Stylish Patina rocks our socks!

In late 2015, we received an email from Kelly, the founder of Stylish Patina, who is a total sweetheart and we are 100% jealous of what we imagine she does everyday because we love all of her stories, blog posts, and products. But, we digress.

Stylish Patina is where vintage meets modern in home furnishings.  She aspires to curate an environment with modern function and vintage soul.

Fathom Creative, Put it on Paper Stationery, Stylish Patina, Tiffany Mak Artistry, Knot the Guy, lauren louise photography, Little Black Book, Taffy floral, Bela Sono Music, Windows, Just Smile, JSB Ties, Sarah Stuart Walters, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award, "Award Winning", Award-Winning, BBQ, Backyard, Ballroom, Band, Banquet, Bar, Barn, Bay, Bayside, Beach, Beachfront, Beaded, Beads, Beautiful, Beauty, Best, Bi, Big, Bird, Birds, Bisexual, "Black Tie", Bliss, Bohemian, Boho, Bouquet, Bouquets, Bow, Bride, Brides, Bridesmaid, "Bridesmaid Gifts", Bridesmaids, Bright, Budget, Cake, Calla, Candelabra, Candlelit, Capital, Capitol, Capture, Carriage, Casual, Catholic, Celebrate, Celebrates, Celebrating, Celebration, Ceremony, Chalkboard, Chandeliers, Charm, Charming, Cheers, "Cherry Blossom", "Cherry Blossoms", Chic, China, Christmas, Chuppah, Church, Cigar, Cigars, Circle, City, Class, Classic, Classy, Cocktail, Cocktails, Color, Colorful, Colors, Contemporary, Cool, Country, "Country Club", Couple, Craft, Crafty, Create, Creative, Crystal, Crystals, Cultural, Culture, Cupcake, Cupcakes, Custom, Customizable, Customized, DC, DIY, Date, Day, Decor, Delicate, Design, Designs, Dessert, Desserts, Destination, Detail, Detailed, Detailing, Details, Different, Differently, Digital, Discount, Disney, District, Dock, Document, Documentary, Downtown, Dream, Dreams, Dress, Dresses, “District Bliss”, Easy, Elegant, Embroidered, Enchanting, Engaged, Engagement, Equality, Event, Events, Excellent, Excitement, Exciting, Exhibit, Fairytale, Fall, Families, Family, Famous, Fantastic, Farm, Feathers, Featured, Files, Film, Flawless, Floral, Florals, Florist, Flower, Flowers, Food, Forever, Formal, Frame, Friendly, Fun, Funny, Gallery, Garden, Gay, Gem, Gems, Geometric, Georgetown, Gift, Gifts, Glam, Glamorous, Glow, Glowing, Gold, Golf, "Golf Course", Gown, Graphic, Green, Groom, Grooms, Groomsman, Groomsmen, "Groomsmen Gift", "Groomsmen Gifts", Guest, Guests, Hair, Hall, Handmade, Happiest, Happiness, Happy, Hartenstine, Harty, Heart, Hearty, Hearty, Heirloom, Hip, History, History, Holiday, Holidays, Honor, Honor, Horse, Horseshoe, Hotel, House, Humor, Humorous, Husband, Inspiration, Intimate, Intricate, Investment, Invitation, Invitations, Ivy, Jewelry, Jewelry, Jewish, Knot, LGBT, Lace, Lacy, Laid-back, Lakeside, Lantern, Lanterns, Laugh, Laughing, Lesbian, Life, Light, Lighting, Lilies, Limo, Local, Long-Sleeved, Long-sleeve, Love, Lovely, Lover, Loves, Loving, MD, MOH, Maid, Makeup, Manor, Mansion, Mansion, Marriage, Marry, Maryland, "Mason Jar", "Mason Jars", Memorial, Memories, Memory, Mismatch, Mismatched, Model, Modern, Moment, Montgomery, Monuments, Mountains, Multi-cultural, Museum, "National Mall", Natural, Nature, Nautical, Negatives, New, NoVA, Non-Traditional, Northern, Old, Open-minded, Orchid, Parents, Parties, Party, Partying, Pearl, Pearls, Perfect, Perfectly, Personal, Personalized, Petals, Photo, Photograph, Photographer, Photographer, Photographs, Photography, Photography, Photos, "Photos from the Harty", Pic, Picnic, Pics, Picture, Pictures, Pier, Plan, Planner, Planning, Plantation, Pool, Poolside, Preppy, Price, Priced, Priced, Pricing, Princess, Print, Printing, Professional, Proposal, Proposal, Proposed, Proposed, Rain, Rainy, Ranch, Rated, Reasonably, Reception, Religious, Restaurant, Retro, Ring, Rings, Romance, Romantic, Romantic, Rose, "Rose Gold", Roses, Rustic, Sailing, Sara, "Sara Alepin", Satin, Seaside, Seasonal, Shower, Shows, Signature, Silk, Silly, Simple, Small, Social, Sophisticated, Sparkle, Sparkly, Spring, Staircase, Story, Striped, Stripes, Stunning, Style, Suit, Suits, Summer, Sunflower, Sunflowers, Sunrise, Sunset, “Wedding Expo”, “Bridal Show”, Sweetheart, Sweethearts, Sweets, Talented, Teacup, Teacups, Tent, Terrarium, "The Knot", Theme, Show, Expo, Bridal, Tie, Tips, "Top Rated", Traditional, Transgendered, Tree, Trend, Trendy, Tuscan, Tux, Tuxedo, Twinkle, Umbrella, Umbrellas, Union, Unique, Uniquely, VA, Value, Veil, Vintage, Virginia, Washington, Wed, Wedding, "Wedding Dress", "Wedding Gown", WeddingWire, Weddings, Whimsical, Whimsy, White, Wife, Wine, Winery, Winter, Wire, Wonderful, “Bride to Be"

