Show and tell: Wrapping with Pepin Press

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It's getting towards peak wrapping season but before we completely dive into Christmas I thought I'd share some wrapping paper for use all times of the year.

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The first time I encountered these gift wrapping books from Pepin Press was at the MOMA bookstore in NY. I gave myself a two book limit. Now I'm slowly growing my collection of these Pepin Press books and have been adding one to my Amazon orders when I need to qualify for super saver shipping. I've seen these being sold on FAB as well but they have been more expensive there.

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The books are essentially 12 unique pages of gift wrap along with a short write up (in 8 languages!) about the origins of the patterns in the that book's theme. Many of the patterns come from Pepin's 30 year old archive. The wraps are all printed on high quality papers and vary in finishes even within books. My most recent purchase included wraps on un-coated stock as well as some coated with a satin finish in the same book.

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I think one of the reasons I'm drawn to gift wrap so much is because I love pattern. Gift wrapping has also been a great way to experiment with pattern mixing. I long to travel to see the textiles and patterns of the world. These books offer a nice introduction to some of those traditional patterns.

Top Left: OpArt, Top Right: Barcelona Tiles, Bottom Left: Skeletons, Bottom Right:  Psychedelic  

Top Left: OpArt, Top Right: Barcelona Tiles, Bottom Left: Skeletons, Bottom Right: Psychedelic 

Wrapped using paper from the Psychedelic book.  

Wrapped using paper from the Psychedelic book. 

Black and white patterned bedroom

Reading nook with newly sewn curtains and a newly hung lamp. Art in photo by  Alex Shepard

Reading nook with newly sewn curtains and a newly hung lamp. Art in photo by Alex Shepard

Recently I had the opportunity to move all my creative supplies out of my bedroom into a dedicated workshpace. Things were becoming so cramped it was becoming harder to work on creative projects. Once everything was moved the walls in my now emptied room looked worse for wear. Last week I mentioned I'd be sharing some bedroom projects. While my mom was brightening up my dining room chairs my dad and I were giving my room a fresh coat of white paint. I've never actually painted a whole room. It's a lot of work! We put two coats of paint on and in some areas three.

White walls aren't too exciting to photograph so I thought I'd share the black and white patterns I've been adding to my bedroom over the last few years.

 

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Before/After

Before/After

The before cushions are not in bad shape but they had that vintage musty smell. Dry cleaning could take care of it but orange isn't really the right color for my room. For cushions I covered two Ikea pillows with handmade cases. The seat is a square pillow and the back is actually a standard sleeping pillow.

 

This box is perfect for smooshing a down throw for storage. There is no nice way to fold those. My striped blanket is actually a pancho I got in mexico.

This box is perfect for smooshing a down throw for storage. There is no nice way to fold those. My striped blanket is actually a pancho I got in mexico.

My bedside tables are waiting for some project love. I'd like to paint the tops of them yellow. Art in photo by  Courtney Cerruti.

My bedside tables are waiting for some project love. I'd like to paint the tops of them yellow. Art in photo by Courtney Cerruti.

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My bedroom curtains were another parent/daughter project from several years back. They started the black and white movement in my room. 

A fresh coat of paint for my kitchen stool with the extra paint from the bedroom walls.

A fresh coat of paint for my kitchen stool with the extra paint from the bedroom walls.

Now that my walls are painted and the millions of pin holes have been filled in I'm reluctant to put anything on the walls. I will put stuff up eventually after much planning and consideration. Right now I'm enjoying my slightly empty room. It feels fresh and I'm repressing my urge to fill it up again.