Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Oh, House Beautiful.



Every issue gets better and better. You kill me.

I adore this sofa, and I am usually no fan of hippie dippy fabrics. HB can get any style right, that's all I am sayin'.

The current issue is all about getting "cozy" right. Who can't use an extra helping of cozy these days? I was happy to see slipcovered sofas in this issue. As you know, I am pro dogs-on-couch, so it as nice to see something washable in a magazine.

39 comments:

red ticking said...

love this. every bit of it.

Linda/"Mom" said...

*** I hear you re the "couch" ~~~ and I agree!!! Am a bit SURPRISED, but I, too, love it!!! Hmmmm..... Best, Linda

RJ said...

Fab! Is this from the current issue? I haven't picked up House Beautiful in years. Maybe it's time I do.

Tamstyles said...

House Beautiful doesnt have me sold just yet, but that couch is pushing me their way..

matt said...

i like it, but my ocd won't allow me to get past the fact that the picture is not perfectly centered above the couch. if they would only move it down and to the... never mind it's very cozy.

Lola in Paris said...

Hello Decorno. I discovered your blog about a week ago and LOVE it! Especially your TTAW posts. Please give us more.
I just wanted to say that I totally agree with you about House Beautiful. It got a little dowdy for me a while back but I rediscovered it a few months ago and ther is so much to LOVE!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up about HB's changing ways - I'm gonna check them out again!

I like the couch - big fan of tailored ones with skinny arms and legs.

MySpecialStash said...

I've also noticed that HB has been picking up there game...that couch is AMAZING!!

Anonymous said...

I actually thought of you as I read this particular homeowner's story. The house used to belong to Rachel Ashwell aka Shabby Chic. Didn't you love the kitchen, too? I would love to have the kids eating front and center on that table. I read HB much more slowly than I used to, trying to make it last I suppose. xoxo

Musette said...

HB owes you! I haven't paid much attention to them in yonks but I 'have' been paying attention to your blog, which I am really enjoying. I think you have excellent taste (because it's so parallel to mine, I guess:-) - if you're liking HB again perhaps it's time for me to revisit..

Thanks for doing the heavy lifting!

Anonymous said...

I especially like their interview style articles, since they make it really clear what the designer and/or homeowner was trying to achieve and why they made certain choices. I like Elle decor, but they have a really annoying habit of discussing a design feature at length in the article, but then not showing a pic of it.

Laura said...

This same home/same homeowers were featured in Elle Decor's October 2006 issue. It's interesting to see how the home was styled differently for each mag. I feel like HB is improving, but it's still hit or miss.

modernemama said...

I think it's the balance of a crisp clean style with the one funky element that makes it work for me

Anonymous said...

This is a great issue. Actually, they've all been good lately.

Anonymous said...

Does it bother anyone when a house that appeared in one publication a few years ago is republished by another magazine?

Anonymous said...

I agree about HB. It is amazing these days. The farm house on Long Island in this issue is heartachingly beautiful to me. I mean that literally. I hurt.

Lauren said...

I love House Beautiful. I thought it was because I lived in the middle of the Bible Belt and can't help but be sucked into totally traditional style. It's all I see around me! I think HB is kicking things up a notch and will likely pull all the traditionals into more unique style. Lots of my clients don't "get" Domino or even Elle Decor. HB is much more accessible--likely for the reason lots of you guys haven't been reading it. I'm hoping their transition to cool will help pull in more originality to trad design. It doesn't scare people who aren't designophiles.

Laura said...

Anon 8:11

It doesn't bother me if the shots are different (different angles, different rooms, differently styled). If it's a house I loved the first time I saw it, then I really love seeing it again from a different viewpoint.

Anonymous said...

HB from the past few years is great. Much different than the "old" HB.

And I love this particular spread, too. It feels like a real house occupied by real people, rather than a $15M NY apartment. I do like admiring the latter, but let's face it... those people are living in a parallel universe. I was going back through some of my old mags recently, and wondered if some of the featured homeowners can afford to maintain their Park Avenue lifestyle in the current economy. I suspect most are largely unaffected...

If you read lots of blogs and shelter mags, you will see duplication. No, it doesn't really bother me. Different styling, photographers, shots, etc... and spaces do change all the time. My house changes constantly.

Rachel said...

2 posts in one day??? Yay!

I am totally with you about the dogs on the sofa! Why not. Enjoy your home. I have slipcovers (tailored) that I can take off and wash, which makes it very convienent.

I've found that HB has been getting lots better - it's probably my favorite right now. Trad. Home is hit or miss to me, Elle Decor is sometimes great, sometimes weird. And AD is just... well, beige and NY penthouse. Domino was always hit or miss for me, but I miss Cottage Living.

Margaret said...

Perfection! Love. It.

Penelope Bianchi said...

