Rustic with a twist


The first thing that pops into my mind when I think of “rustic” weddings in an open-field ceremony with a reception held in a beautiful old barn. We’ve all seen that, right? There might even be some burlap in the décor, kraft paper invitations, a vintage typewriter guestbook, wooden escort cards, mason jars and stacked vintage suitcases.

Don’t get me wrong. These can be gorgeous, love-filled affairs. They’re just all starting to look the same to me. Which is why the wedding I attended over the holiday weekend was so refreshing. It was an urban-rustic celebration with a twist.

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Instead of a field and a barn, the venue was an architectural salvage warehouse that multitasks as an event space. Salvage One is that vintage shop where your eclectic friend finds her cool furniture. I could have spent hours wandering around looking at of the bits and pieces they’ve saved from the landfill. I saw lovely old doors, massive concrete columns and a fountain made out of old claw-foot bathtubs.


With so much going on in the space, there was no need to decorate it. The indoor and outdoor areas are filled with plants and texture and felt unique without being weird.

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The second floor of the warehouse has an open floorplan with vintage chandeliers hanging throughout. Because Salvage One is also a furniture store, they provided the couple with a fun mix of tables and chairs from their in-house collection. There was furniture from different design styles — mid-century modern, Victorian, craftsman, Shaker — but it never felt disjointed or overwhelming.

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Having a rustic wedding doesn’t have look like it was pulled directly from Pinterest. The secret to making any wedding memorable is to make it your own in unexpected ways. I was inspired by Salvage One to think about rustic affairs in a whole new way. What do you think?


NSS 2015

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I can’t believe that it’s May! The move from Boston to New York, and all of it’s logistical upheaval, made the time disappear. We’ve been here a month already? Wow.

With the arrival of beautiful weather and my daughter‘s birthday comes the National Stationery Show. Every year during the second week of May, stationery lovers, retailers, designers, suppliers, industry experts and more converge at the Jacob Javits Convention Center here in New York for a few days of total paper adoration.

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Being just a subway ride away from the festivities made me downright giddy. The show is only open to the trade and draws people from all over the world to exhibit and attend. I’ve been going for almost 10 years and it’s always a treat to see familiar faces and make new paper-obsessed friends. It’s a great place to spot the next big thing in stationery, and likely what we’ll see everywhere for the next few years (chevrons, anyone?). The trade show floor is MASSIVE and can be as overwhelming as it is inspiring.

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After walking around for a few hours, I already have lots of great ideas for some new products in the boutique. And I discovered some new designers to fawn over, like U.K. designer Jolly Awesome.

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While what I do is very different from what American Crafts specializes in, their booth design stopped me in my tracks. It’s modern, inspiring and fun combining lots of trends in one look.


There are ALWAYS tote bag giveaways at the stationery show. This one by Fawn Paper Co. is very cute and speaks directly to the show audience.


Yes, even in the age of email, Facebook event invitations, Paperless Post and others, snail mail is authentic and still special. Paper forever!


The Secret Sauce


As you can imagine, I get a lot of email. Some of it goes directly into the trash, some gets archived for later and some jump out at me and stick in my head. The most recent “sticky” email came from Carats & Cake, an online destination for real wedding photos, real advice, local inspiration and vendor reviews.


Mood Board | Scottish Weddings

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I guess this post needs a little explanation; I just returned home from a 9-day vacation to Scotland! While I was traveling around the country, I was seriously inspired by their historic castles and gorgeous landscapes. While in Edinburgh and Glasgow, I saw a few bridal shops and started wondering how Scottish weddings go down!

So I did a little research and found that Scottish weddings, while most staying very traditional with kilt-wear and lots of plaid, are VERY fancy. Getting married in a castle country helps a little, right? I pulled together some images that capture just how beautiful and grand these Scottish weddings are. Enjoy!


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Mood Board | Antique French

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I’ve been drawn to very elaborate, royal-looking details lately. Pearls and lace. China teacups and macarons. Gold edges and fancy rings. It’s very romantic and feminine, so my guess is that it would work perfectly for a bridal shower!

You could also call this the Marie Antoinette look – which is what I mainly searched for to find these photos – but if you also search for ‘antique French’ or ‘royal France’ you will find similar elegant and detailed inspirations.

Happy Monday!


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Mood Board | Gatsby Glam

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You know I had to.

With The Great Gatsby movie (and more importantly Leonardo DiCaprio) almost in theaters, people are giddy for Gatsby. If you’ve read the book, you know that most of Gatsby’s world is full of parties, dancing, and glamorous women. Not to mention, the story is set in the 20s, a decade that brought us the infamous ‘art deco’ style of design and fashion.

Drawing from all this, it’s easy to put together a mood board that relates to this style and captures the essence of Gatsby. Have you ever been to a Gatsby-themed wedding? Was is super glam? We’d love to hear about it!


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Color Theory | Warm Spring

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It certainly is not a warm start to spring here in Boston, but we can hope, right?

The saturated red and peach work well next to the muted green and ivory in this color palette. Spring weddings, this is your scheme! It also has a bit of an Americana feel going on, so I can even see this as a July wedding theme. What do you think?

Happy Wednesday!



{Color Theory} Valentine's Color Inspiration

The Valentine’s spirit is upon us once again. Stores explode with pink, red & chocolate! If you’re planning a party this year or a wedding for this time next year, here are a few color palettes to get inspired with!

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Above is a fun, peppy combination of pinks and reds. They are pretty traditional colors for this time of year, so it’s easy to find decor for your extravaganza!

Or, if you’re not into pink and sparkles, try this muted color palette of yellows and grays. It’s elegant, memorable and goes really well with a candlelight dinner!

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What are your favorite Valentine’s day traditions? Do those even exist? Share below!


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Happy Holidays, friends! Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it’s a wonderful time of love and merriment for you and yours. As we bow out for the year, we want to thank all who made 2012 the best one yet!


Kelli & Stephanie


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