I have a little secret...
I sort of love junk mail. Not the really scrappy stuff like the coupons for free laser treatment at the podiatrist and the circulars made of newsprint, but I'll say it, I can really get down with a Serena & Lily or Schoolhouse Electric catalog.
Design within Reach is amazing in that "wow, there really are people out there who buy $5000 lounge chairs?!" dare I say, out-of-reach kind of way.
Land of Nod? Oh, yeah. Take me there with your tasseled, cheeky curtains and the promise of a full night of sleep. Cause I haven't had the latter in a few years but I want it like I want an ombre dresser. Bad.
And let's give the IKEA tome its due place—here's the catalog of all catalogs that reminds us of the meaningless of human existence, our penchant for consumerism, and our one and only true commodity, time. So we better choose to spend it doing (or reading) something wisely.
While my habit of catalog perusing is nowhere up there with House of Cards binge-watching, I'd like to think that up-cycling them into a fabulous doll house is a pretty darn good use of time. Instead of constantly charging the card or tossing out these glossies with the recycling, I like to make other things with them. Here's one of the more enjoyable collage projects I've been playing around with lately, the doll house boudoir. All it requires is some glue, a box, and a pair of scissors. Oh yeah, and all of those catalogs.
Photos by Rebecca Pitts.