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Melissa Michelsen's Shelter Mag Obsession

BY monica derevjanik 08/30/2012

These are the four pubs she can’t stop flipping through.


Where does Melissa Michelsen find inspiration for her bag line Love Mert, with its spot-on color combos and streamlined shapes? Interior-design magazines—foreign ones to be exact. “It can be the colors of pillows on a sofa, a quilt on a bed, or even a peeling plaster wall,” she explains. These are the ones she’s dying over right now. 



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"Its such a beatiful and calming haven and I am addicted to their waterlemon juice at breakfast. They also have Marmite, which I have a weakness for."
of Love Mert

Livingetc, U.K.
“This is another interior magazine from the U.K., and this one was actually the first one that really got me started on these kinds of publications. I found it years ago. It just felt so fresh and new to me compared to your typical American interior magazine.”



Inside Out, Australia
“I found this maybe a year or so ago. Australian spaces are just so cool. I always love Florence Broadhurst, who is this textile designer from Australia, and I like the Aussies’ wild use of color and the boldness that has always been part of their culture. I would love to go there.”



Vogue Living, Australia
“It’s the Australian thing again. And there’s something about this magazine and the nature that’s involved—this fresh, indoor/outdoor living that feels so freeing. I’m super drawn to the more tropical climate with the concrete floors and modern furnishings and amazing abstract art and huge palms.”





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