My Design - Fairy Godmothers: Magazine Edition
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My Design - Fairy Godmothers: Magazine Edition

Just like in the fairy tales, Fairy Godmothers exist for Designers as well. They’re always there when you need them and offer fantastic advice and guides to complete your next project or score your next shopping discovery. This Diva has many Fairy Godmothers across multiple platforms, whether print, digital, or via television. Below are just a few of my Magazine Fairy Godmothers who float into my life, via mail or on my Nook Color, and provide me with inspiration, entertainment, and encouragement.  </p>


HGTV Magazine has quickly become one of my favorite magazines. Started just over a year ago, it offers practical advice, entertaining articles, and inspiration from HGTV’s television experts. As a new homeowner, I’ve learned so much from the “How Bad is it…” feature which gives you “straight answers to scratch your head questions.” Additionally, the Talk to a Toolman articles are always good reads if you’re attempting to repair something yourself or contemplating calling a repairman. If you’re buying or selling a home, Real Estate Spy offers many tips, cross-country price comparisons, and secrets from top realtors. HGTV Magazine also has great articles from its on-air personalities, such as Vern Kip, Sabrina Soto, the Kitchen Cousins, etc. If you’re looking for ideas, tips, or just an informative, yet entertaining way to pass the time while your latest paint project dries, then this is the magazine for you. ;-) 

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Once a monthly staple in my mailbox, prior to its early demise, Domino Magazine has been reborn into a special issue design tome that still rings true with its original premise that “home should make you happy.” Like many of its devoted fans, I was devastated when the magazine published it’s last issue in 2009. However, the announcement of the special edition issues was a dream come true. Domino made decorating accessible to amateur interior designers, crafters, and everyday people without sacrificing style, quality, or creativity. It’s latest reincarnation offers the same flavor of the beloved original with features such as the Makeover Manual, the Inspirations, Domino’s Top 10 Decorating Don’ts, the Sourcebook, etc. With 2 special edition issues already published, hopefully Conde Nast will keep the special issues coming and dare I suggest, bring back the monthly version. A Diva can wish... ;-) 


Another one of my favorite design magazines is House Beautiful. From its articles on Color to interesting features such as What’s on Your Vanity, House Beautiful offers its readers decorating ideas, photo galleries, shopping resources, paint color selections and uses, bathroom and kitchen design ideas, etc. I get so much inspiration from the Designer Secrets feature where design stars share their knowledge on everything from the best way to hang a framed picture to creating the most flattering light for a room. House Beautiful is a fabulous read that speaks to the interior designer in all of us without making us feel overwhelmed and unable to achieve the design of our dreams. 


In terms of aspirational reads, Elle Decor fits the bill with its luxury, glamour, and sophistication. Featuring articles on Culture and Travel, Remodeling and Renovation, Celebrity Style, etc., Elle Decor is a one-stop shop for rich, trendy, of the moment design. Although you may not have a million dollar budget, Elle Decor certainly shows you how to look like you did while providing design ideas and a shopping registry to source your favorite finds. The Celebrity Homes feature is a fan-favorite which takes us into the homes of intriguing and fashionable celebrities to get a taste of their design aesthetic. Additionally, the dazzling spreads that showcase luxury designers are entertaining as well as awe inspiring. 


Architectural Digest is another aspirational design magazine that takes us into the extraordinary homes of the rich and famous, while featuring the work of international renowned architects and designers. From Diane von Furstenberg’s glass penthouse to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Calabasas family retreat, AD (as its called) is the pinnacle design authority for interior designers and architects. Although the design layouts and features are spectacular moments in design, recreating the looks at home can be a little challenging. However, I still find the pages to be outstanding examples of what could and can be, with a little creativity and my own version of razzle dazzle.

Who are your Design Fairy-Godmothers? How have they impacted your design aesthetic? These are just a few of fairies in the magazine world who have graced my life with design inspiration, entertainment, and aspiration. Feel free to share yours below.

Until next time…

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