The Dandelion Patch

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Stationery Trend #2 : It's a personal calling

While at the National Stationery Show, I definitely noticed that monograms and personalized at-home products were the rage. Everything from playing cards and coasters to recipe boxes and serving trays had snappy and preppy monograms on them from my favorite gal pal from Brooklyn, Dabney Lee. In case you aren’t familiar with this lovely lady, you should know that she is a personal favorite at “The Patch” and our “Patchettes” chair her fan club! It all started when she came down to Virginia to visit last October—spending a weekend with us at both stores doing a very special trunk show. A few cocktails and a new pair of Tory Burch shoes, and the rest is history…


Here are Dabney and I hanging out on the first day of the show. Notice her pink and green booth… did I tell you that she was the queen of preppy?



Officially, Dabney calls this line “Dabney Lee at home”. Although I don’t cook much (at all), I think the personalized recipe card holder would make a great bridal shower gift.

Isn’t the tray with the black and white lattice pattern darn cute?? I’m thinking it’s a perfect gift for any hostess! And how about that monogrammed clipboard? I can’t wait to order one for myself! Working in style never got so easy.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Welcome! Stationery Trend #1: Bolder Folders

Welcome to our blog! For those of you that aren’t familiar with The Dandelion Patch, you can go to the About Us section on our website and learn more about me and my business philosophy. However, this blog is about the things I see weekly that are positively fun, funny and soon-to-be famous. I will post weekly, so check back often as I share my thoughts and opinions about the perfect gifts, today’s etiquette and fabulous designers and trends.


Today I will start by telling you about my recent visit to the National Stationery Show in New York City. It is THE annual pilgrimage for all stationery buyers. This year, I found several goodies and themes that I’d like to highlight so you can be up-to-the-minute on fashionable paper. Just make sure you keep coming back to our blog to learn all of my secrets!

For the New York Stationery Show, I will focus on my Top 10 Stationery Trends.

First, we have what I will call the “BOLDER FOLDERS” and matching clipboards concept. Plain manila folders are definitely out! Think preppy pinks, animal prints and fabric inspired patterns…. They were everywhere, but I must say that the cutest patterns are coming from one of my favorite designers, Whitney English. Stop by the store soon to see for yourself.

Playing on her last name, “English Royalty” was her theme for the show.


Shown here is a quick pic of me donning a borrowed tiara (I left mine at home!) with my blonde buddy, Whitney.


Whitney married David Kolb this year—so she is now the expert in weddings too!