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Magazine Inspired Projects

One of my favorite ways to relax is to ready girly / homey magazines. Until my reading selection was forced upon me in high school I LOVED reading growing up. It's a hobby that I have lot and am trying to get back into. Although I am in my sorority's local alumna book club I try to do other recreational reading. The best thing about magazines is that they are low commitment when it comes to reading - plus there are lots of pretty pictures.

Currently My Favorite are :
Southern Living (sorry Elle Woods, THIS is the bible)
Better Homes and Gardens
All You
Ladies Home Journal
Good Housekeeping
Women's Day
Redbook ( next to Southern Living, my favorite)
Everyday with Rachel Ray
Family Circle
Eating Well

Occasionally I also will get a Glamour, Cosmo or a fun magazine called Southern Lady. But even though I am more in line with the Glamour / Cosmo demographic I just don't find them very interesting with their emphasis on sex, clothing and drinking. Sure, I like a good fashion spread but I prefer it to focus on clothing I would actually wear; which is perhaps why I have been trilled when twice now I have seen the exact article of clothing I own in All You and other pieces similar to my own clothing collection. Last night, I got a new thrill when I came upon this in Better Homes and Gardens:


This picture is from an article about designers and their decorators tip, allegedly this is one designers dining room. See that awesome mirror? I own that! I have mine as my bathroom mirror to give a little glamour to my morning routine. Call me super nerd but knowing that me and a BHG designer have the same taste just thrills me. Here is is in MY house:


Yes, those are Tiffany blue walls, color matched to the box thank you very much!

Here's a super nerdy secret: I aspire to be featured on the back back of BHG in the reader "I did it section". I really need to take a nice picture of my pink bar cabinet to submit. Here's a not so great picture taken with my phone:


Another project inspired by my magazines (ok fine, and Cam and Mitch on Modern Family) is a gift wrapping station. I'm working on turning the unused closet in my extra bedroom into my crafting area and this was stage two:



for the record, stage one was installing a curtain valiance to hide the stuff stored on the shelf above.

So yeah, I may not be cool and sophisticated enough for Cosmo but I'm having lots of fun with my magazine collection.

Comments

  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one "over" Cosmo! I canceled my decade + subscription last week. I just don't find it relevant to my life anymore and I agree, a "bargain" outfit in there is never a bargain and I would never wear 95% of the clothes they show. And I don't drink/party anymore. And all the "new and amazing" *tips* are just repeats and re-worded tips from the last decade.
    Love the mirror and the bathroom color! That's awesome!

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