Thursday, October 29, 2009

wallpaper invites

My mom asked me to design these invites for a birthday dinner she hosted for me back in the summer. I've been obsessed with vintage wallpaper for a while and decided to try my hand at getting a wallpaper look with some hand-drawn flowers. Reminded me how satisfying it is to turn off the computer and put pencil to paper, old school style. I'm using a few wallpaper themed ideas and a new hand-drawn design for the next minted contest too - stay tuned for images and voting information sometime next week!

Monday, October 26, 2009


New and fabulous online magazine Lonny is live! If you've been looking for a replacement for Domino or the late-great Blueprint, you must check it out. Beautiful photography spreads and great lists of must-have items for you and your home. I love the gorgeous dining room in the first photo. Check it out here. {Photos: Lonny Magazine}

Friday, October 23, 2009

book love

I am a bigtime re-reader - always coming back to some old faithfuls like my all-time favorite re-read treat, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I'll get completely immersed in Pride and Prejudice every few months too, ignoring laundry and dishes and life as if I've never read it before. And I've been known to take a little trip to Hogwarts once in a while as well. Author Meg Cabot recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal about her love for reading and re-reading the wonderful Betsy-Tacy series of books by Maud Hart Lovelace. (I re-read these a lot when I was younger and remember first reading Betsy-Tacy at summer camp after it arrived in a care package from my mom right when I was feeling a little homesick. She wrote me the sweetest, funniest note on the inside of the paperback cover, and between the note and the book, I forgot all about any lingering homesickness.)

In the WSJ article, Cabot sums up the best part of the Betsy-Tacy books perfectly: "What's always made Betsy seem so real is that when she makes a mistake and falls down, she gets right back up." Although the books are set in the early 20th century, it's still a really timeless message. Definitely re-read worthy, even for semi-grown-ups. Photo: WSJ

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

light as air



Loving these pretty dresses - designed by sarahseven out of Portland, Oregon - especially the beautiful, ethereal styles and floaty, sorbet-colored fabrics. Found via Amy Odell on the great blog, The Cut, over at New York Magazine's site. Photos: sarahseven @ etsy.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

au revoir to summer

Just a few photos from my fall trips to the beach at Fripp Island, and one of my mom's best pal, Jake, the wonder-dog with spotted feet. He's the best.
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