The 5 Best Home Décor Magazines

Five home decor magazines you need to be reading!

Pinterest has taken over the world, y’all. I wish I had invented it because it is just pure genius, but let’s not forget where that name came from. Remember when we used to tear out pages of magazines and “pin” them on our bulletin board or circle things we loved in bright red marker? I miss that. There’s something about the glossy pages and clean smell that make thumbing through a magazine or catalog more enjoyable than just clicking “save” or “like.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest [hey, you can even pin the pictures on this page!], but today I’m going back in time to tell you about some of my favorite home decor magazines that are worth reading.

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Southern Living

I probably don’t have to explain this one to you. Southern Living’s pages are filled with beautiful pictures of  home décor, gardening tips, and DIY tutorials. I have an ongoing subscription to this magazine because I’m obsessed. I do a little happy dance every month when it arrives. 1 year subscription (13 issues) – $13.95

Garden and Gun

This is a my new favorite. Garden and Gun appreciates sporting culture [did y’all know I like to hunt?], while also offering articles on southern cuisine, home, garden, and travel of the South. This is a great read for men or women. Win! 1 year subscription (6 issues) – $19.98

Elle Décor

You heard right, Elle has a home décor magazine! Their issues focus on design, renovation, and culture. They even touch on celebrity style—very cool! 1 year subscription (10 issues) – $12

Dwell

If you prefer modern or contemporary design then this magazine is for you. Dwell keeps its reader up to date with the latest trends through gorgeous photography and progressive articles. 1 year subscription (6 issues) – $19.95

The Magnolia Journal

Mann, she did it again. Joanna Gaines has a magazine!! The only downer is that it only publishes four times a year. I missed out on the premiere issue, but I signed up for a subscription and am anxiously awaiting the spring issue! I’ll get back to you when it finally arrives. 1 year subscription (4 issues) – $20


Catalogs and Look Books
Catalogs and look books worth reading

Catalogs and Look-Books

Am I the only one that has catalogs flooding my mailbox every week?? I used to toss them all in the trash, but lately I’ve found myself flipping through and tearing out pages for inspiration. Remember the entryway table I loved from Crate and Barrel, but ended up buying a similar one at a better price? That is just one example of the countless ideas I’ve gathered from catalogs alone. See, Pinterest isn’t the only way to get those creative juices flowing!

Other noteworthy magazines

  • InStyle Home and Design
  • House Beautiful
  • Market Décor
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Veranda
  • Country Living

What is your favorite home décor magazine? Where do you gather most of your inspiration?

Thank you for reading!

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Home Décor

Chic and romantic home decor that can be utilized in your home all year long

Valentine’s Day is upon us! I hope you all have special plans whether it be catching dinner and movie with your special someone or going out for drinks with friends. I felt like I should incorporate Valentine’s Day décor into a blog post, but when I was shopping around at Michael’s (always there, whoops) I was disappointed with all the cheesey Valentine’s Day décor…garland with paper red hearts, XOXO blocks, and cupid cut-outs. Sure, great party decorations, but nothing you want to keep up in your home for the entire month of February. Instead, I decided to round-up some adorable home accents that are cute and chic, yet appropriate for all year-long! Use the links below to shop:)

Chic and romantic home decor that can be utilized in your home all year long

Artificial Peonies 

What is Valentine’s Day without flowers? Of course, fresh flowers are always pleasant, but sometimes they aren’t realistic (they die, duh). I’m a big proponent of artificial florals. Don’t let anyone tell you that they are tacky! These peonies come pre-arranged in a glass vase, so no work on your end. How adorable would they look on your desk?

Heart Ring Dishes

Trinket trays are my new favorite thing. They are the perfect landing spot for your everyday jewelry or other odds and ends.Heart Ring Dish with Gold Rim

Faux Fur Pillow and Stripe Accent Pillow

While writing this post I realized that I haven’t bought new pillow covers in months. I’m so deprived! Pillows are the easiest way to transform a space and you can never have too many! Make sure to check out my previous post about mixing and matching pillows to get more ideas!

Wishbone Accent Chair

This furry chair is so chic! Need I say more?

Blush Pinch Pleat Duvet Cover

Threshold bedding from Target is bae. Not only is it affordable, but the quality is on point. This bedding is on sale right now, so don’t miss out!

Ivory Ceramic Stacked Table Lamp

There is no such thing as too many lamps! Overhead lights can get harsh especially when you are trying to wind down for the evening. Lamps give the perfect ambiance.

Voluspa Candles (or this one)

You might remember from my home decorator gift guide, that Voluspa candles are my FAVE. They smell fantastic, but aren’t overwhelming. I love the packaging, too!

Kitchenaid Mixer Artisan Series

If you enjoying baking, even just a little, you need a Kitchenaid mixer. You just do. It will change your life, y’all! Expensive? Yes, but I found it for only $266 on Amazon (hallelujah) versus the standard $350 at most retailers. Functional, yet beautiful. Sigh.

Thank y’all for reading! I hope you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day. What are your plans??

