Beautiful Things

My wife is moved by beautiful things. She has a natural eye for design and can create a gorgeous living environment with effortless grace. Whether she’s looking at fine art or stationery, photography or furniture, she knows what she likes, what works, and why. I on the other hand, don’t really have an inherent design sense. In fact, a lot of my own taste in design comes from what I think she would like.

Some might see this deferring to my wife in aesthetic matters as a weakness or character flaw. But I like to think of it in the same way that I think of my reliance on doctors. Since I’m skilled in neither of these areas, I usually feel more satisfied with my design decisions when I base them on my wife’s opinion just as I usually feel healthier when I base my medical decisions on a doctor’s advice.

Well, that was a rather lengthy — and I suppose tangential — introduction to what I had originally intended to be a simple list of links to some beautiful things I’ve found on the web. Whenever I see things like these, though, I say to myself, “Oooh, Sara would love this!” Not sure if any of the items for sale on these sites are reasonably priced, but they sure are nice to look at.

Haute Note: “a modern take on the centuries-old tradition of personalized social stationery, offering elegant cards that reflect the distinct taste and style of the sender.”

Luxe Paperie: “we specialize in letterpress stationery and offer a wide variety of distinctive greeting cards, social announcements and invitations, boxed notes, and gift wrap. typically, the extraordinary products we offer are only found in small metropolitan boutiques…we are thrilled to bring luxe paperie to you, no matter what town or city you call home”

Whimsy Press: “Wrap doesn’t just cover your presents; it makes each gift more fun while making the giver seem cooler, hipper and more interesting. Each collection contains 2 sheets of each design (a total of 8 sheets), plus stickers for each!”

See Jane Work: “offers working women, no matter what kind of work they do, the tools to manage their time efficiently, and to get and stay organized”

russell + hazel: “Personal + productive designs for home, work + school”

Bonus

This site has nothing for sale and isn’t related in any way to the other links, but I thought it was cool when I saw it, and thought I’d share it:

infinite zoom: fun with photos

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