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Organize Your Life in 2015 With Mi Goals

December 12, 2014

Being organized is a battle! I know it’s not entirely possible to  be perfectly organized, especially with so many curve balls photo bombing our life at any given moment, but having some type of system in place is helpful and the only way I get anything done. Sometimes I flop though. And other days I’m crazy insane productive. And while I risk sounding like teenager admitting this, aside from just being more productive, the single most motivating thing that gets me to even buy or use organizational products, like planners, is cuteness factor. That’s why I love Mi Goals (or click her for MiGoals on etsy). Clean, modern, cute. I’d totally use these.

Organize Your Life in 2015 With Mi Goals
Organize Your Life in 2015 With Mi Goals
Organize Your Life in 2015 With Mi Goals
Organize Your Life in 2015 With Mi Goals

Have you already begun planning your resolutions for 2015? I have and I feel really good about them. Let’s exchange them at the end of this month okay? I can’t think about them yet, I need to take a winter pause soon and relax for a few weeks and not think about anything related to DOING much of anything outside of caring for my baby and family stuff. B

ut I know come January 1, I’ll be ready to take on a new year. I always feel so hopeful and pumped after the holidays and NYE. It’s like I want to wear my Beyonce Wasn’t Build In One Day t-shirt and knock out every goal ka-pow style! By end of January, I’m usually feeling less girl power-y, I am going to still work towards my goal with zeal next year. I didn’t make resolutons for 2014, the only thing I wanted was my baby to be born healthy and beautiful and that totally happened so I’m just basking in gratefulness.

But next year, I’m ready to get into gear and do some great things for myself, my family and my business. Are you feeling ready to bring it too?

(images: mi goals)






Stationery

New: IKEA Paper Shop

June 17, 2013

Hello friends and welcome to a new week with me and my columnists here on decor8. I hope you are doing well! I thought I’d kick things off by telling you about the new IKEA Paper Shop that recently launched here in Europe in select stores and if all goes well, the concept may spread to all stores eventually. Kollo put together a range of paper products to include giftbags, giftwrap, paper clips, boxes, notebooks, cards, etc. and they designed the section of the store where these products would be on display with a focus on bright patterns and colors placing the department in the market hall section on the lower level. So far in Britain and Sweden it has gained attention and they’re hoping it will catch on and spread to all IKEA stores. I think the idea is GREAT – definitely. I already see the products on the German IKEA website and in stores over here, so it seems to be catching on. Is it in your country yet, too?

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

The products look nice BUT (and I hate to be critical) I really don’t feel a connection like I wish I did – the collections do not feel that cohesive with the exception of the palettes – black/white, green, blue and pink. I’m not keen on Victorian motifs sprinkled throughout each collection because they don’t feel fresh to me, but I do think that over time that this collection has enormous potential to evolve and become something great. I have an entire concept that I think would work for IKEA so if anyone wants to hire me I can tell you exactly what would set this paper shop on fire (in a good way!) :) But for IKEA this is a great start and I’m happy to learn about this! I do love the effort, the possibilies and of course some of the products like the boxes, tapes and giftwrap I would definitely buy now. In fact, I’ve cut and pasted my favorite products below for you to see.

New: IKEA Paper Shop

New: IKEA Paper Shop

I like some of the SÄRSKILD stuff,  HISTORISK number tags and these tags too, and I really like the cute DATERAD patterns – especially their bags. The VÄLBEKANT note blocks are cute too! I think my favorite collection though is the FRAMSTÄLLA series. It really speaks to me with the dots and stripes! I adore these boxes, I could really use them!

What do you think of this concept and these products? Do you like it? Do you like the products?

(images: mobilia artica, maedchenwahn and Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2013 and Kollo)






Stationery

National Stationery Show Highlights

June 2, 2012

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 Stationery 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 Stationery 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 Stationery Show Highlights

Simplesong
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 Stationery 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 Stationery 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 Stationery 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)






Stationery

Kate Spade Paper

August 1, 2011

Well what do you know… seems Kate Spade is expanding their paper line a wee bit and I’m tickled pink about it. I love their classic Spade motif, their stripes, and their watercolory flowers, too. Their new monogrammed card collection is another fave. It’s all quite festive but also very classy!

Kate Spade Paper

Kate Spade Paper

There is so much inspiration over at the Kate Spade website from their gorgeous products that always inspire to their Behind The Curtain views, Films, Color Blog (which I love!) and the ever-popular Things We Love slideshows, it’s a happy space to visit on a Monday morning for sure.

P.S. Their brand has become quite young and fresh these days, have you noticed?

(images: kate spade)






Arts + Crafts, Stationery

Marga Marina

December 17, 2010

Love rubber stamps? Into forest themes? Do you like to find unique cards to give to your friends? Yes, yes, yes! I do! So then, it’s time to meet Marga Marina who really is the talented Tine Pagenberg, an illustrator who lives nearby in Bielefeld, Germany which is a lovely town located between the northern and southern Teutoburg forest. I’m guessing Tine finds her inspiration from her town and all of the natural beauty around her, it’s hard to not dream of pastel bears and foxes with picnic baskets when you live near a German forest, the place where fairy tales and magic come to life. She makes rubber stamps, postcards, brooches, pillows and many other crafty things available in her cute DaWanda shop.

Marga Marina

Marga Marina

Marga Marina

I was so excited when my package arrived today and I pulled out three sets of rubber stamps: “Nachteule” which means Night Owl, “Hörnchen” and on the package there are chipmunks which we don’t have in Germany, but they from the Hörnchen family but would technically be called Streifenhörnchen, and “Igel” which are hedgehogs. In the package I found some lovely cards and tags too. Now I have to use my stamps for some crafty projects. :)

I can really see Tine’s work being licensed and sold on products, can’t you? I’d love to see her work in stores, she is so talented and has a very cohesive collection and her style is very unique and special. I’m a big fan of Marga Marina and hope that you like her work too. There are so many talented German illustrators over here, and designers in general — it’s fun to be able to share some of them with you from time to time. :)

(images: photographs taken by holly becker, all others from marga marina)






Stationery

Cactus and Quail Paper Goods

December 16, 2010

Oh Cactus and Quail — I am in love with everything on this gorgeous paper goods website — Just everything. And now I will introduce to you to paper product beauty that I know you’ll be equally enamored with… But first, their limited edition ornaments. Swoon! I want the one in the center for all year round to simply hang on the wall in my office — so pretty!

Cactus and Quail Paper Goods

Owner and designer Jamie, who lives and works in sunny San Diego, was trained as an architect but decided to launch a paper products company using her modern illustrations, mainly for brides, though some things in her shop are available to purchase (like the ornaments above) or as a readymade item which means that the design is already done for you, you simply choose your colors and give her the information that you need on the card. You know, the deets.

Cactus and Quail Paper Goods

Cactus and Quail Paper Goods

Cactus and Quail Paper Goods

Cactus and Quail Paper Goods

Cactus and Quail Paper Goods

About her work Jamie says, “I have found that I am happiest while making pretty graphics and getting messy with cutting, gluing and folding paper (instead of fussing about with beams & columns). After making invitations for my own wedding in 2008, I began designing bits of stationery goods for friends, and then friends of friends, and then friends of friends of friends, and so I have been inspired to launch Cactus and Quail.”

Cheers to following your heart!

(images: cactus and quail)






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