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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

The Farm Chicks Show – June 6th

Have you heard of The Farm Chicks, Serena Thompson and Teri Edwards? I really admire these two ladies, both are so sweet and down-to-earth but also very dedicated to their work and fans. Their latest book, The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen, really brought me closer to them because their bios were written from such a genuine place.

The Farm Chicks


I was touched by Serena’s childhood spent living out of a hippie gypsy wagon with her family — I guess it’s easy to think that those who are “famous” got that way easily or perhaps had the ideal childhood with stability, a house and the picket fence and it’s refreshing to read the life stories of those who grew up a bit outside of the “lines” so to speak and still made it big. In fact, Serena attributes her success to her childhood.If you don’t much about Serena and Teri you may enjoy visiting their website to learn more. These charming “real” ladies are living their dreams — writing, recycling unloved finds into something functional and fun, traveling, sponsoring events and thinking up new ideas to present in Country Living magazine where they are Contributing Editors.

If you live in the northwest and are able to make it to the show, I suggest stopping by their upcoming annual event in Spokane, Washington where they’ll be hosting a show complete with antiques, vintage objects, handmade goods, and a curated selection of 130 extraordinary vendors where you can shop and find inspiration from the creations of others. They’ll also have a book signing on Saturday from 1-2pm during the event and will have copies of their new book available in their booth. If I weren’t so far away, I’d be there in a heartbeat because I’d love to meet these two and watch them in action doing what they love!

If you’re like me and cannot attend the show, you can visit them online via their blog where you are sure to find decorating tips and inspiration.

Show details: The Farm Chicks Show, June 6-7 at the Spokane Fairgrounds Plaza, Bay 1 and Bay 2 in Spokane, Washington. On Saturday, June 6th the hours are 10am-6pm and on Sunday, June 7th you can attend from 10am-4pm. Admission is $6, and is good for both days. They will be signing their book in the Plaza on Saturday from 1-2pm.

(images: the farm chicks and country living magazine)

Posted in Books + Magazines, events + markets on June 01, 2009

Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote

I’ve been an Atlanta Bartlett fan long before I started writing decor8, in fact it was her work through the pages of her design books that inspired me early on and was one reason why I started taking art & design classes. My current favorite book is her new one, Easy Elegance, photographed by the great Polly Wreford whom I’m profiled here in the past. It’s heavenly, I absolutely suggest picking up a copy and I’ve made it easy for you to find it because it just-so-happens to be the decor8 book of the week. You will cherish this one forever, trust me.

Atlanta Bartlett

Atlanta’s work as an interiors stylist absolutely clicks with me and my own personal style, when I look at the rooms and tablescapes she pulls together I always think, “Oh yes, perfect”. I frequently stalk Atlanta’s website but gave up awhile back since it wasn’t pulled together nearly as beautifully as her books and did not have much to look at — it was more of a placeholder for what would come… And now as I did another drive by of her site today, to my surprise, I found that her website was gorgeously redesigned. I am so thrilled to see it. I believe you will be to, it’s bound to make a Bartlett fan out of you if you aren’t already.

Atlanta Bartlett

I noticed on her site that she’ll soon be launching an online shop called Pale & Interesting. Sounds enticing enough… It also sounds like perhaps what I should call myself right about now with my white legs and arms. :) Atlanta currently designs decorative ceramics for The Big Tomato Company and those are available here.

Atlanta Bartlett

And.. if all that weren’t enough to qualify her for the title of superhero goddess, she also co-owns The Beach Studios alongside her husband, interior designer Dave Coote. Together they handpick locations and offer them as shoot spaces for film, photographic and television industries. You can view them here (prepare to drool).

Dave Coote

And speaking of Dave, who I must include in this post because like the saying goes, behind every good woman is an amazing man, he just launched his gorgeous website showcasing his portfolio.

Dave Coote

Dave designs rooms but something that really sets his work apart from the pack is that he also designs workshops and cabins out of reclaimed wood, made to order! Wouldn’t you love to order a craft hut or some type of outdoor/indoor atelier space?

No doubt you also have favorite stylists, decorators and designers. Who are yours? Please share them with me! :)

(images: atlanta bartlett, photography by chris everard, polly wreford and penny wincer)

Posted in Books + Magazines, designers, inspiration on May 27, 2009

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