Bri Emery of Design Love Fest is a renowned member of the online community, celebrated for her insanely colorful charisma and extensive expertise with all things aesthetically pleasing. Her portfolio boasts an ever-evolving career and too many eye-catching elements to count! From design and typography to exciting collaborations and innovative workshops, this lady’s brilliance knows no limit. We caught up with the creative to discuss her process, her projects, and—of course—her utterly stunning office space (can you say swoon?!).
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Let’s start from the beginning. When did you get the inspiration to start Design Love Fest?
I still remember the day I started the blog. Typing the words “designlovefest” into that little box. At that time, I desperately needed an escape from a 9-5 job that was holding me back creatively. I was eager to find my voice—what made me get up in the morning, what brought inspiration to my life. Very quickly designlovefest became an everyday outlet for me, whether I was blogging about my struggles or just what I thought was beautiful. It was a very personal place for me for a long time…I feel like it molded me as a creative.
Large table chairs: Yeah! rentals
Flower arrangements: Clementine Floral Works
You wear many hats in your career: graphic designer, blogger, businesswoman, mentor, creative director, etc. How do you juggle all your roles and projects?
I like to think of myself as a very driven and excited person. Wearing so many hats has been a journey for me to find out ultimately what makes me happy. I take on as much (well, that’s a lie—sometimes too much) as I can handle, and at the end of the day, everything I do is out of love and the desire to make my ideas a reality. I’m learning to ask for help (which is difficult, because I can be a bit of a control freak). There are definitely days where I want to (and do) hide under my desk from the stress of keeping up with it all. I constantly tell myself to pull back, and then end up taking on three more projects the next day. It’s just my nature.
What is a typical day in the life of Bri Emery?
I wake up and immediately check my phone. I know, I know…that’s not how it’s supposed to go, but I’m sure you can relate. I check that the blog posts went up and that there aren’t any crazy emergency emails—and then I get started on my social media routine. It wakes me up and gets me ready for my day. Then I have coffee and go over my “hotlist” as we call it around here, to begin planning how I’ll attack my to-do list. Like a lot of creatives, I’m a huge procrastinator and never end up doing my to-do list in the right order…but somehow, it all gets done. There are days when I work from bed and days where I put on lipstick and go to the office. No day is really the same. My days all revolve around the Internet, though—that is the one constant.
What are the top five things you love about your job and the five things you could do without?
1. The ability to inspire and share with my readers is #1 for me.
2. Being around other inspiring freelancers. My job is all about community, and I love that!
3. The possibilities and excitement in the unknown.
4. The freedom to travel and manage my own schedule.
5. I’m happy to not deal with the office politics that I once dealt with. Being my own boss is a definite plus (remember how I said I was a control freak?).
Could live without:
1. Managing people has been difficult for me. It’s a constant struggle that I’d love to get better at.
2. The pressure inevitably drives us, but can sometimes be too much to handle on our own.
3. Running two businesses has definitely taken a toll on my social life. Some days I just wish work was over at 6 p.m., but it doesn’t really work like that.
4. The negative criticism isn’t wonderful, but I guess comes with the territory.
5. While the unknown of the future is also something I love, it can also be the thing that freaks me out the most.
Gold Phone: A+R Store
What are five tips you have for women who are looking to turn into a creative mogul like yourself?
1. Know who you are and what you’re about, and don’t settle for anything that doesn’t align with that brand. It’s a slippery slope.
2. Stay inspired! Don’t get complacent. Travel, take walks, read, see films, and network. Keep the thoughts flowing.
3. It’s easy to get on social media and complain. But at the end of the day, people don’t really care to hear how many emails you have to write or how “busy” and “tired” you are. This doesn’t mean you can’t keep it real. But unless I’m asked, I try my best to keep complaining to a minimum. I have definitely un-followed some “Debbie Downers.”
4. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Give yourself time to relax and rejuvenate. Believe me: getting burnt-out is a MUCH bigger time suck than just chilling out for a few minutes each day.
5. Always think ahead. Plan your next step and think about how you can go above and beyond for your clients (and those that you want to be your clients). If you make it easy for them to work with you, they’ll come back for more.
Vintage decanters: Shopclass LA
Blogshop is a huge success. Why do you think this is so?
At the time that blogshop started, I really saw a hole in the market. Blogging was RAPIDLY growing; people had a vision for how they wanted to appear on the Internet, but they didn’t have the skills to execute that vision. blogshop’s main goal is to help bloggers bring to life what they see in their head and to take frustration out of that process. Not only do you learn valuable information in one weekend, but you also meet other creatives while doing so. We think learning should be fun, and I think (and hope) people are drawn to that aspect of it.
You put yourself ‘out there’ a lot, but what is something your fans would be surprised to know about you?
I am a huge slob. I’m not very domestic. And I’m deathly afraid of the doctor (I cry every time I have to go). Seriously, how am I going to have a KID?!
Your home office is so colorful and unique. How did you come up with the aesthetic?
I really think that your home should be an extension of your personality. With all the traveling I’ve been doing lately, I have realized very quickly that I want my home to be a place that I feel the MOST comfortable and relaxed in. I have been putting a lot more effort into purchasing things that really make me happy to look at and live with. I am majorly drawn to color and pattern but also have a very clean aesthetic. I feel like my home is starting to take shape based on those elements.
Favorite item in your office?
It’s not really an item, but my favorite part of my office is the massive windows & natural light.
Biggest office design challenge?
Making the storage functional rather than an eyesore.
What’s next for Design Love Fest?
I sure wish I knew!
How do you sparkle?
My boyfriend has laid the smack down on my obsession with gold & sparkle. Sadly, he’s gonna lose that battle.