THE 91 TEAM

Meet the Team: Catherine Binnie (Marketing and Distribution manager

It's time to introduce you to another member of our team, and this month it's the turn of Catherine, who looks after our marketing and deals with all of our lovely stockists. Catherine has a background in press and marketing, and is also a bit of a bookworm. She recently started a new blog, Bookish, celebrating her love of books (and magazines!) In fact she's just written a post about her favourite indie magazine here. (she *may* have mentioned 91!) :) 

 Catherine enjoying our recent launch night at Anthropologie. Photo: Jemma Watts

Tell us about your morning routine… Chaotic attempts to marshall a 3 year old, a 6 year old and myself into clothes / out the door by 8.30am. Generally involves me asking ‘have you brushed your teeth’ every five seconds. I always have a large mug of tea in hand and, if I’m particularly organised, I manage a quick scroll through Instagram.

Other than 91 Magazine (of course!) what do you like to read? I’m a bookworm, and have just started a book blog - so it would have to be something from my towering TBR pile. I’m currently reading The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson - which is fab, gripping and atmospheric. In terms of magazines, I’ve just discovered (and am really enjoying) Lionheart and The Gentlewoman.

Describe a corner of your home that you particularly love. My kitchen table, which has been in my family since 1902. It last belonged to my great-aunt and I love the connection it brings between past generations and my own family. I have clear memories of sitting at it as a child, and each mark on its battered surface tells a story. It’s generally covered in felt pen and melded on Weetabix, so it gets an occasional strategic sanding! I often work at the table - it overlooks the garden and it’s nice to have a desk with a view (the alternative view is of a pile of washing up - I try and ignore that).

If you could be whisked away for the weekend to any destination in the world, where would you choose? So many places! I’d love to revisit New York and Tuscany and I’m always up for being whisked to the beautiful beaches of the Gower and Pembrokeshire - near where I grew up. 

What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given? Don’t use a kitchen scourer to clean your new boyfriend’s brand new car. Sadly, for me I was halfway through the job when that advice was given. ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’ is pretty sound too, and is what I suggested my boyfriend should do. Not sure he found it that comforting! 

What’s your radio tuned to? BBC Radio 6 Music, interspersed with a bit of Radio 4 and podcasts like Adventures with Words, A Playful Day and Dear Sugar.

What’s your most treasured flea market find? It would probably have to be a beautiful cup and saucer set, decorated with chinese peonies. Not only beautiful but useful - it holds about a gallon of tea! Willliam Morris would be proud. I’m always chuffed when I manage a haul of vintage Penguins too.

What was the last thing that you made by hand? I’m a hopeless crafter. I’m in awe of makers, so it’s fab to work at 91 with a lot of inspiring, talented, crafty people! I suppose my equivalent would be writing - I’ve just started final re-writes on a novel - does that count?!

What are your home styling essentials? Flowers, lots of them!

Can you share a tip for other creative freelancers? Get to grips with social media scheduling tools like Hootsuite, and get chunks of content planned in advance. Conversely, when you need to step away from the temptations of Instagram/Twitter, then Freedom - a program which blocks the internet for a defined period of time - is pretty useful!

Some quick fire Qs…

Tea or coffee? Both. Lots of.

Early bird or night owl? I aspire to be an early bird...

Summer or Winter? I’m going to be awkward and say Autumn

Twitter or Instagram? (Who do you follow?) Both. I love Twitter for the chats - my favourite being #theyearinbooks - created by 91 Deputy Editor Laura (@circleofpines). Instagram - @thesefourwalls @catesthill @bestbookgrams @littlespree @mybookbath @2manybeautifulbooks

Favourite flower? Peonies, alliums and tulips

And finally… Tell us a secret or something surprising about yourself. I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. And, (whispers it) I don’t intend to ever watch it.

Meet the team: Lucy Davidson (Designer)

This month we find out a little bit more about our designer Lucy Davidson. Lucy is a designer and illustrator, as well as writing craft and lifestyle blog Peas and Needles. Lucy has many crafty talents, but is particularly fond of weaving and ceramics and often holds weaving workshops around the country. She even sells some of her handmade wares online! A busy bee, that's for sure! Let's find out a little bit about her daily life and what inspires her...

