Let your home inspire your wedding

New 91 contributor Caroline Elvin explains how interior trends are a great place to glean inspiration for your wedding decor. If you are getting married this year or next, read on to see how ideas are closer to home that you might have thought...

The intricacies involved with planning a wedding can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. As well as all the other planning involved in creating your perfect day, picking a theme and finding inspiration for your decor can be challenging.

In recent years, we’ve seen wedding themes align rather conveniently with the current trends in home decor. If you’re getting married and have found that picking a theme can be a little tricky, you may not have to look much further than your own home.

Here’s some current home decor trends that can be tweaked to create a striking theme for your wedding.

L: Photo by Katharine Peachey for 91 Magazine / R: via Deer Pearl Flowers

L: Photo by Katharine Peachey for 91 Magazine / R: via Deer Pearl Flowers

Bringing The Outdoors In

With greenery being named Pantone’s Colour Of The Year 2017, it’s unsurprising that this theme has caught on. The idea of adding hints of green into your home is popular, with many choosing succulents and other plants to create the basis of their style.

Greenery has found its way into wedding palettes across the world. This look is all about the floristry, so pick a florist whose tastes match your own. Just as in the home, you can go all out or just use hints of this colour to create a stunning display. If you’re on a budget, the minimalist greenery look might be the one for you.

Get the look - To create this look for yourself, look for inspiration in West Elm, Zara Home & the home section of Urban Outfitters.

Rustic

The rustic theme has withstood the test of time and has proven a popular choice for interior savvy individuals year after year. Many houses lend themselves to this theme by providing beautiful open brick backdrops and sprawling wooden beams.

The popularity of the rustic theme as a wedding look is mainly down to the rise in barn and outdoor weddings. Similar to cottages and older houses, the barn lends itself to a modern rustic look. This theme also works well if you’re planning on creating your style from scratch as the materials you need - from jam jars to apple crates and wooden cake slabs - are widely available for a good price.

Get the look - To create this look for yourself, look for inspiration on eBay, Etsy & at your local farm shop.

L: via Nyde / R: via 100 Layer Cake

L: via Nyde / R: via 100 Layer Cake

 Scandinavian

The Scandinavian theme is perhaps one of the most popular home trends of the year. Clean lines and muted colours are accented with geometric prints and draped faux fur. Along with the Scandinavian lifestyle, this look has played a pivotal part in both high-street and high-end interior design.

This theme has been effectively added to many weddings in the last year. Statement lighting provides the basis of this look, whilst everything else looks simple and muted. This style works well for budget weddings as it doesn’t require too many table decorations to make a statement. Getting married in winter? A Scandinavian, cosy winter wedding - complete with throws for your guests to sit outside - is the ultimate in wedding chic.

Get the look - To create this look for yourself, look for inspiration on made.com, Oliver Bonas & Amara.

L: Photo by Jemma Watts for 91 Magazine / R: via Want That Wedding

L: Photo by Jemma Watts for 91 Magazine / R: via Want That Wedding

Neutral Tones

Based on our love of Scandinavian simplicity, neutral tones have found their way into our homes. Rather than accent walls, many style their homes with white or pale grey walls and choose to accent them with the furniture and art they put in the room. With many people moving into newly built homes, this rise in neutral tones has only grown in the last year.

A great way to add a neutral feel to your wedding is by the underlying colours you use for your whole day. Think light grey bridesmaid dresses and a no-thrills cake. You may worry that basic looks like this may appear plain and uninspiring, but if you bring them altogether, you can create something very special.

Get the look - To create this look for yourself, look for inspiration on Rose and Grey, French Connection Home and H&M home.

L: Via @thejungalow instagram / R: via Festival Brides

L: Via @thejungalow instagram / R: via Festival Brides

Boho

This is perhaps the only theme that is more popular for weddings than it is for homes. Boho is the ultimate in laid-back luxury and leaves your guests feeling relaxed and carefree in the process. Unlike the other decor styles, the boho home is identified by the colours within it. From tapestries on the walls to mosaics on the floors, a boho home is never short of pieces collected from all over the world.

Strangely enough, a boho wedding doesn’t have to be underpinned by a kaleidoscope of colours, but it does have to have a laid-back feel to it. To create a boho wedding, think flower crowns, colourful picnic blankets and naked cakes. The idea of a boho wedding is to ensure your guests feel at ease and relaxed and having fun with the food, colours and style is a great way to do this.

Get the look - To create this look for yourself, look for inspiration in Anthropologie, Graham & Green and Sass & Belle

Happy wedding planning brides-to-be! 

Recipe: Mango & Banana Smoothie Popsicles with Edible Flowers

As always, we've had mixed summer weather so far here in the UK, but thankfully we've enjoyed a few sun filled days, which have definitely called for a refreshing treat to help cool off with. Today, Catherine Frawley shares a simple recipe for making your own popsicles, that will be a hit with kids and adults alike...

