Three 91 creatives to follow - July

It’s been a while since I introduced you to a few of our lovely 91 contributors. We have a wide network of photographers, writers, stylists and illustrators who create the incredible work within our pages. I’d love you to get to know them more so today I invite you to read a little about these lovely ladies, and do go give them a follow too!

Cathy Pyle - Photographer

Cathy has done a number of beautiful shoots for 91 Magazine, although we first met when she came to photograph my previous home for another magazine! Her own home is a beauty, so do go check it out as well as her other work at @cathy.pyle

Cathy Pyle photographer
cathy pyle - photographer
cathy pyle-photographer

If you weren't a photographer what would you be and why? 

I only became a photographer in my forties and wouldn’t wish to do anything else! But in another life I might be an architect, an interior designer, or perhaps a garden designer. 

 Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers & why? 

@lobsterandswan - for beautiful photography with soul, and a reminder to seek beauty in the everyday.

@blackshorestyle - for endless interior inspiration. (I want to run away and live in every image she shares!).

@hildemork78 - for her gorgeously dreamy glimpses of her life in rural Norway.

 Top tip for aspiring photographers? 

 Learn and practise as much as you can: set yourself small goals, take workshops and courses, go to exhibitions, read books, talk to people in the industry. Master the technical stuff so that you can express your creative vision, just as you want to - that’s what counts.

What is your TV box set obsession right now?

Would it be terrible if I admitted to a temporary addiction to Love Island?! The perfect antidote to a full-on life ;) When I’m in the mood for something more serious, though, I’m currently enjoying the stunning third season of the Handmaid’s Tale. 

Favourite shop? 

For an inspiring wander, Petersham Nurseries. For online homewares with social justice and environmental sustainability at their heart, Aerende.

Favourite flower? 

Anything I’ve grown in my garden (or snipped from across the neighbour’s fence!), and especially if it has a gorgeous scent. Right now, it’s climbing rose and sweet pea.

Favourite plant? 

Oh, too many to choose from! But perhaps because it's in its element right now, I’d choose the delicate hydrangea petiolaris in the shady corner outside my kitchen.

Favourite city?

I think my favourite has to be London - close to home but never the same. I never tire of the views walking over Waterloo Bridge. 


Claire van Heukelom - illustrator

Claire is a Dutch illustrator based in France, whose distinct style caught our eye, with it’s feminine influence and beautiful hand-lettering. She illustrated one of the columns in our current issue, pictured below. See more of her work at @clairevanheukelom

illustration by Claire van Heukelom in 91 Magazine
Claire van Heukelom illustration
Claire van Heukelom illustration

If you weren't an illustrator what would you be and why?

I would be an architect. Architecture and interior design has always interested me, I considered doing interior design in art school but decided that drawing fits me best.

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers & why?

@sanae_sugimoto - Sanae Sugimoto because of the delicate and detailed illustrations.

@laurentmoreauillustration - French illustrator Laurent Moreau who´s work is intriguing and whimsical at the same time.

@willian_santiago - Willian Santiago makes sensitive illustrations with beautiful colour combinations.

Top tip for aspiring illustrators?

Find your own style.

What is your TV box set obsession right now?

We are watching The Sopranos for the second time. My oh my, how I love the characters of Paulie, Tony and Carmella.

Favourite shop?

Nature et Décoverte is a great shop where you can wander around and forget about time. You can find great things for your house and garden, all selected with a love for nature.

Favourite flower?

The peony because of it’s colour, all the delicate leaves that makes the beautiful flower. And that smell…

Favourite plant?

To be honest I do not have a green thumb, so I only admire from afar. So instead of house plants, I always have fresh flowers around the house.

Favourite city?

Lyon, a great city not so far from where we live. It has an old and a new village with amazing squares, alleys with little shops around every corner, great bouchons, and the typical vibe of the South of France.


Meredith Cowser - writer

Meredith AKA One Social Girl is one of our US contributors and has written a column for us since we launched in print 3 years ago. Starting out a crochet blogger, Meredith now runs her own brand communications studio. You can follow her at @onesocialgirl.

Meredith Cowser
Meredith Cowser
Meredith Cowser

If you weren't a writer what would you be and why?

I think I would be a graphic designer! I am fascinated by the process of bringing beautiful design to life. The use of colour, shapes, typography, and lines is just another way of bringing a story to life!

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers & why?

Such a tough call! Here are three ladies inspiring me right now:

@eatingbirdfood - For food, Brittany’s healthy recipes are some of my favourites! I have tried several and have loved every single one. Her photos and videos are beautiful, too!

@jennymwalton - For fashion, I find myself thoroughly enjoying the sneak peeks of Jenny’s world as a fashion illustrator and half of The Sartorialist- the street style website. I love seeing her work, fashion choices, and where she is traveling next! 

@jasminedowling - Jasmin is an incredible designer, photographer, and all-round inspiring creative to follow. Her feed is visually stunning and curated based on colour palette. It is truly a feast for the eyes!

Top tip for aspiring writers/bloggers?

1. Stay true to your unique voice and talents. 

2. Don’t go at it alone. Building your community is essential for a healthy personal and professional life. 

3. You are not defined by what you do. If someone says no to something you wrote/created, they are actually saying yes to you. 

What is your TV box set obsession right now?

Stranger Things. 1000%. I am probably watching the new season as we speak….

Favourite shop?

It isn’t a storefront, but Cocokind skincare is my favourite brand right now. Their products have changed my skin, rid me of hormonal acne, and are made with clean ingredients. I’m obsessed and you should check them out! 

Favourite flower?

Dahlias! Counting down the days until they are in season at my local market. :) 

Favourite plant?

Even though my gardening skills are non-existent, I always smile when I see and, more importantly, smell a rosemary bush. The smell of rosemary is so intoxicating and makes me think of foods I want to cook. 

Favourite city?

There are a lot of cities I would love to visit in my life, but my favourite I’ve visited so far is Bath. I had the pleasure of traveling there all the way from Texas a few years ago and loved every minute. I can’t wait to travel to the UK again one day!


Thanks ladies! I love hearing a bit of insight into their lives - I hope you do too! Make sure to go say hi on Instagram too! :)

Seek Inspire Create with Team 91 - June

On my last check our hashtag #seekinspirecreate had over 350,000 images under the it! Amazing! Inevitably there are plenty of non-relevant pictures, but equally there are loads of beautiful shots, so do take a peek here.

