From England, this framed paper heart is simple and sentimental.
A year ago, Allison and I were staking out a spot outside the Goring Hotel in London. We were hoping to catch a glimpse of Kate in her wedding dress, and our patience paid off with this shot:
According to tradition, the first anniversary gift should be paper. So in honor of the happy couple, we’ve selected a few royally suitable gifts.
From England, this framed paper heart is simple and sentimental.
Joe Bagley's Etsy shop has sweet paper cutouts what would look great above a night stand.
And this Society 6 print sums it up nicely.
Happy Anniversary Kate + Wills!
We're running around like crazy this week getting ready for another photo shoot on Sunday. It's an exciting one, and we have some AMAZING contributors pitching in. We cannot wait for you all to see our first issue.
But onto a little gift inspiration! With "Summer Intern Season" approaching, we couldn't let the week go by without a nod to new co-worker gifts. What do you get someone you really don't know? Someone who's sitting next to you and whose desk hasn't been appropriately decked out yet? Here are a few fun ways to say, "Welcome!"
Russell + Hazel have perfected the sticky note. No, really. The to-do adhesive notes are my absolute favorite for remembering everything I have to do, and cheerfully checking things off the list.
Not sure if they're a pen or a pencil pusher? These pencil-looking pens from Kikkerland are so great--the "eraser" clicks to reveal the ballpoint pen.
Get them started on some desk flair. If they're new to your city, find an artful poster to welcome them. Etsy has lots of great transport prints like this one.
And nothing says, "we're glad you're here" like a desk plant. Forget flowers--go for something easy to care for and ever green. An air plant will fit the bill nicely.
What's the best coworker gift you've ever gotten?
Since Earth Day is this weekend, here are a few ideas if you're looking to "give green".
I have three Baggu totes, and I use them all the time. They're colorful, durable, and fold into tiny pockets easily.
For picking and serving summer berries from the garden, these market baskets from Jayson Home are perfection. As a gift, include a book with pie and jam recipes.
When it comes to gift wrap, opt for a panel of organic fabric, tied around a box. The design's in Chewing the Cud's Etsy shop are priceless, and could be used as art after the gift is unwrapped.
Finally, you can never go wrong with flowers. The best kind are fresh-picked from a local farmers market. Take inspiration from the arrangements from Olive & Cocoa. The flowers are bold, and usually paired with rustic, reusable containers.
Happy Earth Day!
How in the world did I miss National Grilled Cheese Day? Apparently April 12 will never be the same in my life again. I really think it calls for a Grilled Cheese Party.
One search on Tastespotting, and my mouth is sufficiently watering.
First up are a couple from Bob & Carlene.
Beet, Arugula and Goat Cheese:
And (oh my gosh) Baked Potato Grilled Cheese:
For a sweet and savory pairing, this one from the Tastespotting blog looks amazing.
Brie and Roasted Grape Grilled Cheese.
Finally, this one seriously put my tastebuds on high alert. All of my favorite things on bread.
Caprese Grilled Cheese with Prosciutto.
Finding a favorite might take awhile.
Allison's husband is an incredibly talented landscape designer. His focus is estate design, but on occasion we get his help on our little yard.
This weekend the weather was just right to have him install a stone fire pit.
We can't wait to break it in this summer with comfy chairs, blankets and s'mores. Pinterest is brimming with s'mores kit ideas.
I love this one from Oh Happy Day:
Then again, the idea of coconut marshmallows is intriguing...
Of course, I am a chocolate snob, so maybe this Recchiuti set is my best bet:
Anyone have any s'mores ingredients recommendations?
I love Sea Bags. Made from recycled sails, this collection of totes, travel bags and accessories is a fun twist on the nautical theme.
Browsing their spring assortment, I can't decide which I need more. I think the MacBook and iPad covers are fantastic.
Then again...an oversized tote would be great for hauling around photo shoot supplies.
What's your favorite style?
I'm heading to the North Market today--a venue in downtown Columbus with food and gift vendors--to get some spring flowers for my desk.
When giving flowers--either as a birthday gift, hostess gift or just because--think about a unique container you can substitute for the vase. It adds character to the arrangement, and shows that you put care into the selection.
I'm partial to science beakers:
Vintage trophies always add elegance to large arrangements:
And for smaller arrangements, think about a simple teacup:
I really enjoy looking online the day after Easter, because everyone is showing off their eggs-coloring skills. Here are a few of my favorites from this year.
Pantone eggs from Jessica Jones:
Illustrated eggs from Alisa Burke:
Gold dipped from Fabulous K:
And lastly, Allison's fabulous neon eggs, colored after a busy weekend of pirate parties, Easter brunches and lots and lots of baking.
Allison and I are heading to Rose Bredl today to talk with owner Mary Ernst McColgan about items to feature in Issue #1. She has an amazing assortment of gardening gifts--from planters to flowers to accessories.
We can't wait to see what she brought back from her latest buying trip. I'm sure we'll be sharing something great in the premiere issue.
In the meantime, have a great weekend, and a happy Easter + Passover.
It's gotten to the point where my mother just gives me a bag of jelly beans for Easter. I'm picky about chocolate, indifferent about Peeps, and I really just munch on the jelly beans.
If she was inside my head, however, she no doubt would collect a few of these items for a first-class Easter basket.
Start with a Market Tote. It's the perfect size, reusable and really elegant.
A live plant is the perfect way to welcome spring--this Spanish Lavender from Terrain is beautiful, and will remain fragrant all year.
Go for really good chocolate. My go-to place is John & Kira's. This ladybug gift box is so delicious (but really, so is anything from their assortment).
Lumiere candles are made here in Central Ohio, but they ship nationwide. The Lilacs In Rain scent will fill your home with the fragrance of fresh-cut lilac branches--it's heavenly!
Finally, tie up the basket with a lovely spring scarf. You can find less expensive versions at Old Navy or Target, but hey...this is my dream Easter basket, right? So I'll take this Calypso St. Barths one, thank you.
What would be in your perfect spring basket?