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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MoS Giveaway: Bell'Invito Letterpress Studio

We are so pleased to announce that Matters of Style has partnered with Bell'Invito Letterpress Studio for this week's fantastic giveaway. One very lucky MoS reader will win a set of 12 Don Carney Zodiac Cards from Bell'Invito's newest line, custom made for whichever sign the winner chooses! Bell'Invito offers only the creme de la creme of letterpress stationery- the Zodiac Collection card sets retail for $120- so this is an opportunity you will not want to pass up!



All Bell'Invito Photographs by Kevin Dotolo


Whether or not you know him by name, we're sure you will recognize Don Carney's vintage-inspired pen and ink drawings that are meticulously crafted to resemble woodblock prints. He is the co-founder of Patch NYC, where you can find his drawings, pillows, and totes, and he's also begun selling drawings at select select Jonathan Adler stores.





We think that the zodiac signs are a perfect medium for Carney's style of illustration, don't you? Although we are neither scorpio nor cancer, we'd still take anything bedecked with that gorgeous scorpion or the feisty crab! In addition to cards, the Zodiac Collection also features desk calendars, bookmarks, gift tags, and bookplates. The collection is a result of a collaboration between Carney and Bell'Invito founder Heather Wiese Alexander. 


   

Above photos by Victoria Wall


We love hearing stories like Heather's about people who harness their creative talents and turn them into a business endeavor. How inspiring! Heather, a successful graphic designer and art director for Neiman Marcus, had at one time lived in Florence, and sought a way to combine her love of Italian style and their meticulous craftsmanship with her skill for modern design. Through happenchance she discovered forgotten family heirlooms, a number of late nineteenth-century presses from her husband's family printing business that stood covered in dust for decades. She quickly realized their unique style of printing was perfect for her handcrafted stationery, and Bell’Invito was born. Today, Dallas-based Bell’Invito prints its stationery using presses that date back to the late 1800’s.






   



The difference


In addition to offering couture design work, customizable motifs, and desk accessories, Bell'Invito offers a variety of boxed stationery sets, each of which come in a lacquer box (perfect for putting under the Christmas tree!).





From the Nautical Collection, we are particularly taken with the Octopus (and how fantastic is that envelope lining?)...





...followed closely by the Crab.





From their Architectural Fall Collection, we were drawn to the Fall Chandelier (wouldn't this be a terrific signature stationery for an interior designer?)





The Fall Victorian Row House reminds us so much of the row houses around Washington, DC!





From the Architectural Spring Collection, we are swooning as much over the envelope lining as we are the notecard designs.  Take, for example, the elegant Spring Key.





From the Boudoir Collection, we are smitten with Blue Hydrangea.





And since we are never ones to pass up anything chinoiserie, we must make note of Koi, from the Eastern Collection...





...and the fantastically chic Pagoda design.





From the detailed, cozy Valet Collection, we would love to receive a note written on the Spectacle card.





Or a note from a dashing gentleman written on the Derby card.





And if you have really been a good girl this year, we'd suggest asking Santa for this Hostess Set!





Now back to the giveaway- Bell'Invito is giving MoS readers the chance to win their very own custom set of Don Carney Zodiac Cards! To enter the giveaway, simply click over to the Bell'Invito website and peruse their wonderful selection, then leave us a comment on this post telling us 1) your astrological sign and 2) your favorite item or design on the Bell'Invito site. Should you choose to comment anonymously, please give yourself some sort of name so we can identify you should you win!


We'll select the lucky winner using random.org and announce the winner on our blog on Tuesday, November 3rd. The winner will be able to choose whatever astrological sign he/she wishes, and the cards will be custom made by Bell'Invito and shipped directly to the winner.


We can't wait to hear from you and see who wins! Thank you to Bell'Invito for this fabulous opportunity!

31 comments:

goheels83 said...

Oooooh, I LOVE this stationery!!!! I am a Cancer (pinch pinch). I can't decide if I like the crab, seahorse, or octopus stationery the best!! I think I will be making a purchase at bell'INVITO in the near future...

girl6_NYC said...

Virgo here.

I have to say the Zodiac collection is my fave. *crosses fingers*

Tracy

Betsy said...