You are so right!! I wanted to lock myself in the closet and savor every word! HB is by far the best "shelter" mag in the US...in my opinion!!
I think they really "get" the country, the feeling, and their designers' goals........and all those pages of hints and quotes.......
LOVE!!!
That sofa's genius is the work of Lynn von Kersting...(Indigo Seas) those upholstery tacks are painted RED!!!

(not to take away from Ms. Gillespie's eye to find it, and buy it!!)
Am I the only decorator who insists on "sofa" instead of "couch"?
Penny

the carolyn said...

Right on, Anon 6:28! I hope the editors at Elle Decor are paying attention. Their tell-don't-show habit is highly irritating.

zimloy said...

You are certainly right about HB. It's the editor, Stephen Drucker. Ever since he came on board, the magazine has been fabulous! I noticed it from the very first issue with his name on the masthead. Before him the magazine had been a holy mess. Although I did love it back when Marian McEvoy was the editor, too. (She had moved to HB from Elle Decor, so it had an Elle Decor vibe then.) I know waaaay too much about magazine editors!

drollgirl said...

that is just super.

Ria said...

This image is beautiful I want this couch. The colors and patterns remind me of nordic, scandinavian design (i.e. Gudrun Sjoden). Not so much hippie chic.

birdy said...

I liked the issue, but didn't love it. They had a few gorgeous houses featured -- like the one with the couch (which no one gets on, according to the article) -- but they can't seem to resist slipping in a few that look done to death. The look that screams "I have a decorator, and she likes to sell me drapes."

I also could have done without the two page YOU MUST BE MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE lecture. If decor is my porn, it's a bit like getting a condom/AID's lecture in between the three-way and the token lesbian scene in a traditional porno. Major buzz kill.

OLIVINE said...

Thank god we still have HB! As for the stove, get on you-tube and type in "Depression Cooking With Clara"...she is 93 and has some cooking videos-her old stove is kind of refreshing...

rerun said...

my GAWD. y'all are some lightening fast posters. i get the damn email at 8:02pm and one hour later there are a zillion posts! i never win!

ok. anyhoo, yeah, this is pretty frickin fabulous. HB, you devil. delish.

RobtW said...

Agreed on HB. I had had a lingering impression of it being a bit frumpy and down market, a sort of Good Housekeeping take on design porn, but for the past two or three years it's been quite good on whole.

The regular feature on "Color" (designers' favorite paint colors reproduced, with explanation) is worth the subscription.

Agree, too, with Birdy about disliking the scolding "You MUST Be More Environmentally Aware" feature. Nothing new, just a shrill rehash of what's been written before, and better, 100s of times. (And damn those scolds if I'm giving up my incandescent light bulbs any time soon; I'm laying them in for the End of Days.)

birdy said...

RobtW . . . they can pry my incandescent light bulbs out of my cold dead hands.

And I love the color section, too. Although it makes me want to repaint. Immediately. A new color every month.

They had one a few months back on the perfect gray. I swooned.

red.door.read said...

that is a lovely lil sofa.

Christina said...

I agree with birdy on this - I liked this issue but I just can't get into their houses that look so, er, decorated. But as Lauren points out- maybe it's a good "bridge" for people who didn't quite get Domino.
I would kill for that outdoor fireplace with the chandelier on page 104...

Dana said...

Very interesting design on the sofa fabric. Its quite eastern more indian like. like the color alot.

Dana said...

Very interesting design on the sofa fabric. Its quite eastern more indian like. like the color alot.

RobtW said...

I liked this issue but I just can't get into their houses that look so, er, decorated. But as Lauren points out- maybe it's a good "bridge" for people who didn't quite get Domino.

I "got" Domino, I just wasn't much a fan of it. Though having gone a bit more up-market and casting off much of its former dull and dusty middle of the road stodginess, House Beautiful remains more or less conservative and "adult."

Domino, with its always lounging modern day Laura Petrie cover girls and emphasis on bold pattern and splashy color always left me with the impression that it was marketed to art students with a bit of money to burn and a loft space to fill.

Domino aimed at readers who thought "wouldn't it be great to pull down all these partition walls and have one big funhouse." HB aims at readers who want a kitchen -- even a big, honking kitchen-- separate from their dining room, who don't think Marimekko sheets make great dividers between bedrooms, and who don't coo quite so much over over Mid-Century Modern and interior design derived from graphic design.

For me, Domino once in a while had a single arresting image, just as I'm sure lots of Domino fans couldn't tell if they were reading this month's or last month's or last year's number of HB (or HG.)

Hudson Goods said...

Am all for the dogs and homes are meant for living!

Anonymous said...

Western Interiors is getting REALLY good too!!

Holly Goes Lightly said...

i've said it before and I'll say it again, stephen drucker rocks. even if his december issues aren't 'christmas-y enough' for mother...