Category Archives: living

London Shop: Pedlars

One of my favorite shops at the moment has to be Pedlars, which is based in North Wales but has a retail shop in Notting Hill. (128 Talbot Road, a stone’s throw from Portobello Road.) Long known for its design-lover’s assemblage of clever-yet-quirky British homewares and accessories like Hovis tins and vintage bus blinds, the shop […]

Fall Books for Gifting (and Keeping)

If print is dead, someone forgot to tell the gift book industry — there are so many great new releases this fall. Perfect for holiday giving, and keeping, too: Minimalist Crafters will love Sally Shim’s book, Pretty Packages. I’ve followed Sally’s blog for years*, and have always marveled at her gift wrap and party favor […]

What Instagram has taught me about letting go

Instagram: it’s my of-the-moment social media salve. (Perfect for scrolling through at 3am London time, when I can’t sleep and it seems like my friends in California are having loads of fun.) Visual stimulation and inspiration plus connection? Yes, please. But Instagram has also taught me a lesson. Its policy of only allowing you to […]

Nick Barclay Designs: Cocktail Prints

Perhaps it’s a sign that I’ve acclimated to England’s drinking culture (who wouldn’t?) but I am gaga for Australian designer Nick Barclay‘s minimalist, graphic take on ten classic cocktails. See the complete collection (and pick up a couple for your “lounge”) right here. martini images from nickbarclaydesigns.com // fellow londoners may appreciate his take on the […]

Week Twenty-two: A Simplepretty Guide to Notting Hill

Our London adventure started last July when the taxi deposited us in front of our new home in Notting Hill just off of Ladbroke Grove. That very afternoon, we parked the suitcases in the foyer and started to explore our new neighborhood. Sadly, in just over a month, our stay in this area will come […]