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From the cutting room floor - AW18 issue

Thank you SO much for all the lovely feedback on the AW18 issue - we are so proud that lots of you have said it is your favourite issue yet! :) We recently announced that we are now offering one year subscriptions to the magazine - you can start from the AW18 issue if you haven’t got it yet, or start from the upcoming SS19 issue, out in April.

But if you’ve already devoured the current issue from cover to cover, then here is an additional little bit of eye candy in the form of images from the cutting room floor…

home of Aerende online shop owner Emily Mathieson

Totally in love with the simplicity of Emily of Aerende’s bathroom, in fact her entire home feels effortless yet thoughtful. Her bathroom also features products from skincare brand La-Eva - whose studio we featured in this issue. Shot by Jon Aaron Green.

Pickled radishes on rye bread recipe
Plum Jelly recipe

We ran a gorgeous food feature on preserving in this issue and stylist Sally Meier and photographer Catherine Frawley created these beautiful images - the colours, the textures… so fresh and enticing right?!

Lord Whitney's studio, featured in 91 Magazine AW18 issue

We visited so many stunning spaces in the AW18 issue - from shops and studios to homes and restaurants. Above is the super cool studio of Lord Whitney - there really is colour, fun and joy in every corner of this creative haven. Beautiful images by Kasia Fiszer.

Forest shop, London - featured in 91 Magazine AW18
Forest shop, London - featured in 91 Magazine AW18

The South London plant lover’s paradise that is Forest also had us swooning and wanting to add another 300 or so plants to our homes! Rachel Warne captured it beautifully.

Melissa Avila's apartment in Mexico City

During our trip to Mexico City earlier this year we got the chance to visit the home and studio of Melissa Avila. Her style effortlessly cool, her work immensely humbling. Thanks to Jemma Watts for her company and great photography on this trip.

Silo, Brighton - featured in 91 Magazine

We are in love with this little corner of zero-waste restaurant Silo in Brighton. How dreamy is that slouchy velvet seating?! Another great shoot by Jemma Watts.

Home tour - Daniele Schinke of Wunderblumen
Home tour - Daniele Schinke of Wunderblumen

The home that featured on the cover of this issue is that of Daniela Schinke. She has such a great eye for colour and a wonderful collection of objects around her home. How sweet is that mother and daughter illustration? Images captured by Olinga Ok.

Styling an Ethical home - 91 Magazine

Last but not least, an extra image from our conscious living shoot by Cathy Pyle, styled by Lauren Becker. How much do you want to curl up with a good book in this little spot?!

Grab your AW18 issue now, or why not treat yourself to a subscription?!

91 loves... face motifs

Faces have long been a source of creative inspiration, particularly in the art world, and recently we've seen them appearing on more and more every day items for the home - mugs, plant pots, plates, rugs and cushions, to name a few. With so many ways to express facial features artistically, styles range from playful and cute to abstract and serene, and we are kinda loving them all! The first few images here give a sneaky peek at the work of a designer featured in our AW18 issue (pre-order now!) who often uses face motifs in her designs, followed by a selection of other face-inspired finds we are loving right now... 

Photo:  Jemma Watts
Photo:  Melissa Avila
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available via Maud's House

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available at Anthropologie

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available at 91 Magazine shop

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available from Hus & Hem

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available from Esme Shayler-Webb

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available from Meylor Goods

A slow living guide to decorating your home

Decorating your home can often feel overwhelming, can't it? With so much to do and so many choices on the market, it's easy to choose the first thing you see and later regret it. Minimal lifestyle blogger Jessica Rose Williams is here to help you approach your project in a more considered way with personal experience guiding her. She shares her top tips on how to plan, what to prioritise and how not to rush into hasty decisions. 

Where to even start. This was my dilemma the day we moved into our little cottage in the Peak District in April. I'd known there was work to be done since our first viewing but only when I saw it completely empty on moving did I realise just how much work I had on my hands. It was in desperate need of TLC. 

Embarking on any renovation project can feel so overwhelming. All those decisions to make, and the fear of making the wrong choice can be crippling. It’s tempting to reach for the tin of paint and pop down to the nearest Homesense for Pinterest-worthy bargains because that’s the easiest way to make a difference right? What I’ve learned from my own renovations is that the bare bones must be taken care of first. Once you get those right, the rest will follow. Making a plan and taking care of the essentials first will ensure you’ve created a space that will work hard for you for years to come. 

Personally, I have zero patience and have rushed every decorating project I’ve ever done and then regretted not taking my time or not tackling things in the right order. I overlooked the drafty windows in favour of said quick fix bargains. Throwing myself into the project without any kind of structure made all that stuff a giant waste of money. I can confirm even the perfect grey wool blanket doesn’t make a room - unless you’ve done the ground work first it only confuses it.

how to manage your decorating project

This time around I was determined to do things right, and it’s worked! It’s true what they say, good things take time and it’s all in the prep. Four months of renovating later these are the areas I’ve prioritised with our budget. I’ve found they’ve made the greatest impact and by taking care of these I have created a solid foundation I can slowly build on in years to come. Here's a few tips I've learnt along that way....

