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Wedding Inspiration: Feather Bow Ties

Feather Bow Ties Wedding Inspiration via DelphineCharleson locals Ben Ross and Jeff Plotner of Brackish Bow Ties are redefining the traditional bow tie and have launched an awesome new trend: bow ties made from real feathers. The cool thing about feather bow ties is that no two are alike, since no two birds are alike. They’re an awesome look for groomsmen … in fact the whole thing started when Ben fashioned a turkey feather bow tie as a gift for his groomsman, Jeff. We’re obsessed!

SOURCES || 1. Carolina Copper by Brackish | 2. The Ginea by Brackish | 3. Peacock by Brackish | 4. Phunky Pheasant by Brackish | 5. Quail Feather by Title of Work

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Sign of the Holiday Season: our New 2012 Desktop Calendar!

Delphine 2012 Deskop Calendar: January 2012In my house, the sure sign that the holidays are around the corner is the release of the new Delphine 2012 desktop calendar.

Delphine desktop calendar 2012This year’s (well, I guess technically it’s “next” year’s) calendar is our most colorful Delphine calendar yet!

colorful desktop calendar patternsI sort of got carried away with color and pattern, so the back of each month is also full color. Major change from last year is the paper upgrade: it’s now printed on yummy 100 percent cotton paper.

I think it makes a super stocking stuffer. Yes, I just said that. But it’s true, not marketing speak! We sourced some awesome black metal easels this year. If you already have one of our old easels you can buy just the refill pages — we stuck with the same size (4.25in x 5.5in).

Feeling inspired, I ordered our personal family Christmas card today. Friends & family note that this year my goal is to actually get them in the mail before Valentine’s Day!

 

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Tools for Design Inspiration: a Wish List

tools to inspire design wish listIt was a very, very, very busy summer and early fall here at the Delphine design studio. So much design happening here I could hardly keep track (or breathe). I have been dreaming about pixels and Pantone colors, fonts and finishes, brand theory and color theory.

Now that a major chunk of work is off my desk I feel like treating myself to a little something from my wish list. Basically, I’ve bribed myself: Erika, if you stay up one more hour and design 10 more files you’ll get a treat. I like to tell myself (and the bookkeeper) that everything on this list is really an investment back into my design career. The purse, you ask? Oh, that … that is a very important tool: a file carrier for safely transporting client files to and from meetings. Right? Pssst, clients: Christmas bonus me anytime : )

WISH LIST ITEMS: No. 1 ”Dish,” by Shax Riegler, a book full of inspiring colors and patterns.   No. 2  A trip to AltSummit, a conference full of inspiring people.   No. 3 A beautiful tortoise fountain pen from Sam Flax South, because I’m full of flashes of inspiration and need to get those thoughts down on paper.  No. 4 STOP THE PRESSES: I NEEEEEED THIS: the new genius Wacom Inkling, to sketch illustrations in my sketchbook while capturing a digital likeness of said sketch in vector format. That’s right. Genius!!  No. 5 A subscription to Uppercase magazine, full of inspiring stories and pretty pictures.  No. 6 Hudson bag, because it looks perfect for carrying around all the items on my wish list (and stylish enough to carry to No. 2). 

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inspiration: do something about it

do something about it print by orange beautiful  • photo by Vallentyne Photography

One of my favorite things in my studio is this Do Something About It gocco print by Orange Beautiful. The glitter E’s were a Christmas gift from my mom last year. It’s a nice reminder that you are responsible for your own destiny. I firmly believe that you make your own luck.

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we heart a good sale: 30 percent off at violet.com

Last night I had a dream that I was birthday present shopping for a friend, and this morning this 30 percent off offer from Violet.com landed in my inbox. I think someone is trying to tell me something? Like I need to pay attention to the calendar and my friends’ birthdays?!?

I’m loving this Paul Smith-esque paper weight, minimalist white calculator (for some reason my brain is telling me I need this calculator), and the funky Modern Alchemy candle (I have no idea what it smells like, but love the packaging!). All from Violet.com. I’ve always loved their website because you can search gifts by the recipient’s personality type (I seem to know a lot of A+ types!). And the site is beautiful, making shopping a nice design experience.

Enter in the code SP309 at checkout to get 30 percent off anything in the store. Sale ends Friday, March 27, 2009.

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wish list: pool party setup

At New York International Gift Fair last year the freight guys lost our chairs. Shocking, huh? I did not want to use the ugly folding chairs provided by the Javits Center. I spotted a fabulous chair at the Fermob booth and pleaded my case. They were super super kind and let me borrow two of their cute yellow folding bistro chairs, and I fell in love with their products. I’m particularly fond of their Luxembourg Collection. The bar cart would be sooooo cool in their Verbena Green color outside next to our pool. The orange drink tray and silver pitcher (both from CB2) would be make the whole setup even more chic. Add in the crazy straws from For Your Party to keep it cheeky.

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delphine on ETSY: grab bags

just added to our ETSY shop: a variety grab bag of 24 letterpress gift tags!

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holiday treat


Look how pretty something as simple as a custom label on a chocolate bar can be when displayed en masse. Personalize each bar with someone’s name, or a holiday greeting, and stuff a stocking for a sweet surprise! Love this idea from Amy Atlas Events!

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dear santa …



I work mostly from home. I look mostly like a slob. However I could be a slightly stylish slob in this cashmere hoodie, right, Santa??? Please???

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