Tell us about your morning routine… My mornings vary so much. When I am freelancing I can be working anywhere, so there isn’t really much of a routine. I do miss this. However, everyday starts with a coffee and a quick browse through Instagram. I don’t like that this is one of the first things I see in the morning. It's a terrible habit and one I want to stop.

Other than 91 Magazine (of course!) what do you like to read? I love to read Frankie, Lady Lunch, Toc Toc Toc and Peppermint magazine. The styling and variety in these magazines is so great. I have a massive stack I haven’t read yet! 

Describe a corner of your home that you particularly love. In our living room we have a Papasan chair that sits in our bay windows. I love to sit there with a tea, and weave, read magazines or just watch people walk by.

If you could be whisked away for the weekend to any destination in the world, where would you chose? Margate, its not very fancy but I really want to visit! It looks great. I really do love a good seaside town. Maybe thats why I live in Brighton.

What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given? To just keep playing.

What’s your radio tuned to? When I work from home I tend to listen to Radio 6, but when I am in other studios or out and about I normally listen to Spotify's 'discover playlist'. This is the best thing about Spotify!

What’s your most treasured flea market find? Oh this is a tricky question… probably my Ercol armchair that I found on eBay. I ended up recovering the cushion and now it's looking pretty special.

What was the last thing that you made by hand? A weaving and ceramic pots - I am pretty obsessed with these two crafts. I am working on a project where I can combine the two. It's still in the sketching stage so it might never happen.

What are your home styling essentials? Plants and cushions. Out flat is covered in both. I don’t think you can ever have too many of either.

Can you share a tip for other creative freelancers? Have a google calendar - this has saved me from missing so many important deadlines and meetings. Oh and colour code your emails. Such a timesaver when you are routing through all your emails trying to find a specific one. These aren’t that interesting or exciting but I have only been doing this recently and it has helped me out so much.

Some quick fire Qs…

Tea or coffee? Coffee

Early bird or night owl? Neither, I have a small window mid morning where I am my most productive.

Summer or Winter? Summer

Twitter or Instagram? (Who do you follow?) Instagram - I favourites are: @maryannemoodie, @clarenicolson, @_sunken_treasure, @lobsterandswan and @herminevandijck

Favourite flower? Green chrysanthemum

And finally…

Tell us a secret or something surprising about yourself. I don’t have a sense of smell. I can just about smell oranges, sometimes. 

Meet the 91 team: Olivia Williams (Brand and Advertising Manager)

Olivia runs her own marketing and PR agency The Bird House, working with boutique brands, so she was the perfect person to work with the indie businesses who 91 Magazine love to nurture. She's also a mama, a keen baker, blogger and instagrammer. (she runs the #nestandflourish hashtag) so we caught up with her to find out a bit more about how she juggles, work, life and family... 

Tell us about your morning routineThe day always starts before I’m ready for it, but I have get a quick fix of Instagram with sleepy eyes before the whirl begins. I tear around the house making porridge, packing lunches, checking times tables, hunting down sports kit & TALKING - my girls chat non stop, from dawn til dusk! 

Other than 91 Magazine (of course!) what do you like to read? I confessed to Caroline before I joined the team that I was a big 91 fan ;) To me, magazines are a real treat & can only be read with a clear head, time & ideally, a G&T in hand. Consequently I have a pile of titles waiting to be read. In there is FLOW, The Simple Things & Caffeine Magazine, as well as cook books galore. Slightly nerdish, but we try to snatch ‘book hour’ at home or during high days & holidays where we all sit together & read. 

 Image by Olivia Williams ( @x  xbirdhouse  on Instagram)

Image by Olivia Williams (@xxbirdhouse on Instagram)

Describe a corner of your home that you particularly love. My desk is my haven. It’s a new zone, since for years I hot desked around the house with my laptop, thinking it was the freedom to change the view that I needed. But now my freelancing has really grown & I work on lots of projects at the same time, so that means being surrounded with lists & my favourite pen to hand which gives me good karma. 