She asked us to participate in a rad project that, frankly, was flattering and just really, really fun.

Hi Ladies! Kelly from Stylish Patina in Falls Church, VA here!  I am hand-selecting a few of DCs best inspiring makers + creators and featuring them in a color campaign using Chalk Paint colors by Annie Sloan in January 2016.  I was hoping I could entice you ladies to participate!
 
The basics – you pick your favorite Chalk Paint color, I send you some paint, you take some high res before and/or after pics of you using the paint or your project and send them back to me with a mini interview. I will post them on my blog.
 
Let me know if this sounds interesting to you and I’ll send you an email with the details!

Fathom Creative, Put it on Paper Stationery, Stylish Patina, Tiffany Mak Artistry, Knot the Guy, lauren louise photography, Little Black Book, Taffy floral, Bela Sono Music, Windows, Just Smile, JSB Ties, Sarah Stuart Walters, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award, "Award Winning", Award-Winning, BBQ, Backyard, Ballroom, Band, Banquet, Bar, Barn, Bay, Bayside, Beach, Beachfront, Beaded, Beads, Beautiful, Beauty, Best, Bi, Big, Bird, Birds, Bisexual, "Black Tie", Bliss, Bohemian, Boho, Bouquet, Bouquets, Bow, Bride, Brides, Bridesmaid, "Bridesmaid Gifts", Bridesmaids, Bright, Budget, Cake, Calla, Candelabra, Candlelit, Capital, Capitol, Capture, Carriage, Casual, Catholic, Celebrate, Celebrates, Celebrating, Celebration, Ceremony, Chalkboard, Chandeliers, Charm, Charming, Cheers, "Cherry Blossom", "Cherry Blossoms", Chic, China, Christmas, Chuppah, Church, Cigar, Cigars, Circle, City, Class, Classic, Classy, Cocktail, Cocktails, Color, Colorful, Colors, Contemporary, Cool, Country, "Country Club", Couple, Craft, Crafty, Create, Creative, Crystal, Crystals, Cultural, Culture, Cupcake, Cupcakes, Custom, Customizable, Customized, DC, DIY, Date, Day, Decor, Delicate, Design, Designs, Dessert, Desserts, Destination, Detail, Detailed, Detailing, Details, Different, Differently, Digital, Discount, Disney, District, Dock, Document, Documentary, Downtown, Dream, Dreams, Dress, Dresses, “District Bliss”, Easy, Elegant, Embroidered, Enchanting, Engaged, Engagement, Equality, Event, Events, Excellent, Excitement, Exciting, Exhibit, Fairytale, Fall, Families, Family, Famous, Fantastic, Farm, Feathers, Featured, Files, Film, Flawless, Floral, Florals, Florist, Flower, Flowers, Food, Forever, Formal, Frame, Friendly, Fun, Funny, Gallery, Garden, Gay, Gem, Gems, Geometric, Georgetown, Gift, Gifts, Glam, Glamorous, Glow, Glowing, Gold, Golf, "Golf