Above, Sara Ruffin Costello created graphic impact on her shelves with the repeating white spines of magazines. Photo by Paul Costello, as seen in Domino.
Above, Anne Coyle stacks her numerous magazines in plain view and incorporates them into her interior design -- even in the dining room, as seen in Elle Decor, March 2005. Photography, Francois Dischinger.
The other day, Anna Spiro asked me if I hang on to all my old design magazines or tear and file the best pages. Unfortunately, the rough edges on many of my posted tear sheets tell the answer. (Sometimes X-acto knives fail.) For me, space dictates what I can keep. So, on shelves I allot room for seventy magazines and seven notebooks brimming with hundreds of tears.
Designers and tastemakers who have an entire binder unto themselves include: Steven Gambrel, Mary McDonald, Schuyler Samperton,
Suzanne Rheinstein, Ruthie Sommers, Carolina Irving and Lisa Fine. Of course, my digital files are constantly growing too. I love being able to quickly find a specific room.
An antique dealer friend of mine has a more artistic approach: she fills inspiration albums with collages of her favorite interiors. But Anna Spiro says she can't stand to rip-up her mags. How do you organize your magazines or tear sheets?
Above, Moss's red-leather-bound volumes of Vogue, photographed by New York Social Diary.
BTW: Sam Flax Atlanta, the brick-and-mortar art supply store located at 1460 Northside Drive, has a great selection of cloth-covered binders and magazine holders in bright colors as well as neutrals.
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