Studio Tour: Sarah Drake & Nimble Well

by Natalie

Last Friday my friend and designer extraordinaire Sarah Drake co-hosted an open house at her studio to introduce some of her new 2013 paper line and show off her rearranged digs with new biz flat mate Kelly Connolly of Nimble Well. I am so excited for both of them! I think they’re a great union, offering thoughtful and one of a kind options for events and home with heart and soul. It was my introduction to Nimble Well and I LOVE what she has to offer for rentals. I of course have a bit of vintage envy and felt the itch to go out into the world to dig through piles of antiques for those golden finds… BUT now I know where to go in Chicago when I need to rent extra pieces or find other types of rental offerings that we don’t have in house or in the larger event rental company warehouses.
I loved her ruby red punch bowl set, colored glass cake stands and compotiers, oil lamps, silver serving options, golden striped bud vases.

Her room of goodies was packed with charming finds including this oversized drink dispenser which she filled with rosemary strawberry water. It was fresh, simple, and gorgeous!

This 19th century gold-rimmed cake stand was also a hit and it didn’t hurt that it was topped by some of my favorite absolutely delicious fleur de sel caramels by Katherine Anne Confections!

Sarah has been very busy creating some fresh new lines for 2013 including this deconstructed chevron which makes me want to change our entire brand and website! Her Monogram Collection below is absolutely to die for, recreating the personalized art of an invitation onto heirloom keepsakes from china to linens. What a genius registry option.

Planner and gal pal, Anne Book, was captured here competing with me for the best iPhone shots of the evening’s details. How sweet are these Limoges dessert plates and pink depression glasses!? They make everything taste better!


To learn a bit more about Nimble Well’s style, check our Kelly’s own wedding posted on her blog. It says it all.
Lots of love…