Course", Gown, Graphic, Green, Groom, Grooms, Groomsman, Groomsmen, "Groomsmen Gift", "Groomsmen Gifts", Guest, Guests, Hair, Hall, Handmade, Happiest, Happiness, Happy, Hartenstine, Harty, Heart, Hearty, Hearty, Heirloom, Hip, History, History, Holiday, Holidays, Honor, Honor, Horse, Horseshoe, Hotel, House, Humor, Humorous, Husband, Inspiration, Intimate, Intricate, Investment, Invitation, Invitations, Ivy, Jewelry, Jewelry, Jewish, Knot, LGBT, Lace, Lacy, Laid-back, Lakeside, Lantern, Lanterns, Laugh, Laughing, Lesbian, Life, Light, Lighting, Lilies, Limo, Local, Long-Sleeved, Long-sleeve, Love, Lovely, Lover, Loves, Loving, MD, MOH, Maid, Makeup, Manor, Mansion, Mansion, Marriage, Marry, Maryland, "Mason Jar", "Mason Jars", Memorial, Memories, Memory, Mismatch, Mismatched, Model, Modern, Moment, Montgomery, Monuments, Mountains, Multi-cultural, Museum, "National Mall", Natural, Nature, Nautical, Negatives, New, NoVA, Non-Traditional, Northern, Old, Open-minded, Orchid, Parents, Parties, Party, Partying, Pearl, Pearls, Perfect, Perfectly, Personal, Personalized, Petals, Photo, Photograph, Photographer, Photographer, Photographs, Photography, Photography, Photos, "Photos from the Harty", Pic, Picnic, Pics, Picture, Pictures, Pier, Plan, Planner, Planning, Plantation, Pool, Poolside, Preppy, Price, Priced, Priced, Pricing, Princess, Print, Printing, Professional, Proposal, Proposal, Proposed, Proposed, Rain, Rainy, Ranch, Rated, Reasonably, Reception, Religious, Restaurant, Retro, Ring, Rings, Romance, Romantic, Romantic, Rose, "Rose Gold", Roses, Rustic, Sailing, Sara, "Sara Alepin", Satin, Seaside, Seasonal, Shower, Shows, Signature, Silk, Silly, Simple, Small, Social, Sophisticated, Sparkle, Sparkly, Spring, Staircase, Story, Striped, Stripes, Stunning, Style, Suit, Suits, Summer, Sunflower, Sunflowers, Sunrise, Sunset, “Wedding Expo”, “Bridal Show”, Sweetheart, Sweethearts, Sweets, Talented, Teacup, Teacups, Tent, Terrarium, "The Knot", Theme, Show, Expo, Bridal, Tie, Tips, "Top Rated", Traditional, Transgendered, Tree, Trend, Trendy, Tuscan, Tux, Tuxedo, Twinkle, Umbrella, Umbrellas, Union, Unique, Uniquely, VA, Value, Veil, Vintage, Virginia, Washington, Wed, Wedding, "Wedding Dress", "Wedding Gown", WeddingWire, Weddings, Whimsical, Whimsy, White, Wife, Wine, Winery, Winter, Wire, Wonderful, “Bride to Be"

Of course this sounded VERY interesting to us! We picked our paint color, Florence, and started brainstorming. We had about a billion ideas. The most challenging part was reigning ourselves in and focusing on just doing ONE project. (We still talk about all the fun things we could do with this paint on a regular basis.)

