My favorite article topics included affordable summer party ideas, using color to set certain moods in your home, money saving phone apps, and a brand new All You column called Take this, make that in which two bloggers are challenged to use a designated object to create an affordable home accent. In this specific challenge their object was an aluminum can. You’ll never believe what they came up with!
When I browse through magazines I love looking at all of the craft, DIY, and decorating ideas BUT I find so much additional design inspiration from the color combinations, textures, graphic elements, and themes in the ads, fashion, and recipes as well! My husband will attest to the fact that it takes me forever to look through a magazine and that I am constantly vocalizing my design genius madness or recording ideas as I walk through stores or am watching TV. Sometimes it’s simply a running dialogue of how I could make something I like myself (and usually more economically) but other times I just love the colors or patterns and am inspired to use them in a completely different way.
In fact, I was inspired to make this fox pillow for my son’s woodland themed room after looking at an All You article about flattering summer dresses. My eyes caught on a green and white vintage-inspired gingham dress paired with orange espadrille sandals. Seriously, as soon as I saw the combo my crazy brain started firing. The article suggested wearing the dress to a backyard wedding but it immediately made me think of a picnic for 2 under a big shady tree. Don’t ask me why but a big shade tree and gingham was one brain skip away from plaid and lumberjacks, to forests and foxes. I even had some green plaid and orange fabric in my stash! Scouring the materials I already had on hand was an easy way to clean up, stash bust, and keep this project from costing me a single penny! Nothing like a thrifty magazine full of organizing and saving tips to encourage you to shop at home instead of the store.
Funny how a casual yet feminine dress and a pair of wedges can turn into a masculine little woodland pillow!
Disclosure: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You, but all my opinions are my own.
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