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Bespoke | Veronica & Charles
Design House of Moira | Summer Watercolor Invitation


These invitations were created for the Oh So Inspired Retreat held in Sonoma, California last fall.  We wanted to create something fun, bright, bold and playful with touches of rose gold and shades of peaches and pinks.




The invitations were kept on the simple side, with bold lettering gracing the front.  Behind the lettering, I did a pale watercolor wash of pale pink and dropped in just a touch of rose gold.  The backs of the invitations were printed in the bold pattern, adding interest and color to the simple invitation design. 

I completely love the envelope design with the envelopes lined in the bold print.  Each envelope was addressed in the same bold, heavy brush lettering.  The carefully selected stamps are reprints of vintage seed packets and the colors were perfect!  The small reply card was printed with the couple's address with their initials in the same bold brush style.

Design House of Moira | Summer Watercolor Invitation
Design House of Moira | Summer Watercolor Invitation | Envelope Liners
Featured | Style me Pretty
Design House of Moira | Style Me Pretty


One of my favorite clients (I say 'favorite' but all my clients are pretty fricken awesome!), Miss Jess Galfo, fashion blogger of Dressed by Jess and blogger bride at Style Me Pretty met up with her completely fab event designer to have a sit down recently to chat about style, paper, and all details weddings!  Paige from Gilded Lily Events is working with Jess on her wedding design, and I have the pleasure of creating her paper pieces for her.  They cozied up in Paige's darling office to pour over paper options, printing methods and wedding details.  The lovely afternoon was then shot by Love & Light Photography and was featured on Style Me Pretty today!  Jess turned the tables a bit and put on her hat as blogger and picked Paige's brain a bit about owning a wedding design company and working with clients.  Check out her full interview the rest of the gallery


From Paige:

There are plenty of ways to showcase your personality on your wedding day, but what elements are the most important?

I truly believe that love is in the details. However, couples can easily get weighed down by all of these “little” things. I like to remind brides-to-be that it is important to really zoom in on the areas that will make the most impact. If you think back on a picture of a wedding that you loved, you probably didn’t notice everything that was going on around it. Focus on what is the most important and highlight it. For an overall beautiful, cohesive look, I believe the flowers and paper goods are the most important elements. They carry the wedding day story and are usually the first and last thing that your guests will take note of.

Invitations are the guests’ first peek at the formality of the wedding along with the type of event being thrown. How can brides keep them creative, yet cohesive?

Save the Dates and invitations are the first connections that your guests will have with your wedding and it sets the tone for what to expect for your day. Before you send out your invitations, make sure you have a good idea of the color palette and key design elements that you are going to use throughout your wedding day. Custom invitations are the way to go and are not just a luxury item. Be clear with your graphic designer or artist of what you want and how they can work within your budget to make your invitation dreams come true.


Check out more from Paige on Style Me Pretty!


Design House of Moira | Style Me Pretty | Gilded Lily Events
Design House of Moira | Style Me Pretty | Gilded Lily Events
Original Artwork | Monochormatic

I've been playing around with painting in a single color, adjusting tones and shadows to give depth and contrast.  I recently did two pieces in shades of grey and black (and apparently blue.  I'm not actually sure where the blue came from, I can only think that there was a tiny bit mixed in the palette with the black - it wasn't noticeable until it had dried!)

I finished these two commissioned pieces last week - they measure 15x11 and are painted on Arches cold press watercolor paper and will be finished with a deckled edge before being shipped off to their new owners!

You can also see a bit of Paige's invitation artwork below the black and white.

Design House of Moira Original Artwork
Announcement | Original Artwork

About a month or two ago, I started doing something that may seem pretty straight forward, but I had never thought of before (it was a bit of a 'duh' moment).  I started creating artwork for no other reason than creation and practice.  As an artist, it's actually a bit of a conundrum.  I personally know that I have a hard time sitting down and just creating something without any guidelines or parameters.  I never know what to paint - or to paint at all.  I could sketch, but what would I sketch?? 

So a began letting color be my parameters and not worrying too much about what I actually painted.  I also started letting the watercolor behave as watercolor should, and not worrying so much about it being "perfect".  I allowed the paints to bleed together, the reds play into the greens and the blush into blue. 

A funny thing happened - the more I practiced, the better I saw my work getting.  Shocking, right? Who knew that practice improved one's skills! 

