Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The 30's

I found this amazing post this morning on New York Social Diary and I'm just crazy over these photos. The post is absolutely brilliant and confirms for me why I'm a fan. Visit regularly because they update content daily.

I'm not one to idealize everything about the past, but these photos certainly do make me long for a little bit of the past in the here-and-now.

These images inspire me in countless ways: fashion, entertaining, architecture, photography...

How do they inspire you?

Monday, July 11, 2011

custom monogram

I love stationery. There... I said it. I try to write notes often and I view my personalized stationery as a gift to the recipient. Along with my congratulations, thanks or encouragement, I send the little present that is a pretty card. I feel like it tells the recipient that I care enough to invest in the paper I write that note on... that I care enough about them to invest in their message.

So when I stumbled across Allison R. Banks Designs, I was insanely happy. Allison is an amazingly gifted woman who will interpret your monogram vision, execute it by hand and mail you a cd to use as you see fit. Have it simply printed on business cards, send it Crane's to have a copper engraving dye cut from it, print customized gift stickers... whatever.

Above is the final product she did for me and I couldn't be happier. We communicated via e- mail (naturally, in the wonderful digital age, I've never met Allison) and she took my idea of a combination of both swirly and sharp letters and made it come alive. I felt as if it was fitting for me, because I find that I'm a study in contrasts, so the blending of the shapes is so... me. And that's something that you'll never find in the huge, albeit lovely, selection of monograms from all those huge books from your local stationer.

I've also included some photos from her web site of past work she's done. The custom wedding favors make me wish Mr. EE and I were getting married again and not fourteen years ago! The unique wedding favor boxes would make charming take-aways for weddings or dinners. And how lovely are the customized gift tags? Take your monogram to your local printer and have the image printed on a red business card with white ink and use them for Christmas tags. Render them in pastels and use them for shower gift tags. The possibilities are endless.

So go check out the web site. It's easy to navigate and Allison has so many samples and ideas along with photos. You won't regret it.

Friday, July 8, 2011

"chic stripes"

I've been loving this post earlier this month by Heather over at Habitually Chic. The top photo is borrowed from the post. Check it out. It echoes the dreamy old school look of the Venezia Pavilion by ZGallerie.

While I'm not sure I would want a whole big room full of stripes, the appeal of the stripy small space is undeniable... which is why I love that Heather focused on bathrooms. I think because the striped pavilion is evocative of wet swimsuits and tiny spaces is the reason why this black and white look works in bathrooms.