Anya Hindmarch must have had us magazine addicts in mind when she included this lovely change purse in her Fall 2010 line-up.
Entering a bookstore, my first stop is the newsstand. It's so gratifying when I'm able to fill my arms with stacks of magazines that will provide a design-obsessed mind with all sorts of inspiration. It's not-so-gratifying when I see the total of my magazine purchases at the check-out though, but I need my fix.
Subscriptions are more cost-effective, and I do have my fair-share of them, but there are some magazines who have their current issues readily available at the newsstand before the subscribers receive them. That disappoints me.
While traveling, I love to purchase local design magazines to get a flavor of what that particular region is doing with interior design. My rationale is the magazine is also my souvenir. Souvenirs that I actually have begun subscribing to.
Design New Jersey is one magazine I purchased on a recent trip. Their design style is very similar to my hometown here in the Northeast yet you get a flavor of other regions, such as European style as shown on their current magazine cover.
For $18/year, I decided it was worth a subscription to continue to view New Jersey's architecture, landscape and beautifully designed homes. I was also excited to discover that a subscription is offered through Amazon. Managing my subscriptions on Amazon's website helps me track expirations and process renewals with the click of one button.
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine is a true favorite of mine and have subscribed (via Amazon) for over a year. Ever since I began reading blogs, Things that Inspire in particular, I have been fascinated with the architecture and design of homes in the Atlanta area.
It is one region that I have not visited but I get the next best thing with this magazine. Seeing the great work of many local designers and architects have expanded my horizons in a huge way.
Architecture and home design is something I have always appreciated. With this magazine, it feels as though you transcend into these homes which is why I cannot open each issue unless I can dedicate the time to reading it.
Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine is another magazine I've subscribed to for well over a year (again, via Amazon). It's a region I've visited numerous times and have come to appreciate the Southwestern design aesthetic.
Last night, I read their current issue and was delighted to see the work of designer Caroline DeCesare of the DeCesare Design Group. I first discovered her work via her photographer-sister's blog and mentioned it here last November.
The projects I've seen by Ms. DeCesare are not typical Southwestern style. She brings harmony to each room with color and texture with emphasis on placement of every item within the home.
It was a delightful read.
When I began following the work of interior designer, Tobi Fairley, I decided I wanted to know more about homes in Arkansas. I'm getting a good dose of their region via At Home in Arkansas Magazine (they, too, are available on Amazon).
I've observed a wide-range of design styles from classical to beach-front to contemporary. The magazine has an active blog with photos that pop with design excitement.
Taking-in all the design perspective from these regions is like taking an inspirational journey to each state. And if each state offers a design magazine, I may need to save more magazine money.
Have a fabulous weekend!