Pillar Box Post is a lifestyle blog updated several times a week with a focus on design, interiors & a bit of my life in London, run by myself, Brittany.

If you’re a reader of of Pillar Box Post, you probably feel like you already know me, being privy to my endless ramblings about Olive Juice ( my minx of a French bulldog), the charming Mr. Pillarboxpost ( my minx of an English husband). But,  if you’re new, this list of ten should get you up to speed. While you are at it, you might want to see if you can pick out the lie.

  1. I’m a graphic designer by day (and evenings, mornings and especially after midnight)
  2. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania until a chance stay in England landed me an English love. England has been my home for nearly six years ( most of them in London). I am now a dual citizen of the US & the UK.
  3. I love rain, which is a lucky thing living in England, but I really go mental for thunderstorms and snow (sadly, not often occurrences in the UK)
  4. I find it literally impossible to not be happy if I hear a Hall & Oates song (okay realistically, probably only their top 5 hits). Same applies to the Tears for Fears song, Everybody wants to rule the world.
  5. I’ve nearly filled my passport with stamps over the past 9 years…but according to a travel website I’ve only visited 8% of the countries in the world. Challenge accepted.
  6. I love my grass green bicycle, Betsy, and anthropomorphic animals (that’s animals wearing clothing or with human attributes).
  7. On second thought, perhaps the human attributes aren’t just limited to the animals…let’s put objects in that pile as well shall we?
  8. I love cheese, especially brie, camembert and muenster.
  9. If given the chance, I could spend weeks reading books in a pool on holiday. On a week away I can average about 8 novels, which creates a bit of a pickle when keeping our baggage under the weight limit.
  10. I have a quote hanging above my desk that says ‘ If you want to be interesting, be interested, ‘ which I really believe in…so in July of 2009, Pillar Box Post started as a place for inspiration as well as a chronicle of things that make me tick. Enjoy!


You can say…hello@pillarboxpost.com

*The lie? I hate cheese..seriously. I can eat pizza and a few other select dishes, but otherwise, keep. it. away.



Times Online 50 of the world’s best design blogs 2009

wordpress.com home page, ‘freshly pressed’–a daily curation of the ‘best of wordpress’

— Spare Rolls of Film – July 2010
— Looking into the Past – January 2010
— Pastel Beach Huts – November 2009

Dorset Cereals little blog awards winner – August 2010


So what is a pillar box exactly? A pillar box is a free standing post box found in the United Kingdom, that were first used in 1852 and were an imitation of a device used in Paris described as a “letter receiving pillar”.

The standard colour is red, which is so iconic that the particular shade is often called “pillar box red” in paints etc… They are a fantastic piece of British design, like the red telephone box and the red double decker buses. What a fabulous link to the posting of my daily ‘letters’…or at least that is what I thought…

Also in pillar box trivia today…Danger mouse and penfold cartoon lived in a pillar box. Penfold is the name of a texagonal style of mailbox. Sadly, they didn’t live in that style of box in the show…irony or laziness?

  • You said, she said...

Leave a comment below

  • victoria said on November 30, 2010 9:26 am

    I love the new website and have a feeling a will spend a fortune in the shop when it opesn!!

  • Edgar said on December 9, 2010 12:51 pm

    Dear Friend,

    Could you give me your e-mail adress in order to send you info about the brand the muro lab?

    With the slogan “this is not art, this is decoration” the muro lab is a new concept of decorative art that creates special linens to low cost and fixed price in order to harmonize with the decoration of all kinds of environment.

    You can find the muro lab in his web page http://www.themurolab.com , where the muros can be bought.

  • David said on December 10, 2010 10:28 am

    Dear Brittany,

    I work for a TV Production Company called TalkbackThames and am working on a brand new primetime Channel 4 programme. The programme is about the buying and selling of fascinating and desirable objects, from antiques, curiosities and taxidermy, to collectibles, memorabilia through to 20th Century design. I am currently looking for people who have something they would like to sell that they think is really special and interesting that might be worth serious amounts of money, to see if they would like to take part. We are offering them a once in a lifetime opportunity to show and potentially sell to Britain’s top dealers.

    If you think you might know somebody who might be interested, or you simply would like to learn more about the show, please pass on my details or get in touch.

    Yours sincerely

    David Harris
    0207 861 8193

  • elizabeth kelly said on February 10, 2011 10:37 am

    Hi there

    please can I have yuor email address so I can add you too our mailing list?


  • Jane Rockett said on March 22, 2011 1:34 pm

    Hi there
    We are big fans of Pillar Box Post at rockettstgeorge.co.uk and wondered if you would be interested in our new products. We add to our site on a monthly basis – here are our latest editions http://www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk/new–rockettstgeorge-212-c.asp

    Also we would love to run a competition/promotional offer for your readers. If this is something you are interested in do let me know.

    Best wishes and thank you for your time.

    Jane Rockett

  • Jennifer Meredith said on March 25, 2011 1:54 pm

    My friend and I are heading over from the states for 2 jam-packed days of shopping in April.
    Have you done a post recently on must-see shops? I’d love to get your top pics for a quick trip.
    Thank you!
    Jen (loyal reader)

  • Brittany Hurdle said on March 27, 2011 4:12 pm

    Hi Jennifer…thanks for getting in touch. Shopping is something I tend to do a bit of..or at least browsing so I reckon I can give you a start! What kind of shopping style do you have in mind? Are you a clothing person, or homewares…and are you shopping for actual things you want to take home or just the fun of going into shops and seeing interesting things?
    Hope I can help,

  • Jemma Ooi said on April 15, 2011 11:51 am


    I’m Kate, I’m emailing on behalf of CUSTHOM Design. I am a fan of your blog and see that you are launching an online shop. I was wondering if you might be interested in some of our products.

    Here’s a little info about the company:

    Design collective CUSTHOM (Nathan Philpott and Jemma Ooi) began their collaboration shortly after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007. They have researched and developed user interactive products with the aim to explore processes, in order to challenge the mass production of lifeless products.

    Our designs have always had a core theme of individuality or change of state – allowing uniqueness and unexpected outcomes. Yet we feel the roll of the designer is not to provide an open ended result but to have considered all possibilities
    allowing the product to properly function and work aesthetically.

    CUSTHOM, design and experiment in their South-East London studio and work purely with UK based manufacturers.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards

    Kate Blyfield

  • Twizzles Home Accessories said on September 8, 2011 12:16 pm


    We are always adding new and interesting products to Twizzles Home Accessories . http://www.twizzles.net , we have something for all tastes and price ranges
    Kind Regards
    Simon Quick

  • Lucy Corbishley said on August 21, 2012 4:26 pm

    I miss you :(

  • Eleanor McWilliams said on January 27, 2017 1:46 pm

    I love the second photo of the farmhouse top mount sink. It is exactly what I want. Do you still have it and let me know about it. Thanks

  • Leave a Comment
(will not be published)

You can use basic XHTML in your comments.