31 March 2009

Two hearts have wed

My dear friend Catherine braved the perils of Illustrator to create this gorgeous wedding celebration invitation. Not a designer by trade, we talked about some details together, but she mastered it entirely on her own. Commissioning the sacred heart artwork from Corrina Orrico, they reworked it a couple times, and I love how the sacred heart has a design within it. On it's reverse, the enlarged design in the top corner creates a sense of drama while the lettering keeps it stately and composed. The two hearts in the corner are sweet but not overly so. There's a feel of the handmade but also of high elegance. Catherine used a cheerful font for their names which I adore, Tagettes, and which Catherine says reminds her of a sixteenth century Spanish script.

13 March 2009

Designer Portfolio : Steven Miller

This beautiful pink bedroom from Steven Miller is, I agree with H&G, not too overwhelming despite the layered hues. My favorite part of the room is the backdrop molding on the walls. I love how paint can create such a stage for the rest of the room.
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03 March 2009

A thoughtful postcard

Everything good has a story behind it, and some of the lovely things I've collected over time are no exception. Last year I bought a vintage embroidered tableau from Emily Lynch Vintage with the title "To a Friend's House the Way is Never Long" and it was nearly identical to the one my mother made when I was a child. I had to have it in my new home in Turkey, so I ordered it from Emily who cheerfully obliged my story about reclaiming a childhood artifact, and waited for the mail. And waited. Turns out some silly postal worker confused Turkey with Saudi Arabia and routed the embroidery via Saudi post, and when the package arrived in the mail, there was a stamp in blue informing me of it's detour. Happy to have it, I chuckled, but also thought, this oversight is a bit illustrative of people's misconceptions about the Middle East.
The adventurous embroidery, framed

Emily made my day again by sending a thoughtful postcard in the mail recalling this incident and our amusement over it, and in terms of customer loyalty, the postcard idea really works. It made me happy to see something besides a bill in the mailbox. The 94 cents an international postcard costs could secure a lasting relationship with a customer, and I immediately went to Emily's Etsy shop to peruse again.

This time I found a beautiful vintage tray that I think might just make it in the mail, if Emily is willing to take a chance on a the postal service again. Lest my earnest promotion of the tray cause someone else to want it as much as I do, I should really put it in my cart right away. It is one of a kind, after all. I do wish people like Emily much success because of the effort they put into reaching out and connecting with customers. It really makes a difference in if I return to a website to shop again.