Pretty Paper in the Office: Aqua + Gold

The season of celebration has come and gone. This is the time of year when we wait out the thaw, daydreaming of far off lands, clear blue waters and golden beaches. While a few of us are lucky enough to make those dreams come true, I thought I’d try and help out the rest of us with this month’s round-up. With those tranquil retreats of water and sand as my inspiration, I’ve put together a few aqua and gold goodies for the office. Granted it won’t help you with your tan, but hopefully it will make your workspace a little sunnier!

Aqua and gold office round up

No. 1 Wide washi tape from Little Happy Things; No. 2 Gold mini binder by Russell + Hazel; No. 3 Apple noteset by Sugar Paper; No. 4 Aqua paper bowl by Up in the Air Somewhere; No. 5 Aqua envelope seals from Keeley Behling Studios; No. 6 Gold dots customized journal by Bartlett & Craft

Aqua and gold office stationery

With all the lovely things going on your desk, it would be nice to have something just as lovely inside, don’t you think?  I really love these scented chevron drawer liners by Hammocks & High Tea.  You could also try sheets of fine paper, like this gold waves print from Paper Source.  A little really does go a long way. You’ll be surprised by the difference a surprise print like this can make!

{images via their respective sources}

Letterpress Stationery and Artwork from Paper Parasol Press

I’m loving these new card designs from Cindy at Paper Parasol Press in Chicago, Illinois.  The new collection is inspired by Cindy’s unique line work and illustration, as well as unique color combinations, overprinting and pattern.  In addition to the new greeting card designs, Cindy is also working on some limited edition state prints like the Illinois print below!

From CindyI am also still working on limited edition prints, including this 5×7″ Illinois print.  The state design is inspired by Polish Wycinanki paper art and my small wood-type collection.

Thanks Cindy!

Photo Credits: Paper Parasol Press

Modern Intergalactic Space Theme Birth Announcements for Baby Oliver

As promised, we’re back with the baby announcements that Greg from Work to Date designed for his newborn son, Oliver!  Greg went with a modern take on an intergalactic space theme for the announcement design, letterpress printed by Gilah Press in a complementary color palette of red, orange, and charcoal gray.  So fun!

From GregThis birth announcement takes family and friends on an intergalactic space journey while introducing little Oliver to the world.  Playful illustrations, vibrant typography and carefully selected accents play nice with each other and were letterpress printed to complete a one-of-a-kind birth announcement experience.

The announcements were letterpress printed, three color on Crane Lettra 220 lb 100% cotton paper by Gilah Press.  The French Pop-Tone Orange Fizz envelopes were letterpress printed, one color on the face and flap.  The finished size of the announcement is 8.75 x 5.75 inches and the envelopes were 9 x 6 inches.

Thanks Greg!

Design: Work to Date

Letterpress Printing: Gilah Press

Photo Credits: Work to Date

Red + Aqua Baby Shower Invitations for Baby Bennett

Today is going to be all about baby stationery, with a couple of fun baby stationery suites from Greg Bennett of Work to Date.  Greg and his wife welcomed a baby boy last fall, and Greg worked with the talented team at Gilah Press to letterpress print baby shower invitations and announcements.  First up, Greg is sharing the red and aqua invitations that he designed for his wife’s baby shower over the summer!

I love the unexpected combination of a sweet whale illustration with a greek key border – not to mention the beautiful knockout text for the invitation details!

Thanks Greg!  Check back a bit later for baby Bennett’s birth announcements!

Design: Work to Date

Letterpress Printing: Gilah Press

Photo Credits: Work to Date

NYIGF January 2012, Part 6

For the final post from the January 2012 NYIGF, I’m focusing in on a few interior design exhibitors at the show.  I happily stumbled into the booth of Cose Nuove, which specializes in Scandinavian design – from eco-friendly dishtowels to textiles to mugs and votives.  So pretty!



Cose Nuove

I can never resist the bright colors and patterns at Jonathan Adler – and while it might see random, the two things that really caught my eye this year were some new fun bath towels and shower curtains!



Jonathan Adler

Designer Christen Maxwell isn’t exclusively about interior design – she creates some truly lovely tote bags and clutches – but I absolutely loved her new pillow patterns and designs.  I’m particularly smitten with the watercolor houndstooth pattern and the pillows with neon piping.


Christen Maxwell

Well, that’s it from the January 2012 NYIGF!  Do you have any particular favorites from the show?

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper