An Instagrammer's guide to: Brighton

The well-loved seaside location of Brighton is a popular choice for city dwellers looking a slower pace of life while not compromising on creativity, good food and fun. Freelance copywriter Shelley Welti shares just a few of her top spots for a day trip or longer to this colourful coastal city.

As Dorothy knows only too well, there’s no place like home and for me – a biased Brightonian of just five years, there’s really nowhere quite like this bohemian city. Full of creatives, inspiring small businesses and an anything goes vibe, along with historical buildings, an award-winning beach and dreamy sunsets; Brighton really is a must to tick off your to-do list.

Whether you’ve never visited before or have strolled around The Lanes hundreds of times, there’s always something new and exciting to experience. Here are just a few of my must-sees.

 Photo: India Hobson for  Trouva

Photo: India Hobson for Trouva

Workshop - Located just off the twisty-turny, meandering Lanes is Workshop – a beautiful lifestyle store stocking home and fashion products that are both simple and useful. This airy and light store brings together gorgeous goods, created with care and craftsmanship from across the world and offers a peaceful, respite from the busy, bustling city streets, thanks to its relaxed ambience and well-designed – yet useful products. It’s really easy to while away a good half an hour in here – you’ve been warned!

IG: @workshopliving

Red Roaster / Pike & Pine - Instagrammer's Guide to Brighton

Redroaster/ Pike & Pine - Located just a stone’s throw from the pebbly shore in boho Kemptown, this Brighton gem is a beautiful botanical café (Redroaster) by day and stunning restaurant (Pike & Pine) serving seasonal, contemporary dishes by night. With marble topped tables, gorgeous gold accessories and foliage a-plenty, it’s the perfect place to stop for one of their hand-roasted coffees or to tuck into a spot of breakfast, brunch or lunch (or all three!) All food is prepared by a team led by Matt Gillan (holder of a Michelin Star and winner of the BBC’s Great British Menu). Oh, and for something a little fancier than fish and chips, head back in the evening for luxurious, yet relaxed fine dining and to die for cocktails.

IG: @redroastercafe

 Photo:  Lucy Davidson

Spiderplant Shop - Hidden away in Waiste Vintage (a divine vintage clothes boutique in North Laine), lies Spiderplant Shop – a tiny botanical haven, adorned with houseplants of all shapes and sizes. It’s not just the bright white-washed room full of nature’s green goodies that qualifies its ‘Instagrammable-ness’, there’s also quirky illustrations by local illustrator Jessica Sharville, leading the way up the stairs to this plant emporium. Phones at the ready folks!

IG: @spiderplantshop

 Photo: India Hobson for  Trouva

Photo: India Hobson for Trouva

Dowse - Mixing together prints, jewellery and homeware – some made in-house and others carefully sourced from various talented designers, Dowse is a true, independent boutique with a passion for art and thoughtful gifting at its heart. With an ethos of supporting and showcasing makers and their work, there’s always something new to lust after; from stylish planners to woven blankets, Danish-made ceramics to geometric prints, created by the small Dowse team. I don’t think I’ve ever left this store empty-handed – I bet you won’t either!

IG: @dowsedesign

Silo - Instagrammer's Guide to Brighton

Silo - Nestled in the quirky North Laine, Silo is a unique industrial, zero waste restaurant. Renowned for their ethical waste reduction philosophy (they work with farmers directly, use re-usable delivery vessels and choose local ingredients), Silo’s aesthetic reflects this re-use vibe – with tables made from industrial floor tiles, work benches crafted from filing cabinet frames and jam jars for glasses. There’s even a working compost machine set inside the restaurant. Of course, it’s not just about their look and ethos – Silo wows with it's food too, with delicious brunches and dinners inspired by modern and ancient primitive diets; just choose from plant, fish or meat menus.

IG: @silobrighton

 Photo:  Lucy Davidson

Peach Blossom - In a city that’s known for its fun, party atmosphere (especially during Pride weekend in August!), it’s important that Brighton has a party shop to enhance the celebratory feeling all year. And Peach Blossom, with its brightly coloured balloons and fun décor – including everything from cups to napkins, garlands to piñatas – is the perfect place to pick up supplies for parties and all year round home décor. I dare you not to take a snap in front of their party-perfect photo wall… and then want to recreate it in your home!

IG: @peachblossomuk

 Photo: India Hobson for  Trouva

Photo: India Hobson for Trouva

Homage - Escape the hubbub of the city centre and venture just ten minutes up Dyke Road to Seven Dials – a tranquil area of Brighton, with a village-like feel. As well as independent coffee shops and cafes (as well as breath-taking views across the higgledy-piggledy roof tops and the sea), you’ll also find Homage. This hidden treasure is a must-visit for fans of sleek, chic and sophisticated Scandi-style homeware with carefully curated shelves featuring wall hangings, seagrass baskets and ceramic planters. *Swoon*.

IG: @homage_shop

 Photo:  Lucy Davidson

Utility - Speaking of homeware, Utility is a household store that delights the city’s vintage-lovers who enjoy well-made, practical products. Describing themselves as ‘a no-nonsense household goods store’ a trip around Utility is like taking a step back into yesteryear. From hardware to ceramics,  brushes to crockery, dusters to hospital towels and so much more, this retro mecca is a must for traditionally, timeless British home essentials.

IG: @utilitybrighton

 Photo:  Lucy Davidson

Magazine Brighton - For me, there’s nothing I love more than curling up with an indie magazine and loosing myself for an hour or so. Magazine Brighton allows us paper-lovers to indulge with it's huge range of titles spanning fashion, lifestyle, crafts, design, feminism and photography to name just a few. Be warned: it’s easy to lose track of time, as you peruse and pick out your next read!

