Confession time. My greatest weakness….is magazines. And they are so damn expensive…but I can’t resist. Those glossy covers, and beautiful photographs, and exciting and interesting ideas advertised on the front covers alluring and bewitching me to dive in. My most recent guilty pleasure is the May 2018 issue of Country Living. Would you like to have a read through with me?
The cover – – oh my! The pastel pink and turquoise , the beautiful horse show ribbons, and the call to “Let’s Go (Bargain) Shopping” – how could I resist?
The theme for this issue is “The Thrill of the Hunt” – – definitely speaking my language! I have absolutely experienced a frisson when locking my fingers on a beautiful, or rare, or very, very underpriced. Country Living…you get me.
Page 8 “Editor’s Note” invites us to antique alongside Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett’s Instagram account @rachelhardagebarrett. While you’re on Instagram anyway, why not follow my account too?
Page 12 Sherwin Williams Ad written in tiny letters in the corner is a call to “Download our ColorSnap app for color inspiration in the palm of your hand”. (You have no idea how painful that was for me to spell colour incorrectly twice! LOL). I can’t believe the incredible features of this app – ColorSnap. These are heady times indeed people! I’m absolutely GIDDY with the possibilities!
Page 17 “Wild for Mint Green” yaaaaaaaaaaas! In the vintage world we often see turquoise and pink as the “must have”, but nothing says “retro” to me quite like mint green, in all of its shades. The gorgeous jadite tea cup filled to the brim with wild daisies made my heart skip a beat. And turn the page and there’s a handy guide to how to spot genuine vs. repro jadite with illustrations of maker marks. Alas, no jadite, but here’s a few of my recent finds in mint:
Page 22 “Polished Party Barn” My eye was immediately drawn to the collection of vintage hardcover books in the bottom left corner. But $59 per foot? I can copy that for about a tenth of the price – but I had to check out boothandwilliams.com to see what is on offer. Check this out! I am SO stealing this idea! Paper & String Books by the Foot. But if you think you can stand an explosion of vintage eye candy – check out the ColorPaks. whoa…I can even tolerate spelling colour and pack wrong to share that l’il linky poo!
Vintage books are irresistible to me. Pop onto Pinterest and poke in “DIY Vintage Books” which is TEAMING with dreamy ideas. I often use vintage books to style my painted furniture for photography. I’ve sold the books used in staging along with the piece of furniture a couple of times too, because the buyer liked the look so much. I also incorporate books into my crafting.
Page 24 Ellen Christiansen A short feature about the set decorator for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – a series which takes place in 1958 New York City. I haven’t seen (or heard) of this show – but I’m going to be checking it out! Okay …who am I kidding…. I found the first episode on YouTube and I’m watching it right now… OH THE PYREX!!!
Okay ….so that’s enough for one day. My mind will explode with all of the great finds, websites, images, and information in the first 25 pages. I’ll share some more of this issue in the coming days.
Please leave a comment to let me know what you think about this post, and if this sort of content is something that you are interested in reading. Also, are you as much a sucker for magazines as I am???