165 Décor Magazines to Inspire You

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Hello Friends!

Today I want to share my favorite decor magazines with you and a several (dozen) others I’ve researched that you may find inspiring as well!  I also have an easy solution to keep the inspiration coming and a way to get a FREE subscription for a year to a great magazine.  But first …. I have a bit of a confession to make.   Checking the mail is one of my favorite things to do- yes I’m weird that way.

I get just as many bills and junk mail as everyone else.  But every once in a while I hit the jackpot!  A new Home Décor mag is in there with the rest of that stuff.  Swooning over the latest magazine while sipping tea in my overstuffed leather chair … is one of my most favorite things!  Of course, over time I’ve graduated to more advanced ways of getting my “fix.”  I’m now importing my decor magazines from overseas!

A few years ago, the hubs started traveling to London for work.  I got a chance to join him once and discovered the “mother load.”  Selfridges has a WHSmith store on the ground floor, filled wall to wall with Décor magazines from all over the world.

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If you ever get the chance to go, Selfridges is amazing and you should definitely set time aside for a visit.  Once you’ve picked up a few things (because let’s be real, there’s no way you’re leaving empty handed) I recommend exiting via Orchard Street through the Foodhall.  It’s filled with lots of lovely pastries, cakes and biscuits (“cookies” to us colonials).  You know, to get an energy boost to haul all the of magazines (and everything else) you just bought.  Haha!

So what’s a girl to do if you can’t make it to London or give your man a shopping list?  No worries, I’ve got your back!  I’ve bookmarked the websites and followed the Pinterest Boards for every magazine that I could (plus a whole bunch more).  The best part for you though is, all you have to do is follow me on Pinterest.  I’ll be pinning my favs and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.  Click here to make it all happen.


If you would just like to check out those magazines for yourself, but you’ve only got time to peruse a few magazines.  No worries.  Here’s a short list of my personal favs (you know, the ones I grab on the way out of the house if there’s a fire- ha!).  They are my “Go To” mags when I’m looking for a bit of inspiration.

For the truly committed … here’s the full list of Décor magazines from around the world that I like to peek in on from time to time.  I’m sure there’s something in there for just about anyone.  Enjoy!

Now that you’ve seen the whole list, seriously, pulling together that list was a ton of work. Following all of them is even more work. All you need to do is hit the button below to follow all of them with one click.  How easy is that?


As a final bit of incentive, I’ll be offering a “Pin it to win it” contest.  Winning is as easy.  Just:

  1. Follow me on Pinterest
  2. Pin the image of the stack of magazines at the top of this blog post to one of your boards.
  3. Comment below on which magazine you’d like to win a subscription to.

That’s it.  I’ll pick one winner randomly out of those who participate and notify them on May 9th, 2014.  Good Luck!

So what do you think of the list? Did I miss one? Which one is your favorite? Am I the only one out there who loves to get lost in a good Décor magazine? Let me know in the comments below!


High Point Market Lighting

Hello friends!  Im back today with some fabulous lighting from High Point.  Im my opinion good lighting and custom draperies are two things I highly encourage clients not to skimp on.  A great chandelier can make all the difference in your space.

Lets start with Regina Andrew- oh my did I spend quite a bit of time in this showroom!

Regina Andrew lighting


Regina Andrew brass lantern


Regina Andrew


A lucite chandelier- whats not to love!
Regina Andrew


Regina Andrew Lighting


Regina Andrew


How fun is this gold leaf driftwood wall sconce?!!  It comes in silver leaf as well.

Regina Andrew


I wish I could have got a better photo of this lamp!  It’s a great gold leaf metal lamp and you can hang different colored agate slices from the center.  They also make a matching side table!  LOVE

Agate lamp


Next up Arteriors!  Another one of my favorites- unique lighting and fabulous accessories.

Arteriors Lighting


Arteriors Lighting


what a great lamp for a media room or a man’s office.

Arteriors Lamp


Arteriors Chandelier


Arteriors Sconce




This fun chandelier was from Made Goods 

Made Goods


Great lamps from Global Views

Global Views lamp


Global Views Lamp


Global Views


Emporium Home lamps

Emporium Home Lamps


Emporium Home

There was really not anything in Emporium Home that I did not want to pack up and take with me ASAP!  Sadly these photos do not do the product justice!


