This post is part of an ongoing series of wrap ups from this year's National Stationery Show. Please forgive any discoloration or graininess of the photos (the lighting in the Javits Center stinks!) and check out all the other NSS posts here.
One thing that struck me this year was high quality set-up of some of the booths. These guys really know how to go all out! The lovely ladies at the Belle & Union booth and I bonded over a passion for collecting all things vintage; their fabulous product displays really showed how good they are at it! Check out that tiny toy wagon and speckled lunch tray--awesome. This sweet & fresh decor style really captured the essence of their designs: friendly and colorful with a dash of southern charm. I am particularly enamored with the 'doodles' and 'lists' notebooks. Check out more of their goodies here.
Equally refreshing and impressive (in terms of booth design) was East of India's 'General Store' booth. Sticking to a paired down color palette of red, white, light blue and craft paper brown, the booth looked like super designy, captivating version of a local country store. It was full of wonderfully packaged products (check out those clips and tacks) and the perfect components for wonderful packaging (lettered tags, stamps and grosgrain ribbon), resulting in a strong personal urge to take every. single. thing. home. And did I mention the paper chain kits? No? Well they were awesome too. Check out more loveliness here.
Last year the Chewing the Cud booth last year was a favorite and this year it lived up to its good reputation. Packing a major punch of bright, bold patterns, the booth was filled with shelves upon shelves of reusable wrapping cloths, drawstring bags and (new for this year, I believe) an amazing array of circular 'bucket' organizers to corral your clutter in style. I am especially fond of the idea of using the small size for miscellaneous office supplies (perhaps some East of India clips!) as a pretty addition to an otherwise boring work cubicle. Also lovely? Those little zippered clutch purses; I'll take the polka dot version, please! See more of Chewing the Cud's products here.