There are so many high-end chocolatiers on the market these days. Our very favorite though, is Brooklyn-based Mast Brothers Chocolate Makers. The small batch sweets are of course delicious (I’m partial to Sea Salt), but their packaging is what stands out most to us. We love the clean, simple logo and type. Plus, every bar is wrapped in beautiful patterns and colors printed on a matte butcher paper. Elegant, thoughtful design.

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Let’s face it, we all wish we had better handwriting. Fortunately, for us common folk, there are some very talented calligraphers in this world that make the written word look oh-so-beautiful. So much so that we often incorporate it into our designs. Whether it’s simple or embellished, classic or modern, subdued or playful, here are some examples of how integrating the work of skilled calligraphers can elevate your design.

Featured below: Tara Jones, Michele Papineau, Barbara Callow

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We’re pretty obsessed with type around here so when we came across Marion Bataille’s little book, ABC3D, we literally flipped out. This three-dimensional pop-up book transforms the way we look at letters and type… The ‘V’ becomes ‘W’ via a mirrored page; “X” magically becomes “Y” with the turn of the page (and the help of a little paper tab); and the lenticular cover shows you the entire alphabet in seconds. We’ve given this as a child’s gift but I can guarantee that any adult will love it just as much.

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We love the casual elegance of the invitation design we created for Jessica and Brian’s Lake Tahoe wedding. Combining kraft paper, a clean font and a sweet illustration of pinecones and branches this invitation was the perfect balance of simplicity and elegance.

See more of the beautiful day with event design by One Fine Day Events and photographs by Mike Larson on Style Me Pretty today: stylemepretty.com

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Once in awhile, it’s always fun to take a break from “homelife” and head out for an afternoon with the ladies. Eight of us recently spent some time meandering a few blocks in Sebastopol called “The Barlow”. Located in an old apple cannery, it’s a beautiful street of galleries, restaurants, wineries, breweries, boutiques, even a distillery – all owned by local artisans. Each spot was more charming than the next and I was completely blown away by the design and branding of each spot – complete eye candy for me!

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We love seeing navy stripes in fashion, home decor, and graphic design. Traditionally, when paired with white stripes, you would think of a nautical / seaside theme, but these days navy stripes take on a sharp and sophisticated look on dry land. We like to think if it as a softer black and love using it for our designs. It’s bold and classic.

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There’s a reason Napa and Sonoma are such popular spots for weddings – they are absolutely breathtaking. Our goal is to make sure that the invitations we create for a wine country wedding don’t veer into a cliché of grapes and wine glasses! Take a peek at one of our designs.

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My family and I were up in Healdsburg this weekend and we stumbled upon Noble Folk – a dessert nirvana for pie and ice cream lovers. Their sweet and simple branding had me at hello, but their super original flavors and combos (rosemary ice cream topped with pistachios and marigolds!) really sealed the deal. We came home with a blueberry and blackberry pie but you can bet that I’m going back for the strawberry balsamic next time.

Visit Noble Folk HERE

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We’re suckers for great packaging. R+Co’s literally stopped us in our tracks. Hat’s off to the design director Amanda Hall. She worked with over 1000 images in order to find just the right one for each product. We love the super simple, monochromatic logo balanced against the vivid imagery.

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This past year we’ve started to incorporate handmade paper into our invitation designs by using them as envelope liners. The texture and patterns make for a fun and surprising pop of color upon opening any party envelope.

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My daughter picked “scarlet runners” in her school garden today – my reminder that fabulous colors don’t only exist in a Pantone book.

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Joanna Goddard’s blog, A Cup of Jo, is a great place to get lost for a few hours. It’s a one-stop-shop for reading about marriage, motherhood, food, beauty, and design. And it’s real. Ms. Goddard does not sugar coat. She gives it to you straight, and we all need a little straight talk once in awhile! Each post is usually accompanied by some great photography as well, so grab yourself a cup of jo and drink up.

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photo credit: A Cup of Jo


With a modern font and a subtle touch of pink chevron patterns, Lexy and Ari’s invitation popped out of the envelope. The bold yet chic printed pieces translated into a gorgeously clean and sophisticated wedding day design by Event Designer, Stanlee Gatti, and Wedding Planner, Laurie Arons. We love the gray and white combo in the midst of all that greenery!

Event Design: Stanlee Gatti Designs
Wedding Planner: Laurie Arons
Photography: Jose Villa
Calligraphy: Barbara Callow
Invitations: A Day in May

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My mom, Barbara, known as “B” to the kids, went through each of our Women Who Inspire interviews (read the wonderful interviews HERE) and bought all of the recommended children’s books for our vacation last month. She read a different book each night to her grandchildren. They loved all of them! You’re the best, B!

The Dot by Peter Reynolds
Fireboat by Maira Kalman
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

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