btm_maemae_13As I previously shared, here at MaeMae we have love collaborating with other artists and partners. I am so thrilled to announce that this February we are partnering with an amazing foundation here in town, Be The Match, a non-profit dedicated to saving the lives of patients in need of marrow transplants.

After being connected to Liz over at Be the Match (thanks for the introduction, Melissa!!) I was so inspired by the Liz’s stories of the enthusiasm and passion supporters of Be the Match have for people they love as well as people they don’t even know.  I wanted to create a notecard set that shares the same heart of the foundation and its supporters through unique design, luxe printing, and a beautiful message on the cards.

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The design process started with this inspiration board and then I decided to add color through hand painting washes and then applied the washes to patterns from our new wedding collection. The sentiments were fun to come up with because I thought about the people I’m most grateful for and what I would want to say to them. The three messages on the cards are:

Dear ____ , xo _____

Thanks., Love _____

I’m so proud of you.

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I’m so pleased at how the collection turned out!! These exclusive notecard sets are now available in the shop. When you purchase a set of these notecards, $3 of your purchase directly supports Be The Match’s mission of saving lives of patients through marrow transplants. The funds will be used to help grow the Be The Match Registry so more patients can find their match, provide financial relief for families struggling with uninsured medical costs and advance the science of marrow transplantation. To learn more, visit BeTheMatch.org.

We created 100 sets of six notecards which include three designs and are printed on heavy cotton cardstock. They feature beautiful watercolors inside of patterns finished with gold foil. The perfect gift for yourself or that special someone! Share your love and gratitude with the ones who support you the most–while supporting an amazing cause!

Share your own set on social media using the hashtag #maemaegratitude.

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Throughout 2014 I’ve been scheming with my friend and talented illustrator, Cait Courneya on an exciting home decor collaboration. And today we’re (out of our minds!) excited to announce that our decorative pillows and illustrated prints are now available for purchase in the MaeMae shop and on Cait’s site. Cue happy pillow fight!!! (not recommended per the care instructions tho…)

Even though we’re both now here in the Minnesotan tundra, Cait and I have both lived out in the palm tree-lined streets of the Los Angeles area and we were inspired by our old home, other dreamy tropical destinations, and bold pattern. The MaeMae & Co. + Cait Courneya home goods collection features two pillows and four prints curated in a clean black and white palette. Art created by Team MaeMae and Cait is featured on each piece of the collection. The pillows were hand-sewn here in Minneapolis and feature beautiful watercolor prints on the front and a contrasting fabric with an exposed zipper on the back. The posters are printed on yummy matte paper that look equally as stunning framed as they do pinned on a wall. You know how we like to pin on our walls! For more detail on the materials and sizing, check out the individual products in the shop.

Thank you Jahna and Minnesota Monthly for including us in the latest issue!! Read the interview here.

Here are some photos from our instgram account (@maemae_co) of the prints around the MaeMae Studio:

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We find endless inspiration in interior design, so diving into the world of home decor has felt like such a natural and thrilling step. We’re already dreaming up the next line and can’t wait to see where it leads us!

As I mentioned in this post we will be collaborating with many more artists and creatives throughout the year so keep an eye out for our next project launching in February!!

A big thanks to our friend Wing of Canary Grey for these beautiful photos!!!

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This board is inspiration for an exciting partnership with a truly fantastic organization in town that works everyday to save lives through bone marrow transplants. We are creating a custom greeting card line for Valentines Day and a portion of all the proceeds will benefit their cause. Can’t wait to share more with you soon!

– Megan
PS. Here’s a little peek at our studio this fall.

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Hi, bloggies! Here is the latest installment to a series I am doing with my beautiful and brilliant friends, Lauryl and Bonnie. I love what Lauryl wrote about flowers for Father’s Day:

“With Father’s Day looming ahead, you might be wondering what to get to express your love and appreciation for your dad. Unlike mothers, fathers don’t usually inspire gifts of flowers. But even macho dads might welcome such a gift if you could explain to them the message that you’ve endeavored to convey through your strategic choice of the individual flowers making up the bouquet. And if your dad is in a creative field, like mine is, he may appreciate the ephemeral beauty of a gift of flowers, too! As the old saying goes, it’s the thought that counts: and a bouquet of flowers filled with traditional meanings is more than just a thought.

