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I am genetically predisposed to having a penchant for magazines. The last time I was working at my father’s design office I was in charge of updating his “subscription spreadsheet” which contained something like 57 subscriptions to various and random magazines. Who knows what little design gem might show up on the pages of Log Home Living??
So every month my stacks of magazines grows exponentially and I become a walking talking target for the recycling police. Today I picked up a copy of Home’s Jan/Feb issue which I have not committed to subscribing to yet but may now have to! Check out these totally inspirational rooms I found in it’s pages! Above is a kitchen with elements I LOVE. The black/brown floor stain is such an easy way to up the glam factor of your home. I would LOVE to do that to my house. Also, it’s a great way to conceal flaw on not-so-perfect floors. Secondly, I am OBSESSED with the pairing of a heavy,simple, rustic farm table with bright, modern fiberglass shell chairs. You can have these chairs made in almost any color with a choice of leg styles at Modernica in Los Angeles.
These next to photos are of the home of Mercury Design Studio owners Steve Shuck and Bobby Johns. I love their dramatic, fresh combination of styles and colors- the deep dark browns with
bright orange (guarantee this will be THE hot color of 2008) and creamy white is so fantastic. The mirrored tables mixed with the whimsical antler collection amkes the room glam, but NOT serious.

Of course, they used Kelly Wearstler’s Imperial Trellis. So jealous. In fact, they used the dark brown tone-on-tone version for their dining room as well. I love this guest room. Again, killer color combination of crisp white, kelly green and black. Also, you have to love the high/low mix of goods they used. That rug is West Elm and is in my living room in another color- and costs about as much as one roll of that wallpaper! Mixing the detailed chair with the simple glossy parson’s desk is very hip, as are the silhouettes.

And just for kicks, I gasped when I saw this amazingly adorable and full of character house in L.A. I also love that the owners filled it will clean, modern furnishings to contrast with teh very traditional exterior. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
An issue worth picking up, for sure!

(all images courtesy of Home Magazine)

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