I’ve been a working interior designer since 1998; prior to that I lived in the world of CPA’s and business consultants; it’s amazing I made it out alive.  Those skills come in handy with my design clients.

I took an interest in design blogs while coming out of the fog after having AJ and then G (14 months later).

The focus of my business had taken a back seat initially to ttc and ultimately to caring for two babies–our blessings come in waves.  The journey was unimaginably difficult and beautiful, but that’s a topic for another post (or not).  One of the first blogs I stumbled upon is authored by the lovely Victoria.  

Instantly intrigued, I read, and read, soaking in her visuals; my favorite kind of reading.  I emailed Victoria about how she started blogging,  who had done her banner, and a few other questions.  She was generous in referring me to the sweetest talent ever.

Victoria shared her love for Heart Fish on her blog.  Hijiri Shepherd, has helped with every aspect of this blog design–we collaborated on the design, color scheme, textures, including additional collateral material for my design business, studio and store front.  She knew I wanted an organic yet feminine professional image, and she secretly uploaded a photo from our succulent garden via my flickr photostream.

What resulted is this logo, for the design arm of my business—the color, texture and use of negative space—are all spot on for me.  This project is a great example of the power of technology.  Hijiri was living in San Francisco when we initially connected.  She has since moved to Brooklyn.  All of our project work has been done online or by phone.  I would highly encourage anyone looking to expand their business or define their online presence with a website, blog, collateral material, or other graphic design material to use Hijiri K Design Studio.  I’ll be forever grateful for her spirit, patience, talent and heart. Hijiri’s ventures are expanding as well, more recently through new work of the letterpress variety; see some of her treasures featured in her etsy shop and more here.

It’s been an arduous process getting started, my end of it– this is so new to me–I’m a perfectionist and quite unfamiliar with the tools used to share interior design online.  My hope is that this blog will be a venue for sharing, connecting, learning and laughing along the way.  I welcome comments and emails.

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  1. Jason Sauer on February 24, 2009

    Your blog looks great Jana, very nice job. We’ve got it bookmarked now.

  2. Joanne Flynn Black on February 24, 2009

    love your blog! i will be following it.

  3. Hijiri on February 24, 2009

    Thank you, Jana, soo much for the wonderful mention!!! I am so honored to be a part of your exciting new blog, new business, and everything!!! Looking forward to reading your lovely thoughts and ideas here!! Hijiri

  4. Victoria on February 25, 2009

    Thank you so much for including me in your first post – I’m so flattered. Hijiri is the best, and you blog looks so fresh and lovely! Congratulations to you both for a beautiful design. Have fun in the blog world!

  5. jana on February 28, 2009

    Jason, Jo, Hijiri and Victoria,

    I so appreciate you commenting on my blog; my first post :) Thank you so much and thank you for the support.

    warmest wishes,


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