Aug 29 2012

Furniture Staging & Photography

I had the privilege to team up with Amanda of vagabond photography once again on a photoshoot for Oakwood Industries. As always we had a blast working together and I must say the images came out wonderfully. LOVE their latest furniture collections. You should definitely head down to their showroom on HWY 136 in Memphis, MO! Just in time for Christmas I’d say! Photos courtesy of vagabond photography!

fine modern solid wood furniture

fine modern solid wood furniture

fine modern solid wood furniture

Mar 28 2011

Billboard, Billboards & MORE Billboards…

Hi, Spring is in the air and people are thinking about marketing their biz, standing out from the crowd, getting the word out! In spite of all the valuable online marketing tools, Billboards are still a great way to advertise your biz and grab someone’s attention. I had the privilege of working with several people in the Memphis, MO area on their billboards. If you are from this area, you may have seen them as you are on your way to and from work, school, grocery shopping, etc. Billboards are fun & challenging as you don’t want them to be too busy. You only get a small window of time to grab their attention as they are zooming by. See what we came up with below… and keep your eyes out on the road.

You may also recognize some of the Oakwood pics from our photoshoot with vagabond photography {}, not only is Amanda an amazing photographer but she also styles & stages her shoots! And Mona from Mona’s photography took the shots of the adorable babies on the SC Hospital billboard.

Dec 10 2010

Let me reintroduce Oakwood Industries…

I {heart} my job… I got to go shopping for Oakwood, I am so excited about this! They say it’s all in a name, but not so in Oakwood Industries case. There are some new things going on around there… Not only are they introducing new styles & finishes but to make it even better they have added some creative and unique Home Decor. So beautiful and every piece definitely stands out from the crowd…

I took a few pics for a sneak peek… couldn’t stop snapping cause I just love it all! Be sure to stop by their showroom to check out the rest. These would all be amazing Christmas presents, you don’t see these pieces just anywhere. Just in case you were wondering I would put everything here on my Christmas list. 🙂 Candles Coming Soon!

If you stop by Oakwood’s Showroom be sure to tell them Britta burrus design. sent you their way!!

hand crank burr grinders

Apr 12 2010

Oakwood Industries Billboards

If you have visited the Bb blog lately you have probably seen some of the other projects that I have done with Oakwood. Everything from logo redesign, photoshoots, catalog design&layout, table tents, DVDs & more. It has been such fun working with them.

One of the latest has been these billboards that go on either side of their building on Hwy 136, Memphis MO. I am loving how they are realizing the importance of branding their biz. I think we are doing a great job of letting folks know that there are some changes going on at Oakwood. They have all kinds of ideas up their sleeves…

Anyway… check out the billboards below… if you live in NE MO, maybe you have noticed them as you drive through Memphis coming in from the East or the West. My guess would be… it would be hard to miss these new billboards. And if you have a minute stop by and talk to the Oakwood guys, they are very helpful and I have never caught them without a smile. Ask them about their latest collections…

Mar 24 2010

Custom Coffee Mug

Imagine my delight when Oakwood asked me to design a coffee mug. I think it turned out pretty cool, especially when you have such a small space and only two colors to work with. I have been enjoying drinking my coffee out of this cup, check it out below…

Do you need a custom mug or custom pretty much anything to brand and market your business, wedding, event? If you haven’t gotten the idea Bb design is all about custom, getting to know my clients and the ideas that they have for their business. From there we work together to come up with great ways to get the word out! I would love to hear from you and get a ‘custom’ estimate together. Feel free to call or email (509) 429-1989 or to get started.

Mar 15 2010

Oakwood Industries Seconds Sale!

If you have been waiting for Oakwood Industries Annual Seconds Sale you don’t have much longer…and if you plan on going to their sale you might want to get their early.

Check out the postcard Bb had the opportunity to design for them announcing it this Saturday! And once again we got to use the amazing pics from photographer extraordinaire, vagabond.

If you need to announce an event, sale etc. a custom postcard is a cost effective way to do that. Call or email to get started… 660.883.5523

Feb 22 2010

The Table Tent.

It is refreshing to have a client who realizes the value of marketing and good design. I have been working with Oakwood Industries on several promotional projects… the latest is a table tent. They will be used to place on Oakwood furniture mostly at their dealer locations. They wanted something to grab attention, but also be informative and let folks know about the quality finish they use, their 10 year warranty and last but certainly not least all their furniture is handbuilt in the good ol’ US of A.

{Of course I was able to use a couple of the photos taken by vagabond at our initial photoshoot… have I mentioned how nice it is to be able to have images galore to choose from and how it makes my job as a designer easier?}

Back to the table tents…we looked into a one piece paper-only table tent, but for the custom size they needed it was more cost effective to go with an acrylic A-frame table tent that holds two 8×10 flyers. The acrylic frames won’t be easily knocked over, will last a lot longer and the flyers can be replaced/refreshed if needed.