(And, we’re 99% sure that if she could get away with it, Sara would use this all over her house LOL)

Fathom Creative, Put it on Paper Stationery, Stylish Patina, Tiffany Mak Artistry, Knot the Guy, lauren louise photography, Little Black Book, Taffy floral, Bela Sono Music, Windows, Just Smile, JSB Ties, Sarah Stuart Walters, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award, "Award Winning", Award-Winning, BBQ, Backyard, Ballroom, Band, Banquet, Bar, Barn, Bay, Bayside, Beach, Beachfront, Beaded, Beads, Beautiful, Beauty, Best, Bi, Big, Bird, Birds, Bisexual, "Black Tie", Bliss, Bohemian, Boho, Bouquet, Bouquets, Bow, Bride, Brides, Bridesmaid, "Bridesmaid Gifts", Bridesmaids, Bright, Budget, Cake, Calla, Candelabra, Candlelit, Capital, Capitol, Capture, Carriage, Casual, Catholic, Celebrate, Celebrates, Celebrating, Celebration, Ceremony, Chalkboard, Chandeliers, Charm, Charming, Cheers, "Cherry Blossom", "Cherry Blossoms", Chic, China, Christmas, Chuppah, Church, Cigar, Cigars, Circle, City, Class, Classic, Classy, Cocktail, Cocktails, Color, Colorful, Colors, Contemporary, Cool, Country, "Country Club", Couple, Craft, Crafty, Create, Creative, Crystal, Crystals, Cultural, Culture, Cupcake, Cupcakes, Custom, Customizable, Customized, DC, DIY, Date, Day, Decor, Delicate, Design, Designs, Dessert, Desserts, Destination, Detail, Detailed, Detailing, Details, Different, Differently, Digital, Discount, Disney, District, Dock, Document, Documentary, Downtown, Dream, Dreams, Dress, Dresses, “District Bliss”, Easy, Elegant, Embroidered, Enchanting, Engaged, Engagement, Equality, Event, Events, Excellent, Excitement, Exciting, Exhibit, Fairytale, Fall, Families, Family, Famous, Fantastic, Farm, Feathers, Featured, Files, Film, Flawless, Floral, Florals, Florist, Flower, Flowers, Food, Forever, Formal, Frame, Friendly, Fun, Funny, Gallery, Garden, Gay, Gem, Gems, Geometric, Georgetown, Gift, Gifts, Glam, Glamorous, Glow, Glowing, Gold, Golf, "Golf Course", Gown, Graphic, Green, Groom, Grooms, Groomsman, Groomsmen, "Groomsmen Gift", "Groomsmen Gifts", Guest, Guests, Hair, Hall, Handmade, Happiest, Happiness, Happy, Hartenstine, Harty, Heart, Hearty, Hearty, Heirloom, Hip, History, History, Holiday, Holidays, Honor, Honor, Horse, Horseshoe, Hotel, House, Humor, Humorous, Husband, Inspiration, Intimate, Intricate, Investment, Invitation, Invitations, Ivy, Jewelry, Jewelry, Jewish, Knot, LGBT, Lace, Lacy, Laid-back, Lakeside, Lantern, Lanterns, Laugh, Laughing, Lesbian, Life, Light, Lighting, Lilies, Limo, Local, Long-Sleeved, Long-sleeve, Love, Lovely, Lover, Loves, Loving, MD, MOH, Maid, Makeup, Manor, Mansion, Mansion, Marriage, Marry, Maryland, "Mason Jar", "Mason Jars", Memorial, Memories, Memory, Mismatch, Mismatched, Model, Modern, Moment, Montgomery, Monuments, Mountains, Multi-cultural, Museum, "National Mall", Natural, Nature, Nautical, Negatives, New, NoVA, Non-Traditional, Northern, Old, Open-minded, Orchid, Parents, Parties, Party, Partying, Pearl, Pearls, Perfect, Perfectly, Personal, Personalized, Petals, Photo, Photograph, Photographer, Photographer, Photographs, Photography, Photography, Photos, "Photos from the Harty", Pic, Picnic, Pics, Picture, Pictures, Pier, Plan, Planner, Planning, Plantation, Pool, Poolside, Preppy, Price, Priced, Priced, Pricing, Princess, Print, Printing, Professional, Proposal, Proposal, Proposed, Proposed, Rain, Rainy, Ranch, Rated, Reasonably, Reception, Religious, Restaurant, Retro, Ring, Rings, Romance, Romantic, Romantic, Rose, "Rose Gold", Roses, Rustic, Sailing, Sara, "Sara Alepin", Satin, Seaside, Seasonal, Shower, Shows, Signature, Silk, Silly, Simple, Small, Social, Sophisticated, Sparkle, Sparkly, Spring, Staircase, Story, Striped, Stripes, Stunning, Style, Suit, Suits, Summer, Sunflower, Sunflowers, Sunrise, Sunset, “Wedding Expo”, “Bridal Show”, Sweetheart, Sweethearts, Sweets, Talented, Teacup, Teacups, Tent, Terrarium, "The Knot", Theme, Show, Expo, Bridal, Tie, Tips, "Top Rated", Traditional, Transgendered, Tree, Trend, Trendy, Tuscan, Tux, Tuxedo, Twinkle, Umbrella, Umbrellas, Union, Unique, Uniquely, VA, Value, Veil, Vintage, Virginia, Washington, Wed, Wedding, "Wedding Dress", "Wedding Gown", WeddingWire, Weddings, Whimsical, Whimsy, White, Wife, Wine, Winery, Winter, Wire, Wonderful, “Bride to Be"

