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August 17, 2016

Place Cards

Tennessee artist Lexie Armstrong enjoys painting individual place cards for guests at her dinner parties. But two years ago, she started selling her whimsical and sophisticated place cards for others to enjoy.

The artist: Grew up in Grosse Pointe, Mich., and graduated from Dartmouth College. She received an MFA at American University and studied art history in London. She lives with her family on a horse farm in Franklin, where she paints as well as raises her three boys, chickens and horses and works in her organic garden.

The goods: Sets of 12 printed place cards ($50) based on her original watercolors. Also, gift tags (six for $25) and note cards ($10 for $55) as well as “Stacked Animal” original watercolors ($175 to $395). (On the more serious side, Armstrong’s work ranges from her “ceiling” series, oversized oils abstracted from Baroque ceiling frescoes, to landscapes and animals.)

What’s popular: Turkey place cards, especially for Thanksgiving; fox and hound place cards; trout note cards; butterfly gift tags; plus botanical and elephant water colors.

Other favorites: Custom animal portraits ($250 to $1,250).

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