who we are
Brighten Made is a petite design studio based out of Des Moines, Iowa, that focuses on branding like-minded entrepreneurs and female founders that have an eye for style and a passion for their path.
 
 
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Hey there, I’m Bri!

Brighten Made came to life during my evenings and weekends while working in the corporate world. I was ready to move beyond the walls of my gray cubicle at Better Homes and Gardens and pursue a passion that was uniquely my own. And while I had previously launched a wedding stationery company as a creative outlet, it still wasn’t fulfilling my drive for more. So, after putting my time in at the 9-5 (and driving my then fiancé, now husband, mad from never looking up from my computer), I took the leap to pursue my passion full-time... and I haven't looked back since.

When I’m not designing, you can find me scouring the aisles of Target (or Anthro), working on the next project for my 1920s abode, snuggled up my two fur babies (Pickles and Tito), or exploring DSM with my husband Joe.


 
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How Brighten Was Made
 
01

The Early Years


My love for design was born the minute I could hold a Gelly Roll (so many colors to choose from!)
02

High School


Found a love for both interior and web design through my mom’s magazines + creating my Myspace layouts
03

college


Headed north to Iowa State University setting my sights on two things: a BFA in Graphic Design and a spot on the ISU Cheer Squad
04

The intern


Four years at ISU blossomed into internships with the Emmys, Variety, Better Homes and Gardens, and a local design studio
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Post-Grad Life


My love for magazines came full-circle when I landed my first job at Better Homes & Gardens as a graphic designer, then promoted to art director

 
 
 
06

entreprenuer


Launched my first company, Flyover Design Co., focused on wedding stationery, watercolor, + hand-lettering
07

Heart Eyes


Began dating my person—the love of my life (who just so happened to be my neighbor growing up and a graphic designer!)
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My Other Love


Launched Brighten Made out of my love for branding and working with entreprenuers (you know, what you’re currently looking at…)
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adult stuff


Bought my first house (and all the adorable decor to go with it) + became a dog mom to my fur baby, Mr. Pickles
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the present


100% Brighten Made! Focused on creating one-of-a-kind, beautifully designed, integrated brands for small businesses
 
 
 
 
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