In the end, we decided to take it all the way back to the beginning. We met at Chinatown Coffee Co. (if you don’t remember the story, feel free to watch the video; embedded for your convenience below).

We bonded over, among many other things, our love of DIY projects, watercolors, painting, and art.

Fathom Creative, Put it on Paper Stationery, Stylish Patina, Tiffany Mak Artistry, Knot the Guy, lauren louise photography, Little Black Book, Taffy floral, Bela Sono Music, Windows, Just Smile, JSB Ties, Sarah Stuart Walters, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award, "Award Winning", Award-Winning, BBQ, Backyard, Ballroom, Band, Banquet, Bar, Barn, Bay, Bayside, Beach, Beachfront, Beaded, Beads, Beautiful, Beauty, Best, Bi, Big, Bird, Birds, Bisexual, "Black Tie", Bliss, Bohemian, Boho, Bouquet, Bouquets, Bow, Bride, Brides, Bridesmaid, "Bridesmaid Gifts", Bridesmaids, Bright, Budget, Cake, Calla, Candelabra, Candlelit, Capital, Capitol, Capture, Carriage, Casual, Catholic, Celebrate, Celebrates, Celebrating, Celebration, Ceremony, Chalkboard, Chandeliers, Charm, Charming, Cheers, "Cherry Blossom", "Cherry Blossoms", Chic, China, Christmas, Chuppah, Church, Cigar, Cigars, Circle, City, Class, Classic, Classy, Cocktail, Cocktails, Color, Colorful, Colors, Contemporary, Cool, Country, "Country Club", Couple, Craft, Crafty, Create, Creative, Crystal, Crystals, Cultural, Culture, Cupcake, Cupcakes, Custom, Customizable, Customized, DC, DIY, Date, Day, Decor, Delicate, Design, Designs, Dessert, Desserts, Destination, Detail, Detailed, Detailing, Details, Different, Differently, Digital, Discount, Disney, District, Dock, Document, Documentary, Downtown, Dream, Dreams, Dress, Dresses, “District Bliss”, Easy, Elegant, Embroidered, Enchanting, Engaged, Engagement, Equality, Event, Events, Excellent, Excitement, Exciting, Exhibit, Fairytale, Fall, Families, Family, Famous, Fantastic, Farm, Feathers, Featured, Files, Film, Flawless, Floral, Florals, Florist, Flower, Flowers, Food, Forever, Formal, Frame, Friendly, Fun, Funny, Gallery, Garden, Gay, Gem, Gems, Geometric, Georgetown, Gift, Gifts, Glam, Glamorous, Glow, Glowing, Gold, Golf, "Golf Course", Gown, Graphic, Green, Groom, Grooms, Groomsman, Groomsmen, "Groomsmen Gift", "Groomsmen Gifts", Guest, Guests, Hair, Hall, Handmade, Happiest, Happiness, Happy, Hartenstine, Harty, Heart, Hearty, Hearty, Heirloom, Hip, History, History, Holiday, Holidays, Honor, Honor, Horse, Horseshoe, Hotel, House, Humor, Humorous, Husband, Inspiration, Intimate, Intricate, Investment, Invitation, Invitations, Ivy, Jewelry, Jewelry, Jewish, Knot, LGBT, Lace, Lacy, Laid-back, Lakeside, Lantern, Lanterns, Laugh, Laughing, Lesbian, Life, Light, Lighting, Lilies, Limo, Local, Long-Sleeved, Long-sleeve, Love, Lovely, Lover, Loves, Loving, MD, MOH, Maid, Makeup, Manor, Mansion, Mansion, Marriage, Marry, Maryland, "Mason Jar", "Mason Jars", Memorial, Memories, Memory, Mismatch, Mismatched, Model, Modern, Moment, Montgomery, Monuments, Mountains, Multi-cultural, Museum, "National Mall", Natural, Nature, Nautical, Negatives, New, NoVA, Non-Traditional, Northern, Old, Open-minded, Orchid, Parents, Parties, Party, Partying, Pearl, Pearls, Perfect, Perfectly, Personal, Personalized, Petals, Photo, Photograph, Photographer, Photographer, Photographs, Photography, Photography, Photos, "Photos from the Harty", Pic, Picnic, Pics, Picture, Pictures, Pier, Plan, Planner, Planning, Plantation, Pool, Poolside, Preppy, Price, Priced, Priced, Pricing, Princess, Print, Printing, Professional, Proposal, Proposal, Proposed, Proposed, Rain, Rainy, Ranch, Rated, Reasonably, Reception, Religious, Restaurant, Retro, Ring, Rings, Romance, Romantic, Romantic, Rose, "Rose Gold", Roses, Rustic, Sailing, Sara, "Sara Alepin", Satin, Seaside, Seasonal, Shower, Shows, Signature, Silk, Silly, Simple, Small, Social, Sophisticated, Sparkle, Sparkly, Spring, Staircase, Story, Striped, Stripes, Stunning, Style, Suit, Suits, Summer, Sunflower, Sunflowers, Sunrise, Sunset, “Wedding Expo”, “Bridal Show”, Sweetheart, Sweethearts, Sweets, Talented, Teacup, Teacups, Tent, Terrarium, "The Knot", Theme, Show, Expo, Bridal, Tie, Tips, "Top Rated", Traditional, Transgendered, Tree, Trend, Trendy, Tuscan, Tux, Tuxedo, Twinkle, Umbrella, Umbrellas, Union, Unique, Uniquely, VA, Value, Veil, Vintage, Virginia, Washington, Wed, Wedding, "Wedding Dress", "Wedding Gown", WeddingWire, Weddings, Whimsical, Whimsy, White, Wife, Wine, Winery, Winter, Wire, Wonderful, “Bride to Be"

Kelly’s mission in opening a retail store in her hometown is to make stylish home furnishings accessible to everyone, no matter what budget, when searching for the perfect piece to give their home a comfortable feeling.

