Some Inspiration

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As the first days of 2012 roll by, I thought I'd share a bit of inpsiration that has come my way.

I was really delighted to find a new magazine! As a lifelong magazine-a-holic, and former magazine adveriting director, I am always thrilled to find a new magazine to tuck into. And it is a sad state of affairs these day, at the newsstand. We used to have a really good shop in town that carried dozens of great titles and many, many foreign publications. Inspiration abounded and the gratification was immediate. Now, not so much. It's slim pickings and I think the expense for shops to carry a breadth of national and foreign titles has just gotten beyond the reach of most indie shop owners. So when I saw that there was a new magazine of "style and substance" available, I instantly subscribed.

I'm a paper girl, through and through, so I will eagerly await it's arrival in my post box. If however, you  just can't wait…they have a digital version! Anthology is both a blog and a magazine – how great is that!! The brainchild of two very acoomplished publishing mavens, Anh-Minh Le and Meg Mateo Ilasco (read their bios here) had a vision to create a publication that was a "shelter and lifestyle magazine that takes a narrative approach to its coverage of home decor, travel, design, entertaining, and culture." I think they have succeeded beautifully. Check them out and be inspired.

 

For the design geeks in all of us, watch this trailer for a film I caught on PBS about a week ago.  This documentary delves into the private world that Charles and Ray Eames created in their Renaissance-style, Venice Beach, California studio, where design history was born.Very inspirational and you get to see inside both their design studio and their home! Eames: The Architect and The Painter is available through Netflix here or check your local PBS listings.

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If you're like me and like to peek into other people's studios, you'll love Where They Create – a blog and a book! No shiny coffee table tome, this one gets in before the creatives have time to clean up for company. A fun and voyeuristic skip into the spaces of our tribe. Find the blog here and you can order the book from here.

Hope this jump starts some homegrown inspiration in your creative workspaces!!

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