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  • Bonjour Fete: Studio City Remodel

    Bonjour Fete: Studio City Remodel

    Bonjour, everyone!

    My name is Rachel Huntington! I am the owner of Bonjour Fete--a small, women-owned business, complete with a team of hard-working, creative babes, based out of Los Angeles, CA. While our brand has had an online presence since 2014, we have been a brick and mortar shop since November of 2016. Our first space was a little 900 sq ft shop, in which we all shared an office that doubled as our storage unit, and we loved every second of being in it. However, at the beginning of 2018 we realized we had just outgrown it.

     

    Conveniently enough, the pet store next door to us was moving and their much bigger space was going up for rent! After a lot of thought, we decided to make the leap, and we are so thankful everyday that we did!

     

    BUT we're here to tell you that designing a new space from floor to ceiling is no small task. We had no idea there were so many decisions to make. Paint, floors, light fixtures, countertops, and hardware. All needing to intertwine with each other and bring about this vision we've had in our heads!

     

    Here are a few “before” photos of the space, before we started construction!

    We’ve always thought of our brand as French, mostly modern (with a touch of mid-century thrown in) and slightly eclectic! And we wanted this space to reflect that in every detail, and also be cohesive!

    And after a lot of work….

    VOILA!

    It was a process. Even though it was a much larger space, it took a lot of construction and re-designing to make it not feel closed off. We re-painted the walls a much brighter white, Cool December, by Dunn Edwards. We went with a light grey for the floors (also by Dunn Edwards, called December Sky. These steps definitely gave the space the open feeling we were searching for, and choosing/constructing all of our features was much easier after this!

    For the front of our store, which houses most of our home decor & gifts, we chose to play off two of the blues in our branding color palette. A lighter blue for our gifting shelves (Country Air by Dunn Edwards) and a deeper navy for our front counter (Midnight Sun by Dunn Edwards), complete with some mid-century styled gold hardware from Emtek, to make this section a fun focal point for our shoppers before they make their way back into the shop for the paper party supplies! When drawing out the plans for our front counter space, this was the first time the question of “Oh, what are we going to do for countertops?” came up! Another decision to make! We had real marble countertops in our first shop, and while they were gorgeous, the longevity and durability of them just wasn’t great. Our counters (the front counter-especially) host a lot of activity--various products to be stocked, conversations with our shoppers, endlessly changing displays, surfaces for photoshoots (often with wine, cake, or something equally as messy!). So we knew we needed something that gave us the chic look we were looking for, but also had some force behind it that we didn’t have with the marble ones!

    Cue Caesarstone! We had done a balloon installation for an event for Hedley & Bennett in downtown LA as we were in the process of designing our shop and noticed the surfaces for their kitchen. A place they were constantly cooking and spilling and hosting--and the counters were so pretty and looked FLAWLESS, even after all that activity! Obviously we had to ask where they were from. We did our research on Caesarstone later that day and we were certain this is the route we wanted to take!

    We chose the Frosty Carrina, Honed style. It is just so insanely close to the marble we had before, but unlike that marble, these surfaces are scratch, crack, and stain resistant. And someone has already spilled wine on it, so we know for sure! ;) It gave us that classic French, but modern look we were going for!



    After completing the renovation in the front of the store, we moved our focus to the balloon/craft room (which was originally just storage space). We removed the track lighting and added our light blue chandeliers, installed a sky light, and honed in on the design for this space. It was always a dream to have pink cabinets in here. We chose this pink paneling from Semihandmade and it couldn’t be more perfect. Once again, these cabinets are adorned with satin brass hardware from Emtek, and it may be our favorite area of the store!

    Originally, we thought we would go with a different surface for this room, but the Frosty Carrina Honed just stuck in our heads so much that we decided to carry it out through the rest of our shop as well. And as much as we love change in our other aspects of design, we feel that this continuous surface gives our shop that cohesive feel we were going for in the beginning!