IG: @magazinebrighton

 Photo:  Lucy Davidson

The Flour Pot Bakery

With a black and white tiled floor, copper fixtures and wooden tables, shelves and blocks; The Flour Pot Bakery on Sydney Street is one of the city’s most aesthetically pleasing places to stop for a sarnie and a cuppa. The bakery sells its own fresh bread and pastries and the counter of freshly made filled baguettes, ciabatta rolls and flatbread pizzas are always a little too tempting to refuse. If you visit on a sunny day, grab a table outside and enjoy watching the world go by. You can also eye up vintage bargains from many of the retro boutiques that neighbour The Flour Pot Bakery. 

IG: @theflourpotbakerybrighton

Artists Residence - Instagrammer's guide to Brighton

Artist Residence - A 24-bedroom townhouse hotel with two restaurants and two cool cocktail bars, no stay in Brighton is complete without cosying up at Artist Residence. This beautiful boutique hotel, which is located in the historic Regency Square, has sea views overlooking the iconic West Pier and the British Airways i360, an observation tower. Opt for one of their curated ‘Artist House’ rooms (with free-standing bath) or choose a tucked-away ‘Below Deck’ room situated in the basement. Each room features eclectic (and deeply dreamy) décor, powerful rainfall showers and comfy beds – all you could want to end a perfect day sightseeing in Brighton.   

IG: @artistresidence

Thanks Shelley for showing us round your home town! We have always loved Brighton, but now we love it a little bit more! Shelley is the co-founder and editor of Brighton Style Magazine; an online lifestyle magazine celebrating the inspiring people and businesses who call Brighton home. Thanks also to our designer Lucy Davidson and India Hobson / Trouva who contributed some of the images for this post. 

Shopkeeper Spotlight: Future and Found

We chat to Andrea Bates, founder of Future and Found, a design destination and concept store in Tufnell Park, North London.

How would you describe the essence of Future and Found?

Helping people to create relaxed modern homes they love to live in and which reflect their personality. We do all the leg work curating a cohesive collection from some of the best brands and makers out there along with an increasing number of our own brand pieces. Our relaxed approach means our collection is design led and aspirational yet equally understated and unpretentious. So when a customer or client comes to us they feel confident and relaxed in our environment and decision making should be a pleasure.

We're based in a converted factory building, a stones throw from Tufnell Park station in North London. The ground floor houses our lifestyle and interiors concept store, centred around an outdoor courtyard serving coffee. Above the store is our interior design studio and workshop space. So we’re really trying to create a mini design destination for like minded people to enjoy.  


Tell us a bit about how Future and Found came about...

I was a retail buyer for many years working for brands such as Heal’s, Jamie Oliver and Paperchase. So I was lucky enough to travel the world finding amazing products and the people who make and design them.

I launched Future and Found in 2012 with an embarrassingly bad website and a small shop unit selling just accessories. I felt really passionate about independent retail and excited about bringing new products to market quickly. Since then we’ve moved to a bigger space, upgraded the website, grown a team of lovely and talented people and gained lots of gorgeous customers.  

Can you talk us through your buying decisions - do you have a wish list for new stock or is it a more organic process?

A bit of both to be honest… We do have a bit of a wish list which comes from how we’d like to see the range grow but also in response to customer requests and feedback. Then equally we spot things which we know are perfect for us, which we totally weren’t expecting, and just have to order them. That’s the beauty about being an independent… you can be fast to market and a little spontaneous. We’re super excited to be working on our own brand collection at the moment. The first lines will be on sale from this autumn (fingers and toes crossed!)


How do you source your products?

As a buyer years ago, I'd rely on trade fairs to build our range and find new brands / products. Things have changed massively since then and often you have had visibility of products before it hits a trade fair via social media and blogs. So we have to scour online a lot more than we did – Instagram is a firm favourite.

Any favourite products? What are you current bestsellers?

Our best selling products include Playtype mugs, Tallow candles and Kaleido trays by HAY. But furniture and lighting is becoming a bigger part of our sale mix every month as our selection - and customer loyalty - grows.

How did you go about designing the Future and Found shop?

We’re very lucky to be located in an old factory building set in a courtyard off the main road. So it’s a great environment to be in. We really let the architecture and style of the building lead us as it was already so perfect for our brand. Clean, simple and unpretentious.

How do you balance a bricks and mortar shop and an online store? Is having a ‘real’ shop important to you?

Very. I certainly wouldn’t be so passionate about our business without the bricks and mortar store. Our curation comes to life and we get to play with displays and mixing things as well as getting such great feedback from customers which we learn from every day. Also, having a bricks and mortar I think gives people confidence making big ticket purchases from us as they know they can reach a real person and see things in the flesh.


You also run an interior design service and a variety of workshops in-store - was that always the plan when setting up Future and Found? 

We feel it’s a natural extension to the store and our customer service. We like offering something over and above the norm. If someone is going to spend thousands with you on a sofa then need you to fill them with confidence on their selection and how their space is going to look and feel – that’s what our interior service aims to do. It's practical, down to earth, approachable and most importantly, fun.

In terms of workshops, that's been something of an organic process. We get approached by people once they’ve seen our lovely space. Increasingly, we also approach people ourselves - anyone who we feel would be a great fit for our demographic and customer base. Our workshops are always really relaxed and I like to think people walk away feeling like they’ve learnt or achieved something. It feels very complementary to our brand personality.


How do you approach marketing? 

Instagram is the most valuable social media tool for us currently. We try to reflect our personality as well as showcase our great range of product. Stories are a great way to get new product deliveries and our store environment out there and give an insight into our day.

But we also do a lot of scouring and sourcing using Instagram now – it’s a great way of finding out about brands, stylists, stores, exhibitions.

What are the challenges of running an independent store?

It’s tough to stay focused on the bigger picture and the future development of the business as we’re a small team. The day to day operational running of the space and the store can easily take over. So each week I’m trying to set aside more and more time to work on our brand development – both in terms of product and branding.

And the best bits?

Working with gorgeous product and the best customers ever!

Any advice for aspiring indie store owners?

