For this, my last Americasmart post (before the summer edition at any rate), I am going to jump around the sprawling show (thankfully, there’s no need to refer to your map, or even worse, get lost) to share some favorite highlights.

In Daniel Richards, Party Partners invented probably the most original ribbon I’ve ever seen. Little icons jazz up any gift, and I am sure creative types can find a million ways to display and use them.
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The British stationery invasion continued at Daniel Richards with the offbeat and hysterical greeting card line Noi Publishing.

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I am addicted to the line Scout, and not just because it’s my dog’s name. Quite simply, it’s some of the most pattern-happy and durable bags I’ve found. I’ve used one of their super-large bags for groceries for a few years now, and it still looks good as new. IMG_4700Remember how I mentioned pink and gold being big this year? Well, it works for holiday too — just witness these fantastic presentations from Midwest of Cannon Falls.

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Meanwhile over at their sister showroom, CBK, nostalgia was the order of the day, with homey prints, distressed surfaces, beguiling texture and text-driven imagery clearly in evidence.

IMG_4723 IMG_4727Over at Appelman & Schauben, new soaps from Crabtree & Evelyn update the retro vibe with fresh color, irresistible pattern and fabulous fonts.

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In the High Design temps, I swooned for handmade jewelry from Jamie Dietrich. Her long elegant necklaces (you can see some hanging on the left) were elegant beyond words, and her booth was so mobbed I could barely snap a pic!jamie_dietrich

Finally, Aunt Sadie’s Candles always kicks the candle category up a notch with great product and amazing displays. Who couldn’t use a beach in a can about now?aunt_sadie

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