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I have bought this magazine for a while now and adore it. It is usually a month ahead ie Junes edition is out in May and so forth. It is priced at £3.99 and widely available in supermarkets, newsagents etc. I can't describe the outer really bar from saying it tends to be a shiny outer cover brightly decorated with Good Homes in bold on the front.
As for the content it has makeovers, advice, renovations, hints and tips and reader letters amongst other things as well as some pretty good competitions and offers. The budgets on said makeovers etc tend not to be too extreme either I would say they are cheaper to middling on price range (they do differ every month). This alone makes it stand out in a crowd as a lot of the home magazines contain costly items that especially in this day and age seem unobtainable.
If you are looking for inspiration, like looking at different interior bits and bobs or just enjoy looking at other peoples houses this is the magazine for you.
All in all its a very good read and entertaining to boot.
Thinking that I am moving for the last 7 years (and still haven't yet)! Has given me plenty of time to escape into a few magazines or two! Good Homes published by the BBC is one of them.
It's a good all round monthly home decor mag, targeting mainly at an average salary bracket of most home or potential home owners.
Retailing on most supermarket shelves and newsagents at £2.99 or you can subscribe via the internet for £28.99 for 12 issues or subscribe using the form in the magazine, depending on what part of the year you subscribe they have different special offers eg: 3 issues for £1 and the next 6 issues £12.50.
The monthly magazine is usually out the month before, eg December's issue out in November, so you can see what the latest deals and trends are for the coming month especially helpful when organising Christmas etc.
The contents page has the following headings (just to give you a rough idea):
Decorating - questions and answers, trends etc
Makeovers - displaying properties that have been bought and renovated by both celebrities and none celebs
Shopping - buyers guide eg: to microwaves, price patrol - giving ideas for a low as well as a high budget
Special offers - including subscription offers
Regulars - letters from the editor, sneak preview - latest trend for interiors, shopping guide, garden ideas, bathroom update, just for you - letters, giveaways and crossword.
What's in next month's isse, classifieds (around 10 pages at the back displaying adverts under the heading "Good Homes Personal Shopper" with separate sections eg bathroom, web sources etc). Good quality adverts with pictures not just listings.
It has some really good features and topics (mainly for interior decor not DIY or renovation) plenty of ideas, colour scheme projects both traditional and modern/contemporary, doesn't include many features with antiques, it's not that kind of magazine.
There's also kitchen news with recipes and suggestions of where to get for example the best 3 cream cakes, where and how much. They deliver ideas for items, products and appliances to suit all budgets (not the really low or the really high though).
I think the age of the person it would appeal to most would be 25+ it has a "mature" feel to it than a young"girly" or "boy" racer slant.
Their circulation rates are: Jan-Jun 2006 135,954, not in the same league as their Radio Times coming in at 1,070,042! but more popular than their Homes and Antiques mag at 101,121. Their readership equates to 575,000 (including adults 15+) Jan-Dec 05.
Conclusion: A good stylish magazine, sensibly priced offering advice on home investments home and abroad, latest trends and makeovers of both readers and celebrities. Enjoy!
Good Homes magazine, published by the BBC states it is Britains fastest-growing homes magazine. Given it is only on issue number 87, and therefore around seven years old, and given the huge uprising in home shows on all channels on TV, this is probably a claim which is grounded in fact.
I have bought this magazine in the past, although not on any regular basis more if I wanted a bit of interior inspiration, or indeed just for something to read and a nosy into the style of others.. However I picked out February 2006 edition along with several others; as my new home needs renovation to a degree which I have not previously attempted I already know my current budget will not allow me to completely renovate and decorate every room in the medium term, and therefore I need as much inspiration as possible on what to do and what NOT to do.
The latest edition has a typical living room interior for its front cover, and while it appears a little too modern for my current home (although not necessarily my taste), I believe it was worth a further browse. This edition also features the new program Pay your mortgage off in 2 years! Yes You Can!! (I wont depress you with the numbers, especially if you owe more than £100K!)
Like any magazine, there are always incentives to sign up. Currently you can sign up for 3 issues of Good Homes for £1 providing you sign for a subscription of £12.50 for every six issues. Effectively a subscription gives you nine issues for £15.50 which is equivalent to £1.72 per issue compared to the cover price of £2.95.
But is it worth it?
