There are times when I could consider myself a magazine junkie, a "paper whore" of sorts. I go through spells where I buy every one that I see that looks like something I want to know or learn or just gaze upon. And then there are spells where I buy nothing, don't even venture by the magazine aisles in Chapters, grocery stores or pharmacies. Many years ago I never had to buy my own magazines. My sister was the ultimate "crack head" junkie of magazines. If there had been a title or an award she'd have won it hands down. When she passed away so did the lure of the glossy paper. And yet something strange happened. As if perhaps she had left that part of her soul to me, to realize that while I may have disdained magazines as frivolous reading because I was the more sophisticated sister who preferred to have her nose in a book, I am actually someone who does enjoy magazines...but really for the pictures, not the words!! Honestly? I look at the pictures more than I'll read an article but there are some articles that will capture my attention because I do want to know more about the subject.
One of my more recent finds, is "Flea Market Style" which I had been hearing about on other people's blogs and made it a point on Friday of going to find. And I did. And I sat and read it cover to cover and then dozed off on the couch thinking about more ways that I want to change the look in my home and more ways I can scavange for "junky finds" to bring new life to.
(I love this living room done by the Barn Boys - Summer 2010 issue - more on the Barn Boys on Friday)
Many of my friends love flea markets and find some gorgeous pieces (don't you Renate?) so I'm always aware of what is possible, of what can be done with a treasure left behind by someone else.
(with this being an American publication, I was thrilled to see that they include Canadian designers and collectors)
Flea Market Style has a blog which is filled with more ideas and behind the scenes information. Repurposing vintage to create something interesting and unique. And even if I never do...I have the vicarious pleasure of looking at what others have done.
(all photographs are from my copy of the Summer 2010 issue of Flea Market Style magazine)