Monday, June 28, 2010

Behind the Scenes

with Dabney Lee Wolgom

dabney lee woglom founded dabney lee inc in october 2004 because of her obsession for fabulous colors and stylish paper goods. she currently lives in brooklyn with the love of her life and their two kitties. you can find dabney's line in over 200 boutiques across the the united states, mexico and the u.k. 

Let's take a peek behind the scenes to learn a bit more about the oh-so-fabulous life of the creator of the dabney lee and dabney lee at home lines--dabney lee woglom herself.

How did you break into the paper and home business?
i started my company in october 2004, after moving to new york from atlanta. i made it a personal goal to do the national stationery show in may of 2005 and was lucky enough to pick up 50 stores at my first show. we showed a line of imprintables that had pattern printed on the back, which at the time no one was doing. it seemed to be a hit and we launched our personalized albums the following year. it only seemed natural for us to move into home with our great patterns and monograms, so in 2007 we launched dabney lee at home and it has been an amazing success.

What did you want to be when you dreamed of grown-up jobs when you were a little girl?
i wanted to be a teacher so badly! i loved the idea of creating projects and lessons for children to do. plus, i loved going back to school shopping and stocking up on crayons, pencils, erasers and paper. yes, i was the girl that would smell her no.2 pencils and get giddy! to this day, if i see a box of crayons or bag of erasers i have to stop to sniff them.  {I totally feel the same way about back-to-school shopping--luckily, it's kind of part of my job!}

Did you learn the tricks of the trade in school or on your own?
i took a ton of art classes in school, but never any graphic design classes, so when i was given the adobe programs at my old job i was determined to teach myself all of the programs and i did!

What was the most difficult part of starting your own company?
i think finding a good staff has always been the most difficult part of owning my company. it's hard to find people who care as much as you do about the company, so when you find those people it's really a blessing.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
seeing your staff happy. i love the days when we all sit around with an afternoon beer and talk shop. it's so fun to hear the stories of the day and get to know everyone better. 

How has having triplets changed your life?
i have become a serious multi tasking machine! i never knew i could get so much done in such a short amount of time! i have laundry going, dinner started, bottles warming, emails are getting answered... it's truly amazing. all of my friends with twins say the same thing, when you only have so much time to get things done, somehow they get done. it makes me wonder what i was doing with all of my time before the triplets came. hmmmm....

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Speaking of triplets, how is motherhood?
motherhood is the most amazing thing i have ever done with my life! i was seriously meant to be a mom to 3. it has changed our lives and made them crazy and stressful, but all in the most amazing way possible. we love our babies so much it hurts!

How would you describe your personal style?
jcrew meets calypso celle. i am a prepster at heart with a little boho flair. i grew up in southern california where i was was always in a dress and flip flops. i love being comfy, especially after have my babies. so for me it's pretty much a pair of skinny jeans and a flowy top from calypso and my havana flip flops. or if i am "dressing up" i'll throw on my tory burch flip flops.

What is your go-to hostess gift?
i have 2 go-to gifts depending on if i am in the city or out on long island for the summer. for long island i'll do a bag of homemade bar nuts from my favorite restaurant on shelter island with a set of our drink coasters. and if i am in the city i'll do a bottle of poppy wineries chardonnay and one of our ice buckets.

What books/magazines are on your nightstand?
this is funny... i have babywise on my nightstand right now because we are working to get everyone to sleep through the night. i also have a summer read called bringing home the birkin by michael tonello. next to that i have a journal that i have kept of the babies every day since they were in the nicu. i flip through it from time to time to see what we were going through back in january when they were first born. it's a nice reminder that they are growing so strong and healthy. i will always treasure it!

What is a typical day like for you?
up at 7:30 to play with babies. babies take naps and i check emails, do laundry, vacuum, clean up, make calls (multi task). babies wake up and we go for a walk and then feed them at 11. play with babies, run errands, feed babies at 3. babies nap, i make dinner, baths at 6, bottles at 6:30. babies to go bed. i drink a glass of wine and eat dinner with my husband. the baby nurse gets here at 10 and i jump in bed! that's pretty much it right now.

Where do you find inspiration for your products/designs?
manhattan and brooklyn are such inspirational places to be. i am lucky because i see pattern in everything from manhole covers to the iron work on the brownstones. it's easy to see inspiration all around. i also love flipping through fashion and design magazines looking for hot new colors and trends. as for new product ideas, we really try to come up with items that we would want to use ourselves. we think "what are we missing" and usually someone says something and we've found a new product idea!

What are your top paper commandments?
i get so sad when i see things printed on anything lighter than 80 pound stock. paper is so beautiful and should be thick and luxurious! another would be that no one should be using the font papyrus, that might be one of my biggest pet peeves ever! that and comic sans should be banned from computers everywhere.

What is your must-have indulgence?
my iphone. i seriously could not live with out it. do my nanny and baby nurse count? i would not be the person i am right now without them, that's for sure! 

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
domestically, the biltmore estate in santa barbara. internationally, la casa que canta in zihuatanejo mexico.

I think we could all use a vacation here.

Many, many thanks to Dabney Lee for taking time from her busy day to share a bit of her life with us!  For more information or to view even more products resulting from her creative spirit, visit her site!

In honor of Dabney Lee and all the multi-tasking mommas, daughters, teachers, sisters, etc. out there, I think we need a giveaway...

And I think a personalized planner is the perfect solution!

Since it's a fill-in planner, you can start using it the day you get (or give) it!

To enter:
1) Leave a comment below--be sure to tell what color you'll choose.  
2) Follow the blog for the latest nesting news.
3) Start wishing!

Now remember, this is a personalized planner.  The lucky winner will get to design the planner cover just the way she likes it--this is the fun part!  Everyone else can get a planner of their own too.  It can be yours for only $55.00.  Everyone's a winner here!

The official winner will be revealed on Friday!

Friday, June 25, 2010

And the Winner Is...

Kristi Farmer!

I can't wait to see how you use your coasters!

Enjoy them for the rest of us!
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These little decals come in a whole bunch of different designs and cling to just about anything (including car windows)!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Don't Forget...

to enter the giveaway.

Simply become a follower and leave a comment with your favorite coaster set!

Keep those fingers crossed...

(image via

Just a Peek...

A sneaky one, that is.
Take a little Styrofoam.

Add some moss.

and VOILA!

Now you didn't think I'd show the finished product, did you?  I did say it was only a peek.

Stay tuned for the reveal after the creations themselves are revealed at a rehearsal dinner on Friday!  
It'll be worth the return visit--I promise.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's a Party!

Last week, my lovely sister hosted a little nesting party at her house.  The food was yummy (if I do say so myself), and the eye candy was even better!  All of the summer goodies were on display and lookin' pretty.  Everyone got creative, and I cannot wait to see the loot when it arrives on my doorstep in a few short weeks.

 Look at all that preppy goodness!

Woo Pig!  It's almost football time.  

pretty packages with even prettier labels

this little beverage tub deserves a post of its own--stay tuned...

the party debut of personalized plates at nesting
(check out those yummy goodies on the stand!)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Like Them???

House Beautiful sure does!

The newest addition to the nesting family was recently spotted in the June 2010 issue.  

Take a peek inside!

The design possibilities are limitless.

I'm currently obsessing over the chevron style, but my latest favorite changes at least once a day...

(images House Beautiful via LaPlates)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Let's Start the Week Off Right...

with a giveaway.

I'm loving summer, and I know you are too!  I would love to make your summer a little sweeter with a set of disposable coasters.  They are sure to spice up your next party (or even just your desk or night stand).  

Woo Pig Sooie!

Summer Lovin"

Since it's Monday, I think we should make it really easy.  Here's how to enter:

1.  Follow and subscribe to the blog.  (You must be a follower to win.)

2.  Leave a comment on this post telling which coaster set would make your day and how you plan to use them.

3.  Tell a friend or two.

4.  Cross you fingers and wait for the winner to be revealed on Friday, June 25th.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It's Raining, It's Pouring

A late-summer afternoon thunderstorm has me thinking...and longing...for a nook (a kind of book nook that is).  I would curl up and read and probably dream a little too.

maybe like this.

or this (already decked out for Christmas)

I've said it before, but I'm in love with this.  Maybe with pale blue paint instead of the pink though.

Wanna grab a book and read?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...

Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you that I am in love with paint.  A true full-blown love affair.  I often have a paint deck in my bag.  I could definitely win a contest with the contents of my bag (you know the "Let's Make a Deal" who has a ________ with them at the moment kind of contest).

However, back to paint and my other problem of late.  I'm indecisive.  Extremely indecisive actually.  In the summer, I get the "project itch".  Nothing soothes it like a good craft.  However, this year the itch is especially bad.  I credit it to my non-preggo, non-married summer of freedom.  My dear boyfriend has graciously offered his house to sooth my itch.  I'm painting his kitchen cabinets.  I know, it's a huge undertaking--he reminds me oh-so-kindly often.  However, I will persevere.

I'm thinking a nice BM Dove White on the upper cabinets (per the recommendation of Erika of Urban Grace).  The bottoms is where things start to get tricky.  I want the perfect shade of gray-green.  It's a tough one.  Too cold, too poopy, too ugly.  I'm not giving up.  Currently I'm still thinking.

These are ever-present in the back of my mind.

perfection found on myhomeideas
(my new favorite website by the way)

a bit gray but oh so lovely (newest lonny)

This is exactly what I'm thinking--only a little darker 
Anne Turner Carroll's kitchen re-do via Urban Grace

And the post that got my brain going this morning...
A FABULOUS kitchen renovation by nest egg

Maybe you'll see something similar on this blog shortly.

Cross your fingers and wish me luck!  Don't worry--I'll keep you posted.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Drumroll please...

Introducing the newest addition to the nesting family!

Personalized melamine plates by the fabulous La Plates

Imagine the possibilities...
hostess gifts
birthday presents
outdoor dining
summer fun by the pool


Set of 4 10" plates - 64.00
Set of 4 7.5" plates - 56.00
Individual 10" plates - 18.50

Ordering is EASY!

Step 1:  Pick your background.  The choices are so hard...

Step 2:  Choose your color combo (background and personalization).  

Step 3:  Choose your font--anything from simple and classic to frilly and fun!

Step 4:  Get creative with your personalization.  Think single initial, monogram, whole name, or even a fun phrase or saying!

Step 5:  Break in your new dishes with a summer BBQ, picnic, or pool party!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm Dreaming of...

an office...

Currently, it resides here.

But I think something like this would really get my creative juices flowing.

or maybe this?

with a floor like this

and a nook like this 
(purely for brainstorming purposes only...)

Maybe one day.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tis Better to Give than Receive

all wrapped up and ready to go!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer is Here!

and I wanna throw a party!

These would keep the table looking pretty!

Disposable drink coasters ($10.50/set of 20)

These can also be customized with your name or party occasion!

Let the celebrations commence!!

party image from martha

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Pretty Little List Keeper

Sometimes you need something to spice up your boring old to-do list.  I think these just might do the trick!

Coasters, Coasters, and More Coasters

Tired of drink rings all over your desk???

These arrived just in time to end the school year properly!