Letters of Note

‘Correspondence deserving of a wider audience’

Edited by Shaun Usher, Letters of Note is described by its founder as an ‘online homage to offline correspondence’.

Some of the most popular letters – and my personal favourites – include ‘Pixar don’t finish films’ – a letter written by Pixar director Pete Docter to a young fan, ‘Wilder on Wonka’ – a letter penned by Gene Wilder to director Mel Stuart, and ‘I like words’ – a letter sent to MGM Studios in Hollywood in 1934 by a Madison Avenue copywriter named Robert Pirosh.

NB The Letters of Note book comes out in October of this year.


Messy Nessy Chic

‘Blogging on the off-beat, the unique and the chic’

This blog was founded by Londoner Vanessa (Nessy), who upped sticks and moved to Paris. This means there are a lot of Parisian-based posts, but also plenty of fascinating insights – past and present – from around the globe.

Messy Nessy Chic is a sort of amalgamation of interesting discoveries from the internet, and details such finds as the history behind abandoned buildings, secret hideaways in congested cities, and clandestine Parisian parties. My favourite series of posts includes ’13 Things I found on the Internet Today’, which is published weekly.


Apartment Therapy

‘Saving the world one room at a time!’

Apartment Therapy was founded in 2004 by ‘apartment therapist’ Maxwell Ryan. Its mission statement, ‘Helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online’ sums up the site very well, and the readers’ comments play an integral role in further substantiating the articles. As well as Maxwell’s tips, reviews and ideas, the site also features tours of real homes and design projects and has a strong sense of kinship.

Although the site is very New York-centric, contributors hail from Canada, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, as well as the US, and there are still many relevant topics for a UK reader.

Three Apartment Therapy books have now been published, and there is also space on the site dedicated to food and recipes.