While I do love a bowl of ice cream, ice lollies have always been my thing. I grew up with Fabs, Funny Feet and K9 lollies (does anyone remember those?), but lets face it, who doesn’t need a few less calories from time to time?! So I've come up with a recipe for a 'Smoothie on a Stick' or 'Popsicle' for short. The flavour is far more subtle than a sugar laced lolly, but it’s smooth and creamy and I love the tropical flavour of Mango & Banana, mixed with coconut milk, yoghurt and honey for sweetness. I added some Maca Powder for extra vitamins and minerals (I usually add this to my drinkable smoothies) and the edible flowers are just to make these extra pretty!

You will need: (quantities makes 10)

  • lolly moulds & sticks
  • 2 ripe juicy mangoes
  • 2 banana
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 100ml greek yoghurt
  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Maca Powder (optional)
  • 2-3 edible flower per popsicle (optional - but we used violas)
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Method

Chop your banana and mango and add all the ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.

If you are adding the flowers, add one to the bottom of each mould, then pour in the mixture half way add another flower or two then fill the mould to the top.

Place in the freezer for an hour then remove and push in your sticks. Allow to freeze for at least 4-6 hours before serving.

To remove from the moulds fill the sink with hot water and dip them for 5-10 seconds, they should then slide out really easily.

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Recipe and photography by Catherine Frawley

#my91magazine - our S/S 17 faves

Our S/S 17 issue has been out for just over a month now and we are always so thrilled to receive your messages and comments about how much you are enjoying the magazine, it really does mean so much to our team. Seeing your images of 91 Magazine in your home, your favourite cafe or as a travel buddy is wonderful, so thank you for sharing and for tagging with #my91magazine. Here are a few of our favourites from the past few weeks. Keep sharing your pics as we will feature a small selection in our next issue! :) 

Image by @graceandflora
Image by @unpeusauvage

Image by @unpeusauvage

If you haven't got your copy yet, don't delay, they are selling quite quickly and we are down to just a couple of hundred copies. You can order via our website direct to your door, or check out our list of stockists

Meet the Maker: Harriet Elkerton

This month, Harriet Elkerton tells of her creative path to ceramics and the pros and cons of running your own business.

London based ceramicist Harriet Elkerton makes beautifully simple, contemporary, yet timeless ceramics by hand in her garden studio. They are slip-cast and glazed only on the inside, creating a tactile and visual juxtaposition between the raw edges and the glossy, smooth interiors. “High-fired porcelain vitrifies; you get a beautiful, matte, almost self-glazed surface. I exploit this by only glazing the interiors” elaborates Harriet.

The pieces are made using paper models, as Harriet explains “I work through ideas in paper, in maquettes, seeing the forms in three dimensions, and how the pieces work together as a collection. The maquettes are the models for the moulds.” She then creates the pieces in white porcelain, cleverly incorporating natural materials, such as leather, to add further texture, function and beauty to the pieces, as illustrated in the hanging pot with the butter-soft grey leather strap below.

Harriet’s earliest memory of using clay was in primary school. “I made a coil pot with a lid, it was a (horrendous) riot of colour. I don’t think it was even fired and the ‘glaze’ was probably poster paint.” she recalls in amusement. However, it was only later whilst on her foundation course that Harriet developed a passion for working with clay, “I was on a textiles pathway but was using every non-traditional textile material going: wire and wax, and then clay. I began by making simple press moulds. I loved the ability to translate forms” she explains.

Her career has evolved along a creative path, beginning at school studying A-Level Art and Textiles, followed by a Foundation Studies course in Art, Design and Media at Buckinghamshire New University. This led to a degree in Design Crafts at De Montfort University, which Harriet describes as: “An Applied Arts course, on which I learnt about almost every material: metal, wood, glass, plastic, paper, textiles, ceramics. Over the three years I began to specialise in ceramics, but still incorporating other materials.”

Harriet started her eponymous business in 2014 producing her work at home in a converted space. “I have a studio. It is not necessarily a thing of beauty, but it is practical. My talented uncle made me some custom benches and I have my own kiln. I am very lucky to have the creative space” she shares.

Starting a small creative business brings both rewards and challenges, for example working alone can be isolating and Harriet confesses “The transition from studios and workshops at University, filled with creatives to spark off and get input and encouragement, to working for the majority of my time, on my own, without being surrounded by all the creative energy, was rather a challenge to adjust to.”

However, there are also huge positives to taking the plunge and for Harriet the most rewarding element has been “getting to make work I believe is beautiful, which people buy and put on display in their house or gift to a friend or family. It’s a simple concept but it means so much, that people will part with their hard-earned money because they consider the work beautiful and want to see it every day.”

