Friends of mine are tying the knot in August this year. So as you can imagine, planning that perfect day has been a bit of a consuming task for them.
I recently popped in for a quick visit and spotted these absolutely beautiful printed fabric ribbons lying on their dining room table. They were considering using them somewhere in their wedding decor and I was considering sneaking them into my bag on the way out.
My soul immediately needed to know where they’d gotten them from. Why? Because of my gift wrapping room dream dammit! That’s why. Now I know what you’re thinking, a gift wrapping room!? What the hell is that all about… Karisa’s finally lost it. But let me explain…
A few years back I was watching an Oprah rerun of an episode where she interviewed South African style guru slash party & wedding planner to the stars, Colin Cowie:
They did a tour of his uber luxe NY apartment which he had carefully designed from scratch and it was truly like one big piece of art:
He had all these totally clever space saving ideas and he seemed to be man after my own heart… totally OCD, slightly anal and a lover of good planning. Hell that’s so sexy to me.
Out of all the beautiful, clever things in his apartment, the one thing that really turned me on was his little area dedicated to gift wrapping. He showed Oprah his gifting room with a cupboard filled with luxurious his & hers gift options, a big wrapping table and shelves filled with all kinds of beautiful ribbons, cards, gift tags and fancy wrapping paper. I was all oooh and aaaah. Colin said he believes one should always be ready to hit that party, looking fabulous with the perfect, beautifully wrapped gift. Yes, yes, yes Colin! I totally agree. And just like that, this damn gifting room became my ultimate dream. Not a walk-in wardrobe, not a big jacuzzi bath, nooooo, a bloody gifting room… I know, I’m weird.
Right, now where was I… Oh yes, the ribbons. The source of the ribbons I figured could be just the place where I would get all the stuff I needed for my ultimate gifting room (once I had an apartment big enough to actually have one of course – minor detail that). So off to Diep River I went to check out this store my friends had discovered called Ebony & Ivory.
Ebony & Ivory is a gorgeous space with lots of old school charm. It was a lot bigger than I anticipated, but that just meant there was lots and lots more great things to see.
They do everything from party & wedding decorations, stationary, wrapping stuffs, gifts, baking & sewing tools to sweet treats and hobby resources. Pretty much if it’s in any way related to some kind of celebration, they have it. I took so many photos, I’m going to just let them do the talking for a bit:
Top left: they have big range of gifting tags; Top right: party straws (R30 per pack); Bottom: paper basket perfect to hold those little wedding favours for your guests.
Top left: cupcake wraps; Top right: postcard stye cards; Bottom left & right: more stationary things.
Ribbons, ribbons and more ribbons! (Petersham & Cotton selections)
Some gift ideas. Top left: polish your man set (R90); Top left: milky candles; Bottom left: soap gift sets; Bottom right: duckie soap (R20)
Top left: cookie stamps (R150 each); Top right: scrapbooking things; Bottom left: felt bunny kit (R89); Bottom right: wooden stamp set (R45)
Top left: cute buttons; Top right: the sweetie wall; Bottom left: various cleaning and organising odds & ends; Bottom right: quirky fridge magnets.
I was so tempted to get one of these bunny paper doll sets – I freakin’ loved paper dolls when I was a little girl:
Ah, back when kids toys were simple… did anyone else love them too? #curious
Now I’m not quite set up for that gift wrapping room just yet, but I did at least leave there with some ribbons and gift tags as a small start, which have already gone to good use:
Check it. That’s some next level wrapping awesomeness that…
Wanna buy some pretty things too? Then pay them a visit at 52 Main Rd, Diep River. Or if you have a question to ask you can contact them on 021 713 2964 or email@example.com. You can also order a limited selection of things straight from their website.
Happy gifting y’all.