If you read our blog, you have already met and know my love for Jen Allen. You’ve seen them in California, Styles’ Newborn Shoot, Nashville & The Allens . She is one of the truest and kindest people I have ever met and so much fun. We met 6 years ago on the Fourth of July. Our husbands were friends and so we kind of went on a blind double date with them. The rest is history. Three trips, three babies and a lifetime of memories between the four of us. She recently started Sun Jam Studio, which I immediately fell in love with and had to share with you all. We will be hosting a giveaway for the next three days, so make sure you check out our Instagrams @govictoria and @mrsjenallen to win one of her amazing wall-hangings.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you started Sun Jam Studio?
I’m Jen. I am married to undoubtedly the coolest person on the planet. His name is Jimmy, he has locks of hair that any girl would envy, and he makes me laugh until I cry. I am also Mama to a sweet 10 month old. His name is Styles and he’s the cutest little baldy babe you will ever meet. I live in the suburbs of Atlanta with these two crazy boys that have made my life better than I could have ever imagined. I run off of Jesus, His abundant grace and the love I’m surrounded by each day.
Sun Jam Studio all started when a friend of mine asked me to be a part of a market that would feature some local artists. Before she asked me to be apart of the event, I had never even thought about selling my wall hangings. I had only made a couple of them for close friends, and since I’m really bad at putting myself out there I was nervous to participate. That’s the introvert in me! Well, God had other plans for me. You see, this market was a fundraiser for a family that I love. They are in the process of adopting a baby boy and the proceeds from the sales were going to help offset the cost of the adoption. Such an awesome idea, right? I thought so too. God was asking me to step out of my comfort zone, to put His love into action and be apart of something that He had big plans for. This is when I decided to start Sun Jam Studio. I quickly got to work and after I finished the first banner, I remembered just how much I loved making them and that I desperately needed this creative outlet in my life. I mean, I absolutely love being a mom and homemaker, but it’s nice to have this extra little thing that’s just mine, ya know? It also doesn’t hurt that it brings in some extra spending money. Jimmy and I live for date nights in the city, trying new restaurants, concerts, and beach getaways. Sun Jam Studio is helping make those things happen.
What is the inspiration behind the design of your products?
Most of the wall hangings are pretty simple, with black lettering embroidered against natural canvas. I think the inspiration behind them came out of my personal love of minimalistic design and eclecticism. My ideal space consists of white walls, tons of natural light, and decor that has meaning attached to it. I feel that the banners posses those qualities. With the design aspect aside, I just really love making something that people are proud to display in their home. Something that has a personal meaning and makes them smile when it crosses their eye. It’s kind of an honor and it’s one of the reasons I love doing custom orders.
Where can we buy your products?
You can buy them at my Etsy shop here www.etsy.com/shop/
What three words describe you?
Oh man, I’m so bad at this! So, with the help of the hubs, here they are…
Homebody. This was an easy one and the first thing that came to mind. I could literally spend days and days in my house without ever feeling that itch to leave. I love my home and the people I share it with; It’s my happy place. I’m also quite introverted, so skipping the crowds and hustle of the outside world to stay in with my guys is how most of my days are spent. My husband works from home, so there really isn’t anywhere I would rather spend my time than with him and my babe.
Nurturing. This word has a whole new meaning since becoming a new mom. I truly love taking care of others and making sure they feel loved and cared for. Having a son has only heightened my nurturer status. I graduated from nursing school when I was pregnant with Styles, but have since decided that my love of care taking would best be served at home with him. It’s one of my greatest joys.
Weird. This one came from my loving husband. I swear I wasn’t a weirdo before I met Jimmy, but he has brought the crazy out of me! If you have ever met him, he has probably done the same to you at one time or another. It’s a good thing, in my experience. He just makes everything more fun…and weird. We constantly joke that if our friends ever saw how we acted at home, we would be the loneliest couple around. He has changed me for the better and I’m thankful for our mutual weirdness.
What are a few of your favorite things?
The sun. I love it. I love the warmth, the happy summer vibes, the ocean, and pretty much anything else that you can associate with a sunny day. It’s medicine to my soul.
Music. My husband is a musician and sometimes I feel like our life is one big jam session! I even recently started taking piano lessons so that we can rock out together. It’s a big part of our lives and it’s where the “Jam” part of Sun Jam came from.
Textiles. I’ve got this obsession with pillows and rugs. I am constantly switching them out and rotating them throughout the rooms in our house depending on my mood and the season. I just love how easily they can give a room an entire new look and feel without having to do any major redecorating. Whenever I’m heading to target, Jimmy generally kisses me goodbye and says “Don’t buy anymore pillows…”. It’s a problem, but it’s not one I’m trying to fix ;).
Head on over to her shop and show her some love, and be sure to check out Instagram for more on our giveaway! You need one of these beautys in your home.