by Marisa Marcantonio

With the pages of my 2013 desktop calendar finished, I am in the market for a nice replacement to fill the brass easel that sits empty on my desk, staring at me. Every day is a gift, so why not make each day memorable with a beautiful calendar? Here are the best desk calendars, to suit the classicist to maximalist, and everyone in between. 

May 2014 be filled with a full calendar of new horizons and rewarding experiences.

Photo courtesy of Sugar Paper

Sugar Paper, the LA-based letterpress paperie located in Brentwood's adorable bucolic Brentwood Country Mart, gained a steady following for its pastel colored confections designed with charming fonts. Seeing that they are now doing their sophisticated desk calendar in a more "serious" black and white version, I prefer its striking contrast to the candy colored hues.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Strong

The Classic hand-engraved individual page a month desk calendar, created by Mrs. Strong, is the original, often imitated easel version.  It's gold foil motif that changes from month to month makes an elegant desk companion.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Strong

For those that love eye-catching color, the ever-changing colorful motifs on Mrs. Strong's

Le Petit Calendar starts off the year with a purple elephant.

Photo courtesy of Connor

Owls are still very much the bird of choice. Connor's engraved desk calendar for Barneys dons a wise owl all year long. Perhaps his knowing ways will come through his large, engaged eyes.

Photo courtesy of Dempsey and Carroll

Swirly script makes Dempsey and Carroll's rectangular calendar a fancy option.

Photo courtesy of Social Monograms

I love this calendar from Social Monograms for its customization, and because each month brings a new monogram color.

Photo courtesy of Rifle Paper

I am a huge fan of Rifle Paper Co., their letterpress stationery and cards are quirky and charming with a handmade touch. Their Botanical Desk Calendar is filled with hand painted blooms. 

Photo courtesy of Monocle

Minimalists rejoice, there is a desktop calendar for you too. In a collab with Monocle, stationers Proper and Correct have designed a tabbed-page month system for easy reference with notecard style sheets. The taxi cab yellow cards come on a small oak stand. Neat and tidy.  Available through Need Supply.

Photo courtesy of Sapui

Bringing the beauty of fresh flowers to the pages of a letterpress calendar, the Brooklyn-based floral designer Saipua partnered with Brown Parcel Press for a limited edition collaboration of six Perennials prints.  Based on their seasonal flower pairings, these prints are works of art.

Photo courtesy of 1 Canoe 2

Nestled in a tree trunk slab, the cutest letterpress imagery of hand-drawn and colored daily basics decorate each month of this calendar by 1Canoe2.  Designed by two artists, the changing monthly designs are perfect for those that would rather be out-of-doors.

Photo courtesy of Katherine Watson

With a bit of old fashioned charm, Katherine Watson's letterpress block printed calendar with flowers and vines encircling the months of the year would look beautiful framed.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Sugar Paper
The power of pink. Sugar Paper's elegant Kate Desk Calendar in raspberry is kicky and fun with a bit of gilt zing
Here we are. 2013. It seems strange, because 2013 always seemed really far off. But it's here. A friend told me 13 is a lucky number for her, so I am hoping it is for me, too. I plan on turning to the phrase "Plan your work and work your plan" (something I learned several years ago through Landmark) often, and KNOW if it is in the calendar, written down, and verbalized, there is a good chance it is happening. 

Photo courtesy of Connor
Secrets of keeping resolutions abound, and I love hearing new ways to implement a plan that will help see things through to fruition. So, in addition to the calendar, Evernote, iphone notes and keeping lists on a big pad of paper like Connor's Big Ideas Tablets, are there any tips you have to finish what you started? #resolutions