Outdoors In: Ellinée Design House

Photo by Lia Griffith / Read info about this photo below1

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Terrariums and flowers and butterflies, oh my! I recently invited Lia Griffith of Ellinée Design House to share her studio space with us for our first Outdoors In feature. Lia is the Creative Director at Ellinée, a design studio based in Portland, Oregon specializing in some of the most beautifully designed wedding, baby, and holiday stationery. Be sure to check out Ellinée’s blog where they frequently offer ideas and free downloadable items for event decorating.

To say Ellinée’s space is inspiring would be an understatement. So much creativity abounds in this space with gorgeous natural light filtering in through the windows and decorated so charmingly that only Anthropologie can come close to rivaling. I’m going to let Lia to have the floor with an introduction about their space and a note about each of the photos below.

An Introduction from Lia about the Space

Our studio sits on the 4th floor of an old warehouse in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. We have the high ceilings, the weathered wood floors and a wall of large windows so that we can see the rain, the snow and occasionally the sunshine. Portland is a very nature-centric city with Forest Park, one of the country’s largest urban forest reserves, a short walk away from our office. Yes, we are known for our rain, but on these wet days

I remind myself that because of our rain, we are also known for the year round green and lushness our little city. For us at Ellinée, a design studio specializing in wedding stationery (as well as holiday and baby stationery) we find that a large percentage of our designs are woven with elements of nature. We do live in a perfect city that inspires our love of nature as we infuse that influence into our daily work.

1[intro photo at the top]: All of us here at Ellinée have an affinity for the old. We collect little (and large props) continually from flea markets, vintage shops and our mother’s attics. The only thing new in this photo is the metal E which we purchased at one of our favorite shops, Anthropologie.

Additional Elinée Design House’s Studio

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: A larger view of one of our prop shelves. We love our ribbon holder made from an antique ladder. As you can see, we have started a collection of little birds. We often throw around the jestful Portlandia quote “Put a bird on it”!

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above] A close up of our shelf of treasures. I am always on the hunt for linen or leather bound books, my favorite find so far is “The New Garden Encyclopedia” which was published in 1936.

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: This is my photography area, situated close to natural light. 

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: Here is a sneak peek at some of our new designs we will be offering at Ellinée. Each is inspired by nature, through image, illustration or fresh colors.

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: In every photo I shoot for our blog or one of our sites, I incorporate a bit of nature. Flowers, branches, stones or pieces of wood seem to be my favorite picks.

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: Jennie’s design area is packed full of color and images. We love our birch branch that I picked up beside the road after a big wind storm a few years ago.

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: Jennie loves books on textile and paper cut design, plants and flowers, and vintage typefaces. Her desk is full of images that inspire her and a reminder to Keep Calm and Carry On when things get a little crazy.

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: As our resident illustrator, Jennie loves to paint and always has her collection of brushes close at hand. 

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: We created partitions using 2X4 frames with stretched canvas. This creates a perfect place for me to display my inspiration. 

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: Things that inspire me: Traveling the world, the city of Portland, my grandfather, typography and my favorite food photographer, Helene Dujardin.

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: Details of my desk.

Ellinee Design House / Photo by Lia Griffith

[image above]: Propped on my desk is one of my earlier paper roses that I created to wear in my hair. 

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.