So Much Great Design Reading & Inspiration At The Moment

Hello friends. Today’s post is all about reading material.
First up, my guest post over at the wonderful Space For Inspiration where I am sharing my thoughts and ideas for the fall. (Thank you for the opportunity sweet, Swede Charlotta & splendid blog sis!). Hop over, when you have an extra moment!
And then over to magazines. For a while it felt like every design magazine worth paying attention to was folding and gone without a proper goodbye (Domino, I still mourn you!) . From there it might have been an inspirational disaster/void if not for the creative crowd of bloggers, that is all I can say! Then the  lovely on-line magazine Lonny, popped up and filled some of the space.

And the latest buzz in blog land is the most anticipated magazine – Rue Magazine (I really like the name), by bloggers extraordinaire – Anne ( I once won a giveaway over at her blog that made me giddy for a week) and Crystal. These two girls (with their teams) rock and have so many fun and creative things up their sleeves. Yes, almost every blog I follow has mentioned the launch of this on-line magazine, but since the vast majority of my readers are non bloggers – take it from me and follow this magazine!

Sweet Paul, food & prop stylist/blogger, Prince Paul, just lauched the Fall issue (second issue) of his magazine Sweet Paul Magazine. Another must-read with tons of inspiration. Be prepared to drool — literally.

And then finally. Ms. Grace Bonney (behind the one and only — DesignSponge!)  is getting ready to launch her design inspiration (hard copy) book this fall.  From what I understand this book will be a fabulous mix of design chic meets “real” people. I am so going to pre-order it! I will let you know when it is available.

Photo by Anna Wolf.

So, tons of more fun reading again and excellent on-stop shops for great design inspiration. (And yes, there is room for you all. Just keep on being creative and go your own way!). I could not be any happier!

I am investing in a good pair of new glasses (thick, square Prada, in case you are interested), since my eye doctor says I am going bi-focal.  (Yikes!) Then I will be reading in style again —  and with all of this lovely design material —  like a very content cat.

Hugs & happy reading to you all!

 Image no. 1, via Flickr.


  • I love Lonny and Rue and thanks for the heads up on Sweet Paul and Grace Bonney’s new book! Aren’t we lucky to have so much great reading material?!

  • It’s truly
    a whole new
    world, isn’t
    it Monika??
    I subscribe
    to Lonny but
    haven’t seen
    Rue or Sweet
    Paul….YET : )
    Popping over
    to see your
    guest post,
    xx Suzanne

  • Rue is great, thanks for the tip

  • Joe Clarke says:

    Thanks for the great tips Monika!

  • Delishhh says:

    Monika – I love this post. So much to reach, so many great idea. . .i just went to link to link and found my dinning room :) BTW did you know my middle name is Monika, don’t know if i told you or not.

  • Piper says:

    RIP Domino… but thank god for Lonny, right?! And it’s so nice to see some print magazines coming out – so excited that Lonny & Anthology will be offering print – I miss actually holding a magazine in my hand! But I have to say I’m just loving all these online mags!!

  • Love all these picks, of course, but you know I have a soft spot for Rue! Julie

  • Jessie says:

    I LOVE Rue. That dining room is absolutely lush and gorgeous; great photos.

  • Stacey says:

    Design Sponge-check; Sweet Paul-check. Have to get those two. Lovely post and thanks for sharing. Also fabulous post over at Charlotta’s today:-). xx

  • Oh Monika,,, my longstanding Myopia is recently eclipsed by my newly gained Hyperopia… bifocal are on the cards for me,.. I write this with my nose 2cm from the screen!!

    Now I must pop over to some of these magazines.. when I first starting reading blogs I spent many hours at Sweet Paul and had recently forgotten so thanks for that reminder…

    Have a lovely weekend.. xxx Julie

  • Style Attic says:

    Your guest post was a fabulous read!! I need to check out thiS RUE business, it’s all a buzz. I’m sure I’ll be hooked in a NY second :) XO, Kelly

  • Great post on Charlotte’s blog Monika! I just left a comment on it.

    Also, I totally agree with you about Sweet Paul’s magazine. I spent my precious evening last night perusing through the pages. I literally wish I could memorize every recipe from the mag. I’ll definitely check out Rue Magazine.

    Have a great weekend sweetie!

    p.s. great photo of you at the end.

  • Charlotta says:

    Yes I agree and I love all this new & inspired reading we are being given by the talented teams behind Rue, Lonny, Sweet Paul and many more. Though there is something so lovely about curling up in a reading nook with a cup of tea and a printed magazine, I so appreciate the digital younger sisters too!

    Sorry to hear about your eye trouble, but I agree, a little dash of Prada usually brigthens the day.. :)
    You will look wonderful I am sure (teamed with those boots from the guest post.. xx).

    ..and whilst on the topic.. THANK YOU for guest writing over at Space for Inspiration. I and my readers loved your Autumn inspiration.

    Hugs from Sweden
    xx C

  • kiki alvord says:


    Glasögon är kul då det finns en massa att pröva och billiga att köpa, för att läsa med i alla fall. Har just inhandlat ett par blåa runda hos Ebba& Jag på Hornsgatan den mysiga butiken du en gång rekommenderade stod med ett par knallrosa fyrkantiga med i handen men alla tyckte de blå var roligast.
    Var hos min kompis hos Kristina Knalls galleri längre ned mot slussen.
    I just LOVE to be home!

  • Carole says:

    Hi Mon,
    I’ve been so rushed off my feet lately I haven’t even had a chance to look at Rue magazine. I must be the only blogger on the planet to say that!
    Have a lovely weekend.

  • Tina says:

    Hi Mon!
    Lots of great tip on this one. I have to check all of them out later on!
    Happy weekend!
    Ps. Loved your post over att Space…Ds.

  • Jenna says:

    Some wonderful reads indeed. Rue has me swooning! What a lovely new publication! I can flip thru it over and over again. :) Have a nice weekend Mon!


  • what would we do without our on-line magazines these days? So much fun to visit over and over. Now, I expect to see a few projects of yours there one day – or a space or two from your home!

    Mon, how kind and supportive you are. Thank you.

    Love, Donna

  • The Zhush says:

    New to Sweet Paul, will make sure to check it out! Hope you are enjoying your weekend, will check out your guest post next! xx

  • i know, how spoilt are we for great inspiration at the click of a mouse?! so fantastic. jx

  • I was pretty excited to learn about Lonny, over the moon about Rue, and now? Thrilled about Sweet Paul and the Design Sponge book. So much fun :) I cannot wait to pour over Sweet Paul more this week — looks delicious!

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