Today I am very excited to introduce you to the very talented and bubbly lady behind DeerlyStudio, Monja.
Designer, creative, painter and photographer with stylish framed glasses and modern, blonde bob to match. Her style is unique and clean, with a touch of romance that I love.
She recently launched her online shop that sells a range of greeting cards, prints, vinyl stickers and stunning hand dyed ribbons. I share some of my personal favorite Deerly Studio works below.
Tell us a bit more about who you are? When did you start your business?
My name is Monja Viljoen, and I recently decided to open Deerly Studio. I have always found inspiration in my surroundings and this has translated directly into my business ethos. I studied Visual Communication at the Open Window, and this also led me to follow my passion for beautiful designs and creations. My husband and I recently had our first son, Jean. The fact that I am a mommy helped me to open Deerly Studio from home, where I can still spend enough time with my son and husband and also create pretty paper goods.
What products and services do you supply?
Deerly Studio is a boutique paper and design studio that focuses on creating unique stationery for events such as weddings, baby showers and bridal parties. We also launched an online store where there are greeting cards and all sorts of paper loveliness that we have lovingly created.
Advice for others wanting to start their own business?
Follow your passion. I know it sounds really clichéd, but with hard work and a strong support network it is possible to start your own business. Be true to yourself.
Prettiest venue in Centurion (or Pretoria) to host a girly party/ get together?
I recently had my own baby shower at River Meadow Manor in Irene. The venue is surrounded by beautiful old trees and they have the most amazing food.
Best little out-of-office spot for meetings, coffee and work?
I recently discovered Die Broodhuijs, located in Brooklyn. The café bakes all their own bread and deli fare.
Highlight since starting your business?
Deerly Studio recently collaborated on a styled shoot with Hanri Human Fotografie and Bride in Bloom for the current Miss World, Rolene Strauss. Deerly Studio created all the beautiful stationery with custom calligraphy that celebrated the bride to be.
It gets difficult to have enough hours in the day to do everything that you want to.
How can people get in contact with you?
Anyone interested in stationery or designs can contact Deerly Studio at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or clients are more than welcome to contact me, Monja, at 082 554 6584 to arrange a cup of tea.
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