Friday Faves

Color Factory New York City / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Friday everyone! Last Friday, I escaped up to New York City with a friend for a quick day trip. I’m up in the city frequently for trade shows and meetings, but I never get the chance to just go out and explore the city. We went to Color Factory, walked the High Line, grabbed lunch in Soho, and met up with a couple other friends before jumping on the train back home to DC. It was great! This weekend, I’m celebrating my daughters’ birthdays (they turn 4 and 6!) and looking forward to a quiet weekend at home.

My friend Gabrielle wrote an amazing thread on men and unwanted pregnancies. You should read it!

How are we feeling about the 2019 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year? I personally think it’s very trendy, but best used sparingly in accents and details. For example, I love it as a pop of color in this pillow – but probably not on an entire wall. 

Modern political ads: Viral videos are replacing pricey political ads

I think about this every time I’m in New York: the empty storefronts of New York City

You guys, how COOL is this iridescent table lamp??

There are whales alive today who were born before Moby Dick was written (!!)

This shocked me: Deaths from 9/11 diseases will soon outnumber those lost that day

This image sums up my fall color palette

I was in Target earlier this week and fell in love with this sweater knit blanket. A bunch of you messaged me to say that you have one and love it! Well, they’re currently on sale in a bunch of colors. I’m particularly loving the light gray color, but it also comes in pink, charcoal, and navy! Here are a few other things I’m loving this week:


Inspiring Calligraphers: Virginia Lucas Hart

Hey everyone! Sometimes it helps to look for inspiration from the masters. And in the calligraphy world, Virginia Lucas Hart is definitely one of them. As a published author of a calligraphy book on creative lettering, a teacher of modern calligraphy, and a calligrapher who’s worked with some big names (Estee Lauder, The Knot, Sotheby’s, and the New York Design Center, to name a few), she’s officially a calligrapher with skills. But as any paper lover knows, beautiful lettering is a mix of talent and heart. And as an artist, Virginia pulls both together in her work. So let’s dive in with some inspiration of the lettering sort. – Jen

Inspiring Calligraphers: Virginia Lucas Hart

Inspiring Calligraphers: Virginia Lucas Hart

Virginia offers a range of lettering styles, but she says her hand lends itself to looks that are playful and whimsical. “Even though I frequently practice the rules I’ve gleaned in my professional education, I’m truthfully always looking for ways to break them, allowing my lettering to be fresh and fun,” says Virginia. “My favorite calligraphy styles are those infused with a lot of personality.”

Inspiring Calligraphers: Virginia Lucas Hart

Inspiring Calligraphers: Virginia Lucas Hart

Virginia has written on loads of different non-paper surfaces, but her favorites include large-scale mirrors or any sort of tile or agates for place cards. “They truly become keepsakes for your guests!” says Virginia.

Inspiring Calligraphers: Virginia Lucas Hart

Estee Lauder sign: Photo by Jane Houle

“When my clients grant me some creative control on a direction of a custom piece, I love pulling inspiration from a few places,” shares Virginia. Besides the obvious social media spaces to reference, she also pulls inspiration from simply browsing stores in NYC. “Whether it’s paper goods or fashion accessories, a simple color combination can inspire a whole direction,” says Virginia. But once she has a vision in mind, everything starts with a pencil, a piece of paper, and a giant eraser.

Inspiring Calligraphers: Virginia Lucas Hart

Inspiring Calligraphers: Virginia Lucas Hart

Other highlights: “I was beyond thrilled to calligraph Met Gala invitations earlier this year for those wearing Prabal Gurung!” shares Virginia.

Inspiring Calligraphers: Virginia Lucas Hart

Inspiring Calligraphers: Virginia Lucas Hart

And for anyone looking to learn calligraphy, Virginia wrote a book, published by Ulysses Press, that came out at the end of 2017. “Although it’s a children’s book, it’s truly a great resource for all ages,” she adds. “I share all of my favorite supplies, tips and tricks, and break things down into easy-to-follow steps.”

A big thanks to Virginia for sharing a peek into the different types of calligraphy work she’s doing. So inspiring!
Photo Credits:: Monica Chimes did the florals around the large mirror photo. All images via Virginia Lucas Hart except where noted.

Want to be featured in our calligraphy column? Reach out to us at submissions [at] ohsobeautifulpaper [dot] com with the subject line “Calligraphy Feature” for more details!