So what have the ladies behind 91 been seeking, getting inspired by and creating recently?! Here, some of our team share what they’ve been up to of late…

Hashtag Authentic by Sara Tasker

Hashtag Authentic book – Olivia Williams, brand manager

Sitting at the top of my reading pile is Hashtag Authentic by Sara Tasker who is the force behind Me & Orla, her phenomenally successful blog and Instagram account, with the book taking its name from her popular podcast. The book is an absolute beauty and I’m grateful to be tapping into it since feeling the need to reignite my connection with the creative community on Instagram. The book is broken down into four chapters -  Story Telling,  Making Pictures  Archive Your Life and Sharing Your World - with stunning images on every page and Sara’s lovely girl-next-door narrative. She inspires and empowers in equal measure. What I particularly love is the positivity that radiates throughout, combined with the philosophy that by remaining authentic and true to yourself, anything is possible. My journey is just starting with this book and I’m looking forward to journaling my way through it, learning and growing mindfully. 

pic via:  Tinsmith’s IG

Tinsmiths – Sine Fleet, sub-editor

Every now and then, I get a little pang of nostalgia that pulls me back to one of my ‘happy’ places, the historic Herefordshire town of Ledbury. It has a wonderful mix of small independent shops and eateries, and to lose myself in its warren of winding lanes, gazing up at ancient timber framed buildings, is just magical to me. In contrast though, top of my to-do list is always a visit to the town’s most strikingly contemporary building – a large and undulating glass and steel structure that’s home to design store, Tinsmiths.

I love design in all its forms, but for the home, it’s nature-inspired, thoughtful interiors that draw me in, and I’m always on the lookout for timeless design that will be cherished for the long haul. Tinsmiths is a real tonic for this. Alongside textiles, furnishings, lighting, and all sorts of characterful homewares, there’s a beautiful collection of art, craft, and artisan ceramics. Both the unexpected architecture of Tinsmiths, and the curated collections inside, perfectly fuse the old and the new - and the result is something quite special.

28 day Mind & body reset book

28 day mind and body reset book - Caroline Rowland, editor

We recently hosted our second Seek Inspire Create day event, this time in Hastings, with a host of lovely local businesses involved. The group was treated to a talk from Daniela, a naturopathic nutritionalist who runs Beets, Pulse and Thyme. She shared a wealth of knowledge about exactly how and why what we eat and put on our skin affects our health and well-being, and how so many ailments can be treated or managed by simply improving our diet. (Daniela is proof of this as she manages her own auto-immune disease purely in this way).

At the end of the talk, she told us she only had five copies left of her 28 day reset manual and the group quickly scrabbled to get their hands on one, including me! The idea is to follow her 28 day programme to ‘reset’ your body and mind, looking at one thing each week - 1. Gut health, 2. blood sugar and adrenals, 3. the skin and lymphatic system and 4. hormones. As well as lots of meal ideas throughout, in the skin section Daniela has included recipes for how to make your own scrubs, face masks and deodorants - I can’t wait to give it all a try! Find more tips and ideas on Daniela’s blog and details of how to do the reset yourself.

Taking pottery classes

Learning new skills - Shelley Welti, marketing manager

This year - inspired by all the wonderful makers we meet and interview for 91 Magazine - I've challenged myself to learn a new skill every month. So far I've made a purse (or to give it its full name: a necessary clutch wallet), been on a natural cosmetics course, honed my writing skills (hopefully!) in a workshop, sewn a wrap skirt and am learning how to make a macrame wall hanging. I've also continued with my pottery wheel course – I've just finished my third – and already miss the feel of the clay and how it magically transforms from a slab into a bowl or cup, just by using your hands. While my makes are definitely not in the league of the talented ceramists we feature, I'm really enjoying letting go of perfectionism and the day's stresses and seeing what happens on the wheel. I still can't quite believe I made a cup! 

Rosendals Trädgård, biodynamic garden cafe, Sweden

Rosendals Trädgård - Hannah Gambin, events co-ordinator

My husband and I recently took a trip to Stockholm to celebrate my birthday. One of many highlights was Rosendals Trädgård - a biodynamic garden cafe on the island of Djurgården. Our visit started with a stroll exploring their vegetable fields, rose gardens, wild flower beds and green houses, before stopping at their gorgeous cafe for the most delicious homemade lunch. Tasty goodies were also tempting us next door in their farm shop, from home-baked bread to their biodynamic vegetables. We couldn’t leave without taking a look inside their picturesque shop, a carefully curated space with a wide selection of flowers, plants and seeds. So much thought and intention has gone into creating Rosendals Trädgård - a must see when visiting the Swedish capital.

Three creatives to follow - February

The team and contributors behind 91 are genuinely what make the magazine and this blog work. I truly could not do it without them, so through this series of posts I want to share their work and get an insight into their lives. They are all are super-talented, interesting people that you should definitely be following.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new deputy editor, Huma Qureshi, who will take the reins from Laura Pashby. We are sad to see Laura go as she has been a fabulous asset to our team over the past 3 years, but we are also thrilled to welcome Huma and I know she will bring a special something to the pages of 91. We also chat with two other 91 contributors, photographer Kym Grimshaw and writer & stylist Claire Holland.

Huma Qureshi - writer & 91 Magazine deputy editor

Huma is an experienced journalist, writing previously for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Independent and more. Since having her three boys, she has focused her work on her blog Our Story Time, as well as running a writing e-course, and now, joining team 91. Connect with Huma over at @ourstorytime, and find out a little more about her below…

Huma Qureshi, 91 Magazine deputy editor
Huma Qureshi - interiors
Huma Qureshi - blogger at Our Story Time

If you weren't a writer and 91's new deputy editor what would you be and why?

Hmm, good question! When I was a freelance journalist, I had a weekly radio slot on the BBC Asian Network and I absolutely loved it. I imagine that if I wasn't doing what I am now, I'd have loved to have explored the broadcasting side of journalism and presenting as opposed to the editorial. I loved being live on air on the radio, chatting away, and the quick-fire interaction with listeners and other presenters. So I suppose if I wasn't doing all this, perhaps I'd be in a studio with my voice drifting in through speakers somewhere!

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers and why?

@brownkids I love how Roe & E, the couple who jointly run this account, have made their own version of what living with less means. I love their style and ethos and their emphasis on family. They make minimalism fun!

@todaywecooked Claire cooks the way I'd love to cook. Her daily dinner photos are simply delicious, inviting and inspiring and I love her behind-the-scenes on her Stories too, when her little boys usually help her cook in some way. I'm not a very good cook but I've learnt a lot through Claire!

@rajovilla Joya is a fine artist and her watercolours are exquisite; it is a dream of mine to one day own one - or if not an original, at the very least, one of her prints! I adore her feed for its soothing, sophisticated palette and the way she so beautifully blends her art with her Bengali heritage in such a romantic, historic way.

Top tip for aspiring writers?

Read the sort of writing you'd like to write yourself. It's all very well telling you to jump straight in and just write, but that's a lot harder than it sounds and I believe you have to have some idea of what you want to write before you start (although not every writer will agree). You have to work at being in that frame of mind in the first place and reading helps you reach that place. If you surround yourself with the words that inspire you, then you'll be more motivated to write yourself. Also: check your grammar!

Favourite shop?

I haven't shopped for ages because I've reached a lucky place where I love everything that I do have but when I do shop, I prefer to do so with small brands. There's many I can think of but Tea And Kate has long been a favourite go-to store for gifts, homeware and art.

Favourite flower?

I love big white hydrangeas for their blossomy, romantic feel.

Favourite plant?

