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Pillar Box Post is my digital version of a handwritten letter…complete with my photos, clipped snippets from magazines/web and basically all the things that I love, but without the postage. I’m a graphic designer, originally from Pennsylvania, but have made England my home for the past fve years. Life wouldn’t be complete with my minx of a french bulldog, Olive Juice and my charming Mister.

I have a quote that is hanging over my desk that says ‘if you want to be interesting be interested’…how true it is! Right now I’m a bit more interested than I should be with all things woodgrain, undersized/oversized, London town, feathers, shop windows, paper cuttings and my grass green bicycle named Betsy…just to name a few! Welcome to Pillar Box Post!


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  1. Mutte permalink
    June 26, 2009 5:29 pm

    This sounds Thrilling! I am definitly interested in seeing and reading it. This is my very first time blogging ( if that is what I am doing right now) so please forgive this.

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      July 7, 2009 11:37 pm

      Fantastic, glad to see this has opened some new doors in the world wide web of inspiration. I guess you are sort of blogging…err well maybe that is more what I do, but you are interacting with it, which is the best part, and i’m very proud of you for getting that far. Welcome welcome!

  2. August 13, 2009 9:57 pm

    I love your blog!! Its really inspiring,well done for all the lovely images.

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      August 25, 2009 9:16 pm

      Thank you, thank you! You keep inspring me…and i’ll keep ughm, well..trying to find beautiful things I guess!

  3. November 18, 2009 5:51 pm

    Hi! My name is Jacob Frommer. I am a 22 year old from NYC. I just started a blog about a month ago, and I stumbled across yours. Its a beautiful, fresh blog. Nice work! The point of the blog is to give the tried and true advice of my older brothers to others. I have been getting great reviews but have a very small audience. How did you get your start? How do you maintain an audience?
    By the way, I got back from London after 6 months this summer. Fantastic, brilliant, classic, progressive place you’ve got there.

  4. Anne H. Putnam permalink
    January 22, 2010 6:10 pm

    Beautiful blog! I’m an American, living in London for the second time, and stumbled across your site while searching for UK-based home-design blogs (since I somehow managed to find a gorgeous flat and I want to do it justice). Any recommendations?

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      January 24, 2010 11:33 pm

      Ooo I’d love to help! Any more information available -description, pictures, problems?What brings you to London…again? Always very intrigued by others transatlanticism ( yes I just made that up)…

      • Anne H. Putnam permalink
        January 25, 2010 10:36 am

        Yay! There are some pics of the flat’s evolution here: We’re in Angel/Shoreditch, overlooking the canal, and the flat is so cool and modern, with such big walls, that we want to do it justice. BUT… we’re kinda poor… all our money goes on rent! So any DIY ideas or great hidden (cheap) markets in London would be a huge help.

        What brings me to London? Hmm… what else? A boy. My boyfriend is studying medicine here and couldn’t exactly come to me, so I made the move (this is actually my second time around).

        I think there’s an album called Transatlanticism… Snow Patrol? Not that there’s anything wrong with making up words; it’s the whole reason I majored in English, to give me some cred!

      • April 19, 2010 7:23 pm

        Brittany, I can’t wait to explore this blog – it looks great! Thanks for sharing all of this with us.

        And Anne, I’m about to move over to London (am currently pursuing my visa, which I hope to have by late May) for a boy – any tips you have on the whole adventure would be greatly appreciated!

      • Anne H. Putnam permalink
        May 2, 2010 10:09 pm

        Hi Betsy,
        I’d be happy to help! I have a blog about life in London (this is my second time around, same boy), although it does tend towards rants instead of helpfulness, but I’ve been planning a post for months on helpful tips, so now you’ve given me a reason to write it! I don’t want to take over Brittany’s lovely blog with my comments, though, so if you have any specific questions please don’t hesitate to contact me through my blog:
        And Brittany: sorry for taking up your real estate! I didn’t want to leave Betsy hanging…

  5. January 24, 2010 8:09 pm

    Just found your blog, and I’m loving it– I spent a few months in England two years ago, and I’ve been feeling nostalgic. Out of curiosity, where are you in your photo?

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      January 24, 2010 11:36 pm

      Thank you marisa, lovely to have you! Where in England were you visiting? In my profile photo I am in an utterly fabulous relaxed state of European train travelling holiday…and in nice, France!

      • January 25, 2010 12:07 am

        I thought that was Nice! I loved the buildings there– a perfect vacation.

        Anyway, I spent a semester in Brighton and it was a pretty awesome six months. In fact, I spent a lot of time in front of pillar boxes sending letters and postcards back to the States.

  6. January 29, 2010 4:32 pm

    Really great! One of the most beautiful blogs I have ever consulted and I will consult again. Postcards are never boring but open us worlds full of mysteries and might have beens. I also collect them like you and I specialize in air transport.

    Please continue surprising and entertaining the world.



    PS: My blog is still worlds away from yours but people like you are my benchmark

  7. January 31, 2010 2:21 pm

    Love your “letters” and design! I will definitely be checking this out more. I curious though, what part of PA are you from? I hail from the suburbs of Philly.

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      January 31, 2010 6:45 pm

      Thank you very much! I lived the better half of my life in Lebanon, (or if that has gone amiss in your geography lesson…Hershey/Lancaster)

      Hope to ‘ see ‘ you again!

