[Shipping tag via Office Depot; Book cover, A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Life.]
[Rolled artists canvas via Dick Blick; string via Bell'occhio; calligraphy via Maybelle's lovely site.]
I would've loved to have been there for Mary Randolph Carter's holiday workshop at Anthro's Chelsea Market store. But since I couldn't, the longtime creative director for Ralph Lauren and prolific author kindly took time to answer my questions about her yuletide style. She filled me in on her gift wrapping preferences (not surprisingly, the junk maven makes use of humble materials), the music she gravitates to, and her family traditions. All the details will be posted here shortly. In the meantime, I want to leave you with a genius wrapping idea from one of Carter's artist friends.
[©A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Life by Mary Randolph Carter, Rizzoli New York, 2010.]
This idea is kind of a cousin of photographer Porter Hovey's black-studio-paper-as-wrap. Carter says her friend has an amazing calligraphy style and writes messages on muslin or thin painter’s canvas: "[She] wraps her gifts with these which makes you never want to touch them since she has turned the wrapped gift into a gift in and of itself!"
[Unbleached muslin via JoAnn Fabric and Craft.]
SC's note: Muslin has been a favorite of other tastemakers interviewed for the holiday series. It's so affordable, ranging from about $1.50 to $5.99 per yard at JoAnn fabric stores. Rolled artists canvas ranges greatly in price. One example: Blick is currently offering studio rolls of 72" x 36" cotton canvas for $9.96.
See also: Mary Randolph Carter on Lives Well Spent.