Take time to plan - The more time you spend planning the better. Rule number one is do not rush! I’m still getting to grips with this one myself so I know that’s the last thing you want to hear. Pinterest is your friend to begin with. Create a private mood board for your project and pin anything and everything you’re attracted to. Once you’ve done that, take some time away from it and go back with the intention of cutting your pins down to a maximum of 20. Try to pick out similar themes, colours, tones and above all be realistic. Make sure everything on your board will work in your own home. 

Managing your decorating budget

Windows - If a room is cold and draughty you simply won’t want to spend time in it. How boring to have to spend money on new windows or repairs I know, but creating a warm and cosy space is absolutely key. I refuse to let go of the wooden windows we’ve inherited but I did replace the two windows that were draughty and split as soon as we moved in. It left us with fewer pounds to spend on the finishing touches but it was worth it. 

prioritising when decorating

Radiators - Choosing to upgrade to beautiful period style radiators was a decision not many around me could understand. But now they’re in, they totally get it. They’ve made such a difference to the rooms. If these aren’t within budget you can always paint your existing ones the same colour as the walls so they blend in. 

making a decorating plan

Repurpose what you can - Be brutally honest with yourself about what can stay. There’s a lot you can do to spruce up old furniture as long as it’s structurally sound. Sofas can be reupholstered and kitchen cabinets can be painted if it’s just the colour you’re not keen on. Google is your friend!

Floors - Stripping the floors properly and having them refinished has transformed our cottage. One floor that was previously carpeted had to be replaced because the floorboards were rotten. Installing new pine floorboards was cheaper than replacing the carpet and as long as we look after them they’ll last us decades.

Walls - Skimming the walls where necessary and then painting the entire house the same shade of white (ceilings, walls and windows) has made the biggest difference to our home. Where it once looked dark and dingy it now looks fresh, light and bright. The rooms feel twice the size. 

prioritising when decorating

Natural Textures - Wood, linen, wool, cotton or even shiny metallics. Opting for natural texture wherever you can will add a guaranteed sense of cosy and timelessness to any space. They’re more attractive to look at and sustainable too. 

Lighting - This is an area I’ve regrettably overlooked for most of my home-owning life. When we were in Oslo in January it struck me just how important it was. Warm, subtle lighting made those dark days and nights feel oh so cosy. Nothing too bright and always carefully considered. There are entire books written on lighting which is a testament to what a difference it can make. Instead of just placing a lamp here and there take time to think about which areas you want to light and be sure to use multiple light sources for a cosy atmosphere. 

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from our renovations so far is that a house is never finished. Good things take time and unfortunately we need to be patient. There will always be something that needs doing, our styles will change and what we need from our homes will change too. Looking after the basics is always the best place to start. 

So many valuable tips there for either a large scale project or even just a small one room makeover. Check out more of Jessica's great advice on her blog and Instagram

From the cutting room floor - SS18 issue

I always enjoy going back through the images from our previous issue and rediscovering some of the shots that we couldn't quite fit on the pages of the magazine, but that I still think are visually inspiring. It seems such a shame to hide them away from the world, so, as always, here are a few from the cutting room floor from our SS18 issue, which by the way, we only have a few boxes left of! So, if you haven't furnished your home with a copy yet, make sure to pop to the shop and grab one before they all go! Pre-orders for the AW18 issue will be opening in just over a week (eeee!), so keep your eyes peeled for that. (signing up to our mailing list will send you a handy reminder)!

Stylish Bristol Cafe - Albatross
Albatross Cafe, Bristol - featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue
Albatross Cafe, Bristol - featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue

Could there be a more dreamy cafe?! This feature on Albatross Cafe in Bristol literally makes me want to make the three hour trip there just to sit in here and while away an afternoon! Gorgeous photography by Kym Grimshaw

Artemis Russell of Junkaholique's home as featured in 91 Magazine
Artemis Russell of Junkaholique's home as featured in 91 Magazine
Artemis Russell of Junkaholique's shed as featured in 91 Magazine
Artemis Russell of Junkaholique's shop Rust as featured in 91 Magazine
Artemis Russell of Junkaholique's home as featured in 91 Magazine

The home and creative spaces of Artemis Russell, shot by Maria Bell provided us with so many gorgeous images, and even though the feature was spread over ten pages, there was still lots of lovely unseen shots to share with you here.

Duck Duck Goose Coffee as featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue
Duck Duck Goose Coffee as featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue
Duck Duck Goose Coffee as featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue

Photographed and styled by Cathy Pyle and Kay Prestney, Duck Duck Goose Coffee, a gorgeous space for both adults and children, offered many photogenic corners, so again, we struggled to fit all the shots into the mag. These were a few extra faves of mine.

Home of Rebecca Lawson of Malmo & Moss as featured in 91 Magazine
Home of Rebecca Lawson of Malmo & Moss as featured in 91 Magazine
Home of Rebecca Lawson of Malmo & Moss as featured in 91 Magazine
Home of Rebecca Lawson of Malmo & Moss as featured in 91 Magazine

Jemma Watts photographed the lovely London home of Rebecca Lawson AKA Malmo & Moss, where around every corner appears to be another perfectly styled scene or vignette! Isn't her en-suite bathroom the stuff of interior dreams?!

crafting with flowers feature with The Real Flower Co in 91 Magazine
crafting with flowers feature with The Real Flower Co in 91 Magazine
ideas for using Edible flowers as featured in 91 Magazine
ideas for using edible flowers as featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue

Lastly, we had a few impeccably styled features sharing dreamy ideas for making and baking, all with flowers. Firstly, Catherine Frawley styled and shot some beautiful projects, including pressed flower frames, while stylist Lauren Becker and photographer Veerle Evens worked together to demonstrate three ways to delight your senses with edible flowers. Just stunning. 

