Monday, November 12th, 2007

Design Magazines: December’s H&G


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hg-aerin-lauder.jpgSometimes House and Garden bores the hell out of me (Gwenyth’s issue gave me a serious case of the yawns), sometimes it leaves me despondent, knowing I can’t afford anything in it and I’ll never be as glamorous as, say, Plum Sykes (yet serves as good fantasy and inspiration), and sometimes it just rocks it out. The December issue is definitely worth picking up! It seems that H&G has picked up a little bit of anti-depressive living attitude and is having more fun. I was so excited to see the apartment of my beloved Gerry Blank, er, I mean Amy Sedaris. It must be the first time that someone who collects freeze-dried squirrels and fake food has ever made past the editors of Conde Nast!

The feature Elements of a Room: Chalet Style is brilliant and varied, and the feature “Vanity: English Channels” throws in a bit of kitsch in the elegant way only H&G can pull off. Then I came upon David Stark’s paper topiaries and my heart was already beating out of my chest with glee. All this before page 37!


Moving on, Martin Filler’s review of Richard Gluckman’s work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art lacks any of the usual condescending and unintelligible “archispeak” that often plagues architectural reviews. The story on Charles Best and inspired and tugged at my heartstrings. Then “oh crap, I keep forgetting to make a road trip to Ashville and see The Biltmore,” “Aerin Lauder’s bedroom wallpaper rocks – love the way she works in traditional pieces and patterns in all of her room and love her turquoise Loubies even more”, “Oh yum Tony Duquette, last we saw of his work it actually outshone Reese Witherspoon in Harper’s Bazaar” (you know they totally decided to do the article after seeing that fashion spread a few months back).

OK, I could go on and on, but do you get the gist yet? Run to the store and splurge on this issue. You won’t regret it. The icing on the cake, The Testy Tastemaker on the last page, whose sarcasm and bitchiness always makes me chuckle even when I haven’t enjoyed the rest of the issue. I mean, anyone who mentions “Booty Call 6” in the first paragraph is definitely in my tribe! Well done H&G!

Oh snap! I just read that this is the last issue of H&G (I usually skip over Dominique Browning’s musings on the first pass)! Say it ain’t so! I remember reading that first big fat issue in the mid-90s at my boring hospital job and all of my co-workers saying “ohhh, what’s that???” and drooling over it. Well, H&G, you went out with a bang, and I will miss you, especially Mayer Rus, dearly. Well, we know from history that H&G has folded and come back anew before, so hopefully, if we are patient, it will come back even better in a few years.

Swiped the Amy Sedaris photo from AT: LA, as I was not near a scanner when I wrote this.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!



  1. Robin says:

    November 13th, 2007 at 5:45 pm (#)

    I just read the December H&G and didn’t find anything about it being the last issue. Where did you read that?

  2. becky says:

    November 14th, 2007 at 10:06 am (#)

    Hey Robin, it was a letter from the editor on the H&G website from Dominique Browning.

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