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Elizabeth Mayhew

Elizabeth Mayhew

Brand Editor, Draper James


Elizabeth Mayhew is currently the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-inspired brand, Draper James, a contributing editor at NBC's Today Show and a monthly columnist for The Washington Post. She also is the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine). She has worked for a number of publications including REAL SIMPLE, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Woman's Day. A native of Louisville, Kentucky and a graduate of Georgetown University, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two teenage kids.


Elizabeth's Reviews

I have several friends who have two houses—either weekend or summer houses—so I often order two of these notepads and give them together as a single gift. I order one with one home’s zip code and the other with the second home’s zip. It’s a helpful way for them to keep track of the groceries and errands that need to be done in each of their houses.
Woodland creatures are in — especially sly foxes! These fold-over note cards have a bit more room for long notes, but are equally useful for the quick message. When ordering I suggest opting for a color-lined envelope — it just adds nice pop of color.
These guest towels make the perfect housewarming gift for DEER friends. Not only do they come in a wide variety of colors (choose a hue that best suits the homeowners décor--typically I order a color that looks good in their powder room), but also a wide range of personalizing options. I like to have the family’s name printed on the guest towels as well as the year they moved in-it’s a cheeky nod to their new establishment! For very close friends, I reorder the same guest towels every year as their Christmas present.

I love to give homemade cookies, breads, and candies as hostess gifts — typically I wrap them up in cute dishtowels and ribbon. This adorable personalized satin ribbon saves me a step — there is no need for a gift tag or card. The receiver knows exactly whom the gift is from!

I always give personalized note cards as a graduation gift and usually I choose it in the graduate’s school colors. Personalized stationery is a good staple for grads to have as they head into the adult world, not only to write thank you notes to all of their past professors, but also to write thank you notes to all of their future employers!
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