I think you'll agree, we have a seriously talented group of contributors, who truly make the magazine what it is with their fab photography and styling. Thank you so much guys! 

Remember, get your SS18 edition before they all disappear folks! 

How to create a beautiful guest bedroom

Summer often means the arrival of visiting friends and family, yet creating an inviting bedroom for them needn’t involve lots of time or money. Abi Dare of design blog These Four Walls teams up with other interiors experts to bring you a few easy tips.

Spare bedrooms are so often an afterthought, furnished with leftover pieces from other areas of the house or used as dumping grounds for unwanted clutter. But with a little bit of effort, you can create a welcoming and comfortable space where guests want to spend time. Here’s how…

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Ruthie Matthews

Photo: Ruthie Matthews

Treat it like your own bedroom

Start by thinking about what would make you feel at home and go from there. Blogger Ruthie Matthews of Design Soda says: “I would always recommend treating a spare bedroom as you would your own and giving it the same care and attention. In my case this means a comfortable and welcoming space accented by natural textures.”

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Look for clever furniture solutions

Guest bedrooms often have to perform a dual purpose – ours, for example, doubles as my work space – so versatile furniture is a must. Ruthie recommends looking for streamlined, multi-purpose pieces that can be folded away when not in use, as does interior stylist Donna Howell: “Whether a spare room be a study, a dressing room or a studio, the first thing I always tell clients is to start by planning storage. The idea here is to be clever and have a place for everything so that the space easily converts.”

For example, if your guest bedroom also acts as a home office, then look for a desk with a pull-out computer shelf than can be pushed out of sight when not in use, and make sure files and paperwork are hidden away in drawers or cupboards. If you need to use the room for storage, invest in a divan bed with drawers in the base, or buy crates that you can slide underneath.

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Keep things neutral

When it comes to colour, both Ruthie and Donna advise creating a neutral base. “I favour light grey,” says Ruthie, “as it’s a calming and non-controversial shade.” But that doesn’t mean the décor has to lack character, as you can incorporate interest and texture through cushions, artworks and other accessories. “Your guests know you well,” Ruthie adds, “so little pieces that represent you or tell a story about your past will help to create a feeling of easy welcome.”

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Think about lighting

Lighting has a major impact on both the feel and functionality of a space, so make sure the bedroom incorporates task lighting for reading and dressing, as well as softer ambient lighting. Interior designer Mathilde Kubisiak of MK Design says: “Multiple, dimmable light sources will create a calming and nurturing atmosphere – an overhead pendant light and a few adjustable lamps are a great combination.”

If you don’t have enough space for nightstands with full bedside lamps, try fixing wall lights above the bed or look for clip-on reading lights that can be attached to the headboard.

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Invest in high-quality bedding

Good bedding can make the difference between a great night’s sleep or an awful one. Donna advises: “Whether you have a permanent bed, a daybed or a sofabed, choose the best-quality bedding you can afford. My personal favourite is linen, as it’s warm in the winter months yet cool during summer; alternatively, go with high-thread-count Egyptian cotton.”

Layering the bed with a top sheet, a duvet and an extra blanket or throw is also a good idea, as it means guests can adapt it to their ideal sleeping temperature. And think about providing a choice of pillows – I have some friends and family who prefer feather pillows and others who like synthetic ones, so I put a set of each on the bed and let them choose.

Photo: Donna Howell

Photo: Donna Howell

Provide space to unpack

Give your guests somewhere to hang clothes so that they don’t have to live out of a suitcase. It doesn’t have to be a full wardrobe – Donna suggests installing a peg rail painted the same colour as the wall, but even a few hooks on the back of the door will help. It’s also worth adding a small rack or bench where people can store luggage, rather than tripping over things left on the floor. And if you have a chest of drawers or cupboard in the room, try to leave a bit of space free for guests to use.

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Don’t forget the little things

Finally, make your guests feel pampered with little touches such as fresh flowers, a carafe of water and perhaps a few interesting books or magazines dotted here and there. You could even provide toiletries and other easily-forgotten essentials such as toothbrushes – perhaps build up a stock of hotel miniatures and leave them in a pretty basket so that guests can help themselves.

Other useful touches include a make-up mirror, a kettle for making tea and coffee, and a note with the WiFi password. Mathilde also likes to add comfy slippers and a relaxing scented candle, while Donna leaves out a linen spray that guests can take away as a gift. And, very importantly, make sure there’s easy access to a plug for phone chargers, hairdryers and the like – it’s very frustrating when the only sockets are hidden behind heavy furniture!

Thanks ladies for all of these great tips and ideas for making your spare room a sanctuary rather than a store room! For more interiors inspiration, head over to our Pinterest page

create a stylish guest bedroom

Win dreamy Soak&Sleep goodies!

Here at 91, we love sharing with you our favourite independent brands; ones that we already have in our own homes and that we think you will love having in yours too. In our brand-new issue (have you got yours yet?!) we teamed up with bed and bath brand Soak&Sleep and stylist/photographer duo Anna and Tam to showcase some of Soak&Sleep's gorgeous products - perfect for turning your bedroom and bathroom into luxurious spaces to retreat to at the end of the day. 

