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Disappointment over the new issue

Reyesuela's picture

I loved Inspired House's premier edition so much that I picked up the second without opening it...and I was disappointed.  :-(

There are still some wonderful ideas, and the detailed product overviews were still nice, but...

Last time, there were a variety of design styles represented.  This time, though, it's as if the whole magazine were taken from the Pottery Barn catalog.  (Well, a very EXPENSIVE version of Pottery Barn.)  Even the stuccoed house seemed almost anti-Spanish.

I'm not alienated by that design aesthetic, exactly, but it is NOT me at all, and I would like to see a mix of designs reintroduced.  In the premier issue, one of my favorite parts was the details about the Craftsman style and the old saltbox.  The remodel of the 1960s colonial also had gorgeous, classic elements that I really enjoyed.  And the furnishings represented had a much more varied style, as well.

In this edition, the remodel of the 19th century townhouse in the current issue was nothing short of a travesty.  Instead of representing (as you did in the premier issue) how to make practical and beautiful changes to a house while respecting its history and its neighborhood--adding style, functionality, and grace to a building that was unsuited for today's patterns of life--you chose to portray a house that in 30 years will garner nothing but winces and head-shakes.  I completely agree that something needed to be done to improve the flow, light, and organization of the house, but I would have much prefered to have seen something that didn't entirely destroy the history of the house--and if you MUST have that one, why not have another that DOES show respect to a house's history to balance that remodel?

Also, in this issue, there was a lot less variety in the type of project represented.  In the premier issue, you had one new construction, one huge remodel, one pretty big remodel, and several small remodels.  In the new one, you have two that are essentially completely new construction, one huge remodel, and then a single small remodel.  There really was very little at the lower end of the spectrum.

Anyhow, I still enjoyed this issue, but if it's indicative of the direction that Inspired House will take in the future, I may decide that what I get out of it is too small for the price.


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I second the comment about expense.  I'm not looking for a re-hash of the old Better Homes and Gardens "One Hundred Decorating Ideas under $100," but the editors could keep an eye on the budget.  On page 14 there is a picture of a "Floor pillow from Ligne Roset" which sells for a mere $335.  I just laughed.  Is there anyone stupid enough to pay that?  Having made several equally large patch-work floor pillows of upholstery fabrics, I believe I know whereof I speak in saying that the price is not merited by the size, materials, or work involved in making the pillow. 

Taunton can do a lot to support artisans by show-casing artisan-manufactured goods at the prices they merit, but good grief!  A factory manufactured floor pillow is not an artisan product.  I hope that in future issues, your "Finds" editor looks for something special about the items other than an outrageously unwarranted price tag.


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Yes, a classy magazine with reasonably priced items would do well. High priced items with affordable alternatives would be fine. However, there are already too many magazines available that seem to cater to those with endless pockets and to dreamers.


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The pillow was very pricey, but more important, the model reclining on the pillow looks so fresh and all-American that I found it a joy.

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Looking at the name of the magazine, I believe that a variety of designs will be shown over time. The magazine is not going to have what everyone would want every month. As they say, variety is the spice of life. So far, I have gotten a lot of ideas.


Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

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Having just recieved the latest issue in the mail, I have only had a quick browse through it.  I, too, noticed the pricey Lignet Roset pillow (which I thought was laughable). 

I had hopes for the article "A home that works for kids and parents" listed on the cover but, the article's title "Two houses, one home" quickly shattered any illusions I had that it might have any significant bearing on either my structure or budget.

Having said that, it looks like I may find the article on windows and the one on small kitchens useful.

I will be disappointed if the magazine loses sight of what I think is its target audience.

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I wouldn't know.

Its been months since I ordered it, and yet to recieve a copy.

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