Some readers already know of my love for the Paper Trail, a delightful store in Rhinebeck, NY. Here's an earlier account of my first visit.
I've been long overdue for another look with my camera. One day this summer I dropped by on my way to an afternoon movie. As I was in the store, a torrential rain dropped by too. Since I had my camera, I decided to use the next hour to wander around the store and take photos.
Here's a bit of what I saw.
First thing in the door, I'm so delighted to see these cards (How Does Your Garden Grow?) by my friend, the sweet Katie Daisy!
A beautiful assortment of blank journals and notebooks, all sizes, shapes and prices.
Gifts for your favorite mystic.
The art of writing is pampered and encouraged here. Books, pens, notebooks and stationery in endless varieties make you want to fill your shopping basket to overflowing, if you're me.
Every time I shop for cards, if someone else is there too, one or both of us laughs out loud. This is always a good sign. You'll find the perfect card here...no matter what you need, I guarantee.
Some of the baby gifts make me want to take them home. Lucky babies.
Beautiful French notecards! Each time I look at them, I see something new.
Need a personalized invitation? Exceptional and unique designs here.
Time after time when I'm in the store, I play with this perpetual calendar, and picture it on my desk. Think Santa'll know what I mean if I mention it in my letter this year?
Mirrors by my friend Fiona! And her Cartolina cards and notebooks too. Her work fits perfectly here.
Serine Hastings and Maureen Missner, the owners, have such a combined flawless eye that every grouping looks like something that would fit right in at your house. How gorgeous are these three pillows together?
In the jewelry case, a subtle nod to Rhinebeck's equestrian crowd.
Just saw an article about stacking rings being the thing this fall. These are lovely.
To say the least.
Hmm, if I want to be extra nice to myself, I'll have my earrings wrapped in this box. Why not?
No detail is left to chance. These enchanting evening bags are works of art, just like the selection of luscious fragrances.
A charming collage was the perfect antidote to the weather outside. Hope springs eternal.
Since I've always been a sucker for packaging, Bellocq tea plays right into my hands.
A scarf, or even better, the perfect bench to bring some color into your life.
Again, the attention to detail creates an irresistible spot, especially on a rainy day. The Linda Filley paper dresses are a signature item at the Paper Trail, as are her brilliant paper shoes.
As if Linda's paper masterpieces aren't enough, peruse playful paper collages for every occasion.
My introduction to John Derian's work took place at the Paper Trail. He continues to outdo himself.
This simple little vignette took me straight to a cottage by the lake.
I recently came across an article in Yankee magazine about Stephen Huneck, the artist who created this image, which makes me love it even more.
Touchable and tempting leather goods.
Gorgeous gift wrap to finish off this shopping event -- of course.
I feel lucky to have such a wonderful place nearby.
I'll always be a fan of the handwritten letter and card, and this is where I find so many treasures.
Here's the Paper Trail's beautiful website, if you aren't as close!