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BH&G Do It Yourself Issue – Yay Bloggers!

I picked up a copy of Better Homes & Gardens special Summer issue “Do It Yourself” over the weekend and was so excited to run into two lovely bloggers there. Victoria from SF Girl By Bay and the cute little couple, Sherry and John, from This Young House. Here’s a peek to whet your appetite for more…

Buy This Issue! :)

Sherry & John

Sherry & John

Victoria (SFGirlByBay)

Victoria shown above in cute clothes (what else would you expect?) blogging away. Psst: You can catch a great interview with this lovely lady over at Shiny Squirrel today with some pretty photos since she’s changed her apartment a bit since BH&G took the photos found in this issue..

SFGirlByBay

Victoria’s uber chic space. This is so exciting, go bloggers, go! If you live in the U.S. make sure you pick up a copy to support these lovely members of our blog community.

P.S. Sorry my photos are a little fuzzy, the lighting in here today is horrid. I did my best. ;)

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines on May 26, 2009

Dujour Magazine

I really need to break down and shell out the thirty-six dollars this magazine will cost me because it’s making quite the impression on lots of my online friends these days. It’s called Dujour magazine, their roots are in America, and I’ve pointed you to it before but I’ve not included photos or anything. Just look at some of these spreads — talk about inspirational eye candy. I want the vintage issue quite badly as the theme really suits me…

Dujour Mag

Dujour Mag

Dujour Mag

Each issue is limited-edition (only 1,000 distributed worldwide) with custom wrapping and a special gift inside making the $36 investment somewhat easier to swallow. I think in America it’s harder for us to drop that kind of cash on a single magazine when we’ve been trained to pay $12 for 12 issues or at most, $4 for a copy of our favorite magazine. I’m interested to see if Dujour will be a hit here because of that or not. In Europe and beyond, it’s not so difficult to market a magazine like this as so many pay $10-12 an issue on average for high end design and fashion mags as it is. I have yet to see a copy so I can’t give a very good review, but from what I’m noticed around the web, it looks delicious and I’m intrigued. You can also buy digital copies — a full year is only $10 but a year doesn’t mean 12 issues, it’s 2 6 total (not 12) just so you know.

Have you purchased Dujour? What did you think? First impressions?

(images: first – the fabled needle, bottom two – dujour)

Posted in Books + Magazines, fashion + accessories on May 22, 2009

Sunset Magazine & Rosenow Floral Design

I think the best way to begin this week is to show some gorgeous flowers from Rosenow because everything in my yard and town is in bloom and all I can think about is going outside to collect wildflowers later today.

Rosenow


But wait. Before I talk about Rosenow let me first tell you how I found out about them. I’ve been reading a lot of Sunset magazine lately which may not make a lot of sense since it’s pretty geared towards California and the Pacific Northwest and well, I live in New Hampshire. Why bother, right? I thought the same thing when I picked up my first copy when Domino folded. I guess I felt desperate for a replacement magazine so I was grabbing at whatever title struck me. Though Sunset can’t replace Domino as both serve a completely different mission, it’s absolutely a must read for anyone looking for an inspiring lifestyle mag (home decor, travel, food, gardening, etc.) and I encourage you, no matter where you live, to give it a whirl. Sure, all those spreads featuring California this and Seattle that will make you feel a bit left out of the healthy, we all bike and live the good life club (ha ha) but Sunset is a bit transporting for a moment so we’re all able to indulge in a little west coast dreamin’. Speaking of dreams, it has a bit of that American dream (remember that?) attached to its pages still, you know the one so many think is dead now? Well it’s not dead, we still have dreams but they’ve changed a bit to fit the times and will continue to evolve as we move forward.

Rosenow

Sunset, at least to me, keeps the new American dream alive and well — I can’t describe how exactly, it’s more of a feeling I have when I read the articles. It feels authentic, it’s not pretentious, what they feature seems within reach and tied in to our dreams and values. The vibe is genuine and down-to-earth and I like that about Sunset. I think that, as a culture, that’s what we’re all getting back to a bit, don’t you? A yearning to make connections with others and to form lasting friendships, a focus on old-fashion values, making things ourselves, raising awareness, speaking our minds just a little bit more, building communities, taking what we have and finding pleasure in it — making it better even — without struggling to replace everything the second we tire of it. Including friendships and our home.

Rosenow

In fact, one such article that I particularly enjoyed, though short, was in their February ‘09 issue where San Francisco shop owner Erin Rosenow from Rosenow Floral Design was featured. She spoke about her passion for quirky and vintage-inspired design and she listed the must-have tools every aspiring floral designer should have in their work area. I felt like jumping on a plane to visit Erin and her shop to see what magic she’s making with flowers in San Francisco, I imagine she’d talk to me for hours about arranging the perfect bouquet. She came across as quite accessible in the article and I liked that, her love came shining through, and that’s a recurring theme I’m finding in the articles over at Sunset. There’s passion behind each issue and it shows.

Any other Sunset readers out there? What do you think of the magazine as a whole? Do you find inspiration there? Like it? Not like it? A little in between?

(images: rosenow florist)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines on May 18, 2009

Magazine Swap

I participated in a fun little magazine swap and my batch of magazines arrived yesterday; I was so excited to see these lovely goodies from Australia as I pulled them out one by one reading all of the thoughtful notes on each left by my swap partner. Thank you Martine from Green Olive Design — so much! Readers, if you’ve never participated in a magazine swap before I highly suggest giving it a go — it’s a lot of fun! Just find someone you can trust (make sure they have an established blog or business so you can track them down) from a country where you’re just dying to receive magazines from and go for it.

Wow! Thank you Martine!

The way Martine and I did it is that we listed the magazines that we wanted and then each of us purchased them – brand new and current. I paid the postage for my mags and she paid the postage for hers but we didn’t charge the other for the actual magazines.

I once hosted magazine swaps on decor8 (remember?) but they became so hugely popular that it was a bit time consuming for me to pair up people so I’m not longer hosting them. BUT, if you want to find a swap partner in another country, I’ve started a thread here at Kindred where you can jump in and talk about the magazines you are looking for and see if anyone has them and wants to do a swap. My personal swap rules are that all magazines must be brand new and from the current month. You can set your own rules though, it’s up to you. Have fun swappers!

(image: holly becker)

Posted in Books + Magazines on May 14, 2009

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