STYLISH STORE: CASPARI IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Caspari
The modern exterior of the one and only freestanding Caspari Design Store in the US (the other is at & Rue Jacob in Paris) integrates well with the historical brick buildings that surround it. Owner Lisa Milbank goes out of her way to fill the emporium with global goods-- she just returned from Maison et Objet.

Ready, set, shop! If you want to take a break from the plethora, have a seat on the sofa and take it all in. Ah yes, Stendhal syndrome. I have had that before!

The wrapping wall. Can I get one of these installed at home, please?! As purveyors of all things paper from tablecloths to place cards and note to playing cards, you will find designs from the archives of historic Williamsburg and the newer addition of super stylish Dabney Lee. They translate trends in home and fashion into au courant designs that are easy to use and easy to give as gifts.

Chinese Chippendale metal chairs sit in front of a well stocked tabletop area, while tole lanterns are suspended from the rafters.

So many napkins, plates, writing paper oh my!

Beautifully arranged vignettes around the periphery of the store make for a "voyage" through different rooms of the home; you feel like you are making stops in stylish shopping cities along the way.

Everything looks better on a pedestal, don't you think?

The array gets better at every turn.


Stop by if you are passing through C-ville, they are at 100 W. Main Street.
Tell them Stylebeat sent you!

FOR BBQ AND PICNIC TOO!

by Marisa Marcantonio


Let's get this party started! With a red die - cut graphic and white page you can run through the printer, tie it together with the grosgrain ribbon and it is party time. Comes in a pack of 10 from Kate's Paperie.

The blue streak-- Bodum's new Fyrcat Picnic Grill comes in some electric shades.



Jonathan Adler Paper Lanterns from his Happy Home Collection with Lifeguard Press. String them from the trees to swing in the breeze.


Photos courtesy Lifeguard Press
Or maybe you prefer Lilly Pulitzer Party pom poms also from Lifeguard Press.


I love these stylish Blue Dragon tin plates from Mottahedeh. Just like the porcelain version they do!

Photos courtesy of Mottahedeh
Turkish Garden tin plates, also from Mottahedeh when you are having an exotic themed party.
Photo courtesy MacKenzie- Childs
Wow, I actually like something from MacKenzie - Childs??? Yes, it is true, these tin Flower Market Plates are pretty great.

Photo courtesy of World Market
A Wicker Tray from World Market for passing out drinks.

I have always found Caspari to be a reliable source for great paper napkins and plates in fun patterns. I have been waiting for the right time to show these and the time is now! This season, they up the ante with new Paule Marrot and Dabney Lee Collections. Fantastic.

Photos from Caspari
A selection from both bold new collections, some are daring and bold, others, soft and sweet.

DABNEY LEE the preppy paper girl from Brooklyn channels her inner Sister Parish/Lilly Pulitzer/Babe Paley gene for her fun new summer designs with Caspari:

Turquoise Seahorse paper napkin

Coral Seahorse paper napkin

Greek Key Moderne paper napkin in coral and pink

Greek Key Moderne paper plate in red

Goldfish paper napkin in coral

Goldfish paper napkin in green

Goldfish paper plate in natural

PAULE MARROT I have a thing for anything that reminds me of the lively and fresh floral prints I grew up with. Loving the huge Marrot renasissance, I was thrilled to see Caspari doing the French artist's designs on their paper entertaining stuff.


Guermantes plate in multi by Paule Marrot

Guermentes paper napkin in green

Guermantes paper napkin in multi


Muguet paper plate in pink

Muguet paper napkin in blue


New Jonathan Adler Tumblers in crazy patterns come in 6 packs from Lifeguard Press.


Photo courtesy of Jack and Lulu
Throw your stuff in Jack and Lulu's Whistle Bag, with a whistle attached to the canvas, the kids will listen up and pay attention when you tell them it is time for watermelon!