Win Soak and Sleep goodies with 91 Magazine

We've been a little bit in love with Soak&Sleep's Pure French Linen bedding for quite some time - just how gorgeous does the Midnight Grey and White look together here?! Make sure you check out the full feature in the magazine to see more of Soak&Sleep's range - their bathroom accessories are equally as dreamy. Also, do give Soak&Sleep a follow over on Instagram - they've got lots of lovely bedroom & bathroom inspiration to swoon over.

 To celebrate this collaboration, we are thrilled that the generous guys from Soak&Sleep are offering one lucky 91 Magazine reader the chance to win some of the gorgeous textiles as featured here. They are giving away the following bundle worth over £200: 

  • One French Linen set which includes 2 x pillowcases, 1 x duvet cover (similar to pictured above) 
  • Luxury Cotton Knotted Throw in Charcoal (pictured above)
  • Luxury Cotton Waffle Bedspread in Dusky Sage (size: Double) (pictured below - top of pile) 
Win Soak&Sleep goodies with 91 Magazine

it's super simple to enter - just add your details in the form below. A winner will be drawn at random after the closing date which is 13th July 2018. Please see below for further terms and conditions. 

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WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED HERE IN DUE COURSE.

Terms and Conditions

1. Only entries made before the closing date - 13th July 2018 will be valid. 

2. The winner will be selected at random and will be notified via the email address they provided shortly after the closing date. 

3. The winner will have five working days to respond with their delivery address. If a reply is not received by this date, they will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen. 

4. Bedding set choices of colour and sizing may be limited. When winner has been selected Soak&Sleep will inform them of the available options.

5. No cash alternative. 

6. The giveaway is open to worldwide entries. 

7. By entering the giveaway and providing your email address you are giving permission to be added to the mailing lists of both 91 Magazine and Soak&Sleep. Your details will not be shared with any further third parties. 

This post was sponsored by Soak&Sleep. Images by Anna and Tam for 91 Magazine.  

From the cutting room floor - A/W 17 issue

We are just days away from receiving the brand new S/S 18 issue, we are bursting with excitement! While we wait, I thought I'd look back to our last issue and share with you a few of the images that didn't make it into the magazine although we wish they could have! There is always just too many dreamy images to fit onto the pages...

from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine

Our cover story - the home of Liesbeth Disbergen de Leeuw - had us swooning at her use of colour, playful design and mix of old and new. So much pretty in every corner. 

from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine - The Fig Store
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine - The Fig Store
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine - The Fig Store

Our shop tour took us to the stunning Bath-based shop The Fig Store. Photographer Kym Grimshaw captured the space beautifully. We kinda just want to move straight in! 

from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine

Another colourful home beautifully curated by Michael & Rachel Sullivan, who seem to be a dab hand at styling a shelfie! We love the mix of carefully selected vintage finds, plants and contemporary artwork. Gorgeous photography by Kasia Fiszer

Photo:  Janis Nicolay
Photo:  Cathy Pyle

Photo: Cathy Pyle

Photo:  Kym Grimshaw  / Styling:  Lou Archell

Photo: Kym Grimshaw / Styling: Lou Archell

Finally, a few other fave shots from the homes and studios that featured in the AW17 issue. We are sold out of the print version of this edition now, but you can still get the digital version here, or alternatively scour our stockist's websites, as some may have a few copies left. 

Now, back to anxiously waiting the arrival of the brand new issue! Head to the website to get your copy as soon as it lands! x

Stylist's Guide: Scandinavian Minimalism on a budget

Louise Parker of Studio Gabrielle, an interior design & styling agency, investigates the growing trend for Scandinavian Minimalism, enlisting the insight of some experts in the field to discover whether it's possible to achieve the lux aesthetic on a budget...

Scandinavian style stands for simple, calm and pure expression. This makes it easy to grasp, very photogenic and ultimately, attainable for all. But is it affordable for all? Many might associate this look with designer brands and high price tags, but thankfully for those of us who strive style but are on a tight budget, both well-known and independent brands have adopted the trend in order to offer timeless design to the mass market.

In our stylist's guide, we have paired this with the fundamentals of minimalism to buy less, select better and invest in key pieces in order to live better. We talk simple forms and a 'less is more' outlook with a selection of bloggers and stylists who know a thing or two about Scandi Minimalism. Finally, we share some top buys to get the look at the end of the post.

Image:  Abi Dare

Image: Abi Dare

Abi Dare, author of These Four Walls / @thesefourwalls

“One of the keys to achieving the minimalist Scandinavian look is choosing colours and window dressings which make the most of natural light - something which need not be expensive at all.

So, for example, try sheer white curtains rather than heavy drapes. And avoid cluttering your rooms with lots of throwaway accessories, which can make spaces feel cramped and constricting. Instead, invest in a few timeless designs that will last for decades to come. Scandinavian brands do these brilliantly and many of their most popular pieces were actually first developed back in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

But most of all, focus on creating a comfortable space that you want to spend time in, with lots of texture and warmth. Scandinavian style is supposed to be welcoming and liveable rather than showy, so it lends itself surprisingly well to small budgets.”

