Crash! Calliope Paperie

First of all, it's been a while since posting a "Crash!" so let me briefly explain/refresh your memory.  I invite myself and camera into a home or local store that I love and share with you!  So without further ado, I bring you, Calliope Paperie!  


This installment of "Crash!" has a double meaning.  Just a few short months ago,  Calliope Paperie looked like this, a very literal crash:



Photo via Calliope Paperie


After less than a year open, in a senseless road rage accident, Calliope's front window and front half of her store were completely smashed.  Luckily, everyone was ok, but the store took several months to rebuild.



I'm lucky that this awesome store is right around the corner from my house and has quickly become the place to get cards.  The owner, Kristina, somehow is able to find the most amazing, quirky, and often local cards.  Not just a card shop though, Calliope also carries, planners, notebooks, an impressive collection of pens, pencil cases, and gifts from local makers like candles and jewelry.  In addition to allowing me to share her shop with you, Kristina also answered a few questions :



Calliope started with your online shop, Crumple & toss- when did you first open online?  And what about Calliope's brick and mortar store?

Online store opened in June of 2014.  After a one-week pop-up shop in Cambridge went over like gangbusters in November of 2015, I found a great spot in Natick the following Spring! I opened Calliope in June of 2016!



What inspired you to start your own business?

A love of cards and paper literally my entire life is what inspired Calliope. At first I thought I might want to have a scrapbooking/paper crafting type store but the more I thought about it, it was really cards and letter-writing that had my full attention. There is still a huge love for stationery across all ages. People think paper and writing is dying but it 100% is NOT.



How would you describe your store?

Calliope is a place for people who LOVE paper. I love when people come in and say "But do you have any gifts?" ha! YES!! EVERYTHING is a gift for someone who loves stationery like I do.



What is your favorite thing about your store?

My favorite thing is my card wall. Is that cheating? There's nothing I love more than shopping for cards and curating my card wall.



Thanks, Kristina for letting me and my tiny sidekick come by and photograph your shop!  I love having a place like this so close by!  If you aren't in the Natick area, you can still shop all the awesomeness at Calliope Paperie's online store!



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Crash! Personality Infused Vintage Home

antique home living room vignette Several months back, while perusing the Being Boss facebook group, I realized that there were several "bosses" (as we call ourselves in the group) here in my little Boston suburb.  2 of those bosses are Karen and Zandra of Little Yellow Couch and the podcast Style Matters.  Considering their podcast is all about making your home personal and stylish, I knew they'd be a perfect fit for a Crash! home tour!  Karen's in the midst of a renovation currently, but Zandra welcomed my camera and me into her home with open arms!!  Zandra lives in her 100+ year old home with her husband and 2 sons and has created such a charming home infused with personal touches.

Without wanting to jump into a complete gut kitchen reno just yet, Zandra's infused life back into this dated kitchen in creative ways.

creative kitchen updates

The velvet chair below was chatted about in their recent podcast interview with Mary Randolph Carter.  She snatched this adorable caned chair up for just $30 with no plan for where it would go.  It's found it's way into the kitchen seating area and feels like it's meant to be there all along- happy design accidents!

Creative kitchen seating area

The vignette in the dining room is one of many wonderful design 'moments' in the house.  The sweet painting was created custom from a photograph of her boys at a beach that their family has been going to for generations.

dining room vignette- mcm with personal touches

While I snapped pics around the house, Zandra (left) and Karen (right) tried to stay out of the way of the lens, but I just couldn't help grab this candid shot framed by the architecture of the home.

antique home architecture candid

embroidered bird close-up

personality infused living room

My favorite part of any home is the stories and Zandra has some great ones!  The biscuit themed items in the living room are no random antique store decor- her family once owned Huston's Biscuit which was eventually bought out by Nation Biscuit Company... better known now as Nabisco.

huston's biscuit accessories with a story

The home is filled with original art from their travels, vintage pieces, and DIY items.  Check out their blog for a DIY of those fantastic mod pillows.

personality infused master bedroom with little yellow couch

This is also the room where their company name-sake lives: the little yellow couch.  Don't you just want to curl up on it?

personality infused master bedroom with little yellow couch

personality infused guest bedroom

In the guestroom, Zandra displays a swoon-worthy collection of paint by numbers.  Individually, these paintings aren't head-turners, but that instantly changes when they're surrounded by friends.  I'm such a sucker for paint by number gallery walls!

paint by numbers gallery wall

personality infused living room with little yellow couch

Thank you, Zandra so much for letting me share your wonderful home!!!  Be sure to check out the Little Yellow Couch Style Matters podcast for even more design inspiration!!

Crash! Modern Cozy Chic


My friend Jen graciously let me come Crash! her home just before she started packing it all up for her impending move.  As an interior designer too, she definitely has a natural talent for an effortlessly chic space, but guys, you're gonna die over her little guys nursery! (*metaphorically only- please don't actually die over a room*) As this living room clearly shows- the key to using several colors in a room cohesively is to have something to unify them all.  In here it's the center pillow and the artwork.  And hello 6 patterns?  It doesn't look crazy or busy, just modern, cozy, and welcoming.  Well done, Jen!

Vibrany Way Interiors Living room via Year of Serendipity

Vibrany Way Interiors Living room via Year of Serendipity

Statement lights and large artwork are my current fave for any dining room- the right art and lighting can make a space!  And who are we kidding, I'm always a sucker for antique home details and molding.

Vibrany Way Interiors Dining room via Year of Serendipity

I'll stop beating around the bush, though, the real show-stopper in the home is the dwelling of the littlest resident.

Vibrany Way Interiors Nursery via Year of Serendipity

I dare you to try and find a more stunning crib!  He's a lucky little man.

Vibrany Way Interiors Nursery via Year of Serendipity

Mod crib and a vintage dresser?  He'll be the coolest kid on the playground.

Vibrany Way Interiors Nursery via Year of Serendipity

Thanks Jen for letting me share!  Pop over to her new site, Vibrant Way Interiors and say HI.  Good luck with the move, Jen and I can't wait to see what the next home looks like!