Thank You Desire to Inspire!

Just dropping in to say a big heartfelt thank you to the lovely Jo and Kim at Desire to Inspire for listing The Library of Design as one of their "100 Blogs of 2011", alongside great blogs such as Vogue Living and one of my favourites, Field Notes – Your Guide to the Great Indoors.

Many of you may be familiar with Desire to Inspire, which is one of the world's top design blogs. I've loved it for years. Its design insights, ideas, profiles and stories are some of the best in the online world. I don't for one second think that this little blog is up there with DtoI or even Vogue Living, but it is nice to be recognised for the effort that goes into posting, even if it's only a tiny mention in a list of 100 blogs.

While we're on the topic of new blogs, and even great old ones, I'd like to list some of my favs, both here and in my "Kindred Spirits" Reading List to the left. I think it's nice to support other bloggers, especially newbies, and these are all full of great inspiration and conversations.

I'm looking forward to returning to The Library in a few days, and hope you'll like the line-up of posts for early January, including:

• Traditional Shelter Magazines vs Online Blogs (a different take on the topic, being that I'm a former magazine editor!)
• An Architecture Tour of Miami and the Keys
• Secrets of London
• Extraordinary Homes of 2011
• Linen Rooms, Luggage Rooms, Serveries and Other Curious Spaces
• City v Country Life, Part 3

Until then, have a lovely New Year's Eve!


Bourbon and Pearls –
Sweet Paul –
Spoon Fork Bacon –
Zucchini and Chocolate –
The New Victorian Ruralist –
Busy Being Fabulous – or

And this hysterical blog – 

"Trapped by the tawny palette, he struggled through yet another brown knit scarf..."

"Everyone always leaves..."

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