The National Stationery Show: So Much More Than Cards

by Grace Bonney

Non-stationery goods being sold at the National Stationery Show is alternately one of the weirdest and best parts of the whole week. While on the one hand it can mean crazy whirligigs flying above booths stocked with Halloween masks and giant Miley Cyrus posters, it also means great independent booths displaying handmade cutting boards, colorful lighting cords and hilarious coasters that make perfect sense alongside some of the other paper goods people will be bringing home with them. We’ve shared our favorite cards, posters and gift wrap from this year’s show already, so I’m rounding things out with my favorite pieces that were outside of the paper category. I hope these pieces will make you laugh and smile as much as they did for me. xo, grace

Image above: wooden muddlers, cutting boards and napkins from AHeirloom

I loved this wallpaper from Anna Bond at Rifle Paper Co.

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Colorful fabric wrapped cords for hanging pendant lights at the Sweet Bella booth.

Click through for the full post after the jump- including my favorite poster from the show and some great removable wallpaper!

AHeirloom‘s beautiful wooden cutting boards, muddlers and patterned textiles. I thought these napkins were particularly lovely and tied into the continued geometric trend we’re seeing in stationery right now.

This poster was probably my favorite piece from the show. Holstee really nailed the phrases and execution. I want to put this on my home office wall, stat.

MakeATX had beautiful glittery tangram puzzles as well as hilarious coasters made from mistaken lyrics. The Jimi Hendrix line was my favorite.

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These colorful notebooks and diaries from Mara Mi were perfectly work-bag sized and are a nice option for anyone who’s cloud-phobic and prefers to have things in writing.

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This wallpaper from Anna Bond at Rifle Paper Co. was a major standout. The color, the bold pattern- everything was spot on. You can check out the collection, produced by Hygge & West, right here.

Jacqueline at Screech Owl also entered the wallpaper game this year with removable (yay!) wallpaper patterns that were subtle and fun.

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