To see more of Harriet’s work and find stockists, visit her website: www.harriet-elkerton.weebly.com. You can also find Harriet on Instagram: @harrietelkerton

Shopkeeper Spotlight: The Old Haberdashery

This month we talk flea markets and vintage finds with Sonia Boriczewski, the creative force behind The Old Haberdashery, in Ticehurst, East Sussex.

How would you describe the essence of The Old Haberdashery?

A shop of ideas that plays with texture and colour; nostalgia and practicality. Everything we sell at the shop is useful and curated in a way that people still have to search for their own treasure. We also pride ourselves on remaining affordable.

Can you tell us some more about how The Old Haberdashery came about?

My background is in Textile Design and a few years ago I had a small studio space producing knitted paper yarn accessories, some of which are held in The Crafts Council permanent collection. I then left the UK and spent some time living in China - where I taught a course on Textile and Fashion history - and Spain. When I came back to the UK nine years later, with two children in tow, I really felt the need to reassert my creativity in some shape or form, but with childcare to think about I had to start small, so I started selling vintage homewares at local fairs. That went well so I rented a space in a vintage shop, but soon realised that I needed my own space in which to create and curate my vision.

The turning point was when a local businessman who had a tiny shop up for rent in the East Sussex village of Ticehurst approached me. It was just the push I needed. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't give it a try. 

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The Old Haberdashery specialises in vintage pieces - how do you go about sourcing wares for the shop?

The process of sourcing for the shop has changed over time. A lot of my regular haunts just don’t have the stock anymore, so I tend to keep quiet about the ones I really rely on - apologies for not sharing any insider secrets there! Ardingly Antiques Fair and Malvern Flea are excellent places to find new stock, and I never miss a boot fair.

Any tips on buying at flea markets?

Get rummaging - sometimes those tatty old cardboard boxes lined up in rows bear the best treasure. Build-up a rapport with traders; many will often keep particular things aside for you or keep an eye out for things you buy frequently. And finally, politeness and a smile still go a long way when negotiating a good price.

Do you have a personal favourite era in terms of homewares?

Absolutely. I’m a 1920s/30s girl. I love the shapes and colours of China from that era and the emergence of modernism in textile design. On my days off you will find me visiting places like nearby Charleston Farmhouse for inspiration from that period.

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Do you find yourself keeping some of your stock for your own home? Or are you quite disciplined about buying for the shop only?

I have trained myself well! If it is something I know I will never find again then occasionally an item may come home with me. Basically, you have to be business minded; those extra special things will keep people coming back to your shop.

Ticehurst is a beautiful spot – how did you come to find it? Do you find the setting influences what you stock?

It sort of chose me. I was looking at a shop in a neighbouring village but it didn’t work out and my current space was offered to me. I’m incredibly lucky in that we have a very creative element in the village and local businesses that are all about supporting one another. It boasts an award winning pub, contemporary gallery and artisan bakery.

I was always very single minded in what I was going to stock and my 'visual voice'. I feel that even in a rural village you should also be able to buy things that you could find in London, for example. I love it when people come in and find things and announce that I have just saved them a trip into the local town. 

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Any top tips for a day in Ticehurst and East Sussex?

You may need a long weekend! In which case, come and stay in one of the lodges at The Bell and use it as a base to discover the surrounding countryside. Pop for tea and cake at King Johns Nursery down the road and then get The Lighthouse bakery in the village to make you a delicious sandwich to take on a picnic. Pick up some contemporary Art at The Artichoke gallery.

Locally, head to Batemans, Sissinghurst Castle, and Great Dixter for your cultural fix. We are 25 minutes from the coast so I'd recommend Hastings Old Town and Norman Road in St. Leonards. There are some great shops like Butlers Emporium, Made in Hastings and Roberts Rummage in the Old Town and Wayward and SHOP, down the road in St. Leonards. And if you have time, pop to Rye; an antique and vintage lovers’ paradise with a great smattering of independents. You’ll find Merchant and Mills, McCully and Crane and Pale & Interesting among others. Take a walk too. We have some beautiful countryside in East Sussex. Combine a trip to Charleston farmhouse with a walk on The Downs. The list is endless!

How did you go about designing the shop? Did you have a particular aesthetic in mind when pulling it all together? 

The shop has come together organically; all the shop fittings are found objects, I just couldn’t have anything ‘new’ as its bones. My favourite shop prop is the workbench found at the local tip and snapped up for a fiver.

I knew I wanted a very blank canvas to set everything off so I painted the walls and floor white. It just makes the colours and textures pop. We have a lot crammed in so the white helps to keep the shop looking calm. Wabi Sabi rules here!

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You’ve been open for five years – what have been the highlights?

Interestingly five years is a real landmark. It really does take that long to establish your business, to get yourself known, to be recognised. So that in itself is a highlight, reaching that point. Appearing in an article in Country Living and designing cards and a haberdashery range for Liberty are up there, but on a personal level finding myself working with a group of like-minded people and creatives has been the best thing. I’ve definitely found my ‘gang’.