Hannah Thinnesen Trickett, author of Hannah in the House / @han_house

“There’s a lot of thought and practicality that goes into creating a Scandinavian minimalist home. When planning my home, I start with a focus on the functionality of each room. There’s no point in creating a minimalist room that serves little function to you as it’s likely you’ll end up buying ‘things’ to compensate for the lack of practical design - creating clutter and foregoing the intended style.

I buy fewer items, choose well and invest in quality. Once I started to live by these standards I’ve become much happier at home. Balancing budget and style is always tricky when you have your eye on key designer pieces. It’s also a confusing message. Budget and designer don’t tend to go hand in hand. However these days it’s quite easy to create a particular style on a budget. Scandinavian minimalism doesn’t mean that the items you buy have to be expensive and designer. The idea is that you choose well. Saying that, if you buy fewer items, you should be able to afford a little more on what you do choose.

If I do buy low-end furniture, with the aim of it being ‘temporary’, it’s responsible to ensure the item can either be rehomed or recycled when it’s no longer needed. Also if you find cheaper items that you will cherish for a long time then that’s a win, it’s not all high-end design classics. My advice if you want to start collecting designer items, start small. I did so with my wine glasses from Iittala and plates from Menu.”

Caroline Birk Bahrenscheer, author of September Edit / @septemberedit:

“It is difficult for me to describe what I do to create Scandinavian minimalism, being a Scandinavian myself. I just do it without thinking.

But in my own interior, I focus on materials like linen, wood, stone and ceramic. I go for a subtle and calming colour scheme, pairing high street objects with more expensive investment pieces. I decorate my walls with minimalist drawings that I do myself and vintage artwork as I like having art that is not easily attainable.”

Carsten Nielsen, designer at Bycdesign studio / @bycdesignstudio:

“I love to create design that doesn’t cost a fortune, as I think everyone should be able to afford art/design on the walls of their homes. Today, there is a massive focus on how to create a harmonic home and that’s something we all put our effort and take great pride in. Creating a nice atmosphere and helping us to relax more.

I love modern art - as well as the mid-century lifestyle because it’s a timeless style that never gets boring. I have a big passion for Bauhaus as well as old Danish architects in furniture design. I love the geometric proverbs, not least the 60’s - when there was a great focus on geometric perspectives. My love of geometry makes me work a lot in the mid-century universe that I love.”

Evalotta & Elin, concept stylist at Sundling Kicken / @sundlingkicken:

“Choose one object that you really love the shape of and let it speak for itself. Put it on a clean surface, like your dining table, window sill or perhaps your living room sideboard. You can add one or two things to complement your favourite piece, just make sure that they don’t steal the show.”

Hege Morris - scandi minimalism on a budget

Hege Morris, author of Hege in France / @hegeinfrance

“To achieve a Scandinavian minimalist look on a budget, it’s important to invest in a couple of key pieces. Buy inexpensive items to compliment them. I’ve found nice items in the most unlikely places. Supermarkets, second-hand shops and markets are good places to find great things. I often use magazines in my styling. Photos from magazines are very effective and they don’t have to cost a fortune. Green plants are another favourite of mine. A couple of inexpensive plants can really change a room.

Good storage solutions are essential for any minimal home, so invest in some nice storage. My favourite at the moment is the IVAR cabinet in pine from Ikea. It’s inexpensive, but painted the same colour as the wall it looks amazing. Display key pieces and add budget finds for a nice minimal Scandi look."

Olivia Atkinson_A Stylists Guide Scandinavian Minimalism

Olivia Atkinson, stylist at Olivia Atkinson Design / @oliviaatkinsondesign:

“I’m always searching eBay for a bargain. Before buying an investment piece, I check online to see if there are any cheaper second-hand ones available. Thrift shops are also a great place to find items, one of my best finds recently was a HAY J77 chair.”

Image:  Selina Lauck

Selina Lauck, author of Selina Lauck / @selina.lauck:

“For me, the theory is always ‘less is more’. I like the idea of designing, building or recreating my own furniture with a mix of designer pieces. There, you have a perfect combination of affordable and expensive investments.

I do a lot of searching for second-hand design classics because of their good quality they do not really age and sometimes you can get some pretty good deals.”

GET THE LOOK 

As these experts suggest, investment pieces with budget finds is the best way to create the look for less, so here are some shopping suggestions to get you started! 

Anik Mirror , €63 - 10119 Design /  Arnold Circus Stool , £59 - Studio Martino Gamper /  Small Glass Flower Pot , £10 - Arket /  Atlas Lamp , £444 - KaiLinke /  Bellvis Cushion , £25 - Urbanara /  Betwa Candle Holder , £16 - Urbanara /  Through by Gurilla  - approx £69 - wedoart.fo /  Viva Glass Teapot With Infuser 1.2l , £28 - Habitat /  Drop Chair by Fritz Hansen , £249.90 (on sale) - Nest /  Jessen 3 Seater Sofa , £1699 - Someday Designs,  Drop Candle Holder by Ichendorf Milano , €18 - A  nalograum /  Collar Vase 12cm Light Grey , approx £22 - Cooee Design

