Before there were blogs to view there were magazines. I adored Country Home (so upset when that disappeared I wrote the company - to no avail). I had a subscription from 2002 - until it's demise. I have loved Country Living for over a decade. Remember when Country Living used to put out a separate Christmas Issue in October? Adored that and started haunting stores for it in early October just to get a copy as they usually went fast.
Here in Canada I have had a subscription to Style at Home for about 13 years too. So.... what this means is I had a lot of magazines. When I moved, 3565 km to be exact, it was a paid for move so I didn't care what I packed. Coming back home to beautiful Alberta was on my dime so I had to reduce the pounds. The best place to reduce was my collection of magazines. I'm sure I had about 100 + pounds. So before the chaos of the move set in I started cutting.
I discovered by cutting out the pictures of the homes that I loved it afforded me more time with what I wanted and less time being bothered by ads. I purchased two folders, 1 for Country Home and another for every other picture I had loved.
And I started to fill them. They are so full together they are about 9lbs!
I had collected some treasures along the way,
I picked up this brochure when I went to Shabby Chic (the Newport Beach store). It just has furniture in it but they all look comfy and soft.
As well I had this brochure,
This was for a beautiful decor store in Vancouver that has changed hands now. This store was in a large warehouse and these stairs are painted concrete. It was an amazing place.
Here's a peek inside.
All my stuff got moved in in early July and I have been unpacking and painting and then a few weeks ago I realized I had not found these folders. So I started opening boxes and peeking around and still I could not find them. I went to bed trying to remember where I had packed them (5 months ago). I woke up thinking I should check somewhere important. Sure enough, packed in a plastic container with family pictures, hiding at the very bottom, under everything precious were my folders - relief!
I had pictures of inspiration,
From Country Home, done by Michael Mead and inspired this:
and pictures of my dream house,