My client asked me for a peaceful spot in her home where she could write her correspondence. She wanted to be able to look out the window, enjoy some quiet and catch up on thank you notes and general letter writing. At the time we were moving quickly designing the whole house and I didn’t realize how much I would love a small space carved out to do just that too. But when we recently shot the room with a photographer, it dawned on me…
It seems no one writes letters anymore. I treasure the few I receive–it makes me feel like a million bucks when I go through the mail and see a hand written envelope. It means that someone took the time to sit down, craft a note, actually affix a stamp and mail it. At times, a kind client will stick a quick thank you in with their payment (how great is that) or actually write me a thank you card and I have to say…it fills me with joy.
Here are my business letterpress note cards that I ordered a couple of months ago–
I know we live in a fast paced world and there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to do much of anything that requires sitting down and concentrating but I really think we need to do these things occasionally if only to hold onto some form of personal communication. Hey, I am all for beautiful e-correspondence such as Paperless Post (and they also offer actual paper cards). But I draw the line at evite wedding invitations and emailed thank you notes for gifts. I thought I might be the only dinosaur until I read an interview with Derek Blasberg. Blasberg is the Editor at Large at Harper’s Bazaar as well as The New York Times‘ best selling author and he recently collaborated with Paperless Post creating styles that are also available in “dead tree form.” He feels, like myself that some correspondence should always come on actual paper such as “love notes, suicide notes and wedding invitations.”
So here are a couple of my recent faves. Give me a great pen and a pretty card and I am a happy girl!
If you grew up with a Mom like mine, who was (and still is) a stickler for the hand written note–(and I am glad she instilled that lesson in me) you will appreciate the following link to Crane’s stationery etiquette. How to address people, different types of stationery and engraving and examples of invitation etiquette.
For me, the most important thing is that the sentiment comes from the heart– no matter what kind of stationery it’s written on. Which is why I treasure the notes Mr. V leaves me–scratched on the back of a take out menu, or a random post it note…it makes me feel special and cared about.
So go write a note and tell someone you dig them.
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I hope you have a wonderful week and don’t forget to drop a note to someone you care about.
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