What do you know about Scandinavian design?
Designer, artist and writer Justina Blakeney is a self-appointed “new bohemian” and as soon as you see her blog with its jungalicious interiors full of plants, colourful killims, cushions and throws, rattan furniture and vintage finds, you will want to be a new bohemian and quick. Happily, the blog includes a shop where you can instantly purchase all you need for a gorgeous boho lifestyle. And for those who like to make their own things, there are DIY ideas that vary from next-level craft to a colouring-in page, plus recipes and inspiration for table decorations.
Stories and Objects
This website provides stories about craftspeople and artists from all over the globe, told through the objects they make. For example, meet the rose-grower from Iran, who produces his own rosewater and runs a museum that preserves the ancient techniques and methods of the craft. Or discover the centuries-old Kyoto company that manufactures and paints traditional Japanese kimonos. Some of these handmade objects can be purchased from the website. The prices are not cheap, but who wants to pay the lowest prices after reading about how much time and love go into these artisanal gems?
Anyone curious about what it would be like to be a hip mother in Brooklyn should check out LaTonya’s blog. The stylist and writer, with her tons of style, fantastic hair, two adorable kids and husband, live in the perfect shabby chic brownstone. But everything is not as perfect as it appears. LaTonya writes honestly about the challenge that motherhood can be, especially since her youngest child has special needs. Unfortunately, we can’t be her, but we can look at her as a sort of online friend.
Relax online: doesn’t sound possible, but it is! This (Amsterdam) platform by Joachim Baan is devoted to the beauty of cultures and presents stories and photographs on travel, fashion, art, crafts and oh yeah, cycle racing. This is not a website to rapidly click through – though you could – but rather a place to linger, to immerse yourself in surprising and diverse topics that you didn’t realise you were interested in (like cycle racing) and where you can discover new visual artists. Also great: the Printed Matter section, which presents coffee table books and magazines that you probably wouldn’t encounter anywhere else.
These days, when anything that grows is hip and everyone has a little veggie patch, there’s of course always someone who does it best. Erin Benzakein, of the famed Floret Flowers flower farm in the United States, is one such guru. Not only does Erin run the family farm where they cultivate flowers (they are best known for their multi-coloured dahlias) and create floral designs for events, but she also takes stunning photographs that she posts on her blog and Instagram. Erin offers lots of tips and tricks, including how best to capture a bunch of flowers on film. A delight to browse, whether or not you have green fingers.