Our sweet friends over at Rasberry Greene, a beautiful new local wedding venue featuring an enormous cedar gin in the middle of a forest, interviewed me recently for their Mississippi Makers series. Click on over to see the amazing things they’re doing, to read my (for what it’s worth) wedding advice, and learn where the inspiration for our invitations come from:
A lot has changed since our last studio tour in 2013. The biggest change of all was Big Ben joining Lucky Luxe full-time as co-owner and stepping up from the supporting role he’s had since we started our little company back in 2008. You can read all the dirt on that over on my personal blog here. This old 1910 flatiron building was our first home together after our wedding, and it was very reflective of my colorful style from my early twenties. Now, as I’m closing in on 30 and sharing the studio space with my all-American husband, and as we’re growing our not-so-tiny-anymore business and developing a line of history inspired goods for the home—it felt like it was time for a change. So, y’all come in!
Since you last visited, we’ve painted the stairs kettle black and Ben built a pin board to display some of our recent stationery projects.
The kitchen/photography room now bears the logo of our new line coming this fall!
My office got a coat of Dover White paint (Sherwin Williams), and Ben built new wainscoting that’s more befitting of grown folks. I also hung some canvas dropcloths for curtains in my office that slide easier than the old linen curtains and will block out the extreme heat in the summertime a bit. I can’t get enough of the rumpled softness of a dropcloth.
We hit the flea markets in search of artwork and struck gold with these oversize oil portraits. I don’t know who these people are, but they remind me for the world of my grandparents, Ralph—the WWII sailor, and Jack (her name was Jacqueline but she went by Jack—isn’t that adorable?), whose engagement portrait was more glamorous than any movie starlet of the era. My sweet grandparents are now my paintings’ namesakes.
And then Ben’s office. He’s in charge of so much mailing and sample coordination, it was a natural decision to turn our sample room into his office. He exposed the brick wall, got fresh paint and new wainscoting as well, and I’m feeling pretty jealous of his antique hand-knotted rugs bought for a song on eBay. We’re working together on the new line of home wares called Lucky Luxe Dry Goods and he’s heading up Scotsman Co., his own line of historic, early American-inspired reclaimed wood furniture. He’s always built dinner tables and armoires for family members who can get on his schedule, but he realized last fall that his specialty would be standing desks like the one he made for himself because when searching for furnishings for his new office there just weren’t ANY options for great looking wooden standing desks, especially for someone who’s 6’6″.
It’s crazy how our business is expanding as our interests change and grow. Home design has been a fascination for me since childhood, and now our work is not just about historic type and paper design for us these days, but historic design at home, too… Which feels an awful lot like a dream to me.
We’re so excited to show you everything that’s in the works for 2015, but for now…
We’re so glad you stopped by and took a look around!
We’ve been holding out on y’all with an exciting secret. We’ve teamed up with our favorite purveyor of gorgeous custom wedding websites, Riley & Grey, for their first-ever paper collaboration. You can now get Toile for your invitations and for your matching website! It’s making our tactile paper hearts feel all fluttery seeing the designs adapted for web viewing. Go check it out!
From Micah at Old Try, “We’re fans of good type, and nobody makes more beautiful compositions than Lucky Luxe. So when we started talking about teaming up to make something, the first thought our minds went to was something type heavy. We’re all about making Goods for Home at Old Try, and we thought that nothing feels more like home than our loved one. So a wedding certificate just seemed to make sense. We had some slugs of type cast to mix with the wood type we use. To make ‘home’ really come out, Erin designed fifty state seals. And since both our companies are Southern, we had to honor the homeland by printing them up on 100% cotton.”
This collaboration has been years in the making when you consider our shared love for the South, good type, and our dear old alma mater, Ole Miss. The Marrying Type makes the perfect wedding/anniversary present, and we’re already working on more things for a partnership of gift items for the home. Stay tuned!
After so many months of waiting with bated breath, we can finally tell you all about the amazingly inspiring project we’ve been working on. Back in November, we received an email from Perion, a company owned by the former CEO of American Greetings, introducing us to a new concept unlike anything that exists for the wedding industry. This site would be be launching in 2015, and would be a little like if Beholden, Pandora and Pinterest were combined to thoughtfully design and curate every element of your beautiful wedding, beginning to end. Lucky Luxe along with 4 other stationers from across the country were commissioned to create the new designs, and in December 2014, we created 8 of the 20 invitation suites exclusively for their collection that reflect vintage, rustic, and classic themes. I’ve been so excited for this baby to be born, and I’m so very proud to show her off to y’all. Meet Violet!
Violet is the first do-it-yourself wedding design tool and features an intuitive way to help brides discover, envision and personalize their perfect wedding day. In addition, the site uses inspirational content from real weddings and their associated photographers, as well as aesthetic content from actual wedding designers, helping brides and grooms envision their perfect day from the actual experiences of others.
How does Violet work? Newly engaged brides and grooms that visit Violet are immediately given a variety of wedding style and mood options to choose from, helping them create beautiful and inspiring combinations that speak to their personalities. Currently, brides and grooms can choose between 20 different style and mood combinations, but they plan to more than double the style and mood combinations by the end of 2015.
The Lucky Luxe for Violet flat print collection includes:
The website is in the Beta phase currently, but soon clients will be able to purchase Lucky Luxe stationery through Violet and connect with the best vendor matches for their style and location. If you’re engaged, this is the place to begin designing every detail of your dream wedding, curated by professionals and personalized just for you. Y’all have fun!
When Beth and Steven commissioned this custom handkerchief suite for their Paris wedding to take place over New Year’s at a chateau outside the city, with a brunch at patisserie, my imagination ran away. I imagined delicate embellishments in gold foil and warm papers in varying textures and finishes that capture the grand antiquity of their wedding venue. And now, I’m pleased to share the new girl in the Collection: Amélie. We’re so thankful for Oh So Beautiful Paper who shared the suite today!
Welcome to the new year, friends! We’re hard at work on some really special collaborations that we can’t reveal quite yet, but in the meantime we’re excited to share the newest issue of Town & Gown Magazine, featuring a 2-page interview with Erin about how Lucky Luxe started and where it’s headed. If you live in Mississippi, it’s in stores now!