We’re Christine and Ann, aka Huthwaite & Harriss, aka The Style Elevators.
After years of helping friends, family and eventually clients pick out paint colors, vacation destinations, eyeglasses, the perfect get-up, the housewarming gift that isn’t a bottle of wine, a great bottle of wine (for you), a good read and and literally everything but the kitchen sink (wait, we’ve done that too!) we thought it was high time to broaden our scope with this blog.
We did other things before doing this. Christine had a long career in advertising as a Creative Director/agency owner and now works as a stylist (outfitting all aspects of people’s lives…homes, clothes, etc.) alongside Ann. In Ann’s past life, she was a clothing, shoe and accessory buyer for a high-end retailer.
We’re pretty same-same, but different enough to make things interesting. Christine is married with two dogs (a Golden Retriever named Duncan and a Cairn Terrier, Seamus) loves throwing parties, cooking, traveling and going on quests for the perfect “fill in the blank.” She’s a big reader and also loves sports, especially football. In another life, she would have been a sportscaster.
Ann has two boys, a Golden Retriever named Puck and never misses a MSU game. As long as she can remember, she has loved beautiful things and spaces and remembers decorating (and redecorating) her own room when she was 8. Ann is a big baker and people ask her to do their giftwrapping all the time. You’ll see why in our first video. Be sure to check it out!
In our blog, sometimes we say “we” and sometimes it’s “I” but what’s important isn’t who is talking. It’s this: we both share the same approach when it comes to style and that is everyone, us included, could probably amp up at least an aspect or two of their everyday lives and (this is important) it doesn’t need to be super hard or expensive. Our philosophy is simple: buy what you love. Even if it’s a bit expensive, save up for it…buy less, but buy the right piece. View it as an investment.
Why try to elevate the everyday? Because that’s exactly what life is. The everyday. When you make a dinner that gets rave reviews or find that perfect little black dress, it makes you feel good. And when you feel good, so do others in your world. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
We get that everyone is short on time, so that’s another reason why we’re here. We’re not about posts that go on and on. We’re all about short and snappy. Let us take the grunt work and guess work out of things. We hope you’ll come to trust us as a resource—as a way to help you elevate and make the most of every single day.