I love fiddle leaf fig trees for indoors and potted palms for outdoors. We stayed in a holiday home once which was filled with the most beautiful array of fiddle leaf figs and I immediately emailed the owner to find out what sort of plant it was and how easy it was to look after. He was delighted to share his advice and I take great care of the one we now have! We also have two small palm trees in our back garden and they remind me of far away places.

Favourite city?

London. It has everything. I especially love our little corner in north London where we live, but I love it centrally too. London is home.


Kym Grimshaw - photographer

Kym is a food, lifestyle and travel photographer and she has also shot some beautiful interiors for us, such as the gorgeous feature on Albratross Cafe in the SS18 issue (Still some copies left!) Her Instagram feed literally makes you want to reach in and taste the food and experience the places she visits. Follow her at @kymgrimshaw and see more of her work here.

Kym Grimshaw - food and lifestyle photographer
Kym Grimshaw - food and lifestyle photographer
Kym Grimshaw - food and lifestyle photographer

If you weren't a photographer what would you be and why?

That's a good question because I didn't expect to be doing what I am today! I think I would still be doing something creative, I used to work in visual merchandising so perhaps I'd have gone down the stylist route if not photography.

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers & why?

@luisabrimble - apart from being in awe of her work, Luisa's generosity with knowledge knows no bounds. She has recently been sharing her studies and analysis of photography on stories and I find it fascinating.

@cannellevanille - an all-time favourite, her food photography seems so effortless and natural but I also love the way she captures delicate day to day moments.

@millykr - Milly is my go-to for travel tips or the best places to eat, I trust her recommendations will always be enjoyed.

Top tip for aspiring photographers?

There's a quote I come back to again and again:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple of years, you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”  - Ira Glass 

What is your Netflix obsession right now?

I've just started watching Russian Doll and I'm already hooked!

Favourite shop?

My local greengrocer, Reg The Veg. I love admiring the beautiful produce and the change of seasons.

Favourite flower?

A blush pink or peach dahlia, so beautiful.

Favourite plant?

My monstera, it's not too fussy and easy to keep alive. Hoping it takes over the corner of my living room one day!

Favourite city?

It has to be Bristol, home for 6 years now and there's nowhere else I'd rather be.


Claire Holland - writer / stylist

Previously a photo editor for the Financial Times Magazine, mum of two, Claire, is now a freelance writer and stylist, as well penning her own lifestyle blog Paper Thin Moon from her home in the Sussex countryside. She has recently started selling her dad’s beautiful range of ceramics through her website, all styled to perfection by Claire. Follow her at @paperthinmoon

Claire Holland - writer
Claire Holland - writer
Claire Holland - writer

If you weren't a stylist/writer what would you be and why? 

When I was in my early twenties I seriously considered training as a psychotherapist, before life took me in a completely different direction. I’ve always been fascinated by how the human mind works and I like the idea of helping people, so I think I would be a therapist or a counsellor.

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers & why? 

@errer_ - because every single post is breathtakingly beautiful.

@mskathrynho  - because I’m a little bit obsessed with her abstract seascapes, and she takes beautiful photographs, too.

@meganivygriffiths - I love her creativity and her sense of colour, and everything she makes I think, I wish I’d done that!

Top tip for aspiring writers?

Read a lot. The more you read (novels, reviews, essays, whatever), the better writer you will become.

What are you reading right now? 

I normally have a novel and a non-fiction book on the go at any one time.  At the moment the novel is Mrs Osmond by John Banville, which is taking me ages to finish as I have to keep re-reading his sentences because they’re so beautifully constructed.  My current non-fiction read is Why Feminists Don’t Wear Pink And Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis that my husband bought me for Christmas.  It’s made up of separate entries by the likes of Dolly Alderton, Helen Fielding and Emma Watson - perfect for dipping in and out of.

Favourite shop? 

There are so many! I’m loving reste in Hastings, as well as Goods and From Victoria in Lewes, but the holy grail for me is, and always has been, the wonder that is Liberty.

Favourite flower? 

This is also a tricky one.  I’m in love with dahlias at the moment.  I grew them in my garden last summer for the first time and I’m excited about trying some new varieties this year.  I’ve also always had a thing for ranunculus and anemones, but I think I’d have to say the rose.  I bought some new climbers a couple of years ago to train up the front of my house and when they’re all out in full bloom they're so pretty, and the scent is amazing.

Favourite plant? 

It has to be the Monstera.

Favourite city?

I fell totally in love with Ghent when I visited last summer - it’s so pretty and steeped in history, but also young and vibrant and full of interesting little independent shops and restaurants.  I also adore Florence and Venice for their sheer beauty, but right now the city that makes me happiest is Brighton.  I left London to live in the East Sussex countryside a few years ago and I still miss it from time to time. So when I feel I need the creative buzz of a city, I head to Brighton.  


Be sure to go give these creative ladies a follow! x

Seek Inspire Create with Team 91 - October

Our ‘Seek Inspire Create’ theme started out as an Instagram hashtag which amazingly now has over 184K posts tagged with it! Do check it out - #seekinspirecreate - you might find some new accounts to follow. Our e-zine is also inspired by these words and - I’ll let you in on a secret - I’m hoping to launch some events next year also taking inspiration from it!

These occasional posts are to share what our team have been up to recently - what we have been seeking, being inspired by and creating… we hope you enjoy this little peek into our lives beyond 91….

Also, I’d like to intro you to our newest member of the 91 team; Sine Fleet has taken over from Kath as our sub editor. Sine has written a number of features for the magazine in the past and has previous experience editing and writing for other interiors magazines. Welcome Sine! :)

Little Natural Co, Lewes

The Little Natural Co. - Olivia Williams, brand manager

A friend and I took time out this month to walk and talk our way around Lewes. It’s such a hub for independent stores, perfect for seeking home inspiration and to purchase goodies. Imagine our joy stepping into the The Little Natural Concept store where design-led, ethical, natural and organic treasures collide. Their instagram grid is dreamy and the online boutique makes shopping super easy from any corner of the country.

Sezincote, house and gardens, North Cotswolds

Sezincote house and gardens, North Cotswolds – Sine Fleet, sub-editor

You perhaps don’t anticipate stumbling upon a 200-year old Mogul-style palace in the Cotswold countryside, but amazingly, this is where you’ll find one. At a loose end one autumn afternoon, I took a trip to Sezincote house, and its magical gardens brimming with exotic plants, grottoes and temples, pools and waterfalls.

The house - an onion-domed architectural folly in the ‘Indian Style’ - was the whim of Colonel John Cockerell, grandson of diarist Samuel Pepys. The building is rumoured to have inspired the design of the Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, after the Prince Regent visited in 1807.

Sezincote house and gardens are a visual feast, it’s certainly an atmospheric place to explore, and one that’s full of surprises.