Emporium Home floor lamp


Emporium Home Agate Chandelier


Emporium Home


Agate Chandelier

And speaking of AGATE- This sconce from Ro Sham Beaux stole the show for me!

Ro Sham Beaux Agate Sconce


Alas! I will have to save Currey & Company and Visual Comfort for another day!   So tell me whats your favorite??


More High Point Furnishings

Welcome back to more High Point goodness!  If you missed yesterday’s post you can go here.

Wesley Hall was another one of my favorites.  I had the pleasure of meeting  the company’s president, Zack Taylor, at the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta back in March and was so impressed with his enthusiasm!  He was such a gracious host when we arrived at the showroom and spent quite a bit of time chatting with us about their product and their commitment to quality.

Again this Robert Allen print is making an appearance. Im loving that prints on sofas are coming back.  Im not so sure how many will have the courage to embrace this in their own homes, but none the less it does make me smile!  But I do know of a few designers who are already making this happen in their own homes!  *cough* Meredith

Wesley Hall Sofa
Wesley Hall did not disappoint in the detail department either!  Fun trims, contrast cording, nail heads, etc..

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Wesley Hall Greek Key detail


Wesley Hall Navy Chair with Nailhead trim

Loved this fabulous velvet pinstripe with detail tape on the bottom

Wesley Hall Sofa


Wesley Hall detail trim


Another showroom full of eye candy was Thibaut.  They are now carrying fabulous custom furniture to go along with their fabrics and wall coverings.  I have ordered several of their new fabric & wall covering books and can not wait to get them in!  You can order directly through me if you are interested- email me at: info@amandacarolinteriors.com

Thibaut Showroom


There is so much lovely going on in this photo- the wallpaper, the navy zebra, the mirrors, lanterns, everything!


Thibaut Wallpaper


Thibaut Zebra fabric

Great ottoman grouping:



One of the most exciting things Thibaut has introduced is their high performance wall coverings.  Its the look of woven grasscloth but in vinyl – so not only do you get something thats wipeable (think kids baths) but the seams are easier to hide unlike real grasscloth.  I tired to get a good close-up for you but the lighting was not the best.  I will share more photos with you once I receive my sample books.

Thibaut High Performance Wallcovering


Thibaut High Performance Wallcovering
So I’m curious- would you, could you,  have a patterned sofa in your home?  Or do you prefer to bring in your prints and color in the form of pillows?  What about a single stripe wingback?




High Point Market Re-Cap

I am so excited to share with you all my photos from High Point.  This was my first trip to market and needless to say I was on a design high for days!  I am already looking forward to returning in the Fall for the October market.

I will try not to inundate you with tons of photos (I took over 800!) .  I’ll start with furnishings today then follow-up later this week with lighting and end with accessories & art.

I attend HP with one of my dear friends Lori May and we covered a lot of ground in 3 days!   One of our favorite showrooms was Bernhardt 

This brass bed -says it all!




bernhardt nightstand


Great wood & brass desk and check out that chair!

Bernhardt Desk





I am a sucker for detail and Bernhardt did not disappoint in that area!


Bernhardt dresser with brass ring


Bernhardt Dresser w/ fish scale detail


Bernhardt Dresser w/gold quatrefoil hardware


brass nail head dresser


Love this high back settee!

Bernhardt High back Settee

And this fun wing back upholstered bed!

Wingback Upholstered Bed


Needless to say it was hard to pull away from this showroom but there was soooo much more to be seen!!

Like CR Laine !  This showroom was full of fun, vibrant color and sheer fabulous-ness!  And you better believe I sat my bum in every chair, sofa, and settee.  Loved the quality and the over whelming amount of fabric choices!



Loved this chair covered in Robert Allen’s Neo Toile- this fabric comes in a few different color ways and I LOVE them all!  Hoping to use this print in a project soon!

