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A Challenge

Posted on: January 18, 2011

It dawned on me this morning to ask our “Inside Scoop” readers to propose their own books &c. for a well-stocked Decorator’s bookshelf. So I pose these questions:

  • What books have you come across that were helpful, useful, or just plain fun to flip through?
  • What books did you just want to fling across the room? (and secretly wished to get your money back!)
  • Have you magazines you look forward to seeing in your store or mailbox every month/quarter?

I’ll start off with a magazine, which isn’t solely dedicated to decorating in any way, but always gives such great “hints” because of the homes, hotels, and businesses spotlighted in its pages: Bliss Victoria magazine. Now, I’m not talking the “over the top” Victoriana decor by any means; but fine furniture, tasteful decorations, the small welcome tidbits like embroidered linens and classic, framed family-silhouettes. Just starts the mind buzzing, don’t you think?

2 Responses to "A Challenge"

I love my vintage kitschy “Decorating Ideas under $100” published by Better Homes and Gardens in 1971! They have reprinted and updated the book many times since it was originally published, but I still get a kick out of the things I remember from relative’s homes when I was young…

You can find a funny commentary on it at the following page:

Hi, Ginger!

What a fabulous suggestion! People rarely think to look in family closets or on bookshelves for those treasures from the past. And sometimes those offering true retro-stylings generate some great ideas.

Your thriftshopromantic is also a sole right up my avenue. So thanks for sharing your finds with our readers.

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