Photo Favorites: July 2015

bath, england: july 2015 photo favorites | simple pretty

Summer 2015 is racing along. So far, I’ve survived an early-July London heat wave, the Tube strike, and have just returned from an overnight trip to Bath. It’s such an elegant, livable city, and the feel is what I’d like to capture in our next spot. Big enough for options (and cafes); small enough for quiet. Ideas and suggestions are most welcome.

This week, a dear friend is in London on business but she’s set aside a bit of time for a girlfriends’ catch-up. I’m really looking forward to it, as her insights and advice are always just what I need.

While I ponder the future, but try to stay in the present so as to drink in every minute, here are a few of the Instagram pics that have captured my heart this month:

  1. Private lake for the day…
  2. Love the alphabet magnet menu …
  3. That pull toward large bodies of water …
  4. #twelvedaysofpumpernickel
  5. Provincetown shop
  6. Tiny (mini) @gailsbakery snax
  7. yep, it’s summer in st. ives
  8. What I wouldn’t do right now …
  9. The amazing artwork of Norichika Kitamura
  10. Apricots, peaches, tomatoes and strawberries …
  11. Current mood : White on white!!
  12. starting to work on my next book …
  14. { Lazy Sunday } …
  15. Two olives
  16. I can’t say no to this stuff …
  17. Ice-cream number 2, with fruit …
  18. the tour begins!
  19. Floriole is closed for the Fourth …
  20. And back in London….
  21. Sunday lunch
  22. Frilly.
  23. untitled
  24. a pleasant surprise …
  25. Tiny pincg bowls.
  26. part 2 die-cut …
  27. 3-for-1 canelés!! …
  28. We’re ready for you x
  29. A swath of ice cream coloured flowers

photo at top: bath, england view by jane potrykus

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appointed notebooks + desktop supplies | simple pretty

The search for Utilitarian Luxe® notebooks and office supplies used to lead straight to Japan and Korea, where, armed with Google Translate, one could hunt down a gorgeous minimalist notebook, but good luck finding your quarry in the US! Designer Suann Song took note of this gap in the market, and taking matters into her own hands, launched Appointed this spring via a wildly-successful Kickstarter campaign.

Appointed is proudly hand-crafted in the USA from high-quality paper stock + materials, using an understated, neutral-but-elegant color palette. Suann assiduously prototyped the line and sent samples around for feedback from aesthetically-minded friends. The result is a gorgeously luxe (yet undeniably practical) collection that debuted to rave reviews. Now that delivery to Kickstarter investors is complete, the Appointed webshop is open and stocked with the introductory range of notebooks, notepads, desk supplies, and gifts. (For the ultimate luxe accent, notebooks can be customized with a foil-stamped monogram for an additional fee.)

My Kickstarter donation netted me some notebooks (7.5″ x 9.5″), workbooks (6.5″ x 8.5″), a ‘to-do list’ notepad, and some sticky notes, but what I am eagerly awaiting is Appointed’s take on the perfect planner. I have a feeling I’m going to need one to keep track of 2016: it’s going to be a busy year.

Appointed is set to launch to wholesalers at NY Now in August.

appointed signature notebook in charcoal | simple pretty

signature notebook | charcoal

appointed workbook in canvas white | simple pretty

workbook in canvas white (+ appointed business card)

appointed 'to do' pad | simple pretty

‘to do’ pad

appointed adhesive note set | simple pretty

adhesive note set: lined + grid

image at top from; all other photos by jane potrykus

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Resort 2016: No. 6

no. 6 resort 2016, look 1 | simple pretty

look 1

Timing is everything, and so on an exceptionally hot day in London (it’s already uncomfortable at 6am) it was serendipity that the No. 6 resort collection caught my eye. The looks are relaxed, yet polished, and better yet, with the exception of the coat in look 1, all would be perfect to slip into today to beat the heat. I do love that coat, though. See the complete collection at

There are some great sale options at the No. 6 website at the moment: I’m smitten with the Jachman crop sweater in ‘acid’. Very SC.

no. 6 resort 2016, look 13 | simple pretty

look 13

no. 6 resort 2016, look 3 | simple pretty

look 3

no. 6 courtesy photos for

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Petersham Nurseries School of Garden Inspiration

petersham nurseries school of garden inspiration | simple pretty

catalog cover

A happy discovery at this year’s GROW London Contemporary Garden Fair was Petersham Nurseries‘ newly-launched “School of Garden Inspiration”. The gorgeous class brochure highlights the wide variety of class options that will to appeal to garden aesthetes whether they’re resident or tourist. Courses range from the serious (vegetable garden planning and rose-bush pruning) to the seasonal (container planting and flower arranging) to my favorite, a series of foraging walks in which an hour-long walk led by a Petersham chef/horticulturist concludes with a light meal at the Nurseries. Sign me up.

Petersham Nurseries School of Garden Inspiration | simple pretty

autumn classes include Petersham’s NGS open day on September 6

petersham nurseries school of garden inspiration | simple pretty

christmas wreath making is offered december 8 and 9.

Petersham Nurseries School of Garden Inspiration | simple pretty

the wild food walks are led by chef/horticulturist Claudio Bincoletto

Petersham Nurseries retail | simple pretty

Petersham’s elegant retail area, snapped during my Thanksgiving 2011 visit

Petersham Nurseries café | simple pretty

petersham’s café is magical at Christmastime (2011 photo)

all photos by jane potrykus 

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Exploring London: Southerden Patisserie and Café

southerden patisserie and café | simple pretty

72 Bermondsey Street, London SE1

If all goes according to (my) plan, we have one year to go as full-time Londoners. This lends a bit of bittersweet to my #exploring expeditions — it’s the last summer! — but it also is a brilliant motivator to get out there and make the most of it. And so, over the weekend, we shook off the tendency to inertia and headed to Southeast London for some foodie fun.

After a morning wandering through the stalls at Spa Terminus (more on that to come), we headed to Bermondsey High Street to check out Southerden Patisserie and Café. Launched in Peckham in late 2013 by lawyer-turned-pâtissière Melanie Southerden, the Bermondsey location opened this February to instant design acclaim. And while the interiors, designed by Eley Kishimoto and Studio Maclean are striking enough to merit a mention from Wallpaper Magazine, my sweet tooth had to know if they had “the goods”. (A quick perusal of the pastry case said “yes”.) The shop was bursting with tempting options, but I quickly zeroed in on Southerden’s picnic lunch option. With a sandwich, homemade chips, a bottled beverage, and pastry for £10, it was the perfect way to sample the menu.

For my sandwich, I chose the roasted-grape and goat cheese, and it was an outstanding flavor combination (the simple, flavorful homemade chips were a lovely touch). Note to self: start roasting grapes, stat.

southerden patisserie and café sandwich | simple pretty

roasted grape and goat cheese sandwich with homemade chips

For my pastry, I selected a mini tart with blueberries, blackberries, and lemon creme (with an infused-macaron on top): clever presentation and soooo good.

southerden patisserie and café mini tart | simple pretty

blueberry/blackberry mini tart (with macaron!)

My beverage choice was a bottled cold-pressed apple, kale, and basil juice from Peckham-based Ali Baba Juice. (The staff member who helped me said it was her favorite.)

At £10, this lunch felt like the bargain of the century to me and I can’t wait to go back. In addition to the Bermondsey Street shop, Southerden operates a stall at Spa Terminus on Saturday mornings. It would be easy to fall into the habit of shopping for fruits, vegetables, and a little something sweet on the weekend. The height of civility in big-city living.

all photos by jane potrykus

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