I love the twinge of excitement I get when I see a photo in a magazine that sparks an interest in my decorating-obsessed mind.
For example, I was trying to relax during a pedicure and began flipping through the August 2009 issue of Southern Living magazine. My eyes were getting heavy as the therapist was massaging the arch of my foot.
I went from a relaxed state-of-mind to an inspired state-of-mind. It only reiterated my desire for this piece of furniture. And it was hard to relax again as I wanted to rush home and visualize the table in our foyer.
Reading magazines before I go to sleep is a routine of mine. It relaxes me and sometimes helps me drift off to sleep quite easily EXCEPT when I see an article and/or photo that strikes my inspirational nerve like this page from the August 2009 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine.
The fabric-covered drum on the chandelier is what caught my eye. It's Barbara Barry's signature fabric and quite a clever way to incorporate it into the eating area. I am truly inspired. I need to go to sleep but my mind begins to race with possibilities using this fabric.
Suffice it to say that I find reading magazines both relaxing and inspirational. I take huge risks reading them as a relaxation mechanism because you never know what you are going to see when you turn the page.