Fathom Creative, Put it on Paper Stationery, Stylish Patina, Tiffany Mak Artistry, Knot the Guy, lauren louise photography, Little Black Book, Taffy floral, Bela Sono Music, Windows, Just Smile, JSB Ties, Sarah Stuart Walters, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award, "Award Winning", Award-Winning, BBQ, Backyard, Ballroom, Band, Banquet, Bar, Barn, Bay, Bayside, Beach, Beachfront, Beaded, Beads, Beautiful, Beauty, Best, Bi, Big, Bird, Birds, Bisexual, "Black Tie", Bliss, Bohemian, Boho, Bouquet, Bouquets, Bow, Bride, Brides, Bridesmaid, "Bridesmaid Gifts", Bridesmaids, Bright, Budget, Cake, Calla, Candelabra, Candlelit, Capital, Capitol, Capture, Carriage, Casual, Catholic, Celebrate, Celebrates, Celebrating, Celebration, Ceremony, Chalkboard, Chandeliers, Charm, Charming, Cheers, "Cherry Blossom", "Cherry Blossoms", Chic, China, Christmas, Chuppah, Church, Cigar, Cigars, Circle, City, Class, Classic, Classy, Cocktail, Cocktails, Color, Colorful, Colors, Contemporary, Cool, Country, "Country Club", Couple, Craft, Crafty, Create, Creative, Crystal, Crystals, Cultural, Culture, Cupcake, Cupcakes, Custom, Customizable, Customized, DC, DIY, Date, Day, Decor, Delicate, Design, Designs, Dessert, Desserts, Destination, Detail, Detailed, Detailing, Details, Different, Differently, Digital, Discount, Disney, District, Dock, Document, Documentary, Downtown, Dream, Dreams, Dress, Dresses, “District Bliss”, Easy, Elegant, Embroidered, Enchanting, Engaged, Engagement, Equality, Event, Events, Excellent, Excitement, Exciting, Exhibit, Fairytale, Fall, Families, Family, Famous, Fantastic, Farm, Feathers, Featured, Files, Film, Flawless, Floral, Florals, Florist, Flower, Flowers, Food, Forever, Formal, Frame, Friendly, Fun, Funny, Gallery, Garden, Gay, Gem, Gems, Geometric, Georgetown, Gift, Gifts, Glam, Glamorous, Glow, Glowing, Gold, Golf, "Golf Course", Gown, Graphic, Green, Groom, Grooms, Groomsman, Groomsmen, "Groomsmen Gift", "Groomsmen Gifts", Guest, Guests, Hair, Hall, Handmade, Happiest, Happiness, Happy, Hartenstine, Harty, Heart, Hearty, Hearty, Heirloom, Hip, History, History, Holiday, Holidays, Honor, Honor, Horse, Horseshoe, Hotel, House, Humor, Humorous, Husband, Inspiration, Intimate, Intricate, Investment, Invitation, Invitations, Ivy, Jewelry, Jewelry, Jewish, Knot, LGBT, Lace, Lacy, Laid-back, Lakeside, Lantern, Lanterns, Laugh, Laughing, Lesbian, Life, Light, Lighting, Lilies, Limo, Local, Long-Sleeved, Long-sleeve, Love, Lovely, Lover, Loves, Loving, MD, MOH, Maid, Makeup, Manor, Mansion, Mansion, Marriage, Marry, Maryland, "Mason