Anik Mirror, €63 - 10119 Design / Arnold Circus Stool, £59 - Studio Martino Gamper / Small Glass Flower Pot, £10 - Arket / Atlas Lamp, £444 - KaiLinke / Bellvis Cushion, £25 - Urbanara / Betwa Candle Holder, £16 - Urbanara / Through by Gurilla - approx £69 - wedoart.fo / Viva Glass Teapot With Infuser 1.2l, £28 - Habitat / Drop Chair by Fritz Hansen, £249.90 (on sale) - Nest / Jessen 3 Seater Sofa, £1699 - Someday Designs, Drop Candle Holder by Ichendorf Milano, €18 - Analograum / Collar Vase 12cm Light Grey, approx £22 - Cooee Design

Teapot 2/3 Cups by Ichendorf Milano , €29.50 - New Forms Design /  NY11    Bar Chair by Norr11 , £215.20 (on sale) - Clippings /  November #01 , €87 - Aure Studio /  Lux Velvet Floor Cushion in Navy Velvet , £69 - Made.com,  Hubsch Terrazzo Mirror Round , £31.10 - E  inrichten Design /  Dipped Chromed Metal LED Desk Lamp , £24 (on sale) - Habitat /  Candlestick Holder , £17 - Arket /  Glass Jug by Eva Trio , £26.50 - Connox /  Silver Mirrored Cube , £40 - Urban Outfitters,  Terrazzo Plate Round ,- from €20  Analograum,  Plate Glazed Porcelain , €22.50 - Tine K Home,  Push Coffee Maker by Muuto , £78.32 (on sale) - Nest

Teapot 2/3 Cups by Ichendorf Milano, €29.50 - New Forms Design / NY11Bar Chair by Norr11, £215.20 (on sale) - Clippings / November #01, €87 - Aure Studio / Lux Velvet Floor Cushion in Navy Velvet, £69 - Made.com, Hubsch Terrazzo Mirror Round, £31.10 - Einrichten Design / Dipped Chromed Metal LED Desk Lamp, £24 (on sale) - Habitat / Candlestick Holder, £17 - Arket / Glass Jug by Eva Trio, £26.50 - Connox / Silver Mirrored Cube, £40 - Urban Outfitters, Terrazzo Plate Round,- from €20  Analograum, Plate Glazed Porcelain, €22.50 - Tine K Home, Push Coffee Maker by Muuto, £78.32 (on sale) - Nest

Bell Lamp in Sand by Normann Copenhagen ,£164 (on sale) - Made in Design /  Jobu Oven Mitt , $60 - Ode to Things,  Orb Leather Dining Chair , £319 (on sale) - West Elm,  Sarpaneva Cast Iron Pot , £185 - Iittala,  Robin Chair , £249 for two - Swoon Editions,  Bonbonniere 12cm Black , approx £18 - Cooee Design,  Nordic Kitchen Teapot by Eva Solo ,£45 - Made in Design /  Urban Garden Dishwash 500ml by Meraki , £13 - Design Vintage /  Large Vintage Dough Bowl , £85 - Design Vintage,  Simple Sand Ceramic Teapot by Bloomingville , £16 - Trouva /  Bedside Carafe , $190 - Anna Karlin,  Lavitta Chair by Poiat , £371 - Finnish Design Shop

Bell Lamp in Sand by Normann Copenhagen,£164 (on sale) - Made in Design / Jobu Oven Mitt, $60 - Ode to Things, Orb Leather Dining Chair, £319 (on sale) - West Elm, Sarpaneva Cast Iron Pot, £185 - Iittala, Robin Chair, £249 for two - Swoon Editions, Bonbonniere 12cm Black, approx £18 - Cooee Design, Nordic Kitchen Teapot by Eva Solo,£45 - Made in Design / Urban Garden Dishwash 500ml by Meraki, £13 - Design Vintage / Large Vintage Dough Bowl, £85 - Design Vintage, Simple Sand Ceramic Teapot by Bloomingville, £16 - Trouva / Bedside Carafe, $190 - Anna Karlin, Lavitta Chair by Poiat, £371 - Finnish Design Shop

Aida Kitchen Stool,  £59 - Swoon Editions,  Glass For Champagne , €13.75 - Tine K Home,  Organic Bergamot Juniper Shampoo , £12 -Austin Austin,  Nomad Chair by We Do Wood , £645 -  LOVEThESIGN  /  Pan/Vegetable Brush by Iris Hantverk , £18 - Trouva /  Bardane Clear carafe 1L , £10.50 (on sale) - Habitat,  K Lamp in Earthenware , £220 - Vitamin,  Vilnia Rug in Sand by Jurate ,€99 - Eporta /  Ivory Ceramic Small Bowl by House Doctor , £6.95 - Trouva /  Aalto Vase Savoy Clear 95mm by Iittala , £48 - Connox /  Avery Bistro Table , £90 (on sale) - Urban Outfitters,  Tray Circle in Sand , approx £38 - Cooee Design

Aida Kitchen Stool, £59 - Swoon Editions, Glass For Champagne, €13.75 - Tine K Home, Organic Bergamot Juniper Shampoo, £12 -Austin Austin, Nomad Chair by We Do Wood, £645 - LOVEThESIGN / Pan/Vegetable Brush by Iris Hantverk, £18 - Trouva / Bardane Clear carafe 1L, £10.50 (on sale) - Habitat, K Lamp in Earthenware, £220 - Vitamin, Vilnia Rug in Sand by Jurate,€99 - Eporta / Ivory Ceramic Small Bowl by House Doctor, £6.95 - Trouva / Aalto Vase Savoy Clear 95mm by Iittala, £48 - Connox / Avery Bistro Table, £90 (on sale) - Urban Outfitters, Tray Circle in Sand, approx £38 - Cooee Design