Be really focused on your vision. There is so much great stuff out there to select from and people are full of suggestions – so stay clear on what’s right or wrong for your brand. It’s very easy to lose the clarity of the offer in store. Also be prepared to become a bit of a jack of all trades and master multi-tasker.


What’s on the horizon for Future and Found?

We recently expanded our store space and opened a new lifestyle section. So at the moment we’re refreshing the furniture and interiors space as the collection grows. We’re so lucky to have such a beautiful space to work with.

Next on the list is getting our courtyard summer ready – lots of new furniture, pots and plants will be available to buy or customers can simply enjoy them over a cup of iced tea in the sunshine. Then this autumn, you’ll see the first of our very own brand product creeping into the range which we’re super excited about. It's going to be a busy year! 

Future and Found, 225A Brecknock Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5AA


91 is reading... Garden Style by Selina Lake

Selina Lake's books and styling work have been an inspiration to me from way back - at the very beginning of my blogging and publishing career. Her eye for interiors has always been delicate and feminine but with a contemporary edge that makes it fun and unexpected. Now Selina is adding gardening to her repertoire with her latest book (number 8!) Garden Style, and today we indulge in a little peek inside - a taster of this perfect springtime read....

 Photo: Caroline Rowland

Photo: Caroline Rowland

There are trillions of gardening books out there that are practical and functional in terms of how to grow, how to plant and how to design your outdoor space, but this has got to be one of the first on how to STYLE it. With our gardens becoming almost like an extra 'room' it's equally as important to add character to it, the same as you would in every other room in your home. 

Selina Lake Garden Style book review
Selina Lake Garden Style book review

In the book, Selina demonstrates how to create stylish seating areas as well as how to decorate your garden as a whole. With anything from quirky containers to clever lighting to vintage decorative details - perfect for adding interest to your outdoor area. It doesn't matter whether you have a tiny patio or a huge expansive space, there are tips and ideas to glean for all types of garden. 

Selina Lake Garden Style book review

There is a section on garden rooms, greenhouses and sheds which highlights some inspiring examples of the perfect garden retreat including the above one owned by 91 Magazine photographer Cathy Pyle. (we've been envious of this for a while so can see why Selina picked it!). She also shares lots of little projects throughout the book such as 'make your own seed packets' and 'floral stained napkins', plus there are style tips peppered throughout the pages. 

Selina Lake Garden Style book review
Selina Lake Garden Style book review

Not only is garden styling covered but Selina shares some of her favourite gardens to visit, flowers shows, garden centres and nurseries as well as favourite flowers, plants and veg to grow. The section on 'Bringing the Outdoors in' discusses ways of utilising your homegrown flowers and foliage within your home too. 

If you are planning to transform your outdoor space this year, then this is a must-read - you will be guaranteed inspiration to help you create the perfect little patch for summer long enjoyment! 

You can read some further reviews and see more from inside the book on the blogs of 91 friends Lobster and Swan and Little Green Shed. Selina will also be sharing her thoughts on it this week too, so pop to her new website for more. 

All images are copyright of Ryland Peters & Small unless otherwise stated. Garden Style by Selina Lake is published by Ryland Peters & Small. All photography by Rachel Whiting. Order your copy of the book here.

Slow living bloggers top tips for decluttering

Are you desperate to declutter your home but feel overwhelmed and not sure how to tackle it? Jessica Rose Williams shares some top tips and speaks to some other slow living bloggers about how they approach the task of decluttering and refreshing their homes for the season ahead. 

 Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

It’s official! Minute by minute the days are getting longer and the mornings are getting brighter. It’s time to rise and shine. Slowly but surely, we are starting to feel more energised as spring bursts into bloom. Goodbye winter duvet and nights spent under a blanket binging on Netflix. Best of all, adios to that winter fatigue. 

A fresh season calls for a fresh start and we naturally feel more motivated to take action during times of transition. Now is the perfect time to take back control of your living space and edit out what is no longer serving you. 

My own tips - Jessica Rose Williams - / @jessicarosewilliams 

The thing with tidying and organising is this; the easiest way to do it is to get rid of stuff. We stand in front of our overflowing wardrobes feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. You can rearrange your wardrobe to your heart’s content but unless you get rid of all the clothes that don’t fit, make you feel uncomfortable or just don’t feel like you, you’ll never crack it. My advice is to start with whatever feels easiest, it might be your wardrobe, a junk drawer or your desk. Ask yourself this one question and you’ll soon see stuff start to disappear - have I used this in the last year?

Past predicts future and if you haven’t used something in a year, chances are you never will. Allow yourself to enjoy the feeling that comes from a wardrobe that’s only filled with your favourite things and give your stuff the care it deserves. This tutorial on how to fold your clothes is brilliant. Items take centre stage when they have room to breathe and you’ll appreciate them more. 

When it comes to your no pile, divide this into ‘sell’ and ‘donate’ piles. Be careful not to leave things you want to discard lying around. If you do that, you’ll lose momentum and they’ll end up stuffed in a cupboard, which defeats the whole point of decluttering. Ebay or Depop are great for unwanted items that others may find value in. I also find giving to charity really rewarding. The Salvation Army will make blankets out of clothes you may think are only good for the bin.

 Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Rachael Smith - / @ourbeautiful_adventure

When it comes to tackling the clutter in our homes I think the biggest hurdle for a lot of people (and as a Mum of 3 I know it was for me) is time. We tell ourselves we’ll sort it next weekend, or next month and somehow it’s years later and we are still unhappy in our own homes. I found the best way to tackle this was to break the process down into smaller, more manageable tasks.

Next time you find yourself pulling out your phone to while away some time, decide instead to set a timer for just 15 minutes and pick a shelf, a cupboard, or surface to tackle and start sorting. When the timer stops you can go back to whatever you were doing but you will be surprised how much you can clear out in just 15 minutes. Doing this once a day, or even once a week, will help you to declutter huge amounts and you don’t have to find that elusive time to do it all at once anymore.

