Are you planning a holiday, renovating your home or even just hosting a dinner party? Whatever the project that’s filling up your schedule (and mind space) this Summer, these writers and photographers will help reignite your creative spark.
‘Making the business of everyday living not just beautiful but interesting is my raison d’être,’ says the Tennessee-born stylist and photographer Beth Kirby, whose tastefully designed blog features everything from seasonal recipes and table settings to interiors inspiration and ‘wander guides’ for curious travellers. Her reflections on the joys of motherhood are particularly poignant to peruse.
HAND LUGGAGE ONLY
Cambridge graduates Yaya and Lloyd launched Hand Luggage Only while they were still at university, eager to travel but struggling to find a forum for sharing tips and stories with adventurous peers around the world. Their blog does exactly that, with anecdotes and advice covering a wealth of international destinations, all illustrated by postcard-worthy photography. The action-packed videos are worth a watch, too.
THE ROLLINSON LONDON
Deaf from birth, Nathan Rollinson has never let his lack of hearing hold him back in life, instead harnessing his acute powers of observation to curate a blog that is all about capturing special moments, whether that’s sipping tea in Mayfair or strolling through the streets of Monaco. Populated by photographs of brightly coloured blooms, pastel-hued houses and elegant fashion, the site is designed for those who appreciate the finer things in life.
INTERIOR STYLE HUNTER
Budding design gurus will love Grant Pierrus’ brilliant interiors blog, which is bursting with ideas for how to create a more stylish home. It’s as useful as it is visually spectacular, with expert tips on specialist areas such as space planning, lighting and even plumbing. Interviews with other leading interior designers provide valuable industry insight, and there’s even an online shop to help you pick the right products for your scheme.
Image credit – Kim Stephen
Branded as a ‘London lifestyle blog’, Poppy’s website is a guide to making the most of life in the capital, from dining out to watching live music, visiting exhibitions or even trying your hand at craft activities. Her side venture, the Poppy Loves Book Club, is a superb online forum for discussing new titles with other avid readers, while beauty devotees will enjoy her exhaustive health and wellbeing coverage.
Article written by Frances Hedges