I’m hooked! Making the chutney was so much fun – and such a terrific hostess gift to have on hand – that I decided to give “canning” another go. My friend Jocelyn has the most bountiful Meyer lemon tree imaginable and January is prime picking season. Preserved lemons are the easiest things to make: slice, salt and jar. And of course, no jar is complete without a proper label…

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We love award season and gabbing about the best and worst dresses from every party. All the yellow coming down the red carpet this year really caught our eye. It was a reminder that yellow can be such a fantastic color in fashion and design. It’s not easy to pull off, but we think these women and these invitations are a bright success.

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photo credit: E! Online, Hollywood Reporter


When Zin City Vineyards approached us about doing a wine label for their newest Zinfandel, we jumped at the opportunity. They wanted to play off the flash and glitz of Las Vegas. Our favorite projects are when clients want to move away from what’s expected. We went all in – complete with sexy legs, metallic high heels and neon red lights.

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I’ve been looking around for the perfect wallpaper and recently stumbled upon Kreme. I am particularly taken with their Muse line. The designs are so fresh and fun and have this wonderfully subtle watercolor quality to them. Perfect for an accent wall or bathroom.

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Rip + Tan is a favorite blog of ours for a daily dose of inspiration. Former fashion designer, Jenni Kayne focuses on a beautiful and stylish lifestyle. She touches on travel, cooking, parenting, home, art and design, and all with an emphasis on quality and ease. 

Take a peak! 

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The annual 7×7 Weddings issue just came out and featured one of our favorite bride and grooms from 2014. Debbie and Mike wanted an SF-themed invitation design so we featured the skyline on a gray scale folder. Inside, the bright white printed pieces highlighted some more fun Bay Area icons – a cable car, the Ferry building, the Golden Gate… We tied the whole suite together with a gorgeous silver floral handmade paper for the envelope liner.

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I spotted these “tents” while on vacation last week. How great would they be in a backyard or even better, in my kids’ room? Instant reading nook-hideout-fort and oh-so fantastic looking!

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One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to take the time to see more art. It could be a quick pop into a new museum exhibit, an afternoon of gallery hopping or simply perusing the internet.

Artsy.net is a great resource for this – making the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection. You can follow your favorite artists and galleries, preview new shows and art fairs, or simply click and browse around.

Check it out… Artsy.net

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Lizzie and Keith planned to marry at their gorgeous family home in Lake Tahoe and really wanted to create a balance between the rustic and the elegant. We decided to work with a natural palette of whites and browns but found ways to keep that from feeling too homespun. 

For the save the date, we created a whimsical illustration of the couple’s favorite cabin and printed the card in tan letterpress on soft white paper. For the invitation, we flopped the colors, using white foil on a heavy kraft stock, and used only the image of the trees for the graphics. For an added layer of texture and elegance, we found a gold, handmade paper to use for the envelope liner. All the printed pieces are varied but the common colors and interwoven graphics tie everything together perfectly.

Event Planning: MAP Events
Floral Design: Radeff Design Studio
Photography: Catherine Hall Studios
Invitations: A Day in May

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I recently took my daughter to a LEGO exhibit called “A BILLION BRICKS” in Stamford CT. The creativity blew me away. A few men basically locked themselves in a room for a couple weeks and built the most astounding 3-dimensional scene. It included trucks, spaceships, helicopters, ships, subways, dragons, full-speed trains, and a million interesting little LEGO people. And all of it, the entire imaginary world, was built out of the classic LEGO brick. 

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The holidays are officially over but we’re not saying goodbye to the flash and shine just yet. We love how a copper accent adds warmth to everything from an invitation to your kitchen sink…

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A heartfelt thank you to all of our clients and partners for a wonderful year filled with good design and beautiful events. We wish you and yours a safe and happy New Year.

Cheers!

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I’m leaving the California rain and heading to Mexico! Here’s what’s in my bag…

1. Black bikini – classic, timeless and it just never gets old.
2. Skinceuticals CE ferulic – I swear by this stuff. It’s a splurge but so, so worth it.
3. Old Navy tank maxi dresses – I’m not afraid to splurge but I’m just as happy to save. Every year, I buy a handful of basic tank dresses from Old Navy. They are so comfortable (I’ve slept in them) and magically easy to toss over a bathing suit or dress up for dinner.
4. Great book – No kindle for me. I love the feel of paper and this book is on my to-read list.
5. Chunky jewelry – To dress up my basic dresses, nothing does it better than great jewelry. I love the pieces at winifredgrace.com
6. I bring 4 pair of shoes: gold flip flops, silver flip flops, black flip flops and…
7. Nike “Free” running shoes – I’m religious about my running and these are my favorites.
8. Cover-up – I’ll bring a dozen but this one from from lemlem.com is so beautiful.
9. Straw hat – I like the casual vibe of this style. This one’s from Calypso, but I actually bought mine from my local hardware store!

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We couldn’t do what we do without Full Circle Press. Now that the dust has settled and we have bid adieu to Christmas, we can take a peek at the madness of their holiday season and the beautiful printed pieces they created this month…

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We love the simplicity of this wedding invitation and save the date. The clean fonts and a gold and gray palette paired with a modern laurel design and beautifully patterned envelope liners, makes for a festive and elegant December wedding suite.

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