What is Kio Kreations?
Kio Kreations is an all-encompassing creative services company and boutique event florist. Started by Kristen Janes (formerly Kristen Henschen) in 2004, Kio Kreations has grown to include floral design, graphic design, product design, fine art, and other creative services.
An Artist from the Start
Kristen Janes has a creative background in both art and floral design. Beginning at the age of 3, Kristen showed an interest in drawing. One of the first “masterpieces” she created was an aerial view of Milwaukee’s Summerfest drawn from memory at the tender age of 4. Her parents encouraged her artistic talents and enrolled her in art private classes until high school. While in high school, Kristen took art and entered in various art shows and competitions. Her love of art throughout her childhood and adolescence led her to pursue art in college and eventually as her career.Â While attending college, Kristen took on a variety of creative jobs including drawing a comic strip for the NIU NorthernStar newspaper and teaching art classes at the Art Attack School of Art. Kristen graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Illustration. She then accepted a position at a company in Elgin as a product and graphic designer, which eventually landed her in Woodridge for 4 additional years as a product designer most of which were spent designing wedding products.Â In addition to designing products and packaging, Kristen also researched trend, directed photo shoots, created presentations, and presented designs & trend reports to clients.
A Blooming Career
At the age of 8, she was taught how to arrange flowers by her mother who was formerly a florist. She excelled at floral arranging so much so that she garnered various awards as a youth/ teen at the Lake County Fair in both 4-H and Open Class horticulture competitions. When Kristen was 14, she got a work permit and began her first job at Balmes’ Florist in Gurnee. While in college, in addition to her art-related jobs she also worked at The Glidden Campus Florist, and after moving to her current hometown of Naperville, Illinois, she worked briefly/seasonally for Phillip’s Florist in Naperville. After working in 3 floral shops over the course of 12 years, Kristen decided that she preferred to do weddings and corporate events and made that one of Kio Kreations’ primary focuses. Since 2004, Kio Kreations’ floral design client base has more than doubled every year and continues to rise.
Kio Kreations goes LLC
In 2009, Kio Kreations went from a sole-proprietorship to an LLC (limited liability company) thus fulfilling Kristen’s goal of owning her own creative services company. Thanks to many of her dedicated (and vocal) past and present clients, Kio Kreations continues to grow into what it is today: a business providing creative services to hundreds of clients around the country.
More Talent Joins the Team!
From Spring of 2009 to the present, we’ve added a great group of people to the Kio Kreations Team. With backgrounds in floral design, wedding consulting, graphic design, art and photography–there is no end to the talent here! Read more about our staff on the “Meet the Team” page.
Awards & Features-Oh My!
We are so proud to have won a bunch of prestigious wedding awards over the years. We have also been featured in numerous wedding publications and on several top wedding & party websites and blogs. Read more about our Awards + Features here.