Summer is in full swing here and in fact, most of our team are off on their holidays as we speak! But, we've been working hard on the next issue which will be available for pre order very soon! Lots of you have been enjoying our new Seek Inspire Create e-zine too, which is great! If you haven't seen it yet, then you simply need to register your email here and you will receive a link to download it. You can read what it's all about here in case it's went under you radar!
Anyway, as well as being busy with all of that, our team always find time to do some lovely things for themselves or with family and friends, so here's what we've all been enjoying of late....
No Guts No Glory, Devon - Lucy Davidson (designer)
Recently I got the chance to pop into lovely lifestyle store No Guts No Glory, during a trip to Exeter in Devon. I’ve been dreaming of a little visit here for quite some time now, and thankfully it did not disappoint. Owners Nathan and Hayley are friendly and welcoming, giving the store a lovely atmosphere, and I couldn't leave without snapping up one of the wonderful pots from Studio Senji. And of course, it’s always a proud moment to spot 91 Magazine on the shelves of such a gorgeous shop too!
Happy Days Retro Vacations - Kath Webber (sub-editor)
Happy Days Retro Vacations is a small family-friendly campsite, home to seven vintage trailers- this is camping at its coolest. Six polished silver Airstream trailers and a curvaceous vintage Avion trailer offer comfortable, vintage-style accommodation just a few miles from the coast on the edge of the market town of Saxmundham in Suffolk. The restored caravans are perfect family holidays homes, all styled with an American mid-century vibe. There's a play area for kids, fire pits for each trailer, and a red shed for partying when the campsite is rented exclusively. We stayed in Nettie, and enjoyed every minute- the kids made friends and ran wild in the safe campsite, while we enjoyed the great big skies and excellent local beers. Throughout the summer months, Wednesday night is pizza night with Pete and his wood-fired oven, cooking and delivering pizzas before your very eyes. Rent the entire site for a very special occasion or enjoy a weekend in my favourite county.
Osmology - Caroline Rowland (editor)
I recently listened to the Style Matters podcast with Melia of Contemporary Life where she talked of her Swedish heritage and how the burning of candles is an every day occurrence in Swedish culture, not reserved solely for the winter months or special occasions. I really loved this idea, as why should we keep candles for 'good' or only light them when we have guests? Especially when there is such an abundance of delicious candle brands out there. On a recent trip to Bristol, I stumbled upon Osmology, a newly opened store on the Christmas Steps, who I'd heard mention of on social media only a few weeks previous. A small but perfectly formed little shop, filled with nose-tingling scents from brands such as Eastwick, P.F. Candle Co and Skandinavisk to name a few. If you are in Bristol, add it to your list of 'must visits' or peruse their website from the comfort of your candlelit living room.
Cotswold Lavender - Laura Pashby (deputy editor)
Strolling through purple fields of fragrant lavender is the stuff of floral dreams (with plenty of Instagram opportunities to boot!) For the second summer, we took a trip to Cotswold Lavender where the lavender was in full bloom and buzzing with bees. Arriving early meant that the fields were quieter and the gentle morning light was better for photography (it's hard to resist snapping away when you're surrounded by beautiful blooms!) Afterwards, we took a trip to National Trust Snowshill, which is just a few miles away- an eccentric's manor house stuffed full of curiosities and treasures, with charming gardens, including the prettiest dovecote.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - Catherine Binnie (marketing manager)
This month my seven year old daughter and I have been reading Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. The book reinvents fairy tales, with inspirational women from across the ages as the heroines (you won't catch any of them hanging around for Prince Charming). From Marie Curie, to Frieda Kahlo, Maya Angelou to Elizabeth I - Good Night Stories is packed with fascinating women, their stories brilliantly told and beautifully illustrated (including work by Karolin Schnoor - the talented creator of our 91 Magazine prints!)
Liberty London's new Living Emporium - Melissa Burgess (designer)
Liberty has long been a go-to destination for unique and unusual products and gifts. However, homeware is not what some may associate with Liberty. In fact, the Home department is a climb up the famous (and slightly wonky) wooden staircase to the third and fourth floors, that many have never even made! The department is undergoing massive changes and is returning to the stores roots and iconic reputation. The new Living Emporium on the third floor is one of my favourite spaces to just get lost in. You are immediately immersed in vivid and bold colour and texture. The collections are, as you would expect from this quirky store, slightly weird but ever so wonderful and eclectic. The Emporium has also become a temporary home to Conservatory Archives - the Hackney based plant specialists. As you stroll down their lusciously green alley, you are briefly taken out of busy city life and immersed in nature. This is my kind of shopping experience.
Lleweyln and Company - Olivia Williams (advertising and brand manager)
Don’t you just love that feeling of stepping into a shop and having to force yourself to stop and breathe before you get too giddy?! I had to do just that when visiting Lleweyln and Company in Hay-On-Wye recently. This home store is filled with the most beautiful French and Scandi treasures, both old and new, which Anna and John seek out from across Europe. It is filled with home-making delights and curated so beautifully. Though nothing beats a browse around the store for inspiration, it’s wonderful that their online store means we can all enjoy the magic from further afield.
We hope you've enjoyed this little round up of what we've been discovering and enjoying lately. Don't forget to share yours via our hashtag #seekinspirecreate on Instagram - you might just see your pics featured in the next edition of our Seek Inspire Create e-zine! ;)