Pink + Green Moving Announcements

Julie from Cartoules Letterpress sent over some moving announcements that she designed for some recent clients – and I’m loving the bright pops of pink and chartreuse!

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The color combination is totally perfect for summer – I can totally see these announcements accompanied by an invitation to a summer housewarming barbeque.  Thanks so much Julie!

{image credits: cartoules letterpress}

{today I love…}

I’m slowly working my way through my apartment, decorating room by room.  And since the living room and office are all mostly done (although I’m still on the hunt for the perfect desk for the office), I’m now starting to focus on the bedroom – and I’ve pulled a few of my favorite bedroom images (all from my tumblr page) to help figure out my next steps.

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{house beautiful}

The room itself is pretty tiny, just enough room for our bed and a couple of dressers.  We have three windows, so the room gets plenty of light during the day, and we installed bamboo blinds like the ones above.

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{left: alvhem makleri via desire to inspire; right: rita konig’s bedroom from t magazine}

Since the room isn’t very big, I’m focused on trying to make the space cozy and peaceful without being dark.  The walls were already painted a light beige color when we moved in, which in the absence of any other interesting features or architectural details feels a bit flat.  I really like the idea of at least one wall with some pattern, and I love (love, love) the soft floral details in the wallpaper from Rita Konig’s bedroom above.

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{living etc.}

Or maybe just a bit of shimmer on one accent wall?  Perhaps on the wall behind the bed…

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{light locations via desire to inspire}


bedroom with toile wallpaper {today I love...}
{design sponge}

I love how the two bedrooms above still have masculine elements even with the floral and toile wallpaper.  Neither is quite what I have in mind, but I really like the darker accents incorporated into each room.

summer bedroom {today I love...}
{laura resen via decorology via mary ruffle}

Sigh… my dream summer bedroom.  Preferably somewhere close to a beach!

{all images from their respective sources}

Sugar Paper – Modern Gray + White Baby Announcements

You might remember the modern baby shower for Chelsea from Sugar Paper that I featured back in February – Chelsea welcomed her beautiful son Owen in early March, and today I’m thrilled to share Owen’s baby announcements!

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In designing the announcements, Chelsea used one of Sugar Paper’s custom papers in “smoke” with white engraved text and an envelope liner with a silver foil diamond pattern.  Lisa Holtzman created the gorgeous calligraphy, also in white text to complement the engraved text of the baby announcement.   The entire suite is just stunning – simple and modern, yet totally luxurious.  Thanks so much Chelsea – and congratulations!

{image credits: sugar paper}

Bow + Arrow

Fresh off Renegade Brooklyn a couple weekends ago, Julie from Bow + Arrow sent me a note letting me know about some of her new letterpress cards that made their debut at the fair:

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I’m loving the texture of the ikat note cards and the delicate floral border of the thank you cards (you can never have too many of those).  Julie just updated her shop with all the new designs – check out all the new goodies right here!

{image credits: bow + arrow}

Kristy + Adam’s Vintage Book Invitations

You might remember Kristy and Adam’s watercolor invitations and letterpress save the dates for their 10-year vow renewal earlier this year – the combination of Kristy’s amazing watercolor paintings with letterpress is still one of my absolute favorites.  Kristy and Adam decided to throw a party at their home in Pennsylvania for friends and family who couldn’t attend the ceremony out at Zion National Park.  And this time Kristy created the invitations using vintage hardcover books!

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From Kristy: After a magical time in Zion National Park renewing our vows we could hardly wait for the big party in Pennsylvania to celebrate with those who were unable to travel.  Bringing a touch of the southwest to our party in PA was really important, so when I found this collection of Zane Grey Novels I knew I had to include them somehow.

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Zane Grey was a prolific western adventure author who spent the later years of his life in Pennsylvania.  The historical landmark that once was his home is 45 minutes from ours!  The symbolism was perfect; western writer who spends his later years near our hometown….and the price wasn’t too shabby either; only $0.65 per book at a local vintage shop!

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Betsy Dunlap‘s work has been present throughout our renewal invitations and save the dates so I saw it fitting to have her create an image that I could have turned into a rubber stamp.  I knew hand painting 75 books would be a chore but didn’t want to make it an impossible task.

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Betsy penned a frame of text that repeated the words “Kristy and Adam 10 Years.”  I then imposed one of my Cosmo illustrations and sent the image off to a stamp maker.  White acrylic was brushed onto the stamp and – voila, our altered book invitations were begun!

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Each bloom was then painted with various color inks; four shades of orange and red, a touch of gold, and three shades of green.  Rich, heavy strokes of color were added to each bloom to contrast the rough, water-stained shape the books were in when we found them.

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Black velvet ribbon acted as a simple bookmark to discover the page in the book where the actual invitation was adhered.

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Betsy also created the calligraphy for the kraft paper address labels, which were adhered to boxes that contained the party invitation and Zane Grey novels.

You can check out Kristy’s watercolor vow renewal invitations and letterpress save the dates here and here, and you can see lots more of her beautiful work over on Momental Designs.  Thank you so much Kristy!

{image credits: photo of kristy and adam from green apple photography, all other images by kristy rice}