Saturday, August 30, 2008

Lettered Olive - Sneak Peek


I have a very special announcement to make today. will officially be up and running in September!
There, I said it.
While my Mom is working on different products at her place, I've been up to my eyeballs in sawdust & seashells, and wading through stacks and stacks of the most inspirational quotes & words in existence over here at mine.

I have a confession.
I've had a love affair with Typography for quite some time now.
Numbers, letters, symbols, punctuation- I love to admire them all.
There is so much beauty and grace in the written word.
A single letter or number, used in the right way, can often make my heart skip an entire beat.
There is an extra-special kind of magic, though, that occurs when just the right words are gathered together. For example...

"And then we sat,
on the edge of the earth,
feet dangling over the side-
and marvelled that we
had found each other."

- Erik Dillard

Words strewn together in a way that makes it impossible not to feel.
They are my escape. My motivation.
Silent little 'smile-makers', if you will.

At Lettered Olive, we have combined our love for words, our passion to inspire, and our desire to design unique home accessories- to create a product we call our "Rustic Quotebox".

Here is a sneak peak at a few...

"above a twin-sized headboard, or crib, or in a cottage by the beach".
This piece measures 28" tall, 18" wide.
Color, Rainwashed.

"end of a long hallway, or tall narrow wall
that is crying out for something to make a statement".
This piece measures 44" tall, 14" wide.
Color, Eucalyptus.

Two simple words that pack a positive punch.
This piece measures 24" tall, 14" wide.
Color, Sandbasket.

This piece reminds us to let our light shine, everyday!
It measures 24" tall, 14" wide.
Color, Apple.

The Rustic Quotebox is just ONE of the products Lettered Olive will have to offer. Check back for more Lettered Olive updates throughout the next couple of weeks.

Our goal is to continually develop home decor that is fresh to the marketplace, and pieces we would want to display in our own homes. If you like our style, and would like to see what else we have to offer- make sure to check out in September!

And if you have a second, pop over to and rate my audition video! I'm desperately seeking 5-star ratings!
( can vote more than once sometimes)


Thank you, thank you! :-)


Michelle said...

Oooo, so neat! I can't wait til you're officially open for business!

Dianne said...

I love it all!!! Can't wait.

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} said...

Oh, my! I love those pieces! Can't wait to see more.

deb said...

Love, love, love! Where do I order? Oh, will you be shipping to Canada?

Screaming Meme said...

I'm in love with them...Very fresh and exciting...You made my heart skip a beat! I will promote this product because I think it is amazing and fun...Have you had any orders from design boutiques and such? I'll email all my friends and get the word out! :) Love,meme PS the twinkle trinkle little star is precious! :)Oh and can you do custom orders...I know a few people who would love..."Deep in The Heart Of Texas"...It's a proud thing here...Or qoutes from inspiring people...I've got lots of email is

Chai on the Fly said...

I love all of them! They DO bring a smile to my face. :)

Lori said...

LOVE IT! Is the Lettered Olive going to be a brick and mortar store or just online?

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Layla, I'm so happy to see what you are going to be carrying. Love them all, esp. the Twinkle, Twinkle one. So cute! With your abilities & talent, I know you'll do well. You will just have to take a break for your Design Star debut, ha-ha.

maitlandmommy said...

Layla! Those are fantastic - i can't wait to see more - as always :-)

Marie said...

How beautiful! I love what you are doing! The colors are perfect. I can't wait to see your website when it's up and running!

AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

Wow! Those are beautiful! I am excited to know that your creations will soon be available!
Check out my giveaway:

Nana's Box

Nancy Hood said...

love everything about them!!

Kristi said...

Can't wait to see more! I love your twinkle twinkle one. I'm going to be redoing our kid's bath with a beachy color "theme", blues, light greens and sand colors. Now I'm looking for a verticle striped shower curtain in those colors. It all started with a light green steel pale I found at Homegoods as the inspiration. Not to mention I love beaches and cabins and oceans. Maybe the walls a robin's egg blue, or maybe a sand color. But perhaps one of your signs or other decor will fit in there nicely. :-) Best of luck to you.

chriskauf said...

Love , love , love it,
I look forward to seeing more.

Kimba said...

Hi Layla! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I'm blushing!

Your blog is wonderful. I hardly know where to begin. I watched your video and I know that I would love to watch you on Design Star. You're just the cutest thing! I could listen to you talk all day.

And I just love, love, love your beautiful creations! I can't wait to see your shop once you officially open.

So nice to meet you. :-)

chriskauf said...

In response to the question about the glass being painted , yes well yes and no , those are stock Ikea doors I bought to fit this island I built from MDF , I frosted the glass a few times , and just recently recoated them with paint, so they are 2-3 frosting , and two coats paint, I love the look, I had thought fabric at first but it looked awful.
What fabric did you choose for your dining room?
We don't have a lot of fabric stores around here I would have loved to browse along with you , love a good fabric store.

Beth said...

What a fabulous idea! I love, love, love ALL of them!!! You will be getting an order from me sometime since we are remodeling our home. Best wishes.

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Hi Layla,

So nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my blog today - that's how I came across yours. And I am so grateful.

