pretty paper

I recently visited the gift shop at The National Portrait Gallery and came across the most gorgeous wrapping paper from Cavallini Papers & Co. With substantial heft, vivid color and wonderful old-school themes, this wrapping paper would surely make any gift standout.

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The papers are so lovely, though, that I wouldn’t stop there. In fact, I bought two sheets to use as inexpensive wall art. I plan on hanging this insect taxidermy sheet in a guest bath.

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And thought this sheet — a collage of vintage tickets — would look great in my son’s room, to accompany his collection of new and vintage wall pennants.

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At about $4/sheet, art doesn’t get much less expensive than this!

Cheers!

Nicole

yes, please — handmade French notebooks

Despite our increasing dependence on technology, I will always love beautiful notebooks and stationery. Something about the weight of the paper, the  vividness of the inks, the simple elegance combined with usefulness — I really just can’t resist. So imagine my delight when I came across these lovely notebooks from Brook Farm General Store.

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Handmade in France, the covers of these gorgeous notebooks are made from either fine Italian or Japanese paper. The one exception is the solid blue, which is made from Nepalese fabric. Inside, each notebook contains heavyweight, acid free Italian Fabriano paper, providing a wonderful home for idle musings.

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My personal favorites are the floral and tree print covers. However, any of these notebooks would be a perfect first anniversary gift (the traditional item being paper), or a nice surprise for a new college graduate. If you live in or near Brooklyn, you could also give them as a last minute Mother’s Day gift. I know I would definitely appreciate them.

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Happy hunting!

Nicole