We couldn't be more proud of our amazing co-owner Susan Zehnder on her article in Today's Woman written by Keri Foy! Check out the full article on their website at:
Women whose jobs fall on the creative side tend to let the left brain influence their weekday style. Susan Zehnder, chief development officer at Huber Decor, chooses to display her originality while staying classy.
She doesn’t wear khaki pants or pantyhose. In fact, the office of Huber Decor has a longstanding joke about the dress code — just about anything flies except pantyhose. “I’ve single-handedly done away with the pantyhose industry,” Susan jokes.
Susan, along with Nancy Rankin, is part owner of a suite of businesses under the Huber Decor brand, including Idea Source, Essential Details, and Blooms Boutique. Her role largely revolves around developing new business along with project management of big clients such as Texas Roadhouse and Longhorn Steakhouse. Huber Decor helps restaurants choose their decor and supplies the artwork, artificial plants, and artifacts.
While the office attire at Huber Decor is even more casual than business casual (sweatpants are allowed on days with no client meetings), Susan holds herself to a higher style standard but skips the formality of suits. “Suits are super stuffy, and I feel masculine when I wear them,” Susan says. “Our company is more artsy, so we don’t have to be traditional about the way we dress.”
After years spent in corporate America wearing suits and pantyhose, Susan is now drawn to dresses, skirts, pants, and blouses. Her favorite wardrobe staples are denim jackets from Cabi, J. Jill and Eileen Fisher; denim pencil skirts from Talbots and Ralph Lauren, J. Crew high-rise skinny jeans, and a leather Brighton peace sign belt. “I wear jean jackets with dresses and skirts constantly, but I never wear them with a jean skirt,” Susan says. She finds she often pairs the belt with the skinny jeans.
“I want to be comfortable and confident, first and foremost,” Susan says. “I like being able to leave in the morning, and if I run into a client during the day, I don’t feel like I’ve been caught. I could go anywhere and everywhere with how I look.”
About her clothes
Susan prefers loose-fitting clothing. “I don’t like to feel ‘sausaged’ into anything,” she says. She’s tall and takes her height into account when she’s buying pants, dresses, and skirts.
Susan’s wardrobe features lots of black. Once, when she and her son walked into a department store, he saw a wall full of black clothing and exclaimed, “Mom, there’s your section!” Her affinity for black made such an impression on her kids, the same son drew her in all black in a family picture, which she now has framed.
Susan loves open-toed shoes and will wear sandals up until the first snow of the year. During the winter she wears mostly boots. “By far, the best secret on shoe deals is the Dillard’s end-of-year clearance sale and Von Maur’s clearance room,” Susan says. “There are great deals to be found in both places.”
Susan loves to shop and never goes out just to buy one thing. She likes to browse for sales. She of course loves to shop at Blooms, a boutique she co-owns, but she also makes her rounds to Dillard’s, Von Maur, and Sassy Fox Consignment for her Eileen Fisher fix, and Anthropologie for its sale rack.
About her hair and makeup
Susan’s thick hair doesn’t take a lot of styling, but she does have her favorite styling product — Moroccan Oil. It helps keep her shoulder-length mane from getting bulky. “I use a lot of it, and I use it religiously,” Susan says. “It’s a great way to tame it down and keep it healthy. It’s changed my life.” She also washes it the night before to help control the “fuzz” and styles it into beachy waves in the morning using a flat iron.
Every night, Susan rubs coconut oil onto her face and skin, then uses a damp washcloth to remove the excess before using a prescription Retinol A cream. “I also use castor oil on my eyelashes and eyebrows,” Susan says. “It really has nourished them, and I’m seeing results with length and fullness.”
To start the makeup process in the morning, she primes her skin with Trader Joe’s Nourish Antioxidant facial serum. For makeup, she’s loving Revlon’s Fantasy Brow, Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up for eyeshadow, and MAC lipsticks in Pickled Plum for meetings and Midi Mauve for everyday wear.
