I am still in deep mourning over the demise of Cottage Living. It featured homes that were modern yet warm, celebrated the vernacular without being too “kountry,” had stylish yet inexpensive interiors, and had sustainable small space design without shoving “green” down my throat in that annoying way that GE-owned NBC does. Twice I flipped through and saw extremely talented people I happened to know, once my mom called them to figure out which shingles were used on the dream house she saw on its pages and they hooked her up with the contractor, once after swiping a cabin feature they did I got to know Erik Johnson who tipped me off to some great fodder for posts. If you haven’t saved your issues like I have, you can still find a compilation of Cottage Living makeovers floating around in stores.I tried to find it online for you, but so far I’m coming up empty – it has a blue cover and I saw it in the magazine section of Borders last week.
Likewise, Facebook and the blogs are buzzing with news of Domino folding today. I started hearing rumors back in December and immediately stopped investing time in “My Deco File,” but kept my fingers crossed. Domino came on the shelter mag scene like a breath of fresh air. Although the last few issues were sub-par, I loved the magazine and thought that their website stood head and shoulders above the rest. I am mourning the plethora of inspiring slideshows, seeing how Scrappy Girl’s apartment turns out, checking out where Rita’s been, or what Nick’s obsessed currently obsessing over. I’ll miss Cynthia’s adventures and Muse Marion’s hilarous columns. I’ll never forget Ruthie Sommers on that first cover with the clever sofa I am totally going to copy and her Loni Anderson wastebasket.
As Blueprint, House and Garden, O at Home, InStyle Home and Vogue Living have all ended their runs in the past year or so, is the shelter magazine category still considered to be overcrowded? I am trying to see the silver lining and hope that something killer will rise up and fill the void.
Are there any U.S. publications left that you enjoy? Have you found any great ones to share with us? I still have subscriptions to Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Coastal Living and from the U.K., Wallpaper*. I wish I had subscriptions to Austrialian and English versions of Vogue Living and Elle Decor, as well as Living etc., but they are really expensive. Lately I’m enjoying my beloved Entertainment Weekly (Dan Snierson and Dalton Ross rule) and my new favorite, Garden and Gun.
photo by Melanie Acevedo for Domino
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!