10 Best Holiday Cards


I’m a huge fan of stationery, and the holidays are prime time for giving and receiving beautiful cards and letters. Even people who never write letters or send snail mail may buckle down and send something for the holidays. Are you planning to send out a card this year? Consider this roundup of my current favorite holiday cards from five of my favorite stationers.

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In the Studio | Mini Tour

studio setup

I realized that several months ago I promised to share a look inside my studio space, and I’ve finally gotten around to taking some photos. It’s probably always going to be a work in progress, but I thought it would be fun to have a record of the current setup. Maybe the next time I have an update, I’ll also have better photography skills. 🙂

The desk (similar) and chair are from IKEA. I stained the desk’s legs and love how the little shelves give me easy access to my most-used reference books. To the right of the desk I’ve tucked away a photography lightbox Nathan built for me, as well as a beautiful, vintage Replogle black ocean globe (I’ve always wanted one of these!).

black ocean globe & stand

This was a Christmas gift from my parents. Nathan and I recently refinished the stand (really pretty walnut), and I love how it turned out.


Here are a few of the things on my desktop, including the best candle ever—oatmeal cookie (similar)! I’m trying to keep the desk mostly clear except for the things I use every day. I’m glad Nathan talked me into upsizing to the mid-sized desktop— it’s nice to have the space to spread out.

mini gallery

On the main wall I have a mini gallery wall started, including prints of Marc Chagall paintings that we displayed at our wedding, the poster for the 2011 film version of Jane Eyre (Nathan and I saw this at the Chicago premiere), a You Make Everything Beautiful print from Rifle Paper Co., and Starry Night Deconstructed. I plan to add to this as soon as some lovely picture frames I’ve been watching finally go on sale.

Behind my desk I have two ceiling-height bookshelves, and a few weeks ago I played around with roughly organizing the books by color. I’m a little late in hopping on this bandwagon, but it’s fun for a change and makes me look at my library in a new way.

bookshelves by color

Finally, to the left of my desk I have my work calendar and another print from Rifle Paper Co. The garland is from Oh Joy for Target and is a good reminder to enjoy every day. Happy April!

Happy April

Thanks for letting me share! What does your home workspace look like?

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