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National Stationery Show Highlights

Hello, it is Leslie here with a few of my highlights from the National Stationery Show. Two weeks ago I was doing some work on the east coast and had an opportunity to stop by the National Stationery Show in New York for a couple hours. Holly and I thought it would be nice to share with you a few of the designers and business owners I met there. I must say there were so many extraordinary booths yet I was only able to talk to a handful of people. I hope you enjoy checking out some of these inspiring folks if you haven’t already!

National Stationary Show Highlights

Banquet Atelier & Workshop
I have seen the work of Tammy and Sarah before but it was wonderful to see it all displayed so beautifully at the show. Their booth was just stunning. I wanted to stand in it all day! The Banquet line is known for its’ intricate yet clean graphics with a playful focus on wildlife. I may have to get one of their prints for my son’s bedroom!

National Stationary Show Highlights

Coral & Tusk
I spent a long time examining the unique work of Stephanie Housley of Coral & Tusk. All her work is embroidered and her designs are so sweet and fun. The Coral & Tusk product line includes wall hangings, pillows, cards, softies and more. Any of the pieces could brighten up a corner of your home! There is lots to see on her website!

National Stationary Show Highlights

I enjoyed meeting Suann Song in her booth at the show. She is launching a new line called Ready Made, which will be available this summer. I loved all the library card references with cute pockets!

National Stationary Show Highlights

Sesame Letterpress & Design
Sesame Letterpress had a really elegant booth with a pretty grey background and white frames. Together this provided the perfect backdrop for all their colorful letterpress designs. I loved all the coasters and gift tags, as they would make beautiful hostess gifts! They are also coming out with a gorgeous line of journals in really bright jewel tones.

National Stationary Show Highlights

Susy Jack
Susan Connor’s booth caught my eye as I have admired her work online over the past few years. She is launching a pretty new Foodie line with coordinating kitchen towels and recipe cards. The recipe cards can be housed in a neat wooden box with a gorgeous hand scripted looking label.

National Stationary Show Highlights

East of India
I have been a longtime fan of the East of India line having purchased some of their products in London a couple years ago. They carry beautiful ribbons that make any wrapping look instantly charming. I also love all their mini boxes of stationery items: little pencils, clips, thumbtacks, twine and tags packaged perfectly. It is exciting to see that all these wonderful items will now be available in North America.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing a few of my favorites. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

(images: leslie shewring)

Posted in stationery on June 02, 2012

Sweet Paul in Germany

I am on the run today but simply have to shout out my blogger friend Paul Lowe who not only has the English edition of his magazine in Anthropologie stores across the United States, BUT he now has his magazine in German and is sold over here – I found this copy on the newsstand around the corner from my house and snapped a few photos for you with my iPhone. Check it out…

Sweet Paul in Germany!

I am SO PROUD of Paul but equally proud that Germany is so keenly interested in lifestyle publications more than ever and are really embracing foreign publications more and more – we even have Martha Stewart Living magazine in German now since the beginning of this year.

Sweet Paul in German

Sweet Paul in German

Sweet Paul Germany

Sweet Paul in German

It’s so inspiring for me, an American living in northern Germany, to see some of my favorite people from the states over here. It makes home not feel so faraway now. CONGRATS PAUL on this amazing adventure you are on! I wish you massive success with you, your brand, all of it.

Sweet Paul magazine is sold in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on newsstands everywhere so make sure you pick up a copy!

(images: holly becker)

Posted in Books + Magazines on May 30, 2012

Marthe Armitage Wallpaper

I first found out about London-based artist Marthe Armitage a few years ago but when I saw her work in a hotel in London I nearly fell down. I love what she does and thought you might too. Here is a snap that I took with my iPhone to show it in-situ to whet your appetite, the rest I’ve combed from other sources on the web. Enjoy!

Marthe Armitage

Marthe creates and hand prints her wallpapers using lino blocks in her Chiswick studio and now I’m wondering if this means I can eventually see it in person and watch her in action? I have to look this up to see if she even welcomes a studio tour. I find watching people doing their thing incredibly inspiring. Here are some of my favorite wallpaper patterns from her collection.

Marthe Armitage

Marthe Armitage

You can buy these gorgeous papers over at Hamilton Weston.

Marthe Armitage

Marthe Armitage

At beautiful Liberty in London.

Marthe Armitage
Marthe Armitage

Wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL.

Marthe Armitage
Marthe Armitage
Marthe Armitage

Marthe Armitage

Now I totally want this print in my home!

(images: first photo from me, all other photos via Elle Decor, Plus Mood, Charlotte Minty, and lovely Paul Massey.)

Posted in Rooms on May 30, 2012

Pinspiring Pins

Hello friends! It’s a new week and I have a ton on my plate work-wise but I’m feeling so great and ready for the many challenges I have before me. I think this past weekend was a real breakthrough for me in many ways because I actually did nothing in the office. ZERO work. As a result, I feel so refreshed and happy today. I think I’ve been working too much and it’s been draining me. I’ve decided to give myself the weekends back and to work on being more productive M-F so I can take Saturday and Sunday off. I went to several music fests, went dancing several nights with friends, and in general I let myself go and dropped the whole work stress stuff. If you are overdoing it with work I REALLY suggest letting go for a few days and doing some things you may not have done in a while. I’ve not gone dancing in months (shame on me) and I’m glad I changed that. I’m really to make some big changes in my personal life this summer so this past weekend was a major start for me. How are you doing? Any changes in your life currently?

LoveHannah Lemholt via this pin.

I was looking through a bunch of my Pinterest pins recently (love Pinterest) and noticed that when I pin things there is always a theme to them that develops without being consciously aware of it. Have you noticed that with your own pins? It’s kinda fascinating to look back and see those themes, they are very interesting – how we sometimes are so blind to our unique internal process of sorting. It’s good to pause from time-to-time though to become more aware of how we collect things, what we are collecting, what these things are telling us about ourselves. Here are some of my most recent pins and what they seem to reveal about what’s on my mind. :)


A love for fruity sorbet tones, flowers, and a whimsical endless summer is revealed… 1. artpixie via this pin, 2. Lafayette lamp via this pin, 3. Jose Villa Photography via this pin, 4. All washi tape via this pin, 5. HS via this pin, 6. Audrey Jeanne print via this pin, 7. Amy Osaba via this pin.


Next, I’ve been pinning lots of German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender right now. Not sure what this really says about me though except that I have exceptionally good taste when it comes to handsome dreamy actors. 1. MF site via this pin 2. PABlog via this pin, 3. Flicks and bits via this pin, 4. Flicks and bits via this pin.

I love these very graphic spaces that mix old and new and the lovely shine of floors, tiles, glass and mirrors. 1. Alexander White Photography via this pin, 2. Marthe Armitage wallpaper photographed by Paul Massey via this pin, 3. Barn Raising article found in the NYTimes via this pin, 4. source unknown via this pin, 5. Skona Hem magazine via this pin, 6. source unknown via this pin.


vtwonen magazine via this pin reveals my obsession with medical cabinets and polished cement floors, still, years after my initial crush developed.

Color blocking and dots is such a blogger trend, right!? Who doesn’t love these looks right now? 1. eat drink chic via this pin, 2. Photography by Jean-Marc Wullschleger via this pin, 3. Family Living magazine via this pin, 4. source unknown via this pin, 5. Inspiration Ave via this pin, 6. Julien Fernandez Photography via this pin, 7. source unknown via this pin, 8. Nuevo Estilo magazine via this pin.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed these lovely pinspirations!

(images credited above)

Posted in inspiration on May 29, 2012


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