the decorating diaries: packing, purging and kylie minogue

I love magazines. It’s an addiction I’ve had since Dolly and Girlfriend came onto my radar during my teenage years back in Oz. These days, my tastes have broadened (and matured). Vogue. Elle. Frankie. Vanity Fair. Ruush. Oyster. Intelligent Life. Wallpaper. Elle Decoraiton. Art & Décoration. Acne Paper. Pop. Hunger. The Gentlewoman. Love. Oh, Comely. i-D. Dazed & Confused.

British. American. French. Australian. Indian. Emirati. Japanese. It matters not. I pour over the pictures, read the articles and get inspired by the photography. Writing for them still gives me a thrill. Each issue represents a story, a time and trend. Glossy and beautiful, I dragged them around the world with me and piled them to the ceiling.

Or at least I used to.

The buggers are heavy and when we were packing up our old flat last week, I made the painful decision to pass on my collection. Stuff – no matter how much importance you place on it – ends up stressing you out when you move and these babies needed to go. 

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First dibs went to a friend and Central Saint Martins student. I was the epitome of the contented benefactor as I watched her tug a suitcase full of my more edgier issues down the street.

My problem, however, had not been completely solved. I still had hundreds left to re-home, so I did what any desperate purger does: I listed them on Freecycle. Aaron – I work in fashion and dance – Sillis responded straight away. He would gladly come over with a friend and release me from my burden.

Normally, I’d do a Google search before I let a couple of strange men into my home, but I was run ragged with more pressing thoughts of paint colours and packing boxes, and neglected my duties.

If I had, I would’ve discovered that Aaron is Kylie Minogue’s choreographer. So, even though I had to let a piece of me walk out the door, at least I got a nice little story out of it.

Oh, and yes, I did keep a few of my favourites. It’s only about 50 or so. I couldn’t help myself.

And now for some interior design that’s inspiring me this week…

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one//two//three//four//five

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8 thoughts on “the decorating diaries: packing, purging and kylie minogue

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  2. jill

    What a delightful story!

    I am so into de-cluttering at the moment – in all aspects of life – and I’m a real pack rat when it comes to books and magazines. When we moved here from NY/Long Island, I was faced with 5000 books (or 5000 pounds in book weight – I think it was about the same thing) from years of us both collecting – mostly from Hay-on-Wye, and shipping them back. We had had a huge library of shelves wrapping round a big fireplace in our barn.. it was ridiculous. They came full circle, lived in a library we created at his parents’ house, and ultimately, we donated them to bookshops in Hereford and Wye: they came home to roost.

    But magazines.. I either hide them in nooks like under the bed, or recycle. I didn’t think of Freecycle great tip.

    We had a similar story with our cat.. when we bought him (he’s reincarnated from our old one) he was in a litter where the crazy cat owner didn’t want to separate that particular boy – her favourite – from his pretty sister. I finally got husband on board to buy two half burmese cats (the father, apparently, was a big black street fighting dude – that’s where he got his swagger) and then when I excitedly told the owner we’d take them both, she said ‘too late’: she’d sold the sister to a female singer in the neighbourhood.

    Now I know that Kylie lives just down the street, but not that long ago I saw that another singer (I forgot her name now! Stupid me, this isn’t a very good story after all) was just in a fire in her penthouse, and the Evening Standard did a piece on her escaping with all her pets – cats and dogs. I am almost certain that’s where our cat’s sister is.

    So did you make the bowls yet, Katie Bean? xo

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