I love a good shelter magazine. No airplane trip is complete without a visit to the newsstand for handful of my favorite interior design publications.
But print magazines are a dying breed. Remember Domino or Gourmet?
The good news is that some talented print expats are taking the lifestyle magazine online. And with an iPad, you can almost recreate the sensation of turning the pages!
I asked my friend and talented interior designer Marcelle Guilbeau to share some of her favorite online shelter magazines. Like the print versions, each online magazine has her own personality. Read Marcelle’s insightful comments and decide to which you want to “subscribe!”
Marcelle is also a big fan of two very hip blogs, and she reads ½ dozen or so print magazines as well.
First of all, as a designer, my main point of reference for design research is the blogs, Design*Sponge and apartment therapy.
A “lens” onto the gritty-vintage-do-it-yourself (DIY)-loving street style that’s all the rage. As in, “That’s funky. Do I like it?” More and more, the high-quality, high-end stuff is getting mixed in with the soulfully DIY.
I’d highly recommend any design aficionado to check out Design*Sponge, as such a raw “lens” onto the dangerously new never seems to last (think of what’s happened to Dwell Magazine over the years).
apartment therapy (www.apartmenttherapy.com)
I’d say the same of this blog (it’s fresh, but moving towards being digested into the mainstream, so catch it while you can). What’s cool is the bloggers’ dedication to “sustainability” – looking at how to use your resources well, wisely, and with maximum effect. This blog is never too enamored with the hip and trendy. Apartment therapy is my lifeline to sanity as a designer – helps me keep grounded in the world we live in. But does so in a very lighthearted way that always puts a smile on my face…..:)
(I also regularly read the print mags Elle Decor, House and Home, The English Home, Coastal Living, Country Living, The Traditional Home, and W.)
ONLINE DESIGN MAGAZINES
Started by a gal previously with Domino Magazine (one of my old print mag faves, which folded in the recession), this is the original online design mag. It’s kind of a modern day Elle Decor (high-end, high design), incorporating some of the popular gritty-vintage-DIY-loving street style. Look for the latest in color trends, bold patterns, lighting, furniture, wallpaper, and boutique high-end shopping resources here. Occasionally seeing street fashion (messy drapes) in a high-end historic palais is fun and refreshing. Some of the interiors shown (yellow-painted crib to match floral wallpaper, anyone?) really are breathtakingly beautiful.
A lot like Design*Sponge – my favorite source for design trends – but more polished. It’s more of what’s already “now”, less of the really street-cool. Rue is great, however, for seeing lots and lots of variations on the cool and trendy. Leans toward a mod-minimalist-whimsical-breezy aesthetic.
High Gloss (www.highglossmagazine.com)
This one is really dedicated to fashion. It’s W Magazine’s fashion-meets-decor kid sister. Really explores the links between clothing fashion (women’s!), exotic travels, and interior design trends. Very boutique and high-end. Does a great job profiling the hottest designers.
Self-billed as a “field guide to a charmed life”, Matchbook is more of a lifestyle magazine with a lot of romantic nostalgia for the days of Holly Go Lightly – its glamour and gentility. The interior design that’s featured is more about individual furniture and accessories, and less about how you might put it all together and live in it. You could say that Matchbook really is the Millennials’ answer to W Magazine. Although I don’t e-subscribe to the magazine, I do follow it on Pinterest (pinterest.com).
These magazines, with the exception of Rue, lean heavily towards the fashion side of interior design. But isn’t that all there is? Well, no. Lifestyle and budget (values/priorities) play in as well. That’s why I think my all-time favorite resources are still Design*Sponge, apartment therapy, House and Home, Country Living – and now I will add Rue to the mix. I would go to Lonny last, but not least, when I really want to see lots and lots of trendy stuff. I’d probably skip High Gloss and Matchbook.