Meet the Maker

"Part of the challenge was finding designs that work well together, but are different enough to satisfy all of our customers."

Christmas Tree Shops’ in-house product designer Dana majored in Illustration at Syracuse University and studied in the South of France where she painted in the same flower-filled fields as post-impressionist artist Paul Cezanne. Her appreciation of paper materials led to a career with a focus on designing paper plates, stationery, notecards and more. One of her trademarks is to play up puns and quirky phrases like ‘You shore are welcome!’ on a summer doormat or ‘You’re fin-tastic’ with a shark drawing. The fall paper goods gave Dana a chance to experiment with another favorite technique. "I love to play with typography and mix words with artwork, and worked for several weeks on these paper goods collections," she says of the exclusive patterns only available at Christmas Tree Shops andThat! stores.

The Sunflower paper goods collection brings together a cheerful floral with one of the biggest fall décor trends, bold black and white checks.

Recalling a roadside market, the Farm Fresh paper goods collection mixes traditional pumpkin icons and retro typography that celebrate autumn’s arrival.