Happy Tuesday! Are posts like birthdays? When we reach the higher milestones, maybe we should quietly let them pass? I'm not really sure, but the other week I realized I was coming close to the 600th post and I felt... pressure! Hmmm, that may be one reason for the light posts lately. 600 is a lot of time on the blog, but I decided not to let this one pass unnoticed and I decided to honor Cookie Magazine for my 600th. It's the first place I learned about blogs, probably in about February of 2007. I still have almost all my Cookies (there's a joke in there somewhere) as you can see, and in an issue right around Feb. '07, Cookie mentioned Ohdeedoh (which, btw, just recently seems to have lost it's identity and is now AT family). I remember walking to the computer with magazine in hand to see what they were talking about. That started my love affair with design blogs. I started my own little blog about 18 months later, hoping for some creative outlet. And here I am...still. Amazing.
Of course, Cookie no longer exists, having published it's last issue sometime in '09. But it's first issue, in December '05, was a big eye opener for me. This home below for example: I vividly remember loving it and wanting to be the woman who lived in it (Donna Gorman). I loved the architecture, her furniture, the colors, textures, her life -- all of it...
I made note to try to make our spaces this clutter-free, bright and full of good design, even with a child. She has an Akari in the living room corner for goodness sake! If she could do it, I could!
Also in that first issue was this guide to the modern nursery, and I thought why didn't they have this a year ago when we were putting together Eddie's?!...and finally (also in that first Dec. '05 issue) was Cookie's first travel section. I was transported. Here were beautiful photographs of exotic, good destinations to take children. This one is Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico, and who wouldn't want to be that mom in that bed?!...and there were so many other beautiful spots over the years - I've saved them all for reference. A lovely hotel with gorgeous down comforters in Austria...Jakes in Jamaica... blueberries in Buck's Harbor, Maine...I think when I went to Ohdeedoh that first time, I was just looking for more of the good stuff because once a month was just not cutting it, and I still love these features that made me look for more.
This girl reminded me so much of me and my sisters growing up..,This room was hugely inspiring for it's un-matchiness and individuality...
I remember loving the boy's chair...and spotting the phone (below) we had as children. Thanks to all my blog reading, now I notice the Moroccan rug, the sideboard and that sweet sheep too..Well, I'm really happy to be here still, and so thankful that a few of you visit me. Of course since I first visited Ohdeedoh thanks to Cookie, I've found many, many more blogs that have resonated even more with me than it has, and the world is different for me now! I can't believe how much inspiration is out there and I am awed and often overwhelmed by it all. Thanks for being there. Thanks for inspiring me. And thanks very much for stopping here.
photos of Cookie by me, except Palmilla, found at Abode Love.