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Have you thanked a volunteer?

24 Apr

The Stationery Studio staff finishing up another successful yearly coat drive.

This morning on twitter I saw that #NationalVolunteerWeek was trending.  I was excited to see that there’s a whole week to bring attention to volunteers.  Sometimes in our busy lives, we forget about the people who selflessly give their time to make things happen all around us.  If you do volunteer for something, you might not ever think about getting thanks or praise because you don’t volunteer for that reason.

I am lucky because I was raised by a family who lives by the motto of giving back.  My parents are now retired and live a life of philanthropy.  I am always in awe of the lives they change through their volunteering.  #NationalVolunteerWeek reminds me to thank my parents for all they do.  It’s reminding me to thank ALL the volunteers in my life from soccer coaches to PTO members.  Take a moment to think about the people you know in your own life and your community who volunteer to make things happen.  Maybe it’s someone at your church, your local pet shelter, the food pantry, your neighborhood … you get the idea.  Why not send them a quick email to thank them and know how much they’re appreciated?  Or you can stop by and bring them a gift card for a cup of coffee or some fresh flowers.

Working at The Stationery Studio, I have had the opportunity to give back by working with organizations that positively impact our community.  I thank The Stationery Studio for allowing our workplace to give back!

Take a moment this week to thank volunteers.  I promise you they will appreciate it more than you know!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Guest Blogger: Dress Your Bathroom to Impress

17 Apr

We are thrilled to have one of our favorite bloggers featured on our blog – Hello Francois!  We had an opportunity to work with Francois last year and fell in love with his sense of style and great taste.  We wanted to share one of our favorite posts from his blog. Francois shares his 10 tips for getting a bathroom ready for guests and we love them so much we feel they’re share-worthy!

Dress Your Bathroom to Impress 

Whether I hold a big party or just an intimate dinner at home, I always want the apartment to look perfect. According to me, every single room, and even corner, should look amazing. When it comes to the bathroom, perfection and amazingness should reach 150%, at least! This is what this post is about, and I’m very excited to share with you guys the 10 things I do to the bathroom before receiving anyone at home!

1) Clean the WHOLE bathroom 

This includes obviously the sink and the floors, but also the tiles on the wall, mirrors, and shower/bathtub. I know your friends are not going to go take a bath in the middle of the party (well, it actually depends on the kind of party you’re holding!), but they will see, for sure, if the tub and/or shower are dirty, and trust me, you don’t want that. Also, empty the trash can. It seems obvious.

2) Stage your bathtub/shower

If you have a bathtub, elegantly display some bath bombs and bath soak, and lighten up some candles.  If you have a shower, stage some nice shampoo and shower gel containers, and hide anything from razors to shower gloves. In other words, create a spa atmosphere, and show your guests how relaxing it is to take a bath or shower in your home.

3) Put a new roll of toilet paper on the holder, and fold the end of the paper in order to form a peak

Use plain white toilet paper, ONLY! Also, make sure you have some spare rolls available somewhere in the bathroom, preferably under the sink, as it’s where most people will naturally go look for them.

4) Clean and tidy up inside all the cabinets, especially the one under the sink and behind the mirrors

We all have that friend who is going to be curious and open your cabinets to see what you have in there. I’m one of them. Shame on me.

5) Have hand paper towels available

They are much more hygienic than the regular bath towel. And if you want to reach a top of the top level, you can have them personalized. I order mine at The Stationery Studio and it’s super easy. To give you an idea of the pricing, you will pay about $50 for 100 personalized Elegant Ampersand paper hand towels in ivory color with the writing in gold metallic foil, shipping included.

6) Make sure there is still hand liquid soap in the container 

Only use liquid hand soap. It’s much more hygienic than the regular bar soap.  To be over the top, you can also have a container of hand cream available for guests to use. The container of hand cream must match the one of hand soap. Obs!

7) Have a see through glass container full of hotel shampoos and shower gels on the counter

It looks great and it will also show your guests how well-travelled you are, and if they are all from the Ritz-Carlton and the W hotels, it’s even better. When it comes to bathroom decor, I try to make it functional and pretty.

8) Set some fresh flowers in a vase

Fresh flowers are everything. Fake flowers are a big no no, even if they look super real. Some people like to touch the petals when in doubt. They will be very disappointed if they realize they are fake.

9) Dim the lights

It will create a relaxing and warm atmosphere.

10) Light up a fragrant candle or display a diffuser

It’s always nice to go to a bathroom that smells good. It will also make your guests more comfortable to do whatever they need to do in the bathroom! 

Pictures and blog post used with permission from Hello Francois.  

Wedding Inspiration: Mint & Purple

29 Mar

 

Our latest wedding inspiration board is all about mint and purple.  This combination just screams (maybe whispers?) Spring and Summer weddings.  This color combination is so fresh and pretty and would be perfect for an outdoor wedding.  For flowers, you could use lilacs which would smell heavenly.  Some other flower choices would be vintage purple mini calla lilies, lavender hyacinth, lavender gem tulips and english lavender.  My flower picks are from FiftyFlowers.com.

Get inspired by our picks:

Celery wedding union engagement invitations, happily ever after napkins, leather cuff bracelet with monogram disk, purple little leaves thank you note cards, script monogram with text linen like guest towels, coronation scroll twisted handled bags, mint vintage wreath save the date cards, mint love and thanks note cards, purple endearing love photo save the date cards, initial scroll hanging gift tags.

Other Image Sources:

Bridesmaids: http://happywedd.com/wedding_theme/48-delicate-mint-and-lavenderpurple-wedding-ideas.html

Tapestry: https://www.buzzfeed.com/lilis2/51-reasons-to-crave-a-mint-themed-wedding?utm_term=.qlyYzR6g7#.vl23bdwx8

Cake: http://www.cassidybudge.com/lilac-cake/

Succulents: http://gardeningwithconfidence.com/blog/2013/10/24/garden-trick-works-adding-crystals-garden-designs/

Bride and Groom: http://happywedd.com/wedding_theme/48-delicate-mint-and-lavenderpurple-wedding-ideas.html

Beverages: http://happywedd.com/wedding_theme/85-lovely-mint-wedding-ideas.html

Table Setting: http://theeverylastdetail.com/an-aqua-and-lavender-wedding/#_a5y_p=4476143

Shoes: http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/mint-wedding-color-ideas/

Boutonniere: http://amyandjordanblog.com/2015/weddings/aleks-kevin/

Chairs:  http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/65-loveliest-lavender-wedding-ideas-you-will-love/