Design

Sneak Peek: Collection 2017

January 19, 2017

As we prepared the new r+h collection for 2017, we were influenced by a recurring theme of contrasts: feminine merging with masculine, hard lines paired with soft materials, and monochromatic palettes varied with unique textures. It’s been rewarding to see those inspirational themes come to life in the new product and we’re thrilled to share this sneak peek with you.

One of the most unique pieces in the new collection is the Drafter’s Tablet. Classically styled, it features gold-tone hardware with a refillable micro-perforated graph paper pad. The tablet has become an instant favorite in the r+h offices and is a stunner on our desktops.

Look for vivid, trend-forward new colors and patterns for the mini binders and single subject notebooks as well as lovely, softer new colorways for the jotters.

The desk accessories category is getting a few luxurious additions including a large acrylic and gold-tone segmented tray. While it’s stunning on the desktop, we’re finding it’s also quite chic on the vanity for cosmetics and perfumes, the coffee table for remotes, candles, and accessories, or the bedroom on the dresser top or nightstand.

Another r+h office favorite is the new leather mousepad with a clever pen rest, perfect for helping us keep track of our favorite gold metal pens. (Seriously, we love this pen and can’t stand to misplace it!)

Lastly, you’ll see a softer, more feminine direction in the 2017 lineup with shades of blush, gray, pink and gold. These pieces deliver the perfect counterpart to some of the more masculine and industrial elements in the collection and round out the hard-soft balance.

Stay tuned here and on our social channels, as the 2017 collection will be launching soon. In the meantime, check out this post for more insight on the design inspiration and development of the new collection.

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Free Download: Printable Smartdate Calendars

January 12, 2017

We all organize differently, but for many longtime fans of r+h, the Smartdate calendar system is the go-to, year after year. The clean, minimal design of the calendars and weekly sheets paired with our gorgeous signature and mini binders is an ideal combination for elegant planning.

While we offer all the inserts you need to create a binder that functions uniquely for your planning style, each year we also provide free downloadable calendars you can access any time, print out, hole punch and add to your binder.

You’ll find the links to each of the downloadable calendar PDFs at the bottom of this post as well as on our website. Just click to open and print them out on plain white paper.

The mini 2017 monthly calendar sheets are printed two to a page, so you’ll need to score them along the dotted line down the center. We used a ruler and blade knife, but a scissors would work as well. The mini 2017 year-at-a-glance should be trimmed at the crop marks.

Next, hole punch each sheet for your binder. A three hole punch works great, but if you don’t have one you can make pencil marks for each ring in the binder and use a hand-held hole punch. If you already have any of the Smartdate inserts you can use one of the sheets as a guide.

After that, enjoy inserting your new calendars into your binder and setting it up exactly the way you prefer. Complete your setup with pocket folders, tabbed dividers, graph and lined filler paper, sticky notes or anything else that helps you organize.

(Don’t forget – if you’re not much for DIY, you can always find our Smartdate calendars ready to go on our website.)

For more inspiration, take a look at some of the ways we’re planning to organize our schedules this year here. We want to know how you’re using your r+h organization items to keep on track. Send us a note on one of our social channels and let us know!

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Refresh Your Workspace With r+h Acrylic

January 5, 2017

Many of us feel that the new year is a time for new goals, new motivation and new focus. Similar to how we felt as kids at the start of the school year with a set of crisp new notebooks, folders and pencils, the new year has us craving a clean, sleek and focused workspace to help us tackle our goals.

One of the simplest ways to elevate your workspace is to replace outdated, basic supplies and accessories with fresh modern versions. Clearing away clutter and adding new organization pieces that are both functional and beautiful immediately transforms your desk to an inspiring and sophisticated space.

It’s no secret that we have a serious fondness for acrylic here at r+h. The material has been a staple of the collection for years, and a perennial favorite with our customers. Our acrylic pieces take simple home and office accessories to a chic new level by highlighting instead of overpowering their contents, blending in with a variety of decor styles while still making a subtle statement of their own.

The r+h acrylic collection contains an assortment of sleek pieces to help you refresh your workspace.  Donate your old stapler and tape dispenser to the copy room and upgrade yours to chic gold and acrylic versions. Swap your manila file folders and industrial metal cabinet for our stunning, transparent file box and minimalist white hanging folders. Create consistency with a bundle of sharp white pencils housed in our acrylic pencil cup, which doubles as a holder for business cards or our clever quips + queries.

A current favorite on our desks is the acrylic ruler and phone dock. It’s the perfect size to set your phone in along with photos, notes, or quips + queries. The etched ruler markings are surprisingly handy for day to day use, especially in a creative office.

The elegance, quality and style of the r+h acrylic collection is the perfect antidote to a tired, outdated desktop. The new year is the time to lean in to your goals and renewed motivation, and an inspiring workspace is the place to start. From our office to yours, we’re wishing you a bright, happy and productive new year.

