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My eyes are peeled, darting around for design ideas while we renovate the Sow’s Ear.
I greedily read blogs, flick through newspapers and magazines, browse Pinterest and consume TV design shows; they all add to the grand master plans for our little piggy. Mwa ha ha ha!
But, you know, I don’t buy magazines as regularly as I would like. It’s mostly because I don’t think to buy them when they’re first released. Mags are usually relegated for my holiday reading as some sort of guilty indulgent pleasure.
It really is a thrill to devour a brand new magazine of your own choosing… as opposed to the dog-eared, out-of-date mags you get at the doctor’s surgery. A 2003 home mag at Dr Stan’s practice is not going to cut it, if you know what I mean? He makes a bomb too; you’d think he’d fork out for a subscription!
So, buying an issue of Real Living was probably the highlight of my week. I know…I know… I need a life! Ha!
It often profiles the homes of other design bloggers in their Real Homes section. The stylish Julie from Olive & Joy was recently featured and, I have to say, I loved seeing more of her home in the pages of a magazine.
This latest issue’s selection of renovated homes is a mixed and varied bunch, from quirky vintage to white and serene…a bit of everything to satisfy most décor tastes. I particularly like reading what’s in the mood board that accompanies each home profile. It highlights details like paint colours, hardware finishes and suggests furniture options.
Real living magazine is not snobby as it has different cost points to suit people of all budgets; from IKEA to Space Furniture, there is usually something for everyone.
With Christmas just around the corner the quandary of gift-giving can suck, especially as my friends and family seem to already have everything they need or want.
We’re big on giving others consumables (plonk and food gifts) or experience gifts (theatre subscriptions or movie tickets) and I’m thinking that this year could be The Year of the Magazine Subscription!
It’s not something that you’d automatically buy for yourself (speaking for myself, that is) and magazines don’t take up a lot of space. (I often pass on my copies to friends once I’ve finished with them.)
The best thing about giving a magazine subscription is that you can organise it online!
What do you think? Is it something you’d appreciate getting this year for Christmas or would you rather grog?
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