Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Hydrangeas and September issues



These days in late August give me pleasure: morning coffees, walks, mainly to enjoy blooming hydrangeas, slightly darker afternoons, and book reading by candlelight in rain or thunderstorms. Then there are the September issues. In my case, only one is a fashion magazine. The World of Interiors is as solid as ever; it always seems to leave me feeling a bit richer.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa, for the recommendations, I'll definitely look up the World of Interiors issue! Every time I've followed your magazine suggestions, I've been very satisfied. :-)

    I think I've also gone through a similar cycle regarding the fashion magazines. Nowadays I would rather buy the collections' catalogue than the separate issues, and then investigate further on style.com if something seemed interesting. At least with those two sources you see the clothes and the details – how many times the editorials don't even show the pieces, but some blurry black&white close-ups!

    Valentino was a revelation to me after I'd seen Garance Doré's video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VbneW-7w48) in which you can glimpse the details, the work of the seamstresses and the moodboard. Like they say, many times the silhouette will be very basic, so in a magazine it's easy to just turn the page. But once I realised how rich the detail is, the quality of craftsmanship just took my breath away.

    By the way, do all the textile samples mean you're musing over interior makeovers? I especially love the first cream/olive sample!

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    1. Thank you, Inga, for your comment. I'm glad my recommendations haven't disappointed. I thought about mentioning other magazines in the post but it was already so long. I was e.g. disappointed with the September issue of Elle Decoration UK, which has never failed to impress me. I only found a few pages interesting. Perhaps it only applies to the subscribers' issues, but pretty much all the house tour images were shaky, as if something had gone wrong with the printing of it.

      Thank you for reminding me of Garance's video, I enjoyed watching it again. I certainly would like to be able to visit the atelier and see the craftsmanship with my own eyes and feel the fabrics. I have never bought a collections' catalogue but like you, if I see something I like investigating further, especially the details.

      About the samples. I'm simply a sucker for textiles and these are all samples that I got from Fermoie. However, I must admit that I'm dying to have two old chairs that we bought in Antwerp upholstered. But oh my, how would I ever decide which fabric to choose!!!

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    2. Ooops, I forgot. The olive sample from Fermoie is a fabric called Rabanna, 100% cotton, production no. L-077. You fill find it under the dark green fabrics on their website: http://fermoie.com/product_colors/?color=dark_green

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  2. I love the fact that you're always inviting us for a virtual cup of coffee and a peek into your favorite magazines and books. It's like a virtual coffee break with a friend!

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    1. Thank you for lovely words, Igor. A virtual coffee break ... I have never thought about it in that way, but of course that is exactly what it is ;-)

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  3. And, I am now a fan of the magazine recommendations as well as the books. I'm so happy I've found your blog.

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