Letter from London: Pimlico Road Design District

Appley Hoare Store FrontAppley Hoare ChaiseJane Churchill Interiors StorefrontAppley Hoare French Florist JugsAppley Hoare French Writing DeskAppley Hoare French MouldsAppley Hoare French Price Tags We love looking at interior design for inspiration for our stationery and London's recently-rejuvenated Pimlico Road Design District is one of our favorite resources for a vintage-inspired aesthetic, particularly 18th and 19th century English and French. Nestled just a few blocks away from Sloane Square, Pimlico houses some of London's most lovely antique furniture and interiors firms featuring classic, vintage design.

Westenholz Antiques specializes in gorgeous 18th and 19th century British furniture - we love the ornate details and lines on this opaline glass and gilt metal lamp base.

Renowned interior designer Jane Churchill has a quintessentially English classic-meets-modern aesthetic. We love the beach theme currently featured in her store window.

The wonderful Appley Hoare Antiques transports us instantly to the Paris flea markets (Les Puces) at Clingnancourt - we love the piles of yellowed, old French paperback books and ultra-worn 18th century sofas and armoires. For more inspiration, this aesthetic is perfectly captured in The New Eighteenth-Century Style: Rediscovering a French Decor (Harry N. Abrams, 2006), available here.

Other favorites on the square: Marston and Langinger, the renowned designer of English glass observatories, and Daylesford Organic, a lovely country-inspired bakery and deli that offers fresh organic eats.

Above: Opaline lamp bases and skull in the window of Westonholz Antiques; chaise at Westonholz Antiques; sea-themed window at Jane Churchill Interiors; French paperback books at Appley Hoare Antiques; French florist jugs at Appley Hoare Antiques; French writing desk at Appley Hoare Antiques; French moulds at Appley Hoare Antiques; Vintage French price tags at Appley Hoare Antiques.