4 Favorites – Stationery

DSC_9938_4x4In honor of National Letterwriting Month, I wanted to give a shout out to 4 of my favorite stationery companies. All women owned and all small businesses.

Haute Papier is my go-to for personalized notepads and stationery with stylish liners. This month they’ve upped the ante with collections of vintage stamps that will dress up your snail mail. I’m snagging the Space Exploration set for letters to my oldest son….he’s a SpaceX fan and dreams of working for NASA.Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 3.34.30 PMDSC_9932_4x4-1Bell’Invito creates the most exquisite stationery…both bespoke and boxed. Heather Wise Alexander has continued to raise the bar on stylish papers. If you want a mind-blowing bespoke creation (perhaps a wedding, baby announcement or very special occasion), this is where I would go.Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 9.04.53 PMScreen Shot 2017-04-04 at 9.53.09 PMAnother favorite that I have in my own stationery wardrobe is Sugar Paper. I was thrilled to visit their jewel box of a shop in LA this summer, as they had designed one of my favorite notecard sets. Their quality papers are dotted with charming, feminine designs.

Sugar-Paper-Perfect-Thank-You-Blog_grande Unknown-5_1024x1024Finally, one of my favorites for greeting cards is 9th Letter Press. I love their whimsical style and enjoy receiving their Confetti Courier each month with a selection of cards for the season. They also do custom design work for personal and business.20161207-IMG_7863_45060d2c-282f-4130-a23f-f8c112462071_1440x640Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 9.44.06 PMNo matter your writing style….write often and select a stationery that you’ll be excited to use!

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NYIGF – Stellar Stationery + Fun Stuff

 Stationery was an early love of mine, so I am always drawn to pretty papers. Here are a few that caught my eye at the NYIGF!

Snow & Graham had the most charming cards and wrapping papers. I walked this part of the show with my friend, Lisa, of Hamptontoes, who had a great idea. Use the paper as a matting for your child’s artwork….or just frame the paper by itself. Inexpensive, instant art!

LOVE these letterpress signs from May Day Studio. Behind the work is Kelly McMahon, who has a BA in English Lit from Smith College and an MFA in Creative Writing. Can’t you tell?! Smart + Creative = Clever Design.
Dallas based, Bell’Invito is one of my personal favorites. I’m blogged about them. Used their stationery. Given it as gifts. I Love It! So, it was an absolute treat to meet owner/ founder Heather Wiese at the show. From couture papers to their i-pezzi line (chose your own liners and create your own looks), Bell’Invito has every level of stationery covered!

 I’m smitten with Smock. Not only does this NY based company create smashing works out of paper, but they are the only print company in the U.S. to offer printing on a luxury bamboo paper. That’s right….sustainable bamboo. For some of you being “green” is really important. If so….this is a company to know!

Did you notice who Matchbook Magazine just put on their cover? That’s right….cover boy, Jonathan Adler. King of Hip & Happy. Walking through their space at the show is pure fun. Color. Humor. They always bring it.
Two personal favorites were their red/white/blue backgammon set – this is a new colorway. And, Palm Springs here I come….beach towels. Let’s just say, you’re going to want these. And take them as a hostess gift to your friend’s beach house this summer.
Maybe it was because I left Paris without a brightly colored Eiffel Tower, but I couldn’t help but stop and snap some shots of the Merci Gustave! They produce limited edition and numbered decorative objects. Just fun, right?!

Finally, there is the ever evolving MacBeth Collection. Think paint and pattern on steroids with a healthy dose of charm. Completely customizable, you could have a house full of their trays, buckets and clipboards if you wanted. Here are some designs they were showing.

Whether the ground hog sees his shadow today or not….I say there’s a lot to look forward to this Spring. Pretty papers. Bright accessories. 

What caught your eye?

Drumroll, please…

…and the winner of this beautiful stationery is….
Kellie Cashon!!!!!!
Congratulations, Kellie!!!! So happy that I am able to boomerang this beautiful stationery back to Dallas, TX whence it came! How crazy is that?!
Kellie is the talented interior designer and blogger extraordinaire behind Cashon & Co and it’s corresponding blog. I am an avid reader of her blog, as it is visually stimulating, thought provoking, stylish and down right enjoyable. If you haven’t paid her a visit….stop by today.
Kellie, I think you will truly appreciate the exquisite nature of this stationery. And, I’ll bet your penmanship is beautiful, just like you!

Finally, a Texas sized THANK YOU to Heather, Lauren and the team at Bell’Invito for sharing such a wonderful gift with us! If you didn’t win this one….go ahead and treat yourself! I will be!
Did you have a favorite style from their online store?
xo, Elizabeth