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E D I TO R A N D F O U N D E R Caroline Rowland D E P U T Y E D I TO R Huma Qureshi S U B E D I TO R Sine Fleet DESIGNER Melissa Burgess B R A N D A N D A DV E R T I S I N G M A N AG E R Olivia Williams M A R K E T I N G M A N AG E R Shelley Welti

CO N T R I B U T I N G P H OTO G R A P H E R S Maria Bell www.mariabellphotography.co.uk Kasia Fiszer www.kasiafiszer.com Holly Jolliffe www.hollyjolliffe.co.uk Lauren McGlynn www.mcglynnsisters.com Celeste Noche www.celestenoche.com Martina O’Shea www.martinaoh.com Cathy Pyle www.cathypyle.com Safia Shakarchi www.dearsafia.com Kathryn Taylor www.kathryntaylorphotography.com Ellayna Wiseman www.folkbotanica.com CO N T R I B U T I N G S T Y L I S T S Sally Meier www.sallymeier.com CO N T R I B U T I N G W R I T E R S Melanie Barnes www.geoffreyandgrace.com Catherine Binnie www.instagram.com/catbinnie Christine Chang Hanway www.underplumblossom.com Hannah Clugston www.instagram.com/hannahclugston Meredith Cowser  www.onesocialgirl.com Colette Earley www.instagram.com/colettejoanne

Verity Gaida www.inspireandenjoy.com Jo Lambell www.beardsanddaisies.co.uk Emma Lavelle www.fieldandnest.com Helen Martin www.lionheart-mag.com Laura Pashby www.circleofpinetrees.com Kay Prestney www.instagram.com/kinship_creativedc Amy Shephard www.linkedin.com/in/amy-shephard-aa93842a Sophie Warren Smith  www.instagram.com/sophiewarrensmith  Kath Webber www.instagram.com/kathwebbercrochet Shelley Welti www.polkadotpetal.com CO N T R I B U T I N G I L LU S T R ATO R S Hattie Maud www.hattiemaud.com Rachael Presky www.rachaelpresky.co.uk COV E R I M AG E S Front: photographed by Kasia Fiszer Full feature on page 56 Back: photographed by Kasia Fiszer Full feature on page 42

A B I G T H A N K YO U TO A L L O U R CO N T R I B U TO R S A N D E V E RYO N E T H AT CO N T I N U E S TO S U P P O R T 9 1 M AG A Z I N E . ISSN 2398-2586  Printed in Wales, UK by Westdale   Distributed by MMS and Pineapple Media

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DEAR REA D ERS, Often upon meeting new people, one of the first things we ask is ‘where are you from?’ We are naturally curious about our fellow humans’ backgrounds, and try to build a picture of their life in order to know them better. We investigate whether they have similar stories to our own, or whether they are completely different - perhaps either reminiscing about those similarities or learning from each other’s differences. As we navigate life, both our roots and our experiences of the world influence who we are, as well as the spaces we inhabit and how we live. In this issue we explore ideas surrounding heritage and global culture - whether it’s the history of a building, a craft rooted in tradition, or being inspired by our own or other cultures when designing our homes and creative spaces. Don’t forget, we love to see your pictures of you enjoying the magazine, so please do share with us online using our hashtag #my91magazine. Love, Caroline x

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Contents 08

NEWS

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S H O P P I N G : G lo b a l s t y l e s t o r e s

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W I S H L I S T: G lo b a l f i n d s

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S T U D I O TO U R : L a x m i H u s s a i n

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H O M E TO U R : S i o b h a n M c Fa d d e n

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TA L K I N G S H O P : T h e K i n g a n d I

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T H E I N S TAG R A M E D I T: Wa n d e r

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WAYS O F L I V I N G : T h e m e a n i n g o f h o m e

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A C R E AT I V E L I F E : A l l i s o n S a d l e r

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P L A N T H A P P Y: C a r e g u i d e

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A WOODCARVER ’ S LIFE: Rosie B rewer

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H A S H TAG P R OJ EC T: P l a y fu l

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H O M E TO U R : S t ev i e - L e i g h Ay r e s

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C A F E TO U R : E s p a i J o l i u

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S E E K , I N S P I R E , C R E AT E : P o r t l a n d , O r e g o n

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H O M E TO U R : E l l a y n a W i s e m a n

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C R E AT I V E S PAC E S : T h e C h i m n ey H o u s e

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FOOD : Inherited recipes

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H O M E TO U R : R o n G o h

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TREASURED: Melanie Barnes

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C R E AT I V E E N R I C H M E N T: A c r e a t i ve j o u r n ey

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CO L U M N : C r e a t i ve r o o t s

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D I R EC TO RY

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N E W H A S H TAG P R OJ EC T: E x p lo r e

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K E E P I N TO U C H : 9 1 o n l i n e

