oh happy day! issue 12 of anthology just arrived. i cherish the time on the train when i get to sit down and quietly read this magazine. no screaming children, no husband interrupting, no phone calls, no work…this time only happens 4 times a year people. all i would need to make my life complete would be a cup of coffee and a cozy blanket, and my life would be complete…although fellow metra commuters tend to frown when one pulls out their favorite blankie, so i refrain. i guess a cramped seat in the quiet car will have to do. beggars can’t be choosers.
anthology is a new quarterly lifestyle print magazine covering home décor, travel, design, entertaining, and culture…yes, everything i love. each issue explores a theme; this quarter’s theme is art and artists. before an issue is mailed a visual tease is released and a video is made. i don’t exactly remember how i discovered it, but it has inspired so many rooms in my home.
after its arrival, i have a very particular way that i read anthology. first, i tear open the cellophane wrapper and run my hands over the front cover; a nice heavy satin stock that only a graphic designer can truly appreciate. the weave is tight and almost has a plastic-y type of feel. i carefully open the piece to the editor’s letter page to read about the theme and key features. i then leaf through and slowly scan the pages taking in gorgeous image after gorgeous image. most of the time there are pages that stop me in my tracks and i have to take in every detail. at that point, i go back to the beginning of the article and start my first read. this will continue until i reach the end. flipping back and forth, kind of like a choose your own adventure, until i reach the end. at that point, i go back to my favorite article or image and absorb each detail yet again…only this time, i’m shopping, iPad in hand, wallet nearby. in the back of each issue is a reference guide detailing where items were purchased. once my shopping needs are satisfied, i usually remember an interesting person that was featured; commence blog reading…because everyone has a blog these days, am i right?
the issue will travel in my totebag for the next week or so until i truly feel i’ve seen every detail there needs to be seen. i never throw my issues away; that would be a travesty. they usually make their way to my nightstand or end table in my studio. until the next issue arrives, i will still go back, looking for inspiration, rereading each thoughtful features and absorbing its stunning photography over and over again.
about 3 years ago i fell in love with emily henderson…like a huge girl crush people. we had just bought our home and i was watching hgtv for some inspiration. i caught a few episodes of secrets from a stylist and thought to myself, yes! she gets it!i i recorded every single one. i paused the television and took pictures of the screen to remember exactly how a table was dressed. i googled every store and spent way too much money. the ups man was not crushing on me, that’s for sure.
her blog became one of my daily ritual reads. you really should check it out. she posts these great how to videos. not too long ago she posted a how to style a nightstand video and held a contest. her fans were to style their nightstand, photograph it and promote it on facebook. facebook friends would vote and the winner would receive these fabu serena and lily nightstands. my nightstand was one of the lucky chosen ones, and although i did not win, i was seriously excited. like jumping up and down and squealing like a little girl excited.
i think my favorite part of it is my butch anthony artwork. of course practicality set in and my brain said, “hey lady, this nightstand is not conducive to small children.” so for only 20 minutes did my nightstand looked like this, but i took a picture and every time i look at it i think, ha, i made it to emily henderson’s top 15! by the way, if you want to master your own nightstand, be sure to watcher her how to video.
little maus is 11 months this week. it’s just crazy how time flies by. it seems like yesterday we were welcoming you to the world. you have grown so fast. oh little lady, i love you to the moon and back.
in the last 2 months you have learned to wave bye-bye. you say bir-tee, read, ball, momma, and baby. you’re cruising furniture and apparently taken a step that i have yet to see…so it doesn’t count sweet one. you have a favorite book about colors and could spend hours reading the same 10 pages. you’re so observant…watching everything around you. you love to swing in the backyard and crawl, chasing your brother while he pretends to be spiderman.
we are planning your birthday party and what a bash it will be. smartypants will be creating his balloon sculptures for you, your brother and all your friends, and dena will be face-painting.
i’ve managed to stay fairly organized with my smartphone, but after maus came along my iphone just wasn’t cutting it. with an overflowing inbox and lists upon lists scratched out on various pieces of paper, i said enough. i finally broke down and bought myself a day planner. but this isn’t your average day planner. it is the day designer. i not only can strategically plan out my day but my entire year. all my lists are in one spot and it looks pretty cute to boot! there is also a spot where i can write out my 3 goals of the day. pretty nifty indeed. now to follow through on everything…i guess the day designer can’t do everything huh?