we like it wild: a day at the office

We thought it would be fun to take you to work with us today. Because we are a studio and don’t have a retail storefront, we have a lot of flexibility in shaping (and re-shaping) our schedule depending on what comes up on a particular morning or week. Like most small businesses – this is no 9 to 5. We may have to schedule a wedding consultation on a Sunday afternoon or do a photoshoot in the Napa countryside on a Tuesday morning. So here’s a little peek into what a not too crazy not too slow day at Studio Choo is like.

6:00 am. Barely wake up. (Jill accidentally sets alarm for 5:45 pm but miraculously wakes up close to on-schedule anyway.) Find clean clothes and put them on. Pick up breakfast treats and a way-belated birthday cupcake for our favorite salesman at the market.


CLICK HERE for the rest of Studio Choo’s day (including 11 more pictures of flowers, ribbons and the girls) after the jump!

Meet at our studio space in South San Francisco at 7am. Share sprinkle donut. Double check shopping list for the day’s orders. Drive to the San Francisco Flower Mart while discussing container options for an upcoming wedding. Wonder what kind of metallic gold paint will work on glass. Arrive at the market and check with our guy for “secretos” (special flowers he keeps behind the counter). Chat with Natalie and admire her cute outfit. Walk up and down through the booths choosing just the right flowers for our weekly clients and delivery orders. Chat with Lauren about her weekend. Load flowers and vases into truck (note: link launches a site with sound).

Arrive back at the studio and unload the goods onto big work table. Alethea makes midmorning snack of egg, cheese, and turkey breakfast quesadilla. Remark how eggs are not so bad and kind of fluffy when cooked in the microwave. Cut flowers and get them into water. Check emails. Watch lil’ boy sleeping in the sun. Make arrangements and work on secret experiment for next week’s post. Stop working and do a weird dance when Snowden comes up on song shuffle. Photograph arrangements for the website and blog. Use an old typewriter to write out gift card messages. Hope the E doesn’t get stuck again.

Load up the truck around noon to make deliveries. Head into downtown San Francisco. Drop off the orders. Make a visit to the Ribbonerie for some special yardage for upcoming weddings. Look through the most beautiful selection of stripes, grosgrain, satin, vintage, and organic cotton ribbons in town. Have trouble choosing the perfect pale blue. Hope a new client likes gold as much as we do. Watch Paulette skillfully wind each of our purchases into a perfect eight shape.

Starving for burgers. Head to the Ramp for lunch. Drink an Arnold Palmer and eat cheeseburgers (cheddar for Alethea and blue cheese for Jill) while basking in the sunshine on the deck. Listen to the guys sitting next to us talk loudly about how hard they party.

Head back to the studio again. Take out Ribbonerie purchases to admire them all together. Check emails. Make a succulent garden for tomorrow’s orders. Discuss homework for the night: Jill choosing and resizing images, Alethea refining a proposal. Clean up the dirt and dishes and flower scraps to start fresh again tomorrow.

  1. alexa says:

    Hi thanks for sharing that! I’ve been designing in sf for a few years now and am working on starting my own design studio in my apartment. very inspirational and I especially appreciate your attention to local flowers! maybe i’ll see you at the market sometime!

  2. simplygrove says:

    Lovely day!!!! And i love this post:)

  3. mel says:

    would LOVE if my work day was like yours! :)

  4. Rachel says:

    I wish my days were like that! It sounds so much fun, hard work, but so rewarding. I bet you love your job!

  5. lisa says:

    this post was fun to read… i wish i had this job! love the typewriter… how do you get ink for it since it is vintage??

  6. Anna says:

    Thanks for sharing! I loved hearing about your day! It’s such a nice experience to see what people get to do in their jobs.

  7. Amber says:

    Can I come work with you? I am a profession price scanner (grocery checker), sooo boring. I am close too, 1 1/2 hours away in Hell (the Central Valley). Please! Kiss Kiss

  8. Brandi R says:

    Sounds like the perfect job. So awesome that you do what you love

  9. So funny to find almost the exact day. From dahlias to setting the alarm for pm instead of am, which I do ALL THE TIME. Ah the universal life of a florist…

  10. maria monteiro says:

    i love this blog…

  11. Jane says:

    I’d like to have a day like that! Beautiful!

  12. Kate says:

    it’s so refreshing to see beautiful people doing good beautiful things in this world, keep it up ladies! also, i might consider giving up my first child for that ribbon shop. jk, i don’t have kids yet! ;)


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