Last week I shared our friend’s Erin and Ben Napier’s beautiful 1925 craftsman home in Laurel, Mississippi, and today I’m excited to show you around the studio of their letterpress wedding stationery business, Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence. We stopped by for a tour while on our Honeymoon Road Trip.
Before they moved into their house in the historic district, this loft was Erin and Ben’s first home as a married couple, but now it is the full-time home of their business. Lucky Luxe began as Erin’s side project and as it grew she was able to leave her cubicle job in the art department of a big corporation.
Now Lucky Luxe is an internationally acclaimed event and wedding stationery boutique that has been featured by Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, WellWed Magazine, Mississippi Magazine, and many of the most respected wedding and design industry blogs and websites. With clients that include professional athletes, actors, major universities and rock bands like the Goo Goo Dolls and ZZ Top (as well as everyday folks!) you can see that their great design and southern hospitality pays off.
If I were to do our wedding invitations again, I’d definitely chose these Market grain sack invitations.
The 2,200 sq ft loft apartment was built around 1903, was a toothpaste factory after World War I and then a law office before Erin’s family bought the flatiron building and renovated it. The building is full of DIY projects, re-purposed materials, antiques and rustic finishes.
The floors are original 10″ wide planks, the walls are plaster and exposed brick, and their amazing eclectic art collection was found in various antique malls, on the side of the road, or created by Erin.
Erin spends the majority of her day here at her desk, designing invitations under the light from the massive 10′ windows facing Magnolia Street and a park below.
The kitchen now serves as a photo studio, with the morning sun proving to be the perfect natural light for photographing letterpress.
Erin and her mother saw a man throwing out the hunk of old billboard in the center and they just had to have it. $10 later it sits front and center in the living room.
They use vintage letter files and card catalogs to manage the extensive sample collection. In the hallway lies another chest that holds more samples, including linen napkins printed as menus and other special projects.
This desk is all that remains of Erin’s great grandparents’ homestead in Sandersville, Mississippi. The dark green was the ceiling in the old Victorian farmhouse, the grey was the porch floor, the seafoam green was the kitchen wall.
The cabinet hinges once hung the screen doors and the ornamental brackets once lived on the front porch columns. Ben designed the desk to fit Lucky Luxe’s wrapping needs, and a local carpenter built it from the demolished remnants of the old house.
From the corner of the flatiron building, you can see downtown Laurel. The purple building on the right is the Cafe La Fleur we had lunch at on our visit!
Thank you to Erin & Ben for showing us around the place and sending me the photos of the studio to share with everyone. Be sure to check out Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence and see all their inspiring designs.
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Psst – Lucky Luxe just released their Holiday Collection! Check it out for great festive cards to give to your loved ones this year.
I’m in love with the ink and watercolour designs – especially the Laurel one : )