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Re-Blog from Style Blue Print article written by: Elizabeth Gerber
We are so lucky to have our friends over at Style Blue Print Louisville who give us so much attention! They recently wrote an adorable blog about our dear friend Devanny Boisvert and her husband Tommy's flawless wedding so we wanted to re-blog and share with y'all! We've also included a short excerpt from Devanny herself on how she felt about her big day!
Devanny was celebrating her 19th birthday on June 11, 2009, when Tommy, a friend of a mutual friend, walked into her basement. The two engaged in immediate conversation, ultimately deciding to exchange numbers at the end of the night. The next day, Tommy continuously asked to meet up, but Devanny felt like she barely knew him – they did just meet each other, after all. After Tommy’s persistence, Devanny accepted his invitation to a dinner date at Indigo Joe’s Sports Pub in Westport Village (which has since closed), where they continued their effortless conversation from the party. The two officially started dating on July 3, 2009.
In December 2014, the couple planned a weekend getaway to Pittsburgh to watch the Steelers play the Kansas City Chiefs the weekend before Christmas. Tommy is a huge Steelers fan, so this was not the couple’s first trip to Pittsburgh. On this trip, Tommy decided to do similar activities to what they did on their first trip to the city five years ago. They went to Coal Hill Steakhouse at The Grandview Saloon, which overlooks the city, and then they went ice skating at PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh. After waiting in line for two hours in the freezing cold, they finally made it inside the rink. While they were skating, Tommy asked someone to take their picture in front of the Christmas Tree, just like they had done five years ago. While Devanny was posing for the picture, Tommy took her hand and got down on one knee with a diamond ring in his hand. The bystander never took their picture. Instead, they had videotaped the entire proposal.
Tommy and Devanny recreated the photo they took together on their first trip to Pittsburgh.
Devanny knew she wanted a wedding dress that fit her style and personality – conservative, elegant and traditional. When she first walked into Couture Closet, her matron of honor pointed to her dress and said, “That’s it.” When Devanny tried on the “Sunshine” wedding gown from Blush by Hayley Paige, she truly felt like a bride. “The laced high neckline and sheer bottom was perfect for me,” Devanny says. “The Couture Closet team recommended making the back a ‘V’ cut instead of a keyhole, and I am so glad the Couture Closet seamstress was able to execute.”
A stunning wedding ring set.
Devanny’s something old, something borrowed and something blue was her grandmother’s garter. “She is tiny, so it barely made it up my thigh,” Devanny says.
Devanny chose to wear flats instead of heels under her dress.
This bride is all smiles on her big day.
A sweet moment shared between mother and daughter.
“We added a sparkly belt from After Glow Wedding Boutique and it made the dress everything I had ever wanted,” Devanny says.
“My ‘Sunshine’ wedding gown from Blush by Hayley Paige was everything I had dreamed about,” Devanny shares.
The bride and all her girls by her side.
Those are some stylish men.
Being raised Catholic, Devanny knew she wanted to get married in a Catholic church and exchange traditional vows. The problem she encountered when picking her location was that most Catholic churches have early wedding ceremonies“St. Boniface Catholic Church allowed us to have our ceremony any time before 5 p.m.,” Devanny says. “Plus the church is absolutely breathtaking.”
Devanny walked down the aisle with her father and her step-father.
The look on Tommy’s face says it all.
The peaceful moment before the couple said “I do.”
It’s all smiles for these two as they walk down the aisle as husband and wife.
One last kiss for the road.
Planning her special day was a breeze for Devanny. She works for the event planning company Essential Details, so she was able to mostly do all the pre-planning with her mom and Tommy. Working in an office surrounded by other event planners allowed Devanny to bounce ideas off of them. They had a lot of brainstorming sessions where they discussed logistics and design.