Can you talk us through your buying process?

So, I split my buying up into areas now and even seasons. I have a very different buying pattern for Christmas for example, much more structured. Vintage is split into textiles, homewares and haberdashery. Over time I have found products that I can buy wholesale to compliment the vintage; normally bought from small UK businesses. The joy of ferreting around for old stuff though is you really never know what you will find so the shopping list often gets thrown out the window. I have learnt to buy when I see things though.

What are your current bestsellers, and do you have any personal favourites?

I have just sold out of pale pink Woods Ware NHS mugs. I bought a haul of 85 and because of the colour and mid-century design they sold like hot cakes. Current favourites? Love the colours and designs of the Cambridge Imprint wrapping paper and I will never tire of rusty metal things. I’m also slightly obsessed with old keys at the moment.

To what extent are you influenced by trends?

Like most people I probably take a lot in through osmosis. I will normally try and attend a trends presentation at one of the trade fairs like Top Drawer because even though a lot of my products are vintage, I am still trying to present them in a way that works in a modern setting. It’s always good to know what’s coming up.

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What are the challenges, and best bits of running an independent store?

Having to be a jack-of-all-trades. The bigger the skills set you have the better. But also know when you need help. I do all my own photography, which saves me a lot of money, but I recently got myself an accountant as I was finding the stress of submitting my tax returns a little too much. Never get to the point where you feel overwhelmed. Play to your strengths and get help with anything else. I needed to be in charge of everything when I first started and it’s learning to let go a bit, which has been the hardest challenge. The best bits are the freedom, the creativity and the shopping!

What’s your approach to marketing? How easy is it to get the Old Haberdashery name out there?

Instagram is my marketing tool of choice. We have more people who come through our door and say hello at fairs because of it. It’s so easily accessible for people and they can see immediately if it's somewhere they would like to visit.

We may be rural but people plan road trips around shops they want to check out. The best piece of advice I was given was ‘Don’t sit there and expect people to find you’. I travel to fairs, use social media and network with people to let them know where we are. Five years on, people are still discovering us.

What are the key elements to running a successful independent store?

Perseverance. Hard graft. Self-belief. A good network of fellow business buddies to sound off to (big shout out to Sarah at Goose Home and Garden and Rose at Butlers Emporium!). Patience. Telling a visual story with your merchandising. As a keen photographer when styling the shop I bear this in mind by creating vignettes, which in turn becomes very useful when photographing the shop for our Instagram feed. And above all engage with your customers.

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Any advice for aspiring indie shop owners?

Be prepared to work very hard. You will use every skill from every job you have ever done. If you love what you do it will show. As a shopkeeper you are constantly front of house; even on a bad day it’s important to smile and engage with people.

Offer people that something which is a little bit different. Customers love a bit of retail theatre. They should enter your establishment and feel removed from the everyday world for a bit. Have a go! And remember there is nothing wrong with starting small.

What’s next on the horizon for The Old Haberdashery?

Watch this space! I’m entering a new phase and not quite sure where that will take me. But then that’s what keeps it interesting…

Old Haberdashery, 33A High Street, Ticehurst, East Sussex, TN5 7AS

91 is reading... Macramé

If you haven't noticed that macramé is the craft du jour, then you must have been under a rock for the past few months! The textile based craft was popular in the 1970s and is officially back and popping up everywhere. It seems to marry particularly well with our other favourite trend - houseplants - and one person who seems to know a lot about both is Fanny Zedenius, whose latest book Macramé: The Craft of Creative Knotting for your Home we are currently poring over and we itching to get our knots on!

Fanny is Swedish, so it's no surprise that her book is super stylish and proves exactly how macramé has been brought up to date for the modern crafter. When talking about discovering the craft, she says: 'This craft was different to all the others I had explored and moved on from - macramé was addictive in a whole new way.'

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She cites the act of knotting as being the most mediative of all crafts - although I imagine that is only the case once you have mastered the techniques! She also highlights the fact that it requires minimal tools and materials, making it an affordable way to create something beautiful for your home. 

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Pictured are a few of our favourite projects from the book - they truly add a touch of boho to your home, and we love how with a simple bit of dip dyeing you can give your piece a modern twist with a pop of colour. If you've been wanting to give macramé a try, then this book is well worth a look, great projects and comprehensive patterns to make learning as easy as possible.

Macrame by Fanny Zedenius is published on 15th June by Quadrille and is priced at £12.99. It is available to pre-order now.

Photography by Kim Lightbody

91 loves... pops of yellow

We're feeling all kinds of sunny with the arrival of some summery weather here in the UK! And we've been inspired by the cover of our latest issue featuring the home of Arne Wetterholm and the bright yellow chair that so many of you have commented on! We're thinking it's time to be bold and bring a little bit of sunshine into our homes too. Yellow can be a tricky colour to pull off, but the images below show you don't have to go overboard, just the tiniest pop will bring your space to life. 

