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Q & A with Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew

31 Aug

Elizabeth Mayhew

Meet our Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew!

Photo: Elizabeth Mayhew Instagram

Elizabeth Mayhew is currently the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-inspired brand, Draper James, a contributing editor at NBC’s Today Show and a monthly columnist for The Washington Post. She also is the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine). She has worked for a number of publications including REAL SIMPLE, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Woman’s Day.

We are inspired by her Instagram posts which usually involve beautiful scenery shots and gorgeous baked goods. She has a keen eye for unique {and memorable} hostess gifts. We hope you enjoy getting to know her!

Q.

What is your favorite thing about being the brand editor for Draper James?

A.

I love working with the dynamic and very talented staff of Draper James. From the design team to the store associates, everyone who works at the company embodies the positive Southern values that Reese Witherspoon, the company’s founder, established from the beginning. It’s a happy brand, where grace, charm, kindness, and good manners are prized. Plus I love the clothes!

Q.

What is one thing anyone can do to update their home?

A.

Install dimmers on all of your light switches! The proper lighting can easily transform a room from looking like an overlit hospital waiting room to a warm and inviting sitting room.

Q.

We know you love to bake. What is your favorite dessert to bring to a get together?

A.

I bake every weekend and post images on Instagram, so my friends who follow me usually call to put in an order. My go-to dessert to bring to a party is some sort of pie, mostly because pies transport easily. The variety I make depends on the season—fruit pies for summer, cream pies for spring, and nut pies for fall and winter. I get the most requests for my lime pie (you could use key limes too, but they are harder to find).

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mayhew

Q.

You are the queen of an amazing hostess gift. What is your one go-to that’s always a hit?

A.

I have three go-to hostess gifts: if I plan well ahead, I like to order personalized guest towels from The Stationery Studio. If I have time the day or night before a party, I will bake a sweet bread, like banana bread and wrap it up in a dish towel so that the host has breakfast the next morning. If I have no time, I draw from my stash of Draper James Orange Blossom Special Candles—it’s my favorite scent!

Banana Bread

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mayhew

Q.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?

A.

I love to bake of course (see above!), but I also am a big reader. A few of my recent favorites are: A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles, The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee, What She Ate by Laura Shapiro, and Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. And if you haven’t read the Neopolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, you should!

Book images: Amazon

New Puppy?

13 Sep

Do you (or someone you know) have a new puppy?  There’s nothing like a new puppy to add excitement to your life.  They’re so cute and full of energy!  Renee at The Stationery Studio just brought home this sweet puppy, Libby.  She’s a silver Lab and she’s adorable!  So what kind of gift do you give someone who gets a new puppy?  I made sweet Libby some homemade dog biscuits and put them in a reusable container.  I wanted to share the recipe with you … you can make these for any puppy (or any dog) who would love a yummy treat. WOOF!

 

Dog Biscuit Recipe (modified from Caser Millan’s original recipe)

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
  • 1/2 c. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. salt (or less)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
  • ½ cup hot water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Dissolve bouillon in hot water
  3. Add remaining ingredients
  4. Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
  5. Roll dough until ½ inch thick
  6. Cut into slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes with)
  7. Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
  8. Cook for 30 minutes

Maybe baking isn’t your thing?  No worries.  Check out the great selection of personalized pet gifts we sell at The Stationery Studio.  We just customized a personalized pet bowl for Charlie, the new puppy on the Today Show.  How cute is he with his new personalized bowl?

charlie

(photo credit:  TODAY SHOW Instagram)

Wedding Inspiration: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

23 Mar

 

greek-wedding

With the upcoming release of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” we were inspired to do everything Greek for our wedding inspiration board! Last week we were featured on the Today Show for a special Wedding edition of Steals & Deals to celebrate the release of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.”  Naturally, you can see where our inspiration came from!

Whether you are Greek, love Greece or just love everything about the culture, you can be inspired with our picks.

Inspiration Board:

The Mediterranean Border Note Cards Collection, Aqua Greek Stainless Steel Flask, Monogrammed Crystal Diamond Cut Champagne Flute Glass Set, Mediterranean Blue Greek Key Caspari Guest TowelsGreek Key Border with Monogram Linen Like NapkinsNavy Little Leaves Thank You Note Cards, Nautical Blue Greek Key Large Lucite Tray by Jonathan Adler, Orlington Round Address Labels, Gold Lattice Printed Placecards and Turquoise Lattice Invitations.

 

Other Image Sources:

Table Setting:http://flyawaybride.com/exquisite-greek-island-wedding-rhodes/
Greek Salad Skewers:http://www.littlebroken.com/2015/05/23/greek-salad-skewers/
Spanakopita Bites:http://flavorite.net/2015/02/20/spanakopita-bites-greek-spinach-pie-bites/
Wedding Guests:http://ruffledblog.com/breezy-destination-wedding-in-mykonos/
Ivy Bouquet:http://flyawaybride.com/wedding-traditions-in-greece/
Bride and Groom: http://www.greekislandweddinginspirations.com/inspirations/a-luxurious-greek-orthodox-wedding/
Hair: http://hairstylesbeauty.tumblr.com/post/126233820372
Sign: http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/gallery/17040
Greek Bride: http://greekweddingtraditions.com/