Extra Large Jar Vase , £19 - Arket,  TR Bulb Table Lamp/Wall Light by Men u, £203.15 - Utility Design /  Twisted White Candles , €21.25 for 12 - Tine K Home,  Burnt Orange Woven Cotton Rug by Bloomingville , £55 - Trouva /  Monroe Mid-Century Sofa in Feather Grey , £1399 - West Elm,  Enamel Coffee Kettle by Hario , £49 - Arket /   Aztec Textile Cushion With Tassles by HK Living , €49.95 - OrangeHaus / Simple Sand Ceramic Teacup by Bloomingville,  Single Thermal Double Wall 240 Ml Glass , £9 - T&SHOP.

Extra Large Jar Vase, £19 - Arket, TR Bulb Table Lamp/Wall Light by Menu, £203.15 - Utility Design / Twisted White Candles, €21.25 for 12 - Tine K Home, Burnt Orange Woven Cotton Rug by Bloomingville, £55 - Trouva / Monroe Mid-Century Sofa in Feather Grey, £1399 - West Elm, Enamel Coffee Kettle by Hario, £49 - Arket /  Aztec Textile Cushion With Tassles by HK Living, €49.95 - OrangeHaus / Simple Sand Ceramic Teacup by Bloomingville, Single Thermal Double Wall 240 Ml Glass, £9 - T&SHOP.

Complied and written by Louise Parker - Studio Gabrielle / @studiogabrielleuk

Stylists guide to Scandi Minimalism on a budget

91 loves... rattan furniture

Rattan furniture was once reserved only for drafty conservatories, but its now making a comeback and is popping up in all areas of the home, from bedrooms to living rooms to hallways. It's also working it in many different forms too - chairs, tables, shelving, beds, and even the sweetest of baby cribs and children's beds. If you are loving the latest Scandi Boho trend, then you most definitely need a piece of rattan in your life. It fits so well with colourful textiles and our other obsession - plants. Here's a little bit of woven inspiration as well as a few top buys.... 

via  @sannehop
via  @tessahop

If you've fallen for the look, then here are a few of our fave rattan finds so you can give your own space a touch of Scandi boho! 

Rattan dining chairs  - €160 - Enter My Attic (only available to Netherlands buyers sadly!) 

Rattan dining chairs - €160 - Enter My Attic (only available to Netherlands buyers sadly!) 

Rattan Hanging chair  - £548 - Anthropologie

Rattan Hanging chair - £548 - Anthropologie

Rattan side table  - £135 - Design Vintage

Rattan side table - £135 - Design Vintage

Rattan chair  - £175 - Ikea

Rattan chair - £175 - Ikea

Child's rattan bed  - £379 - La Redoute

Child's rattan bed - £379 - La Redoute

Rattan day bed  - £344 - Maison du Monde

Rattan day bed - £344 - Maison du Monde

Rattan sofa  - £695 - Arbol House

Rattan sofa - £695 - Arbol House

Rattan mirrors  - £69 - La Redoute

Rattan mirrors - £69 - La Redoute

91 is pinning... tiles

We are pretty sure we aren't the only ones with a fetish for beautiful tiles. Just check out the Instagram hashtag #ihavethisthingwithtiles and you will instantly feel at one with your tribe of tile obsessives. Walls, floors, indoors, outdoors - we don't mind - if they have pretty patterns and/or pretty colours, we'll snap them, pin them and quite possibly hunt them down for our own downstairs loo. In fact, it was the tiles I lusted over at Paper Mill Studios (an amazing space featured in our new issue) that I then went on to install in my own ground floor lavatory! 

Photo:  Cathy Pyle  for 91 Magazine

Photo: Cathy Pyle for 91 Magazine

Photo:  Cathy Pyle  for 91 Magazine

Photo: Cathy Pyle for 91 Magazine

Tiles can vary massively in cost, but you can easily create a feature with some spectacular tiles by covering just a small area - a splash-back, a fireplace, or like me - a small bathroom. (you can see mine here

Bert and May tiles (via  Dear Designer ) 

Bert and May tiles (via Dear Designer

via  Contemporist  / Photos:  Dean Bradley

via Contemporist / Photos: Dean Bradley

via  Topp Tiles  

There are many great tile brands out there that we love. For something a little bit special check out Bert and May, Marrakech Design, Baked Tile Co, Fired Earth and Milagros. If you've got larger areas to cover, then budget friendly websites like Topp Tiles, Tile Mountain and Tons of Tiles are a great places to get straight forward designs like metro tiles. Although, many of these brands are creating interesting options like the above from Topp Tiles - there are different laying options to create various patterns and we love how the coordinating grout makes it look almost like embossed wallpaper.

If you need some more tile inspiration then do pop over to our Tile Love Pinterest board

91 Loves... velvet furniture

Velvet is having a bit of a moment in the world of soft furnishings and we are big fans here at 91. Soft and sumptuous, it contrasts well with rougher textures as well as sleeker lines, and it seems to pair particularly well with our other obsession - house plants. We love it in strong colourways like mustard yellow and emerald green as well as softer shades like blush pink

Photo:  Cathy Pyle  for  91 Magazine

The tactile material seems to be up for anything when it comes to design - it's happy in a formal Chesterfield or mid-century format as well as a slouchy, comfy 'dive right in' style. It can be simply paired with cushions of the same colour and fabric, or happily allows textured, colourful versions to take centre stage. We just wish it was acceptable to change your sofa on a monthly basis so we could enjoy all of these different incarnations! If you are in the market for some velvety seating, then read on for a few of our faves to be found on the web... 