If you could be whisked away for the weekend to any destination in the world, where would you chose? Gosh that’s a hard question! We are a real road trip family, we pack up our Mini & drive everywhere, so I guess if I was being whisked away it would be a real treat. I’d have to go on a jet plane to just about any European city - Stockholm, Copenhagen & Paris would be on my wish list. 

What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given? My mama told me ‘worrying never cures anything’. I’m learning that’s true.

What’s your radio tuned to? My radio gets re-tuned all the time! Radio 2 floats through our breakfast, then it’s Radio 4 - unless there’s a sporting fixture on – then it’s Five Live for the tennis, cricket & footy.

What’s your most treasured flea market find? It is a set of old school desks that my girls use everyday. It’s a hive of activity for them - littered with tiny scraps of paper, glitter & glue.

 Image by Olivia Williams ( @x  xbirdhouse  on Instagram)

Image by Olivia Williams (@xxbirdhouse on Instagram)

What was the last thing that you made by hand? I’m a baker & cook, so for me, making time to bake, even if it’s late at night, is what makes me feel everything is ok in the world. The last thing I made was a fridge cake to say ‘I LOVE YOU’ to someone very special who is going through the mill. 

What are your home styling essentials? I LOVE ‘jujjing’, but the place has to be clean & ship shape before I start. Isn’t that an awful confession?! Yes, I’m OCD… so apart from my duster & mop, my essentials are I some simple snipped flowers & little twinkly lights.

Can you share a tip for other creative freelancers? Plan, plan, plan.  With a schedule I find I can handle ducking & diving between projects without fluster & on time.

 Image by Olivia Williams ( @x  xbirdhouse  on Instagram)

Image by Olivia Williams (@xxbirdhouse on Instagram)

Some quick fire Qs

Tea or coffee? tea to welcome in the day & then coffee for elevenses.

Early bird or night owl? a night owl who gets exhausted

Summer or Winter? summer – light, bright evenings make my heart sing.

Twitter or Instagram? (Who do you follow?) instagram …. @lewesmap @dhowelldesigns @byebyebirdie

Favourite flower? top 3… cow parsley, peonies & blossom.

And finally… Tell us a secret or something surprising about yourself.  I ALWAYS work with music on. 

Meet the 91 team: Kath Webber (Sub Editor)

It's the next in our series of posts where you get to find out a little bit more about the team behind 91 Magazine. Today we meet Kath, our meticulous sub editor, who also happens to be a dab hand with a crochet hook! You can read more about her career on our About page, but right now we are delving in to her daily routine, her most treasured vintage finds and how she can predict a thunderstorm! 

Tell us about your morning routine… My morning routine varies little from to day-to-day; like our Deputy Editor Laura, I have young children so my mornings are totally dominated by their requests for food (always a brioche bun first), last-minute ironing of school uniform or packing a bag for nursery, and a quiet 20 minutes spent browsing Instagram and Pinterest whilst sipping a strong cup of tea from my favourite ‘Wuthering Heights’ mug. I love seeing Emily Quinton’s floral-themed morning posts on IG and seeing the world wake up on social media. 

 Image by Kath Webber ( @kathwebbercrochet  on Instagram)

Image by Kath Webber (@kathwebbercrochet on Instagram)

Other than 91 Magazine (of course!) what do you like to read? I love picking up indie magazines whenever I can, like Betty, The Simple Things or Ballad Of…, it’s fair to say I’m a total magazine addict. As a writer I was always told to read as much as possible, so I’ll read whatever I get my hands on. I love to read interiors and craft magazines, and will often dip into newspaper supplements to get ideas for content or styling. Since having children my novel-reading has fallen by the wayside, so I recently joined #theyearinbooks hashtag to encourage me to read more. I love anything by any of the Brontës, Virginia Woolf, Angela Carter or Margaret Atwood so invariably I’ll have a pile of their novels by my bed. I’m currently reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, as well as dipping in and out of Marie Kondo’s best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. 