Image by Klara Markbage for 91 Magazine

Image by Klara Markbage for 91 Magazine

For the not so brave amongst us, simply try out a yellow tablecloth or cushion, it's a low level of commitment and you can see whether you can live with it or not before doing anything more drastic. 

Image via Cote Maison

Image via Cote Maison

An art print or a light shade is also a small addition you can make to try out the colour in your home - it looks great mixed with monochrome and grey, and of course we love the added little dash of pink here! 

Image via Decor8

Image via Decor8

Yellow furniture is not for the faint hearted, but wow doesn't this look amazing?! Keeping the backdrop fairly neutral allows the cabinet to take centre stage. 

Image via Zilverblauw

Image via Zilverblauw

You can always experiment with paint first on something small like this Ikea step stool. (Oh and then why not snap a pic and enter it into our IKEA competition?!) 

Image via SFGirlbyBay

Image via SFGirlbyBay

You may find yourself becoming a yellow-addict and using the leftover paint elsewhere in your home! window frame perhaps?! If you are going down the painting route, then make sure to find just the right shade of yellow, get lots of testers and see which is right for you. We love Dulux's Delhi Bazaar, Farrow and Ball's Babouche or if you need a spray paint, try Rust-Oleum's Canary Yellow.

Seek / Inspire / Create with Team 91 - May

As always, we've been pretty busy recently, getting all the copies of our S/S issue sent out to you,(we SO hope you've been enjoying it!) but also cracking on with planning the next issue! Summer seems to have finally arrived here in the UK and we are loving getting out and about, or just staying at home, enjoying some simple pleasures. Here's a little of what our team have been doing of late. Don't forget, you can also share the things you've been discovering, making, eating, reading, visiting etc, using our hashtag #seekinspirecreate on Instagram. (find us on IG here

Berridon Farm, Devon - Laura Pashby (deputy editor) 

I recently spent a weekend at Berridon Farm, a small family farm in North Devon. It was a true taste of the rural idyll, where the children were delighted to visit the goats, gather eggs straight from chickens, splash in the stream, climb in the treehouse and swing on the tyre swings. Each morning they awoke to a soft misty dawn, the trees around the cabin casting soft shadows on the dewy grass. They lit the stove to boil a kettle for tea and, mug in hand, strolled across the field and down the tree-lined lane to the honesty shop at the farmhouse to collect a basket of croissants, fresh from the oven.

DIY flower headband - Lucy Davidson (designer) 

I recently created a DIY flower headband tutorial for Thought clothing. It’s the perfect time of year to make yourself one to wear to a party, picnic or just around the house (why not?!). It’s so simple to construct and makes you feel pretty special wearing it. I put mine together using bits and pieces I had around the house and a bunch of flowers from my local supermarket. 

You can find the tutorial here, tag us to let us know if you make one!

Open Days at Perch Hill - Olivia Williams (brand and advertising manager)

With just a couple of hours to spare one Saturday afternoon we took a trip to Sarah Raven’s wonderful haven at Perch Hill. Visits there are very precious since the gates to the garden are only open to the public for just 10 days a year. We went eager to see the last signs of spring and the first glimpses of summer, which started as we navigated down the single track roads laden with cow parsley. The farm house sits pretty on its 90 acre farmland.  Over the past 15 years it’s been carefully restored with new hedges, wild meadow flowers and Sussex cattle and sheep.

It’s an enchanting world stepping from the meadows through to the cutting garden, the ornamental gardens, glass houses and willow beds beyond. There’s a magical botanical mix in each garden filled with hardy and biennial crops …  each one grows enough produce to supply the kitchens with home-grown fruit and veg for the open days, so naturally we made sure we tasted the wonderful lunch which we ate in the oast house garden. We returned home to our tiny townhouse garden eager to fill pots, ready for the summer and day dreaming of our next visit to Perch Hill. 

Check out the next Open Day slots.

A Country Road, A Tree -  Catherine Binnie (marketing and distribution manager) 

I'm a massive fan of Jo Baker's writing - Longbourn, her below stairs take on Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite recent reads. Now, I can add another of her novel's to my fave pile - A Country Road, A Tree charts the wartime experience of playwright Samuel Beckett, as he leaves Ireland and returns to Nazi-occupied Paris during WWII. A Country Road, A Tree is great historical fiction - depicting the terror, privation and struggle of life in occupied France. At the same time it's an intricate portrait of a relationship and captures the frustrations of a man trying to find his artistic voice. Loved it. 

Lunch at Ginger and Dobbs, Shoreham - Caroline Rowland (editor) 

We recently found ourselves in the south coast town of Shoreham (picking up some furniture!), and decided to stop off for a bite to eat before heading home. What a lovely discovery Ginger and Dobbs was! A cafe and greengrocers with a vintage, rustic vibe, we particularly enjoyed their 'Around the World of Scrambled Eggs' section of the menu - the Spanish Huevos eggs were delicious! And with their seasonal veg, fresh bread, organic eggs and other delicacies, I think you'll find it tough to leave empty handed! 

