Monday, April 19, 2010

How do you get inspired?

Hello, my name is Katy and I have a major problem... magazines. I subscribe to a whoooole bunch of them and I totally love them all! I have always been a major bookworm, but with kids it is really hard. I am a read until you finish it, sucked in, zombie like book lover. This does not mix well with mothering small children who cannot be unsupervised and ignored for long periods of time.
Enter the magazine. These wonderful, colorful, fun mini reading escapes will never replace books for me but they sure are good for right now. The side benefit of my magazine addiction is the inspiration that comes with it. I get so many great ideas, recipes, and advice that I had to start a binder to keep all the pages I rip out.

For a while I tried to keep the magazines themselves, but the hoarding show on HGTV cured that impulse. I spent last night going through the April stack of mags and ripping out the stuff I had to have before passing them on to others. So here are a couple of my very favorite things from this round of magazines:

1. This Huge Daybed/Porch Swing from Southern Living. I really want this swing on my front porch. I may never come in the house again. Until July.

2. House Beautiful gives expert advice on Wood Care. I love my wood floors, this has some good advice.

3. This is not from this round of magazines, but is a decorating inspiration example. We did a lot to our house before we moved in. I have not gotten to window treatments yet, but thought my sweet neighbors would appreciate not having to see me stand at the kitchen sink with my glasses and bed head every morning as they left for work. Solution from a magazine- hang napkins as curtains on a cheap-o rod.

So, my question is, where do you find inspiration? If you want to try magazines, just give me a call. I will share!

1 comment:

  1. Totally agree about magazines being great for mini-reading! I have been known to get in the carpool lane at Miguel's school extra early, so that I can roll down the windows and have 30 minutes to read a good magazine. I l-o-v-e Southern Living! I also "borrow" a lot of ideas from Pottery Barn, and recreate them on a more reasonable budget ;-) By the way, I really enjoy your blog, Katy!