Describe a corner of your home that you particularly love. In the very back of my house in the ‘box room’ I created a little space of my own in the Spring of last year. I bought a formica table from eBay for £10, and it houses my sewing machines, jars of vintage knitting needles, a DAB radio and a couple of boards made for me by some friends. It’s special as it’s my space, and everything I need is in reach; I’ll often listen to the radio while I sew or prepare knitting and crochet projects, and the children seem to instinctively know that they’re not allowed in there. It’s cluttered and messy, but it’s mine and I love it. 

 Image by Kath Webber ( @kathwebbercrochet  on Instagram)

Image by Kath Webber (@kathwebbercrochet on Instagram)

If you could be whisked away for the weekend to any destination in the world, where would you choose? While the temptation would be to fly to Gothenburg or Copenhagen for a weekend, I still feel there’s so much to explore right here in the British Isles. I’d love to visit Edinburgh or Bath, and see some beautiful architecture, visit some unique shops and stay somewhere really special for a couple of nights. 

What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given? ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get.’ I can’t remember who said that to me - probably my dad. He has always encouraged me to pursue every remote opportunity, and my mum has been there to support me and offer suggestions, too. Sometimes seizing an opportunity can be scary, and we often make excuses with ourselves to not grab an experience with both hands. I try not to say no to anything - one never knows where it might lead!

What’s your radio tuned to? In my sewing area it’s usually BBC Radio 4 or 4 extra, and if I hear a classic serial or something I like I’ll usually use the iPlayer Radio app to listen to the rest of the series or hear it again. In the kitchen it’s usually Radio 4- I love Woman’s Hour- or BBC6 Music. There’s nothing as good for a true musical education - Iggy Pop is my favourite presenter. 

What’s your most treasured flea market find? I have so many! I’m lucky enough to live about 20 minutes away from a fabulous antiques centre, and invariably I will always find something I love there. Last time it was an Ercol chair for my kitchen, and the time before it was a Babycham glass and a beautiful vintage scarf clip. I’ve worn the scarf clip a lot - as a brooch and more recently to fasten my handmade shawls. My husband found my beautiful Victorian engagement ring at a jewellery flea, and I couldn’t have picked a more perfect ring if I’d tried - it’s a traditional Victorian trilogy ring but with a pearl at the centre and it is the perfect fit. 

 Image by Kath Webber ( @kathwebbercrochet  on Instagram)

Image by Kath Webber (@kathwebbercrochet on Instagram)

What was the last thing that you made by hand? As a crochet designer, I make things constantly. However, it’s rare that I get to make something special for myself, so usually I knit something. Over the Easter weekend I used my time to finish crocheting a beautiful shawl using some very special hand-dyed yarn. I really enjoyed following someone else’s pattern for a change, and indulging in expensive yarn just for me. 

What are your home styling essentials? Unfortunately my home is far from styled! It’s very small and there is stuff - books, toys, crochet - everywhere! However, I think special items can add interest to a small corner - fresh, seasonal flowers, scented candles or a pile of vintage books or postcards help pull the eye away from the mess! 

Can you share a tip for other creative freelancers? I have piles of notebooks and pencils in virtually every room in the house - you never know when an idea will strike! Also, set your own timetable and don’t be afraid to say no to something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Your work WILL be recognised by someone, and eventually your ideas and skills will be a valuable asset. 

Some quick fire Qs…

Tea or coffee? TEA! I love coffee but it gives me migraines so I limit myself to two or three cups a week, and make sure it’s really good stuff!

Early bird or night owl? Night owl, though my children are trying to turn me into an early bird. 

Summer or Winter? I love winter - flickering candles, cosy blankets and a lap full of knitting or cat. 

Twitter or Instagram? (Who do you follow?) Instagram. I’m @kathwebbercrochet and love @meandorla, @circleofpines, @_g3, @judiths_place and a new hashtag, #crochetgirlgang

Favourite flower?  I can’t resist the beautiful fragrance of white lilies, but I love the simplicity and the scent of eucalyptus leaves. 

And finally… tell us a secret or something surprising about yourself. I broke my arm when I was eight years old, and since I had a pin installed I’ve been able to predict when it’ll snow or thunder. Usually around half an hour before a thunderstorm my arm will begin to ache and throb.

Thanks Kath! Next month we'll be chatting with our designer Lucy Davidson.

