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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mad about Gadabout!

As bloggers and avid blog readers, every day we see a LOT of fantastic merchandise online- furniture, accessories, paper, clothes, you name it. However, lest we end up like the Collyer brothers or find ourselves completely bankrupt, we tend to admire most of these fabulous items from afar, and our purchases are made with the utmost discussion and deliberation. Thus, it's not often that we see an item that we literally consider a "must-have", and even less often that we order said item with nary a moment of hesitation.

But that's just what happened last week when we saw a picture on this Summer is a Verb post of a thank you note written on the most amazing zebra stationery. In about ten seconds flat I was typing a comment inquiring as to the source of the cards. Shortly thereafter, blogger Alice put me in touch with Hanna Brooks Nation at Gadabout Paper, and I immediately placed my own zebra order!

The card that started it all- A Horse of a Different Color

Hanna sells stationery that is a perfect marriage of exquisite illustration and impeccable taste. We couldn't believe it when we learned that Hanna is 22 years old and draws all of the graphics herself. We love to see creative and talented people turning their passions into a business pursuit.

All of Hanna's cards are printed on 5x7, 100lb stock and the enveloped are lined in black. And we were equally impressed with her prices- $45 for 25 cards (including a monogram). Considering we get sticker shock seeing the $9 birthday cards at Papyrus and other high end paper stores, $1.80 per card looks pretty good!

It took a lot of resolution to stick to my guns and order the zebra, because when I saw the other designs offered by Gadabout I was simply floored. Every single one of them is not only beautifully and meticulously illustrated, but cleverly named and monogrammed as well. Here are a few MoS favorites, but we suggest you mosey on over to Gadabout Paper to see the full lineup for yourself!

We'd love this chinoiserie piece in our apartment...but in the meantime will happily settle for the paper version.


We love the retro safari vibe we get from this cheetah card.


We can't resist anything with gators and this guy is no exception.


For the shell fanatic or beach girl, the Seba card, inspired by Albertus Seba's "Cabinet of Curiosities."


We love love love how the monogram on this card is incorporated into a monogrammed necklace in the design- how clever!

The Jewelry He Gives You

Of course we can never resist a good Chinese chippendale chair and again, we are wowed by the placement of the monogram in the frame.

Sitting Pretty

For the classic, chic girl- we would not mind having those shoes in real life!

There's no place like home

The vintage vibe of this faux bois design is amazing- we have never seen faux bois on stationery. The monogram goes in the knot of the wood!

Faux Bois

We are strangely fascinated by old prints of creepy crawlies and think these beetles are just so unique! Bugs have never looked better...


Anyone who loves Moroccan style will appreciate the exotic, detailed motif of this card.


The design on the Mahendi is inspired by India, but it also reminds us of a fabulous vintage broach.


Again, we love the way Hanna sneaks the monogram into this design subtly. What a fantastic vignette of items you'd find on a vanity.


We find it's difficult buying stationery for men other than plain monogrammed stuff- masculine motifs such as fish and ducks often come across as too juvenile. However, now that we have found Gadabout's notecards we may just have to reconsider.

How about the swiss army knife for your favorite handyman or adventurer?

Always be prepared

At any given time there is a 99% chance that either my husband, my father, or my brother is wearing boat shoes, so we love this subtle nod to days that call for relaxed footwear.


Again, we have seen so many fishing-themed cards for men and passed them by, but Hanna's is much more reserved. Notice the placement of a monogram inside the graphic.

Hook, Line and Sinker

Of course if you're looking for enclosures for Christmas gifts Hanna's got you covered too (Christmas gift cards (3x5) are $70 for 60 cards).

Ornament Series

Carolus Series

I cannot wait for my zebra stationery to arrive, and in the meantime am already deliberating what design I'll  order next. Hanna also does custom work for very reasonable prices, so if you have a particular event coming up that needs a special design, or your drawing skills are not quite up to par with your imagination, shoot her an email and she can take care of you. We'd love to see what she comes up with for brides-to-be or moms-to-be.

Which Gadabout design is your favorite?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Scoop: Suzanne Kasler for Ballard

Ballard Designs has confirmed that interior designer Suzanne Kasler is doing a Ballard home decor line, set to debut in August of 2010.  We think this is will be a fabulous, affordable collaboration, as we have been in love with Kasler's higher priced lines for Hickory Chair and her Safavieh rugs. 

The Alexandra chair is our favorite Kasler for Hickory Chair piece:

Here are some of our Ballard favorites:

We can't wait to see what the Ballard/ Kasler line has to show us! 

