I think I mentioned t'other day about the stack of summer magazines that were sitting in a pile on my desk following my binge-read of them last month. Oh but they were good! In fact they were very, very good. The imagery between the pages of these magazines was sooooooooooo inspiring, I felt quite high and giddy on Visual Happiness after I'd been dancing through them all.
I do read my magazines you know, yes I do take time to read most of the contents. I read the editors letter, the articles, the lengthy shopping lists, the recipes. I even read the adverts. The words are interesting, but of course it's the pictures that really do it for me. I just adore that zingy feeling of being hit by wave upon wave of visual inspiration. I am quite addicted to it. So my magazines do end up with well-thumbed pages cos I tend to go back through each issue time and time again. Soaking up the visuals, drinking it all in, absorbing the feel-good.
Summer magazines are my absolute favourite. The June-September issues. There's something about the subject matter (picnics, holidays, summer gardens and breezy, colourful decorating ideas etc) that is very Me. I am most definitely a Summer Girl through and through.
So now that the summer season is over and the Autumn issues are in full swing (oh there is waaay too much brown in the Oct issues for my liking!), I thought I would share some of my most favourite, inspiring, uplifting images with you. A Celebration of Summer.
A few "Readers Home" to start then.....
This glorious home was featured in July issue of "Period Living"
A romantic retreat in June "Country Living"
A creative combination in September "Country Living"
July issue of "Country Homes & Interiors" featured the stunning home of the GreenGate owners. Oh my, that crochet BLANKET!!!!!! Swoon-tastic!
I love this jolly inspirational shopping page in "Ideal Homes" June magazine.
Now then, let me show you some of the features that I most love in this type of magazine. They mix general style inspiration with decorating ideas, then add in a humongous shopping list. In Country Living mag, these features are labeled as "decorating and design", and in Country Homes mag it's a more honest "shopping ideas" label. But whatever you want to call it, these pages sing with colour, joy, happiness and inspiration (and a dose of the Wanties)..............ENJOY!!!
Gypsy Rose inspired decorating and styling from "Ideal Home"
Matisse inspired interiors in "Country Living"
Outdoor decorating in "Country Homes"
Summer party time......
........with such lovely colours! (sorry can't remember which magazine this was, it wasn't one of my regular reads)
Country Homes made my heart race with this beautiful "vintage-style vacations" theme. I know it's all about shopping and is all very materialistic but....ooooooooo I Want It All!
Want want want want want.
I think this six-page spread in August "Country Living" is totally inspired. It combines seasonal feel-good with fashion, interior design and lifestyle. A total Aspirational Experience.......
Now tell me you don't want to Live That Life????!!!!
Bold, Bright and Beautiful, oh my GOODNESS. Prepare for your heart to soar......
WOW. Country Living totally hit my spot with these pages. Makes me think I could possibly do with more pretty florals here in the Attic, and definitely more red things. I love the red accents that pulse through these pages, don't you?
Did you enjoy that little lot???
Yeah, me too ♥
ps. Click on any of the above images and they should pop up in a new window and in a bigger size. Good if you want to scrutinise the detail.
pps. if you also swooned over the Greengate crochet blanket in the 6th picture, go and check out the fabulous blanket Jules is making. Oh, and there's also a matching sweet giveaway too. Prepare to drool.