Meet the 91 team: Laura Pashby (Deputy Editor)

This month we find out a little more about our deputy editor, Laura. You can read a bit more about Laura's career as a photographer and writer over on our About page, and also pop over to her own personal blog, Circle of Pine Trees, which is a beautiful read as well as a visual delight. 

Tell us about your morning routine… With three small sons, I’m invariably woken early, usually as one or more of them clambers into our bed for a cuddle. School mornings are utterly hectic. My husband gets up first and gives the boys their breakfast, whilst I quickly check Instagram (it’s an addiction!), and then get dressed. I often don’t manage to have my own breakfast in the chaos of lost shoes and last minute requests for PE kit. After the rush of the school run, my youngest (he’s two) and I wander home. I have some yoghurt and cereal and a coffee, whilst he does a puzzle or plays.

Other than 91 Magazine (of course!) what do you like to read? I’m a total bookworm, and always have been. I always have a novel or two on the go. I also love reading cookery books, photography books, and the occasional page or two of poetry, too. A couple of years ago, I started a project on my blog called #theyearinbooks, to encourage myself to read more. I host a monthly Twitter chat, and as a result, I have a perpetually long ‘to-read’ list of book recommendations from fellow participants. In terms of magazines, I love other indie mags such as Lionheart, Oh Comely, Cereal and The Simple Things.

 Image by Laura Pashby (  @circleofpines  on Instagram)

Image by Laura Pashby ( @circleofpines on Instagram)

Describe a corner of your home that you particularly love. My desk is the one corner of the house that is mine alone. It’s an old oak bureau that we bought from the local auction house for £30. It sits in an alcove at the far end of the knock-through sitting room, beside a sash window with a view of the distant hill. There are three shelves above it with a selection of treasures: books, vintage cameras, my knitting basket, shells and pebbles from trips to the beach… The desk is crammed with stationery, pens and notebooks. Currently balanced on top of the pile is a copy of Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. I think that I might be a lost cause, though!

If you could be whisked away for the weekend to any destination in the world, where would you chose? This is a tricky one! There are so many places that I’d love to go. I think, though, if you pushed me, that I’d go for Scandinavia. I’d be torn between Sweden- it would be magical to visit for Midsummer- and Finland, so that I could make a trip to Klovharu, the island where author Tove Jannsson spent her summers. It was the setting for her novel, The Summer Book: a book that I adore.

What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given? Much of the good advice that I’ve been given came from my Granny, a kind and wise Yorkshire-woman. She taught me a lot of things, ranging from ‘never sleep on an argument’ to ‘don't be afraid to show your legs’, but most of all she taught me the value of kindness, and of gratitude.

What’s your radio tuned to? Usually to BBC 6 Music, particularly on a Sunday afternoon for Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service. I could listen to him speaking all day! I also listen to BBC Radio 4 when I’m home alone with the smallest one.

 Image by Laura Pashby ( @circleofpines  on Instagram)

Image by Laura Pashby (@circleofpines on Instagram)

What’s your most treasured flea market find? I have so many! Just this week, though, I broke a beautiful blue and white china cake stand that I had bought from a French Brocante a couple of summers ago. I was so upset- it was irreplaceable.

What was the last thing that you made by hand? After a slight hiatus, I’ve recently started knitting again. I just finished a cabled grey hat- now I need to make a big pompom for the top.

What are your home styling essentials? Am I allowed to confess that my home isn't exactly what you’d call styled?! If I’m styling a photograph, though, I try to think about things like adding texture, using odd numbers of items and allowing a wabi-sabi element of imperfection.

Can you share a tip for other creative freelancers? I’d say that you should believe in yourself and your abilities. That, and invest in a really good planner notebook…

 Image by Laura Pashby ( @circleofpines  on Instagram)

Image by Laura Pashby (@circleofpines on Instagram)

Some quick fire Qs

Tea or coffee? Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

Early bird or night owl? Night owl (although I have to be an early bird, thanks to the boys!)

 Summer or Winter? Summer, please!

Twitter or Instagram? (Who do you follow?) Instagram. Always Instagram. I’m @circleofpines over there.  My favourites include: @dollyandfife, @fionaannal, @littlegreenshed, @thefuturekept, @cecilemoli, @me_and_orla, @marte_marie_fosberg and @jo_rodgers.