 

 

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r+h Book Club: Fashion Fairytales

December 12, 2016

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We are obsessed with fashion and also love a good fairytale, after all who isn’t a sucker for a happy ending. Which is exactly why we are crazy about the selection of Fashion Fairy Tale Memoirs that we chose to carry in our flagship store.  The books are a blend of some of our favorite fairytales and the real-life story of a famed fashion designer. They are illustrated by the designers themselves and are a delightful combination of haute couture and fairy tale.

Christian Lacroix and the tale of Sleeping Beauty, is a contemporary twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty and the memoir of celebrated designer Christian Lacroix.

Manolo Blahnik and the tale of The Elves & The Shoemaker mixes the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker with the uplifting memoir of shoe designer Manolo Blahnik.

Diane Von Furstenberg and the tale of The Empress’s New Clothes celebrates the life of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg combined with the time-honored fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes.

These high fashion twists on some of our favorite classic fairy tales are the perfect cold weather, curl up by the fireplace companions.

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Stylish Gifting: The List Maker

December 8, 2016

We all know her. “The List Maker.” And admittedly, as paper lovers and organization enthusiasts, we are her. Grocery lists, weekend to-do’s, vacation plans – we track our lives in bullet points.

We’re all about elevating the typical basics like sticky notes, paper clips, pens and pencils with high quality, high design versions. We believe that an inspiring workspace with functional and beautiful supplies helps us think more clearly and be more productive. (And there’s nothing quite like the satisfying swipe of crossing an item off your to-do list.)

Our collection of memos, list pads and page flags is The List Maker’s dream. For the monochromatically inclined, there are classic gray and charcoal options, as well as luxe marble. For those who delight in the bright and colorful, try our technicolor pack of page flags or tomato red jotters. And for the girl who can’t get enough of-the-moment blush, the pastel to-do pad is a must have.

Finally, for the most meticulous of List Makers we’ve gone beyond basic sticky notes and created additional list-making tools like the project planning pad, lined memos, and unique time trackers. From the thoughtful, stylish design and color palette to the quality of the paper, each of our notepads and planning accessories can help transform your workspace to something that truly motivates and inspires.

The r+h notes collection is perfect for holiday stocking stuffers, or bundle a few together for a stylish little gift for your favorite List Makers – the perfect start to a well-planned new year!

 

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The Lady Slipper Collective Pop Up

December 6, 2016

Being a Minnesota owned and operated company, russell+hazel is well aware of the impressive talent that we have in our great state.  That said, we are incredibly honored and excited to showcase some of that talent at our first in-store pop up, The Lady Slipper Collective. Named for the Minnesota state flower, The Lady Slipper Collective will feature the works of three amazingly talented artists and designers.

Brands with a story behind them are the driving force of the selection process for products that we carry in our flagship store, so it was only natural for us to showcase handcrafted jewelry line Urbain. Urbain makes handcrafted jewelry using raw materials with significance to historic sites, regions, and people groups. Each piece of jewelry is handmade which means that each one is unique and tells its own story.  Urbain was founded by Logan Ketterling in Minneapolis, MN at the beginning of 2016 with the goal to combine his love for fashion and history.

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Minneapolis-based artist, designer, and illustrator Cait Courneya will be another of the talented artists featured at our pop up. Inspired most by fashion and nature, her illustration style is bold, colorful, and fluid. Cait loves collaboration, as it stretches her skills and provides ways to try new things.  She has most recently collaborated with Solid Manufacturing Co. on a limited run collection of hand painted leather accessories.

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If you are at all familiar with the name Lilly Pulitzer, you are also familiar with the incredible talents of artist Abbey Holden, as she was print designer for the brand and hand painted prints, embroidery and textile design. Abbey’s work is influenced by the scenery around her, memories of places she has visited and brilliant colors that have stuck with her throughout her travels.  With an appreciation for everything vibrant, Abbey works to convey a feeling of happiness in everything that she paints.

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To experience the works of Cait Courneya, Abbey Holden Studio and Urbain in person and support local indie artisans, stop by the Lady Slipper Collective at the russell+hazel Flagship Store in the North Loop on December 10th from noon – 4.

Our flagship store is the perfect destination for your holiday gift shopping. Create the perfect gift pairing with our customizable r+h stationery matched with unique, locally sourced pieces for a wonderfully personal gift for someone special on your list.

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r+h Behind the Scenes: The Drawing Board

December 1, 2016

With 2017 fast approaching, we are wrapping up the final touches on our 2017 collection, set to launch early in the new year. Over the next month, we want to give you a glimpse into our process of development and design.

