spaceWise Reads: HGTV Magazine

One of the things I’m grateful for this year is HGTV Magazine. I found the October/November 2011 premiere issue at the grocery checkout stand and promptly subscribed. I absolutely recommend you do the same.

Zinio describes HGTV Magazine as being “about real life at home. In every issue you’ll find money-saving mini makeovers, simple ways to conquer clutter, smart DIY solutions, time-saving cleaning tricks, and so much more. Plus–see how the HGTV experts really live!”

Unlike many home and design magazines, HGTV Magazine includes decorating, design, and organization ideas that are affordable. Plus readers will find the details they’ll need to replicate the ideas at home. A paint index at the end of every issue lists what paint color and brand was used in all of the articles.

I’m also in love with many of the monthly columns. The magazine begins with the front door of the month in “Come on in!” and what it features will get you thinking more broadly about the elements of an entry: the door color and style, the handle, doorbell, doormat, porch light, house numbers, and more.

You know how the magazine cover pulls you in and prompts you to buy the issue? Well HGTV’s”Cover Star” shows you how they designed it and tells you how to do it yourself.

Some of my other favorite features in the magazine include “The Ultimate Tool Collection” with tool recommendations from HGTV professional, “The High/Low List” with two columns of house items e.g. couches, rugs, lamps, with the more expensive versions and some beautiful lookalikes with much lower price tags, and the “Vern Knows” column in which Vern Yip, Design Star judge, gives 10 decorating tips about his item of the month–bar stools, chandeliers, etc.

I read every issue cover to cover in one sitting. Yep, really I do. There’s no other magazine I’ve ever done or wanted to do that with. It’s worth buying yourself a subscription. They’re going for $18 a year right now. They’re even offering some specials so you can renew your own subscribption and send a gift subscription to a friend. Watch out, you might want to use them both for yourself. I keep wishing I had one copy to put on the shelf so I can look through the full thing and another so I can tear out the articles and pictures to index in my organizing binder or pass on to clients. It is that good. And no, I’m not getting any kind of commission for this. I just want to share it because I like it so much and think you will too.

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