What a gorgeous collection! I'm an Aries and I think my favorite piece is the Spring Roman Villa from the Architectural Spring Collection. The colors are so pretty.

Dobbygirl said...

Just beautiful! I am a Scorpio and I love the Spring Key from the Architectural Spring Collection. Wow!

CrazyConfused said...

I love the purple dragon in the elle decor collection!

Sign is Aries.....

central bark designs said...

Beautiful and elegant work. I'm a Gemini - and love the "Shell" design from the Nautical collection.

Lauren said...

Pisces here...so it's no big surprise that I am loving the Nautical Collection. My favorite is the Sea Horse. I love the simplicity. Awesome giveaway!!

Erin said...

Fab giveaway!! I'm a libra!

I love the Purple Amethyst set...so classy and pretty!

anonymousgirliegirl said...

Any of these would make THE best gift!
Hard to choose a fav from such a great collection. I'm leaning toward the koi or the octopus. The lined envelopes put both of these right over the top!
Cancer here.

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

What a great giveaway! I happy to be a Cancer...I just loves crabs! xx

rebekahmckay said...

I am a Virgo.

I love the Fall Architectural Collection, especially the row house...reminds me of Brooklyn!

Anonymous said...

I am a Gemni and I love the octopus! Such a beautiful lining.

Julia B.

Jaime said...

Great giveaway! I am a Taurus...I love the Sun Lily Studio Collection. :)

Jaime
laviejaime@gmail.com

Clayton said...

I'm a Gemini, so I'm normally of two minds. But this time, there's no conflict. I love Don Carney's zodiac line. His ink drop artwork is stunning — it's old-world and modern at the same time. Check out the custom piece he did for Jonathan Adler's NY apartment (it covers a hidden door to the second floor). http://www.misstropolis.com/images/uploads/PatchNYC.Door.jpg

sexsniper said...

My sign is Gemini. Love the stationary. And my pick would be *really hard to decide*... Boudoir stuff. Neat!

Blair P. said...

I'm so excited about this give-away! I am a Cancer and also love anything with a crab on it! I am also in love with the liners in all of the Architectural collection envelopes.

Lalla said...

Great giveaway girls! I am a Pisces and my favorite are the Orchid and Poppy from the Eastern Collection.

Jaime said...

I'm a Virgo girl and I LOVE the Octopus! But I also love the Eastern Collection. So hard to choose! :)

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I am a Taurus and loving the Rose Window cards. We lived in Savannah for 4 years and it reminds me of the traditional architecture there. I love the envelope lining too - divine!

Ann said...

Great giveaway! I LOVE the Orchid cards from the Eastern line. Having moved recently from Washington, DC to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it'd be the perfect way to send a little Asian flavor in my correspondence with my friends and family. I'm an Aquarius.

Anonymous said...

Aquarius here.. Since I am a Florida girl, I love the Nautical line..in particular, the Seahorse! Elegant and who wouldn't be impressed to receive a note on any one of the fabulous designs. Would make wonderful gifts for that special friend for Christmas/birthday... I hope I win the CRAB...fits my personality!

Katherine said...

I am a Gemini, and my favorite is definitely the octopus, followed very closely by the crab!

Strauss said...

I like the Man's Jotter in Orange. Classy.

Cecile said...

Love, love, love!!!!!

Jenna S. said...

Beautiful stuff - I'd love to feel the weight of the paper! My favorite is the Fall Chandelier. It's lines are crisp and the colors with the design work year-round. My sign is LIBRA.

Lauren said...

These are amazingly cool. As a Pisces and beach lover, I adore the sea creatures. That octopus is darling! The level of detail is incredible. I love the envelope liners too.

Anonymous said...

The Spring Architectural Collection is my favorite! I'm a Capricorn.

MCC said...

The cards are awesome! I'm a leo. What a great giveaway!

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Oh wow! I love it all, especially the Architectural Collection, the chandeliers, keys, and octopus. The flowers in the Boudoir Collection are also gorgeous.

I am a Scorpio.

jamie sullivan said...

I'm a Pisces. I love the envelope liner that goes with Spring Key. Fantastic giveaway - I hope I win. These would make great holiday gifts too!

Krystal said...

I'm a libra. I have to say my favorite hasn't been mentioned yet! I love the Valet Pencil. It'd be a perfect stationery gift!

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