Delightful! Inspiring! Charming! And more!
What I'm referring to is the newest edition of Country French Magazine. [Fall/Winter 2009]
This photo was featured on the cover of the magazine. The table? A party rental table...the kind you can buy at Sam's Club or a similar retail outlet, for maybe $100+ or so.
I'm not sure where I've been as I am a bookstore junkie and have been known to peruse the magazine displays for as much time as my schedule will allow. But for the life of me, I don't recall ever having seen this magazine before this weekend.
It is loaded with beautiful photographs...lots of inspiration and visually pleasing rooms spanning a multitude of budgets and taste. Being someone who loves fabric and the warmth it adds to a room, the variety of window treatments, slipcovers, and other applications using fabric was right up my alley.
In this featured article, the homeowner/shop owner likes to reupholster chairs using anything from drop cloths to feedsacks. Her farmhouse kitchen table is quite delightful as well...a whitewashed, distressed, chippy trestle table with slipcovered chairs [plastic chairs, no less!].
What I also enjoyed is that the magazine included many homes which were all of a different genre and quite unique in their interpretation of Country French. Each wonderful! If you're like me, all too often after purchasing a magazine, I feel buyers remorse. There wasn't enough "goodies" to warrant the spend of good cash. But this was not the case with this issue of Country French.
Oh, and how I could I forget to mention this IMPORTANT detail? Save for the first few and last pages of the publication, there is no advertising!!! What a refreshing change from the norm.
I loved the faux painting in this foyer from a home located in Texas.
Or how about this article on a couple who restored this 16th century French house? Oh, if the walls could talk...
Doing a quick count, there are in excess of 125 photos [144 pgs. in length] featuring different living spaces. In one article they featured a converted barn, in another a 50's home, or a cottage, or a 16th century home and everything in between.
If this is speaking your language, go grab your own copy. I've barely scratched the surface of all that is packed in this wonderful edition! It's one of those magazines [at least this issue as I've not seen previous issues] that you will keep for future reference. Despite the fact that I've paged through, slowly, at least a dozen times, something new pops out at me each time through. It's that kind of magazine. The retail price is $9.99 and worth the spend!