GET CARDED: SWEET VALENTINES

by Marisa Marcantonio

This Valentine's day, seal it with a kiss.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Strong
Well said, Mrs. John L. Strong.

Photo courtesy of Mr. Boddington
Sweet As Sugar from Mr. Boddington.
Photo courtesy of Dempsey and Carroll
Adorable. Dempsey and Carroll

Photo courtesy of Paperless Post
Is someone the star in your universe? Share this Starry Heart card by Enormous Champion on Paperless Post.
Photo courtesy of Dempsey and Carroll
Love Bug Notes, Dempsey and Carroll

Photo courtesy of Bell'Invito
Flamingo fabulous from Bell'Invito.
Photo courtesy of Smythson
Keepin' it real. This Smythson of Bond Street card with elegance and simplicity states the facts, just the facts.

Photo courtesy of Paperless Post
Cuteness. Foxy from Paperless Post.

Photo courtesy of Leta Austin Foster
Say Je T'aime with this darling Parisian birds card from Leta Austin Foster.

S.W.A.K.

MAKE IT HAPPEN IN 2012, WRITE IT DOWN!

by Marisa Marcantonio

Time, as they say, waits for no one. This is why it is best to make the most of every minute of the day, write everything down, and check things off your list as you go. Ha! Like that really happens. Maybe in a perfect world. Well, we can all kick off the New Year with a bang and try. Here are some calendars to help you make every minute count. Let me know how that works out for you.


Photo courtesy of Mr. Boddington
If you live to be Inspector Clouseau's American counterpart, perhaps Mr. Boddington's Criminels du Monde Calendar will help you to be a better sleuth.


Photo courtesy of Linda and Harriet
I can't help it, I just love what Linda and Harriet create, their letterpress papers are so creative and unique. Their new calendar is filled with patterned pages that do double duty as postcards!


Photo courtesy of Cavallini and Co
Horticulturalists will appreciate the lush blooms on Cavallini's Botanica Calendar. They capture a botanical bounty that will seem like a fresh bouquet every month. Through Calendars.com.

Photo courtesy of Kate Spade
What does the coming year hold for you? What's in the cards? Kate Spade's graphic wall calendar of punchy fashion and lifestyle shots will keep you in the red.


Photo courtesy of Connor Paper
With tentacles too numerous to count, this Connor hand - stamped golden Octopus Calendar will change color depending upon the season. The sheer amount of tentacles and the fact that you can see them all still has me awe-struck.

Photo courtesy of Dempsey and Carroll
Engraved gilded script lavishly enhances Dempsey and Carroll's desktop easel calendar. It adds a bit of formality and is a great gift for a work friend to use at the office.

Photo courtesy of Thornwillow Press Historic designs figure prominently in the Thornwillow Press version of the easel calendar. Their motifs are perfect for those that appreciate the past while moving forward.

Photo courtesy of The Printery
The Printery has engraved gold motifs from pagodas to fish and their easel is nickel.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Strong
You can't go wrong with a classic like this on your desk. Mrs. Strong's easel and calendar pages will keep you counting the days on posh papers with beautifully engraved motifs.



Photo courtesy of Paper Source
Hand blocked designs with old school charm like this happy octopus with school of fish make the Paper Source Art Grid Calendar a darling choice.

Photo courtesy of Snow and Graham
Snow and Graham's calendar has lots of space to write away, plus their flowery designs and bright colors are cheery.


WHAT A SWELL PARTY IT WAS WITH THE NEW TRADITIONALISTS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Last night, I had the great pleasure of creating a bar out of one of the furniture pieces from The New Traditionalists. I was joined by the wonderfully creative Brady Wilcox and tequila purveyors Milagro, and we had a terrific time. With over 130 guests in attendance, the event was a hit, and the delicious cocktails were a terrific way to usher in the fall.

The stylish New Traditionalists showroom in Soho is divided by teak wood partitions, and showcases their range of updated furniture in fresh finishes and colors.

With gratitude Elizabeth Blitzer, Becky Birdwell with Mrs. John L Strong, Eduardo Garza and all the New Trads.

The "Bibliophile's Desk" I created working with their Number Two Eleven Desk

I created this desk for a woman who knows her interior design, having just finished a book on the subject. She loves to entertain at home and go out on the town, and appreciates the lost art of letter writing, owning a full stationery wardrobe from Mrs Strong. Her thank you notes are legendary and always done on time (!).

She likes a good scotch every now and again

She surrounds herself with her favorite books for instant inspiration

I so enjoyed catching up with Philip Erdoes, the mastermind behind Ducduc and The New Traditionalists

They had a master mixologist Jason Roman of Embury Cocktails on hand for savory drinks

Milagro Tequila made the signature potent drinks with raspberry puree

THE FURNITURE:

Cabinet Number Two Seventy

Armoire Number Five Sixty Four

Side Table Number Thirty Three sits next to Chair Number One Eighty done up in orange leather

Chair Number Sixty Six

Definitely stop in when you are in Soho!

MRS. JOHN L. STRONG HAS CLOSED- IS THERE ANY CHANCE OF A BUYER?

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo Courtesy of Vivre
I heard it a few weeks ago, but did not want to believe it until it was confirmed. Then I read about it in the New York Times. Mrs. Strong, founded in 1929, has closed. Their fine, handmade writing paper represented a genteel, elegant way of living, entertaining and communicating. The demise of a great American brand like this says something about the times we are living in. Nannette Brown, a style icon of mine, purchased the company several years ago, injecting a youthful, au courant style into the signature red and brown packaging, design selection, icons, candles and gifts. Her freshening of the brand attracted a new customer, and it was easy to believe there would always be a loyal following, willing to spend more than usual to leave a lasting impression. A splurge for some, a necessity for others, handmade quality products like this seem to be a dying breed. Brown tried to find a buyer for the company she revived, to no avail. Is there a company out there that will swoop in and save Strong?
If there is no turnaround in sight, take your custom plates to the following brands: The Printery in Oyster Bay, Dempsey and Carroll, and Smythson of Bond Street.