“I had always envisioned having our wedding reception in a traditional and elegant ballroom with hardwood floors and tall ceilings,” Devanny says. “We looked around at a couple of venues, however the setup and design in the Beaux Arts Ballroom at The Henry Clay was beyond my wildest dreams.”
Not only was the venue connected to the Hilton Garden Inn where all the 225 guests could stay, Devanny and her bridesmaids were able to get ready in the bridal suite located across the hall from the ballroom. She was even able to see the room being set up with all the decor items (centerpieces, linens, table numbers, charger plates and votives).
“My vision was to have flowers that were soft, simple and tasteful,” Devanny shares. “My bridesmaids’ dresses were a soft color, and I decided light pinks and whites would look great against their dresses. For the centerpieces, I wanted to accent in golds and use similar florals for the tablescapes. It was a plus that Essential Details has some beautiful gold vases and gold mercury glass votives in our inventory.”
After deciding on the color scheme, Devanny realized the wall colors in the Beaux Arts Ballroom are light pink and light green, which fit perfectly. On the big day, Sheryl Thompson, Director at Essential Details and Allyson Nestor, Weddings & Events Coordinator, were both in attendance to make sure everything ran flawlessly.
Tommy and Devanny shared their first dance to “And We Danced” by Brad Paisley.
“Tommy loves to dance and loves to embarrass me,” Devanny says. “He randomly grabs me to dance and always sings to me.”
I danced with my dad to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland.
A tender moment between father and daughter.
Devanny and her step-dad danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.
Tommy and his mother shared a dance to “Simple Man” by Shinedown.
“Tommy, who would have guessed you’d meet the love of your life at a birthday party when you were 19 years old? You are truly the luckiest man alive. Devanny, you are beautiful, smart and confident in everything you do — and I love that I can officially call you my sister,” Mike Vergin, Tommy’s best man, says.
Devanny and Tommy’s cake consisted of four layers of chocolate with raspberry filling, carrot cake, strawberry and yellow cake.
This couple cut their cake and ate it too.
“We also celebrated my Mama and Papa’s 60th wedding anniversary,” Devanny says. “They got married May 30, 1956.”
Cheers to the happy couple, and best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness!
Reflections from the Bride:
"I woke up Saturday, May 28, 2016 with nerves and excitement as to what this day will hold. Surrounded by my bridesmaids, my mom and Tommy’s mom, we enjoyed getting pampered by our amazing hair stylists and make-up artist. My mom surprised me with an emotional book and framed poem and artwork that my sister-in-law had created. The tears were definitely flowing in our bridal suite from all! Tommy and I exchanged our gifts and he really had outdone himself! He had 10 gifts (which his mother beautifully wrapped & labeled) with items that I may need during the day, on our honeymoon or simply about our relationship. It was so creative and well-thought out!
The day went so fast and before I knew it, we were taking family photos and bridesmaids photos and on the trolley ”going to the chapel,” St. Boniface Catholic Church. The 45 minute wait before the ceremony was probably the longest 45 minutes of my life. My sweet soon-to-be-hubby swung by the gas station before the ceremony to grab me a bottle of water because he had heard I was thirsty. As I walked down the aisle, I couldn’t wait to see Tommy at the front of the church so I could hold his hand and finally say “I do” to my best friend.
After the ceremony, we enjoyed getting pictures with our large wedding party at Louisville Metro Hall. The overcast sky after the ceremony was perfect for our photographer, Krystal Mitchell with Ginger Snaps Photography. Our reception at the Henry Clay Beaux Ballroom was everything I had imagined. With the wood floors, stained glass ceiling, beautiful centerpieces and tablescapes, it was exactly what I had always envisioned! Tommy and I quickly ate our delicious meal from Wiltshire Pantry before making our rounds to thank our guests for coming to celebrate us. We listened to some great toasts, danced the night away with friends and family and even made a quick appearance at 8UP to visit with the “after-party guests” before our early flight to Jamaica in the morning.