I've spent my evening reading your entire blog (I think yours is the first I've ever read all the way through) and all I can say is where has your blog been all my life?

You are a very talented and incredibly inspiring on so many levels. I took a sneak peek at your upcoming website, and I can't wait to see more of your work. I'm a complete letter, number and word - a - holic too, so I'm pretty sure I'll be one of your first customers. Ha!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Layla, I'd love to do a shopping day with you. Email me when you get a chance. I don't see one listed for you. Sept. is pretty wide open for me, I think I might be out of town one weekend in Oct. Come on up! We would have a blast & I'm sure I may know a few places you haven't been before, but we can def. hit Homegoods, one of my fave stores too.


Shabby Mama said...

love your stuff..i just linked you on both my blogs..GOOD LUCK GIRL!

Handmade Housewife... said...

Ohh, I'm drooling! Can't wait for more!!!


Chris said...

I'm #21? Sooo not a good best friend. You have some massive talent! It would take me three years just to think up those designs and another three years to actually make them. I love how you displayed them in your home! Perfection!! I wonder if you could make a blinkie gadget thing and people could put it on their blogs to advertise for you? I have no clue how to do that, so you're on your own there. to e-mail you. This is getting too long. Beautiful, Layla!!!!

Kris said...

I cannot wait!! I love the little star one!

Congratulations on your "almost opening!" You'll be a sure success..I know it!

Meghan said...

i love these!! can't wait!! you are so talented!!

kari and kijsa said...

Happy Labor Day! Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement!

kari & kijsa

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I am sooo excited for you! What a great start for the lettered cottage...and the rooms you have worked so hard on make a most beautiful backdrop!!


Darlene said...

Those pieces are FABULOUS!! I can't wait to see the shop.

I stopped by your Design Star video and left a 5 star and a message. You are just too cute and would be fabulous on there.

Love your blog!!

Screaming Meme said...

Hey, Miss Layla~ I'm up late tonight getting some work done. I'd like to talk to you about ordering as wholesale...

Lacy said...

It all is perfect. I want one!!! I am so excited for you and I went over to Rate my space last week and your def my 5 star girl!!! Loved the video!

Anonymous said...

I love these! What unique pieces for the wall. I love your reading room. Where did you get the bright green pillow?

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Layla.....such a great idea! What are you waiting that online store, quick!

aunties said...

Simply gorgeous! So peaceful, soothing and inviting. They do bring a smile... and cause a heart to skip a beat!
Congratulations on the new business. I already watched the audition video and Yes! I gave you a 5 star rating. Can't wait to see you on the screen with your very own show.
Best of Luck!

Layla said...

THANK YOU ALL for the all the positive feedback on the Quoteboxes. You have (once again!) inspired me to continue to on, with an overflowing heart, and bring Lettered Olive to life!

Okay....let me answer these questions-

Deb: Yes! We will ship to Canada.

Meme: I will email you right after I'm done here. SO excited to talk with you!

Lori: Maybe one day we will open a brick and mortar shop, but for now, it'll just be online.

Anonymous- The green pillow came from Target. A couple years back.


Suzann said...

They are all lovely. Being in the printing business, I understand completely how you feel. Amazing work.

Dream Keyper said...

Hi Layla! Congrat's! what fun to create with your mom... I love your style! Suzy

Darlene said...

I love quotes and anything positive!! Just found your blog and really like your style. I am interested in creating a blog but don't know where to start. Do I add it to my website or what. Can you offer advice?

The Pumpkin Pink Cottage said...

Wonderful wonderful Wonderful, Okay sweetie, I voted you a Five Star your house is stunning I love it...I'm linking your blog so I can check back often...Your Words are wonderful and my favorite was Radiate Love...have a beautiful day , Lisa

Magpie Interior Design said...

Lovin' the Twinkle Twinkle one!!! Might need to have another baby just so I can buy it! LOL.

Can't wait to see more! Congrats again!


Mim said...

Like your header pics, now they are all yours.
Will you be redoing your kitchen?
Your new business looks wonderful.
Thanks for giving us a peek.

Cottage Rose said...

I love your work very pretty and fresh. Good luck with your new store. I can't wait to see whats up next. Have a good week.


Amelia said...

Wow, I love those pieces! Can't wait to see more LO products; I hope you'll entertain custom orders too!

Fifi Flowers said...

Cute signs! Good luck with your new endeavour!

Daisy Cottage said...

I'm so excited for you Layla! Your new site is already BEAUTIFUL - can't wait till you are open!


Twice as Nice said...

Love them all. Such talent! You are such an awesome designer too!!

Jersey Girl in DC said...

These are SO GREAT!! My favorite is the twinkle, twinkle little star!! Cannot wait to see your site! :) I also just voted for you!
- Jennifer

Kristin said...

One of these will look perfect above my bed...I have to have it :)
I'll be patiently waiting for the site to be up and running!
-Kristin @ Pumpkin Cottage

Angela said...

Those are so BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE "Twinkle, Twinkle *"

My best to you and your mother in this endeavor!!!!

Bella Casa said...


I added the link to my blog :)