styled by tzi: favorite gift wrapping papers

Monday, December 11th, 2017

It’s that time of the year again, where chilly evenings are filled with gift wrapping and more gift wrapping … and flashbacks to my days as Gayfer Girl. It may have been a teen board privilege to gift wrap, but those triangle-shaped perfume boxes were not my friend. But isn’t a beautifully wrapped package just as important as the gift that’s inside?

Back in the day, department store wrapping was the penultimate. Luckily, we’ve come a long way, baby! Heck, Brooke reports that, among her female relatives, gift wrapping is considered a “competitive sport.” Hmmmm, I thought that was the purpose of Christmas cards. Anyhoo, Brooke’s planning to bring home the gold medal this year, and that means finding the chicest and most distinct wrapping paper around. Check out these favorites!

Windy O’Connor, a favorite Charlotte-based fine artist who specializes in the most amazing intense-hued abstract art, has translated some of her colorful art pieces into wrapping paper — and goodness gracious are her designs gorgeous. Several patterns are available here.

Holla and IvyHouse of Harris,  a newly launched luxury fabric and wallpaper house, has added wrapping paper to their mix. The papers are as darling as the house’s founders, interior designers and sisters Charlotte Harris Lucas and Liz Harris Carroll.

House of HarrisEtsy is always a fun resource for interesting finds and these vintage-inspired Liberty print papers are adorable.

etsy wrappingFor that extra-special gift, this Italian hand-painted marbled gift wrap, available in two colorways at Luxe Paperie, is beyond fabulous.

luxe paperieOh, and when you are finished with the holiday season and still want to admire your wrapping paper finds? Take an old book and wrap the outside cover for an instant stylish upgrade to otherwise boring bookshelves. BAM.

Happy wrapping!

shop small saturday: favorite etsy vendors

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

TZI loves supporting local businesses! But no matter where you are, Etsy.com is such a great resource to uncover small businesses with creative, unique products. Here are a few of our favorite Etsy shops that are sure to have items to check off your shopping list this holiday season. (Plus, in Traci’s world, #blueandwhiteisalwaysright!)


AThingCreated for beautifully hand-drawn personalized stationary, cards and art prints; PopOColor for pillow covers using designer fabrics; StArmandsDesigns for unique, colorful earrings and jewelry; Karamckeandesigns for hand-painted Christmas ornaments and holiday prints; and MonogramsEtcNC for custom-embroidered linens and towels.

Happy shopping!