Wildwoman

WILDWOMAN subscription box - Shelley Welti, Marketing Manager

Ah, self-care. It's a word that's popping up here, there and everywhere at the moment. And while I've always loved the idea of taking time out for myself, the practicality of it, alongside juggling work, family and a social life, has just never been something I've been able to actually get to grips with. Sound familiar?! So, when a friend told me about her plans to launch WILDWOMAN - a monthly self-care subscription box, containing a self-development book and me-time goodies from indie businesses, so that women, just like me, can take dedicated time out for themselves each month, I knew I had to sign up! I'm now on box three and while the struggle for self-care is still very much real, I've been enjoying stealing stress-free moments here and there to read my self-development book, journal (using the helpful prompts) and just take time for me - without constantly thinking about the next thing on my seemingly never-ending to-do list! See more about WILDWOMAN here.

Frome Independent Market

Frome Independent Market - Caroline Rowland, editor

At the start of the month, my husband and I took ourselves down to Somerset to celebrate my birthday. We stayed the night in the charming town of Frome, well-known for it’s wealth of independent stores, including Resident, Bramble and Wild and Kobi and Teal. Unsurprisingly, it was right up my (shopping) street! The added bonus was that the weekend we visited coincided with the monthly Frome Independent Market which takes over most of the town. I really was in heaven as we explored the numerous stalls of indie makers and brands, followed by a browse in the flea market section, rounded off with some delicious street food. Birthday treats were acquired, including (another) plant from the lovely Botanica Studio, whose plants weren’t overpriced and came with a handwritten care card, specific to each plant. Next market is 4th November.

Royal Academy

October has always been my favourite month of the year. I love everything about it; from the pumpkin spice decaf lattes, to the falling red leaves and the anticipation of Halloween approaching. There seems to be a whole plethora of events going on around London. I decided to go to the Royal Academy of Arts to see the Psychobarn installation by Cornelia Parker. The piece was incredible and so intricately done. Afterwards, I decided to go to Fortnum and Masons for some of their amazing vanilla and nougat tea. I was amazed by their carefully curated Halloween displays. I couldn’t believe I had never come in October and this will definitely become a new tradition of mine.

Three 91 creatives to follow - October

One of my favourite things about publishing a magazine is working with so many talented people. Our contributors really are the lifeblood behind our pages, with their fabulous photography, styling, words and illustration. This month we meet three ladies who have all contributed to our AW18 issue which has just published….

Kasia Fiszer - photographer

Kasia shoots regularly for 91 as well as other interior and lifestyle magazines. In the latest issue she photographed Lord Whitney’s studio (first pic below). She shares her work on her feed at @kfiszerfoto

Kasia Fiszer - 91 Magazine photographer - shoot of Lord Whitney studios
Kasia Fiszer - 91 Magazine photographer - home tour shoot
Kasia Fiszer - 91 Magazine photographer - studio tour shoot

If you weren't a photographer what would you be? 

I would be working with horses. My first degree was in Equine Business Management so I think I would go back to that. 

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers & why? 

  • @clareepiper - her styling work is second to none and I would love to work with her one day

  • @wisniovsky - for photography with a dose of nostalgia and beautiful warm tones

  • @lisacohenphoto - for her stunning photography; especially her interiors photography, it's something I aspire to myself

 Top tip for aspiring interior photographers? 

  • Learn to use daylight to your advantage, it really is the best available light

  • Keep it simple - no funky angles! 

  • Might seem obvious but connect with people! At the start nobody will know who you are so change that and foremost BE NICE AND PROFESSIONAL, you never know who you might meet on the way that might become influential to your career as a photographer!

Favourite shop? 

After my latest visit there, I would have to say CARO Somerset for a dose of beautifully designed products for your home and Magalleria in Bath for the independent magazine lovers! 

Favourite flower? 

Tulips in large quantities! Understated and so beautiful and there are so many varieties and colours to chose from; and they always make me think of Spring.

Favourite plant? 

ZZ plant and mine has finally grown a new shoot! 

Favourite city?

I would say Bristol. For me, it's a perfect city for short day trips. I always come back home full of ideas for new projects. I love all the quirky shops and creativity that flows throughout the city.


Holly Maguire - illustrator

Holly’s illustrations are playful and intricate with a beautiful sense of colour. She illustrated our Creative Enrichment feature in the new issue. You can see more of her work at @hollymaguireuk

Holly Maguire - illustration
Holly Maguire - illustration
Holly Maguire - illustration

If you weren't a illustrator what would you be? 

I would probably be doing something similar! Maybe a prop maker or a cake decorator!

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers & why? 

  •  @me_and_orla for her business advice, honesty and beautiful photography

  • @phoebewahl for her beautiful and heartfelt illustrations.

  • @wolfgang2242 who are a big family of adorable senior rescue dogs (plus chickens, a rabbit and Bikini the pig!)

Top tip for aspiring illustrators? 

Create the kind of work you want to be hired for.

Favourite shop? 

I love shopping small & handmade so Etsy is my favourite place for that!

Favourite flower? 

Any kind of wildflower.

Favourite plant? 

My Monstera that sits next to my desk!

Favourite city?

New York 


Kay Prestney - stylist / writer

Kay is a stylist who also hosts creative workshops as well as writing regularly for 91. Her most recent piece was our Studio Tour with La-Eva, which you can find in the new issue. See Kay’s home, inspiration & adventures on her feed @kinship_creativedc

Kay Prestney - stylist and writer for 91 Magazine
Kay Prestney - stylist and writer for 91 Magazine
Kay Prestney - stylist and writer for 91 Magazine

If you weren't a stylist/writer what would you be?

When I was younger I always wanted to be a marine biologist and with the worrying plight of our oceans I would love to revisit that dream and try to do something to help.

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers & why?

Oh goodness, there are so many feeds I love, but three I am finding inspiring at the moment are:

  • @aureliemazurek for her beautiful natural interiors and simple living

  • @hildemork78‘s stunning photography and inspiring Scandi recipe /craft ideas

  • @kathryn_davey who produces beautiful hand-dyed Irish linens using natural dyes. I am hoping to do one of her workshops next year to learn how to do this properly having experimented with blackberries this summer.

Top tip for aspiring stylists?

Find your style then look for like-minded creatives to collaborate with. Offer to help assist on shoots to learn what goes on behind the scenes and to make contacts. Look to the natural world for foraged props to keep your costs down. Always be on the lookout for inspiration- I  find that echoing the changing seasons helps me to produce differing work throughout the year. This time of year I am drawn to textures, dried flowers and grasses and pops of mustard against a natural backdrop.

Favourite shop?

Ooh another really tricky one. I have lots of faves which are all small indie shops, but I particularly love And Hobbs (@_andhobbs) in Shere which is sited in an old forge. Owner Libby is so talented and has curated an absolutely beautiful space full of gorgeous homewares, she also collaborates with local creatives to host workshops.

Favourite flower?

I have always loved the understated chamelaucium (wax flower) for its pretty tiny flowers and it’s longevity. It also dries really well. That said, I confess to being a bit swept up in the tide of dahlia love at the moment thanks to @tamsynmorgans beautiful feed. I planted some white ones this year that pop beautifully at dusk as I look out into the garden through the kitchen window. 

Favourite plant?

