I’ve always loved introducing you to small business owners, but it’s even more rewarding when the business owner happens to be someone you’ve known since you were 16 years old.

I first met Kearsley Lloyd as a dorm mate in boarding school (she can probably attest to the embarrassing ribbon belt collection previously mentioned) and even back then her artistic talent was inspiring.

Post high school Kearsley went on to the Rhode Island School of Design and I’ve enjoyed following her successes ever since; including the launch of a successful accessories collection, Tipsy Skipper, and now, her eponymous graphic design studio, Kearsley Lloyd.

I had the pleasure of working with Kearsley on our wedding invitations and since it is engagement season, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to an amazing talent.

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all of Kearsley’s designs start out as watercolors

I’m the first to admit I’m a pain in the butt client–I drive myself crazy with design decisions–so I was a little nervous about working with someone (especially an old friend!) on our invitations. I worried there might be multiple revisions necessary and that I wouldn’t be able to get my vision across, but it quickly became clear all my worries were for naught.

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our save the dates ready to be mailed

After a phone call, and a shared Pinterest board, Kearsley came back with a first round of mock-ups for a custom wedding crest that actually bowled me over–she got it on the first try.

I think I asked to see a version slightly lighter and slightly darker just in case, but we ended up using the very first option she sent. How often does that happen?! I can tell you, with me, NEVER.

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custom stamps featuring Kearsley’s mussel shells

From start to finish, the process was seamless. We ended up hiring Kearsley to design additional elements for the wedding (I can’t share photos just yet, but soon!) and received so many compliments. One of our friends actually framed one of Kearsley’s illustrations for their gallery wall.

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our personal stationery

The mussel shell and coral crest perfectly captured the aesthetic of our Martha’s Vineyard wedding, but I love it so much I’ve since carried it over to our personal stationery.

Working with Kearsley on our bespoke illustrations was such a special part of the process for us and ultimately guided many of our other design decisions.

In addition to wedding logos, Kearsley also designs corporate logos, emblems, and coat of arms. Her talent truly knows no bounds so if you have a project in mind I’d highly recommend reaching out–I’m confident she’ll over deliver!


The Pursuit of Style | Peonies

Scattered petals in my living room this morning…

Peonies in December might as well be a Christmas miracle. I’m still not sure how that worked out–I assume greenhouses in South America were involved–but I’m grateful for every last bunch.

These are on their last leg after a photoshoot last week (just wait until you see these before and afters!) but those fluffy blooms make me unreasonably happy even as they slowly fade away.


Clare V Ipad Cover

Today’s present pick is for The Prep. There was just something about the hot pink and racing stripes that immediately gave me a flash back to my rather large (and now completely embarrassing) collection of ribbon belts that we all wore so proudly in high school.

This Clare V. iPad case is infinitely cooler and it’s success as a gift surely extends beyond owners of The Original Preppy Handbook. The stripes are also a little reminiscent of Goyard, no?

So, if you have any Preps on your list, or Preps in remission (like myself) this is your gift pick. Bonus points if you find a way to monogram it!


Sally King Benedict Calendar

Sally King Benedict Calendar

Sally King Benedict Calendar

An original piece by abstract artist, Sally King Benedict, might be cost prohibitive for the art collector on your list, but luckily I’ve found a gift that I think they’ll enjoy almost as much.

Sally’s 2015 Calendar features 12 paintings which tear off into 5.5 x 7 post cards that can be mailed (or framed!) at the end of the month. Bonus!

I’m still kicking myself for not picking up one of her sweet little faces when I had the opportunity, but this calendar will definitely tide me over until I can have the real thing.


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Absolutely Beautiful Things: A Bright and Colourful Life on my bookshelf

For the past two years I’ve done gift guides based on personalities (see them all here) but as much as I love a good round-up, this year I’m feeling gift guided out–so many great guides have already been published, would I really be bringing something new to your inbox or just adding to the visual chaos? I wasn’t sure.

So, this year I’m shaking things up. I’ve edited down my picks to just one perfect present for every personality on your list. The crème de la crème. Because, let’s be honest: at this point, there’s no time left for indecision! We’ll kick things off with my perennial favorite (yes, I’m biased): The Decorator.

If I hadn’t already bought a copy for myself, Anna Spiro’s first book, Absolutely Beautiful Things: A Bright and Colourful Life, would be at the very top of my Christmas list. Her blog was the very first I ever read and I truly credit her for re-awakening my interest in interior design at a time when I was bored to tears attempting to follow a “serious” career path.

As one of my design idols, I’ve been secretly hoping Anna would author a book for years, and having read it from cover-to-cover I can say with authority that this color drenched tome did not disappoint! It’s available exclusively through Furbish Studio which will make it an even more covetable addition to any Decorator’s collection.