I’ve been noticing something lately, and I’m hoping that you’ve noticed it too. At first, I thought I was imagining it, but no — over time, my suspicions have been confirmed.
Everywhere I turn these days, there seems to be an interior dec catalog arriving on my doorstep, featuring some article that has long been used by postal people or bookbinders. When I wasn’t looking, the tools of my trade suddenly became “hip”. It used to be that I’d get blank stares at cocktail parties when I tossed around words or phrases that incorporated words like “ephemera” or “epistolary”; as of late, I’ve seen these phrases (no kidding!) attached to product descriptions in catalogs.
Not that this is a bad thing. I revel in the fact that I can readily acquire a “1930’s French Postal Desk” from Restoration Hardware, since I won’t be able to shop for my own at the Marché aux Puces de Montreuil in Paris anytime soon.
I’ll gladly sleep on these Anthropologie postal flavoured sheets, in the hopes that my dreams will be colored with the writings of these “actual missives collected from a vintage shop in Brooklyn”. Anthropo’s also got the duvet cover and sham, (as well as a matching rug) if you’re interested.
When I wake up in the morning (refreshed, with all of those “postcards from paradise” dreams dancing in my head), I’ll mosey over to my favorite cafe, toting the laptop in a soft-wrap case designed to look like a european postal parcel. I’ve heard a rumor (but I can’t say from who) that Pottery Barn will soon have (in stores and online) a laptop bag in lovely linen fabric, with a silkscreened typewriter gracing it’s front…
Later when I stop by the PO to pick up the day’s mail, I’ll realize that there was one last postcard I forgot to address. No problem. Reaching into my purse, I pull out an office supply themed pencil case (turquoise blue!), filled to the gills with all manner of pens/pencils/erasers/necessaries. Just like the Girl Scouts, it’s always a good thing to be prepared.
These are just a few of the items I’ve seen in the stores; has anyone else out there noticed this trend? What other types of decorator items are existing “out in the world”, using postal or book-ish themes? Share, share, share!