Susan’s inspiration pic in Tuesday’s post about Ve’ahavta must have planted a seed because when I saw the photo above by photographer Eric Piasecki in the latest Elle Decor (June 2013) it instantly brought to mind the fan-back chair below featured in a recent Listings List post. The chair has a certain appeal, fussy and not fussy all at once and for $50 it’s a great deal if you’ve got the right kind of room for it.
The top photo — interior design by the inimitable Steven Gambrel — would be the right kind of room. And I’m simply not seeing enough of them on the magazine racks lately. Truth be told, I’ve gone completely off shelter porn, like an addict whose drug of choice stops working. May 2013 represented an all-time low; I stood in front of the magazine stand flipping through title after title and opted to buy nothing, not a single issue. It was the first time since I started blogging five years ago that I walked on by, no Elle Decor, no House Beautiful, no AD, no House & Garden UK, don’t even get me started on the Canadian titles, I haven’t bothered with them in years.
And it makes me wonder, has my passion for interiors cooled? Have my standards been jacked too high? Mostly, I see a lack of taste and sophistication, too much trend and not enough staying power, interiors that feel like they’ll be here today and gone tomorrow. I’m not interested in magazines full of “today’s hot looks,” I want something I can really sink my teeth into.
Fortunately, the latest Elle Decor features lots of tasty spaces, beautiful, well-considered rooms that hang together and make me wish I could work with a real budget on a real space for a client with real taste and trust. Where once I came home with four and five magazines under my arm, this month I have just the one; it’s better than nothing, I guess.