Laura's House Fundraiser: Making Futures Bright

Christa Rose Top OC Florist
Top Interior Design Firm Newport Beach_Hibner Design Group

As a firm, we continue to seek out organizations that we can be a part of and offer our support to. A few years ago our staff donated clothing items to Laura’s House and our hearts were opened to this incredible organization. We chose Laura’s House because of the amazing work they do to help women escape domestic violence circumstances. Fast forward to earlier this year when our friends at Aviso Legal Group asked us to attend and participate in their annual event at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach… Maryanne of course jumped at the chance and responded with an enthusiastic, “Yes!”

Each table sponsor was in charge of designing their own centerpiece which was to be judged in three different categories against the other sponsored tables. Lori and Linda at Aviso said they wanted to capture the “Brighter Futures” theme - so of course we thought light and bright…..

Christa Rose Newport Floral Design
Balboa Bay Resort _Hibner Design Group
Hibner Design Group Top Interior Design Firm

We placed our lights into different sized hurricanes filled with airplants for depth. We created the Boho feel by bringing in driftwood pieces that were accented with succulents, moss and butterflies to help bring them to life. We enlisted Floral Designs by Christa Rose to create our fresh floral centerpiece. The flowers consisted of gorgeous Coral Charm Peonies, Pampas Grass, orange Pin Cushions, dried Bunny Tails, Ranunculus and Craspedia. The flowers provided a vibrant and cheerful color palette but also reflected the boho style with the addition of the dried grasses. We used a mud-cloth printed “tablecloth” (insider’s secret: this is actually a shower curtain from Target!) and added the cutest mini wall hangings from Ox and Nag as the parting gift for each place setting. Turquoise and indigo glass votives were sprinkled around the table to add a touch of sparkle. We had bone framed inspirational phrases like, “The Future is Bright” and “Wild and Free” around the table to emphasize our boho-inspired theme. Butterflies represent metamorphosis and change so we knew we wanted to have them all throughout the centerpiece. We placed them on the drift wood pieces, the frames and glass hurricanes. We were all so happy with the way all these beautiful pieces came together!

Purpose Jewelry another organization that rocks!

Purpose Jewelry another organization that rocks!

Jessica Vertin, Maryanne Hibner, Noreen Bemus

Jessica Vertin, Maryanne Hibner, Noreen Bemus

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We had a fabulous time at the Luncheon seeing familiar faces and meeting new people! We spotted some beautiful jewelry on auction from our friends at International Sanctuary/Purpose Jewelry, also an amazing company with a great mission! We were so honored to be guests at this very worthy fundraiser! Thank you, Aviso Legal Group for inviting us to join you at such an incredible event! For more information on Laura’s House you can visit their website at

Maryanne and Jessica with Aviso Legal, Linda Lam and Lori Ginex-Orinion

Maryanne and Jessica with Aviso Legal, Linda Lam and Lori Ginex-Orinion

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is quickly approaching. Still looking for the perfect gift? We’ve got you covered! Check out our complete gift guide fit for any dad.

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For a Dad who loves entertaining- We recommend the Op Art Dartboard Set and a Teakwood and Tobacco soy candle. Both are perfect for any Dad Den. The Art Dartboard set is a posh take on a pub classic, perfect for a quick game with guests. The Teakwood and Tobacco soy scented candle has lead notes of leather, pepper, and tobacco... need we say more?!

For the stylish Dad- We recommend this Bugatchi Shape Fit Print Sports Shirt. The cool geometric pattern is eye catching yet versatile. Finished with mother-of-pearl buttons for a hint of luxury.

For a Dad who likes to stay connected- We recommend the Apple Watch and Apple Wireless Airpods.  Dad can make calls, send texts, and even stream Apple Music right from his wrist. The wireless airpods help keep everything tangle free!

For the adventurous Dad- We recommend the Leatherman Sidekick Multi-tool and the Bose Bluetooth Speaker. Both are perfect for any trip! Instead of having to carry multiple tools, the Leatherman Sidekick includes all essentials in one. The Bose Bluetooth speaker provides Dad with a portable way to enjoy his favorite tunes.

For the “on-the-go” Dad- We recommend the Yeti 30 oz Tumbler. The Yeti tumbler will keep his coffee hot even longer than he needs it to be. It also features a magnetic lid that keeps it spill-proof. Just one less thing for Dad to worry about during his morning rush!