 Photo: Jessica Cresswell

Photo: Jessica Cresswell

Jessica Cresswell - / @thewoodlandwife

We have very little storage in our home so we often feel the space we live in can become cluttered with items that we have accumulated. Spring is the natural time for a deep clean and de-clutter and I adopt a very simple method. Due to living with a chronic illness, rather than leaping in, cleaning and de-cluttering like a mad thing, I find the best way to approach things is to take my time to slowly sort our home.

It starts with getting a few boxes and a bin bag together and leaving them in our spare room. Every time I go about the house and see something that hasn’t been worn or used in a while, I place it in one of the boxes or bag. A few years ago I watched a film called ‘Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things’ and it totally transformed the way I think of material items in our home. As a self-confessed ‘second-generation hoarder’, I now adopt ‘The Minimalists’ approach to simplifying my life.

Every possession in our home, must either function as a ‘tool’ or add a positive aesthetic value to our life, so by asking myself “does this add value to my life?” I am then able to work out if an item serves a valid purpose or brings me joy. If it doesn’t, it goes in the box. This continues until I have enough to fill a box and then I will donate, dispose or store for the future.

As I write this, I am currently surrounded in boxes, as my Spring de-clutter began in January. I am gradually sorting, with the idea in mind that 2018 will be the year our home becomes as uncluttered as possible. I truly believe that there is no one tool I use to help me more than that one question I learnt from ‘The Minimalists’, and I now use it in making decisions when de-cluttering, as well as choices on any purchases for our home.

 Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Abi Dare - / @thesefourwallsblog

Trying to declutter your entire home in one go will seem overwhelming, so my top tip is to begin with a quick-win area such as a shelf or drawer and then move on to another. When deciding whether to keep things or not, I always remember the words of William Morris, who famously said ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. For every item, I therefore ask myself 'do I use it?' and 'do I love it?'. If the answer to both questions is no, I say goodbye. If there’s anything I’m unsure about, I just put it to one side and revisit it after a few weeks. If I haven’t missed it, I know I can let it go for good.

I’m particularly ruthless when it comes to home accessories, as I like to keep my house looking minimalist and clutter-free. But I still end up with more than I can display, so I store most of them in a cupboard and only have a few out at any one time. I love swapping things in and out according to the season and my mood, and it’s a great way to freshen rooms up without accumulating any more stuff.

We hope you find these ideas useful in your quest to minimise clutter in your home and restore a sense of freedom from 'stuff'. Do check out Jessica's recently published e-book on creating a year-round capsule wardrobe - something I'm sure we all strive to own!

Spring floral styling

It's certainly felt like the arrival of a new season has been a long time coming with the recent cold snap we've had here in the UK, but hopefully those warmer days are on their way, and we can't help but dream of open windows, warm breezes and delicate blooms to decorate with. Simple floral displays can be made even more special with the addition of beautiful vessels and of course here at 91 we love to opt for pieces from independent shops and designers where we can. Stylist Sally Meier shares a few of her favourite Spring stems mixed with ceramics and glassware from some of our fave indie brands... 

Styling with spring flowers and indie homeware products

A mix of individual stems like grape hyacinth, wax flowers, daisies and olive sprigs create a delicate look for a table centre-piece. Add subtle colour with tinted vases, while keeping the rest of your settings soft and neutral. 

Side plates, from £11.25; Solano vase large clear, £10; Solano vase small clear, £7.50; Babylock napkins, £8.75; Lithuanian linen fringe table cloth, £96 - all Canvas Home / Green bud vase, £6.50; Drinking glass, £7.50; Mini lilac vase, £4.50 - all Elkins (Crystal Palace) / Contrast edged linen napkin, white & green, £15, The Conran ShopAntique cutlery, stylists own

Spring flower styling and indie homeware products

The vase can be just as much a focal point as the flowers are - or in this case - blossom branches. Group together a selection of interesting vessels in similar shades and fill with the same type of stems or foliage for a cohesive display. 

Bud vase (left), £30, Sarah Hall / Lindform vase (middle), £29, Botanique Workshop  / Morandi bud vase medium (right), £7.50; Lithuanian linen fringe table cloth, £96 - both Canvas Home / Granite mug, £22, Lazy Glaze / Antique plate & fork, stylists own

Spring flower styling and indie homeware products

Nothing says Spring than a statement display of wildflowers! Forage for daisies, astrantia and wax flowers or buy handfuls from your local florist or farm shop and arrange loosely in a large vase. They will look great in the middle of the kitchen table or will simply bring Spring to any room of the house. 

Cut Out platter, £40, Lazy Glaze / all other items, stylists own. 

Spring flower styling and indie homeware products

Have a bit of fun styling a floral display on a sideboard or shelf with a mixture of pots and vases in varying sizes and different Spring blooms like anemones, narcissus and grape hyacinths. Again, pick pots that are as interesting as their contents. 

Three-legged pot (left), £23; Candle holders, £8 each - both Elkins (Crystal Palace) / Pot (right), design collaboration between Lazy Glaze x Julianna Byrne, £65, Lazy Glaze / All other items, stylists own.

Spring flower styling and indie homeware products

A single stem or sprig can prettify your place settings in an instant, and takes minimum effort when hosting a relaxed Springtime lunch. If using coloured napkins, make sure to opt for a bloom in a coordinating colour. These deep pink astrantia look wonderful against the peachy gingham napkins.

Shell Bisque dinner plate, £15, Canvas Home / Gingham napkin in Melon, £15; Duralex Picardie glass, £1.75, both The Conran Shop / Tablecloth, stylists own

Spring flower styling and indie homeware products

Go for an ultra-feminine, blousy bouquet of Spring flowers with anemones and tulips. A display like this will start off with a more formal look as both flowers contain their blooms neatly before they open and become loose and carefree. Here a simple, plain vase allows the unruly flower heads to take centre-stage. 

