I'm loving this cute wooden font puzzle by Looodus -- it's 100% made in Italy by a couple who wanted to be able to give their daughter the type of quality wooden toys they played with as kids, an alternative to the mountains of pink plastic found at every turn in toy stores these days. The puzzle is laser cut and hand finished out of plywood from the Padana Plain, making it a marriage of classic craftsmanship and new technology. I love that it teaches the alphabet and fonts in a way that's both modern and old-fashioned -- I think this would make a cherished gift that could even be passed down from generation to generation. To place an order, visit Loodus' shop on Etsy.
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I have been obsessed with fashion expert Derek Blasberg's style and work for a while now. You might know him from his writing in basically every big fashion mag, or from his books, "Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady" and "Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady". The books are guides for etiquette in the 21st century, a time when social graces like handwritten notes can seem long forgotten.
Which leads me to something I'm loving right now -- his new collaboration with Paperless Post. Paperless Post takes all the tackiness out of online invitations and greeting cards and offers up charming, interactive designs that even the most old-fashioned advocates of paper-and-pen would love. It's safe to say that this is not your mom's Evite.
Past designers like Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler have all put their own amazing spin on the e-stationery, but I feel like Blasberg's new collection takes the cake because it's cheeky and edgy without being over-the-top -- some of the cards express perfectly what everyone is thinks but doesn't say out loud ("Yes, there will be an open bar" reads the front of one invite). It's the perfect blend of festive and funny for holiday parties and greetings in this age. For all of you snail-mail stalwarts who still aren't convinced, have no worries -- you can also order printed versions of the cards, which are inked beautifully on high-quality paper.
Here are a few of my favorites:
To see the full collection, click here. To learn more about Derek and see more of his work, visit his website. He also has a blog, MrBlasberg.com, where he writes about his everyday inspiration, his travels and of course, his fabulous life -- it's one of the few blogs I read every day.
For color inspiration in the fall, all you have to do is look around at the outdoors. This season is one of the most beautiful when it comes to color and texture -- it's all around us in nature. That's why I picked these paint colors for a fall palette, the combination really evokes autumn for me . If you're thinking about changing up your paint or your decor in these fall hues, check out the gallery for inspiration.
From left to right: Brown Alpaca (MSL204), Clove (MSL098), Pup Tent (MSL095), Oolong Tea (MSL093), Shortbread (MSL077), Georgia Clay (MSL048), Fortune Cookie (MSL038). All Martha Stewart Paint colors are available at The Home Depot.