Carly Wenger – owner of Farmhouse Studio – specializes in creating custom paper goods for a variety of special occasions.
Growing up in the city of Milwaukee, Wisc., Carly Wenger never thought she would end up in a small town — let alone live in a farmhouse. But that is where life has taken the graphic designer, who runs her small business — Farmhouse Studio — in small-town Sabetha.
Farmhouse Studio specializes in paper goods including, but not limited to, calendars, greeting cards, notebooks, notepads and wrapping paper. Carly enjoys customizing designs as well — from invitations, special event signage and everyday stationery to logos and website design.
Carly’s interest in design began when she was young.
“I would always want to design my own birthday invitations, picking out what I thought was the best typeface and colors, make cards for friends and would spend hours on the computer program, Paint, making shapes and patterns and turning them into different color palettes,” she said.
Since she enjoyed designing, her friends and family would ask her to make their event invitations. Carly continued to design and create, which started her passion for graphic design. She has since upgraded to using Adobe design programs.
After taking design classes in high school, Carly started freelance work and continued working freelance while she attended Kansas State University. It was there that she earned her bachelor of fine arts in graphic design. She interned with 502 in Manhattan, and was a designer for the K-State student newspaper — the K-State Collegian — as well as K-State Global Kansas.
It wasn’t until she married her husband Paul Wenger and moved to Sabetha in 2017, that Farmhouse Studio evolved into a full-time business.
Carly began to embrace the small town living and relinquish her city girl roots. She affectionately dubbed their house — which is shaped like a barn — “the Farmhouse,” which eventually led to her business name.
One day, she put on her rubber boots and took her Basset Hound out to collect eggs in the chicken coop.
“After collecting eggs that afternoon, I looked up at our home and it just clicked! Farmhouse Studio was created,” Carly said. “There were so many names I thought of but none fit perfect until I realized my business name was right in front of me the whole time.”
“My hope is for people to fall in love with my customized designs that provide a unique and perfect gift for a loved one, friend or themselves,” Carly said. “There is such a satisfying feeling you get about getting to use a new stationery set or notebook.”
Farmhouse Studio designs are constantly evolving to help connect with each individual taste at affordable prices.
“I love creating new designs,” Carly said. “I always to try to have new pieces regularly.”
Carly can design everything you need for a celebration — invitations, wrapping paper and even printed tissue paper. Additionally, she designs stationery, including greeting cards, notepads and art prints.
“I have always loved the personal touch I am able to deliver to my clients,” Carly said.
Kasha Rebant had Carly design her daughter’s second birthday party invitations.
“I loved working with Farmhouse Studio. Carly took my ideas and added the perfect, unique touch to my daughter’s party,” Rebant said. “I love being able to support local small businesses and it’s obvious that Carly puts so much heart into each of her designs.”
Besides print designs, Carly also designs logos. Recently, she designed a logo and website for Carol Spangler, creator of The Common Woman blog.
“Carly Wenger inspires,” Spangler said. “An exceptional entrepreneur, graphic designer and savvy businesswoman, Carly ‘gets it.’ A gifted artist and designer — she perfectly created my website.”
Spangler said Carly saw her vision for what she wanted when she couldn’t see it herself.
“She appreciates and respects rural Kansas life. She brings out the best in others,” Spangler said. “At those times when I need help with a tech concept or an idea, she proves to be the very best of coaches. One of my favorite things about Carly is her authenticity as an individual and as a businesswoman.”
Spangler further described Carly and Farmhouse Studio as “world class with a humble spirit.”
Carly is married to Sabetha native, Paul Wenger. They have a Basset Hound, Rupert; five chickens, Blanche, Pearl, Peggy, Phoebe and Tilly; a rooster, Seymour; and a duck who thinks he’s a chicken. Her husband is the son of Jeff and Brenda Wenger of Sabetha.
About Farmhouse Studio
Beginning Feb. 1, Farmhouse Studio products can be purchased at JoyPop and Mary Bell Boutique at 915 Main Street.
Follow Farmhouse Studio on Facebook or Instagram @FarmhouseStudioDesign. You can also view products at www.farmhousestudiodesign.com. For more information, contact Carly at [email protected]