Hay Soft Ice enamel plates, £15 each and bowls, £13 each - both Nook / Butter dish, £68, Sarah HallVase and tablecloth, stylists own

Photography: Jon Green / Styling: Sally Meier

Houseboat tour - Gareth Butterworth

There's something ever so intriguing about house boats isn't there? How do people end up living on one? What are they like inside? Is there really enough space? Photographer Emma Engkvist and stylist Clare Piper show us around ‘Viola’ - a house boat moored in central London, while Sophie Warren-Smith talks to one of it's residents, graphic designer, Gareth Butterworth who lives there with his partner as part of a house share.

London house boat tour - living room

In 2014, Gareth was living in a shared house in Manor Park, London, when his oldest friend, Joe, bought a boat in Holland and asked him to move in - naturally Gareth jumped at the chance! He loved the idea of a home that was a project as well as a bit of an adventure - plus it would be in zone 1 - a massive bonus when living in London. A few weeks later they were crossing the channel from Rotterdam, heading to London in a fabulous house boat called ‘Viola’. She is 34 metres long, and six metres wide - in other words - massive. In a previous life, Viola carried cargos of building materials or grains around Northern Europe, but by the time Joe bought her, she had been fully converted: insulation and electrics had been added, plus plenty of amenities and home comforts, from wooden floorboards to modern kitchen equipment.

London House boat tour - kitchen
London house boat tour - reclaimed kitchen shelving

The boat has two main sections, a back cabin which traditionally housed the skipper, and the main section, formerly the cargo hold. This space now includes a kitchen, living room and two bedrooms. The entrance is through a wheelhouse, which has 360 degree windows and the vessel’s steering wheel. When Gareth and Joe and the rest of their crew arrived in London, they moored up at the historic Tower Bridge Moorings, where Viola still resides.

wood-burning stove in London house boat
London house boat tour - dining area
London house boat tour - living room

There are five people living on Viola, but there’s plenty of room for everyone - the boat is as spacious as any three bedroom house. In the summer, that space is doubled when the deck becomes an additional ‘room’. There are two bathrooms onboard - when the guys first moved in, there was just the one, so Joe added a second in the summer of 2015. It makes mornings run much more smoothly! The living room is everyone’s favourite space: it’s large and open, and has six skylights, so is light and bright by day, and the wood-burning stove keeps the room cosy throughout the winter. A long table in the living room, which easily seats 12, gets a lot of use. 'The main living area gives us plenty of space to hang out as well as work from home or relax and watch movies.' explains Gareth. ‘We have hot water, central heating and three open fires, so it’s very cosy in the winter months.’ Hidden storage is everywhere - under benches and bulkheads, in the engine room and the boat’s utility closet. That said, after four plus years onboard, the guys have completely run out of space on their bookshelves, and are in serious need of reducing their coffee mug collection!

London house boat tour - bedroom
London house boat tour - bedroom
London house boat tour - bedroom decor

The previous owner had everything fixed up to a high standard, so much of the interior design has been left as it was. Most things on the boat are made to last,’ says Gareth. ‘So any purchases are for function rather than whether they are on trend or not. In terms of furnishings we have got a few bits like the trunk coffee table and some skylights from a marine salvage yard. The shelves and a desk have been made from reclaimed wood but other than that we look on Freecycle and eBay for unique finds.’ Gareth personalises his space with lots of art, some purchased, some made by him and his friends.

London house boat tour

‘It’s nice to live on the river and within walking distance of central London. In the summer the moorings really comes to life and I enjoy being able to chat to the neighbours. There is always a barbecue or party to go to or someone who needs help fixing something up,' says Gareth, ‘I would absolutely consider buying a house boat in future – there’s not a great deal to complain about, we have the odd toilet related explosion and oily engine room moments, but you just have to be willing to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in when something goes wrong.’


  Concrete Desk Lamp , Cult Furniture, £69;  Blue dot cushion , £12.50, Wyevale Garden Centres

Concrete Desk Lamp, Cult Furniture, £69; Blue dot cushion, £12.50, Wyevale Garden Centres

  Industrial bar stool , £170, PIB Home;  Wool throw in sea blue , £49.99, Black by Design

Industrial bar stool, £170, PIB Home; Wool throw in sea blue, £49.99, Black by Design

  50's chair with kantha fabric , £589, Ian Snow;  String of pearls plant , £19, Forest on Trouva

50's chair with kantha fabric, £589, Ian Snow; String of pearls plant, £19, Forest on Trouva

Photography: Emma Engkvist  / Styling: Clare Piper / Words: Sophie Warren-Smith


We hope you've enjoyed our most recent Seek Inspire Create e-zine? If you haven't read it yet, you can download it for free simply by registering your email here. It's 12 pages of 91 loveliness with this issue focusing on three inspiring, creative women and their workspaces. 

Team 91 have been busy preparing our next print issue too (thanks for all the pre-orders so far! order here if you haven't yet!) so it's been a little hectic, but here is what we've all been up to in our downtime. Don't forget you can join in with #seekinspirecreate over on Instagram with us too - sharing the places you've been, books you've read, shops you've shopped at and anything else that's inspired you creatively. 


Cotswold Farm - Laura Pashby (deputy editor) 

My family and I have been searching for snowdrops at Cotswold Farm, the home of a galanthophile, where 62 varieties of the blooms are scattered around an Arts and Crafts garden overlooking a Cotswold valley. I love the ephemeral beauty of these delicate flowers which bring us one step closer to the arrival of spring.

Etcetera Vintage in Margate, Kent

Etcetera Vintage, Margate - Caroline Rowland (editor)

We recently sped down to the Kent coast to spend a day exploring the Old Town of Margate which is packed full of independent shops and enticing cafes. The first shop we stumbled upon was Etcetera Vintage – a small, but perfectly curated shop which mixes vintage finds, Scandi homewares, lifestyle products and plants effortlessly. As a rule, I don’t generally buy in the first shop I visit, (Why?! Such a silly rule!) but I couldn’t resist purchasing (another) plant pot and hubby picked a leather keyring. I had to restrain myself from popping in again on the way back to the car! Read my full post about our day in Margate here.

