Everyday Award Ribbons by Frankie and Claude

everyday award ribbons

It’s hard to discover new things — actually, it’s hard to discover anything — when your trips out of the house are limited to essential grocery and Target runs.* However, I managed to spy these ribbons through a gift shop’s window while waiting to collect my takeaway lunch order.

Frankie + Claude‘s clever take on “Everyday Awards” is fantastic. I love the idea of recognizing someone in this moment of crazy for just being; celebrating (and honoring) a quirk with a ribbon worthy of display. Two of the ribbons below correctly describe a personal idiosyncrasy: one of these things is not like the others. Can you guess which one?

frankie and claude everyday award ribbons

overthink everything

frankie and claude everyday award ribbons

in bed by 9

frankie and claude everyday award ribbons

5 minutes late

images via frankieandclaude.com

*and yes, the occasional take-out order as well.

Thie Studios


As the year of staying home drags on, I think we could all use a dose of happiness in our mailboxes. These cards, by Hamburg designer Katja Kirchner’s Thie Studios, are graphic and minimalist and feel so very summery. (Which means act now*: summer is waning.)

thie studios sundowner card | simple pretty


thie studios BFF card | simple pretty


images via thiestudios.com

* I discovered these via my favorite Berlin paper shop, RSVP, but in the US, McNally Jackson is a suggested stockist.

Before Breakfast

beyond breakfast work pad | simple pretty

work pad

Completely besotted with the industrial-elegant paper goods from London-based purveyor Before Breakfast (Instagram: @beforebreakfast_london). Any of these items on your desk denotes your seriousness about proper tools that also have design bona fides: it’s like having secret access to a cool stash of office supplies.

The line is dedicated to sustainability, not only in their printing methods but also in repurposing scrap cuttings and leftover paper. In 2020, Before Breakfast has been using these scraps to create a series of one-off notebooks : you can follow their progress at Instagram.

For your organizational consideration, there’s a plethora of planners to choose from as well. I’m too late for their brilliant 2020 wall calendar; hopefully there’s a 2021 version in the offing.

beyond breakfast stack of boxes | simple pretty

stack of boxes



before breakfast ruled bookstand | simple pretty

ruled bookstand

images via www.beforebreakfast.london

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