    This is a room we had dreamed up for so long. Balloons have been a key part of our business since day one and we couldn’t be more grateful for an entire room for our team to get creative in (when we were accustomed to assembling 20 ft garlands in our aforementioned office/storage space in our old store)!

     

    Last but not least, I have an office! An office with a door and that is clear of boxes most of the time. ;)

     

    And of course it’s pink!

    And most of the time, it has at least one cake!

    Unbelievably grateful everyday that this is my job!

    Au Revoir! 

  • Picking Hardware with Emtek!

    Picking Hardware with Emtek!

     

    Bonjour! So, if you follow us, we're sure you know by now that we opened up our new shop in Studio City a couple of months ago! Still getting settled in and adjusting to a much bigger space, and constantly thankful we had the opportunity to expand! 

    BUT we're here to tell you that designing a new space from floor to ceiling is no small task. We had no idea there were so many decisions to make. Paint, floors, light fixtures, and hardware. All needing to intertwine with each other and bring about this vision we've had in our heads! 

    Picking out our hardware for this new space was always something that had intimidated us. We knew nothing about the good from the bad, what sizes we needed for everything, and if we'd be able to get everything in one place, because we definitely didn't have time to be running around picking up cabinet knobs from 5 different places all over town! 

    Cue Emtek. We discovered Emtek through a Pinterest rabbit hole, and there was no going back after that. They had all the options we were looking for in the perfect color & finish to match the French, modern yet eclectic vibe we were going for! 

    We immediately reached out to one of their reps and described our vision, and also let them know how overwhelmed we were. They immediately came back with suggestions and helped guide us in the right direction! 

    We started with our front door.

     We knew immediately we wanted to go with a brushed gold look for the entire space, and we wanted our front door to make a statement. So obviously we painted it pink, and chose a large handle for a little extra drama. The Adelaide Mortise entry set in Satin Brass was the perfect choice and makes us happy every time we come in the front door! 

    Once we had this staple piece picked out, we worked with the Emtek team to go further into the shop. 

    We have a lot of cabinets in the shop, so picking out the right knobs for them was a big decision! 

    Our big blue gift shelves were one of our favorite custom additions the the shop, and once we chose the Satin Brass finish for our front door, we knew we wanted to carry that same finish out throughout the shop. And there were so many options we loved for the cabinets, but after a lot of debate, the Emtek team helped us land on the Freestone Cabinet Knobs

     

    We carried these knobs into our new balloon room as well, and they look just as pretty on pink cabinets as they do on blue!

    This creative space also encompasses a craft area and gift wrap station. Continuing on this slightly mid-century, but mostly modern feel, we chose the Freestone Cabinet Pulls to compliment the knobs, and the Modern Brass Towel Bar with Square Rosette Plates to display our wrapping paper!

    The final area to tackle was our front cash wrap stand, and as intimidating as this process was to start with, it got easier as we tackled one area at a time! 

    We went with the Freestone Cabinet Pulls once more to finish off the space and really tie it all together. 

    All in all, hardware shopping turned out to be a really fun journey for us, and we can't wait to start shopping for our newest location in the Pacific Palisades! We can't sing Emtek's praises enough for helping us through this process!

    xoxo,

    Bonjour Fete Gals 

  • TURNING A NEW LEAF

    TURNING A NEW LEAF
    Rachel Huntington of Bonjour Fete and Royale Ziegler of But First Party New Years
     
    To ring in 2018 But First, Party and I hosted a brunch at her home with some of our favorite "friendors." The informal fete was a throwback to basics—simple but beautiful food, florals and friends. 
     
    Brunch table But First Party - Bonjour Fete 
    The brunch tablescape was neutral (not pink, can you believe it?!) with hints of sage to tie into the greenery of the florals, which were full of leafy greens. 
     Dawn of Earth Baby Flowers
    Dawn of Earth Baby Flowers is a floral goddess, and just a peach if you catch my drift! 
     
