Okay okay, I know I sound like a broken record, but has it really been two months since my last blog post?! Eep. I'm sure the weeks and months are going quicker than ever before. It can't just be me?!
Admittedly, life and business have taken on a slightly different shape for me over 2016 so far, and I'll explain all that later. But first of all, I wanted to give you that behind the scenes studio tour I promised since I moved in!
I'll be honest and say it hasn't been a quick, nor an easy process unpacking and 'setting up shop' in the new Kerry Lyons Co. HQ. In fact it's taken waaaay longer than I wanted or anticipated. Firstly you have to take your time assessing the space to see not only how to maximise what you have to work with, but also to make sure the newly-designed space is going to work for you and your business needs.
Secondly it's spending the time sourcing the type of storage you need, at the dimensions and style that you're needing. Granted the blessed IKEA answered a lot of my problems, plus I'd shipped a few pieces over from the Dublin studio, but assembling IKEA furniture (as much as I LOVE it), just wasn't as quick and easy a process as it usually is either. More on that later ;)
Although the process has taken so long and it's been the epitome of a 'labour of love', I'm so sooo pleased with the results. When I used to arrive at the studio in the morning, I'd turn the door key reticently, knowing I'd be faced with a cardboard-box-stacked-upon-cardboard-box assault course. I now turn the key and take sigh of satisfaction, knowing I'm going to be able to have a productive day in a workspace that totally works for me.
One of the most fabulous things about this space is the natural light that floods the entire studio along with its yummy high ceilings. And with panoramic views across my beautiful Birmingham, it's hard not to feel super-proud of the space that my business can now call home.
But none of this would've been possible without my amazing partner and family. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen some work-in-progress shots and witnessed just a tiny slice of how much help I've had bringing this studio together. #squadgoals. I've been a fiercely independent female since I could walk, and I take great pride in doing things for myself, but I finally admitted that if I wanted to get my studio finished, I had to swallow my pride and accept help on this occasion for one very special reason...
Yep, there's a Lyons-cub in the oven and we're hoping to meet them in a couple of weeks! ...which hopefully then explains why 2016 has taken a slightly different shape for me (literally!), why pulling my finger out and constructing IKEA furniture hans-solo [frustratingly] hasn't been physically possible, and why my moving house, country and business over the past few months amongst three trade shows has been one hell of a ride!
So as you can imagine, I'll be here, there and everywhere over the coming weeks. Website and wholesale orders are still being accepted, but the lead time will be a little longer than usual in the short term, so if you're in need of a quick turnaround, pop us an email and we'll see what we can work out ;)
In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for the launch of the Kerry Lyons Co. wedding stationery collection, available to customise online super-soon! But until then, thanks for reading lovelies xo