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*Contemporary Charm participates in several affiliate advertising programs. Clicks and/or purchases made through links on this blog may provide me with a small commission at no additional cost to you. As always, all opinions on this blog are my own.*

Amazon Fixer Upper Look-a-Likes

I may be a little late on this one, but y’all, Amazon has saved my life. They have anything you could ever want or need and for the best price out there! I even started ordering dog food from there to save myself the trip to PetsMart. My point? Amazon also carries a TON of home décor items and furniture, which got me thinking: why am I not utilizing this more for decorating?? Since I’m on a big Fixer Upper kick (read more here and here), I thought it would be fun to round up some Fixer Upper look-a-likes from Amazon. Most of the items were inspired from the Magnolia Line and various Fixer Upper episodes which, of course, reflect a farmhouse decor style.

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1. Measuring cups // 2. Candlestick // 3.Clock // 4. Boxwood plant // 5. Wire basket // 6. Scale // 7. Decorative ladder // 8. 3-tier tray // 9. Kitchen canisters
  1. Colorful measuring cups. Joanna loves to use colorful bowls and dishes to display on open shelving or behind glass cabinets. How cute are these measuring cups?
  2. Candlesticks. Candlesticks are a complete no-brainer. Put them on a dining room table, shelves, entryway table, or anywhere.
  3. Wall clock. Clocks are something I like to call functional décor. They make a great statement piece and they also tell time. Win, win! 😉
  4. Boxwood plant. No matter what style your home is, it can always use some greenery. Boxwoods are simple, clean, and pretty. Succulents are another great option!
  5. Wire basket. Joanna is all about making a space functional, so why not organize your pantry, craft room, or playroom with stylish baskets? If you aren’t a fan of the wire, go with a wicker basket or a galvanized metal bin.
  6. Kitchen scale. This adds the perfect rustic touch to your kitchen décor!
  7. Decorative ladder. The ladder from the Magnolia line is metal, but I love this one because it is made out of reclaimed wood! Organize your throw blankets or use it in the entryway or mud room for jackets and scarves.
  8. 3-tier tray. A tiered tray is perfect for displaying beautiful cupcakes or keeping fresh fruit within a hand’s reach (ok, but I prefer the cupcakes).
  9. Kitchen canisters. Personally, I like having my baking essentials and coffee (ain’t nobody got time to fumble through cabinets for that!) easily accessible on the kitchen counter.

If you really want to step up your Amazon game, consider purchasing Amazon Prime. It is totally worth the $99 annual fee to get FREE 2-day shipping (sometimes free same-day shipping…say what?) and get the bonus movie/tv show library (similar to Netflix). Get a free 30 day trial using this Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial” target=”_blank”>link.

What are your favorite things to buy on Amazon? Who loves their Prime account? Thanks for reading! Come back tomorrow to see how I finished off my office space with some adorable desk accessories and accents.

-Summer

*Contemporary Charm participates in several affiliate advertising programs. Clicks and/or purchases made through links on this blog may provide me with a small commission at no additional cost to you. All opinions on this blog are my own.*

Where to Buy Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Line

We have Joanna Gaines to thank for the emergence of farmhouse décor, rustic accents, and of course shiplap. The viewers of Fixer Upper loved Joanna’s style so much that she created her own line called Magnolia so that we could bring her personal touches into our homes. Even if you don’t have the opportunity to visit the famous Magnolia Market in Waco, TX, you can still get your hands on some items from the Magnolia line! Here’s how:

*Side Note: I visited Magnolia Market last month and still wasn’t able to bring home all the beautiful things I wanted due to shipping cost. However, the trip to Waco was still well worth it and I highly recommend going! If you missed my post about my visit you can read it here.*

Visit the Magnolia Market Website:

After visiting the Market myself, I realized that the online selection was limited in comparison. However, the most popular pieces such as the signature magnolia wreath, cotton stems, metal script wall expressions, and many other must-haves are available. You’ll have to visit the market to taste one of the yummy cupcakes from the Silos Bakery though!;)screen-shot-2016-12-26-at-10-12-27-pm

 

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Signature Magnolia Wreath // Photo Credit: Ashley Wilson/Getty Images
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Cotton Stems // Photo Credit: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images
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Handmade Metal Quote Sign // Photo Credit: HGTV

Find Retailers that Carry Magnolia:

Many local furniture stores are starting to carry Magnolia! For those of you that live in the Carolinas, Rug and Home will be your best bet. I stopped by the Rug and Home in Asheville, NC, to check out what was available and was pleasantly surprised with the selection. I found everything from a window frame, serving trays, rugs, pillows, and other accents. Other locations are: Gaffney, SC and Kannapolis, NC (near Charlotte).screen-shot-2016-12-26-at-10-19-56-pm

Some snap shots of Magnolia items found at Rug and Home. I’m loving the unfinished window frame!

Find Look-a-Likes

As much as I love this line, I have to admit that there are plenty of similar products out there. With the lack of widespread availability, I highly recommend taking advantage of retailers that are catching on to the Fixer Upper style. Before the Magnolia line was created (circa Fixer Upper Season 1 and 2) Joanna utilized many recognizable brands such as Target and Wayfair. I also recommend visiting the HGTV website and exploring the Fixer Upper photo galleries. Some pictures allow you to “shop the post” to find similar furniture, wall decor, and lighting that are shown in each picture. Super convenient!

Where is your favorite place to find Fixer Upper home decor?

-Summer