nesting series continued…
Posted in Uncategorized April 7th, 2009 by piablog

So what do I have up my sleeve for you this week? Well, I’m very excited to inform you that this week is all about a source of interior inspiration that we all cherish: magazines…

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This week as part of my nesting series, I am going to reveal to you my absolute favourite interior magazines – these are the ones that I have read for years and adore from cover to cover. These are the ones that I keep stock piles of, scattered from one end of the globe to the other – my storage unit in Sydney is filled with not only props and furniture, but boxes of inspirational magazines, plus piles at my parent’s home in Sydney, plus piles here in le petit bateau bought in Paris, the US, Canada, Amsterdam, and beyond.

Magazines have played a huge part in my career as a stylist, and not just for when I have had the pleasure of working with them, but also as a continual source of inspiration, even before I became a stylist – I remember days sitting in my little boutique in Sydney, flipping through the pages of the latest issue of one of my fave magazines, sipping tea and being inspired with every turn of a page, ideas for shop displays and new products bouncing off the glossy paper surface. Having an eye for detail, I learnt early that there was so much information accompanying the luscious photos in the tiny by lines and gutter text (the text that runs up the gutter of some pages – usually revealing the merchandiser of the shoot, the photographer, or the stockists of products), and the stockist pages at the end of each issue. For those of us with a keen interest in beautiful products and creators, these tiny pieces of text are invaluable.

So, this week I will feature a favourite past story (or two) from each interior magazine that I love, and tell you why I love it. Be prepared for a serious dose of interior inspiration!!

Yay!! This is going to be so much fun. Vive les magazines!


all images from my styling portfolio, features in Home Beautiful and Vogue Entertaining + Travel.

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  1. Yoli says

    Pia I can’t wait!!!

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  2. pia says

    you won’t have to wait too long yoli! i’m working on the first one now. 🙂


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  3. E says

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting!!!

    I decided not to make a fairy light heart – I wanted to so badly, but I realised that I’m not allowed to put holes in my wall… my rented wall…

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  4. Lori says

    Hi, I just recently found your blog.
    I love the daybed by the open blacony! Very much looking forward to these posts.

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  5. jennifer says

    love all the black and white! those and grey are my favorite colors (non-colors?)!

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  6. Claire says

    Oh I can’t wait! I recently threw all my copies of Living etc and Elle Decoration in the recycling (going back to 2001!) as I never looked at them anymore and they took up a whole wall. I loved Domino (r.i.p.) and Blueprint (r.i.p.) but I haven’t found a replacement to love yet so maybe you have a mag love I haven’t heard of (also why are Australian magazines so good?)

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  7. pia says

    hi claire! hmm, i don’t know that I can answer your question without sounding ridiculously nationalistic – i am a proud aussie afterall! i actually get asked this question alot in my industry – people want to know our secret. Then i go home and tell others that everyone thinks we have a secret, which makes us laugh. Because if Aussies do have a secret in this industry, we don’t know what it is.

    There are tonnes of fabulous Aussie mags so if you are looking for a replacement subscription, spread your wings a little and look to our shores for one – I will be showcasing more of them here in this series, I promise!

    Jennifer – merci!! me too, i love black and white in interiors.

    Lori – welcome! thank you! did you know we made that day bed out of pallets? I’ve been meaning to tell the story for ages now, perhaps I will one day, it was quite funny.

    E – oh no! that apartment I styled was a rental too – I actually used little tiny pins, but we also had a soft wallpaper on the walls which allowed the pins to go in, and when I took them out you could see nothing – no marks whatsoever! I think it was because of the wallpaper.

    But I have another idea you could try – why not get a large piece of board – like a piece of plywood, that can sit upright behind your bed like a large bedhead. Paint it the same colour as your wall and then you can pin the fairy lights to that! That way you do not touch the wall at all.


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