Inspired Stationery ~ Bella Figura Notes

Folded note letterpress printed

Folded note by Bella Figura.

Quick! Check your stationery stash stat! Do you and your family have enough stationery?

It’s time to tackle your Christmas thank you notes and, with 2013 right around the corner, that surely won’t be the end of your paper needs. Whether you {or your upcoming grad} are anticipating needing notes for job interviews, business correspondence, or just social stationery for you and your family, Bella Figura’s folded notes are perfect for all occasions. While most people know them for their gorgeous wedding invitations, Bella Figura also offers fun folded and flat notes, in both letterpress and foil.

You can design your notes to be posh and professional, whimsical and dreamy, preppy and put-together or anywhere in between! Come in to Salutations in Charlotte or Durham {open January 2nd!} to order your custom Bella Figura stationery!

All custom letterpressed and engraved personal stationery will be offered at a 20% savings from January 2 through January 31, 2013!

Wedding Wednesday ~ Wedding Inspiration: Typography

Wedding invitation designs by Smock, Bella Figura and MaeMae Paperie.

Wedding invitation designs by Smock, Bella Figura and MaeMae Paperie.

You’ve seen it all over Pinterest and Style Me Pretty, so what exactly is typography? There are several definitions but my favorite is: “the general character or appearance of printed matter.”

I love to think of the ‘character’ of a wedding invitation. As a bride, the character of your wedding stationery should reflect you ~ what you’re made of, what’s important to you and how you want to present yourself {and your wedding!} to your closest family and friends. If you let your character shine through, your wedding invitations will not only be gorgeous, but uniquely you.

Make an appointment at either of our Charlotte or Durham, North Carolina locations to look at these and many other dazzling designs!

Inspired Business ~ Graphic Image

Graphic Image. Leather accessories. Office Accessories

With 2013 right around the corner, it’s definitely time to make your New Year’s resolution! One of the most common resolutions each year is to “get organized” and, when it comes to organization, one of the most daunting and dreaded spaces is the office. But don’t fret! Here are some handsome leather office accessories from Graphic Image that not only systematize your stuff but also add a little luxury.

The essentials ~ blotter, memo tray, pens, letter secretary and pencil cup. With all of these pieces on your desk, it will be hard not to get motivated!

Graphic Image. Dictionaries

I know we all use Google or, but wouldn’t it just make you feel all grown-up to have these gorgeous dictionaries sitting on your shelf?

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Wedding Wednesday: Designers We Love ~ MaeMae Paperie

Salutations MaeMae Paperie Wedding Invitations

This week we are thrilled to feature MaeMae Paperie in our Designers We Love series.

Founder Megan Gonzalez has created a collection of stationery that is distinctive, fresh and versatile. MaeMae’s ability to be a step ahead of wedding trends and the collection’s extensive range make it an instant favorite among the most discriminating brides.

Salutations MaeMae Wedding Invitations Stationery

While the designs draw everyone in {seriously, MaeMae’s motifs are nothing short of magnificent}, the quality of the line makes it shine. MaeMae offers both letterpress and flat printing on sumptuous paper that is just as pleasing to the hand as it is to the eye.

Salutations MaeMae Paperie Wedding Invitations Stationery

Further, we love how versatile the collection is. Designs range from classic {black and white in more traditional fonts} to whimsical {wild motifs and color combinations that will enchant recipients}. There isn’t a style that MaeMae doesn’t work with.

Salutations MaeMae Paperie Wedding Invitations Stamps Stationery

MaeMae also offers customers unique accessories that many designers do not. Brides can customize self-inking or rubber stamps to use on their wedding stationery and beyond, for example. These also make great gifts for paper enthusiasts!

MaeMae Paperie Salutations Wedding Stationery Invitations

We also love MaeMae’s profound attention to detail. It can be seen in the collections {think stunning patterned envelope liners and foil accents}, but also, and perhaps more importantly, in every aspect of the MaeMae wedding experience. Everything from the dynamic proofs to the packaging is attended to by the MaeMae team with extraordinary thought and care. The MaeMae experience is a truly stellar one that every bride deserves.

Salutations Wedding Stationery Invitations MaeMae Paperie

Finally, we love MaeMae because Megan has thought of everything. From save the date magnets and postcards, to programs, guestbook posters, menus, table numbers, and thank you notes, MaeMae provides brides with every detail imaginable to make her day {and beyond} come to life with gorgeous design details. MaeMae’s accessory collection is truly excellent!

We would love to show you more from MaeMae Paperie in person at either our Chapel Hill {soon to be Durham} or Charlotte locations. Make an appointment today to see more!

{Image credits: all photos by MaeMae Paperie}

Inspired Parties ~ Our 12 Favorite Party Tables of 2012

Salutations Holiday Party Inspiration Paper Goods

{photo above by Karen Mordechai from Sunday Suppers}

As 2012 winds down, and you are planning the final details of your holiday parties (Christmas! New Year’s! Can you believe it?), we thought now was a great time to share some party inspiration! This post is dedicated to our 12 favorite parties/tables of 2012. We can’t wait to help you with all the fun details (like place cards, menus, etc.) of your party, and in the meantime we hope you are inspired by the great parties in this post!

We love the pairing of the dramatic centerpiece above with the fabric runner, and the use of fruit. The whole look is like a breath of fresh air!

Salutations Party Inspiration Paper

{photo above by Ryan Garvin from Snippet & Ink}

We love the use of herbs and natural tones above, combined with pink flowers. The overall look is soft and pretty, and we love the idea of giving herbs that match the meal/decor/theme to guests as favors!

Salutations Party Inspiration Paper Goods

{photo above, and table design, by Furbish from Design*Sponge}

We love the mix of bold patterns and colors above. It makes for not just an interesting table (there’s so much to look at!), but a happy one as well!

