Shelter magazines have fallen like so many dead trees in the past 12 months. But Long Lake entrepreneur Ki Nassauer and New Hampshire-based entertaining and lifestyle author Matthew Mead are stepping into the fray. They will co-edit a new publication, Flea Market Style, slated for a spring debut, or even as early as February. Nassauer said the newsstand-only mag is envisioned as 144 editorial pages of collecting tips, do-it-yourself projects and ideas for decorating with vintage style. She said she hopes it will help fill the void left by the demise of Country Home (where she was an editor at large), Cottage Living, Domino, O at Home, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion and others. Nassauer owns Junk Revolution, a business dedicated to re-using and repurposing products for sale, and produces the annual Junk Bonanza (longtime Twin Citians will also remember her Ki Clayton women's stores). Mead, a contributor to several lifestyle magazines, has published the Entertaining Simple and Matthew Mead's Halloween books, among others. Rounding out their editorial team: Nova Scotia stylist/blogger Linda McDonald, California blogger/dealer Heather Bullard and antiques expert/appraiser Tim Luke from TV's "Cash in the Attic." Nassauer said that New York-based Harris Publications has signed a contract for the first issue, but that she anticipates the magazine will be quarterly and priced at $9.95. "It will be beautiful," she said, and filled with tips from designers on how to incorporate flea market finds into decor, lavish photographs (many already shot by Mead, such as the spread above), project suggestions and inspiration.
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You love the magazine. Will you like the furniture, too? Executives at Hearst, publisher of Country Living, the widely circulated shelter magazine, have partnered with Sears Holdings to produce a line of about 700 bed and bath linens, window treatments, kitchen textiles, glass, dinner and flatware as well as dining, bed and accent furniture and accessories. The Country Living Collection, in Kmart and Sears stores and online this month, includes items ranging from a queen-size headboard to floor lamps and a six-drawer dresser. Sears describes the line as "redefined country," bridging traditional, classic and country modern styles. The pieces are complementary rather than matching. Among the standouts: a glass-fronted china cabinet, a linen-upholstered accent chair with nickel nailhead trim, pictured, and a mirror-top tray table. Prices range from $2.99 for a set of tealights to about $349 for a dining table. Designed by Sears' in-house team in consultation with Country Living, the line will be augmented with seasonal introductions. Amy Dimond, a spokeswoman for Sears' soft lines, said that store's offerings will have "a few more bells and whistles" than those at Kmart, reflecting the slightly different customer demographic.