RHS Hyde Hall - Kath Webber (sub editor)

With the Chelsea Flower Show heralding the British Summer, those of us middle-aged-at-heart turn our thoughts to the garden. RHS Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford in Essex, is a fabulous example of classic landscaping, beautiful bedding and ingenious planting; at the highest point in Essex is the dry garden. With a semi-arid climate that's drier than the Jordan desert, it's a perfect place to get inspiration for low-maintenance gardens and contemporary schemes. And there's not one, but TWO cafes! Climb to the top of the dry garden to admire the modern planting, enjoy the flatter-than-flat East Anglian landscape and a classic cream tea in the barn tearoom.

Summer creative retreats & workshops

A few years back your only option to take a creative course outside of formal education would have been taking a night class at your local college. (I remember taking one myself in Quark Express many moons ago!) These days, the opportunities to feed your creative soul alongside like-minded people are abundant, with all crafts and skills being catered for. Some are much more comprehensive than just a few hours after work, and in fact whisk you away for a few days in a beautiful location, to fully immerse yourself in the lifestyle and connect more deeply with your 'tribe'. We've rounded up a few workshops and retreats that we think you should definitely consider for this summer.... 

SISTERHOOD - Thursday 22nd June – Sunday 25th June 2017 / Fforest Camp, Cardigan, Wales

Hosted by Lou Archell of Little Green Shed, Sisterhood is a biannual retreat for women, allowing you to disconnect from the digital world and connect with your creativity, experience a slice of 'slow living', while spending time with other women you are guaranteed to gel with over delicious suppers and candlelight. 

This year's event, held in a beautiful setting on the Welsh coast, will allow you to truly escape the rat race, while simultaeously inspiring you for when you do return to daily life. Sessions include: Morning Yoga with Melanie Barnes, Wild Swimming with Flora Jamieson, Kokedama with Emma Rice and Fire side book club with 91's very own deputy editor Laura Pashby.

Pricing starts at £560, and includes 3 nights accommodation, all meals plus tea and coffee on tap, all workshops & sessions. To book visit: Sisterhood Camp

MODERN CRAFT / BOTANICAL WORKSHOPS FROM KIN - Sunday 16th July 2017 - 11:00am-5:00pm / The Forge, Bristol

Kin Workshops were conceived by two creatives from different vocations - Grace May, a florist and Rosie Harbottle, an illustrator - whose talents and skills compliment and combine perfectly to host workshops which explore more than one creative pursuit. The day, split into two halves focuses firstly on floral techniques, where Grace teaches how to construct a beautiful crown of flowers. In the afternoon, Rosie leads a painting workshop inspired by your botanical creation.   

Grace and Rosie also hosted a retreat in Marrakesh just last week, so this workshop is a chance to get a taster of what you might find at future retreats they might have in the pipeline. We imagine it will be a day full of Instagram photo ops! 

The day workshop costs £145 and includes a seasonal lunch served by The Forge, and all materials are included. To book visit: Kin Workshops

WOMEN WHO CREATE - CREATIVE BUSINESS WEEKENDFriday 9th June 2017 at 6:30pm - Sunday 11th June 2017 at 10:00pm / The Forge, Bristol

It appears fab Bristol venue The Forge has all the best events this summer! In June they will host a full weekend, run by Women Who Create - a community and platform for creative women.  The two days will be packed with creative inspiration, relaxation, confidence building, slow crafting and business/career motivation, and is aimed at women at any stage in their creative career. 

Covering a range of aspects involved in running a creative business, sessions include: stress and anxiety management, business clarity and creative visioning and even plant propagation and garden crafts - for when you just need to unwind. 

The ticket price includes a welcome drink and welcome pack, all sessions, lunch, snacks and tea and coffee. Full price is £260 but 91 readers can take advantage of a special discount to receive £30 off - Simply book here and use code 91VIP.

THE MAKELIGHT RETREAT - Friday 23rd June - Sunday 25th June 2017 / Talton Lodge, Warwickshire

Makelight duo, Emily Quinton and Stef Lewandowski extend their creative and business offering to a weekend spent in the English countryside near Stratford-upon-Avon. Focusing on three key areas, Creativity - Growth - Balance, attendees will learn and gather inspiration through workshops, talks and mentoring sessions.

You'll get to enjoy the great outdoors in the comfort of some cool teepees, yurts and a cosy barn, along with lots of country walks, chat, tasty food and relaxation. The cost for the weekend is £695 but 91 readers can get 20% off with the code 91magazine. Book your place here

We'd love to hear if you attend any of these events! If you do and would like to write about your experience on the 91 blog, please get in touch! 