CR Laine Wing Back Chair

Here it is on a custom head board:

CR Laine Custom Headboards


Adding a center stripe is such a simple way to add detail to an upholstered chair.  Perfect for those who aren’t comfortable going bold with a print or stripe- and just enough to keep a solid from looking boring!

CR Laine Center Stripe Chair


And I love that they took it all the way down the back as well.


Center Stripe Chair Detail


CR Laine Emerald Green chinoiserie




I also had the pleasure of attending Traci Zeller‘s launch party for her new pillow collection at CR Laine.

Traci Zeller

Aren’t they fabulous!?

Traci Zeller Pillow Collection


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Traci Zeller Pillow Collection


Well Ive only touched on TWO showrooms and still so much more to come!  I will continue the furnishings post tomorrow.

So tell me did you see something you liked?




Headed to High Point

Hello friends!  I am so excited to be heading to High Point Market this weekend!  For those of you who have never heard of High Point- just think of it as the equivilent of New York Fashion Week, but for Interior Design.  There is over 10 million square feet of fabulous showrooms, 2,000 exhibitors and over 75,000 people attend market!  So needless to say its going to be ahh-mazing! Im not only attending as a buyer but also as “press” so I will be taking TONS of photos to share with you here on the blog.  But if you want “play by play” photos of all the goodness I find be sure to follow-me on instagram -
I will be blowing up your feed!


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Client Kitchen Update

Hello sweet friends! Sorry I have been so MIA lately. Between business travel, Spring Break and client projects I can barely find time to do my laundry, let alone write a blog post. One of my favorite clients contacted me earlier this year to update their kitchen. We finalized the countertops and backsplash this week and I wanted to share some updates with you.

Here is where we started:

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The first thing we wanted to tackle was that dead space above the cabinets.  Unfortunately most of the homes here in this area have this “dust collector” in the kitchen.  My amazing carpenter came in and installed some “boxes” and trim to take it up to the ceiling.


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Here are some of the changes we are planning to implement:


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We will be painting the cabinets white and the island a charcoal gray.  The counters are quartzite white macaubas and the backsplash will be this fabulous tile from New Ravenna 

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Here’s the tile and slab together:


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I am so excited about this project and can’t wait to share more with you!  And of course now I want to gut kitchen!  One of the many hazards of this job!






Coffee With … Erika Bonnell

Coffee With Erika Bonnell



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Today I am excited to share Coffee With Erika Bonnell of Erika Bonnell Interiors.  Erika & I  met through Tobi Fairley’s Designer MBA group.  I have to tell you it has been fun meeting so many talented designers through MBA and all the new friendships that have developed from it.


I’m warning you … be prepared once again for some pin-worthy photos!


gray white and black living room Erika Bonnell


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This by far is my favorite and I literally gasped out loud when I saw it!

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ACI:  When did you know that Interior Design was your passion?

EB:  Funny story- I grew up with my parents in the biz and swore, as a kid, that there wouldn’t be enough money in the world to pull me into this industry! My brother and I were always carted around here and there (not unlike my own two children are now, but by me!) and made to sit patiently while my parents tended to business. It wasn’t until I was out on my own that I found myself being pulled back to the world I was exposed to as a child. I’m super passionate about it now, and can’t imagine doing anything else.


ACI:  Where do you find your inspiration?

EB: As cliché as it sounds, I soak everything up! I find beauty and visual interest inspiration everywhere! Movies, TV, fashion, nature, museums, restaurants, hotels, Pinterest, FB, other homes, mags- I see elements that I can incorporate into design all over the place.


ACI:  What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?

EB:  That’s a tough one- I don’t think I have a favorite. Some of my go-to design books are from Mary McDonald, Celerie Kemble, and Kelly Wearstler. I’m a big fan of Elle Décor and House Beautiful.

I love Pinterest! It just sucks you in. I’m not on it as much as I’d like- just have too many other things that need to get done- like feed my children!! It’s definitely my guilty pleasure.


ACI:  What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?

EB:  Wow! I love this question, Amanda! I would say that, for me, the most frustrating part of my job is that I don’t have enough time to really dig into as much of the extra “stuff” that I love about my industry. This business is full of exciting events, wonderful people, educational conferences, trade shows, etc. I LOVE this stuff! I feed off of positive, creative energy and wish that I had more opportunities to fit added “extras” into my schedule.