Technically a tree, but I will never tire of eucalyptus for its beautiful silvery green hue and incredible scent. I have planted some in my garden and it brings me great pleasure to cut branches to bring indoors or use for styling work. It also grows brilliantly speedily. Top tip: hang a bunch in your shower for an uplifting start to the day.

Favourite city?

Vancouver will always have a special place in my heart. I lived in Canada for a year in my early twenties and adored the laid back healthy lifestyle, the foodie scene, the creative vibe and the fact you could be on the beach one day and in the mountains the next. It was amazing to have the benefit of city life, but to feel so closely connected to breathtaking nature. I also adore Copenhagen, where my husband proposed!


I hope you enjoy a little peek into the creative lives of our contributors, we certainly do! Make sure you go and follow them for more on Instagram. x

Three 91 creatives to follow - AUGUST

As well as our fab editorial team, 91 is also made up of a network of talented contributors whose words and images are what bring the magazine to life. So, here I introduce you to a few of these people through mini interviews and a peek into their creative worlds... 

Lauren Becker - stylist

Lauren is an interiors & food stylist, who has styled for the magazine, blog & e-zine. Look out for her latest shoot in our next issue, out in October. @laurenbeckerstylist / www.laurenbeckerstyling.com

Lauren Becker - interiors & food stylist
Lauren Becker - interior & food stylist
Lauren Becker - interiors & food stylist

If you weren't a stylist what would you be? 

I'm very passionate about environmental issues and sustainability so probably something to do with that.

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers? 

Oh gosh thats a tough one... 

  • @bymariandrew is a writer and illustrator who beautifully illustrates the ups and downs of life.
  • @misssarahglover an incredibly inspiring Australian chef who is all about cooking out in nature.
  • @signebay a beautifully curated account of moody images and a lovely colour palette.

Top styling tip?

Don't be afraid of things not being perfect- so much beauty can be found in the unusual, the organic and in imperfections. The best interiors are those that look lived in and the best food looks edible. 

Favourite shop? 

Not exactly everyone's price range, but incredibly inspiring and beautiful is Designers Guild and The Conran Shop. Closer to home, the little boutiques on Chatsworth Road are amazing! 

Favourite flower? 

Ranunculus- so many petals, so many colours

Favourite plant? 

Bougainvillea always amazes me with its vibrancy.

Favourite city?

Istanbul- lovely people, amazing street food and an inspiring mix of the old and the new 


Emma Lavelle – writer

Emma is a freelance writer who blogs about slow living and travel on her blog Field & Nest. She writes regularly for 91 and you will see some of her recent work in our current e-zine. @fieldandnest / www.fieldandnest.com

Emma Lavelle - freelance writer
Emma Lavelle - freelance writer
Emma Lavelle - freelance writer

If you weren't a writer what would you be? 

A photographer or a florist. I've always loved photography just as much as I love to write, and I've recently started to branch out my freelance work to include photography. I'd also love to learn more about flowers & sometimes dream of opening my own florist shop.

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers? 

This is such a hard question! At the moment I really love @meliamelia.co @babes_in_boyland and @laurenlsutton

Top tip for aspiring writers?

Write about what you want to write about, not what you think you should write about to get ahead. My first few years of freelancing, I had several clients that I really didn't enjoy writing for. I'm now writing about subjects that interest me and enjoying my work much more. 

Favourite shop? 

I love Form Lifestyle in Manchester for beautiful objects from independent makers, and Olive Clothing, Toast & Off On Clothing for clothes. 

Favourite flower? 

Such a hard question, but probably dahlias. 

Favourite plant? 

I know it's obvious, but I really love my monsteras. I love watching new leaves unfold.

Favourite city? 

Berlin or Copenhagen.


Fran Murphy - illustrator

Fran is an illustrator whose work has accompanied some "Ways of Living' columns in recent issues of 91 Magazine. @fmurphyillustration / www.franmurphyillustration.com

Fran Murphy - illustrations for 91 Magazine
Fran Murphy illustration
Fran Murphy - illustrations for 91 Magazine

If you weren’t an illustrator what would you be? Art director, working with children in some kind of therapeutic role, holistic practitioner… I could go on!

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers? 

  • @charlotte.ager Her work has a boldness and confidence which translates into incredible energy and movement.
  • @moirafrith For anyone interested in printmaking without a press. Her prints are really fresh and inspiring.
  • @molly.a.martin Such beautiful sketchbook work.

Top tip for getting illustration commissions? Perseverance, it takes time and patience to be successful in the illustration world. It can feel daunting at times, as it is such a competitive field. But the best advice I can give is just to keep at it. Another important practice is to keep a personal sketchbook, this is still something I struggle to do consistently. But the more time you spend drawing and figuring things out, the stronger your body of work will become, and as a result the more attractive it will be to potential commissioners.

Favourite shop? I love food and trying new recipes, so browsing the numerous specialist food shops in Brighton is my happy place.

Favourite flower? Iris, they are such elegant flowers.

Favourite plant?  Ficus Elastica (Rubber Plant) The leaves look like someone had painstakingly painted each one by hand, as the marks look akin to brush strokes.

Favourite city? Yet to be discovered!


Thanks ladies! Do give them a follow - I'm sure you'll enjoy seeing their work on your feed as much as we do! 

three 91 creatives to follow - JULY

Ever since 91 began back in 2011, we have amassed a wonderfully talented group of contributors whose beautiful photography, well-crafted words, impeccable styling and exquisite illustrations are what make the magazine so fabulous. A lot of these connections have unsurprisingly been made through Instagram, so in this new series of posts I want to highlight a few of our contributors to give you a mini insight in to their creative worlds via their feeds and a few quick questions...

Ruth Garner - writer

Ruth's feed is a light and airy collection of images from her home and family life as well as out and about around London - @ruthlgarner

Ruth Garner - 91 contributing writer
Ruth Garner - 91 Magazine contributing writer
Ruth Garner - 91 Magazine contributing writer

If you weren't a writer/blogger what would you be? 

I used to work in entertainment PR, so perhaps I'd still be doing that! 

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers? 

Top tip for aspiring writers? 

  • Keep writing - anything and everything - every day.
  • Don't be afraid to share your emotions and experience in your writing, others will almost certainly identify with it. 
  • Read as much and as widely as you can, from writers you identify with and writers you don’t. 

Favourite shop? 

Is it cheating to say Etsy? I love rifling through the categories and finding independent makers and sellers; it's the best for gifts.

Favourite flower? 

An Insta fave, the peony! I love their ruffled petals, sweet smell and the magical way they burst into life when they open. 

Favourite plant? 

I don't have a great track record with green things, but our fiddle fig plant is still going strong and I love it. 

Favourite city?

After just a single trip, Helsinki had my heart. There are so many incredible cafes, design shops and museums. I’m longing to return to explore more soon. 


Catherine Frawley - photographer

Catherine is a food and travel photographer whose grid is full of beautiful blooms and delicious foodie flatlays plus facades and interiors from her travels. @catherine_frawley

CAtherine Frawley - 91 Magazine contributing photographer
CAtherine Frawley - 91 Magazine contributing photographer
CAtherine Frawley - 91 Magazine contributing photographer

If you weren't a photographer what would you be? 

