What do interior designers do in their spare time? Yes…many of us read design and home decor magazines!
Believe it or not, designers are always looking for inspiration – both for their own homes and for their clients’ homes. Home and design magazines are a great way to look for new ideas, products and trends.
One of my favorite magazines is House Beautiful. It generally features a variety of design styles, from the very traditional to the somewhat-modern. I always find a fun fabric or a new paint color to take notice of within its pages.
For a peek at homes with great historic details, I love to page through the latest issue of Old House Journal. For anyone with a home of historic value, it provides a great resource to new products – including those that look deliciously old. In my neck of the woods, many of the homes date back to the Victorian and Queen Anne periods; others stretch to the other side of the design spectrum with their Craftsman Bungalow details. The magazine provides inspiration for updates with an eye for a home’s historic value.
Because I am somewhat of a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to projects in my own home, I also love Better Homes & Gardens. I know…it definitely isn’t one of those highbrow design magazines that many designers subscribe to. That’s why I like it! I never flip through an issue without finding at least one project I want to try…whether it’s a craft project that I want to make as a gift for a friend or a new way to use wallpaper, I’m game.
Now it’s your turn: what are some of your favorite home design and decor magazines? And, what do you learn from them every month? Maybe I’ll find a new favorite in your comments!