Homes and Interiors Scotland was always a magazine that seemed to concentrated on modern, generally city properties and although I like a spot of modern I am not convinced that modern reflects Scottish interiors. Well Homes and Interiors Scotland has changed, a lot and lying in the bath tonight I grabbed the previous issue and had a more thorough read of that one too I realised it was a FANTASTIC magazine these days and I stepped out of the bath quite inspired with sample ideas and colour schemes all winging about in my little brain. Now this is something that hasn't happened to me for ages, magazines haven't given me a rush in years and there was a time that I would genuinely be excited by the arrival of a new issue of a magazine.
I had become pretty jaded by interiors and lifestyle mags. "World of Interiors" Magazine can be wonderful, but some months is so obscure it bears no relation to anything and it is an expensive dud when that happens. Conde Nast's "House and Gardens" is too posh; "Homes and Gardens" is too samey and safe...all Farrow and Ball, all middle middle, all very clean. Finally Country Living...and just to put this in perspective Country Living is a very different magazine in UK than it is in USA - championing causes, keeping it green, discussing farming and genuine country life and I loved this magazine for years but do you know, I am bored of it. No not bored....it is a magazine that just leaves me deeply dissatisfied. The artfully arranged piles of old books on an objet trouvais with a single flower in a jam jar..well we don't have enough space for that and if I did I would forget about it and the flower would die and the jar would get knocked, the water would seep and drip and the books ruined; I know I was going to get hens...and I haven't because....because I lost momentum and I was trying to knit my own muesli, make compost jam and have indoor outdoor living that doesn't involve waves of mud and no laptop but I FAILED.....let's face it I am just NOT Country Living material. I don't think I can be bothered and while I love living in the country I am not really very good at all that stuff. I think I just like the country because my family and I can have privacy. Not to say I don't admire those that are good at it...my sister in law Katie Whitson is fantastic at it and tells it well on her blog http://vintagesquirrelkatie.blogspot.com/ sharing her jamming, gardening, revamping and her felting business as well as pigs, hens and wellie boots all done with a dash of style...
So this got me thinking about the fact that we used to look forward to a magazine and now...not so much. I was talking to a colleague the other day about how we used to constantly be looking for ideas in books. This was prompted by the studio clear out this week where I sorted out our books and rediscovered some wonderful books...I also found the yellow pages and some maps and a whole lot of other reference that I never use ....and I realised that for me all that is redundant for the most part because of Google.
I never get a calculator I punch the sum into Google; I never use the phone book I punch it into Google. I look for inspiration...yup you guessed it by Googling. Google Reader makes me happy...keeping me up to date with my favourite blogs. Blogs inspire...bloggers are far more likely to inspire me to make jam than Country Living Magazine these days. And it's not just inspiration that I head to the laptop for, I know that I turn to the computer before almost anything if I need help or advice. So where do I look?
If I need to fix my boiler, learn to tile a splash back, find out if my plumber conned me or what the best exterior gloss on the market these days is I go to Ultimate Handyman Forum http://www.ultimatehandyman.co.uk/forum1/index.php
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If I want help with something to do with decorative painting I head for a decorative painting forum. I am a moderator on Talk Faux the most approachable decorative painting forum on the net that will help anyone from the beginner or keen diyer to the seasoned professional http://talkfaux.com/forum/index.php
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But I had forgotten how good a really good interiors magazine or book was....so today I ran out and did a search (on-line of course) and bought this
and back to where I started...what was it I loved in the new issue of Homes and Interiors Scotland? Well there was the gorgeous limey, yellowy slightly dirty green chair that colour that I want to use for my kitchen, and some fab antlers mounted on coloured mounts ..I have some antlers and I want to do some wild coloured mounts for them
and a write up of the latest interiors books and the wonderful Tricia Guild, founder of Designer's Guild has a new book out and fabulous colour schemes in it ...I NEED that book
So maybe we should change our perspective...if you are locked into magazines, check the net...if you are addicted to blogs, try the forums and if you are happy herding hens in a purely Country Living fashion, welllll you are probably not reading this anyway because you are too busy and for those who think..."I don't know how she has time to go on the net all the time?" I give up a lot to do so. I give up TV (no hardship), but I also give up housework and not only that I give up to my husband doing housework....that's tough
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