Absolutely loving the table and chairs by Design Within Reach… if only I didn’t live in a tiny 1 bedroom in Manhattan.



Linen cocktail napkins numbered one through eight. Hand write guests names on these and you have a napkin and escort card in one. Helps drinkers keep tabs on their glass during cocktails and saves from wasting paper bev naps.

8isgreatcocktail napkins, 8 for $24, wisteria.com


Just a few of my favored finds from the NYC Gift Show last week…

Bold colorful patterns of paper as banners, boxes, and wrap by Smock.

Lots of character for Kid friendly decorating: wall paper, stickers, bedding and plush accessories by Ferm Kids.

His & Hers chef aprons that stay true to masculinity & femininity by Pom Pom at Home.


1. Smock, 2. Ferm Kids, and 3. Pom Pom at Home (aprons coming soon)


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David Mikush, a student at Creative Circus in Atlanta, created the below Burt & Bumble handmade honey products and packaging as an extension of Burt’s Bees line of earth-conscious, natural beeswax products. He and another designer, Samantha Schneider wanted to capture the right aesthetic for new products of the environmentally responsible brand. The designers chose beautiful bottles and jars with copper tops and I adore the wood box containing an assortment of honey, even the handle looks like the honey dipper. The finished result – super sweet!

burtbumblespotted on thedieline.com


This Alberta Ferretti ad spotted on Gilt Group is divine! The perfect mix of soft feminine clothing with an industrial, artistic background. I love the off-center positioning and the doorway allows for great contrast to the clothing. A stunning vision.




This collage of black and white photos is so cool! I don’t know if I would have the patience to start something like this but I am absolutely in awe of how fabulous it looks.


origin Elle Decor spotted on Destined to Design


5 bright hues, 70 paint chips, 70 thumb tacks… making an amazing rainbow pattern instant wall art – priceless!


photo c. stacy anne longenecker via flickr, spotted on slipcoveryourlife.com


Anyone who knows me knows that I love to rubber stamp. Before the Gocco, home letterpress machines, and high tech printers, stamping was about the only way to dress up greetings with a professional looking graphic. For much less cost and with a little elbow greece stationery can be colored, patterned and decorative. Repeat stamps in full or bleed graphics off an edge for an edited adaptation of the look. I frequently recommend to brides that love the look of letterpress but can’t afford to do the whole suite, to stamp their envelopes and accessories (a graphic crossing over a fold or flap is my favorite.) I also have been known to gift a stamp or two: rubber stamps make great gifts for couples doing wedding stationery and for children they can be used on notes, clothing labels, and as book plates. My go-to resource for custom stamps here in NYC is Ink Pad on 8th Avenue, I could spend hours looking at their collections. See below a few splendid stamping examples…


1.& 2., invitation, reply set, place card & gift tag, lindaandharriett.blogspot.com, 3. rehearsal dinner menu, lindaandharriett.blogspot.com, 4. beverage napkins, marthastewartweddings.com, 5. rubber address stamp, thepaperwink.com, 6. & 7., belly band & guestbook tent card, blog.paper-source.com


Ladies cool off your favorite cocktail by turning it to slush!


Recipe for Cosmo Slushy, courtesy of realsimple.com

Ingredients: serves 6

  • 10 ounce (1 1/4 cups) citrus-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup Rose’s lime juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 ice cube trays
Directions: Combine vodka, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a pitcher with 2 cups water and stir to blend. Divide between ice cube trays and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight (the drink cubes will freeze only partially). Just before serving, empty trays into a large bowl and using a fork, break up cubes to loosen ice crystals (the ice will be slushlike). Spoon slush into tall stemmed glasses and serve immediately.
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