Monthly Archives: April 2008

delphine online

Phase One of our new website is up! Whoo hoo. Many thanks to the talented guys at Saxony for their insane programming skills! We’re working out a few “issues” with the boutique shopping cart, so if you want to order something it’s best to shoot us an email to confirm that we have received the order. But we’ve added tons of new photos and galleries … more coming soon, too!

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work table


A work table similar to this polished nickel Dering Console table would look great with the Ghost Chair in B’s jewelry studio. Doesn’t look like we could fit a chair under here, so we’re still searching, but we both love this table from Martha Stewart’s Lily Pond collection at Bernhardt.

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plastic bags

LA Public Works removing debris caught by booms from the LA River after a storm event. photo by Algalita

I think we all know on some level that the plastic shopping bag is harmful to the environment. Algalita is a marine research foundation that is studying the effects of plastic junk in the oceans: the results are frightening. Take a look at their photo gallery here. My dad recently came back from a vacation in the California desert and he said that the plastic bags were blowing around like crazy, making drifts. He said that at first he and his friends could not figure out what the white stuff was: some thought they were lost birds, others, forgetting they were in the desert, said snow. Turns out they were plastic bags. My dad (who does all the grocery shopping) hasn’t used a plastic bag since.

Here are a few questions we could ask ourselves whenever we are handed a plastic bag:
• Do I need to take as many plastic bags in supemarket?
• Do I need a plastic bag for an item purchased that is already well packaged by the manufacturer?
• Could I bring my own shopping bag when making purchases?

I recently had a conversation with our pressman, Larry, and he and I agree that the number one way to make a difference is to simply USE LESS. He was telling me about someone who was looking all over the internet to buy glass straws for his kitchen, to replace plastic ones. We both wondered why he doesn’t simply drink out of a glass??? The same guy was urging Larry to use a less toxic varnish on the printing job he was printing … why not specify a paper that does not require varnish at all? The most effective way of reducing the amount of litter is to reduce our consumption.


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ghostly décor


B has this fun Louis Ghost Chair in her jewelry studio. I’ve been eyeing this Bourgie Lamp to go along with it. Both are available at Hive Modern. The designs are thoroughly modern, with a nod to the amazing French baroque style. I find this combination of old & new trés inspiring!

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tote bags

I think we’re getting the hang of taking studio photos… as promised, here are better photographs of our brand new recycled cotton tote bags.

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JOY by Mel Lim



My sweet, dear, and incredibly talented friend Mel, of JOY by Mel Lim, designed these adorable geese. I fell in love with the wrapping paper she designed, traded her two strong cocktails for a pack of paper, and wallpapered our powder room with it. We finished off the room with the amazing wall decals she designed (distributed by BLIK). I wish I had thought to take before shots … the bathroom was a horrific dark brick red color. THANK YOU MEL for inspiring us.

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9th anniversary

Nine years ago John & I were married at The Circular Congregational Church in my “hometown” and favorite city of all time: Charleston, South Carolina. We had a wonderful wedding reception at The Mills House before we jetted off to my other favorite city, Paris, for our honeymoon. When we got married John was a First Lieutenant in the U.S.M.C., and I worked as an advertising editor at a small town newspaper. John looked so handsome in his dress blues! I never guessed that we’d end up in California and start our own design business … but here we are. So lucky! I love working together.

I wish I could say that we are taking a day off to celebrate, but, with the National Stationery Show coming up in less than a month, the best we can do is a day out of the studio running errands together. So, we’re off to Ikea to pick out some furniture for the show.

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margaritas in studio


These sculptural drink dispensers from Pottery Barn are on the studio wish list … they’ll be perfect for our overseas trade shows (we’ll be allowed to serve drinks in booths) as they are pretty, functional, and light/easy shipping (made of acrylic). They come in colors, but I prefer the clear ones so you can see the color of the beverage you’re about to drink. I fantasize about having one filled with never-ending supply of margaritas here in the studio all summer. Is that so wrong???

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posh travel jewelry cases


I’ve always been a sucker for fancy jewelry cases: they feed both sides of my brain as they are beautiful & lovely AND inspire organization and order. I love the green one, of course. These McKenna Travel Folios are from Pottery Barn and come in lots of larger jewelry box sizes as well.

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spring skirt


Saw this skirt from J. Jill in the South Coast Plaza promo catalog. Love it. I wish I spent more time in public so I could justify a new skirt, but since I spend most of the day in the studio, where nobody except the UPS guy and my family see me, I don’t see the point :(

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