Sunday, March 28, 2010

Whatever happened to HOUSE & GARDEN magazine?

HOUSE & GARDEN folded in 2007. I had a subscription for many years and when they closed, the publisher sent me Domino magazine in its place. After a while I grew fond of Domino, though it was quite different, more trend and budget conscious and aimed at a younger reader than HOUSE & GARDEN. Then Domino closed, and the publisher sent me Glamour. At that point I called up and said, "No thanks. I haven't been interested in Glamour magazine since I was about 18-20 years old." So they sent me Vogue.

I enjoyed HOUSE & GARDEN magazine and looked forward to reading Dominique Browning's monthly letters from the editor. I enjoyed her writing so much that when I discovered she had written two books, I read those, too: Around the House and in the Garden-A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing and Home Improvement (2002); and Paths of Desire-The Passions of a Suburban Gardener (2004). I recently learned that Dominique has written a third book, Slow Love, and has a blog: SLOW LOVE LIFE. The title refers to living a slower life and loving it, versus having a slow love life. I've added her blog to my blog list, so I can read a little Dominique when I get the notion. The new book, Slow Love is excerpted in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, dated March 28, out now.


  1. Hi Toni,
    The magazine I really miss is Mary Englebreit's Home Companion. It was the best decor magazine ever!

    Second Hand Chicks

  2. Hi Kelly:
    The first time I heard of Mary Englebreit is when a friend told me that I had a "Mary Englebreit house". He was speaking about my little Seattle cottage. He let me borrow one of her books from his personal library and I suddenly understood my house better---I got it! I bought a book she wrote about cottages and then I knew how to fully appreciate and decorate my tumbled little gem of a home. It's such a livable and happy aesthetic!




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