Pretty Little Party Shop

Pretty Little Party Shop - Melissa Burgess (designer)

When my sister got married we spent hours and hours scrolling and searching for wedding decorations and creating endless Pinterest boards. As it turns out, there are many great places to find original and beautiful event decorations but the hard part is finding them all! Now, it is my turn and my wedding is just five months away - the DJ is booked, the food is ordered, I have sampled a good amount of cake and now it is all about the details. When I discovered Pretty Little Party Shop I was absolutely elated! It’s the perfect online destination to source original and unique balloons, cake toppers, cocktail decorations, table trinkets and all-round beautiful accessories that I am sure will make my wedding personal and special.

Anna Jones - The Modern Cook's Year

Anna Jones book - Olivia Williams (brand and advertising manager) 

Never before has being in tune with the season made more sense than it has for me in the past winter months. Maybe it was the arrival of Anna Jones new book The Modern Cook’s Year in January that turned my focus into celebrating wintery wonders and making nourishing bowls of tasty, warming food with simple, seasonal ingredients. That said, I think I might be even more impatient for the promise of the year ahead. With another 400 pages of this beautiful book just waiting for the arrival of spring and beyond, I find myself looking longingly at them as I plan the food to get us through this current cold snap.


Firstsite - Kath Webber (sub editor) 

Essex has long been ridiculed and remarked up upon as a cultural black hole, but residents and natives like me baulk at that suggestion. Firstsite in historic Colchester shatters this empty illusion by bringing art and culture together at a beautiful space in the town centre, with art exhibitions, film screenings, events and workshops all held under the golden, crescent-shaped roof. Recent draws include The Life of Julie Cope, a wonderful display of Grayson Perry’s tapestries, sketches, stories and ceramics that make up the fictional life of his ultimate Essex woman. It’s a moving tale of an everyday, middle-aged woman- someone who might be an aunt or family friend that’s familiar and yet extraordinary enough to warrant Perry’s beautiful shrine, A House for Essex, on the River Stour. For Spring, we can look forward to the Essex Book Festival, a short Japanese film season and the new exhibition ‘The Britishness Project’- a ground breaking exhibition that explores national identity through art, working with resident artists and schools.

Casa Mae, Portugal

Casa Mãe, Portugal - Lucy Davidson (designer) 

I recently went and stayed at Casa Mãe in Lagos, Portugal for a week. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of their artists for the residency they are running 'Share&Stay'. Each week they have a different artist staying and other visitors or locals can come and take part in your workshop. I was teaching weaving and got to meet various lovely people from all parts of the world. The space is absolutely beautiful and it was so hard to leave, especially with the warm temperatures! 

PRE ORDER SS18 and a sneak peek!

Yep! it's that time again! You can now get your pre-order in for our upcoming issue which will publish in April. Our print deadline is hurtling towards us so we are busy bees trying to get the issue just right, but here is a little sneaky peek of what you can expect to find within the pages of our SS18 issue....

91 Magazine SS18 cover

Our SS18 issue is inspired by one of our favourite things this time of year (in fact, all year round!) - flowers! We share some of our favourite flower shops, show you how to craft and cook with them and much more. 

As always, we have a selection of wonderful creative interiors to share with you: The home, shop and workspaces of jewellery designer, blogger and all round creative Artemis Russell, the studio of Julia Grant of Winter's Moon and the stunning shelves of Clevedon shop Midgley Green are just a little taster of what you'll find inside. 

 Photo:  Maria Bell

Photo: Maria Bell

 Photo & styling:  Catherine Frawley

Photo & styling: Catherine Frawley

 Photo:  Cathy Pyle  / Styling:  Kay Prestney

Photo: Cathy Pyle / Styling: Kay Prestney

 Photo:  Veerle Evens  / Styling:  Lauren Becker

Photo: Veerle Evens / Styling: Lauren Becker

 Photo:  Jemma Watts
 Photo:  Kym Grimshaw
 Photo: Caroline Rowland

Photo: Caroline Rowland

AND, as if the new issue isn't exciting enough, the first 200 people to pre-order the magazine will also receive one of these gorgeous greetings cards by paper goods brand Dear to Me Studio! We love the painterly design and it celebrates our floral theme perfectly! 


Meet the Maker: Sian Elin

This month we talk to designer and illustrator Sian Elin, about her eponymous homeware brand. 

Our conversation with designer and illustrator Sian Elin starts with the creative process behind her vibrant designs - does she have any particular necessities to get the ideas flowing? ‘Boring music is pretty key,’ she laughs, 'I like to have music on while I'm designing, it helps me get into the flow, but it can't be anything too engaging or interesting - I'm very easily distracted!’

Sian recently moved from Cardiff to Bristol, which meant leaving behind her studio space and switching to working from home. Was that a difficult decision to make? 'It wasn't actually that tough, it seems counter-intuitive - a lot of creatives like to have a space away from home in which to work - but I actually prefer working from home,’ she says, ‘it’s more relaxing, I don't have to worry about extra overheads and I mix it up with lecturing work [Sian is visiting lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University], or attending trade fairs, so I don’t get too isolated.’’


Having launched her eponymous brand in 2012 - Sian is something of a veteran when it comes to running her own creative business, what has she learnt over the last six years? ‘That starting your own business is never straightforward,’ she says, ‘it’s been brilliant but also a pretty intense few years; the entire process has been full of ups and downs.’

Sian Elin is on a definite ‘up’, with her designs stocked by Fenwicks, Heals and Oliver Bonas, alongside her own online shop. ‘It’s fantastic seeing my work in those stores,’ she says, ‘my friends message me if they spot one of my designs somewhere - it still feels a bit unreal.’

Art and design have always played a large part in Sian’s life - following her Art Foundation year she went on to study Graphic Design at the University of Reading. ‘To be honest, illustration was my first love,’ she says ‘but I thought it was sensible to study something more vocational - to ensure I could get a job at the end of it.’

