My magazine club met last night and one of the issues we discussed was the February/March issue of Western Interiors. When Rosie heralded the arrival of the mail today I was delighted to find the April issue in the slot. The crew last night agreed that the magazine is very strong and this issue does not disappoint. I was especially charmed by Dan Marty's Los Angeles apartment, pictured above. (Marty owns a showroom in L.A. Check his site as the vignettes are quite inspiring.) Another feature that will be a fan favorite is a project by C. Renea Abbott, owner of Houston's Shabby Slips. Do pick up a copy, or better yet, subscribe today.
For much better coverage of Marty and the changes at Western Interiors hop on over to Katie Dunham's Katie Did as she did a much better job than I.
I wandered into one of my favorite shops eight years ago to buy a dog ball and, through a very indirect route, ended up here writing about decorating, my family and life. My posts are not as frequent as they used to be, but you're welcome to drop in anytime.
What's that? Why "Mrs. Blandings?" Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is a 1940's movie starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy chronicling their adventures in renovating. In the movie, Loy delivers an iconic description of paint colors that nearly every design aficionado knows by heart. She is my muse.
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