A Blog by Dauphine Press

A.M. Inspiration {chinoiserie and metallics}

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We all have our favorite creative times during the day, and for me, it’s early in the morning while most of the world – well, mostly my children – remain quiet. With our “A.M. Inspiration” series, I post images of what currently has me inspired, the exciting new ideas I am dreaming up on my quiet mornings and share my thoughts on how to translate each piece of inspiration into stationery design and wedding invitations.

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It was in college, while studying art and design, that I fell in love with chinoiserie. The Chinese-inspired prints have an ethereal feel that heightened my appreciation for this pattern.

This contemporary image, with the brushed metallic silver background that combines so beautifully with the watercolor-like-feel of the intricate and fanciful botanical imagery, is quite an inspiration. The winding tree branches painted in an unexpected robin’s egg blue color adds to the overall whimsical quality of the print.

To translate these exquisite details into a stationery suite, I would simply suggest shimmering foil stamping paired with a soft letterpress color palette on a metallic neutral card stock. Some of our most popular designs were inspired by items and elements that aren’t traditionally associated with weddings. A chinoiserie-inspired wedding invitation is officially on my design to-do list!

Designer’s Inspiration {week ninety-six}

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In the right situation even a soft shade of color can create a visual pop! We love the combination of this soft pop of coral and the graphic bold stripes. What a statement this combination would make on a wedding invitation! We’re dreaming of a bold black + white stripe on the back of an invitation and colorful coral edge painting!

Hope you have an inspiring weekend!

Designer’s Inspiration {week ninety-three}

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Taylor Swift’s gorgeous red lip and the sparkle in her eye are the perfect look for the romantic weekend ahead. So much of what we admire about good design {of wedding invitations, decor and fashion} has to do with the perfect mix of textures and we’re LOVING the balance of a bold lip color, shimmering eye shadow and soft curls shown in this look.

We hope you have an inspiring {and love filled} weekend!

Designer’s Inspiration {week seventy-five}

Dauphine Press Designers Inspiration

We’re crushing on this photo of the Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida! S&S Craftmen Inc., said it best: “The design and finishes are breathtaking and everyone who visits vows to return. The space exudes a feeling of warmth and comfort.  Painstaking restoration of the older elements, most notably the brickwork, was done alongside the creation of new features, such as the glass-roofed conservatory and the architectural woodwork. It is hard to tell the new from the old, which underscores Oxford Exchange’s mission to showcase the best of the contemporary and the classic.”

Hope you have an inspiring weekend!

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