91 is pinning... kids decor

Whether it's a child's bedroom, playroom or a corner of your living room given over to the kids, children's decor does not have to be garish and unstylish. Mixing grown up elements with playful accessories is the perfect way to create a look that is fun for your child but will grow with them AND look on trend. For example, you don't need to opt for a wallpaper targeted at kids, a floral or graphic design looks great mixed with colourful illustrated posters and brightly painted vintage furniture. 

Pinterest via minstyleblog.com

Pinterest via minstyleblog.com

Pinterest via Casa de Valentina Blog

Pinterest via Casa de Valentina Blog

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Pinterest via Poligom.com

Pinterest via 91 Magazine (S/S17 Photo: Jemma Watts) 

Pinterest via 91 Magazine (S/S17 Photo: Jemma Watts) 

A patterned 'grown up' rug, mixed with childlike motifs works well. Try to avoid cartoon character bedding and instead look out for fun patterns in fabric shops or vintage stores - or check out contemporary designs from brands like Ferm Living, Olli Ella or Cerise Sur La Gateau. 

Pinterest via 91 Magazine (S/S17 Photo: Cathy Pyle)

Pinterest via 91 Magazine (S/S17 Photo: Cathy Pyle)

Pinterest via 91 Magazine (S/S17 Photo: Jemma Watts) 

Pinterest via 91 Magazine (S/S17 Photo: Jemma Watts) 

For the walls, look out for vintage children's illustration and school charts; old maps also look great in kids spaces. Utilise their existing book collection and pick out those with the most beautiful covers to display on picture ledges. Practical and stylish! Think about making mini versions of adult furniture, like this clothes rail above. Details like adding washi tape edging and colourful hangers add a childlike element. 

Pop over to our children's room Pinterest board for lots more inspiration - kids spaces should be one of the most fun to design and decorate, so great creative and enjoy connecting with your inner (stylish!) child! :) 

Meet the Maker: Karolin Schnoor

This month we meet illustrator Karolin Schnoor, creator of two beautiful prints designed exclusively for 91 Magazine (lucky us!)

First of all, can you tell us what was the inspiration behind the 91 Magazine prints?

We wanted to make something light and bright for spring and I really liked the idea of a simple line drawing as I normally rely so much on block colour. It's hard to really see in the photos but the paper has a beautiful flecked texture and the ink has been mixed with metallic powder so the images are designed to work as just one element in a combination of effects. I'm really pleased with how they came out!

What was your path to becoming an illustrator? 

I never really planned to become an illustrator! To be honest, my main motivation in applying to art school was a determination to meet interesting people! I studied at the London College of Printing and actually started freelancing while at uni. My very first job after I graduated was copying vintage t-shirt designs for a clothing label but luckily I could soon just freelance full time and haven't looked back since. I prefer being my own boss.

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What’s your workspace like? Do you work from home or studio?

I've tried both and I prefer working from home - I'm a definite homebody. It requires a lot of self discipline but I find it useful that when I get stuck with work, I can do something unrelated like washing the dishes! This can really help get me unstuck and I'm doing something useful at the same time. I really love the freedom that home working brings.

Talk us through your creative process - what do you need to help you work productively?

My process is the same for each project, a pencil sketch followed by a colour sketch on my tablet and once approved I do a line drawing by hand and then colour that in Photoshop. Deadlines can help productivity! Some editorial commissions need to be turned around within 24 hours. Other work, like the Seasonal Series, develop over a series of weeks. I enjoy having a bit more time, and being able to revisit things until I get them just right. It's great to be able to come back to something after not having looked at it all day, it helps to adjust things with a fresh eye.

Podcasts are pretty essential. I always work with one on as I need something to keep me entertained and music makes me space out. Sometimes when I look at an illustration I'll suddenly have a strong memory of the podcast I was listening to when I drew it! 

You have a lovely bold aesthetic – how did you find your style?

My work used to be much more timid; I rarely used colour in uni until a tutor at college specifically asked me to. I thought he was wrong of course (because when you are 18 you think you know everything!) but I am grateful he started me down that path because colour is now my favourite tool.

Your work often has a strong female presence at its centre - is celebrating womanhood important to you?

That's so nice to hear! I absolutely consider myself a feminist and am very much interested in depicting women in a celebratory fashion. There is no shortage of men being depicted or images of women created for the male gaze so I'm hoping that drawing women for women is a small attempt at creating balance.

Who or what influences and inspires you? 

When I was studying I tried really hard to avoid looking at other people's work - I found it quite intimidating and, at times, a bit paralysing. The amount of work which is now accessible online feels overwhelming to me, so I much prefer to look back in time at things that really remain in my memory. I grew up on German children's books and folklore illustrations for instance, and both have influenced me. I'm also a fan of bold Scandinavian brands such as Marimekko.

I often find that switching styles helps inspire me. For example, if I'm doing a lot of big bold colour work I like to do a 'palette cleanser' and do a simple line drawing or a black and white piece. Since most of my work is commercial, I'm often restricted to a brief and I almost prefer the limits of a specific job to having too much freedom.