Final tip: Don't forget to check your local breweries for gift certificates. Our favorite is Docent located in San Juan Capistrano!


Behind the Scenes: BD West Fashion Challenge

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We hope you’ve had the chance to read all about our amazing time at the BD West/NEWH Fashion Challenge! If not, you can do so here.  Now we are taking you behind the scenes to see what it's like to participate in the BD West/NEWH Fashion Challenge!

We received a box of materials from sponsors from the event, which ranged from tiles, fabrics, wallcoverings, and  hardware. We were required to use at least one item from each sponsor to create a garment and an accessory piece. We were given a little under a month to find  inspiration, finalize a design idea, and submit our vision board. That left us with about two weeks to execute the outfit!



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Queen of The Galaxy


Once we received our assorted box of materials, we started brainstorming and browsing online for inspiration. One of the fabrics that we received from JAB Anstoetz reminded us of a cross between the milky-way and a gorgeous crystal stone. There was also a midnight blue glittered wallcovering which got us thinking along the lines of space and the stars. During our lunch breaks, the team snuck in watching old episodes of Project Runway for ideas on construction. All of this inspiration, lead us to our the "Queen of the Galaxy" theme and we hit the ground running!


Hard at Work


The competition was truly a team effort, and luckily, we had a sewist on our team! We spent our spare time gluing, cutting, sewing, spray painting until we had sticky fingers and glitter all over our hands! We had to not only create a garment, but also an accessory. We decided that no queen would be complete without her crown. Nothing seemed more fitting than a crown of stars! We decided to also give her a clutch and scepter that we constructed out of pieces of hardware received from C F Kent. 


Finished Look

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We are so proud of our Team and how the outfit and accessories turned out! We are also grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this exciting event and worthy cause.


Our New York Trip

Our President, Maryanne Hibner, and our VP of Design, Jessica Vertin, recently spent some time in New York City.  Come take a look at what Maryanne has to say about their trip...

Yes, I'm a little late with this journal post...better late than never right?

Jessica and I had the amazing opportunity to 'jaunt' over to New York for NYNow to shop, sightsee and basically soak in the beauty of the city. We stayed at 1 Hotel Central Park... highly recommend... no joke, incredible hotel - sweet design, great staff and farm to table food. 

We walked everywhere and took the subway from time to time (surprisingly we didn't get lost) but that subway is very confusing to this Cali girl! Good thing Jessica knew how the subway system works.  New York is a wonderful City and I hope to visit again soon.

For these two momma's, we enjoyed our 'work trip' which means we got to sleep and get inspired by all the City has to offer. Check out some of the pics below of the hotels we visited.



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BD West/NEWH Fashion Show

Fashion! Fashion! Fashion! That's all that has been on our minds here at the Studio for the past month. We just finished hitting the runway for the NEWH / BD West Fashion Challenge on April 5th at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange in DTLA. We competed against 14 other design teams from some of hospitality’s most well-known design firms to create avant garde designs using miscellaneous design materials that were donated by the sponsors.  We received the mystery box of materials only a few weeks before the event and had to imagine what we could do with each of the items to create a show-stopping outfit. It felt like we were on an episode of Project Runway around here except none of us had any idea how to put it all together...  all we kept hearing was Tim Gunn say, "MAKE IT WORK!" We settled on "Queen of the Galaxy" as our design concept and selected "Confident" by Demi Lovato as our runway song. We will post more on our creative process and how exactly we did it all soon but for now, come take a peak at the big day!

Getting Ready


Hair & makeup was done by students from Paul Mitchell School and they certainly hit the mark!


 Can you say #makeupgoals?!

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Runway Time

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Ava, from our Design Team, was our model for the event and she rocked! It was so fun to watch her strut all our hard work on the runway in front of hundreds of people and all the judges.  


See the sparkle on the inside of her train? That's a wallcovering that we hand sewed ourselves and we think it added the right amount of sparkle! Ava's crown of stars was made up of crushed tiles which were wrapped with twinkle lights for a nice glow. 


And that's a wrap!

We were so excited to participate in a fun and out of the box challenge like this and the opportunity to support the LA and OC NEWH chapters. All of the teams did such an amazing job! Also, a special thank you to all who came and supported us - especially, the winning bidder of our outfit, CF Kent Contract! Congratulations to Puccini Group for the win!

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