Shop Stories: Fresh Tangerine

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Shop Name, Location, Type of Goods Sold: Fresh Tangerine, Seattle, WA, handmade jewelry

Tell us a little bit about how Fresh Tangerine came to be. I was working at a day job that I didn’t really like, and I was really wanting to go back to France and travel more. I also couldn’t really see myself working in a corporate office job, and I knew I had to find a way to have a flexible job that would allow me to travel. I originally started Fresh Tangerine with the idea that it would be a side job to supplement a teaching income in France. I bought a bunch of supplies, signed up for some local craft shows in Portland, and spent every night and weekend designing, making jewelry, and trying to establish my brand. After the holidays, I was approached by CRAVE (a guide book that features female owned businesses in different cities.) I spent another 9 months working full time and spending all of my free time on my business. In August 2011, I was able to quit my day job to work on Fresh Tangerine full time.

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Talk about your style. These days I’m all about being comfortable both in what I wear and the space that I’m in. My go-to outfit is a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a loose blazer. My team likes to tell me that I’m the master of the “casual blazer.” I tried to make the studio feel warm and welcoming, so that when you come to work or to visit, you feel like you’re coming home.

Do you have a favorite part of your shop + why? I love how open the studio is and that people can visit, shop, and see how everything is made.

Where does your inspiration come from? Everywhere! I love to travel, and I try to incorporate my experiences and what I’ve seen into my designs. I’m a very visual person, so I try to always keep an inspiration board.

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Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. The best and hardest thing was quitting my day job. I started my business and worked full time at my day for almost a year. I woke up after my last day of work feeling both excited/free and terrified. Another great moment was when I was in a shop that carried my jewelry for the first time. I was definitely that person taking pictures of their work in the store.

One of the most challenging things I’ve done is hire employees. It’s difficult to come to the realization that you can’t do everything yourself. It’s even harder to actually stop and let people help you. I’m still learning how to be a good boss and leader, and I’m so grateful for my awesome team. They’ve helped grow Fresh Tangerine into something that I love even more.

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. I think that the gallery wall is the perfect reflection of me and my space. It has art from friends and people I’ve met, dreamcatchers that I’ve made, photos from Fresh Tangerine shoots, and lots of gold and hearts.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: The biggest steal is probably the green velvet couch that I got from a vintage shop in Portland. There’s not really one item that I splurged on….maybe someday!

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What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your space? I usually get my basic items from Ikea. They have simple designs, and the price is right. Sometimes I’ll try to change pieces so that they look more custom. I like to accessorize with vintage pieces, things I’ve collected from traveling, and items from other handmade or small businesses. I’m obsessed with ceramics right now and my favorite ring dishes are from The Object Enthusiast and The Pursuits of Happiness.

Any advice? Trust your gut. I know that everyone says this, but it’s so true. I overthink things all the time, and can talk myself out of pretty much anything. I think the best decisions I’ve made have been the ones where I’ve listened to and trusted that voice that was telling me to do something.

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting with one of my favorite photographers and friend of mine, Kirsty, for my brand re-launch. For those of you who are new around here, I decided it was time to get away from using my name for my business and thought it was time to come up with something that would allow me to grow my business beyond myself. It’s been about a year now since I slowly started build things behind the scenes, and a little update – the design for the website is 97% complete and has been sent to the web developer and print media is now slowly starting to take shape! The brand aesthetic behind Little Bison Studio will be different from what you are currently seeing here, opting more towards the simple, natural, and earthy. I know it’s taken me a long time to finally get to these final steps, believe me, I am SO ready, and I hope to share more of my process as it unfolds.

And the Adventure Begins

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For the past few weeks you may have noticed that everything over here on the blog has come to a screeching halt. This summer has been a busy one to say the least – with freelancing picking up, in the midst of launching Little Bison Studio, and just the fact that summer always tends to be packed with various festivities and many long days spent outside. And well, to add to the list, my husband and I will be packing up and moving down south in just about a week. Steve was recently accepted into a masters program and we will settling in northwest Texas for about two years.

A few weeks ago we went down to find a place to live and take a peek at the campus – and of course, sample the food! Although Texas is nearly the complete opposite of Wisconsin, I do like it and the heat wasn’t as bad as everyone had warned me. Guess those three winter coats I own will be collecting some dust considering the lowest average temp is 30˚, which isn’t too bad considering we experience winter three to four months out of the year and it’s way worse.

Packing for our new adventure has not been without its struggles, trying to decide what to purge, donate, store, and take – I should have done this months ago! So many memories … and accumulated junk. It’s going to be sad leaving the place where my husband and I both grew up and lived our whole lives, leaving our family and friends, starting completely fresh in an area that’s foreign to us, but the adventure ahead is also new and exciting!

At Home with Lisa Wagner

At Home with Lisa Wagner / home tour

Talk about your style. Industrial Vintage Modern with a touch of Rustic. Ha! Not quite sure how to describe my current style. I’ve always appreciated that vintage flair, whether it’s a part of an outfit, the décor in a home, or the car driving down the street. It brings personality and a little history into the everyday norm. So it makes sense that I enjoy incorporating those touches in my own home. I’m a sucker for unique chairs, that “one-of-a-kind” kitchen plate, old books that have been read countless times because they’re just that good. And maps. Just maps. Enough said. I’m also a big fan of clean lines and earthy tones broken up with something natural, like an untreated piece of wood or a cool branch that we found on one of our hikes with the kids. And then there’s the industrial appreciation. If it could be pictured hanging from the walls of an old factory or found in some sort of workshop, then I’ll take it!

