We at Linenbeauty know that you care about your home. You want great quality furnishings and fittings that will stand the test of time, not following fleeting fads. You love the look and feel of linen and natural fabrics, the sense of calm created by clear uncluttered spaces and you understand the impact that our surroundings has on our wellbeing. But you also know it’s not always possible to live in an immaculate house, that life does come with inevitable clobber and that striving for perfection is not necessarily a good idea. Which is where a bit of magazine escapism comes in.
We love to curl up of an evening with some glossy magazines and a pot of tea and imagine ourselves into another world. Interiors magazines are good sources of ideas, as well as a fun way to nose about in other people’s spaces. Sure, browsing online is fun and handy, but there’s something far more pleasurable about print copies – the smell of the ink, the vividness of the images, the fact that you can stash them in your bag or read them in the bath. Reading print versions is also a chance to give yourself time away from screens, from the distractions of Pinterest rabbit holes and social media notifications. Making time in your day or weekend for some quiet reading is a proper treat.
So, pull up a comfy chair, light a candle and nestle down with a cosy blanket and a pile of fabulous magazines. Here’s our edit of the best independent homes and interiors magazines.
Launched in 2011 by Caroline Rowland 91 Magazine aims to showcase aspirational yet attainable interiors. The aesthetic is a mix of vintage and contemporary, with an emphasis on stylish crafts and top quality features. 91 combines all these things into one beautiful package that feels accessible and grounded, without compromising on content and quality. Rowland’s mission is that: ‘Every page aims to inspire the space that surrounds you, the life that you’ve created and the things that you love.’ There’s also an online blog and e-zine for those who prefer digital content.
Artichoke is an Australian publication with an interior architecture and design focus. It combines arty photography with interesting features on design for those with an interest in the bigger picture in interiors. Great for anticipating new trends and for getting inspired about how you can use your space at home or at work. The latest issue (it comes out four times a year) is all about colour – how it’s used in design and the psychology behind it. As well as a particular theme you’ll find plenty of reviews and profiles of people helping to shape the design of the future. The layout is stunning, with plenty of white space and carefully positioned text alongside amazing photography. One for the design connoisseur.
Another design-focussed interiors magazine, Frame hails from the Netherlands. It is published every two months and contains in-depth features on aspects of design in everyday life, from healthcare to technology. Full of fascinating interviews with pioneers in interior design, Frame has its finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary innovations and gives a wonderful wider perspective on everyday things, from fabrics to the spaces we live in.
Breathe really is like a breath of fresh air. With an emphasis on creativity, mindfulness and wellbeing, Breathe is perfect for those of us trying to incorporate aspects of slow living into our everyday lives. Whilst it is more of a general lifestyle magazine than a specific homes and interiors mag, it does feature ideas for decorating and improving our homes and it chimes perfectly with the ethos here at Linenbeauty. Definitely one to read when you are feeling frazzled and in need of a dose of tranquility and nurturing.
This is one for lovers of all things Scandi (and who, frankly, isn’t?). Filled with beautiful pared-back interiors belonging to designers and ordinary people alike, there is always something to fall in love with and inspire in each issue of Rum. Read it if you like peeking into other people’s exquisite homes, learning more about the concepts and history of design and reading about the lives of interesting creatives.
How about you? Any favourite reads to recommend? We are always on the hunt for more interiors inspiration.