After graduation, Sian moved into book design working for Oxford University Press and Penguin - and developed a strong understanding of brand, ‘My main aim with Sian Elin was to work creatively on something I loved, but I also wanted to create a thought-through, cohesive brand - and to create a clear design identity.’

Her bold, Scandi designs are unmistakable, so does she feel she’s achieved the cohesion she was aiming for? ‘I’d like to think so… I’ve worked hard to try and create a unique style, and a range of designs which sit well together.’ Her publishing work involved visiting trade fairs, like New Design, in hunt for new illustrators to commission. ‘Increasingly, I’d find myself at trade fairs speaking to designers and illustrators and thinking I’d love to be doing what they’re doing - so I started to build up my own portfolio on the side.’

In 2012 Sian and her partner moved to Israel for six months, which gave her space and time to build her first collection, ‘East Meets West’ inspired by her travels to India, the Middle East and South America. ‘I spent a lot of my time in Israel designing, pulling together the first collection, getting it photographed and ready for launch.’

On return to the UK Sian took the collection to Tent. ‘I thought it was best place to start as a new designer - it’s a great, creative event and it felt more manageable than some of the larger, more corporate fairs.’ Despite her design background, it was something of a nerve-wracking experience ‘I definitely had a bad case of impostor syndrome when it came to launching Sian Elin,’ she says, ‘I was happy with the collection but also hung up on my lack of experience in textiles - it made me worry that I might not have the right background to go it alone.’

Sian’s worries were misplaced, however -  the feedback was positive, and, more significantly, her designs received a lot of positive press attention. ‘The press coverage was unexpected and amazing in terms of what it did to help the business - it was a real kickstart to the whole thing.’

Sian’s design process can take months from initial idea to end product. She begins by collating ideas on a board, including an overview of trends, ‘It’s important to have a sense of trend,’ she explains, ‘and if I can find a way of interpreting that so it fits with my aesthetic then that’s great, but I don’t subscribe to rigidly following trends.’

Next, she starts sketching out ideas; ‘I take my time; working out ways of creating something unique but with a Scandi, bold graphic feel. I enjoy creating work that looks bold from afar, but on closer inspection is full of detail and texture.’  Sian’s hand draws or hand paints her design, then does work on the colour digitally. A range of samples are made - Sian works with manufacturers in the north of England -  then they are reviewed and adjusted until Sian is happy with the end result.  

Sian works on two collections a year, S/S and A/W - how easy is it to get into a good workflow? ‘I can definitely procrastinate with the best of them,’ she laughs, ‘I find that the administrative side of the business can really take over, so I can spend days working on the business and not doing much design.’

‘A big lesson for me over last few years is that I can’t fit design work around everything else - I need headspace before I can do the creative stuff. I feel that if you’re working up something new you need to give it uninterrupted time, so you can get into the flow and allow the space for ideas to develop.’

What’s next for the brand? ‘I’m currently working on the A/W 2018 collection - which will be quite different to what I’ve done before, in terms of both design and the product range. I’m also hoping to get into licensing this year - it seems the natural next step for the business.’

Does she have any advice for designers thinking of launching their own brand? ‘On a practical level - getting your manufacturers and suppliers right can be a long process - expect it to take a while. You also have to get used to the pressure of carrying the business largely on your own.

‘Know that mistakes are inevitable - but you’ll learn from them. Remember it’s important not to beat yourself up and make sure you enjoy the process. It is fantastic to have the creative freedom to do what you love and create work you’re really proud of.’

Quickfire Questions

Describe your work in three words: Scandi. Colourful. Graphic

What are your making rituals? Cup of tea, sparkling water, chilled music, heating on!

Tea or Coffee? Lots of tea and one 'coffee shop' coffee

Mountains or Sea? Both! Preferably at the same time...

Night Owl or Early Bird? Somewhere in-between?!

I wish someone had told me... That working the hardest doesn't always get you the results... it's important to take steps back along the way and assess where you are in order to move forward in the most efficient way.


Home tour - Selina Lauck

As we know how much you love the home tours we feature in the print magazine, we decided it was about time we shared a few more lovely homes on here too! Following on from our recent post about how to create a Scandi Minimal interior on a budget, Louise Parker of Studio Gabrielle gives us a tour around the Berlin apartment of interior stylist and blogger, Selina Lauck.

Selina Lauck home tour - interior stylist
Selina Lauck - home tour - hallway

Two years ago, in October 2016, Selina and her boyfriend (and 5 year old dog, Gordin) renovated their one bedroom apartment in Mitte, Berlin, transforming it into a true blend of modern style furnishings and classic original features. Unbelievably, it only took them three months and they did it all by themselves. Selina's home features a mixture of independent brands including Kai Linke, Mad et Len, DCW Éditions, Gurilla, Cooee Design, alongside well-known favourites Alessi, Knoll, Flos, Hay, Normann Copenhagen, Menu and Hem.

“For me, the theory is always ‘less is more’. I like the idea of designing, building or recreating my own furniture with a mix of designer pieces. There, you have a perfect combination of affordable and expensive investments. I do a lot of searching for second-hand design classics because of their good quality they do not really age and sometimes you can get some pretty good deals.” says Selina. 

Selina Lauck - home tour - minimal living room
Selina Lauck Home Tour
Selina Lauck - Home Tour - minimal interior

In the living room, the parquet flooring, molded cornice and panelled doors are stand out original features, but they took work.  Selina and her boyfriend spent hours sanding down the existing wooden floors to reveal their hidden beauty - time well spent as it brings real warmth and character to the space. The architectural elements are painted in the same colour and finish, which accentuates the architectural language beneath, complimented by Matisse's Nadine print prominently in the room.

Selina Lauck- home tour - bedroom
Selina Lauck home tour - bedroom
Selina Lauck - home tour - bedroom

Singing with comfort and minimalist living, Selina's bedroom allows space to relax and breathe. Linen bedding is an essential item as Selina often switches up the styling in this space to suit their changing requirements - with different bedside tables, table lamps and objects. She believes you can only 'feel' if something works when you try it out for a while, especially in a space as important as the bedroom, where it directly affects your wellbeing.

