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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

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

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