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Sure, Pinterest and Google can be incredibly helpful in finding decorating inspiration – but for us, nothing quite beats a good old fashioned magazine. In this post, we’ll list off our top picks for best decorating magazines for the home. Know of one that’s missing? Please leave it in a comment so we can add it to our list. We hope this helps out both the professional decorator and the DIYer out there!
1. Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens doesn’t stop at just homes and gardens. Rather, it covers everything from decorating and hosting to crafts, cooking and remodeling. With some of the most beautiful rooms we’ve ever seen, Better Homes and Gardens is a favorite among the office staff here at QC.
2. Traditional Home
Traditional Home magazine’s contents are just what its name promises – pages full of traditional and traditional-meets-contemporary design inspiration. The magazine also offers fresh entertaining, hosting, collecting, and travel ideas.
3. Martha Stewart Living
Martha Stewart Living is your one-stop-shop for all things decorating, entertaining, and food. If Martha Stewart does it, you’ll find it in this magazine. We especially like this one for around the holidays – no one quite does a party like Martha Stewart herself!
4. House Beautiful
House Beautiful is a fresh and modern take on decorating inspiration. With inspiration for just about any decor preference, there’s something for everyone in this magazine. We especially like this magazine for its inclusion of accessible DIY projects.
5. Elle Decor
From the same team that brings you the hottest in beauty and fashion, Elle Decor offers you countless ways to spread style all throughout your home. Elle Decor is an office favorite for its many celebrity home profiles. Who doesn’t love imagining what you’d do with an endless decorating budget?
6. Architectural Digest
While any decor enthusiast will likely love Architectural Digest‘s beautiful photos, it’s a more “expert” choice on our list. Warning: reading this magazine may cause you to increase your decor budget by about 1000% – possibly more!
7. Country Living
Country Living magazine is a modern take on country style. Whether you’re an urban dweller looking to bring a little country comfort into your home, or you live on a 5,000 sq ft ranch – there’s something for you in the pages of this one. It’s a top pick for us because of its inclusion of more affordable furniture options. Everyone enjoys a bargain now and again!
8. Country Sampler
Country Sampler is a little more casual and a little more true-country than Country Living (above). If you’re a true Southerner or wish you had grown up on a farm, this magazine will let you bring that fantasy into your home – with plenty of plaid, stripes, and rooster motifs to boot.
9. House & Home
House & Home magazine offers just as much DIY advice as it does decor inspiration. We particularly enjoy reading helpful tips from their many design insiders – from celebrity home stylists to HGTV greats.
10. Create & Decorate
Create & Decorate is a DIY crafter’s paradise – trust us. If you can’t pass up an opportunity to refinish, rewash, or repurpose a piece of furniture, we recommend you subscribe to this one.
What do you think of our list? What are we missing? Let us know in a comment or submit your suggestions to [email protected]!
You may have already heard, but emerald is the color of 2013. Here at QC Design School, we’re pretty excited to start seeing this bright, fresh color more often. Although green is often considered a calming, earthy tone, emerald is vibrant enough to stand out…especially in your home decor. Have you figured out how to add this gorgeous trend to your own space? Browse through the following photos for some great, emerald green ideas!
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The green against white in this dining room set works so well together. In fact, we’ve been seeing this color combination all over the design blogs, and we love how it makes the green pop! A simple chair is a great place to try out a new trend, because it can be easily and inexpensively repainted if you get tired of this bold color. The cleverest aspect of this design is the touch of tree branch on the backs of the white chairs. It’s a great way to bring back the earthy element to the green, but in a super modern way.
This example is certainly more permanent than the last – wallpaper is notoriously difficult to remove, although many of the newer varieties are getting easier. Although this might not be the best place to try out a new trend, we have to admit that we love it anyway. The print is so delicate that it’s not overwhelming; it would look great as an accent wall to a home office.
Emerald + chevron = perfection. This design would actually be very simple to create on your own, with some good quality painter’s tape and a ruler. You could have some extra fun with this design by adding some funky drawer knobs.
We can only imagine how beautifully the light would play off this emerald glass and crystal chandelier. Often people think that with a classic piece like a chandelier or furniture, you have to choose classic, neutral colors. But choosing a bold shade can add so much more drama and interest to a room. It’s oh so elegant, and very fun.
Are you bold enough to go green all over? Surely we’ll start seeing some green walls this year. Since green is said to evoke feelings of wealth, luxury, and imagination, it might not be such a bad idea to surround yourself with this hue. This particular design even brings the color up to the ceiling! While it may not be for everyone, we’re loving the way the glossy finish of this paint brings such brightness to the room.