Do you ever get ‘block’ and if so, do you have any techniques for getting over it?

Of course I do! It initially stopped me cold but when you have a deadline you have to push through it and that taught me that a block isn't real. I have days where work is easy and days where work is hard but you can get it done either way and that's been a helpful realisation.

Sometimes just telling yourself that this job doesn't have to be the best thing ever can help. If it's really bad I just set a timer and tell myself I can stop after half an hour. Usually that helps to get things going and it doesn't seem so bad after the initial effort. It's that first bit that's scary - and you just need to get through it.

You undertake a wide range of work from design to illustration to screen printing – do you have a preference of one over the other?

Not really, I think I thrive on being able to do them all and I wouldn't want to just choose one. I do love screen printing as it allows for some time away from the computer and there's just something about real paper and ink that's very lovely.

Do you have any particular favourite projects?

All my collaborations with The Future Kept have been such a pleasure to work on and Jeska who runs the shop styles the prints so beautifully. They are printed by a great studio here in London and overall it's a very satisfying work process.

On a practical level, how do you get most of your work, and how do you balance your time between commissions and your own work?

At this point in time I'm lucky in that I don't have to do much outreach, I get a fairly steady amount of requests. But it took a solid 5 or 6 years of emailing art directors, running my Etsy shop, doing blog interviews, giveaways and collaborations to get to this point and I imagine I will keep having to do rounds of this as I go along. I run my Etsy shop as a way to stay personally creative outside of commissions and now that I (finally) have an Instagram account I've found that a nice place to put up small bits and pieces that aren't commercial. Commissions do however always take precedent and I don't mind that. Gotta keep that money rolling in!

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What are the best bits and challenges of working for yourself?

I love the independence but that can sometimes be a double edged sword. I like being my own boss but, obviously, I'm also responsible for everything. It's hard to clock out at the end of a day but I am slowly getting better at that... 

Any advice for an aspiring illustrator?

Oh boy! I never know what to say to this question! Just work a lot and don't expect things to take off straight away. Everything takes time, but the more you work then the faster you'll get there.

Quickfire Questions...

Describe your work in three words: 

Colourful, flat & bold

What are your making rituals?

Listening to podcasts!

 Tea or Coffee? 

Tea and never with milk (sorry English people, that's just gross)

 Mountains or Sea? 

Sea please

Night Owl or Early Bird? 

Early Bird all the way!

 I wish someone had told me… 

That stressing out about work is the worst way to get anything done!

ORDER YOUR EXCLUSIVE PRINTS BY KAROLIN OVER IN THE 91 MAGAZINE SHOP.

 

91 is reading... Flowers Every Day

There's no doubt about it- Spring is the season for flowers. In the lanes and hedgerows, in our gardens, on our mantels and even in our Instagram feeds, we at 91 are in love with all things floral.  With all the blooms that are available to us, we do sometimes find ourselves wishing that we had the know-how to recreate the beautiful floral creations that we see around us and online. 

This is why we were thrilled to receive an advance copy of Flowers Every Day: Inspired florals for homes, gifts and gatherings, the new book by hip London florist Florence Kennedy, in which she shares the secrets of how to create flower crowns, table arrangements, arches and bouquets.

Florence Kennedy is the founder of Petalon, a London-based, bicycle-powered flower delivery company. Her passion for flowers is intense and contagious, and her absence of classical floristry training results in a style that is creative and free, guided by instinct, feeling, and an impeccable artistic eye.

In Flowers Every Day, she teaches the reader how to create a series of floral projects inspired by her creative designs. The book begins with a section called The Basics, which covers sourcing flowers, tools and techniques, and vases. The remainder of the book is quartered by seasons, with several projects in each. For Spring, these include flower crowns, bud vases and a table meadow. For Summer, there are projects such as a flower chandelier, buttonholes and summer table flowers. For Autumn, highlights number bridal bouquets, a flower beam and a living staircase, and Winter features two variants of wreath and gift toppers, among others.

The book is photographed by India Hobson, a talented photographer with a practiced eye for floral beauty. Shot in a selection of characterful locations with an air of fading grandeur, India's images perfectly showcase Florence's designs.

All of the projects look beautiful and adaptable. We're thinking we might start with the bud vases, move on to the festival flower crowns, and then attempt the flower chandelier. In the meantime, Florence's instructions for creating a lovely bouquet to give as a gift are sure to be invaluable, time and again. 

If you share our passion for flowers, this book is definitely for you. Not only is it a delight to peruse with a cup of tea, it's also packed with practical tutorials. A must for anyone who wants to enjoy flowers every day.

Flowers Every Day by Florence Kennedy is published by Pavilion (£18.99) It's available for pre-order and will be in shops and online from 18th May.

All images in this post by Laura Pashby.