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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

5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Sports Fan

20 May

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15.  Now is the time to find the perfect gift for Dad.  We’ve put together five great gift ideas for the Dad who loves sports picked from our Father’s Day Pro Shop.

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1.  Cufflinks.  For the sports lover, these cufflinks let you wear your favorite team while being professional at the same time!  And we have you covered for almost every sport.

 

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2.  Tervis Water Bottles.  These durable water bottles are perfect for the Dad on the go and let’s him show off his favorite team, too!

 

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3.  Pro Sport Sport Locker Room Photos.  Make Dad a part of his favorite team with our personalized sports locker room photos.

 

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4.  Personalized Washington Post Sport Team Edition Book.  This personalized book captures highlights of Dad’s favorite team.

 

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5.  Golf Memo Sheets in Holder.  For the Dad who loves a game of golf, this memo sheet set is perfect for his desk.  Not sure if it will help with his swing, though.

 

For even more ideas, visit our Father’s Day Gifts boutique to find the perfect present for your Dad!

xoxo

Jennifer

 

 

Insiders Look: Gift Show Report

1 Feb

Market season is upon us right now.  We’ve gone right from a busy holiday season right into a hectic January as we traveled first to the Atlanta Gift Show at America’s Mart and then to New York for the New York Gift Show.  Bringing our customers the best of the best in personalized products is our goal and I think we can say with certainty that the gifting industry is alive and well.  The trade shows we attended had upwards of 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 80+ countries excitedly crowding the numerous aisles and booths!

Walking the trade shows provides a fast glimpse into thousands and thousands of new items on the market.  And yes, we must have logged a million miles!  Each booth featured a variety of products from house wares and table top to hand-made gifts, childrens and baby goods. There is literally a world of products to view.

We are looking forward to featuring a new selection of custom products at TheStationeryStudio.com in the coming months.  The selection will be unique and extensive, featuring a number of products never-before-seen on our site! A few new items to look out for are personalized picnic baskets, leather journals, custom cupcake holders and personalized wedding fans!

Stay tuned! Our New Products Department is busy hand selecting each of our finds.   Wonderful new additions will be available soon at TheStationeryStudio.com!

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Warmly,

Renee