A barista. This has been my back up plan since I left my desk job 10 years ago to do photography full time. I'd become a Latte Art Master.

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers? 

  • @jo_rodgers - I love her writing as much as her images
  • @mimithor - the same with Mimi
  • @ladyandpups - beautiful food, unusual ingredients, straight, hard talking love her humour.

Top photography tip? 

It has to be light. Learning just a little about working with natural light will totally transform anyones images. 

Favourite shop? 

Possibly Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, I love a wander here, it's very inspiring and calming. 

Favourite flower? 

I change my mind all the time but right this second probably hellebores 

Favourite plant? 

My Swiss Cheese Plant because it is still alive!

Favourite city? 

Havana


Becki Clark - illustrator

Becki's Instagram gives an insight into her illustration and brush lettering work. She shares work in progress, inspiration and finished projects. @becki_clark_

Becki Clark - 91 Magazine contributing illustrator
Becki Clark - 91 Magazine contributing illustrator
Becki Clark - 91 Magazine contributing illustrator

If you weren't an illustrator what would you be? 

If it was still a creative job I'd love to be an art therapist, but then in the total opposite direction I would love to be a lawyer, Louis Litt from Suits is my spirit animal. 

Name 3 of your favourite instagrammers? 

Top brush lettering tip? 

Don't compare your style of lettering to someone else. Brush lettering is all about creating your own style and comparison is the thief of joy! Start with mark-making with your brush, ink or paint just to get used to applying different pressures to create strokes.

Favourite shop? 

The Hambledon in Winchester. Filled with gorgeous homeware, stationery, party wear and clothes! 

Favourite flower?

Dahlia, in particular the peachy pom pom ones!

Favourite plant? 

Eucyalyptus

Favourite city?

Bristol. Its a full of creative people, interesting places to visit, good food and there is the harbourside, woodland areas, art galleries and good shopping spots all in one city! 


Thanks ladies! What an inspiring trio! Be sure to go follow these gals if you aren't already! 

Seek inspire create with Team 91 - June

As always, we are busy bees here at 91 HQ, packing up your orders of the SS18 issue, while working hard on the AW18 edition. In case you missed it, we now have all the back issues of our Seek Inspire Create e-zines available to download for £2 each or £5 for the past three. They are still free to our mailing list subscribers, although it is only the current one which you will be able to access, and we realised that lots of people had missed some so we wanted to make them available at all times. We've also been busy planning for our upcoming workshops this year - the next one is on the 7th July in London where you can learn how to get your indie brand noticed - focusing on PR and photography. We still have a handful of spaces left on that one, otherwise I am running creative masterclasses in Surrey later in the year.  

We've also welcomed two new team members in recent months. Melissa Burgess has taken over from Lucy as our designer on both the magazine and the e-zines, and Shelley Welti is our new marketing manager. Here's a little peek at what we've all been up to when we haven't been knee deep in 91 work! :) 

Photo: Danielle Macinnes

Photo: Danielle Macinnes

Miracle Mornings - Shelley Welti, marketing manager

Over the last few weeks, I've been trying out Miracle Mornings (originally a book written by Hal Elrod, and now a 'movement'). It is based on the premise that how you start your day determines the quality of your day and ultimately, your life. Admittedly, I haven't managed to tick off each of the suggested activities (silence, affirmations, visualisation, scribing, reading and exercise) every single morning, but I have loved having quiet time, curled up with a cuppa, journalling and reading, as the early morning sunshine streams through the blinds. It's made me far more productive than before when the first thing I did was check my emails. So much so that I think I'm going to continue getting up that little bit earlier...     

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Bellenden Road, Peckham - Melissa Burgess, designer

As a graphic designer, I am easily seduced by a well thought out logo, charming business cards and attractive window displays, so when I stumbled upon beautifully quaint Bellenden Road in Peckham, south London, I knew I’d discovered a special little enclave of the city. Each business on the road has applied care and attention to their branding and merchandising, such as gorgeous pub, The Victoria Inn, butcher’s shop Flock & Herd, and my favourite - General Store. Perhaps it was the big Sicilian lemons in the window or the natural bees wax candles hanging by the door that drew me in. The store has the charm of an old-time grocery shop mixed with bold design and nicely packaged goods. Check out their website for a taster, generalsto.re, before heading to Peckham for a Sunday stroll.

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Lagom by Linnea Dunne - Olivia Williams - brand manager

This month I’ve loved dipping into this gorgeous book - LAGOM by Linnea Dunne. All about creating balance in life, lagom [pronounce can “lah-Tom”] is an art perfected by the Swedes for this feeling of  “not too little, not too much, just right.”  The book is a guide sharing simple tips on how to bring that feeling into our own lives and homes and I must admit, I am totally sold on the theory. Just picking up the book seems to make me feel like I’m doing something to reduce the flurry and noise in my life. Order a copy here.

Decorative Living Fair

Decorative Living Fair - Caroline Rowland, editor

Every year, if I can, I like to make the trip down to Kent for the annual Decorative Living Fair. Not far from Tunbridge Wells, set in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, a collection of antique, vintage and handmade sellers come together for a few days to sell their wares. With many of the stalls outside, when the weather is kind, it makes for a lovely afternoon of browsing beautiful finds for your home and garden. This year, I found the perfect piece of furniture for an awkward space in our home, and solved my bread-bin-dilemma with a great vintage alternative. There's a while to wait for the next event, but follow them on IG for details so you can pop it in the diary. 

Lost gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan - Laura Pashby, deputy editor

I recently took a trip to Cornwall, where I visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a lush green paradise filled with the romance of the past. The Lost Gardens have a poignant history, an enviable botanical collection and glasshouses galore; perfect for plant lovers and fans of the IG hashtag #ihavethisthingwithglasshouses!

Image taken from Flowerbomb!published by Pavilion

Image taken from Flowerbomb!published by Pavilion

Flowerbomb! by Hannah Read Baldrey  - Kath Webber - sub editor

Hannah Read Baldrey’s recently published book Flowerbomb! has been brightening my week with it's wonderful array of floral inspired craft ideas. With everything on how to dry and press flowers (see the SS18 issue of 91 Magazine to see how to use them!), to embellishing clothing and accessories, cooking and baking with a floral theme and even making a temporary tattoo, this book is a source of inspiration for any maker. I’ll be starting with the crochet flowers to stitch on to a plain grey sweatshirt, but I also love the templates for the embroidery projects and will certainly be trying my hand at floral bath bombs and paper anemones. Order a copy here

#my91magazine - our S/S 18 faves

It's been just over two months since our latest issue published, and we have been overwhelmed by the response to it! We've loved hearing from you directly, as well as via your lovely pictures shared on social media using the #my91magazine hashtag. I must confess, with 91 being my baby, I do enjoy a little scroll of the gallery when I need a little boost and a reminder of why myself, my team and our contributors put so much work into creating the magazine; it's so rewarding to see our readers enjoying it, either with a nice afternoon cuppa, somewhere exotic on holiday or snuggled up in bed on a Sunday morning. 