Salutations Holiday Party Inspiration Paper Goods

{photo above by Jen Huang Photography from Snippet & Ink}

There is something to be said about simplicity. The understated table above, with its beautiful centerpieces and basic linens, creates the perfect, elegant backdrop for the guests (and food!) to shine against.

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Wedding Wednesday ~ Real Brides of the Triangle: Kate’s Dramatic Calligraphy Invitations

Salutations Real Brides Triangle Wedding Invitations Calligraphy Engraved

The story of Kate and Hunter’s engraved calligraphy invitations is a true testament to the importance and benefits of ordering wedding stationery from a fine stationery boutique like Salutations.

Kate and Hunter, who married in November at Fearrington Village, saw several options in invitations at their first bridal appointment. It wasn’t until they held one of our amazing samples in their hands that they knew exactly what they wanted: a heavy-weight, gilt-edge engraved suite by William Arthur, featuring all custom calligraphy.

Salutations Real Brides of the Triangle Engraved Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

The weight of the paper, the dramatic engraving bruises on the back, and the rich gilt edges stole their hearts. For their invitation suite, the couple worked with calligrapher Laura Luyendyk in Raleigh {a Salutations favorite} to further the rich, custom theme of their invitations.

The result was breathtaking. And the couple kept saying that this was an invitation that guests would receive, feel the weightiness, see the dramatic luxury, and say “We have to go to this wedding.”

We were so thrilled to work with this lovely couple in our Chapel Hill, North Carolina location to create their one-of-a-kind wedding invitations!

From Kate: “The Salutations team was a dream to work with!”

Congrats again, Kate and Hunter! You were a dream to work with! May your life together be as rich as your invitations looked and felt. All the best!

{Image credits: top wedding photos by Kellie Kano from her Facebook page; bottom invitation suite photo by Salutations}

Inspired Gifting ~ Silk Stationery Boxes

letterpressed stationery in silk boxes

Pretty pressed paper packaged perfectly, please! {Say that 5 times fast!}

Stationery is a sophisticated gift that any recipient will both value and use. These silk stationery box sets take gifting stationery to a whole new level. The sets feature not only your choice of personalization letterpressed on thick, luxurious flat note cards, but the cards arrive nestled in elegant silk stationery boxes.

The boxed sets come in Petite and Grand sizes and house 35 or 100 flat note cards, respectively. In the Grand size, you can even have the cards personalized in up to four different ways within the same set! You can also select from many different ink colors, monograms, fonts, motifs and envelope liners to make the gift even more special.

Stop by Salutations in Charlotte or Chapel Hill and pick out one {or two, or three. . .} sets, pronto!

Wedding Wednesday: Blissful Inspiration ~ The Runway Edition

Salutations Wedding Stationery Runway

This week we are excited to feature some beautiful designer gowns in our runway edition of Blissful Inspiration! Twice a year in New York, every major bridal gown designer presents runway collections. It is then that the editors of all the major bridal magazines are able to forecast major trends not just in bridal fashion, but in the industry as a whole.

We love Bridal Fashion Week because we can forecast major trends in wedding stationery based on the hottest looks from the runway. This is our roundup of favorite looks from this fall’s runways, and the wedding invitations we think match up perfectly.

Salutations Wedding Stationery Bridal Runways

We are completely smitten with this Heidi Elnora gown (above)! The silhouette and lace detail give this gown a classic feel, while the subtle addition of color and enormous bow add drama. We love this gown most because it is season-less and would work well in so many different ceremony locations! It represents the classic-with-a-side-of-unexpected-drama trend.

Salutations Wedding Stationery Dauphine Press Letterpress Invitation

We would recommend this fabulous letterpress invitation by Dauphine Press (above, available at Salutations) to the bride drawn to this dress/trend. The Kentfield design is classic and timeless, but like the dress, the second color and graphic details add an unexpected twist.

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Inspired Business: The Business Card

Salutations Stationery Business Cards Letterpress Smock

{Salutations letterpress business cards by Smock}

This week we are happy to be blogging about something no professional person should be without: the business card. This tiny piece of paper is powerful, and we are excited to break down its importance and give you inspiration for your very own business cards.

Salutations Stationery Calling Cards Business William Arthur

{Business cards and calling cards in an array of colors and designs by William Arthur}

There are so many options when it comes to business cards, that choosing one can seem overwhelming. Worry not, because Salutations has you covered, and offers options in a plethora of sizes and colors from flat-printed cards to little letterpress works of art.

Salutations Stationery Business Cards Letterpress Smock

{Letterpress business card by Smock}

When considering business card options, begin by thinking of the larger picture ~ think about your company and about your brand. Your cards may be the very first glimpse of your business that most people get. Take advantage of this opportunity by making sure your cards introduce your business identity.

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Wedding Wednesday: Designers We Love ~ Dauphine Press

Foil stamped letterpress wedding invitation by Dauphine Press

We have always loved working with Dauphine Press. This bi-coastal letterpress company is best known for their gorgeous botanicals, vintage motifs and custom maps. Their designs are always luxurious with fine details. We know that when a customer places a Dauphine order, the finished product will truly be a piece of art.

Recently Dauphine released their new custom wedding invitation album and did not disappoint. Filled with foil stamping, back patterning and edge painting, it literally took our breath away. We have worked with couples on some beautiful invitations from this album over the past several months ~ our favorite designs currently are Sonoma and Oakville.

We are excited to continue to offer Dauphine’s exquisite designs to our brides and are always looking forward to what they will come up with next!

When you’re ready, book an appointment in either our Salutations Charlotte or Salutations Chapel Hill {soon to be Salutations Triangle Area} boutique to see this amazing collection for yourself.

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