Another unexpected thing happened - when I started posting my latest work on social media, I received much higher praise/likes/accolades than normal!  My most liked post on instagram EVER was a bronze gouache leaf painting!  I was somewhat (totally.  I was totally) blown away! 

So every other day or so I sit down to create something for the fun of it, but now I have a whole pile of gorgeous watercolor artwork.  What will I do with all this artwork? 

Well, after several requests, I've decided to sell it!  They're my babies, but my walls are full and they need to go to good homes. 

Check out my shop to pick up your favorite piece!

Design House of Moira | Original Artwork

So as we welcome 2016, I have launched the first round of artwork for sale.  Each piece is unique and original, so if there's a piece you love, snap it up before someone else does!  And don't forget to check back for new pieces to be added!

To celebrate the launch, I've also added a free printable to celebrate 2016!  Find it in the shop, download and don't forget to share how you use it with #moiraart

Design Hous of Moira | Original Artwork | Free Printable

Featured | Bayside Workshop
Moira Design Studio | Design House of Moira

Vendors: Photography: Natalie Franke // Styling: Kruse & Vieira Events // Florals: Intrigue Designs // Invite Suite & Paper Goods & lettering for table: Design House Of Moira // Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter // Linens: BBJ Linens // Rentals: Select Event Group // Cake: Wildflour Fine Baking Co.// Welcome Basket: Marigold & Grey // Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil // Gown: Kate McDonald Bridal // Tux: The Black Tux

Real Wedding | at the press!

It's always such a pleasure to work with amazing event designers, so when Simone from Soirees by Simone reached out to me, I couldn't want to get started.  Her lovely bride, Kristin, was getting married at Holman Ranch in Carmel Ranch, California.  We knew that we wanted to tie in the venue itself, as well as the floral types that will be used in her reception decor and bouquet. 

We began with several sketches of how the artwork would fall to give me some guidance, and once the sketches were finished, I moved on to the artwork and invitations proofs. 

Moira Design Studio

For this suite, we are combining letterpress and flatprint, digitally printing the artwork and then pressing the lettering over it.  All the envelopes have been addressed in matching taupe ink and the suite is almost ready for the mail!

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Bespoke | luica

florals | maidenhair fern | opal | rose gold | lace | modern calligraphy | romantic | blush | peach

Bespoke | Emma

central park | floral | Manhattan | moire | skyline | boathouse | laurel | summer | boater hats | white attire

Bespoke | Elisie

private estate | angelic sculpture | calligraphy | pale | elegant | black tie | silk | deckled edge | gold

Bespoke | O'dessa

orchard | rose gold | mt hood | organic | bright | formal | apples | blossom

Featured | style me pretty!

seaside | calligraphy | watercolor | sea breeze | antique stamps | silver flatware | rope | quote | white | pale blue | gauzy | airy | light

photography: Krista A Jones

design: Alex Meyer

stationary & calligraphy: Moira Design Studio

flowers: The Floral Studio

moira design studio | bespoke

"...In you I wrap a thousand onward years."

Featured | Flutter Magazine

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of hosting Kim from Flutter Magazine in my Philadelphia studio.  She had asked me to create menus for a dinner party using watercolor that could easily be reproduced for her readers.  For all the step-by-step instructions, visit her Hearts A Flutter blog

Moira Design Studio | Victoria Rothwell
Instagram Weekly

This week on Instagram...this is such a gorgeous suite that I have the pleasure of creating.  It included a watercolor pattern of gorgeous blown open roses and buds and it was mixed with a pale watercolor stripe.  The suite itself was all hand lettered on deckled edge paper, tied up with thread and assembled with a wax monogram seal.  More to come!

Featured...Style Me Pretty Living!

I've begun offering some sort of little holiday goodie in the form of a free downloadable and printable pieces, and our Mother's Day printables are featured on Style Me Pretty Living today!  You can check out the entire post here.  

The collection of designs feature calligraphy and hand lettering, as well as springy yellow floral pieces.  You can download the designs through the Studio Shoppe here!  I did feature one design that was lettering only as well, in case anyone wants to keep it simple.  For the Style Me Pretty feature, the designs were paired with envelopes from Paper Source in their colors Curry, Leaf and Chartreuse.   I also paired the pieces with some vintage stamps from my own collection for a little added detail (little known fact, did you know that I have an extensive stamp collection?).  Enjoy!