Random Thoughts On Decorating . . .

Over the long weekend, I was going through my heap of interior design magazines (I have a serious hoarding problem when it comes to magazines), and was deciding which ones to toss and which ones to keep.  About 3 hours in, I had a revelation.  I started to notice that the magazines I think of as the creme de la creme of decorating magazines were the ones I was tossing.  You know the ones – Veranda, Traditional Home, Architectural Digest.

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I began to think about why I was opting to toss these beautiful magazines and instead keeping magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens.  I think it came down to the fact that while elegant and beautiful, the homes in the super high-end magazines were not approachable or livable to me.  I simply had nothing concrete to take away from the million dollar New York penthouses or the vast wine county chateaus that were meticulously decorated by a team of interior designers.

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 Better Homes and Gardens

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The homes that adorn the inside of Better Homes and Gardens (BHG), while equally beautiful, have such an approachable, livable and do-able feel to them.  I can imagine families and pets living in them, and I can imagine creating such spaces on my own, without the use of a team of decorators. BHG also has a ton of DIY ideas and is often geared toward budget decorating.  I also love that you can actually FIND the sources used in the magazine and they aren’t only available “to the trade” as is the case with the high-end magazines.

I think this is one reason why decorating is mystifying and intimidating to so many.  People see the museum-like images in high-end magazines and are intimidated.  BHG breaks down decorating for the “rest of us” and has such a beautiful, yet livable feel to the interiors it features.

If anyone needs any glossy, high-end magazines, my recycling bin is now full!

Do you have a favorite decorating magazine?  If so, why is it your go to?


  1. I have a friend who recycles her home decorating magazines to me. I love when I get the BHG and Hgtv ones! Like you said the House Beautiful ones are usually a disappointment because they don’t seem like realistic living spaces and are usually a bit too gaudy for my taste. Great post!

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