by Marisa Marcantonio

Merrimade, the stationery company has been a staple for holiday gifts and summer entertaining for years. They do what they do well, and you can rely on them for classic monograms, traditional colors and quick deliveries. They are a go to for anything monogrammed and every once in a while, whey will come out with a new item that fits into their preppy basic line up.

Their ever popular Caterer Napkins are now available as a set that includes cocktail, guest towel and lunch napkins. Buy them in bulk so you are prepared for your next fete.

Make sure your bags ends up in your hands and are visible on the conveyor belt with their large engraved Luggage Tags. Go for the red or blue to stand out. These make great stocking stuffers.

Correspondence cards in classic colors with motifs and matching hand detailed borders are fresh and well priced.

Heavyweight Hand Bordered Coasters with monogram or name adds that nice detail to a party. I love to give them as gifts since they are personalized in elegant fonts and they have a pretty fast turn around.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Madeline Weinrib Studio Printworks
Allemande, her black and white wallpaper was created with Studio Printworks and inspired by a vintage French Brocade

Textile and rug designer Madeline Weinrib has been tapped by American stationer Dempsey & Carroll to do a limited edition writing paper collection. It follows on the heels of a wonderful John Derian collaboration. Madeline's designs are known for their exotic pattern play and painterly feel, and they translate well to envelope liners, adding a charming element of surprise. It is like wearing a great coat with a punchy patterned silk lining- a burst of color lurks inside. If you want to make them your own, personalization is available too- why not add your monogram in a bright contrasting color? Madeline spends much of her time traveling India and exotic lands, and one of the organizations she supports is Project Mala, a non-profit organization working to eliminate child labor in the Indian carpet industry. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these cards benefits Project Mala, so do good and write beautifully.

Photos courtesy of Dempsey and Carroll
Allemande, a pattern with a painterly flourish of over-sized damask florals is executed in graphic black and white. Ten black-bordered cards and ten lined envelopes come in each boxed set, including two of each of the five liners.

Isabelle is inspired by a block printed fabric print, one repeat is an all over and the other is a spaced pattern. I am a pink girl, so I love this one. Ten geranium-bordered cards and ten lined envelopes come in the boxed set, with five of each of the two liners.

Isabelle in blue and ecru has a crisp look to it. Whichever you fancy, the person you send it to will surely be in for a treat.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Decoupage artist John Derian creates objects with charming old world designs and prints from his East Village shop that could work well on just about anything. He was asked to do a collection with stationer Dempsey and Carroll, and decided to go with the classics. His capsule collection follows those done with interior designer Celerie Kemble, event planner Bronson van Wyck, fashion designer Lela Rose and Schumacher fabrics. The Derian patterns are familiar to those that hoard his glass plates and paperweights, those that admire them from afar, and shoppers that frequent Target. Now they grace fine writing papers, making a statement in mail. I hope a wallpaper and fabric line are next....

A boxed set contains 10 cards and envelopes of the same pattern

Floral Maze


Water Lillies
Sea Urchin

Red Flower


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Mrs. Strong

Stationery aficionados rejoice! Mrs. John L. Strong has been purchased, and it is back in business after much speculation. Would it be revived, would it just be a memory of great stationery design past? The soigne and chic paper company that makes bespoke writing papers and stationery, limited edition seasonal Ready to Write™ collections, and desktop accessories such as calendars, event and wine journals, book marks and gift tags, is back in action. Purchased by Jacqueline Kotts, she became the proprietor of Mrs. Strong in the Fall of 2009. "I have long had a love affair with the Mrs. John L. Strong brand and am tremendously passionate about the beautiful products we create and the superior service we provide to our customers. It is my intention to run Mrs. Strong in a manner true to its 80 year-old traditions as the premier provider of quality stationery to the discerning client, " she says.
Founded in 1929, the paper company has long been a staple in stylish New Yorker's writing cache, and I was thrilled when I was walking up Madison and saw their window display was revived. They still create the same designs as they have for years, and their amazing dies, unique color inks and custom capabilities are once again available. Visit 699 Madison Avenue's flagship red - walled showroom to re-order your favorite papers.