Favourite flower? I can’t choose just one! Lilac, dahlia, rose, cow parsley, muscari, to name but a few…

And finally… tell us a secret or something surprising about yourself. I always wear jasmine perfume because it reminds me of the sweet scent that drifted up through the bedroom window of the house in Thailand where I lived for a year before university.

Thanks Laura! next month we will be meeting our sub editor Kath Webber. 

Meet the 91 team : Caroline Rowland (Editor)

 Image by  Kasia Fiszer .

Image by Kasia Fiszer.

We thought that we'd introduce you to the members of our brilliant new 91 Magazine team. First up is Founder and Editor, Caroline Rowland. You can find out about Caroline's career to date, and how she came to found 91 Magazine, over on our about page, but do read on to discover some of her stories and secrets (including a rather surprising talent!)...

Tell us about your morning routine… I’m not the best at getting out of bed in the morning, so I’m very lucky that my hubby doesn’t mind getting up first and getting Ruby up for her breakfast, which is usually around 6:30-6:45am. I then get up about 7am and join them for a cup of tea and something to eat. Then we all get ready and, depending on whether Ruby is at the child minder or not, I’ll either take her there for 9am and then come home to work, or if she’s not, we might go to a playgroup, or go for a walk.

Other than 91 Magazine (of course!) what do you like to read? I don’t get much free time to read, but when I do I like checking out other indie magazines such as Betty or Oh Comely. I also subscribe to Mollie Makes who I’ve done lots of work with in the past, and I enjoy The Simple Things too. I always have to read my Kindle in bed before I go to sleep, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. I’ve just finished The Girl on the Train, which I loved.

Describe a corner of your home that you particularly love. I have a chair in Ruby’s bedroom, which we have spent a lot of time sitting in over the last year and a half since she was born! Either feeding her when she was small, or trying to get her to sleep. Now that she is older I really enjoy sitting there with her reading her bedtime stories, and I love that this special time with her will continue for a few years. 

If you could be whisked away for the weekend to any destination in the world, where would you chose? Oh! That is so tough! There are SO many places I’d love to be whisked off to! At the minute though, I am really keen to visit the Scandinavian countries. There is such a huge Scandi influence on interiors at the moment, so I’d love to visit some of the gorgeous shops there, but I’d also love to see some of the their beautiful landscapes too. 

What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given? As a child my mum used to say ‘Be sure your sins will find you out’ Maybe more of a warning than advice! But it’s very true, and it’s generally always kept me on the straight and narrow. 

What’s your radio tuned to? Usually Radio 1, but recently my hubby has been switching it to Classic FM… sign of our age!! 

What’s your most treasured flea market find? I have a few, but I do love the tiny tin which we had our wedding rings in for our ceremony. It says ‘Keep this for my sake ‘ on the lid. I found it at Spitalfields market a few months before the wedding, and knew it was perfect. 

What was the last thing that you made by hand? Probably Christmas decorations! I haven’t had much time for crafting since Christmas as I’ve been so busy with getting the new 91 Magazine website ready! 

What are your home styling essentials? I love vintage books and ephemera. Books with beautifully worn spines are great for adding height to a display, and old postcards and other paper goods add interest and texture to wall displays. And of course plants and flowers are a must!  

Can you share a tip for other creative freelancers? It sounds clichéd, but simply ‘follow your dreams’ – if you want to do something then just give it a bash! I never expected that the blog I started as a hobby would lead to me publishing a magazine and a book, so you just never know where a small seed of an idea might take you. 

Some quick fire questions…

Tea or coffee? Tea

Early bird or night owl? Night owl

Summer or Winter? Summer

Twitter or Instagram? (Who do you follow?) Instagram – I follow way too many people and struggle to keep up! 

Favourite flower? Coral peonies, which I had for my wedding bouquet. 

Finally, tell us a secret or something surprising about yourself. I’m really good at doing the limbo! 

Thank you Caroline! Next month, we'll be finding out more about Deputy Editor Laura Pashby.