Author Archives: Jane


  Thanks to the online rabbit-hole that — circa 2015 — is Instagram: new-to-me stationery brand Kartotek. Based in Copenhagen, the line of winsomely minimalist stationery is sure to be on many a paper lover’s wish list for the holidays. There are notebooks galore in muted colors and graphic patterns, utilitarian-with-a-touch-of-pretty planners and lists, as well […]

Coffee Shop and Concept Store Designs

Lest there be any remaining doubt, let me affirm once again: I am obsessed with Japanese publishing. On my latest visit to JP Books (to collect the new issue of Cluél magazine), I spotted Coffee Shop and Concept Store Designs: From Interior To Tools (Pie Books, $25) on display behind the registers. The words “coffee” and “design” […]

John Derian: Fall 2015

It’s not even Halloween yet, but I’m already sneakily starting to think about Christmas lists, both for giving and receiving. John Derian‘s fall 2015 collection is bursting with decoupage plates and paperweights that show off my favorite subjects (birds, foliage, and constellations) to simple, elegant effect. A few of my favorites are highlighted above — I was […]

Sesame Letterpress: Fall 2015

I’ve been following Sesame Letterpress as long as I’ve been blogging (almost 10 years now!) and their fall 2015 offerings are graphically strong with clever details. A tiny calendar (4.25″ x 5.5″), perfectly simple letterpressed lists, and a cute bat card — who can say no to a cute bat? See all of the offerings (Christmas, too, […]

My London: Produce Stands

There are many things to love about living in London, chief among which is the weather (no arguments, natives: you’re wrong), but one of the happiest surprises was the abundance of top-notch produce stands. Open year round, which to a former Chicagoan is a dream come true. Whatever the neighborhood, have a wander: more likely […]