While nothing says summer like a monogrammed tote, these posh hand-painted designs from Lively Design Studio effortlessly stand out from the pack with sturdy, chic style. Perfect for beach- or poolside — and even dressing up jaunts to the grocery store — these come in a wide array of striped color combinations with your choice of monogram. Each Signature Tote is imported, then carefully customized to your specs by artisans in Austin, Texas. I love that they’re big enough to comfortably hold all the season’s essentials: book, sunblock, tablet, you name it!Lively Design Studio is headed by Kelly Kirkland, the artist and designer behind the popular children’s stationery and gift brand Mayfly and Junebug Designs. The Austin native and mother of three launched Lively Design studio in early 2016 to expand her aesthetic into textiles, fashion, and home accessories.
“I began Mayfly and Junebug Designs over fifteen years ago, naming it after my first child who was born in May (I was born in June),” Kelly told me. “Well, that Mayfly has just graduated from high school and is headed into college, and I’m ready to take on something new! Mayfly and Junebug is classic and timeless and I love creating new children’s designs. But I also love so many different kinds of bright and colorful styles — preppy chic, bohemian, abstract, modern. I felt like, as an artist, I needed to break out of my comfort zone and start designing products that reflect my other design interests, too.”
And, stay tuned for Lively’s first line of home fabrics and textiles later this summer — it’s sure to be equally dazzling!