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Getting to know Thornback & Peel

When I was last in London, I visited Thornback & Peel's holiday "pop-up" shop at Pentreath & Hall and met Abbie, who manages their warehouse and helps screenprint some of the beautiful items by hand.  It was so fun to put a face with a name, and I've been eager to get to know Delia Peel and Juliette Thornback because their story is an inspiration to me.  They have followed their creative interests and are living the dream in London!    Briton Home is all about sharing stories of people and places in Great Britain that we love and are inspired by.  I recently asked Delia a few questions to get to know her better and share with you.  Here's...

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A Walkable Life

We’re wrapping up the month of May, moving into June and a different routine. There’s been a heat wave across the Southeast US this month, and it already feels like summer. We have a few weeks left of school, and the calendar is full of end of the year banquets and celebrations, beginning of the season events at the pool, tryouts for next year’s activities. It’s hot out there, and while I’m grateful for air conditioning and a car to get us from place to place comfortably, I take note of the trade-offs. Spring, the season of noticing new life all around and pleasant weather that invites us to come outside to enjoy it seems to have come and gone....

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More than a Tea Towel

I love tea towels.  I use them everyday to dry my hands, dry dishes, grab hot things from the oven, protect my counter, and just to look pretty.  I like to receive them as gifts, I like to give them as gifts.  I buy them abroad, I buy them at home.  They are a quintessential product for me.  As I've chosen items for Briton Home, I've been a sucker for tea towels.  They are useful, definitely British, and available in so many patterns and colors.   And yet.  I hate the idea of peddling tea towels.  What I really want to offer you is a cup of coffee and an almond croissant at Gail's Bakery.  A pot of tea at the...

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The Sunday Roast

The Sunday Roast is one of my favorite British traditions that is still alive and well.  This weekly celebration of abundance and community is the inspiration for the items I've chosen to start the Briton Home collection.   We discovered the Sunday Roast by accident.  A few weeks into living in London, we met another American expat at a pub for dinner.  We placed our orders, and when the meal arrived, we had plate envy.  I hadn't paid any attention when he  ordered the roast- but what arrived at the table was a heaping plate piled with roasted vegetables, crispy potatoes, tender meat, a sausage, AND a golden flaky pastry full of yummy looking gravy (the Yorkshire Pudding).  I assumed it...

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Briton Home- The Inspiration

In early 2018, our family was living in London for my husband's academic work.  We were invited to spend a weekend with friends in a charming town in the Cotswolds called Chipping Campden.  After several months of urban dwelling, we were happy to set out for the countryside. Britain has an amazing history of welcoming, even encouraging, people to explore.  Laws in England and Wales protect the public right of way to walk, and sometimes cycle or ride horseback on public footpaths, bridleways, and byways.  In Scotland, everyone has the right to be on most land so long as they act responsibly.  All across Great Britain, weathered wooden signposts mark public footpaths, and clever steps and gates enable walkers to pass from field...

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