When looking at meanings for flowers, don’t forget about the foliage! Foliage doesn’t always have a separate meaning from it’s flower, but if the flower meaning is apropos, than you can apply it to the foliage as well. Gardenias, for example, have amongst their many meanings one that is specifically geared towards men, ‘good luck to a man.’ To give your dad that masculine ‘good luck’ message, as well as letting him know that he is splendid, that you esteem him, that you are grateful for his lasting friendship with you and to recognize the strong bond of affection between you, choose gardenia foliage, freesia, sunflowers, bupleurum and stock. Sunflowers also stand for power, and even as adults, many children still think of their fathers as the most powerful men on earth!

There are a wide range of flowers that would be appropriate for an arrangement for dad, such as ginger, which can stand for strength, or gladiolus, which can mean ‘strength of character.’ Whatever you choose for your father, don’t forget to tell him about the message behind the flowers- because that’s where the true meaning of the gift lies!

Photography by Bonnie Tsang
Floral Styling + Text by Lauryl Lane
Graphic Design by MaeMae Paperie
Location at Palihouse, West Hollywood

Floral meaning resources:
Victoria’s Dictionary of Flowers
Wikipedia Language of Flowers
FlowerMeaning.org

Flowers are one of the first gifts that come to mind when we think of our mothers on Mother’s Day, just as we know to give flowers to our lovers on Valentine’s Day or to smooth things over after an argument. The giving of flowers is ingrained into modern culture, and we know that flowers can say “I love you” or “I’m sorry,” but did you know that there is a long tradition of individual flowers holding very specific meanings? Red roses are widely known to say “I love you,” but they can also stand for respect, courage and even embarrassment! Different flowers can have a variety of meanings, both positive and negative, so it’s important to know which flowers to pair together in order to get your true message across.

First published in Paris in 1818, Charlotte de La Tour’s classic Le langage des fleurs first brought floral meanings to the masses. Although meanings had long been associated with different floral specimens, the Victorians, in particular their poets and artists, used the meanings of flowers to convey messages in art, literature, and even in day-to-day settings. de La Tour’s book gathered known floral meanings rooted in ancient history and laid those meanings out, creating a reference guide that we still draw from today. While we no longer attend balls carrying nosegays that can indicate if we are unattached or not, we can definitely use the lost language of flowers to convey meaning through a simple gift.

There are many resources online for discovering the meanings behind various flowers, so next time you’re shopping for a floral gift, do some research first! Choose a color scheme (colors matter- in many cases, different colored flowers even of the same variety can have vastly different connotations!), find out what various flowers in that color scheme mean, and then visit your local flower shop and ask the floral designer if you can choose individual flowers to have made up into a special bouquet.

For a mother’s day gift, you could choose lavender, for devotion. Alstroemeria stands for prosperity- and who doesn’t wish prosperity for their loved ones? Ivy stands for dependance and endurance, both qualities that mothers have in plenty. The pink pixie (or mini) carnation reveals the meaning of a mother’s love, and gratitude, again very apt for such an occasion. And the ranunculus demonstrates radiant charm. While your mother probably won’t know these meanings outright, you can include the meanings on your enclosure card, and it’s a given that she’ll be delighted by the thought and detail you put into such a heartfelt, personalized gift.

Photography by Bonnie Tsang
Floral Styling + Text by Lauryl Lane
Graphic Design by MaeMae Paperie
Location at Palihouse, West Hollywood

Floral meaning resources:
Victoria’s Dictionary of Flowers
Wikipedia Language of Flowers
FlowerMeaning.org

Hi, Bloggies!! I am settling into my  new studio quite nicely with an amazing new team! I will be sharing so much soon. This is a new series I am doing with my sweet friends Bonnie + Lauryl (Bon + LL to me :) More to come for Father’s Day!