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So here are just a few of our faves from the hashtag, although there are so many more! Lots of you have said that this is your favourite issue ever (thank you!) so if there are any of you that have been wondering whether it's worth the £7, do pop over to the hashtag gallery and see what our readers are saying about it. 

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As an indie mag, each and every sale, comment, photo and recommendation from our readers means SO SO much to us. I do hope that we can continue to craft a publication that compels you to share your enjoyment of it with others. We certainly aren't on every newsstand from here to Timbuktu, so sharing the love is one of the best ways we hope new readers might come across us. 

I never started this magazine because I thought it was my route to making my millions (it will never be that!), I started it as I have a passion for beautiful publications, a passion for gorgeous photography and a passion for inspiring people and spaces. I really do hope that with your continued support we can make many more issues of 91 for you to collect and cherish, so please do tell your mum/colleague/hairdresser/postman about us, share your gorgeous photos and if you really love it, shout it from the rooftops! Not many indie magazines last their first year, we have been publishing for seven (in print for two) - we are super proud of that, and fingers crossed we can keep going for at least another seven years!

photo:  @lucyludreams

We feel such a connection with our readership, social media helps of course, but also we feel you 'get' us, and we hope you think we 'get' you. So, lets keep in touch, continue to let us know your thoughts and continue to show and tell where, how and why you love reading 91. It really does mean the world. 

Caroline x

Some #91magazine_floral faves

Our latest hashtag project - #91magazine_floral - over on Instagram has been our most popular yet. It's not surprising really, as flowers have got to be one of the most instagrammed things of all time! We've been loving seeing your images, with everything from delicate grape hyacinth picked from your garden to bold bouquets you've created. Here are a few that have caught our eye in recent weeks, but keep sharing as we will select a few of our faves to feature in our AW18 issue too! 

Check out the blooming gorgeous gallery here and join in if you haven't yet! Simply add #91magazine_floral to your flowery photos. You can still grab a copy of our SS18 issue of 91 which inspired the hashtag with it's floral theme, and if you sign up to our mailing list you can also get a free download of our e-zine which is all packed to the rafters with beautiful blooms! 

SEEK INSPIRE CREATE WITH TEAM 91 - March

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. 

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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.

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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! 

#my91magazine - our AW17 faves

Our AW17 issue published about 6 weeks ago and we've been blown away by how quickly it has sold! Already we are down to under 200 copies so if you haven't got yours yet, be swift! Look out for it in the shops too, the full stockist list is here

As always, we LOVE to see your pics of the magazine, that is definitely one of my favourite things along with spotting it on the shelves of our lovely stockists - I still have to pinch myself sometimes! Here is a small selection of some of our faves that appeared in our #my91magazine hashtag over on Instagram. I love how it is nearly always accompanied by a cuppa!

Please do keep sharing your pics as we will choose a few to feature in the next issue too! :) 

Seek Inspire Create with Team 91 - October

Our next Seek Inspire Create e-zine is very nearly ready to wing it's way to your inboxes (sign up here!) packed with some lovely places, people and ideas to discover. In the meantime, Team 91 share a little of what we've been up to in our spare time - from castles and crafting to converting sheds! Don't forget to get involved with our hashtag over on Instagram - #seekinspirecreate - post pics of your discoveries, inspirations and creations and you may get your image featured on our IG feed, blog or even in the e-zine! 

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden - Caroline Rowland (editor)

The infamous Richmond based shopping and eating destination Petersham Nurseries has recently opened up shop right in the middle of Central London. A more polished space than the original, tableware is styled to perfection while the back of the shop resembles a small jungle with an abundance of unusual plants, both large and small. The price tags on their beautiful range of ceramics, glassware and linens can often make your eyes water, but it is likely to be a purchase you will treasure for many years to come.

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Handmade gift giving - Kath Webber (sub editor) 

As the days get shorter and we hurtle towards the festive season, my thoughts turn to what beautiful handmade gifts I can produce for my family and friends. I often find I’m short of time, especially when much of my work involves making, so Helen Stewart- aka Curious Handmade- has come up with some wonderful festive tips and hints, as well as releasing a very special knitter’s calendar called KnitVent! Last year’s collection included six quick and easy-to-make patterns ideal for stash-diving and giving. I’ve been rummaging through my stash for some pretty supplies for Helen’s latest shawl, Surprise Party, but this one is strictly for self-giving! For more gift ideas, a new must-have book for knitters and crocheters is top of my list- A Stash of One’s Own by Clara Parkes shares the inner thoughts of knitters and designers on how their materials shape their lives. 

Lowther Castle, Lake District

Lowther Castle - Laura Pashby (deputy editor) 

I recently visited Lowther Castle in the Lake District - a romantic ruin with a particular melancholy beauty. This fairytale castle, its walls draped with hanging vines, has wild gardens with extensive views across the surrounding countryside and, hidden away in a wood, the ‘Lost Castle’- a fantastic adventure play area for kids. “No dogs, and no dragons” reads the sign outside. Adults and children alike were captivated by Lowther’s magic.

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A creative shed makeover - Lucy Davidson (designer) 

Recently I got the chance to transform a standard garden shed into my dream weaving space and I never want to leave. A few coats of paint, some simple furniture and textiles - and of course my favourite weaving tools - it quickly became a cosy creative haven. It really is the perfect way to add extra space to your home in an affordable way – just make sure to install an electric heater for those colder days spent in there. See the full project over on my blog Peas and Needles.

The Giddy Grocer, Bermondsey Street

The Giddy Grocer - Melissa Burgess (designer) 

Everyone has a happy place. A place that always cheers you up or makes you feel content. Mine is London’s Bermondsey Street. This street is a hidden yet relatively busy thoroughfare and is home to a collection of beautiful interiors boutiques, a controversial café (for its name alone!), The White Cube gallery, the quaintest pet shop and now a new grocer’s- full of British charm. The Giddy Grocer has been open for around eight weeks and is packed with artisanal products and seasonal produce.  Despite it’s city location, it feels just like a small country farm shop – well worth a visit b before taking a leisurely stroll along my ‘happy place’ street!

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Gower Peninsula - Catherine Binnie (distribution manager)

I'm just back from the glorious Gower, South West Wales. I love the seaside in Autumn, and staying near the stunning sweep of sand that is Oxwich Bay meant lots of bracing walks along the beach, shell collecting and paddle boarding (my kids, not me - I'm more a book and a blanket sort of person). Oxwich is also home to the amazing Beach House restaurant - I'm still dreaming of their delicious handmade seaweed bread. On rainy days we dressed up as Tudors at Oxwich Bay Castle (me, not the kids - I'm a total embarrassment) then headed to the Mumbles, for drinks and board games at Croeso Lounge, followed by a trip to the fab indie Cinema & Co, before heading back to the house for a log fire and some treats from the Little Village Bakery

Le Petit Jardin, Tunbridge Wells

Le Petit Jardin, Tunbridge Wells - Olivia Williams (brand and advertising manager) 

With the clocks falling back, it’s time to properly welcome in the new season. A favourite place for a fix of treasures for the home and garden is Le Petit Jardin in Tunbridge Wells. Filled with flourishes to prepare the home for winter – from joyous twinkling fairy lights, to the cosiest fleeces to glorious new hanging fern leaves in brass. Located in Chapel Place, Le Petit Jardin is perched near parks and woodland galore, wonderful for wintery walks before a stroll around town, stopping for coffee and cake, of course. For those further afield, the online shop means we can all share the love of hand crafted goodies right from the comfort of our sofa. 

