Today I received from divine Raina a surprise package of Verandah, Home Beautiful and Elle Decor. All the way from Colorado. THANK YOU LOVELY LADY. If you haven't already, you must go visit her at If the Lampshade Fits.
I was going to insert a rant here about exchange rates and the exorbitant price of US and UK magazines in Australia ($20 AUD for airfreight US Vogue) but it turns out that magazines are heavy, and shipping is costly, so I can only assume that in fact it is all a very fair arrangement, for us, the newsagents and those shippers. But I still die a little when I visit Borders because I just cannot bring myself to pay the equivalent of a paperback book for a magazine.
There are so many great things in these wonderful magazines, but the very very best is this, from the Studio City home of a couple who work in production and branding. The whole house is divine but this room especially, I think is superb. You cannot tell from the picture, but that butterfly chair is in leather......
I think the fact is that I love any room with wall to wall books.
I may have mentioned, this week even, my dislike of colour coded books. So, let step away from the delicate libraries of Elle Decor, which I do love, like this:
and look at some real libraries.
First up, and I bet it is in many languages, that of Karl Lagerfeld. When you think about it, you probably wouldn't expect anything less than this.
This is Diane Von Furstenberg's in her Connecticut estate Cloudwalk:
And Nigella Lawson from 2004. Nigella has written a lot of her extensive cookbook collection. Clearly she was not exaggerating.
I am off tomorrow for a mid winter break, by the sea, where I will have lots of windy walks, salty air, and plenty of sleep and laughter and reading before the open fire.
((1)(2) Elle Decor (3) via Alkemie (4) via Habitually Chic (5) from House & Garden)