Author: Caroline Rowland

Caroline Rowland has ten years experience in blogging, publishing and running a creative business. She first launched independent interiors and lifestyle magazine 91 Magazine in 2011 as a free online publication. The magazine is now published in both print and digital form and is stocked in over 150 shops across the UK and internationally including WH Smith travel, Anthropologie and Selfridges. In 2017 91 Magazine won Best Interior Magazine blog at the Amara Interior Blog Awards. Caroline's first interiors book The Shopkeepers Home was published in 2015, featuring the homes and shop interiors of independent shop owners.
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We made the move from east London to Kingston Upon Thames, then after seven happy years there and a new addition to the family, we stepped out further into Surrey to the village of Banstead, which lies just within the M25. London is still easily accessible, Brighton is a 50-minute drive away, and we have the Surrey countryside on our doorstep. The five-bedroom house we found at a great price was the initial draw, and I wasn’t entirely sure what the area would offer in terms of places to inspire and spend time, but luckily, I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the local gems and lovely spots all within a short drive. Here a few of my faves

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I must admit Mexico City hadn’t really been on my radar as a location to be added to my travel bucket list. But, when I had the opportunity to visit for a work trip earlier this year, I was pleasantly surprised by this richly diverse, hip, creative city. Steeped in history and culture, but with its finger firmly on the modern design scene pulse, I was wowed by its super stylish shops, beautiful eateries, photogenic streets and cultural venues. Here I highlight a few of the top spots I discovered that are a must for your Mexico City itinerary.

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In the digital age we are living in, it has never been easier to set up your own small business.  The internet has opened so many doors to those of who want to follow a dream of working for ourselves, and in 2017 it was recorded that there were 5.7m SME’s (Small and medium-sized enterprises) in the UK! In fact, for many of you reading this, you will actually be running a ‘micro business’ – this is one with under 10 employees. Lots of you may even be the only employee and have had to become a jack of all trades – buyer, photographer, blogger, accountant, marketing manager, web designer, social media guru, the list goes on.