Don't forget to register for the e-zine - it's free and is a mini 12 page version of the main magazine, so not to be missed! ;) 

Some #91magazine_paperlove faves

If you have our SS17 issue, you'll know that we love all things paper, and lots of you have joined in with sharing your paper passion too via our hashtag project #91magazine_paperlove.

Paper is just so important isn't it? In our digital age, it seems even more relevant to try and appreciate the material in all of its forms - books, magazines (of course!), letters, greetings cards, beautiful wrapping paper, ephemera, artwork, stationery... the list goes on. We wanted to celebrate this, by scattering it through the issue, and also getting you involved by including paper in your imagery.

Here are a few faves from the hashtag, and make sure you join in to be in with the chance of having your snap featured in the next issue! Be sure to post before 4th Sept when we will select my faves! 

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Seek Inspire Create with Team 91 - August

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. 

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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! ;) 

Seek / Inspire / Create - 20 of our hashtag faves

One of our favourite things about using Instagram is discovering new things - whether that's books to read, cafes to visit, shops to shop at, crafts to try or people to inspire us. That was our reason for starting the hashtag #seekinspirecreate - a tag to share your discoveries, creations and inspirations with the community. We are just a little bit chuffed that the tag has reached over 14,000 images! We're so pleased you like using it, so we've picked out 20 images from the feed to showcase on here. We've got some exciting news relating to the tag coming up in a few weeks, but until then I suggest you sign up for our newsletter as it will be exclusively for our subscribers! For now, enjoy this little round up of great photography from #seekinspirecreate and make sure to check out all of the accounts below - if you don't already follow them, I guarantee you will want to! Oh and in case you aren't following us, you'll find 91 on Instagram here.

Keep sharing your images with #seekinspirecreate folks! x

#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
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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

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.

Seek / Inspire / Create with Team 91 - March

Things are getting busy round here at 91 HQ - it's all hands on deck as we bring together our S/S 17 issue - pre-ordering will open soon, so make sure you are on our mailing list to be the first to hear about that! Our team has still managed to fit in some leisure time, and today we are sharing what we've all been up to 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

Learning pottery - Lucy Davidson (designer)

I have recently been really enjoying learning how to throw pots at Finola Maynard’s pottery studio. I find learning a craft that is just for me a real treat, it makes such a difference not having the pressure of making to sell. I am addicted and can't wait to make more! I have even taken on the task of making all the table arrangements for my wedding! Find out more about Finola’s ceramics and her workshops here: www.finolamaynard.com

Listening to creative podcasts - Olivia Williams (brand and advertising manager) 

Who knew just a few years back, that our lives could become so enriched by the wonderful world of podcasting? Tuning into thoughtful, inspiring content and tuning out of daily life - such a magical combination! For me, that fix starts with the relief of silencing my chattering mind and instantly being in the company of aspirational people.  

I’m rationing Sara Tasker’s (aka @me_and_orla) new podcast series, Hashtag Authentic which struck such a cord with me whilst I was whirling round the house busting the dust. Plus, thanks to tip-offs from Instagram buddies, I’m now tuned into ‘Magic Lessons’ with Elizabeth Gilbert, and ‘Being Boss’ with Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon. These, along with some Radio 4 favourites, make me seek out time to run errands to plug into my podcasts. I wish I could listen whilst I work, but for those times it’s the soothing and melancholic melodies of my Icelandic hero Olafur Arnalds that accompany me instead.

Essex Book Festival - Kath Webber (sub editor) 

The annual month-long Essex Book Festival makes its triumphant return this March with more than 90 events in 45 venues across the county. This year is set to be a bumper year for women writers, with the author of best-selling historical novel The Essex Serpent as the festival's writer in residence. Budding authors can attend one of Sarah Perry's workshops or listen to author Will Ashon talk about the sometimes chequered history of Epping Forest. World-renowned bookshop Foyles in Chelmsford hosts a night of Women in Fiction with Beth Underdown and Syd Moore, exploring the themes of witchcraft and women's writing on March 15th, 6.30pm. If you can't make it then read the authors' respective books The Witchfinder's Sister and Strange Magic for taste of what an Essex girl's reputation ought to be... More details here: www.essexbookfestival.org.uk

A break in the Cotswolds - Laura Pashby (deputy editor) 

I recently escaped with my husband for a child-free break to The Kings Head, a boutique hotel in the heart of the Cotswolds. The Kings Head is a beautiful former coaching inn that dates right back to the fourteenth century, located in the centre of pretty market town Cirencester. Our room had a set of the most elegant sash windows with a view of the town. The en-suite bathroom was pretty much my dream: all metro tiles, walk-in shower, and a huge shuttered window that bathed it in cool winter light.

On our way home, we stopped off at Newark Park, a 16th Century Manor House perched on the edge of the Cotswold Escarpment. Newark Park’s grounds are a favourite haunt of ours, particularly at this time of year when they are carpeted with bobbing white snowdrops, intermingled with cheerful yellow aconite. We rounded off a wander through the gardens and a visit to the resident peacock with a cup of tea and a generous slice of cake.

Shopping in Hastings - Caroline Rowland (editor) 

On what felt like the first day of spring a few weeks back, my family and I took a drive to the south coast for fish and chips, fresh air and a spot of shopping. If you haven't been, put Hastings on your list of day trips to make this summer - it really is charming and highly underrated.

Pictured above is one of my favourite stores to explore - Butler's Emporium on George Street. It is filled with vintage finds, and handmade objects from around the world. Beautifully displayed, it is hard to come away without a little brown paper bag of goodies! Further along George Street, I fed my plant obsession with a browse around Simply Garden, finally bagging that cheese plant I'd been searching for. Last stop was AG Hendy and Co Homestore - where I was lucky to squeeze through the door - it was packed! If possible, a mid week (quieter!) visit might be advisable to really absorb the unique shopping experience of this shop, but it is well worth the visit either way! 

Autumn by Ali Smith - Catherine (marketing and distribution manager) 

I've just finished reading this and I'm tempted to read it all over again. Ali Smith is a genius. Autumn is, 'wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories... a story about ageing and time and love and stories themselves.' It's totally wonderful, plus it has cover design by David Hockney, which is always pleasing. I also caught up with Ali Smith's interview on Desert Island Discs - turns out she's not just a genius, but a fascinating, funny one to boot. Buy the book.