Jar", "Mason Jars", Memorial, Memories, Memory, Mismatch, Mismatched, Model, Modern, Moment, Montgomery, Monuments, Mountains, Multi-cultural, Museum, "National Mall", Natural, Nature, Nautical, Negatives, New, NoVA, Non-Traditional, Northern, Old, Open-minded, Orchid, Parents, Parties, Party, Partying, Pearl, Pearls, Perfect, Perfectly, Personal, Personalized, Petals, Photo, Photograph, Photographer, Photographer, Photographs, Photography, Photography, Photos, "Photos from the Harty", Pic, Picnic, Pics, Picture, Pictures, Pier, Plan, Planner, Planning, Plantation, Pool, Poolside, Preppy, Price, Priced, Priced, Pricing, Princess, Print, Printing, Professional, Proposal, Proposal, Proposed, Proposed, Rain, Rainy, Ranch, Rated, Reasonably, Reception, Religious, Restaurant, Retro, Ring, Rings, Romance, Romantic, Romantic, Rose, "Rose Gold", Roses, Rustic, Sailing, Sara, "Sara Alepin", Satin, Seaside, Seasonal, Shower, Shows, Signature, Silk, Silly, Simple, Small, Social, Sophisticated, Sparkle, Sparkly, Spring, Staircase, Story, Striped, Stripes, Stunning, Style, Suit, Suits, Summer, Sunflower, Sunflowers, Sunrise, Sunset, “Wedding Expo”, “Bridal Show”, Sweetheart, Sweethearts, Sweets, Talented, Teacup, Teacups, Tent, Terrarium, "The Knot", Theme, Show, Expo, Bridal, Tie, Tips, "Top Rated", 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Sophisticated, Sparkle, Sparkly, Spring, Staircase, Story, Striped, Stripes, Stunning, Style, Suit, Suits, Summer, Sunflower, Sunflowers, Sunrise, Sunset, “Wedding Expo”, “Bridal Show”, Sweetheart, Sweethearts, Sweets, Talented, Teacup, Teacups, Tent, Terrarium, "The Knot", Theme, Show, Expo, Bridal, Tie, Tips, "Top Rated", Traditional, Transgendered, Tree, Trend, Trendy, Tuscan, Tux, Tuxedo, Twinkle, Umbrella, Umbrellas, Union, Unique, Uniquely, VA, Value, Veil, Vintage, Virginia, Washington, Wed, Wedding, "Wedding Dress", "Wedding Gown", WeddingWire, Weddings, Whimsical, Whimsy, White, Wife, Wine, Winery, Winter, Wire, Wonderful, “Bride to Be"District-Bliss-Stylish-Patina-14Unknowingly, Stylish Patina had asked us to revisit the roots of District Bliss; the very beginning of our friendship and, eventually, our partnership.

