The Jolly Studio Tour

3rd August 2013

I’m extremely excited to share this gorgeous post with you this morning, very kindly submitted by my wonderful transatlantic friends Tom and Laura of creative illustration company Jolly Edition.

You may have seen Laura’s beautiful illustrations already ala Jolly Edition, if not here then most definitely Martha Stewart Weddings, Glamour magazine, Brides and Smitten to name but a few. I wish I had her artistic flair, the skill with which she interprets a couple’s love story before sketching it out and breathing it to life with a humble paint palette.

Tom’s not a bad guy either, a web developer/designer extraordinaire who recently undertook the rather daunting task of handling my rebranding and is currently putting finishing touches to my brand new, squeaky clean website and puts up with my nit-picking most days! There’s not many that can handle that…

Having recently upped sticks from leafy Cambridge to set up in Laura’s home town of Baltimore USA, the couple are now installed in a light and airy home studio and I get to share this little tour with you today. Normally I only see a small snippet of this space when we chat on Skype, so when Tom sent these to me I was pleasantly gobsmacked (and ever so slightly jealous)…

Whatever their individual talents, these two are undoubtedly better as a team and this post gives us a little window into how their studio works for them…

” We needed to find a space with a lot of light, we like to keep things minimal in our work space, if there’s too much clutter we can’t get anything done.”

I love the addition of the seafoam green to the window frames which ties in with Jolly Edition’s branding and adds a fresh pop of colour to an otherwise blank canvas.

“Our furniture is a mixture of modern with a vintage feel – we’ve got modern Ikea pieces and an antique Ikea desk (sorry, we are the worst!) The colour rug which adds a splash of colour is Urban Outfitters and the navy love seat is from Ethan Allen.”

“We need to sit next to each other like the starship enterprise so we can focus on our individual work and bark orders at each other when we need to.”

“Eventually we’d like to fill our space with plants or animals, if there is none, it’s incomplete.”

Tom and Laura currently look after Biscuit, the family dog (not pictured) who enjoys making the most of the hardwood flooring, sprawled out most days, but doesn’t do much to help around the studio.

In case you’ve got a little Jolly Studio envy and want to recreate their look in your own home or work space, I’ve put together a handy little shopping sheet below. And if you’d like your very own Jolly Edition design to adorn your wall, you can commission a portrait!

1.The Ocean, The Sea, The Wave Print, Budi Satria Kwan, Society6  | 2. Fenton Wing Backed Charcoal Sofa, Rowan & Wren | 3. Paris Pendant, Pedlars | 4.  Morton Glass Trestle Table by James Harrison, | 5.  ‘Marine Splash’ by Dulux | 6. Newgate Watford Lab Clock, Heals

Thanks to Laura and Tom for sharing your space and to Sarah Mooney for the photography..


Thank you for posting this! I’m enamored, inspired, and feeling instantly more jolly. 😉