World of Interiors

Speaking of World of Interiors (I was, yesterday) someone recently mentioned a particular layout, which I’d seen, and she said, “I mean, probably 10 people in Kansas City read it.” Probably, which is a shame. I will say, it’s tricky to come by here. Even the big box retailers will tell you they carry it, and where it should be on the shelf, but there never seem to be any copies on the news stand.

I resorted to subscribing, the subscription to this alone doubling my subscription budget, which was not modest to begin with. (Remember, though, I got to “tick” the box which was a reward in its own right.)
The upside being layouts like this one.

This murky red is particularly appealing, especially as the owners have set it off with these inexpensive plaques in a variety of finishes. I used to have a hang up about mixing metals. Like, last month. But all of a sudden I’m liking white and yellow metals jumbled together.

A little quirkiness never hurts, especially with lighting.
And, heavens, speaking of libraries to pour over, this would surely hold treasures untold.

If you “tick” the picture, you will see these hangings have been tacked to the walls.

I will never, in all my days, be able to create such effortlessly beautiful rooms.
But now I will gladly hand over my poor-performing dollar to enjoy those who can.
All images the home of Laure Welfling and her husband Gee Pee.  Photographed by Roland Beaufre. World of Interiors, August 2008.

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20 thoughts on “World of Interiors

  1. I agree with you Patricia. It’s really a wonderful magazine- you feel like you’re stepping into a fantasy world!

  2. Mrs. Blandings, you hit the mother-lode of decor pics. Wow!!!! I must say I love the mixed metals, always have done that with my jewelry. We try so hard yet the best rooms just look effortlessly thrown together. Time worn. Perhaps this will be one of the benefits of growing old, our decor will mellow with a patina that we finally love. Our things will look more like they belong. Our hearts will soften too and it will show in our homes.

  3. Mrs. B – I am totally hooked on WoI. My current bathroom reading is the first issue I ever purchased: Dec./Jan. 1983 with the inestimable Mr. Hicks’ work on the cover. It is the one magazine that never disappoints. I particularly like the mix of ethnic/historic/wildly futuristic that you find in almost every issue. And for textile students like me, there is always something luscious to look at and learn about.

  4. Hi, Mrs. Blanding.. I think these old-world interiors are so appealing because of England’s atmospheric low-light quality, and because all that great “stuff” had been passed down from generation to generation..Love your blog!

  5. The difference between houses like those and some of the spare and styled houses you see in magazines is like the difference between a home and a house.

  6. I was especially intriqued by the blue fireplace in the dining room. Also, is that inset tile along the wainscotting?

    And, that ship chandelier does get around. I’ve seen it frequently of late.

  7. I too love the super cluttered and inherited feel of the rooms, esp. the library…I could stay in there for a week.

  8. The wonderful thing about WOI is that most of the articles are not about “interior designed” spaces or the latest fashionable designer. That’s a huge difference from other design magazines.

  9. The library with the book category plaques is wonderful, My favorite though are the entry photos ,it all works, love the tiles going up the staitcase.

  10. I just splurged on a subscription “gulp” – and I’m not telling my husband how much it cost! I so agree with Sir Fopling!


  11. I had a subscription years ago…and then we moved and I have just not renewed because of the expense. It looks like I will need to remedy that situation ASAP!

  12. I’ve been agonizing over never being able to find it, but I see it so rarely that I forgot what I’ve been missing. Oh well, its just money right?

  13. When we lived in the city, that was one magazine that my heart pitter pattered for, and the joy of running down to the “kiosk” to buy it was always a joy. Not afraid to admit, that I am a magazine junkie… and there was always something about the editor at that time, her name was Minn Hog – is she still there?
    A really great magazine is all about the editors and worth every red penny.

  14. Many years ago by brother in law asked me if I would want the stack of magazines on his stairway (he lived in the third floor apartment of a jewel of an old home with original furnishings that is a museum, where he was curator).. They were WOI from 1980 to 1983. They are such a treasure. I look forward always to each new issue…but the old ones..oh my! And what other mag. would feature delapidated railroad cars for their interiors?!? And then palace music rooms?

  15. MB: I too have a hang up about mixing metals, but on the red, the look works. I’m really surprised! I’m not big on brass or any gold metal, but I have to say I like it on the red!

  16. World Of Interiors – So classy! So exotic! So expensive for a subscription! Thanks for sharing. BTW Z Gallerie has a ship chandy like the one in the photo – I swear! Go check it out!

  17. Dear Mrs Blannings ,
    I am very happy you apreciate this World of Interiors ‘article and the magazine , but it would be better if you mentioned the name of the journalist and the photographer and more if the the photographs could not be copied ! This is not legal and not fair for the magazine and the photographer . Best regards ,
    the photographer Roland Beaufre

  18. Mr. Beaufre, I am so sorry if the use of your work here has offended you. I did credit you as the photographer and make a point to with each image I use on Mrs. Blandings. If I had quoted the text I would have credited the writer as well. I am a big fan and supporter of World of Interiors; it is an exemplary publication. I know there are people who have purchased the magazine based on their exposure through blogs. You have certainly captured the soul of this home and I have enjoyed these rooms and will continue to as they have secured a spot in my files.

    I want to assure you that the images were posted only with the intent to share their beauty. If you would like to contact me directly my email is

    Patricia Shackelford

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