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I have always been extremely interested in interior design and home décor and a year ago with £12.50's worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers burning a hole in my pocket I decided to purchase a year's subscription of the monthly magazine Good Homes, which normally retails at £1.99 per copy. For the purpose of this review I am discussing the July issue with front cover offering an inspiring, clean and fresh looking image of a living room adorned in pastel shades.
The 122 pages of the magazine are of a reasonable quality, which is acceptable, particularly for the low cover price. The index consists of a double page spread and categories the various sections such as shopping, news and trends, decorating and real homes and property. Ideas for decorating are of real interest to me at the moment, particularly as I've decided to repaint the interior of my home from top to bottom. I am a regular reader of a few monthly magazines, namely Prima, Essentials, Your Homes and Style at Home and I was expecting a similar content.
However, Good Homes tends to display a large amount of advertisements and whilst the products are house-related, they tend to become a little tedious. The July issue focuses on a clean and fresh approach and the use of pastel shades throughout the home with brightly coloured accessories. I find some of the product choices a little bizarre and the July edition is no exception with what I would describe as extremely old fashioned furniture for both indoors and out. I enjoyed the article on extending outdoor living space by installing a garden building or playhouse and whilst this is not a project I am considering, the suggested projects and accessories were inspiring.
The July issue is the most interesting out of the twelve magazines that I've received although many of the ideas are targeted at smaller audiences, eg several pages cover costal glamour where we are able to witness readers' projects on beach properties. The current issue discusses extensive home renovations, which whilst inspiring, offer little practical advice to the average reader. There are a few pages focusing on bathroom designs, which I found rather appealing, particularly if I was considering a makeover. The final section of the magazine covers advice for experts in relation to purchases for throughout the home such as a ridiculous all singing all dancing £3,200 shower that offers LED lights! Sounds perfect for Peter Stringfellow, but sadly not for me!
We are then taken through several pages of advertisements offering us anything from hay fever remedies to vacuum cleaners. I find this magazine extremely disappointing as when I receive my latest copy of Prima I will read the articles from cover to cover and often refer back to them at a later date, particularly for inspiration with decorating my home. However, Good Homes is one that I tend to flick through very quickly, as there are very few articles to read with the magazine generally consisting of too many product suggestions with some supporting text.
I cannot admit to being disappointed now that my subscription has ended and I have not taken any of the ideas and introduced them into my home, which is often the case with my other monthly magazines. For the reasons discussed above I cannot recommend Good Homes, which receives only 2 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.