Posted by leeran on June 6, 2003, at 16:00:29
In reply to Pillows » Willow, posted by whiterabbit on June 6, 2003, at 11:22:08
Gracie said: "I've been going through piles of my old decorating magazines, tearing out the interesting stuff and throwing the rest away. Even this small thing is kind of liberating."
I have folders full of torn photos from Metropolitan Home, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, etc.
I've worked for design publications since I was twenty-four and I absolutely love magazines - particularly shelter pubs. There is a great magazine you might like to peruse sometime. It's called "Dwell" (if you haven't seen it already).
For a time, I worked for a similar publication (until it folded) and I subscribed to Dwell for prospecting purposes. I let the subscription lag, but it showed up again as part of our membership to MOCA.
I designed my last house based on different pictures I had clipped from magazines and I kept each photo (mounted, in sections labeled for each room) in a three ring binder as some kind of "proof" (ADD and OCD to the max). Proof of what, I don't know! I did show it to the people who bought my house but I kept it for any future houses. When I sold that house I realized I hadn't fallen out of love with it yet. It was rather symbolic that I sold my dream house to move across the country to join my soul mate.
Gracie, for some reason, your posts and this thread have made me feel so much better today. I've been feeling so dead. Uninspired.
If you were here I would give you the biggest hug. See? Grace . . . hope . . . inspiration.
I have always toyed with the idea of taking interior design classes at UCLA. Interior design truly is my passion - as evidenced here. Well, writing is my first passion. Now that my "baby" is leaving his well-decorated "nest" I suppose I should consider the idea of pursuing something I really love. I'm so burnt out on my career. I absolutely hate it.
p.s. regarding furnishings/decorating - I was going to this rather sleazy flea market that's open every day during the winter months. One day I saw this light fixture laying on a blanket. I immediately recognized it as being a designer piece, and sure enough - it was "signed." I paid the guy $25 for it and came home and did a little research and found out it's considered to be one of the hallmarks in lighting design - listed with designers like Tiffany, etc. It's still being produced today but this was one of the early ones.
I sent the local modern auction company some photos and they offered to take it on consignmnt in their next auction, expecting it to bring between $600 - $800.
I decided to keep it, although at the time I was selling a lot of stuff on ebay w/ tremendous profits - i.e. a little jug I paid a quarter for ended up selling for $330 and I was more into the thrill of ridiculous profits. I was having a hard time separating myself from that "hobby" and as is the case with most of my obsessions, I hit the wall in complete exhaustion. I'm so glad I kept the lamp and didn't sell it in some OCD frenzy!
Point is (besides telling this long story) is that sometimes estate sales/flea markets can be great sources for minimalist pieces, i.e. chairs/paintings/small tables, etc.
Oh yeah, here is the link to Dwell magazine: