Our Holiday Cards 2013 watercolor calligraphy

Our Holiday Cards 2013 envelope calligraphy


Our Holiday Cards 2013 watercolor calligraphy closeup

Time to send out our holiday cards! Our holiday cards arrived from the print shop today and I couldn’t be more excited! I have already addressed all the envelopes and all I have to do now is write few wishes on the back side, seal the envelopes and make a trip to the post office. For the record, this has never happened before. I am usually so late that our cards arrive between Christmas and New Year.

This year, I kept the design simple with few favorite pictures our family (pup included) and my watercolor calligraphy. I also hand addressed all envelopes, practicing my calligraphy. The biggest challenge was the sparkly paper which makes the ink bleed with too much pressure. But they turned out pretty enough to send.

I’m a bit behind on this update but wanted you to know that the newest line of my holiday cards is available at HelloPrints.com.pl. If you/or anyone you know needs a card in polish please head over to the websiteHolidayCardsForHelloPrints.pl

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’ve been avoiding black friday and weekend shopping madness and doing “window” shopping on the web instead. I got sucked into Terrain’s shop (again!) and picked few amazing things for your viewing pleasure.



Shopping Guide: Copper Drop Bird Feeder  //  Cherry Blossom Watering Can  //  Petrified Wood Serving Board  //  Hand Painted Antler  // Pia Wallen Cross Blanket  //  Oversized Copper Mug  //  Marble & Wood Cheese Board  //  Bocce Ball Set //  Just Hooked Bottle Opener  


You all should know that I am a huge fan of Sugar Paper and their clean, simple and sophisticated designs. The Los Angeles-based stationery shop has recently collaborated with Target to bring us these gorgeous exclusive collections of stationery. The Sugar Paper at Target collection launched yesterday and it includes wall calendars, desk blotters and date books, all designed in the brand’s signature aesthetic and with plenty of shimmering gold details.

Priced from $4.99 to $14.99, the exclusive collection will be available for 8 weeks only. Hurry up and snatch them up before they sell out!

Sugar Paper At Target

Pearl #foil stamp and warm gray #letterpress printed business card  |  design by Iwona Konarski @iwonak.com  |  #branding #stationery #businesscard #letterpressed Pearl #foil stamp and warm gray #letterpress printed business card  |  design by Iwona Konarski @iwonak.com  |  #branding #stationery #businesscard #letterpressed


Hooray! I finally get to share this project with you. I don’t often take on identity projects as my life is just too busy at the moment, but I had to make an exception. Those fabulous business cards were designed and printed for the talented Rachel Bowes. Rachel has been my best friend and client and just recently she came to me wanting to totally rebrand her event design and floral business, Finch And Thistle Events. I introduced you to her new branding here. Her new business cards are modern and sophisticated yet timeless. I couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out!

And I must say this, getting them printed was quite the challenge. This was a demanding letterpress printing job (in terms of registration) and I had a hard time finding the print shop that would take this job. The vintage illustration knocks out, requiring very tight registration. In the end, I was able to find a very skilled letterpress shop that kept a critical eye on the registration while on press and I’m thrilled with how tight the cards came out. The floral foil design and letterpressed type align perfectly!

The business cards were foil stamped in pearl and letterpress printed in grey ink on Reich Savoy 100% Pure Cotton Brilliant White 236# Cover. This sumptuous, elegant paper is made from 100% pure cotton, is tree free, archival, acid free, recyclable, biodegradable and elemental chlorine free.

Finch & Thistle Event Design branding and identity by Iwona Konarski |  #finchandthistle #branding #rebrand #stationery #iwonak #beautifulbrand


Over the past few months (ok, a year!) I’ve been working on a rebranding project for one of my favorite people – the uber talented Rachel Bowes of Finch & Thistle Event Design. Finch & Thistle Event Design provides event design, floral and event planning services for weddings and events throughout Washington State and across the country. With a strong portfolio of exquisitely designed and impeccably executed events, Rachel was seeking a brand re-haul and wanted a sophisticated, charming new identity that would grab the attention of brides-to-be and help her stand out in the crowd of wedding planners in the city. I had a wonderful time working with Rachel as we went in several different directions trying to create a brand that would represent her best. I’m very happy how it ended up. I took her already established logo (that I designed few years back), modified it a notch and then added new design details, both vintage and modern. The result is new identity and branding that is just as unique as she is – sophisticated and refined and true to Rachel’s own aesthetic.

Working with Rachel is a blast! Cheers to her new look!! Please come back to see her new business cards. I’ll be posting pictures as soon as we get them back from the print shop. Think letterpress, foil, luxurious paper stock… In the meantime, take some time exploring her site and blog, there is so much beauty to see…

Finch & Thistle Event rebrand. By Iwona Konarski

Happy 2013

I am more than ready to say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013! It has been a very, very busy year and I’m looking forward to 2013. I plan to relax, work less (is it even possible?!) and just have fun. Wishing you a very Happy New Year. May 2013 be filled with love, joy and happiness.

Cheers to 2013!

Every year Pantone selects an outstanding color of the year. This year, the color of the year for 2013 is Emerald. A color that Pantone describes as: “Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

Even though it is the color of my eyes, it is not my favorite color… Maybe because our first house was covered in emerald green carpet and it was just too much? After looking at all the beautiful inspirations, I have to say that I’m beginning to like it. I could definitely see myself wear it as a pop of color.


Credits: NAILS: Visit harpersbazaar.com  //  THE CUFF  Charlene K Emerald Agate Cuff, $172; # //  THE HEEL  Patrizia Pepe Metallic Pumps, $383; forzieri.com  //  THE SATCHEL  Jil Sander New Malavoglia Bag, $1,760; net-a-porter.com  //  THE BRACELET  Vita Fede Mini Titan Stone Bracelet $375.00; shopbop.com  // THE NAIL POLISH: Essie’s Going Incognito $8.50; nordstrom.com  // THE iPHONE CASE amazon.com 


I’m absolutely thrilled to share with you this special project of mine. Hello! Prints is an online stationery shop filled with beautiful and unique stationery designs. It desperately needed a brand refresh and I had a blast redesigning the site and rebranding it. You can see it in its entirety right here. For now, the designs are avaialable for purchase in Poland and Europe only but I plan to open an online store here, in the U.S. Every visit and purchase means so much to us – please take a peek!

HelloPrints.pl website and branding

HelloPrints.pl Website and Blog design

I have been an avid follower of Katie Quinn Davies’ hugely successful blog What Katie Ate for some time and was counting down the days until this book’s release. Katie is a photographer, food stylist, graphic designer, recipe-writer and her debut cookbook is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve seen. It’s really a feast for the eyes! If you are looking for a visually stunning cookbook that is filled with mouthwatering recipes, then look no further! Katie herself designed it and styled and shot every photo in the book. I admire her style of photography and food styling, rustic yet polished, and incredibly inviting. Besides, this amazing book is packed with recipes I actually want to make. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves food and food photography, and I think it would make the perfect gift for all foodies.WhatKatieAteCookbook WhatKatieAteCookbookReview