Wanderlust Paper Co.

wanderlust paper co | simple pretty

assortment from wanderlust’s portrait collection

In a season of confinement that never seems to end, I find myself drawn to connection more than ever, seeking out friends for bits of commiseration and support. An upside to connections via snail mail is the joy of selecting the perfect paper goods to express yourself. Recently, I discovered Wanderlust Paper Co. (instagram @wanderlustpaperco) Artist Lucy Brackin has a knack for simple, romantic artwork printed in a palette of understated, sweet pastels. Based in Hove, England, and printed by hand on a vintage press, it doesn’t go unnoticed that the company’s name perfectly suits the moment: if I’m to be denied the pleasures of travel this year, at least I can send some Wanderlust through the mail …

wanderlust paper co "hello you" card | simple pretty

“hello you” card … the illustration reminds me of my mother

wanderlust paper co | simple pretty

wanderlust paper’s nudes collection

images via wanderlustpaper.co

Artistic Sourdough Bread by Linda Ring

One of the things missing in my life circa Covid-19 — actually, since moving back to the US — is accessible good bread. Although I have no plans to adopt a sourdough starter of my own to be on trend during lockdown, I am completely besotted with the artistic loaves created by Swedish photographer/stylist Linda Sofia Ring. Baking solely for her family, and gluten intolerant(!), the photos she shares on instagram bring a smile with each new piece of edible art. They are Matisse-like in their simple elegance.

(Ring is featured in the new special food issue of Milk Decoration and it was a sublime introduction to her work.)

images via linda sofia ring at pinterest

linda sofia ring at instagram

Oh, The Places (We Hope to) Go: Petit Marché

Still sheltering-in-place, taking walks, scrolling Instagram, and dreaming. Dreaming of Stockholm, and a visit to Petit Marché, a completely charming sort of shop if your interests tend to flowers … and coffee … like me.

images from petit marché stockholm at facebook

Oh, The Places (We Hope to) Go: Shoppe

shoppe, birmingham | simple pretty

shoppe’s bungalow garden shop

2020 travel started off well enough. January brought a trip to Charleston; February took us to Nashville … and March was supposed to be Birmingham, expressly to visit Shoppe, a shop I have been obsessed with of late. Owners Jay Draper and Mark Thompson have created a flower and plant wonderland, complete with an authentic English glasshouse (and yes, that beautiful glasshouse was the gateway drug). I was hoping to escape late-winter Chicago for garden inspiration, do a little gift shopping, and cap off the visit with a bite to eat* at their newest venture, General, a general store and café concept located right next door. Now, with all travel postponed for the foreseeable future, I’m hoping that a late-fall trip will happen. Holiday inspiration and whatnot. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, the Instagram stalking continues …

shoppe, birmingham | simple pretty

an overview of shoppe

shoppe, birmingham | simple pretty

a peek inside the glasshouse

shoppe, birmingham | simple pretty

topiaries in shoppe’s english glasshouse

image credits: 1-3 from shoppe’s facebook page; 4 from shoppebham.com

* my backup lunch plan (if the café part wasn’t open yet) was Chez Fonfon

Oh, The Places (We Hope To) Go: Here

simple pretty: here kyoto canelés and coffee

here canelés

Let’s face it: nobody’s going anywhere at the moment, unless it’s a riveting (and necessary) trip to the grocery store. Which means if you’re a person who likes to travel, you’re trawling social media more than you should for glimpses of what life could be like again. Someday. (Guilty.)

I’m compiling lists of places to visit over my (eventual) trip to Japan, and have just found a new spot to add to my Kyoto itinerary: here. Founded by Latté Art World Champion Junichi Yamaguchi, here is simply the cutest coffee-and canelé shop. It ticks so many travel-happy boxes: sweet tooth. caffeine. design. (Here’s branding is minimalist perfection, so much so that I’m coveting a tote bag and a mug* in lieu of a canelé fix given the distance.)

More wanderlust inspiration to come … recommendations welcome.

simple pretty: here kyoto canelés and coffee

coffee and canelé, please

simple pretty: here kyoto canelés and coffee

here’s latté

images via coffeehere.world, as well as here’s facebook page

follow here on instagram

*yes the mug is sold out, but did you notice the “here” detail at the bottom of the mug?