Containing everything from home tours and Instagram edits to illustrated essays and cocktail recipes, 91 Magazine's Spring/ Summer issue is my favourite to far and here's why...
1. It's packed with interior design inspiration
Starting with a rather obvious one, 91 Magazine never fails to deliver a catalogue of inspiring interior photographs with each issue. Whether it's an elegant table setting or contemporary mantlepiece, every image is styled to perfection and is guaranteed to spark ideas on how you can incorporate the 91 aesthetic into your own life.
My favourite of the many home and workspace tours in this latest issue is that of interior designer Fiona Brass' light, bright studio. Filled with subtle colour swatches and elegant design touches, Fiona's studio will give you serious studio envy which with any luck you can turn into powerful design motivation.
2. It's "paper" themed
As I have said countless times before, I am self-confessed stationery addict so you can imagine how delighted I was when I read that this issue was paper themed. As well as papery wishlists and Instagram edits, the issue also includes a beautifully written article by One Social Girl's Meredith Crawford about how meaningful and important a simple piece of paper can become when turned into a handwritten letter.
3. It's modern and interactive
Not only will the 91 team help you find the places to buy your stationery, they'll teach you how to style it too! A flat lay masterclass from Laura Sawyer teaches you the essential for an ooh-worthy Instagram account and once you've perfected it, they have a new hashtag project (#91magazine_paperlove) for you to get involved in to show off your style. After all, if you bought stationery and didn't post a flat lay of it, did you really buy it?
4. It's not just about pretty living
Whilst 91 magazine features stunning interiors and encourages you to create your own, it is also conscious of the fact an Pinterest-worthy living room is not the be all and end all of life. 91 is one of many lifestyle magazine's out there but what sets them apart from the crowd is the fact that they are promoting a lifestyle that is actually achievable.
This is highlighted in articles such as Sara Tasker's piece about how if you stop constantly striving for perfection and start living a slower-paced life, it can drastically improve your quality of living. The cherry on top of this calming cake, Sara's article is accompanied by a beautiful, suitably tranquil drawing by illustrator Fran Murphy (above).
5. It contains my first article in print
My final (and to be honest, most selfish) reason for loving this issue so much is that is contains my first article in print! The little article I put together for the magazine is like a mini interview with Xanthe Berkeley in which she talks about the inspirations behind her colourful work. One of the best things about writing the article was discovering Xanthe's joyful Instagram feed - you can find examples of it's brilliance above!
I love blogging and have enjoyed contributing to lots of different online platforms over the last few years (including a guest post about incorporating illustration into interiors for the 91 blog) but I've also had the aim to get my writing in print for a while now. It seems very fitting that the first magazine I write for is an issue all about a shared love of paper!
Just seeing my name printed within the magazine was ridiculously exciting I can't imagine how proud the 91 team must be to be celebrating their first anniversary in print by releasing their third issue. Congratulations 91 Magazine and here's to many more!