I love reading home decorating magazines. They are great for inspiration. I like to see what’s available in the shops, and see what’s big in interior trends. I don’t follow the trends, but I love to read the magazines and gain ideas like how to display items, what colours work with what, how to arrange furniture, hanging art, and lighting ideas among other things. Sometimes I turn the page to find an amazing display that I just love. My brain starts whirring – how can I make this look my own without spending a fortune? It’s just a matter of working out what it is about the image I like, and what I already have that I can use to replicate it.
This page is from the May 2012 copy of Home Beautiful. I love the combination of the dark wood with the amber glass bottles and green foliage. I also like the natural elements of the bag and string. How can I make this look happen in my house?
I love dark wooden furniture and already have lots of it in my house. The bottles are vitamin bottles with the labels soaked off. I grabbed the largest leaves I had growing in the garden and placed one in each bottle. The amber glass plate was a bargain thrift shop find. The calico shopping bag and string picks up on the natural colours and textures represented in the magazine. The string was a lovely ball shape, until my Daughter Sydnee grabbed it when I wasn’t looking and completely destroyed it. But you get the idea! I think this picks up on the character of the magazine spread, but with a thrifty twist.