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Decor magazines???

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mistressploppy Thu 18-Nov-10 21:30:07

We're moving house! I'm so excited, so I'm putting 'subscription to interiors magazine' on my Christmas list.

Which one's the best though? Elle Decor? Home and Garden? I'm not uber trendy or anything...

DukesOfTripHazard Fri 19-Nov-10 09:55:49

Elle Deco is uber duber. I rather like Real Homes.

mistressploppy Fri 19-Nov-10 10:02:45

Yeah, I thought Elle Decor might be a bit daft/unrealistic/scary.

Hmmmmmm <ponders>

ninedragons Fri 19-Nov-10 10:05:42

I like 25 Beautiful Homes, but that's only because I am a point-and-laugh sort of person and it is the Readers' Wives of home magazines.

For genuinely lovely interiors that you might want to emulate rather than laugh at, I love BBC Homes & Antiques.

mistressploppy Fri 19-Nov-10 10:11:34

Actually pointing and laughing was largely partly my intention grin

Will check out Homes & Antiques, thanks for that, new house is Victorian with lots of lovely old bits, so could be a good call

ninedragons Fri 19-Nov-10 10:34:42

25 Beautiful Homes is worth a look whenever you need to feel superior about your cat-hair-covered toddler-scribbled house.

There's always one strangely soulless echoey-looking white Scandinavian house (jesus, you'd think in that climate they'd go for some textiles and a bit of coziness). Then there are several houses where the woman (usually a 50-something "property developer", ie born in the right decade to luck out on the property boom, no talent or hard work to her fortune. Looks like Deborah Mearden) has walked into Selfridges and bought the whole display. And then there is at least one ridiculous black leather bachelor pad with a blank white wall where the "artistic" enlarged photo of the owner's cock used to be until the stylist turned up to shoot the flat and had a whitey.

mistressploppy Fri 19-Nov-10 13:38:54


Especially at the whitey-ing stylist! God, I haven't heard that term in years!

Actually, a big photo of a cock sounds like a fab idea....are you an interior designer? grin

ArcticRoll Fri 19-Nov-10 13:42:42

Living etc-

DukesOfTripHazard Fri 19-Nov-10 17:11:48

Living etc forum has a website where people post photos of their homes which are mostly very nice but scarily all extremely similar.

lucyspangle Fri 19-Nov-10 17:21:58

Ideal Homes -the original and best

herhonesty Fri 19-Nov-10 20:24:54

for my bet homes and gardens is the best magazine, or house and garden if you are posh/loaded.

hester Fri 19-Nov-10 20:40:35

Ideal Homes is best for loads of practical advice, IMO. Living etc is best for inspiration.

ninedragons Sat 20-Nov-10 01:18:28

No, I am not an interior desinger, but I think I should be. I am certainly bitchy enough grin

WildPansy Sat 20-Nov-10 11:52:29

I quite like Ideal Home, even though in admitting that I am admitting turning into my mum.

magichomes Sat 20-Nov-10 18:24:27

I contribute to pretty much all the above magazines. They all have a very distinct demographic and style so without knowing you it's hard to recommend one.

If you're looking for practical tips for work to your own house, House Beautiful and Ideal Home are the ones to go for. They tend to go in for the classic 'show home' look for a younger family readership, and you're much more likely to see the kinds of houses most people really live in - 1930s semis, modern estate houses, renovations.

If you want property porn, House & Garden and Homes & Gardens. The former primarily features the work of professional designers and therefore offers less in the way of accessible design - not a chainstore buy anywhere, it's more of an aspirational read.
Homes & Gardens is for a similar readership but is slightly more practical in its offering - it has much more in the way of DIY design/decoration. But both are quite 'trad' in their design outlook, so not for you if you want a younger, edgier look.

Elle Deco and Living Etc are favourites of the young and hip crowd; the latter is a bit more practical and accessible.

biryani Sun 21-Nov-10 17:41:37

May sound daft, but I look at catalogues for inspiration. They are quite good for emulating the more uber and upmarket end of the market even if you don't buy from them.

SparkyUK Sun 21-Nov-10 21:07:06

Glad to know I'm not the only one who uses BBC Homes and Antiques because that really is me turning into (cringe) my MIL.

My mother, on the other hand, reads World of Interiours. She does sort of live in a world of her own creation, but it makes me happy that people are creating homes (or mansions) that are in a league of their own.

passionfruity Sun 21-Nov-10 22:18:28

I was given a years' subscription to Living Etc from a friend and, while it's fun to look at the pictures for inspiration, it tends to show 3,000 pound coffee tables or 400 pound lampshades...

Also lot of the homeowners are pretentious-sounding interior designers who sound a bit loopy and try-too-hard when talking about their 'pieces' hmm

Have a look at

ChateauRouge Tue 30-Nov-10 15:52:08

I suscribe to both elle dec and living etc- have done for over 8 years now... this is the first time I have ever been called young and hip- thanks magichomes grin

Livingetc is great, and their website is good for practical suggestions.

magichomes Tue 30-Nov-10 18:44:18

You're welcome grin. Found out today I'm going to have my first ever feature in Wallpaper, now that's hip

ChateauRouge Tue 30-Nov-10 22:30:46

grin Too hip for me... only ever bought a couple of issues (sadly don't have £££ to go swanning around Europe every weekend, as I imagine most of their readership does (though I did only buy it when I lived in Paris [swank])

eeyore2 Thu 02-Dec-10 09:54:53

I like Living Etc. I also like Ideal Home for a bit more realistic prices. I LOVE Grand Designs Magazine as well but it is not really a 'decor' magazine.

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