Home Office Inspiration

There is a separate room in our new apartment that was billed as a 2nd bedroom, but which is really too small to be anything other than a home office.  We’re still getting things settled in the bedroom and living room, so the office is more of an overgrown storage closet at the moment.  Even though it’ll probably be a couple of weeks before I can really focus on getting that room together, I’ve been busy collecting inspiration and ideas.  I’m particularly loving the combination of dark walls with matchstick bamboo shades that Chelsea and Anne both recently featured:

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As I mentioned, the room is pretty small and has only one window, so I do worry about dark walls making the room feel too cave-like, although as long as the room feels warm and cozy I think it would be okay.  Even if I chicken out on the dark walls, I think the matchstick shades would look pretty good with a lighter wall color, although not necessarily this robin’s egg blue:

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Also on my list – find a new desk!  I’m hoping to get out of the city for a weekend at some point soon and go antique shopping in the hopes of finding the perfect piece!

{images from their respective sources}

Sponsor Introduction – Paper Lovely

I'm so excited to welcome my newest sponsor — Paper Lovely, a graphic design and letterpress studio based in Omaha, Nebraska.  I first noticed Paper Lovely during my Valentine's Day round-ups a few weeks ago, and since then Kim, the creative force behind Paper Lovely, has been busy adding lots of other letterpress goodies to her shoppe:

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Welcome Kim!  For more from Paper Lovely, including Kim's wedding invitation portfolio, just follow the links to her website and shop below!




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Matt + Lauren’s Hand Lettered Save the Dates

I’m super-excited about today’s Save the Dates because we get to go through the entire creation process, from inspiration to sketching to the final result!

These Save the Dates come to us from Sam and Whitney at Gus & Ruby Letterpress, who were approached by Lauren and Matt last October to discuss their upcoming June wedding.  Having received the store’s grand opening invitation in the mail, they were set on having Whitney use her fun handwriting to hand-letter the text and then blind print them on super-thick stock.

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Whitney started off by sketching out options in different hand-lettering styles…

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…and eventually came to this final design:

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And here’s the printed result!

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From Whitney: The blind printing came out beautifully on the duplex because I was able to give it a lot of impression without showing through to the back side.

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Lauren, who is super crafty, also wanted a purple belly band that she could sew herself.  We chose a nice, rich, beet paper for the band, but instead of bringing in another ink color, we chose to print opaque white knowing that the effect would be a lighter shade of the beet — more of a lavender.

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I had never printed opaque white on a dark, colored stock, but was thrilled with the results.  Once they were finished Lauren brought her sewing machine to the store and we assembled them as a team.  Group assembly parties are always encouraged here at Gus & Ruby Letterpress!

Thanks Sam and Whitney!

{image credits: where noted photos by emilie inc., all others courtesy gus & ruby letterpress}

Chrysanthemum Invitation Suite from Delphine

Delphine just added this gorgeous chrysanthemum invitation design to their wedding invitation and save the date collection.  It’s available either letterpress or digitally printed — but I happen to be partial to the single-color letterpress printing option below, which works so well with the line drawing style of the chrysanthemum:

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I particularly love the personalized blank notes — perfect for sending out thank you cards.  Check out the full invitation suite, along with the rest of the Delphine wedding collection, right here!

*Delphine is a sponsor on Oh So Beautiful Paper.  For information on my editorial policy, please click here.

{image credits: vallentyne photography via delphine}

Sarah + Jon’s Floral Illustrated Wedding Invitations

As promised, I’ve got Sarah and Jon’s wedding invitations to share!  Sarah continued her nature-inspired floral illustrations that we saw earlier today in the Save the Dates, while mixing digital and letterpress printing methods to give her invitations a tactile feel without going over budget.

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From Sarah: We chose our venue because of its gorgeous garden tucked
away in Philadelphia so it was natural to use the lush beauty of
the grounds as inspiration when designing the paper for the event.

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I wanted the invitations relate to the Save the Dates, but a little more fancy.  Designing the invitations was not nearly as daunting as I
thought it would be.  As a graphic designer you put a lot of weight on personal
projects, especially when they are for your own wedding, but I really just let
our personalities and the venue do the talking in the end.

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Of course I wanted the invitations to be letterpress but couldn�t afford to print all of the pieces in two colors.  My
solution was to only letterpress the floral details on the invitation to emphasize their natural, organic quality and to
keep all of the typography digital.  The postcard-style RSVP and the
accommodations card were printed digitally but the colors matched the letterpress
exactly.  Mercurio Brothers did the letterpress printing — and by only printing one
color, we saved a lot of money!

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The RSVP cards were double-sided postcards and we encouraged guests to use the space on the back to write or draw us anything they wished.  We got some amazing words of wisdom and works of art along with their responses and saved them in an album along with our photos.

Thanks so much Sarah!  You can see more photos from Sarah’s wedding on her blog right here!

{image credits: sarah grenier}