You can learn a lot about a culture, or reinforce your pre-conceived ideas, by visiting a mainstream department store like Peter Jones on Sloane Square...
Peter Jones is a reassuring place, a source for classic window shutters and made-to-measure curtains, down duvets, throw pillows in every color.
And because this is a British department store, the comforts of home include a large selection of hot water bottles with tartan or white cotton covers, electric tea pots and toasters in every style, plus a large selection of picnicware and handsome picnic hampers for that great outdoor tradition in the green and pleasant land that is England.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com