As I was searching through posts on my old blogger page to find images of those estate sale boxes the other day, I happened upon this post about my addiction to paper and trying to keep on the straight and narrow. A problem that has been with me since studying graphic design at college. Included in the post was a great link to these vintage magazine covers that I had forgotten all about.
Being quite good at the beginning of the 2012 (good for me anyway) I had only been picking up three or four magazines a month. When I went to London in April it was a different story, usually reserved for my two or three trips to the Capital a year, a new door of opportunity was permanently open to me, straight to any paper publication I could dream of. I was right there working around the corner from two great newsagents, stocking tons of beautiful paper. My addiction flared, I came home in the evenings clutching copies of Suitcase, A perfect guide, Frankie, Tank, Peppermint , Flamingo, Lula and all the other usual suspects from Living etc to Harpers Bazaar. Most of which I didn’t even have time to look through until I carted them all back to Hastings, the husbands smile dropping as I emptied them out on the living room table. He knew what would happen. . .
I fawned over Apartmento and Mari Claire Idées walked away repeatedly from european issues of Vogue, Elle and Elle Deco (how much paper can one person carry?). Not that the language is a barrier is a problem for me, as well we know what happens in the end, I shred. I tear. I collage. I keep only my very favourite articles to read. Elle Decoration UK is one of the only ones to last around here more than a few months before the ripping begins. Then the left over unwanted pages are packed off to be recycled.
Does anyone else have a large scale magazine problem? Now I am trying to settle back into small town living avoiding WH Smiths as best I can, I’ll obviously still buy a couple of interiors magazines each month as inspiration for our new home, but when I’m not and need a paper lift I will be looking over these beautiful Vintage covers (for free) from decades past. Check out the 1950′s Vogues and how the covers of these two Living Magazines could easily translate into todays tastes on the pages of Elle Decoration.
All images condenaststore.com