Paul Lowe, aka Sweet Paul, is certainly living the sweet life. He was born in Oslo, Norway and raised by his Auntie Gunnvor (Great Aunt) and Mormor (grandmother) who nurtured his love of cooking and crafting at an early age. With their impeccable tastes, but “not always so perfect cakes”, they also instilled the mantra that “fullkommenhet er kjedelig” or “perfection is boring.” After moving to New York City and working as a highly sought after stylist, Paul launched the Sweet Paul blog to share his love of stylish, yet attainable food, crafts and lifestyle with his clients. This little blog became an online phenomenon and served as the beginning for his much loved magazine of the same name. Today, Sweet Paul is followed by millions online, and the print quarterly, Sweet Paul Magazine, is sold nationwide in Anthropologie and other specialty stores. Last year Paul celebrated the publication of his new book, Sweet Paul Eat and Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love, his guide to chasing the sweet things in life.

Paul takes his own advice of living with simple elegance at home. “I like very simple well-made food,” he says. “My idea of heaven is a piece of grilled fish with olives, capers and olive oil.” Lucky for Paul, he lives upstairs from Brooklyn Fare and can pop in there as often as he likes. He also shops at the farmers market for seasonal things. “I do believe that you should pay more for well-made and organic food,” he says. “I love cheese and will gladly pay more money for a well-made creamy cheese.” Paul keeps his kitchen stocked with oils, vinegars, capers, olives, herbs and “anything that can brighten up a meal.” His kitchen also hosts his two beloved French Bulldogs, Lestat and Hugo. You can sweeten your kitchen by stocking some of these items Paul always has on hand.

1. Royal Copenhagen Mussel Painted Plates — My grandmother had them and now I have them as well. I think they are the most beautiful plates ever!

2. KitchenAid Mixer — I use mine several times a week for baking, although it could do with a good scrub down.

3. Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap — I love the product and packaging. Basil is my favorite.

4. Fresh Herbs — I love using them, they give food color, taste and make everything smell so good.

5. Jam Jars — I don’t care for glassware and I hate glasses with stems. I serve everything from milk to champagne in jam jars.

6. Dijon Mustard — But it must be the real French kind. I use it in everything for that extra little kick – it makes a simple hot dog an adventure.

7. Agave syrup — I do believe that sugar is bad for you, so whenever I can I try to substitute it with agave. It has a deep sweet taste and is great for most things.

8. Dog Treats — My dogs can hear me open the lid for miles away and come running.

9. Sriracha Sauce — I love making a sauce of sriracha, olive oil and rice vinegar. It’s so good on anything and the bottle is cute!

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  1. 1
    Charlotte January 6, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Kelly, your illustrations make me happy! Enjoyed reading this post and I give Paul major points for recognizing the simple pleasures of Mrs. Meyer’s products. I’ve used them for years and especially love their pine-scented candle during the holidays.

    • Kelly Colchin January 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Charlotte – making these illustrations makes me very happy too!

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    Camille Styles January 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Such a beautiful illustration, Kelly, and Paul — thanks for stopping by! I am such a huge fan, and it’s fun to get an inside peek at what’s always in one of my favorite foodie’s kitchen. 🙂

    • Kelly Colchin January 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Camille! He’s one of my favorites too!

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    Kristen January 6, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Love the Royal Copenhagen plates! Reminds me of the blue and white Scandinavian Christmas plates my mom has hanging in her kitchen. 🙂

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    Andrea January 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Beautiful Kelly!

    • Kelly Colchin January 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks so much – this one was so fun to make!

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    Charla January 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

    This one may be my favorite one yet! The plates, the dogs and Sriracha! Sweet Paul is speaking to my heart.

    • Kelly Colchin January 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Speaks to my heart too Charla!

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    D M Dunn January 6, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you for the introduction to Sweet Paul. I’m already excited to try several of his recipes and his blog is beautiful!

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    heather January 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Those frenchies were the icing to an already sweet piece!

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    Karin January 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    okay…I am trying again to post (apparently I am too fast in posting?)…..I have ‘loved’ Sweet Paul for years…thanks for giving him a place on Camille, but I have to say serving champagne in jam jars is an awesome idea….your illustrations are ever so sweet too.

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    Rita January 11, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Your art is simply delightful Kelly. What a treat to have you and Sweet Paul in one article. Those little Frenchies are the best. Hope you had a good holiday.



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