Posts Tagged ‘reading’

August 12, 2013 8:30 am

Best Decorating Magazines for the Home

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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!


April 5, 2013 10:00 am

The Shadow of the Wind Book Review

The Shadow of the Wind, written by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is an addictive modern gothic novel you must read. Read on for a brief review of The Shadow of the Wind. The moment I started reading it, I knew I would not be able to put it down until I finished. The author introduces you to so many different characters, and each character introduces a whole new sub plot to the story. It’s an intricately-woven, gripping read that anyone in search of a great evening read will positively love.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon also wrote two accompanying books called The Angel’s Game and The Prisoner of Heaven. Technically, the three books form a trilogy, but you don’t actually have to read them in order to stay on board with the story. I first learned of the books from British beauty and lifestyle blogger Katie Snooks and have since recommended the trilogy to a dozen of coworkers, friends, and family members.

The trilogy is available at Chapters Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and nearly anywhere books are sold. You can also download at least the first book on your eBook reader. Personally, I read through the first two books in paperback and the third book in hardcover.

Have you read any books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon? Do you have any suggestions as to what book I should read next? Help me out, wonderful readers!




March 28, 2013 3:50 pm

The Great Gatsby Movie Summer 2013

The Great Gatsby, the famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has been adapted for the silver screen and is set to hit theatres on May 10, 2013 and will surely be the must-watch movie of summer 2013. The big-budget film adaptation of The Great Gatsby stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Cary Mulligan, Jason CLarke, Joel Edgerton, and Tobey Maguire. The film is set mainly in Long Island and New York City and features extravagant costumes, sets, and plenty of jewels and vintage cars. We think Carey Mulligan is the perfect choice to play Daisy and can’t wait to see how Leonardo DiCaprio fairs as the eccentric millionaire, Gatsby. They’re big shoes to fill, but we’re certain Leo’s up to the challenge.

If you’re unfamiliar with the book, it goes a little something like this:

Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living in Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle and quickly becomes a witness to Gatsby’s undying obsession and greatest tragedy.

We’re busy re-reading F. Scott Fitzerald’s book to prepare for the May release of the film and want to know… are you as excited as we are? Leave a comment and let us know if you’d rather the story be left to the book, how you feel about the actors chosen, and anything else Great Gatsby. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Watch the trailer below.


Other movies we can’t wait to see this summer are the movie adaptation of The Host and Tom Cruise’s Oblivion. We have a feeling we’ll be spending almost as much time in the theater as we will outside in the sunshine!


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Arguably the world’s favorite eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle, is now available in Canada. launched its online Kindle store in Canada in January 2013. Canadians can now use their accounts to purchase a pre-registered Kindle ereader at $89, or can upgrade to the Kindle Paperwhite for $139 or Kindle Paperwhite 3G for $199.


Of course, Canadians had been finding their own ways of getting their hands on a Kindle in the past – ordering through the US version of Amazon – but now they can shop in their own currency and connect through their local Internet connections to purchase books via WiFi whenever they please.

The Kindle weighs less than 6 ounces (170 grams) and is lighter than the majority of paperback books, so it’s really good for when you’re traveling. The screen is glare-free and isn’t like an LED screen, so it looks like a book’s page and is readable even in direct sunlight. At night, you can turn on your bedside lamp or buy a case with a built-in book light. The options are endless, and so is the battery! Well, pretty much. The battery is said to last up to one-month on a single charge, but that really depends on how much you read and how long you leave the Kindle running each day.

Personally, I ordered one last month from and have already torn through Stephanie Meyer’s The Host as well as Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in preparation for the two movies to release in theaters this summer of 2013. While I considered the Chapters Indigo Kobo, I ultimately decided on the Kindle because of its faster page turning and super light weight.

Do you have a Kindle? Perhaps you have another kind of eBook reader? Let me know in a comment!


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