The most rewarding part is seeing a project through to the end and how the design and function enhances the lifestyle of my clients. I feel that everyone has an image in their head that represents the life that they imagine themselves living. How your house looks and functions is a big part of that picture. My focus is to turn that image into reality.


ACI:  What decorating techniques/ideas/projects would you recommend to a homeowner who wants a quick update to their space?

EB:  Remove all the small odds and ends that make a space feel cluttered and messy. Add a few larger unique pieces to make a statement and show your personality.


 ACI:  What’s something you should never skimp on when decorating your home?

 EB:  Hmmm- my answer isn’t going to be focused around quality or style. Let’s face it- it’s not within everyone’s reach to have great quality and style is subjective. I feel that quite often people rush into projects before they’re totally ready to tackle them. Putting together a plan is instrumental in carrying out a successful project. Think about everything- budget, function, floor plan, color, products, etc. and make sure you have the finished look intact before you start hammering away.


 ACI:  What’s your favorite color combination lately?

EB:  Well, that’s easy- I am a classic black and white fan. Throw in a dash of emerald or turquoise and I’m in heaven!


 ACI:  What is your most cherished possession?

 EB:  Oh my, this type of question stumps me every time! I’m not a collector, not hugely sentimental- basically my personality is not one to be super attached to anything. I feel that just about anything is replaceable.


 ACI:  What would your dream project be?

EB:  I’m working on my dream project! You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out what it is! Lol I’m such a tease!!


Coffee With……..Meredith Heron


Coffee With Meredith Heron


Today I am so thrilled to share with you Interior Designer Meredith Heron.  Meredith hails from Canada, where Im pretty convinced all the best design work comes from!  I have stumbled across so many amazing spaces recently and nine times out of out ten they are from Canadian Designers (must be something in the water).

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Meredith’s personal home:

Meredith Heron Entry


Meredith Heron


The fabulous offices of MHD:

Meredith Heron Design Office


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And those cowhides in the above photo?  Those are her designs! Fabulous no?

Meredith Heron Custom Rugs


Some of her recent projects:

Meredith Heron Kitchen Design


Meredith Heron Kitchen:Breakfast


Meredith Heron Kitchen2


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And if your not following her on Instagram your missing out on her sneak peeks of projects she is working on.


Like this:

Meredith Heron Bathroom


And this:

Meredith Heron Shower


And THIS: (as the heavens open up and sing…ahhhhhhh)

Meredith Heron Navy


Here is what Meredith had to say:


ACI: When did you know that Interior Design was your passion?

MH:  I’ve always known Interior Design was a passion of mine – my earliest memories involve wallpaper choices of my mother’s and furniture choices. It’s ingrained!


ACI:  Where do you find your inspiration?

MH:  Inspiration abounds in my world. I’m a very visual person and surprisingly not all designers are. Some are very practical and spatially focused. I’m obsessed with colour and pattern and am often overwhelmed with ideas. I’m never without my phone & have been known to take pictures of the strangest things that strike my fancy. This includes trying to capture the perfect smudge tones of a sunset in Palm Springs that required pulling over on the side of the road so I could get the shots just right.


ACI:  What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?

MH:  This is a toughie. My favourite magazines are easier – the ones that publish my work of course…. Book wise it really depends. I love so many books and use them for different purposes. I find a lot of inspiration from Miles Redd’s Big Book of Chic of late. I also find that I go back to Celerie Kemble’s Black and White book a lot. Both designers do such luxurious work and are amazing at layering spaces to feel both lived in and well-decorated.


ACI:  What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?

MH:  A constant frustration in design is balancing the wish list with the budget. With the advent of blogs and pinterest people are inundated with inspiration but they don’t properly appreciate what a finished space actually costs. Styled bookcases in a magazine can run you into the tens of thousands of dollars to make happen unless you have a plethora of items to shop from in your own home. I get regular requests for a cost on a carpet in my portfolio – people are shocked to discover it would cost them $21,000 to have the same in their home. It’s wool and silk. I’ve even had someone get mad at me for posting a room with such an expensive carpet on Houzz once. What makes up for this though is when clients trust us to create and execute a complete space that looks and feels like them in the end. Seeing their tastes and personal touches reflected back in the room is what makes a house a home. As Barbara Barry says, Designers are actually Humanitarians. I truly believe this.


