Letter from London: King's Road

Couverture storefrontCouverture tea cozyJonathan Adler pillow at CouvertureOsborne & Little Vintage Collection fabricsCath Kidston storefrontCath Kidston Oven MitsNapket windowNapket fork chandelier Despite becoming more dominated by chain stores recently, we still love visiting King's Road in Chelsea to check out some of our favorite shops in London. This week, the post-Christmas sales were on, making the treasure hunt even more fun (especially from those of us who are earning in the North American peso!).

Couverture, which is soon making the move to Notting Hill, always has wonderful home decor and a great children's section. We loved this tea cozy as well as their vintage-inspired patterned ottomans. They also carry these fabulous wool lemon pillows by the Jonathan Adler.

We love pouring through the wallpaper pattern books at Osborne & Little -- they always strike the perfect balance between vintage elegance and contemporary style. We covet every single pattern in their Vintage collection!

Cath Kidston is always good for some sweet, kistchy pieces. We love her textiles, in particular these cheery oven gloves and mits. Her books are a great resource for those looking for ideas for using vintage fabrics for creative DIY projects.

A newcomer we noticed on the block is lovely brasserie Napket. The restaurant's design combines warm lighting, natural wood, and vintage pieces like this witty fork chandelier. Offering "snob food" (with tongue firmly in cheek!) the ambiance is hip and earthy - reminded us of Craft, one of our favorite places to dine in NYC.

And then, of course, there is Designers Guild, which always offers a feast of fabulous design. We especially love their children's section.