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Introducing Lonny Magazine

Have you heard the news? Lonny (decorating/lifestyle mag) is soon to hit the web in September with a new online magazine rounding up the best of the best editors, designers, artists, bloggers and friends. Designer Michelle Adams of Rubie Green just announced it — you can read more about it over at Rubie Green. Yay!

Coming Soon: Lonny

Sounds pretty exciting, I can’t wait to see what inspiration they have in store for us! I’ll try to post the link as soon as they launch, so stay tuned..

Congrats Michelle and Patrick — go get ‘em!

(image: lonny magazine)

Posted in Books + Magazines on July 02, 2009

Coastal Living Magazine

Show of hands, how many of you read Coastal Living magazine? I receive it monthly and do the normal flip-through, if I like something I stop and if not, it ends up going to my friend who is crazy about the magazine. I like Coastal Living but most of the time I can’t get into it. Lately though, the tide (he he) has changed. I’m starting to spend more time with each issue and not so easily handing it over to my pal. This month, she is definitely NOT getting it because I found lots of goodies — most of which will be used in my inspiration folders or books because the spreads in the June 09 issue are lovely.

Coastal Living Magazine

Coastal Living Magazine

I highly suggest picking up a copy and checking out page 20 (Sally Bartz spread), 26 (Beachy Boho product round up), 44 (delicious living room), 50 (lovely bedrooms), 52-58 (killer kitchen & laundry room reno), 61-64 (LaJolla, CA highlights) , 66-70 (Providence, RI travel feature), I laugh as I write this because I think that about sums up the entire issue… and my favorite — a vacation home in Georgia that is over-the-top gorgeous in mostly turquoise, white and lime green. You will die twice, I swear! Here’s a peek:

Coastal Living Magazine

Can we discuss this kitchen for a moment? I mean, yowser! Pinch me already. How cute is that Smeg, and it’s turquoise! And the tile, and the art, and let’s not overlook the light fixtures, or all that perfectly styled pottery… My kitchen is so jealous of this kitchen. This is the Kate Moss of kitchens, agree?

Coastal Living Magazine

And the bedroom. Ah, the bedroom. May I please do a landing jump on that bed after taking a shower from lounging on the beach all day? I would absolutely mess up all of those starfish pillows, and possibly drool on the cover from being so blissed out by the entire experience (the beach! the house! that Smeg we discussed earlier!) but I can’t imagine doing much else in that bedroom expect laying on that bed with a big cheesy grin on my face.

Coastal Living Magazine

Now to let you down with this horrible view and outdoor eating space. Sorry, I know this disappoints you. The bedroom was divine and the kitchen surreal (even Martha Stewart can’t touch this house) but like with every home, there’s always something to whine about and it’s usually the neighbors or the lousy view of someone else’s brick wall or a really bad alleyway. Same goes for this home, complete with this painful view of THE MOST GORGEOUS BEACH ever. Sigh.

Their Nova Scotia travel pages are wonderful, makes me want to take a ferry from Maine (something I’ve long wanted to do) to go there. Oh and on pages 90-97 is one lovely home that is one that I can imagine living in myself, here’s a snap of it below…

Coastal Living Magazine

Coastal Living Magazine

I want every pillow on this sofa. All of them. And the rug. And the pink rocker. And the art.

Sorry for my rubbish photos, I photographed my actual issue — but I think this glimpse will entice you enough to go out and grab your own copy because seriously you’d be missing out if you didn’t. And no I don’t work for Coastal Living magazine, but I do love me some good design! :)

(images: coastal living)

Posted in Books + Magazines on June 11, 2009

Mag Love & Subscriptions

Do you subscribe to your favorite magazines? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because I want to show more support for some of my favorites so they’ll continue to thrive but also I need to figure out which ones I can’t live without so I can subscribe to them once I move. Currently I receive only US mags like Cookie, Real Simple, Coastal Living, Martha Stewart Living and Sunset magazine. Which ones do you receive by mail?

Skona Hem

Of course, I hit Barnes & Noble for Elle Decoration, Livingetc and a few other international favorites as well. Thing is, once I’m on the other side of the pond I’ll no doubt want to tap into more magazines there — I’m thinking VTWonen, Living & More, Luna, Milk, Marie Claire Idees, 101 Woonideeën and Living At Home to name a few.

Skona Hem

Skona Hem

I’m also thinking of subscribing to Notebook and Real Living in Australia because both are exceptional magazines and I love Aussie style plus I need some mags in English! I’m also considering Martha Stewart Living so I can stay in the loop when it comes to Martha’s world (although the international subscription rate is reallllyyy expensive) and I’m most certainly looking at Skona Hem from Sweden. Looking at these images, all from Skona Hem, I think I already know what one of my choices may be since I certainly can’t subscribe to all of them.

Skona Hem

Skona Hem

As I said, I cannot subscribe to all of these titles since I’ve not won the lotto or anything, so I’m trying to decide on only five. Any suggestions from personal experience?

(images: skona hem)

Posted in Books + Magazines on June 08, 2009

Canadian House & Home

Do you browse (aka stalk) magazine websites? Add Canadian House & Home to your hit list – it’s my new Domino when it comes to an amazing design website in North America, in English. Their design galleries are gorgeous and so well organized! I was reminded of them while reading Four Walls and a Roof earlier this week and wanted to make sure to mention not only this lovely blog but House & Home too where you can find gorgeous spaces like thes to inspire some of your decorating choices. I started reading H&H over ten years ago when they were first available at my local Barnes & Noble and have been a loyal reader ever since — they never cease to deliver gorgeous rooms and accessible design.

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home

I’m seriously loving all of this turquoise and yellow and these gorgeous bathrooms!

(images: canadian house & home)

Posted in Books + Magazines, Decorating Tips on June 05, 2009

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