Thursday, September 4, 2008

"Don't confuse shopping with decorating."



Amen.

I still confuse shopping with decorating, because even though I write a decor blog, I often have no idea what I am doing at home.

But sometimes-reader and commenter "Magnaverde" is featured in TEN PAGES in this month's O at Home magazine. I love what he has to say about design and while his rooms are more traditional than I go for, the photos in the magazine are fantastic. It's so worth a read, so pick up the issue if you need some bonus decorno this month.

You can also read more HERE and see more HERE.

(Thanks tipster for letting me know he was in that issue! You know who you are...)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

honestly? I have to admit: I prefer shopping.

decorno said...

Ha! I think I do, too. But I am not sure the result of my shopping is always spectacular.

Anonymous said...

Yes!

The *moment* of shopping is so delicious. But the "having to live with the results for years at a stretch": often less delicious.

amymezzell said...

I definitely prefer shopping. That's the moment I still think I'm good at decorating. When I get home with what I bought is when it becomes obvious I just have good intentions.

Anonymous said...

hah! nicely put~

Be the change..... said...

I first saw his apartment on apartment therapy a few years ago and LOVED it. I was so excited to see it in this month's O at home! It's in my clipping files :-)

Tara.Fields said...

I had a realtor for a client a few years ago who told me she LOVED decorating so I was excited to see her space (as she looked stylish). When I got to her home, I thought "collecting teacups with roses on them is not decorating". She didn't pay full-price for a single one, though, and some were "antiques" meaning "used".

Anonymous said...

And there's an interview with him at DeepGlamour.net

decorno said...

Yep. I liked to that when I wrote "see more HERE and HERE."

Anonymous said...

People "love to decorate" the way people "love to write." Usually with equally successful results.

magnaverde said...

Wow. I'm flattered by the fact that that Decorno picked up my article in the first place, and that Be the Change clipped my apartment last year. Two of my favorite voices online. Thanks. M.

Anonymous said...

True about the shopping, but I don't think the owner of the apartment magicked every pretty item he has via a Star Trek replicator.

His apartment wouldn't be finished EMPTY. So he shopped.

decorno said...

Anon, you are right... he must have shopped along the way to acquire some of the items. I think his point (I am assuming) is don't do that shopping all in one weekend from one store. Perhaps the reason his apartment looks eclectic is because he collected/bought things over time.

I, on the other hand, have such limited patience that I can see myself just ordering everything in one click and having my place look like a page from a catalog. Not good.

Anonymous said...

Is THAT was "shopping is not decorating" means? I hadn't understand that phrase.

Anonymous said...

I disagree. Sometimes shopping IS decorating. Beautiful things come from anywhere and everywhere: Stores, eBay, your ancient relatives, a Dumptster. If someone can put together a bitchin' place entirely with Green Stamps or L & M coupons, who is Bart Swindall to criticize?

decorno said...

Anon - isn't that what I was saying in an earlier comment? I think Bart's m.o. is to do exactly as you suggest... buy and collect things along the way. I don't think he pays particular heed to provenance, either; the man has a chandelier made of plastic take-out trays.

Everyone should go check out the 10 pages on him in O at Home mag before freaking out.