Inspired by: Zebra

I’m not the biggest fan of animal prints, but actual zebra motifs? They’ve been popping up everywhere and I can’t get enough of them! From my favorite gift wrap pattern from Smudge Ink to classic wallpaper, here are a few zebra motifs that have caught my eye lately!

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1. Smudge Ink gift wrap (soon to also be available as correspondence sets); 2. Madewell (no longer available); 3. Scalamandre wallpaper; 4. The Printed Village via The Chriselle Factor; 5. Zebra crib sheet from Serena & Lily; 6. Scalamandre wallpaper in Kate Spade’s bathroom (I love the bold color!)

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Book Preview: Paper to Petal

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of the amazing new book Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell – and I’m just going to be straight with y’all: It is completely impossible for me not to love this book. First, I’ve been in awe of Rebecca’s talent since I picked up my first issue of Martha Stewart Weddings back in college. Rebecca’s work was a huge influence on my own wedding five years ago, and in fact her styling work was the subject of one of my early posts on Oh So Beautiful Paper! Second, this book combines my two favorite things – paper and flowers – in more than 250 pages of truly stunning inspiration. What could be better?? I may have hugged my copy of Paper to Petal upon arrival.

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Paper to Petal features an inspirational gallery of 75 paper flower ideas – including wreaths, décor, and centerpieces – followed by a resource section with a list of recommended materials and styling tips, along with thorough step-by-step instructions for all projects with accompanying templates. My favorite project? A beautiful mobile that I can’t wait to make for Sophie’s nursery.

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Paper to Petal is currently available for pre-order and ships out next week – grab your copy right here!

Photo Credits: Thuss + Farrell / Potter Craft

Potter Craft Random House sent me a copy of this book for review, but all words and opinions are my own.

Quick Pick: Tops Malibu

I stumbled upon these adorable letter sparklers from Tops Malibu at NYNOW yesterday and was instantly smitten. They also make number sparklers, heart and star shaped sparklers, mini sparklers (SO cute!), glitter candles, and crepe paper surprise balls. Such fun!

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Available from Tops Malibu. More from NYNOW coming up in just a bit!

Photo Credits: Tops Malibu

Equestrian Wedding Invitation + Calligraphy Inspiration

I have some more inspiration to share with you today – this time in the form of beautiful equestrian-inspired wedding invitations and calligraphy from Kara Anne Paper & Lettering! Kara collaborated with the ladies of Southern Posies to create pretty paper goodies inspired by the Kentucky Derby, from invitations to escort cards and menus. I love the use of copper calligraphy throughout the suite, so gorgeous!

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From KaraThis Kentucky Derby-inspired wedding paper was so much fun to design! Having a love for horses since I was a little girl, I knew right away I would enjoy every second of this equestrian inspiration shoot, which took place at the beautiful Stables at Russell Crossroads in Alexander City, Alabama.

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When Crystal Strickland with Southern Posies described her vision for the florals and overall design theme I knew I wanted to create illustrated elements with a horse theme and a rustic chic feel. I designed a casual invitation suite on an eco-friendly cream color paper with a mix of copper calligraphy and block lettering for the envelopes.

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The thank you card with the couple’s last initial was inspired by the shape of a horseshoe and the bold yellow roses used in the bridal bouquet.

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The menus were inspired by race flags, printed on a textured eco-friendly paper and completed with a copper satin ribbon.

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The entry table included horse stamped muslin bags with blackberries (Kentucky’s state fruit), little whiskey favors for the men, and green apples for the horses. The welcome sign is copper calligraphy on a brown paper.

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Thanks Kara!

Invitation Design and Calligraphy : Kara Anne Paper & Lettering

Event and Floral Design: Southern Posies

Venue: The Stables at Russell Crossroads

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Hello Gorgeous Photography