Kim Senn | Senn & Sons
Senn & Sons is a creative studio founded by Kim Senn, an illustrator and designer passionate about colorful, hand-drawn prints and patterns. Specializing in creating surface and pattern designs, children’s products and paper goods, Kim finds inspiration in the small details of family life, the adventures that come with having energetic little boys, and the occasional quiet moments in between.
What inspired you to start your business?
After having my first child I left my career in advertising and started painting, something I had always loved doing but couldn’t find the time for while I was working full time. After creating a series of paintings for our first son’s nursery and getting some encouragement on social media, I started offering to create paintings for other people’s nurseries and eventually expanded into art prints and other products.
Senn & Sons is now a creative studio that specializes in colorful, hand-drawn prints, surface and pattern designs, children’s products, gifts, and paper goods, along with the occasionally branding project. I have partnered with Blue Sky to create planners and calendars for Target for the past three years.
Three words to describe your company’s vibe.
Bright. Fun. Fresh.
If you had one piece of advice for someone starting a business, what would it be?
Never stop learning and growing. There’s always something new to discover when running a business. (Also, find a good lawyer to help with setting your business up, reviewing contracts, and offering advice as you grow.)
What do you think is the best kept secret in business tools or resources?
It’s not a big secret, but I LOVE Asana to keep track of all my projects and deadlines.
One thing you wish you had in your office/studio…
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I had plans to return to grad school for Interior Architecture & Design, and that still sounds pretty awesome.
If you could open a satellite office anywhere, where would it be?
One of the beautiful villages on the French Riviera.
If you could be a fly on the wall of anyone’s studio/shop whose would it be?
Brittany Jepsen’s studio where she does all the creative things for “The House That Lars Built.”
If you were magically given three more hours per day, what would you do with them?
Home improvement projects! (Though I’d probably take one of the three to sleep a little bit more.)
I dream of working with Land of Nod on a line of bedding and decor for kids rooms.
Three things about you that would surprise us.
I know all the words to pretty much every rap song from the 80s and 90s.
My go-to karaoke song is Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey.
I lived for about 20 years believing my family took a hot air balloon ride on vacation when I was little - until I tried to reminisce about it with my parents and discovered it was actually just a really vivid dream I had.
Favorite place to meet/collaborate in the Twin Cities.
Penny’s in Linden Hills.
Favorite place to go outside of the Twin Cities.
My soul requires an annual pilgrimage to NYC.
Three Instagram accounts you love to see in your feed.
Image credit: Minnesota Monthly.