meet Marlene our weekly home & design contributor

  1. Joanie says:

    Lovely and inspiring images and ideas. Thank you! Welcome MMK!

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Merci – Merci for the charming welcome!
      Beth and I certainly share creative inspiration!! xoxo MMK

  2. Cindy Woods says:

    With Spring finally arriving here in NE Ohio, this post was a feast for my eyes!! It’s a beautiful thing that plates, napkins, and wrapping paper/ribbon can elevate a gift, event, or mood. Hardest part is choosing…often the choice dictates the direction, right?

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hello Cindy,
      I am thrilled that you enjoyed…especially since you are a fellow Ohioan!! Yes, the choice helps “dictate” your direction…let it be fun…happy to suggest anytime!
      xoxo MMK

  3. Kimberly Dickhut says:

    Welcome, Marlene!

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Kimberly!!
      Special thank you for the kind Welcome…
      Looking forward to a little April in Paris! xoxo MMK

  4. Sangita M says:

    Welcome….What a wonderful post and a great addition to the blog. Looking forward to many more!

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Sangita!! Happy to be here!
      Fun times ahead for sure – thank you for your sweet words! xoxo MMK

  5. sharon says:

    Welcome MMK! Love the ideas for gifts. Happy Sunday!
    Cheers to another new week💐

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hello Sharon!

      Thank you and “Cheers” to you too!
      Just sent off another package of goodies this week for my niece for her B-Day!

      Her B gifts in my first post today…are very special. Today is her Birthday!!
      xoxo MMK

  6. Eve says:

    Welcome. I’m guilty of sending that gift card with a check when I should take time to show those I love how much I appreciate them. Lovely post!

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Eve – Lovely welcome, thank you!
      Don’t feel guilty, they still love you!! Maybe “wrap the gift check” with a special ribbon around the envelope with name or initials in colorful ink and include in a larger envelope!
      Happy to help!! xoxo MMK

  7. Karen Ziegler says:

    I am so excited that you have joined Style at a Certain Age. What a wonderful idea Beth had to include you in her blog. I too am a lover of beautiful things and look forward to your blog on Saturdays !

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Thank you, Karen!!
      I am thrilled to work with Beth again…she is total inspiration!
      Certainly, I miss her being close by in SF…so am really happy we have excuses to be in touch!!
      “See” you next week! xoxo MMK

  8. G. Leanette Flentroy says:

    Thank you Beth for adding Marlene to your blog. I am looking forward to her ideas. Everything she embraces so do I. I love stationery. I love a gift beautifully presented, selecting just the right paper and ribbon. I love crystal, and a classic, vintage space of lovely furnishings. This is going to be a true treat.


    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi GLF! Thank you – delighted to be in touch and share our mutual passions! Yes, Stationery is major….more to come.
      xoxo MMK

  9. Andrea says:

    Wow! Didn’t think I would ever wear wide legs – but wow, just wow – will definitely give it a whirl now, Beth,

    Love, your new partner. Welcome Marlene 👏. Have always loved, well dressed tables, unique writing papers, and personalized gift wrap, as they all say the giver considers the recipient to be special. 🌷

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hello Andrea,
      Kind thanks for the lovely welcome!!
      Happy to share with you…and that we both enjoy such loves!! More to come.
      xoxo MMK

  10. Sylvia Espinoza says:

    Welcome, Marlene! Thank you for sharing your God-given talent, too. It’s why we love Beth (and Kelly!). Am very much looking forward to your Saturday posts~

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Sylvia,
      Merci – Merci for your sweet welcome and comments! You sound like my sister!
      xoxo More to come. MMK

  11. Karen White says:

    Welcome MMK! I needed to order some guest towels and loved the Caspari ones you posted. What a wonderful addition to your blog Beth!

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Karen,
      Happy you love Caspari too, their quality is superior and designs so diverse! The monograming is such fun too.
      I miss working directly with them.
      Your comments are sooo appreciated! Thank you for the warm welcome.
      More to come! xoxo MMK

  12. Connie R. Morgan says:

    Welcome, Marlene! Thank you for partnering with Beth to fill our hearts and minds with even more divine inspiration. The gift wrapping, cards, and ribbon combinations are so creative and beautiful! I look forward to what you have to share with us.

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Connie – Kind thanks for the lovely welcome and comments. It is certainly my pleasure to partner again with Beth!! She is a gem as you know. More to come!!
      xoxo MMK

  13. Heather Mayes says:

    Hello to Beth and Welcome to MMK. Marlene, I loved seeing your beautiful gift wrapping. I could feel your gift giving joy as I read your comments. I have always loved (and collected) paper, stationary and cards. It’s lovely that you spend the time to thoughtfully wrap a gift for your loved ones. Thank you for sharing.

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hello Heather! Thank you for your lovely welcome and special acknowledgement of our shared passion of collecting stationery…all things paper! It’s my pleasure to connect and share…so wonderful of Beth to invite me to do so!
      More to come…thank you! MMK

  14. Christi says:

    Oh, how I LOVE Caspari papers! I’ve been buying them for many years. Welcome, Marlene! You have excellent taste!

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Christi,
      LOVE is good!!
      Thank you for the sweet welcome and compliment. The Team at Caspari must be feeling the love! It is wonderful that their fine quality continues to be sooo appreciated.
      xoxo MMK

  15. Carolyn says:

    Hello Beth and welcome Marlene…Two classy ladies in one post. I have always loved beautiful papers and wrappings. Presentation is everything, ever since I bought my first pre-teen stockings, breaking the paper seal to lift them out of the box. My dream was to be the gift-wrapper at Lazarus when I retired. Sadly that is long gone, taken over by mounds of gift bags. I still love Crane papers and Caspari napkins but buying online is not as much fun as going into a shop and being overwhelmed with the colors and patterns. Looking forward to your posts.
    Whatever is in your gifts could never be as exciting as those gorgeous wrappings.

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Carolyn,
      What a charming welcome, thank you soo very much!
      Yes, presentation is a love…whether dressing oneself or wrapping a special gift selection!! It is a surprise to learn of your memories of Lazarus…seems maybe you grew up in Ohio too!
      We all need to keep quality companies alive… Crane has gone thru many changes yet the heritage and quality continue, thankfully. The themes for both Crane and Caspari remain great fun. In a future post, maybe I’ll address some of the inside inspiration for the actual gift! Thanks again, MMK

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