As winter came to a close last spring our desks filled with images, colors, and shapes that began the process of cultivating direction for the coming year. Watching trends shift, and themes emerge across fashion, architecture, technology, and home gave guidance to our initial design boards. Three color stories surface, informing the materials, patterns and overall spirit of the collection

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Holding true to our deep-rooted history in classic and modern design, we wanted to speak to the trends while remaining timeless. Our design boards revealed a sense of merging feminine and masculine themes, soft materials constructed with hard lines and monochromatic palettes displaying textural interest.

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We hope that this glimpse into our inspiration will excite you about the collection to come! In the words of the great Finnish designer and architect, Alvar Aalto, “Beauty is the harmony of purpose and form.”

2017 is sure to bring new beauty to your life, whether at home, work or on the go.

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Stylish Gifting: The Personalized Smart Deck

November 21, 2016

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Sophisticated stationery always makes an elegant gift, but this year we’ve upped our gifting game with the option to add personalized details to some of our classic r+h items along with brand new products including foiled invitations, file folders and more.

One of the holiday gifting ideas we’re buzzing about is the new personalized Smart Deck. We’ve taken the oversize daily planning pad you already love and added 5 new designs with space for your custom personalization.

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You can tailor the Smart Deck entirely to suit your recipient’s taste: first select one of our 5 new designs, from sleek to whimsical. Then choose a color palette and add custom personalization, rather it’s her name, monogram, or a witty quote. You can even customize the font and text color with our full library of classic and modern fonts. The end result is a completely unique daily planning pad that makes a stylish statement in any workspace.

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Attention to detail is what makes a gift meaningful, and adding your recipient’s name or monogram to this high quality stationery shows you gave it real thought. The personalized Smart Deck is perfectly giftable for your paper-obsesssed girlfriend, your pal in the next cubicle, or your child’s english teacher. Anyone on your list with a busy schedule and an appreciation for great design would enjoy this unique and personal gift. (And if you’re like us, you may be adding one to your shopping cart with your own name on it!)

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We’re wishing you a very happy holiday season, and inviting you to stay tuned to this space for more stylish gift ideas for your nearest and dearest.

 

 

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Paper Planning 3 Ways In 2017

November 17, 2016

There is a certain kind of joy that we take each year in setting up our r+h calendars for the new year ahead. It’s a satisfying experience, from the feel of the smooth, never-used paper to the sense of curiosity and optimism we feel flipping through the blank pages of the months to come. In an increasingly digital world, we tend to enjoy the decidedly analog ritual of keeping track of our hectic schedules with an elegantly designed paper calendar system.

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For 2017 we have a few options for planning your days in a way that works uniquely for you. The Signature and Mini binders are here to stay as an anchor of our collection. Featuring SmartDate planning inserts, this system gives you traditional monthly and weekly layouts in chic, minimalist design. We like to use the Signature size for larger project planning and the Mini as a day-to-day catch-all for notes, to-dos and reminders that slips easily into our bags.

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Another planning tool we’ve become increasingly fond of here in the r+h offices is our Desktop Calendar Pad. It’s oversize at  22″ x 16.5″, with room for several of us to gather around and hash out project deadlines, marketing themes and more. As plans inevitably change and evolve, you’ll appreciate the 36 undated sheets; a life saver when you need to tear out a page and start fresh.

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A third calendar option for 2017 is the SmartDeck. It works beautifully as a daily planning pad with plenty of space for notes, an hourly appointment tracker and the year at a glance. We find these are handy as a desktop brain-dump for bright ideas as they pop up throughout the day. An exciting new launch for 2017 is the option for personalizing your SmartDeck. Add your name, social media handle, website, or favorite quote and choose from five new designs for a calendar that truly speaks to you.

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So we want to know: what kind of calendar are you going to use to plan for an excellent 2017?

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Black Friday Event: A Chasing Lovely Christmas

November 16, 2016

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The holiday season is advancing and we’ve got some exciting events in store for you at our North Loop flagship location. On Black Friday – November 25th, make sure to include our gorgeous new r+h store in your shopping plans and enjoy a free gift with your purchase. Our shelves are stocked with the classic r+h items you already love, alongside a carefully selected range of leather goods, jewelry, organic beauty and skincare products and luxe giftables.

After finishing your holiday shopping we invite you to stay late for an evening of live music featuring Chasing Lovely, a sister-duo who describe their sound as a combination of folk, rock, soul and pop. Think: The Civil Wars meets James Bay meets Adele. They’ll be getting us in the holiday spirit with a set of Christmas music and original songs.

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There will be light snacks and beverages starting at 6:30, with the music beginning at 7:30. Tickets are $15 online, or $20 at the door. You can follow this link to purchase your tickets and learn more.

We hope to see you for shopping and live music at our North Loop flagship on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. In the meantime get to know Chasing Lovely a bit better and check out our recent interview with them.

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