ACI:  What decorating techniques/ideas/projects would you recommend to a homeowner who wants a quick update to their space?

MH:  I always recommend hiring a designer. It’s the best investment from a quick update to long term design projects. We have clients hire us for a few hours to come back in seasonally and freshen up their homes. It’s done with a curator’s eye and it is amazing what a professional designer can do to your existing space without spending a ton of money on extras.


ACI:  What’s something you should never skimp on when decorating your home?

MH:  A general rule of thumb is to always buy the best that you can afford or to hold off and wait until you can afford to invest in quality. To that end, I don’t think you should ever skimp on lighting. Good Lighting can’t be faked unless you are really super talented and even then it has a 50/50 chance of looking like lipstick on a pig.


ACI:  What’s your favorite color combination lately?

MH:  My preferred palettes well they are all grounded in navy or indigo. It is my neutral of choice. From there I vary things up. If a client prefers a more monochrome scheme, I layer in greys and creams and then accent with a mix of metals. If a client is gutsier I will work with magentas and mauves. Others love a mix of brights – citrine or kelly green are a fave with indigo. We are currently working on presenting a nursery colour scheme to a client and it’s corals, blush pinks, mineral blue and indigo.


ACI:  What is your most cherished possession? What would your dream project be?

MH:  I feel guilty not immediately answering my family but they aren’t exactly a possession. Does my St Laurent Bag count? Does that make me shallow? I couldn’t live without my phone. I love stuff but I don’t need it. Oh wait, don’t let my husband hear that. Jeez that would be bad. I suppose it’s really hard to say because I try and practice what I preach and surround myself with things and people that I love. I think that serves you well in life.



“lipstick on a pig”- ha! love that!! You can also follow Meredith’s blog- Sashay for fun insight into her projects!  Thank you Meredith for joining us today!!





Shop This Room………Indigo, Black & Gold

Hello dear friends!  Today I am excited to share another shop this room with you.  I know many of you are loving the deep rich blues we are seeing everywhere— Navy, Indigo, Ink, Midnight.  I was recently sourcing a rug for one of my Designer for A Day clients and came across this one from Pottery Barn.


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I’m loving mixing indigo and black paired with warm brass.  The grasscloth wallpaper adds depth and texture to the space. And how fabulous is this sofa from Society Social with the black piping!?!

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Happy Shopping!!


Navy & Black LR Shop This Room

Sofa|Chair|Rug|Coffee Table| Round Side Table|Nesting Tables|Left Lamp|Right Lamp|Greek key Pillows|Leopard Pillow 

Navy Lumbar| Bar Cart|Garden Stool|wallpaper


Client Living Room Before & After

Hello dear friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Those of you who follow me on Instagram saw a sneak peek of this project and today I am happy to share the Before & Afters.

My client had recently purchased the sofa and Ikat print chair but was stumped with what to do next to pull the space together.  Here is our design plan we presented:

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The rooms awkward layout was open to both the kitchen, breakfast and entry.  Due to the size and shape we were a bit limited to how the furniture needed to be laid out, but by adding a rug it immediately grounded the space and made it feel larger.


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Living Room Full Size


The client wanted to provide as much seating as possible because they often times entertained friends and family.  We took some existing chairs and had them recovered in a charcoal fabric and placed them along this blank wall.

LR Before


The set of mirrors help open the space up and also add some height to the room.

LR Pair Gray Chairs


My favorite piece in this room is the marble top coffee table from Worlds Away.

Marble Coffee Table


And of course I love me some greek key!

Glass Side Table Greek key trim drapery


The client wanted a very neutral space but also liked the idea of pulling in a dash a color so we commissioned Cyndy Aldred to create this beautiful abstract painting.

Abstract Art


And because I know you all will ask- the wall color is Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.  Its another one of my favorite go-to grays.

Photography via: Laurie Perez Photography