  8. February 1, 2010 1:58 am

    Hi! I just found your blog and I must say I love your concept of blogging as if you were writing a letter 🙂 Everything is done beautifully and I can’t wait to read more posts!

  9. February 15, 2010 3:25 pm

    Hello. I just stumbled across your blog. I absolutely adore it. Can’t wait to read more!

  10. March 22, 2010 9:50 am

    Hi Brittany

    I’ve just come across your gorgeous blog having just set up the Vigilance template myself … (I live in paris and am setting up a kids design blog) and wondered if you could tell me (am a TOTAL novice!!!).. Did you have to buy Vigilance Pro to get your own header etc onto the site…? Have spent all weekend on this and am tearing my hair out so any advice wold be FAB!
    I’m an ex-Londoner so really enjoying keeping up-to-date on my beloved home city via your blog! Thank you!

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      March 22, 2010 9:36 pm

      Hello Catherine, thanks for stopping by! No, I did not upgrade to the Pro version of my theme, just using the ol’ bog standard version. I designed my header as one image, then went to appearance section (down the left hand side of your admin area) and selected header…and voila upload extravaganza. You can resize your image there, but I just took down the measurements and made my design accordingly so it fit at 100% and I didn’t have to worry about cropping etc. Having said that, there is a redesign of Pillar Box Post in the pipeline, can’t come soon enough! Hope this helps!

      Glad to hear you are enjoying the bits of London…would love to hear more about your kids design blog. Do keep in touch!
      Kind Regards,

  11. April 10, 2010 3:46 pm

    I am loving this blog, the photos are excellent. I found you via the camera bag project; I’ve got a small obsession with bags and you might have fed my next fix. I’ve linked you from my blog, why not pop over some time and see a view on life from the sticks.

  12. April 18, 2010 7:43 pm

    Just discovered your blog and am totally smitten…and I don’t even use the word ‘smitten’. SO MUCH beauty in one spot. Ahhhhhh.. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Redlilocks permalink
    May 15, 2010 9:18 pm

    Just discovered your absolutely lovely blog! Another expat from Pennsylvania here (Poconos) but living in Manchester (lived in Kent for 8 years but moved here last year and love it). London is such a fab city, some of my bestest mates live there and often visit. So nice to have “found” you as there are so few really great interior/lifestyle blogs from the UK 🙂

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      May 16, 2010 7:32 pm

      Thank you very much for stopping by! Lovely to hear from another pennsylvanian! What brought you (or kept you) to the UK?

      • Redlilocks permalink
        May 18, 2010 9:48 pm

        Oh same ol’ story – a BOY 😉 Well, I was married to a Brit for 2 years but unfortunately, things didn’t work out and we divorced. I found myself single but with a visa and decided I was quite happy to stay in England. Just love it here really, can’t imagine being anywhere else! And the story ends well, I’m very happily ‘shacked up’ with a Mancunian boy now… Ok, so sometimes I miss Apple Jacks, Target and Iced Tea but hey, these are the sacrifices you make, right? 🙂

  14. David permalink
    May 31, 2010 9:25 am

    hei there… im david from indonesia and i also a graph designer, luckily i found ur blog
    ur blog is marvelous, and i really envy about ur trip… hahaha wish i can go to the place at ur pic… btw nice photographic u got there… and u got a great craftmanship..
    waiting for ur next trip review hahahaha


  15. June 14, 2010 4:04 am

    Hi, I saw your post about my kitchen on seesaw and had to come see your sweet Olive Juice. She is a gorgeous wee beastie — and just a baby! My Lulu is 8 1/2 years old and she does all the same crazy Frenchie stuff that Olive does — lying half off her bed with chicken legs out the back, sitting on her bum like a human with hind legs out straight in between front paws, trying to sleep on my lap while my laptop is already there, weird sounds….LOVE the frenchies! Love your blog and totally jealous that you live in London!

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      June 14, 2010 1:11 pm

      Aww thank you so much for coming to visit–I love your work(especially your kitchen) ! As for Miss Olive, she IS just a baby, with a birthday (1st) next week. Shame we can’t have lovely Lulu over for puppycakes. She could pass on some of her wisdom to Olive-who is in need of it after a crazy weekend of exerting herself too much! It’s so funny to hear of others who have the same crazy habits-they are just too full of character. Thanks for stopping by
      Kind Regards,

  16. Muriel Alexander permalink
    June 25, 2010 8:55 pm

    Hi, Hope you are well. My name is Muriel Alexander, and I just wanted to update you that The Bromley Group is now representing the Donna Karan Home Collections &, the new online resource for quality, modern living window treatments, accessories and drapery related information. Please contact me for hi res images, lifestyle photography and samples for your upcoming editorial needs. Best, Muriel

  17. July 19, 2010 11:51 am

    Hi Brittany… i love the blog. So inspiring!
    Congratulations on getting married, you look stunning!!!!!
    jules x

  18. August 12, 2010 6:01 pm

    Hi, I’m graphic designer from Australia. Recently made it here to London and happened to stumble onto your site. Great work! Beautiful blog!!! Some really inspirational work/photos. Will definetely be reading it regularly. Keep up the nice work 🙂

  19. September 21, 2010 7:25 am

    Hi, nice to meet you !


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