Simple style: The denim jacket


Read our potted history of the trusty, tireless denim jacket in April’s issue of The Simple Things? Investing in a classic denim jacket should see years of wear. But what to wear with it? Here are our top denim jacket style picks. Clockwise from top left: 1. Go nautique with a classic Breton tee, Toast £49… Continue reading

Asparagus with Gill Meller, River Cottage

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River Cottage’s head chef explains why home-grown asparagus is worth waiting for, in April’s issue of The Simple Things. “We’ve been waiting three years for our asparagus bed at River Cottage to yield anything considered ripe for cutting,” says Gillon Meller. “Patience, our gardener insists, is the watchword when growing this delicate little plant.” “The… Continue reading

Meet the original upcyclers: Mark and Sally Bailey

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Mark and Sally Bailey, king and queen of up cycling, talk us through their stripped-back style

A project for the weekend


Peg out proudly with this burlap peg bag – made by you! If you manage to even find your peg bag again after the winter, the chances are it’s probably grown a bit of mould or acquired a rather unpleasant damp smell.  Before you go out and buy another one we’ve got the perfect project… Continue reading

Where is your favourite tea room?


In issue 20 of The Simple Things we share ‘the 10 tea rooms we like a lot’! Find out how to add your favourites to the list. We’re a nation of tea rooms: there’s not a market town, beauty spot or city without its little gem. In issue 20 of the magazine we’ve compiled a… Continue reading

3 tips for small business success


You’ll never guess number 3… Nick Cooper, the creative force behind successful small business Stamp Shoes, shares the top 3 things he’s learned from setting up his own bespoke shoe workshop. NICK COOPER, founder of Stamp Shoes, lives in Northampton and creates beautiful bespoke footwear from his own designs. After my religious studies degree I… Continue reading

Say it with a poem


You’ll notice we’re in rather a romantic mood in the next issue of The Simple Things (Issue 20, on sale 31st January). In the wonderfully nostalgic The Lost Art of Writing a Love Letter we uncover the principles of penning the perfect love note. A few lines from a beautiful poem can capture a feeling… Continue reading

Those who can, do


IF YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF Do Lectures you’re missing out on free talks on big ideas and clever thinking from very bright people. Think Tim Smit of the Eden project, the chief of the Sioux nation, the man who reinvented meditation for modern living and the woman who directed Pixar’s Brave. For starters. You can read our… Continue reading

The Simple Things – Beth Nielsen Chapman

The Simple Things Beth Nielsen Chapman

American singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman has long been a favourite of ours, so we were thrilled to hear that the lead track on her new album is called The Simple Things! A beautiful song with beautiful lyrics we’re sure you’ll agree. Uncovered by Beth Nielsen Chapman is now available to order from her website.

Free handpicked film magazine

Our colleagues here at Future have been busy producing a free magazine that reviews the best films to view this month on Picturebox films, the on-demand movie service from Universal Studios. You can download it for ipad for free click here plus you could win a a family trip to Legoland. @PictureBox #ImproveYourFilmLife