We’re asked about our partnership, how we met (answered in video above lol), and how we came up with District Bliss often. Our partnership is based on a mutual respect and an understanding of not only of our own skill sets, but also the skill set of the other person. Because, while we both may love similar things, we have different – granted, many overlapping – strengths and talents.

Now, let’s be honest here: that doesn’t mean we always love every task we take on for the business. There are few things that Sara hates more than coding (um, maybe maintaining spreadsheets?), but maintains our website (which was brilliantly designed by Capital Society, btw); Sarah continues to maintain Sara’s schedule and plan/coordinate all of our events with vendors, even though she lives in NYC and more than 50% of our events are in the DMV area. Definitely not an easy task!

When things get crazy, which they often do, we float certain tasks that either of us can handle to help keep the crazy-busy one sane whenever we can. It really is a lifesaver!

(A good example: you’ll notice the lefthand painting/writing. That means that Sarah is the one behind the camera, even though Sara is the photographer.)

And, that works for us.

(Not to mention that we now have Noelle on the team, though we did not when we created this Stylish Patina project. Noelle is totally a lifesaver!)

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We came up with the idea of District Bliss because we wanted to celebrate the community of vendors and creatives – regardless of experience, specialties, or background – while giving them a “night off” – because we just don’t get very many of those. We wanted to shower our guests with treats or gifts and, above all, support. So, we began hosting our Vendor Socials.

And, then, we decided to sign up for a wedding show. It was so overwhelming and exhausting. We saw a need for an alternative and created our Couples Social.

We wanted everyone to feel welcome, happy, and go home refreshed at the end of the night. In a nutshell.

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We worked on this project just a few days before Sarah moved to NYC, which made it even more special to us.

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So, thank you, Stylish Patina, for a lovely trip down memory lane, a fun project, and – above all – reminding us where we started – at Chinatown Coffee Co. over lattes and laughter.

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Plus, Sara(h) power! 😉

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Be sure to swing by Stylish Patina‘s online storefront or visit Rough Luxe Market in person! We just love love love love all things Stylish Patina!

And, a special thanks for sharing beautiful gifts at our most recent DC Vendors Social and Couples Social! If you missed them, you missed out!

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