I think this magazine will appeal to a broad market. I flicked through the first 70+ pages and found that with one exception, there were lots of shorter articles, and price comparisons of various household appliances, furniture and finishing touches. There was also a feature length article on lighting, which is part of an Interior Design series that the magazine runs as a regular feature. Many of the featured ideas will appeal more to a modern home and modern tastes than a traditional home, but many will appeal to both tastes. If I had one disappointment in the early pages of this magazine, it was that they ran a feature comparing Supermarket convenience foods what place has that in a Homes Magazine? In its defence, this one page article was part of a section focusing on the Kitchen, but I felt it was slightly out of place in Good Homes.
There was a lot of information in this first 50% of the magazine. There were several room settings, complete with name and stockists. While not all would suit what I have in mind in my new home, there are useful cut out and keep guides, providing information on paint, wallpaper, fabrics and flooring for the room styles. The emphasis is very much on interior design rather than renovation however.
As all home owners will be on a budget of some kind, I particularly liked the Price Patrol spread, which showed budget and luxury items, for example covering butchers blocks, chairs, rugs, traditional radiators and even taps.
The chunkiest section in the magazine is the imaginatively titled 48-page Property Guide. This focuses on three very different Readers homes and their stories, with Februarys issue concentrating on a fabulous detached new home, a 17th Century farmhouse and a 1930s New England Cottage. There is plenty of inspiration in all three of these homes, and the articles run to around ten pages each.
Given that this is a BBC publication, there are plenty of articles featuring key BBC shows, such as Homes under the Hammer, Trading Up and Living in the Sun as well as the presenter of the Pay your Mortgage off program mentioned earlier. The classified section is smaller than average for a magazine of this type, although there are plenty of adverts to inspire you throughout the magazine.
Overall this magazine concentrates on small scale home improvements. A room here or there; or ideas for small spaces, such as studies, bedrooms and bathrooms. There are the three feature homes, but these represent a fraction of this magazines glossy pages.
I think this magazine was a good read, although it doesnt quite meet my current requirements. It will appeal more to someone who has a minor amount of decoration and improvement work to do, but does not tackle larger projects in any great depth. It did still provide me with plenty of inspiration, and I have noted down a number of products which I do intend to purchase. It is more modern than traditional, and therefore more subject to changing tastes than a traditional magazine might be. Nevertheless I enjoyed flicking through its pages to see how different colours, textures and designs can be brought together in different homes.
I have bought every copy of Good Homes since it's first copy. I have found it to be one of the most easily accessible magazines on the subject matter as it's unfussy with it's style and language, is cheap and cheerful, and aims itself at the average family, rather than just smart London couples that some of the others do. I also like nosing at other people's houses as I feel they give the best inspiration. The 'make' features are often easy for anyone to do, using high street bought items. To me it seems to help break the mystery that some people may find surrounds interior design, making it easier for 'Joe Average' to make his home work for him. People are often frightened of trying out new techniques, etc, when it comes to their home because of people having to see it and them having to live with it for a while. This magazine (and the television shows it features) has made it easier for people to 'have a go' and shows that different things do work. So spend £2.20 and you'll probably be throwing out your magnolia too!!
I’ve bought this magazine regularly for some time. It is a more practical home decorating magazine and is also more relevant to most people’s lives and budgets than some. There is a mix of short articles and longer features. Each month they feature some readers’ homes showing their decorating ideas. At the end of the article they show where you can buy and make similar items. Particular trends and rooms are also featured and there are ways to makeover old furniture. I like the way that there are similar items shown in cheap, mid and high price ranges. The guides to buying particular articles such as beds are useful and show you what you need to consider when shopping. A buy/sell/swap area lets readers get rid of or find items. There is quite a lot of information and it is very useful for people who are new to diy and decorating. Most of the ideas that are shown are realistic in terms of budgets, skills & time.
This magazine has a lot of it's content based on BBC home style programs, particularly Changing Rooms and as in the title, this mag is funky! Definitely one of the must buy mags if you are into interior and exteriour design. Monthly, and costing around £2.20 (which I think is great value for money, cos it's an excellent read) it looks at readers' homes, shopping, decorating, makeovers, property, and of course, a couple of rooms featured in the currect series of Changing rooms. There's usually a competition and loads of freebies which you can ring in for too. The style of BBC Good Homes is contemporary, stylish, fun ... but never frivolous. I always look out for each new issue avidly as I wouldn't be without it every month. Buy it!