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WISH LIST G LO BAL

Create a well-travelled home with these globally-inspired finds

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01. THE MEDINA A4 PRINT - £18 www.wearenomads.co.uk

06. BRASS BIRD DECORATION - £35 www.lespetitsbohemes.bigcartel.com

02. PINCH BOWLS - £8 EACH www.lusophile.co.uk

07. PATTERNED CHAIR PADS - £18 EACH www.theforestandco.com

03. PALM LEAF WALL HANGING - £32 www.peastyle.co.uk

08. BRASS PLANTER - £125 www.ellajames.co.uk

04. MACRAME LAMPSHADE - £36 www.iansnow.com

09. AZTEC EMBROIDERED CUSHION COVER - £39.95 www.housecurious.co.uk

05. TEIFITI BASKET - £148 www.anthropologie.com

10. JANUS GODDESS CERAMIC TRAY - £28 www.wagreen.co.uk

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LAXMI HUSSAIN STUDIO TOUR

Artist Laxmi Hussain creates her blue-toned feminist illustrations from her minimal, zen-like studio in London’s Wembley Park

Words: Emma Lavelle Photography: Maria Bell

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Known for her ethereal illustrations celebrating the female form, Laxmi’s work is instantly recognisable, with free-flowing organic lines and the strong use of a vibrant shade of inky blue, dominant throughout her art. ‘My work is a celebration of women,’ Laxmi explains. ‘I celebrate our differences, but also highlight that this is what makes us incredible, by painting everything in the same colour.’ In this way, Laxmi has created a starkly individual and feminist aesthetic, exploring diversity through varying body shapes and skin colour. She seeks inspiration from women who catch her eye on the street or from scrolling Instagram, and from nature too - elements of which fill her north London studio space. A MINDFUL SPACE The first thing to strike you about Laxmi’s studio are the floor-toceiling windows, which allow a soft, diffused light to flow through the room. Combined with the white walls and predominantly minimalist décor, this creates a zen-like space that evokes a sense of mindfulness. Her studio is largely white, other than the splashes of vibrant blue shown in her work and contained within glass bottles of ink. A large, cerulean cabinet housing original artwork is one of Laxmi’s most beloved objects – she purchased it second-hand, and has a fond memory of the previous owner remarking that it was going to a good home. ‘Blue draws calm in me. Its varying tones are so fascinating, and experimenting with different types of blue is what drives much of my work,’ Laxmi explains, reminiscing over discovering a bottle of blue Indian ink in an art store many years ago. There’s little fuss in her studio; the objects displayed around the room are mostly functional, essential for her practice. But that’s not to say that her studio is stark, or strictly minimal in any way. Laxmi describes how the natural woods and warm tones of her furniture add a hint of her home to the modern warehouse space. Her house has a similar aesthetic to the studio, but is scattered with more decorative objects such as glazed bowls and ceramic vases, inherited from her mother. A row of plants sits on the floor in her studio - in fact, there are plants everywhere, and there are small collections of rocks, shells and pebbles from her trips abroad. ‘Nature is a big part of who I am,’ says Laxmi. ‘I feel closely connected to it.’

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The desk chairs are two of her favourite pieces in the studio. She found a cane and chrome original Marcel Breuer chair outside a building, and fell in love with both the design and the signs of wear. Her other chair is from Ikea, and is perfect for sitting in when taking a break – ‘I can be on my feet for long periods of time in the studio, so it’s nice to have a chair to relax in.’ She sourced the table-top of her work bench from a hardware store, completing it with Ikea legs to create a surface large enough for her work. For Laxmi, her art is like therapy; her work the ideal way of unwinding from her busy days, but she also enjoys rearranging her space, moving furniture around, to create an ambiance that feels peaceful and calming, and doesn’t distract from her work. ‘One evening, I moved my desk six times!’ she laughs. SPACE TO GROW Laxmi moved into this new studio in Wembley Park earlier this year, upscaling from her previous studio in Queens Park. The old workspace was shared with six other creatives, her new studio is a larger, brighter room, enabling her to grow both the scale and size of her work. As part of a new-build development which houses 25 other artists in separate spaces, this studio has proved to be the perfect blank canvas for Laxmi. The whitewashed walls and concrete floors provide a simple backdrop for displaying her strong, bold, blue paintings. Laxmi grew up in Wembley and now lives in the area again. Having her studio close to her family home gives more flexibility for working while looking after her children. Laxmi balances her artwork with a day job in marketing and property management, and looking after her children. She retreats to her studio three evenings a week, after spending time with her family and when her children have gone to bed. FOR FULL FEATURE, PLEASE PURCHASE OUR FULL PRINT OR DIGITAL EDITION VIA WWW.91MAGAZINE.CO.UK

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The King and I TALKIN G SHO P

Amongst trees at the bottom of the garden of The Horse Guards Inn, West Sussex, hides a hand-crafted wooden cabin, the home to earthy interiors and lifestyle hideaway, The King and I

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Where did the idea for a ‘secret’ shop come from? My family and I had spent many happy hours in the garden of this brilliant pub, I had always dreamed of having my own shop one day and the garden at The Horse Guards pub is such a tranquil, special place. I thought it would provide the perfect home for a small shop hidden amongst the greenery so I contacted Sam, Ben and Misha who own the pub, and they were hugely supportive. What drew you to house your shop in a wooden cabin? I’m Canadian and grew up spending my summers on the Northern Lakes where wooden cabins with wrap-around porches are a way of life. They blend in with the natural environment and enable people to enjoy nature whatever the weather. I have always wanted to recreate one of these and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. How did you create the building? I was lucky enough to be put in touch with the brilliant woodsman and eco-building enthusiast, Ben Law, known for the incredible Woodland House featured on Grand Designs. We met over a pint at the pub and I sketched out my Canadian style wooden cabin idea on a napkin, he was immediately onboard with the project, so much so that six weeks later it was built! What lies behind the name ‘The King and I’? Because of his surname (Priestley), my husband was nicknamed Elvis in his twenties. When he started working in Formula One it was the name he was known by and he has always been Elvis to me. We work hard to support each other and to help each other to follow our dreams. It isn’t always easy but it lies at the heart of our relationship. Naming my shop ‘The King and I’ is my nod to him and to the fact it wouldn’t have happened without his support. Have you always loved interiors? We have spent many years renovating properties and I’ve always enjoyed creating an interior style that I love. When we sold the houses, our buyers always said how much they loved what we had done and asked to buy all the contents along with the building. This gave me the confidence to follow the creative path I had dreamt about. I’ve also always had a passion for travel, I like to bring home interesting pieces which make my home feel unique and help me educate my kids about the wider world; travelling as a form of education for them is hugely important to me. When I first opened, I was doing an upholstery course and would sit in the shop and work on a piece, people would ask to buy the chairs and often ask me to do up other items for them. It was a great way to get my upholstery done, to find new business and to fall into conversation.

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HOME TOUR

Stevie-Leigh Ayres

Words: Helen Martin Photography: Kasia Fiszer

A thoughtful, creative and bohemian style infuses the interior of jewellery designer and maker Stevie-Leigh Ayres’ Devon rented family home

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“ I LOV E THOSE DAY S W HEN I S TE P OUT O F T HE DO O R A ND I CA N SM ELL THE SEA. ”

In the two years since she first moved in with her family, Stevie-Leigh Ayres has transformed their two-bedroom Victorian home from an eclectic mishmash into a calming, light and airy space. Neutral colours, upcycled furniture and a relaxed feel combine with a strong connection to nature, to fill each room with a soft simplicity. ‘I would describe our home as earthy,’ says Stevie. ‘I’ve tried to make a very calming, fresh atmosphere, with a whitewash throughout and lots of green friends. The style is predominantly bohemian with touches of Scandinavian and industrial here and there, all focused around a nature vibe.’ Stevie lives in Plymouth with her husband Josh, two young daughters, Ruis-Lu and Indi, and Watson the dog. The family have always lived in Devon and love having the ocean a five-minute drive away, as well as being close to Dartmoor. ‘There’s a perfect balance of beaches and lush green landscape,’ says Stevie. ‘I love those days when I step out of the door and I can smell the sea.’ Before this house, and before they had children, Stevie and Josh were renting a big, bright, Victorian one-bedroom ground floor flat - a place Stevie loved. But the couple soon needed more space, which led to them moving out in 2016 and renting their current house, handily owned by Josh’s uncle. A touch of serendipity, as Stevie says it was proving very difficult for them to find somewhere that allowed pets, especially a dog as big as Watson! 58

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A FRESH NEW LOOK The house had been painted a rainbow of colours throughout; blue, purple, brown, cream, plus various patterned wallpapers. ‘The first thing we did was strip the wallpaper and paint it white throughout,’ says Stevie. ‘The house is quite small, so I really wanted that whitewash to let the light bounce around and make it feel bigger and fresh.’ This involved painting every single room, apart from the bathroom and kitchen. The most recent change has been pulling up the carpet in the bedroom to expose the floorboards, which are now also painted white. She continues, ‘If I had it my way, I would be knocking down walls and gutting out the kitchen and bathroom for a completely fresh start, with open shelving and stone basins. But, I save those dreams for our forever home, which we are currently saving for.’ Renting can be a challenge creatively, but smart styling and upcycling by Stevie has gently but powerfully stamped the family’s identity throughout. Her aesthetic infuses each room with life. ‘Almost everything we own is secondhand; from car boot sales, charity shops and Gumtree. These are the places we go shopping, not the high street!’ she says. ‘Although, I do love TK Maxx for their range of rugs and plant pots.’ She loves painting patterns onto furniture to upcycle them. ‘I think we only have one piece of furniture that is untouched in the house, the rest have been blessed with a paintbrush!’ FOR FULL FEATURE, PLEASE PURCHASE OUR FULL PRINT OR DIGITAL EDITION VIA WWW.91MAGAZINE.CO.UK

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B R I G H T CO R N E R

www.albertandmoo.com

www.artcadia.co.uk

www.brightcorner-shop.com

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Letterpress studio and goods for the study. Notecards, writing papers, announcements, invitations, greetings, gifts and art prints. A stationery aficionados paradise. 15% off all orders using code 91MAGAZINE until 31st December 2019.

Colour and design studio creating contemporary design-led wearables and homewares. Enjoy 10% off all orders using 91MAG until 30th April 2020.

Bring a bit of nature into your home with Bright Corner’s beautifully simple wooden LED lights. Made in the UK from sustainable birch ply wood they create a calm, cosy atmosphere. Enjoy 10% off using code 91MAG until 31st December 2019.

A lovingly curated house plants and lifestyle store in Lewes. Embracing nature and inspiring you to create a botanical sanctuary in your home. 15% off all online orders using code 91MAGAZINE until 30th November 2019.


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KI N D R E D + W I L D

L I S A VAL E N T I N E H O M E

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www.kindredwild.co.uk

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Handmade ceramics with glazes that make each piece unique. Handcrafted with love from a garden studio in South London. Enjoy 15% off with the code 91MAG until 31st December 2019.

An interior focused concept store for the modern, relaxed home with a curated collection of furniture, lighting, homewares and lifestyle accessories. Come to our converted factory store in north London or shop online with code 91MAG to get 10% off your first order. Expires 30th April 2020.

A lifestyle shop with a focus on the good! Every brand stocked has a positive impact on the world, whether that’s through sustainability, ethical practices or organic ingredients. Specialising in clean beauty, ceramics and vintage furniture. Use code 91MAGAZINE10 for 10% your first online order. Expires 31st March 2020.

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Distinctive homewares made ethically by artisans who support conscious consumerism. From home decor, textiles and gifts, every item is loved for its usefulness, beauty and provenance. Enjoy 20% off using code 91MAG until 31st December 2019, terms + conditions apply.

An online collection of beautiful yet practical homewares. Our carefully curated mix of vintage style and timeless products for making your home even more gorgeous. Enjoy 10% off with the code 91MAG until 31st March 2020.

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www.paperthinmoon.com

P E A S T YL E

P H OTO B OAR DSÂŽ

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www.photoboards.org

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Small batch and limited edition homeware and gifts handcrafted in the UK by independent designers and makers. A percentage of every sale goes to charity. 10% off with code 91WINTER until 30th November 2019.

A touch of Scandi blended with my love of natural textures and soft, simple tones - an online collection of products from around the world. 10% off all orders using code 91MAGAZINE until 5th November 2019.

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Find a unique selection of beautifully designed toys, gifts and home decor accessories that can easily integrate to a contemporary family home, whilst also creating an exciting environment for kids. 10% off all orders using code 91MAG, valid until 15th November 2019.

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Plant pots with panache! Colourful, cool, eco-friendly and all hand-painted in our UK studio. Each Pow Pot is 100% unique. Suitable for indoors and out. 10% off orders with code POW91 until 31st December 2019.


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SO P H I E H O M E LT D

T H E S U P E R S PAR ROW

WINTERS MOON

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A thoughtful collection of home and lifestyle goods to love. Find handmade ceramics, home scents, textiles and more sourced from select makers and brands. Enjoy 15% off with code 91MAG until 31st March 2020.

Bold, contemporary, affordable home textiles; throws, cushions, baby blankets and nursery accessories are all designed by Sophie, then knitted in the softest 100% cotton. Use code 91MAG for 20% off until December 31st 2019.

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A collection of handmade ceramic homeware designed to reflect a natural and relaxed aesthetic. Their timelessness make them perfect additions to any home. 10% off all orders using code 91MAG until 31st December 2019.

Kids decor brand with colour psychology at its heart. Designed for kids and loved by grown-ups, using colours that benefit environments and spark joy. 10% off your first order using code 91MAG until 31st December 2019.

Vintage and modern homewares with mid-century roots available online or from their studio in Chichester. The collection includes furniture, lamps & textiles. Enjoy 10% off all orders with 91OFFER until 30th November 2019.

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Preview Volume 8 of 91 Magazine. It is now available to purchase as a full 116 page edition in print and in digital form. Visit www.91magazi...

91 Magazine Volume 8 - preview  

Preview Volume 8 of 91 Magazine. It is now available to purchase as a full 116 page edition in print and in digital form. Visit www.91magazi...