Archive for December, 2011

Adventures in Gift Wrapping
December 21st, 2011

When we were growing up, the standard in over-the-top excess was generally held to be the Beverly Hills mansion of TV producer Aaron Spelling (above, right). And, for some reason, the symbol of this let-them-eat-cake profligacy became Mrs. Candy Spelling’s gift wrapping room (above, left).

Imagine, went the cries of disbelief, a whole room devoted to packing up gifts. Well, we figure if you happen to have 123 rooms at your disposal what’s so wrong about devoting one to giftwrap? Frankly, after yet another Christmas lead-up spent on the dining room floor wrestling unspooling ribbons and disobedient tissue, the thought of a well-ordered wrapping station is rather seductive to us.

Not that wrapping needs to be complicated, Candy-style confections. Here are three recent giftwrap ideas we spotted that we found particularly charming.

Go monochrome, with one striking accessory (above). The effect wouldn’t have been nearly as striking if the bow didn’t match the paper, and how lovely the teal color draws you to the “eye” of the peacock feather.

Follow fashion’s colors. Neon pink was a big story on the catwalks, often paired with a neutral, and look how modern the same combo looks on a present (from the windows of Bonpoint, above). The reason this works so well is that the paired ribbons are of different widths, so you get a nice play of textures as well as colors.

It really is the thought that counts. This gift (above) was for a celebration in New York, and not only is the paper a map of Manhattan, some of the destinations for the visit are marked with a red dot. You have to admit this is a pretty genius idea — and one we’re definitely filing away for future use.

As this is our last post for the merry season, we send you the happiest of holiday wishes, and let them be wrapped in good cheer!

The Perfect Palm Beach Presents
December 7th, 2011

Mention Stationer on Sunrise in Palm Beach to anyone who knows it, and it’s likely the first thing you’ll hear is: “We love Liz!” Step inside the shop and you’ll immediately see why.

Liz Quinn (above) took over the store 2 years ago and has succeeded in transforming it into a place that is, well, very Palm Beach. It’s always sunny in Liz’s shop, with fresh white walls, sisal carpeting, and preppy-patterned chairs we’d like to steal for our own home.

Liz stocks the widest range of cards on the island: her new card wall (above) is pure joy to us (prizes if you can spot the J. Falkner cards). “People seem to be enjoying more whimsical cards now,” Liz told us. “These days, they want to send something fun.”

Last-minute Christmas gift alert: Liz has taken the store beyond stationery with a delightful range of accessories, and we especially love all the personalization available. Stumped for a gift idea? Put their name on it, and you look doubly considerate. These utility bags ($100, with monogram) come in a range of colors and can be quickly stitched with any initials, or a postcode. (And how chic is that fabric pattern on the chair?)

Go logo-crazy with these melamine plates, which also offer a variety of personalisations (starting at $88 for 4). The fresh colors and patterns shout garden party to us.

A great collection of decoupage items from Ben’s Garden is here (trays, above top, start at $53); we immediately put the pink flamingo on our list for Santa. And, while we’re at it, these glass coasters with a Bogart quote are hard to resist.

Naturally, Liz’s shop is a great place to get a box of Christmas cards, and she stocks our holiday range — but, quick, they’re going fast, she tells us!

And, lastly, don’t leave without indulging in some truly gorgeous wrapping paper from Cavallini. Sure, it’s pricey at $4/sheet but it has a way of making anything it wraps seem twice as expensive. Well, that’s always been our secret, up until now.

* Stationer on Sunrise 247 Sunrise Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480. (561) 833 7971.