A few of my favorite things: Whimsy & Spice
Hello decor8 readers and happy Friday! I’m Jenna Park and I own an online confectionery company based in Brooklyn, NY with my Pastry Chef husband, Mark, called Whimsy & Spice. I also run a blog called Sweet Fine Day that documents our life and business through photos, recipes and stories. We’re going to miss Holly over here in the States, but we’re very excited for her as she starts her new life in Germany. In the meantime, I’m honored to participate in her guest series, “A few of my favorite things” from around our home.
We have a little shelf in our living room by our balcony door that houses a few objects that I’m fond of: the mid century piggy bank by Pamela Barsky; an old black and white photo of me and my dad taken shortly before we immigrated to NY from South Korea; a stamp set of numbers from Japan; an ampersand and vintage type-set letters; and 2 paper-art boxes created by my friend and talented musician and rapper, Pete. We used to give each other handmade presents every year for our birthdays and while we don’t see each other too often these days, it always reminds me of the good times and long walks we used to take all over the city.
The patchwork horse in this photo was a gift from my friend Fiona who moved from NYC to San Francisco a few years ago. It was a toy that she had kept with her ever since she was a small child. Before Fiona moved away, she hosted a party for her friends at her place, laying out the things that she chose not to take with her that was up for grabs – objects, clothes, kitchenware, etc. I took a beautiful red glass ring and a Prada skirt along with this horse. I was touched that she felt ready to depart with it after all these years and it felt good to give my girls something that had so much history and love. It’s sitting on top of a bookshelf in my younger daughter’s room that was given to me by the designers of Spot On Square.
I got this fern and planter by Brooklyn artist, Amy Adams of Perch, around the same time we started our business last March. In that way, the plant reminds me of our life during the last 16 months and I’ve watched it sprout more spindly arms much in the same way our business has grown.
On a shelf in my older daughter’s bedroom are some objects that represent her mixed, interracial heritage: matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls) and embroidered satin Korean shoes. My kids also have a bit of Norwegian and Italian in them so we’ll have add more objects to the little collection.
We’re redoing some of the rooms in our apartment so I’ve been in decorating mode lately. My most recent purchase is a vintage George Nelson bubble lamp off eBay that now hangs above our dining room table. The small prints on the wall are from Brooklyn artist, Kristiana Parn.
Other inspirations and favorite things…
I’m a minimalist at heart, but love to fill the house with meaningful objects that remind me of my friends and artists that I admire. I’m very inspired by the work of other people, especially other independent entrepreneurs, and love to hear about projects in progress. It helps me to focus on my creative goals when I’m overwhelmed with family, business and freelance design life.
I also take a lot of inspiration from my mom who immigrated to the states back in the early 70s and years later built up a very successful real estate business with no formal business training or experience. She just had the guts to leave a safe career to follow her dreams and achieved it through pure drive, fearlessness and determination.
My family has always encouraged me to follow my creative talents and supported us 100% when we decided to pursue our dreams and start our business last year. In this spirit, I always take this little piece of advice to heart – don’t be frightened by the decisions, choices, or work that scares you. It’s when something so exciting, so unknown and so scary fills you with nervous energy, that you know you’re onto something. – Jenna.
(images: whimsy & spice)