Mustard yellow velvet armchair , £975, Att Pynta
Lime Green velvet sofa , from £1598, DFS

Lime Green velvet sofa, from £1598, DFS

Dark blue velvet sofa , £1095, IKEA

Dark blue velvet sofa, £1095, IKEA

Mustard yellow velvet corner sofa , £1699, Swoon Editions

Mustard yellow velvet corner sofa, £1699, Swoon Editions

Burnt orange velvet sofa , from £1598, DFS

Burnt orange velvet sofa, from £1598, DFS

What's your views on velvet? Which one of these beauties are you dreaming of snuggling on this winter?

Using typography in interiors

If you were inspired by the home of illustrator and Little Carousel owner Colleen Larmour, which features in our current issue, then you are in for a little treat. Today, Colleen shares some extra insight into how she has incorporated typography into her interior, something which has become less of a passing trend and more of a decor staple....

There is no denying the trend for typography in home interiors. What may have started with the iconic Keep Calm and Carry On poster popularity some fifteen years ago has now transcended into a love for all things emblazoned with written expressions, words, phrases and slogans. A love that is perpetuated in no small part to the growth and exposure written expressions have on social media today.  

I have always loved written words and letters in all forms - stories, art and design, plus my husband is a graffiti writer - and when I look round our home, I realise we have incorporated typography into every room. There has always been this sense that no space is complete without words and letters on display somewhere. We all speak them, read them, write them every day, so to display them throughout our home has never felt contrived. Only natural and expected. 

Photo: Jemma Watts

Photo: Jemma Watts

We dot many of our favourite books around the house, face out and proud. So many book covers are works of art in themselves and their presence is familiar and comforting. My heart lies with children’s books. Having written and illustrated my own picture books and collected an ever expanding stash of them over the years, exaggerated wildly since my two daughters came along, I relished the chance to display these upon a wall in their bedroom. It is a living display that constantly changes dependant on reading moods, new favourites, exciting discoveries and seasonal choices. The words, images and colours always on the move.

Photo: Jemma Watts 

Photo: Jemma Watts 

The yellow ‘hello’ curtain in my studio came about through necessity - I needed to create some privacy at night when working at my sewing desk. The warm pop of yellow can be seen from the other end of the landing, so it seemed appropriate to paint the cheery greeting on it - it makes me smile each time I walk past.

Photo: Colleen Larmour

Photo: Colleen Larmour

Something that always grabs the attention of people visiting our home are the yellow wooden letters that my husband salvaged on a painting job. Made up from part of an old sign from a Belfast building, Glenn brought them home and cleaned them up. The bulk of them sit beneath an enlarged photo of a favourite graffiti writer’s work on a train that he quickly caught on camera when we visited Copenhagen two years ago. A lucky shot!

Photos: Jemma Watts

Photos: Jemma Watts

The letter ‘A’ rests above the living room fireplace alongside a postcard we picked up when we visited Amsterdam Zoo. I adore this little card for its combination of colour, image and text and the memories it gives me of a favourite holiday. Within the same room, we’ve displayed some of Glenn’s collection of graffiti books. Books and their covers, devoted to our love of letters.

Photo: Colleen Larmour

Photo: Colleen Larmour

I had fun decorating the two paper toy sacks in the girls room with a tongue-in-cheek message about how to play together. Above these, hangs one of my own alphabet prints and a wooden alphabet toy.  

Photo: Jemma Watts

Photo: Jemma Watts

In our bedroom - our sanctuary - where so much time is spent switching off from the world and cuddling with our girls, hangs a beautifully designed coat rack that reads ‘Love’.  It is simple, clean design at its best and gives an unused space in the room interest and zing.

Photo: Colleen Larmour

Photo: Colleen Larmour

Photo: Jemma Watts

Photo: Jemma Watts

Back downstairs in our living space, typography, and our very apparent obsession with yellow, is again demonstrated via a large print of the county name we live in, plus a monogrammed cushion with my two daughters initials on it. In the kitchen, the tin ‘chocolat' sign was bought on a holiday in France when I was pregnant for the first time and eating a tonne of the stuff!

Styled well in the home, typography can be beautiful and enchanting, even life-affirming and powerful. However, whichever way type is used, to really work there has to be some form of relevance and meaning to the individual. This meaning doesn’t have to be loud and explicit - sometimes subtle and quiet wins the day. I hope that is what we have achieved in our home - an authentic and seamless blend of words and letters, that if well read, tells our narrative, speaks of our passions and reflects who we are.

Thanks to Colleen for this inspiring commentary on her love for letters and words. We are off to rummage the vintage shops for signage and beautiful books! If you'd like to see more of Colleen's home, make sure you bag yourself a copy of our SS17 issue, there aren't many left folks! Plus, follow Colleen on Instagram and check out her kids toys and decor shop Little Carousel for colourful objects and prints for your little ones. 

Photos by Jemma Watts and Colleen Larmour

using typography in interiors