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Wednesday, July 13

On fire



I thought that I would share with you a little something that my office recently designed.

Instead of printing business cards, we decided to have matchbooks printed - which actually turned out to be more cost-effective and an appealing advertising vehicle.




If you are like me, you have a bowl or collection of matches at home. It's such a great reminder of the places that you have been to and seen. Some people have collections from all around the world. Can you limit yourself to only taking just one?

Seems that not a lot of places have matches anymore - likely due to the nearly universal ban on indoor smoking. The days of Don Draper seem to be over.

We designed and printed thousands of these and passed them out recently for our two recent showcase houses. My idea was that people would then take the matches and have them at home and use them. I was tickled this past weekend when a friend reached into her drawer and out came my matches to light her candles.

Why not customize your own matches for your own home? Maybe put your monogram on them?


25 comments:

Whitney said...

Love this as a business card. Husband & I had custom matches at our wedding, and ppl still talk about them. As a business tool, tho -- genius! Cheers, Whitney from Consider Yourself At Home

Laura Stockett Roberts said...

Love it! I found some a while back on foryourparty.com and I've been trying to figure out what color/ink combo I want to order

Ronnie said...

Classy and smart!

Alan Karlin said...

LOVE this idea. Going to get some on order today!

kayce hughes said...

Love them!

Yvonne said...

I love the idea. Always have a small box of stick matches in powder room, extra bedroom for guest to light candles.

Anonymous said...

Hot!!!!!!

Dean Farris, Designer

Anonymous said...

You are, as ever, yummy stylish!!

Jessica Paker
Imperio jp

Anonymous said...

Fabulous idea:) You are FULL of them!!!

Holly

Anonymous said...

Brilliant as always.

Amy Zwicker

Buck Irwin said...

What a Striking idea Grant!!!

Kathleen said...

OK, Grant! How do I get one of your matchboxes? Ha ha!

the modern sybarite ™ said...

fab idea .. and so very chic and mid-century (in their use!)

ArchitectDesign™ said...

people don't smoke, but scented candles are as huge as ever! Only downside here is you can't carry a few in your wallet -but LOVE this idea! Everyone has a collection of matchbooks, but who collects/displays business cards??

The Devoted Classicist said...

I am so glad to hear that you were happy with the reaction! I am allergic to cigarette smoke but like to have a little box of matches handy to light a candle.

Karen T. said...

This is such a great idea. For business and for home. Thanks!

camdesign said...

great idea...your so smart ! I think our company should have a big fish bowl full at the front counter... have a great weekend x

Emily said...

Great idea! They look great. I have a few boxes lying around at home from places I've been. You're right, it is a good way to remember!

Lynne Rutter said...

I grabbed a bunch of your matchbooks at the SF Showcase, I am always carrying some around in my purse just in case. Now whenever I pull out that little black box I feel like I have been caught with my secret lover's cigarette case.

katiedid said...

How in the world did I miss out on theses?!?! What a fantastic idea Grant. Now I am off to steal it!

Capella Kincheloe Interior Design said...

I thought about this when I did the Atlanta Christmas House, but unfortunately the thought came to me days before the opening and I didn't have time to have them printed. Yours look great and I wish I would have done it!

Kathy said...

Great idea. I love the classic black, but mine would have to be orange...or perhaps change with the seasons. k

red ticking said...

you are so right... i love my match drawer... these are great!

Town and Country Gals said...

Grant,
What a clever idea! I've never smoked but I've always picked up matches, they used to have them in all the resturants, and I still have mine from the 70's and 80's in a jar! So fun to go back and look at! Yours are so simple yet elegant, I'd add them to my collection in a heartbeat!
Rebecca

Emily Amy Gallery said...

So chic! And very Mad Men. We want a pack!

 

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