Inspired by the Interior of Draper James Flagship Store

Reese Witherspoon has done it, y’all. In 2015, she launched a clothing line inspired by her Southern roots and personal style and it is perfection. I’ve been following her brand since the launch of her Dallas store last September and am equally smitten with the clothing and the interior of Draper James. First of all, they serve sweet tea to guests upon arrival – such a dream!

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The interior of Draper James was designed by Mark D. Sikes, a Los-Angeles based interior designer who shares his thoughts behind the project here. Together with Reese, he designed the space to feel like a classic Southern home.

interior of draper james flagship

This is carried out with impeccable thought through the intentional use of patterns. The wallpaper and textiles only serve to complement Reese’s product line, not compete with it.

interior of draper james flagship

They even found a way to decorate with metal gardening supplies which serve to make the space feel lived in instead of untouchable. Sikes designed the back of the store to feel like a mudroom, as seen to the lower left. The fabrics remind me of Carolina blue – I’d like to use it all over our home!

interior of draper james flagship

In additional to the intentionality of using Southern-inspired design, Sikes also handpicked Southern artists to contribute work to the store. Where can I get my hands on this beautifully lettered sentiment by Chelsea Petaja? I may just have to create my own!

interior of draper james flagship -chelsea petaja

I read in an article that Reese wanted the space to feel “comfortable, inviting, and inspiring”. As a result, Sikes made the interior of Draper James look like a beautifully designed home. I’d like to cozy up on that couch to sip a glass of sweet tea!

interior of draper james flagship

Each and every detail of this store carries the grace and charm of the South. Draper James has inspired me to paint my front door blue, create a bold gallery wall, and look for ways to use beautiful textiles in our home.

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all photos by Leslee Mitchell

Most of all, I now have yet another reason to travel South to visit Nashville, Lexington, or Dallas for myself!

Have you had the pleasure of visiting a Draper James store? Share your experience below!

Vintage Postage Stamps from Little Postage House

As you may have seen in my post earlier this week, our invitations are ready to be mailed to our loved ones!  Details are important to me, so I’d consulted the internet earlier this year to peruse our options. My favorite option for sending wedding stationery is to use vintage postage stamps, but that can be quite costly! Fortunately, we were blessed to be gifted almost all of our pretty postage from my mom.

Of all the USPS options offered in the past few years, my favorite has been the Vintage Seed Packet set. Since they were released in 2013, they have been out of stock at face value for a while, so I began to look elsewhere. I’m also smitten with these Strawberry stamps, but they only come in a 3-cent option in rolls of 10,000. My mom gifted us with the Forever Songbird and the traditional American flag stamps, which perfectly suited our envelopes. The birds looked lovely against our blush invitation envelopes, and the flag popped against our navy response ones. It worked out beautifully!

Through my years of wedding blog readership, I’ve been smitten with the look of vintage postage stamps on wedding invitations. I really like the idea of choosing stamps that reflect a special detail of a couple’s story or interests. Naturally, I took to the internet to research the cost of vintage postage stamps for our wedding stationery. I quickly found that the cost for such pretty postage would be about four times the cost of the current face value of USPS stamps, so we opted against them. Fortunately, I found a small way to incorporate them into our stationery suite anyway.

About two weeks ago, I reached out to Loly of the Little Postage House to inquire about ordering a single set of my favorite stamps. If I can’t have vintage stamps on all of our invitations, I knew I want to at least use them in the suite photographed on our wedding day! I had long been considering the much-acclaimed Verde Studios for such stamps, but was so pleased by Loly’s stock! She kindly responded to my inquiry in the same day, offering to gift us with a set of my favorites. The set came in the mail last night and they are just as beautiful as I’d hoped they would be. I was so blessed by her generosity that I want to share my selections with y’all today!

Vintage Postage Stamps - Magnolia Statehood

Mississippi Statehood

Vintage Postage Stamps - Flowering Tree

Flowering Tree, specifically Dogwood and Magnolia

Vintage Postage Stamps - Annapolis Tercentenary

Annapolis Tercentenary

Vintage Postage Stamps - American Tree

American Tree, specifically the Oak and Pine

I chose the Mississippi Statehood and Flowering tree stamps for their subtle hint of Southern charm. It is no secret that I’m a Southerner at heart! To equally incorporate Dillon’s tastes, I chose the Annapolis Tercentenary because he really likes being near the coast, and the American tree stamps because he likes to be outdoors and currently lives out in the country, surrounded by lots of old beautiful trees. I’m delighted to know that our photographed invitation suite will be sweetly adorned with these beauties in June!

I encourage y’all to check out the Little Postage House shop and comment below with your favorites!

A Seaside Collaboration with Annmarie Swift Photography

Today I am excited to share with you the finished product of a collaboration that I mentioned on Saturday. I have been fond of Annmarie’s work ever since I saw the beautiful way she captured the weddings of some dear friends last year (here and here) and most recently the engagement session of another dear friend of mine. Her photography is beautiful, classic, full of light, and even more filled with a sincere love and care for connecting with every client and capturing the moments that matter most.

Life lately has been rich in community, and through several mutual friends and a few gatherings Annmarie and I connected this past fall and got talking about how we both appreciate the other’s style of work, something that I credit to our mutual love for New England and all the quaintness of this place we call home. With all that to say, I was really excited to receive an email from her at the end of December proposing that we collaborate on this project. By combining her take-me-there-now images of Rockport, Massachusetts with words written in my loose, flowy watercolor lettering, we created a set of seaside lock screens to adorn the phones of her newsletter subscribers as they step into a year of new beginnings. I’m smitten with the finished project and I hope they are, too!  To view Annmarie’s portfolio, click here. To subscribe to her newsletter, click here.

If you are interested in linking arms with me for a collaborative project, I would love to hear from you. Simply send me a message at kyla.mary@icloud.com with the subject ‘Let’s Collaborate’ and share with me what you have in mind!