Things we love ... in February

Here are 5 Things on My Radar this Month.

I'm often asked where I get my inspiration, and honestly it's an easy answer. There is so much out there in the world being created right now which is beautiful, whimsical, arresting, intriguing — and truly inspirational. We only have to look! Here are some things that have caught my attention.

(Clockwise from top left.)

#1. Barbara Kruger, at the Serpentine Gallery, London.

She cut her teeth as an art director in magazines (like me!), before her trailblazing work as an artist (less like me). Her art packs a graphic punch, widely imitated, though rarely matched. I've always been a fan, and can't wait to see this.

 

#2. Veere Grenney's glossy yellow kitchen in Frederic magazine.

Yellow isn't an easy color to get right, but this shade with a touch of ochre works so well, and by coating most surfaces with it, the small kitchen really sings.

(And if you don't know Frederic, it's one of my fave interior mags — beautifully photographed, and printed in a gorgeous oversized format.)

 

#3. All of Us Strangers.

Seems everyone is buzzing about this affecting film. With good reason. A beautiful meditation on love and loss, with stand out performances from a tiny cast of four (but what a four! Adam Scott, Paul Mescal, Claire Foy, Jamie Bell).

I was also struck by the beauty of the camera work, with shimmery night time scenes, and a rich palette of orange, purple and red.

 

#4. Tessa Hadley, After the Funeral.

People often tell me she's one of their favorite writers, but I'd never read her. So this new collection of stories, with that gorgeous Gerhard Richter cover art, seemed a good place to start. And now I see why she's regularly compared to Alice Munro — her short stories contain whole lives.

 

#5. Hand-drawn tablecloths.

We loved doing this as kids, but why not as adults? How charming it would be to sit down at this table, created by Matilda Bea and Elsa Gladstone.

 

Stay tuned for more things on our radar next month!

 

Jason Arbuckle
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Our Summer Card Inspo!

Our Summer Card Inspo!

It's a question we're often asked: how do you get all your ideas?  There is no secret technique.  It's actually simple and complicated at the same time: we keep our eyes open and look, really look, at as many things as we can.

Those things might be exhibitions, or wonderful shops — street style fashion in cities (when people used to walk around!) — magazines, especially those in print — but when it gets to our summer collection, we're lucky.  In Palm Beach, we just have to look around our neighborhood.

The colors of summer are right here in this little town all year round. Bright blue skies, emerald palms, hot pink bougainvillea.

Palm Beach is renowned for its rich green gardens, and the hedges are often sculpted into marvelous decoration.  The hedge pictured (top right) is a favorite of ours from a little street in town; just look at the detail where the hedge is cut out for the post box.  We're channeling that gorgeous green into our new Trellis pattern thank you card.

Naturally, Palm Beach has no shortages of palm trees — and they are a regular motif for our cards.  But we like to keep it fresh as we can.  So this season, we have a new color wave, inspired by the gorgeous pinks of a Florida sunset (see above).

You can shop all our new thank you cards here.  And we hope you find sunny inspiration in our designs, too!

Jason Arbuckle
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