). I love the Etsy shop Hearts in Colors for their minimal, elegant designs.

These simple prints are so pretty and calm.

Jenny Komenda’s shop Juniper is another of my favourites right now. She offers both digital downloads and physical prints. She has worked with artists to amass a beautiful collection. Lots of really lovely abstract florals and some vintage paintings of people.

I’m smitten with this one. Alice is a vintage painting that Jenny has had in her collection for years. I love the quiet it exudes.

These abstract floral pairings would be so cool above a really modern sofa like this one.

Where do you like to shop for art? This is just the tip of the iceberg of where I do my hunting, but they’re definitely some favourites at the moment.

A Springtime Bouquet
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While it's nice to keep it simple with an easy grouping of one type of flower, sometimes you just have to go for it and create something new. The next time you have  a free morning, head to your local florist and grab a few types of greenery, two different pretty little blooms, and 3-5 stems of something really show-y and special. Play around and create an arrangement you like. I tend to lean towards arrangements that are a bit wild and free, but with delicate flowers incorporated. Experiment and see what you like to make!

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Do you tend to lean towards groupings of a single type of flower, or do you prefer something more like this? 

A North Vancouver Kitchen Redesign
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When the client and I got started on this kitchen design, she knew she wanted the space to feel brighter, modern without being stark, and a little bit rustic. The home is in a beautiful area of Vancouver and it was an exciting task to bring the kitchen up to date and make it a space that she'd love to spend time. 

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We gave the whole kitchen a coat of white paint and had the cupboard doors refinished. All new white KitchenAid appliances make the hardwood floors and other wood bits really shine. 

One of my favourite features of the kitchen is the live edge slab of wood for the bar. 

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The old kitchen had a very short window so we took that out, raised up the height and installed a new custom window design. I love how much character it adds to the space.

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We also had this beautiful hood vent cover built custom. It's a great extra piece of storage and the wood grain is a great contrast to the clean white subway tile. 

This was such a fun project to work on and I was super pleased with how it turned out. Plus, working with clients as lovely as this one is always the best. 

Kendra Murphy
Cake for a Party
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“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” -Hemingway

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Sometimes a cake from a box is all you need. Add some pretty toppings, a few tall candles, and your favourite sparkly wine.

Pink glasses are from CB2.

Kendra Murphy