Quick Pick: Slightly Stationery

I’m always on the hunt for cute illustrated greeting cards. So I thought I’d share a few favorites from a somewhat new-to-me designer, Slightly Stationery, in case you’re looking to stock up! In addition to the hand painted illustrations, you’ll find bright pops of color, plenty of puns, and a sassy sense of humor. The perfect combination!

Quick Pick: Slightly Stationery

You Got This


Awwww Yeah

Magical Unicorn Birthday

I’ve Seen Your Houseplants

It’s Okay to Just Breathe


Lots more from Slightly Stationery right here! And if you’re looking for more card round ups, you can find all of our past card round ups here!

Minimalist Type-Driven Wedding Invitations on Handmade Paper

Happy Monday everyone! We’re going to kick off the week with a serious stunner of an invitation suite: minimalist type-driven wedding invitations on handmade paper by Nicole of Every Little Letter! When I first saw this invitation suite, I was captivated by the combination of a minimalist type-driven design and handmade paper with super soft deckle edges. I love calligraphy, but the minimalist serif type feels so classic and beautiful! Add in a gorgeous vellum overlay with blackberry botanical illustration on the menus and a few silk ribbons, and you’ve got one seriously romantic wedding invitation!

Minimalist Type-Driven Wedding Invitations on Handmade Paper by Every Little Letter

From Nicole: I created this invitation suite for a styled shoot with photographer Erin Tetterton. I was so excited to see lots of beautiful blackberries and a moody disposition in the mood board. My idea was to create a clean, type driven invitation that played off the tones of Fall (one of my favorite seasons and I am so excited it’s on its way!).

Minimalist Type-Driven Wedding Invitations on Handmade Paper by Every Little Letter

I wanted to use a mix of papers to show texture, Pressed Paper was perfect both for the tone and subtle deckle. I used Frou Frou Chic ribbon to offset the strong black type and layout. I wanted to create an invitation that was very clean and simple with only emphasis being the typeface and justification – I love the use of this white space and justified paragraph of details. One of my favorite details is always use of vintage postage, so I was careful to pick tones that complimented the suites soft blush tones and mid-green accents.

Minimalist Type-Driven Wedding Invitations on Handmade Paper by Every Little Letter

To continue the mix of materials, I chose handmade paper for the menus but decided to use soft transparent vellum with a printed botanical illustration as the cover, wrapped with fine paper twine to keep the two pieces together.

Wedding Menu with Vellum Overlay by Every Little Letter

For each suite I design, it’s important to me to create a cohesive look that’s unique and timeless but also how to incorporate color and texture, this minimalist type-driven wedding invitation suite hit all the fun sweet spots! When designing for a styled shoot, it’s also important for me to be able to create a suite that a real bride would be able to recreate – so many times a bride reaches out with a suite she’s found and loves, but would be way too expensive to reproduce for a larger guest list. This suite has the makings of a unique layout that could be remade for a real wedding very easily!

Minimalist Type-Driven Deckle Edge Wedding Invitations by Every Little Letter

Thanks Nicole!

Design and Printing: Every Little Letter

Handmade Paper: Pressed Paper

Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

Looking for more wedding invitation inspiration? Visit our wedding invitations archive for more custom wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Every Little Letter

Friday Faves

Secret Holiday Co. "The Magic is In You" Banner / Common Room Studio

Banner by Secret Holiday Co. / Photo by me at Common Room Studio

Happy Friday everyone – we made it through the week! I’m on a quick fun day trip up to New York City with my friend Janice today; we’re planning to visit Color Factory and just do a few other touristy things that I never get to do when I’m up for trade shows and meetings. Yay! We’re expecting a rainy weekend in DC, so I’m planning to take advantage of the weather to do some tidying at home, and maybe get a head start on some fall shopping. Madewell has so many gorgeous fall pieces! I picked out a few of my faves below – I particularly want this dress, this sweater, and this long sleeve striped tee for fall.

Speaking of sweaters, I love this long duster cardigan from Old Navy for fall – and it’s currently 25% off!

How cute is this llama sweater for little girls??

The prettiest bundles of paper I ever did see

I’m in the process of redesigning our bedroom, and I’m thinking about adding a faux tree in the corner. It’s between this faux fiddle leaf fig and this faux olive tree – but I need something tall and skinny, so I think the fiddle leaf might be the answer!

LOVING these pale lavender linen shams (also currently on sale!)

Don’t forget to download our printable fall bucket list from Ampersand Design Studio if you haven’t already! And new September wallpapers from Copper Paper Co. and In The Daylight!

Finally – anyone have any quick and easy family dinner recipes that you love and want to share? I’m looking to expand our dinner repertoire and would love your suggestions!!