    The Nesta Home napkins featured gold palm leaves that complimented the Foraged Home metal salt cellars and tab garland running down the table's center. 
    Bonjour Fete and But First Party Lunch Party
     
    Also, all of the L'entramise dinnerware and cutlery is disposable and recyclable, which makes for a super easy clean-up! 
    Rachel Huntington of Bonjour Fete - But First Party Royale
     
    The gorgeous Sorella Collective graze boards and pie were all vegan, organic and gluten-free, all part of the new leaf we (and likely many others) are looking to turn in the new year! Well, by we I mean Royale, haha! 
     
    Sorella Cheese Board
    Of course, we had to throw in some fun discoball and glitter aspects to the bar cart, because you can't have a NYD brunch without champagne! 
    Disco Ball Bar Cart - Bonjour Fete - But First Party
    Credits: 
    Design/Planning: Royale Ziegler of But First, Party! @butfirstparty 
    Photography: L&B Photography @landb_photography 
    Florals (pictured): Dawn Schillinger of Earthbaby Flowers @earthbabyflowers 
    Graze boards (pictured): Shelby and Savannah of Sorella Collective @sorellacollective 
    Calligraphy: Proper Letter @properletter 
    Dinnerware and glassware: L'entramise @lentramise 
    Cutlery: Sophistiplate @sophistiplate 
    Napkins: Nesta Home @nestahome
    Cermaic candle holders, metal tab garland and salt cellars: Foraged Home @foragedhome 
    Kiwi Cream Pie: (pictured) Alana Morshead of @hertableLA  
     
  • THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

    THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

    But First, Party! X Bonjour Fête

    Today is International Women's Day and we couldn't think of a better way to honor it than with our children and each other. We are women supporting women, coming together to create, collaborate and celebrate. We are mothers raising boys the same as girls, teaching our children to be bold and stay woke, that women's rights are human's rights and that love trumps hate. The future is female. The future is them. The future is bright! 

    Now, let's start the party!

    If you live/frequent anywhere on the Eastside, you've probably passed Ultra Violet Kids and done a double—even triple—take at their stunning storefront. And, if the vibrant and quirky outside impressed you, the inside is even better. We were so HAPPY to have partied in their space, dressing our littles in looks from their new collection. How 'bout those dolls though?

     

    The partyware was inspired by the space, in other words, ALL OF THE THINGS. We mixed fun bright colors, marbled and striped, stars, unicorns and pops of gold. Tons of tassels, rainbow balloons and disco balls fit right in at this far-out fete.

     

    The cookies were an homage to an illustration by Deva Pardue of For All Womankind we saw everywhere after the Women's March. Because when something inspires you, you make it into a cookie. (Well technically—you have The Dessert Pantry  make it into a cookie, we all have our strengths!)    

     

     

     

     

         

       

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The perfectly pink vagina cookies were purchased at the Bake America Great Again fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. Proving that cookies can change lives.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    And how can you possibly quit when you see these Donut Friend donuts? You donut, you cannot.


    Our talented friends the Calligraphy Nerd  and Joan Hurwit made homemade signs that were more like mini works of art.



    And what would a peaceful gathering of likeminded party people be without a Volkswagen Bus? And not just any Volkswagen Bus, a Traveling Photobus!

     Today, our hope is that you have as much fun celebrating the women in your lives as we did!

    Rachel Huntington - Owner of Bonjour Fete - A party boutique

     

      

     

    Credits:

    Event Styling and Planning: Royale Ziegler of But First, Party! @butfirstparty 
    Party Goods: Rachel Huntington of Bonjour Fete  @bonjourfete
    Photography: Billye Donya @billyedonya
    Children's Clothing and Store: Ultra Violet Kids @ultravioletkids
    Cookies: The Dessert Pantry  @thedessertpantry
    Donuts: Donut Friend @donutfriend
    Signage: Calligraphy Nerd  @calligraphynerd
    Signage: Joan Hurwit  @joaniejoaniebalonie
    Photobus: The Traveling Photobus @travelingphotobus
    Femme Clinched Fist illustration: Deva Pardue @all_womankind