stepping out

I am an All American Gal but there’s something about International paper goods and office supplies which gets my heart a fluttering.

I can’t remember the first time I laid eyes on these beautiful notebooks from Benoit Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli, a Parisian lifestyle brand. Over the past 13 years they’ve created household goods by twisting vintage patterns and the result is quite unique.

Lucky for us, you can purchase these notebooks in the States at Alder & Co based in Portland.

 Large Mirabelle Fabric Notebook

Over the pond in Jolly Old England lives the house of Liberty. Inside you’ll find this Mirabelle Fabric Notebook, a perfect first journal for any young girl eager to start writing.

If you did not take notice of the Japanese Store Muji in our guest-writer Jenni’s post last fall, NYC Stationery Shopping Guide, then look now. There is a simplicity and quality in their stationery and office supplies which is hard to beat. Hoping to check out one of their NYC stores this May (first hint of a brown ink trip in the making!).

One company which stands out from all the others when it comes to variety of international office supplies would be Rad and Hungry.


Their country kits take you to places such as Germany, Trinidad, and Turkey, filled with cool notebooks, pencils, erasers, highlighters and more. You don’t even need to leave your home to experience all the world has to offer in the way of office supplies.

Speaking of travels, I’m heading west today for a long weekend to visit college friends in San Francisco. Hoping to find myself some warmth, a little sun and maybe a few unfamiliar stationery lines. When I asked our 4-year-old, Oliver, what I should bring home from CA he replied with a cheery “postcards, Mom!” I think he’s caught the brown ink bug. I like it.

3 thoughts on “ stepping out

  1. Tasya

    We just returned from SoCal, and almost seven-yr-old Eloise found the hotel stationary and began jotting down vacation memories, namely her experiences in Disneyland. I saw this as the perfect opportunity for a journal, thanks to some Brown Ink inspiration.


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