Selina Lauck- home tour - kitchen
Selina Lauck - home tour - marble and wood kitchen
Selina Lauck - home tour - minimal kitchen style

The kitchen offers warmth to the apartment using tan-based tones in two finishes - both in paint above the shelving and wooden base units. This is offset with black accents with Kai Linke's Blasted KL1 pendant lamp and Iittala's Alvar Aalto vase. In this room, Selina decided to replace the original tiles with a new concrete floor, which flows through to the apartment's bathroom offering a seamless transition. And what kitchen could be complete without Noma's 'Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine' cookbook?


  Diamond Chair by Knoll , Utility Design, £1003;  Henri Matisse ‘Nadia Au Menton Pointu’ Poster,  The Conran Shop, £49

Diamond Chair by Knoll, Utility Design, £1003; Henri Matisse ‘Nadia Au Menton Pointu’ Poster, The Conran Shop, £49

  Figue Noire Candle by Mad et Len , The Garnered, £75;  Mantis BS3 Table Lamp by DCW Éditions , Made in Design, £452
 Portrait N by Gurilla, 580 DKK (approx £69);  Snaregade Table Round by Menu , Finnish Design Shop, £1691

Portrait N by Gurilla, 580 DKK (approx £69); Snaregade Table Round by Menu, Finnish Design Shop, £1691

Check out Selina's work and blog and follow her on Instagram

91 is pinning... Spring decor

I don't know about you, but I am in serious need for Spring to hurry itself up! A really chilly February here in the UK has had me yearning for those days when you can leave the house without four layers, mornings when you can have breakfast on the patio, and decorating the house with delicate blooms that have popped their heads up in the garden. I'm sure it'll be here soon, but in the meantime, we have been pinning some Spring inspiration in preparation for a Mother's Day feast, an Easter breakfast or simply a relaxed Spring time gathering.....

 Styling:  Amanda Russell   / Photo:  Antonia Attwood  for  91 Magazine

Styling: Amanda Russell  / Photo: Antonia Attwood for 91 Magazine

 Styling:  Laura Sawyer   / Photo:  Malcolm Menzies  for  91 Magazine

Styling: Laura Sawyer  / Photo: Malcolm Menzies for 91 Magazine

 via  Hitta Hem

Head to our Pinterest board for more Spring inspiration. We can wait to be able to fling open the doors and feel the sun on our faces! ;) 

An Instagrammer's Guide to: Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

The Shopkeepers are back to share more instagrammable venues to visit - this time on the other side of the pond, in the super cool neighbourhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn in New York. Over to you Paula! 

Brooklyn’s neighbourhoods are home to a thriving independent shop scene. On sunny days I love hopping on a ferry to Greenpoint, a great way to travel and the perfect chance to take in the stunning Manhattan skyline views. Once in Greenpoint, there are so many great cafes and independent shops to choose from, these are some of my favourites. (Most are on Franklin Street unless otherwise noted.)

Bakeri - Instagrammers guide to Greenpoint, Brooklun

Bakeri - First stop is Bakeri on Freeman Street for homemade pastries and great coffee. Both the interior and exterior are wonderful, from the tall decorative wooden doors to the over-scale botanical wallpaper by Nathalie Lete.

IG: @bakeribrooklyn

Duke's Liquor Box - Instagrammer's guide to Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Duke’s Liquor Box - Duke’s Liquor Box is filled with hard to find whisky, bourbon, gin, vodka and other spirits from small craft & independent makers. I love the vintage details, unique displays, and the lovely red door with gold lettering.

IG: @dukesliquorbox

Home Of The Brave - Instagrammer's guide to Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Home of The Brave - Interiors and homewares store Home Of The Brave specialises in fair trade and American-made goods. Visit sister store Wolves Within, a men’s and women’s concept shop, a block away.

IG: @homeofthebravenyc

maman - Instagrammer's guide to Greenpoint,Brooklyn

Maman - This charming café has tables suspended by ropes from the ceiling. Maman uses locally sourced ingredients and offers twists on French classics. They are famous for their lavender hot chocolate.

IG: @mamannyc



 Porter James

Porter James

Adaptations and Porter James are sister vintage home stores both with Californian influences but completely different vibes. Porter James is predominantly jewel tones, leather and rich dark vintage rugs. Across the street bohemian Adaptations is more millennial pink and cream, wicker and feminine styles.

IG: @porterjamesny / @adaptationsny

Alter - Instagrammer's guide to Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Alter - Visit Alter for their wide range of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories as well as their own brand. Check out the original architectural details like the tin ceiling and tiled floor.

IG: alterbrooklyn

Littleneck Outpost - Instagrammer's guide to Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Littleneck Outpost - Littleneck Outpost serves coffee and New England classics like lobster rolls and clam chowder. They sell pantry items, vintage goods and antique linen textiles by Patriae.

IG: Littleneck Outpost

Homecoming - Instagrammers guide to Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Homecoming - Coffee shop, flower shop and lifestyle products, Homecoming has something for everyone. Lovely place to sit with a coffee and smell the flowers.

IG: @homecoming

Feng Sway - instagrammer's guide to Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Feng Sway - Nestled amongst the warehouses on Dobbin Street is Feng Sway, an Aladdin’s Cave of fine vintage and exotic plants.

IG: fengsway

Bellocq - instagrammer's guide to Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Bellocq - Before heading home I always love a visit to Bellocq tea atelier. Enter through the red brick storefront into an enchantingly beautiful store selling single-estate teas. A faded aubergine wall is lined with over-sized yellow tea canisters. Drink some tea in the adjacent salon, and enjoy this Instagram beauty.

IG: @bellocq

What a dreamy round up of shops and cafes! See more wonderful boutiques and eateries from around the world over on The Shopkeepers

Instagrammer's guide to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY