As an interior and architectural designer, I'm very visual and find I'm driven more by images and experiences than words. I'm much more focussed on blogs and books that have good pictorial content.
Because I follow so much in the design world, it's hard to narrow down my favourites.
Here are four platforms which influence me creatively and make me happy.
I keep up to date with Scandinavian trends via various sources but one magazine I love is Nytt Rom (New Scandinavian Rooms).
It's a magazine about Scandinavian design, architecture, interiors, and lifestyle.
I love the great interiors, stripped back rooms and amazing furniture pieces. Things seem simple by design over there, without the pretentious air you get in the UK. A chair may be expensive, but it's not bought for the cred of having a designer piece. It's just the norm.
Scandinavians recognise the value in good design and don’t scrimp when it comes to quality.
House of Plants
Something that features heavily in Scandinavian design is the inspiration taken from nature.
I’ve grown up in a home full of plants and beautiful gardens. My mum was and still is a keen gardener, and whilst I’m not particularly green-fingered, I love having my home filled with greenery.
I have an Aspidistra passed down from my Grandma that's older than I am. I have a Monstera too that originated as a plant at my in-laws. Now our whole friendship group has a cutting from it.
I love that plants can be passed on.
The reason why I especially love House of Plants is that it helps keep my plants alive. The advice is presented in a beautifully simple way, ideal for my level of understanding.
It was a perfect blend of contemporary styling and vintage pieces. The pop-up embodied all things Gumtree. What you get on there, the services and its goods.
They designed five different areas, all inspired by a selection of the styles available; Palm Springs, Country Kitchen (the bar), Victorian, late 70’s and early 80’s, and an outdoor laneway.
They seem to curate their online content with some of the best global interior and architectural design out there, mixed in with some great travel, art, and product features.
Does it get any better?
Another Home Blog
Another brilliant account to follow is Another Home Blog.
They're always bang-on-trend and source items from places you mightn't ordinarily look.
It takes the work out of finding that gift, shelving unit, cushion or wallpaper you were looking for or didn’t know you needed.