Staying Dry

This weekend, while exploring at the Sleepy Poet with a fab MoS friend, I stumbled upon a vintage ceramic faux bamboo umbrella holder.  Umbrella stands are not only functional, but they are such a fun accessory for your entryway!

Here are some of our favorites:

We love these tall tin buckets from the Macbeth Collection.  We wouldn't choose the pink and green paisleys shown here, but we do love some of their more modern graphic patterns.  And monogram it!

How fun is this ceramic rainboot stand from Z Gallerie?  It adds such a fun modern element to your entryway.

We have mixed feelings about these stands, and that may be because we aren't fond of the green and orange color combo shown in the picture.  If you take each piece individually, though, the grommets and crocodile embossed leather can be fun.  Right?!

Or course Mr. Adler knows how to make a fun lacquered turquoise umbrella stand!  The octagonal shape adds interest and dimension.

If you want to splurge on a classic stand, look no further than this handmade red stand from Well Appointed House.  It just says "gentleman" to us, and we love the simple lines.

You know about our obsession with faux bamboo, and this stand is no exception!  The color is a little greenish on our computer, so we'd like to see this in real life to see if it's good as/is or if it needs to be painted.

Isn't this handpainted clover shaped stand so elegant?  We love the elephants and the bright colors- a great way to add a splash of color to your entryway!

The stand on the left with painted umbrellas is one of our favorites!  These are expensive, but they are handpainted in Italy, in very limited numbers, by a talented artist.

Hot air balloons just make us happy.  We love these bright colors!

Like the rainboots stand above, this little owl is adorable and such a fun way to add a modern detail to your entryway!  We think this little guy could perk you up on the dreariest of rainy days!

After finding the faux bamboo ceramic stand over the weekend, I did a little hunting online to see if I could find something similar.  Of course I found something at 1st Dibs (for a 1st Dibs price...)

This adorable stand reminds us of Mary Poppins!!  And like everything else from Pier 1, the price is right!!

Ebay can be a good resource for umbrella stands too!  This green and white chinoiserie stand is so elegant and priced well! 

We love the clean lines and interesting style of this brass umbrella stand!  We'll admit it would be better for dry umbrellas than wet ones, but it really is a great way to add some visual interest to your entryway!

Is brass totally boring?  There is something classic that we really like about this stand.  Could Kelly Wearstler make it cool?  You tell us!

And here is the stand I found at the Sleepy Poet for $30!  I love the bamboo and rattan detailing.   I am not crazy about the color, so I will probably paint it, maybe black or white.  Anyone have any tips for painting ceramic or porcelain? 

Do you have an umbrella stand in your home?  Which is your favorite?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Is it too early to start making a Christmas list?

Iomoi (of the swoon-worthy lucite trays and luxurious stationery) just launched a new line of tote bags and we are champing on the bit to get our hands on one! The only hard part is which one- just as with their other products there are a zillion fantastic graphic patterns and madcap-chic illustrations to choose from. Prices are $78 for a small bag and $135 for a large. Not exactly Boat & Tote prices, but still a worthwhile little splurge considering how customized the bags are.

We've never quite gotten in the hang of bringing our own bags to the grocery store (and consequently get dirty looks from the cashiers at Whole Foods when we insist that yes, we do need a bag!), but we think perhaps we'd remember a little better if we were toting one of these lovelies around! Or, of course, they'd make fantastic travel and gym bags.

We could spend all day picking out our favorite design, but here are a few of our favorites:

Racer Stripe the Point Pink and Orange

The stately font and two-tone stripe Iomoi uses here reminds us a lot of Goyard. It has a wonderful vintage quality to it.

Racer stripe brown and orange

This orange and blue number is very Tory Burch, no? Also perfect for any fellow Wahoos out there!

Racer Stripe Mustique Patten Navy and Orange

Muffy the Zebra cracks us up...we wish we could pull off a full length caftan and feathers in our hair!

Muffy the Zebra Palm Pattern Pink and Red

We love the fun, feminine tassel design- is this new?

Pink and Purple Tassel

This one's perfect for your favorite equestrian enthusiast.

Horse Knocker Green

And of course, orange seaweed is a perennial Iomoi favorite. This would make an awfully chic beach bag.

Orange Seaweed

It looks like Iomoi is about to further expand their product line into more fabulous home items such as butler's trays, ice buckets, desk blotters, salt and pepper shakers, and more. We also just noticed they are selling these fabulous large matches in decorative boxes- a failsafe hostess gift and all-around chic thing to have lying around your coffee table.

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Which Iomoi tote is your favorite? Does anyone have any favorite Iomoi purchases (or wish list items)? We'd love to hear!
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