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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Decorating with National Geographic - yes or no?

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32 comments:

The Zhush said...

It's cute! (and brainy) I like it.

David said...

I don't mind the idea, I'm just not a fan of yellow.

clustres said...

Yes, I like it!

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

I kinda like the idea. I may have to take my neighbor up and accept the 600 or that he has, but there's one problem. I don't have a space for them.

ticklishfromadistance said...

Ditto David.

La Boheme said...

I agree with The Zush - it is so brainy I am loving it! I think it would work in home office?

The Shiny Pebble said...

Yes, but only if you actually read it. :/

ModFruGal said...

ditto shiny pebble...the yellow against the dark is nice.

The Matters of Style Girls said...

I can't believe you posted on this! I have been collecting them for a while now (inspired by the same pics you posted) and filled up my (unusable) fireplace with them! They are such a fun pop of yellow for my room!

laney said...

..national geographics will always fit in anywhere...they are part of everyone's life...the older we get...the more fascianting they are...rather like people...

nkp said...

Yes! I like. Lots.

GiniGL said...

I wish I still had mine, as they are exactly the shade of yellow I'm using as a highlight in my living room (which has bookcases flanking the fireplace).

And, seeing as I'm heading to my Weight Watchers meeting in an hour, how appropriate that my verification word is "binges."

Raina Cox said...

The Matter of Style Girls - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Laney - So true, so true.

GiniGL - It IS a glorious hue.

susieq said...

I love them!

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

I like - but only if they are read & not just props.

Nick Klaus said...

National Geographics have always had a special place in my heart. I'd decorate with them, but only with newer ones because old magazines always smell like basements.

brismod said...

I agree with the Shiny Pebble.

B. said...

Fresh out of college, many years ago, dear husband and I built our coffee table and covered the top of the table with Nat'l Geo's! Unique to say the least!

sanctuaryhome said...

I love the idea, my parents used to decorate with them. I like the feeling that they were trendsetters.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Of course, like many young boys of my generation, National Geographic was where I first saw pictures of naked boobies, but, I digress.....as for decorating, yes to picture #1, no to picture # 2.

(As for the naked boobies, I still turned out gay. Could it be National Geographic's fault?)

Raina Cox said...

B. - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Sketch42 said...

Eh... Why not?

Karena said...

I now wish I had kept all of my copies!

Karena
Art by Karena

qerat said...

A definite YES for these two pictures

melissa said...

Maybe this is an american thing, borne out of the obvious affection you hold for the magazine, but as a european living in the UK I have to say - "non!!"

To me it looks hideously contrived and try-too-hard. And those artfully placed blocks of colour in the first picture draw the eye to the exclusion of anything else in the room. Ugh.

Mind you I'm not a fan of colour coding bookshelves either. This is worse IMO....

(First post from a keen lurker - I'm sorry it is a negative one! NOrmally I have only warm and fluffy feelings reading your fabulous blog! Sorry!)

Raina Cox said...

Melissa - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

No worries - happy to have you here.

Bromeliad said...

Best use of old Nat Geos that I've seen.

erin@designcrisis said...

sure, why not?

I'm not a fan of color coded bookshelves, but this at least makes some sense on an informational level.

Jill said...

I think it's just too contrived.

david john said...

i think if you like the magazine, then decorate with it!

surround yourself with things you find inspiring and beautiful!

Teri said...

My children LOVE NG and devour every issue they can get their hands on. So, for my home it is naturally on the bookshelves.

If it isn't your thing and you are just doing it to be cool- no

Lady from Connecticut said...

No - too contrived. You can keep them, but don't try to be so cute with them. If you've read them all, you can keep them all on the bottom shelf where they have less impact, or put them away. A more interesting display would be to use the maps that are included in the issues several times a year. A map lined waste basket is nice, or a vintage map lined leather riding helmet box to use as a waste basket is nicer.