Long before Pinterest, there was a tried and true method of getting decorating ideas. All you had to do was buy a magazine.

It was such an efficient process that the magazine itself could become part of the decor.

My favorite was Metropolitan Home.

In every issue, there was a page called High/Low in which the editors would spend a fortune for luxury-branded furnishings to outfit a room. It would be beautifully photographed by a pro. Then the same room would be re-staged using inexpensive pieces similar in look and feel.

It was a great source of inspiration.

While walking through London last week with a friend, we passed some amazing new residences that came with an equally amazing seven-figure Sterling price tag.

Naturally, the price excluded a parking space.

I was thinking about what the cost of a single London parking space would buy in flyover country where I live.

The short answer is “quite a bit.”

This portrait taken in Jersey County, Illinois has an interesting garage in the background. For the cost of a single parking space near King’s Cross, you can get the entire garage plus the car and still have money left over for the house and property.

Of course, you wouldn’t be in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Then again, living in this part of Illinois has its own rewards.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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