This is what Oakwood had to say… “We needed assistance in marketing, so we turned to Britta burrus design. Britta has done a superb job throughout the entire process of directing the photography, layout and design of our new catalog and brochures and other point of sale items. We are pleased with the high quality of work for a reasonable price and have gained a valuable resource for future marketing needs. We are very satisfied and would recommend Britta burrus design to anyone.” {note from designer: Happy clients make me happy!}

And check out the table tents below…

Oakwood table tent - front

Oakwood table tent - back

Dec 9 2009

Oakwood Industries, LLC

Catalog Design & Layout

It has arrived! I just received the NEW Oakwood Industries, LLC catalog… and was so excited that I had to take a moment to share. This project has been one of the most extensive Bb design has had the opportunity to work on. We started fresh with all new photography. Bb design teamed up with vagabond photography for a photoshoot. {check out that post here} It made the design & layout so much easier to have such amazing photos to work with. From there the single shots of each image were extracted and everything organized to work with their collections. Of course we had to put some cool details throughout to make it stand out from the crowd.

You gotta check out their stuff… not only is it quality, will last forever {well, they do guarantee their furniture for 10 years, amazing!} and they have some very beautiful pieces. I have enjoyed working with the Oakwood team and am thankful for this experience. Check out the photos below and you might just keep Oakwood in mind this Christmas for that special someone who is hard to shop for! Stop by their showroom – HWY 136, Memphis, Missouri – to see what’s new and what you can get on your list.


Jun 16 2009

Britta burrus design teams up with vagabond photography.

Britta burrus design is working with Oakwood Industries, LLC on some of their marketing materials. They were in need of a fresh catalog and realized that with all their NEW furniture they would be needing images. Native to Memphis, MO, Amanda Pulley with vagabond photography was the photographer of choice. Not only does she have a great eye for detail and cool shots, she also has the skill set to work in different settings with a variety of lighting. What a fun & crazy week we had! It was our privilege to work with the Oakwood team.

Our mission: Stage 17 different sets {dining room, living room & office} and get that shot! for each furniture collection & take a single shot of each piece of furniture that Oakwood Industries offers to be used in their upcoming catalog, website & various marketing materials.

Day One: My house was the place to be on Monday of the photoshoot. The Oakwood truck showed up bright and early full of all the furniture to be staged & shot! My newly-remodeled living room was cleared out and ready to be set up! We staged a bedroom and 4 dining sets in this room. My main living room was used for an office & living room set. Each stage looked so amazing that I didn’t want them to take anything away! All day, the Oakwood guys moved furniture in and out & switched out rooms while Amanda & I staged each ‘room’.  I am sure my neighbors were wondering what I was going to do with all the furniture that was lined up on my front porch and in the driveway. It was a blast, but were we all worn out after that day only to start over the next morning.

Day Two: On Tuesday morning I met Amanda at the Dave & Melinda Burrus residence where we were quick to start moving things out of the way for the arrival of our next lineup. Once the truck arrived we were hustling through the day. We staged six dining rooms, a living room & two bedrooms in several of the Burrus rooms and even one outside using their beautiful view as a backdrop. We also had fun shooting some different ways of using their furniture. Look soon for their new catalog!

Day Three: With most of the staged shots out of the way we headed to the warehouse on day three where we went through about half of the pieces of furniture. The Oakwood team was there to move the furniture through as Amanda shot each piece. After we finished up at the warehouse we decided it was a perfect evening to set up one of Oakwood’s signature sets. Their reunion table looked beautiful in the setting sun as we staged it for a wedding dinner. What fun! I know those who drove by wondered why they weren’t invited. It was hard to put it all away after the photos were taken, seemed like we needed to have a party and enjoy the evening even more.

Day Four & Five: We finished up the single shots at the warehouse these last two days. As always the Oakwood team was there to move furniture through as we directed and took photos.

Details: A lot of prep work & thought had gone into the scheduling, gathering props & figuring out where each line would be shown off best before & during the shoot! Both Amanda & I had prayed that God would help us and take care of the details, as with such a huge project something is bound to be forgotten or overlooked. Let me tell you, He definitely did just that, we are so thankful! We were also blessed to have some great resources and generous people. A friend of Amanda’s shared his lighting for the warehouse shots, Aunt Vicky was excited to let us use some of her amazing ‘props’ & the Burrus’ were so kind to let us tear apart their house for a day! I cannot tell you how much fun it was to work with Oakwood. They are very gracious & such hard workers. Everyone thought it was perfect to have the designer working with the photographer, that way we could discuss what kind of shots were desired for each of the different projects! With all the preparation, prayers & such amazing people I would say our Photoshoot was a huge success! Whew! What a week! I think that each of us was worn out and Amanda did all this all the while being 8 months pregnant.

Check out some of the sneak peeks and look soon for Oakwood Industries new catalog. If you haven’t already, stop by their showroom on HWY 36 in Memphis, Missouri. They have come out with some new collections that you are sure to fall in love with. And don’t let their name fool you, they are much more than oak… now offering Cherry, Maple and more with a variety of modern finishes and lines! The quality, new & classic finishes & their amazing customer service is a mix that will keep you coming back & spreading the word.