Everything about our wedding day was perfect! It couldn’t have run smoothly without the lovely ladies at Essential Details, Sheryl Thompson & Allyson Nestor, making sure things ran according to plan and even fixing Tommy’s boutonniere when he got a little out of hand with groomsmen photos. The support our parents have shown us over the years is immeasurable and I can’t thank my parents enough for making my dream wedding become a reality. Some parts seem like a blur but it was honestly the best day of my life, surrounded by so many people that care about and love us." -Devanny Boisvert
Venue: St. Boniface Catholic Church and The Henry Clay
Photography: GingerSnaps Photography — Krystal Mitchell
Videography: Puppy Pixel Production — Matt Graf
Bride’s Gown: Couture Closet; After Glow Wedding Boutique
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique
Hair: LeBliss Salon & Spa (Megan McCall)
Makeup: MAC Makeup (Lorraine Allen)
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: Rebecca’s Black Tie
Invitations, programs & menu cards: Sister-in-law, Rachel Kuhn, designed all paper products; purchased from Cards & Pockets
Flowers: Blooms by Essential Details
Catering: Wiltshire Pantry
Music: Complete Music (John Wilson)
Cake: Desserts by Helen
Guest accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown, The Brown Hotel and Embassy by Hilton Louisville Downtown
Transportation: Miller Transportation Trolley
Rentals: Essential Details & Reliable Rentals
WE RECENTLY CAME ACROSS AN AWESOME BLOG WRITTEN BY OUR FRIENDS OVER AT KYLENE'S PHOTOGRAPHY AND THEY WERE KIND ENOUGH TO MENTION OUR BEAUTIFUL FLORALS MADE FOR AUBREY & AARON'S BIG DAY SO WE WANTED TO RE-BLOG THIS GORGEOUS WEDDING FOR YA'LL!
AUBREY AND AARON WERE MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 AT HURSTBOURNE COUNTRY CLUB IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. WHEN I MET WITH AUBREY, I JUST LOVED HER SWEET PERSONALITY RIGHT FROM THE START! SHE IS A PRECIOUS GIRL AND WAS BEYOND ECSTATIC ABOUT MARRYING HER SOULMATE AARON. SHE SMILED EAR TO EAR SHARING ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT HER DAY AND WHEN IT FINALLY ARRIVED, IT WAS TRULY NOTHING SHORT OF A FAIRY TALE. I LOVED ALL HER LITTLE DETAILS INCLUDING HER FATHER AS THE THOUGHTFUL AND SWEET OFFICIANT AND HER MOTHER’S HOMEMADE ITALIAN DESSERTS!
IT HAD BEEN A WHILE SINCE I HAD PHOTOGRAPHED A WEDDING AT HURSTBOURNE AND WITH ALL THEIR NEW UPDATES AND STAFF THE DAY WENT INCREDIBLE! THE OUTDOOR CHAPEL AREA FOR WEDDINGS LOOKS LIKE A SCENE STRAIGHT OUT OF A MAGAZINE! THE FOOD AND RECEPTION WENT FLAWLESS AND WE LOVED GETTING TO WORK WITH MY OLD DEAR FRIEND, LAUREN FARRAR-MOLINA. SHE IS THE NEW FOOD AND BEVERAGE COORDINATOR AT HURSTBOURNE AND TOOK AMAZING CARE OF AUBREY & AARON’S GUESTS! THIS IS CERTAINLY A VENUE I CAN’T WAIT TO DO MORE WEDDINGS AT IN THE FUTURE.
AUBREY AND AARON, WE LOVED BEING A PART OF YOUR WEDDING DOCUMENTING YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAY. WE HOPE THAT AS YOU LOOK BACK ON YOUR HEIRLOOM ALBUM YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RELIVE AND CHERISH YOUR DAY AS IF IT WERE YESTERDAY. WE ARE SO HONORED AND GRATEFUL THAT YOU CHOSE US AND WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR MANY YEARS TO COME! ~KYLENE & DARWIN!
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