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Last week I shared a few inspiring blogs, designers and books.  I meant to include magazines that consistently spark DIY decorating ideas in my head but, somehow, the week ended abruptly.  In the words of my two-year-old, “Sorry ’bout dat.”  I simply cannot leave out glossies.  I get so excited when new issues arrive in the mail and can’t wait until the kiddos are in bed at night, so I can devour them {the mags not the kiddos}.  Here are a few glossies that we refer to time and time again when making our house a home.

Better Homes & Gardens – No surprise here.  This magazine has and will be around for ages.  It appeals to designers and everyday homebodies alike including articles on decor, food, family life and gardening.  I especially like the “I Did It!” page at the end of every issue featuring a homeowner who took the renovation or redecoration of their space into their own hands to save money and create something unique.  BHG is a great source for DIYers, homemakers and people with careers that don’t necessarily relate to design.  Total motivation.

{Happy Saint Patty’s Day!  You like my censored address label?}

House Beautiful – Oh, House Beautiful, how you get me dreaming.  Unless I win the lottery {which isn’t likely to happen since I don’t play}, I’ll probably never own anything ever shown in the pages of this high-end glossy.  And that’s just fine with me.  So what does HB do for me?  Instead of getting pouty about all the stuff I’ll never have, I study this glossy page for page taking cues from the pros, dumbing it down and putting my own spin on things.  It’s a great source for color schemes, room moods and furniture placement.  I especially enjoy the house tours which include an interview with the interior designer. They always talk about the shortcomings of the space and how they ‘fixed’ it.  There are usually a few tricks I learn and take away from reading the designer interviews.

Flor – I guess technically this is a catalog.  But it’s one that I’m always surprised by.  Who knew a carpet tile product catalog could be so inspiring?!  The styling, vignettes and colors are creative and part of the not-so-overexposed side of design.  I love finding inspiration from unexpected sources!

The Family Handyman – This is for all you{r} Handy Hubby’s out there!  Mine included.  I can’t lie. I don’t read this magazine but Handy Hubby does and loves it.  He’s found countless little DIY tips along with ideas for making large scale projects easier and more doable in this glossy.  {Can I call a handyman magazine ‘glossy?’} And since Handy Hubby is half of the team over here, the information given in this magazine ends up in the designing aspects of our home at some point. What usually happens is I get a crazy idea for a decor project and Handy Hubby says something like, “Oh, I could use the {insert applicable product, tool or method here} like I saw in Family Handyman!”  Then he refers to the mag for advice and resources.  It’s a great way to get my better half involved in and excited about home decor and home improvement.

Lonny Magazine – This FREE online glossy {that can be printed for a price if you’d like} is simply scrumptious.  It’s pretty evident that it was founded by a designer and photographer duo.  The images offer inspiration galore and focus on independent thinking and individual style.  I like different.  Lonny is a great way to expose yourself to new design ideas that are a spin-off of the traditional.

Those are the glossies that get my wheels turning when I’m contemplating design in my own home. I try not to copy what I see but, rather, change it up into something I can afford and/or DIY.  If these subscriptions are too pricey for you add ‘em to your birthday or Christmas wish list…that’s what I do.  You can always check out each mag’s website {as linked above} at no cost for just as much inspiration. Again, as with inspirational books, I would encourage you to read the material offered in these mags – not just peruse the images.  There’s so much info in the text.  Check out the back of magazines for paint, furniture and accessory resources…very helpful if you find something you really like.

You may have noticed that all of the images I showed above aren’t from current issues.  There’s a reason.  They’re some of my favorite issues.  Once I finish an issue, I make a cut-throat decision to keep it {or a page or two from it} or get rid of it.  I just don’t have the space to keep every single issue I read.  If it’s a particularly inspiring issue, I’ll find a place for it on my bookshelf.  If not, I’ll usually tear out a page that I want keep for future reference then pass the rest of the magazine on to a friend/family member or toss it in the recycling bin.  It keeps me and my inspiration folder focused.

Here are a few other glossies that I regularly receive or sometimes buy and find helpful:

What are some of your favorite go-to magazines or catalogs?

images:  1-4) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking  5) Lonny Magazine

16 Comments

17.March.2011

I LOVE your glossy picks. Hands down, Better Homes and Gardens is my fav. A while back, it was sometimes considered on the frumpy side, but no more! More modern, livable and REAL these days!

And Real Simple, while being more about making life better in general, can have some pretty good inspiration for decor as well.

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17.March.2011

So exciting to see the FLOR catalog in your selection!! I always loved their catalogs and was always so inspired – so much so that now I write for their design blog, Musings (www.flor.com/blog)! You should check it out!

–Miriam – who is blatantly hawking, but knows you’ll find something to love there :)

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replied on March 17th, 2011

Coasting anon – Hawking is a-ok…especially when new design blogs are mentioned!

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I too love FLOR for inspiration! I wish they listed sources for items, though. So many great, unique pieces are in that little catalog. Thanks for sharing!

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replied on March 17th, 2011

Amanda – A Flor source list would be phenomenal!

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17.March.2011

my kids used to call any catalogue a ‘magazine’, but Flor is the only one that I feel that same way about :)

Cottage Living was my favourite, boohoo. Canadian House and Home is another great one to check out (www.houseandhome.com)

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replied on March 17th, 2011

Carole – Cottage Living and Canadian House and Home are great sources of inspiration as well. Love them!

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17.March.2011

The first two were totally in my top 5 as well but the last three…hark {are those angels I hear?} I’m so excited to check them out!! Thanks for the great recommendations.

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17.March.2011

Glad to know I’m not the only one who pages through the Flor catalog like it’s a design mag!

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17.March.2011

West Elms catalogue has been inspiring me lately. I feel like they added a “apartment therapy,” look into their designs recently. I like the two together!
And I also like to view Restoration hardware and pottery barn. I like Real Simple also.

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I love House Beautiful, most of the BHG ones, Ikea’s catalog, actually a lot of the catalog’s I get have some sort of inspiration in them, Cottage Living.

I actually get the Family Handyman for my hubby and we both read through it. He loves it and has found soooo many different things helpful. Love that mag!!!

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17.March.2011

House Beautiful is my absolute favorite read! Always great inspiration and I love finding ways to incorporate the ideas shown even within tight budget constraints.

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17.March.2011

I tend to think of Better Homes and Gardens as being too frou-frou and not for young and hip people, mostly because my mom got it when I was growing up, and I guess those were the styles back then. But maybe I should give it another chance!

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17.March.2011

House Beautiful has become a recent favorite of mine as well. I’ve always liked Better Homes and Gardens and now I LOVE my issues of BHG 100 decorating ideas under $100 and BHG Storage. I look at these over and over again!

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17.March.2011

We love BHG and Family Handyman too. Somehow I signed up for two years of Traditional Home and couldn’t wait until it was done. The style just didn’t inspire me at all.

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23.March.2011

The most recent Home Decorators Collection Catalog has a lot of great rooms in it…

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