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? I think I have favorite spaces in each room of the house. Just depends on the time of day, I guess. However the white couch in the family room is currently one of my favorite places to sit. There’s a beam of sunlight that hits it perfectly for a good long while during the early afternoon. Usually the house is quiet during those hours and if I play my cards right, you will often find me basking in the sunlight there with a good book in hand.

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Where does your inspiration come from? A lot of things inspire me. Nature, different cultures, artwork, music, other people, industry. I’m a sucker for thrift stores, antique malls, hole-in-the-wall sorts of places. I could get lost in those for hours…days…weekends. Other people’s junk can definitely inspire me. A pretty pink cabinet that now sits in my daughter’s room was once a dirty dark green object on the side of the road with a missing hinge and a door hanging off. Nothing that a little TLC and a coat of paint can’t take care of! I’ve always been a “collector.” I’ve had many odd collections throughout my life (my mom could give you some interesting examples…but we’ll leave it at that). So “treasure hunting” is something that I truly enjoy. This home has treasures that came from the rafters of an old barn, junkyards and from the middle of the woods. And I do realize I’m passing this trait onto my kids…which is a blessing and a curse. I find piles of rocks, acorns, and even jawbones from dead carcasses in corners of their room with strict instructions not to touch them. (I secretly love it and hope it never stops.)

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. I wouldn’t call it an achievement just yet, as I have eons of things to learn and work on, but I believe homeschooling would fall into this category. This is our first year at it, and it is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done…and also one of the coolest. Every day there is something so rewarding that takes place…and yet I’ve never slept harder at night then I have this year. Some days there are tears…but those can be both happy and sad. What a gift to have my kids home with me all day long. Truly this is such a blessing and it’s a dream come true. Thank you, God. But my kids are with me all. day. long. (insert “deer in headlights” eyes.) This year, more than ever before, I’ve learned how much I have to work on. I’m still [very much] being molded and refined and I’m thankful for this journey in so many countless ways…even if it means the house is usually in disarray and there are flow charts hanging on my walls. :)

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Wood – my dad is quite a talented wood worker. He has created so many beautiful carvings and different pieces out of wood (among many other things). The smell of woodchips will forever remind me of my dad and his workshop. That’s why I think wood…especially in it’s natural state…makes my heart very happy. Chairs – I love me some unique chairs. They’re usually just the right size to bring a little character to a corner of a room. Books – in my humble, and admittedly nerdy opinion, a room is made so much cooler when there are piles of stacked books.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Our counter tops and stools were a splurge. But well worth it, I think. And all the wood in our kitchen/dinning room was a steal. Literally these were collected for a small fee from barns that were being taken down. Those beautiful Wisconsin farms keep on giving. :)

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? As mentioned earlier, a lot of things in our home come gently used. Craigslist has been a great resource, among rummage sales and thrift stores. There’s so much you can do to give those used things a fresh new look. West Elem, Urban Outfitters, Ikea and Etsy have also been great places to get unique things for a fair price.

At Home with Lisa Wagner

Do you have any DIY tips to share? I love to use nature. We’ve collected pinecones and strung them from twine to adorn a window. We’ve spray painted them with glitter paint to add some sparkle to a bookshelf. We’ve collected a handful of cool sticks and feathers and painted the tips silver. We’ve gathered armloads of driftwood to make one-of-a-kind birdhouses. It can be that easy. And plants are such a great way to bring colorful life into your home. They’re easy and effortless.

Any advice? When we moved into this house (about 2 years ago) I tried hard to not put anything on my walls or shelves that didn’t mean something to me. I think sometimes we think we need to fill each and every space in our home. That’s simply not true. An entire wall in my living room was blank for over a year because I didn’t have anything that could fill it well…that meant something to me…that wasn’t just filling an empty space. Sometimes it’s worth waiting for that perfect piece that you happen to find when you aren’t even looking for it!

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Sienna Moon: Summer Collection

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A few weeks ago I shared a sneak peek into what I’ve been working on the past few months and I am so excited to finally share that the day is here! First let’s back track to March, the freelancing waters had settled a bit and I was itching for a new project, so I started contacting a few up + coming businesses and Etsy shops wondering if they’d be interested in collaborating in some way. It was at that time, that I stumbled upon the Jamie’s lovely, boho-inspired shop. Sienna Moon. It caught my eye right off the bat because it was right up my alley and a client I could only dream of working with some day.

After a exchanging a few emails, Jamie and I began the process of designing tee’s and tanks for her upcoming summer collection. Little did I know how huge of a project this was turning out to be, but I enjoyed every minute of the ride. Seriously. I’ve learned so much in these past three months about developing + designing a clothing line and has really opened my eyes even more to the realm of fashion. It has truly been an amazing experience and has given me a good sample of what it’s like to own and run a clothing company.

Currently we are in the process of promoting the new collection with social media, line sheets, and lookbooks. I promise I will share more as everything starts to unfold, but until then, feel free to check out the new summer collection for yourself! This collection was a wonderful team effort and I want to give a shout out to the other designers who had a hand in creating various parts of the collection and to all of the incredible photographers across the U.S. who made the garments come to life so beautifully!

( photos by emmy lowe )