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      28.08.2010 15:51
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      A good magazine with some nice home ideas

      House Beautiful is a monthly magazine that I often have the opportunity of reading, thanks to my mother in law, who often passes on these magazines to me once she has finished. Each issue is currently priced at £3.20, which although it is the average price for a glossy magazine, I am glad that I am not paying, as it is the kind of magazine you often flick through rather than always read every article.

      Anyhow, as I said, this is a rather glossy magazine, that is packed with beautiful homes and gardens, as well as its fair share of advertisements. On the front of each edition is usually a very colourful room, which later in the magazine, you can read up on, finding out more about the colours and furniture used to 'get the cover look', of course what might work well on the cover of the magazine, will not always suit your home, and neither may the price.

      Over the years that this magazine has been passed down to me, I have found that it has become better and putting in more budget buys, along side the more expensive ones, and also more cost cutting methods of decorating. I am presuming this is due to the present and continuing economic circumstances, but I think that it is something the magazine should continue to do, to appeal to the widest audience.

      Issues of the magazine usualy follow a similar pattern. THere is the editor's welcome with some furniture or accessory ideas and suggestions. Then there are usually a few pages devoted to the latest trends in furnishings and decorating, such as colours, patterns, inspirtaions, and where you can pick up some of these trends.

      There is then usually a double page devoted to advice for readers from the experts, where readers can write in with various questions about anything from furnishing ideas to legal problems and issues related to the home.

      Following this is the part that most people like - the readers homes. These are usually out of this world top notch homes, finished to perfection, although I have to admit that there have been those that I have found horrendous and not to my taste, but the vast majority are beautiful and deserve recognition. I particularly enjoy seeing the before and after pictures which many of the homes feature. There is also usully a good mix between ultra modern and more cosy and homely cottages which is good.

      There have also been the recent addition of 'credit crunch solutions' with tips about budgeting for your home. Some of these are, as usual, common sense, but some ideas have been very useful, with some reader tips being thrown in as well.

      There are also pages devoted to the outdoors and garden, so again catering for those more interested in the outdoors of a house than the inner interior, as my husband would be. I usually give him those couple of pages to look at when I am finished.

      Near the end of the magazine are issues around healthy homes, food information, eco living, and even some recipe ideas, although I have never made any of these recipes. After this a few more glossy magazines brings the magazine to a close.

      All in all, I enjoy looking through this magazine, particularly the glossy photographs of readers homes, for inspiration or very often sheer nosiness. Only when I have a lot of time on my hands do I thoroughly read the magazine, although I have read more of the credit crunch parts recently, as there have been some good ideas. I don't know that I would like to pay £3.20 for this magazine on a monthly basis as there are more magazines out there, for the same money, with more in them, but as I don't have to buy these, I am happy to look at them.

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        02.02.2010 22:08
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        A change is as good as a rest- so why not redecorate

        I am well positioned to recommend this magazine. Since I put a deposit on a new home in the country in December, I have hardly gone shopping once without bringing some kind of house/home/garden magazine home. They are not cheap - or at least they weren't- House Beautiful has just been increased to £3.40 a copy- but having decided that I would be buying it every month I managed to get a subscription for £12 a year- a complete bargain- so shop around.


        The best thing I can do is tell about one issue. It is packed with beautiful quality photographs in a wide variety of articles. The March issue has 976 new ideas for every room. smart storage ideas, info on carpets, 42 pages showing makeovers of readers homes. Articles on gardens, decorating, finance, and window shutters. Suggestions on design from Emma Bridgewater and Sophie Conran. Tips on housekeeping. flower arranging and recipes. Competitions and reader offers. Readers letters and expert advice on readers problems. It is in short 170 pages packed with info for any home owner.

        Who is it aimed at- well in my opinion everyone- the prices of the designs and furnishing items they show you cover a wide range of pockets. But so what if a light they have in a room is £300- that doesn't mean you cannot look for a £30 equivalent or for that matter vice versa.

        I have been a home owner for over 26 years, but until I put the money down on my house instead of being squeezed into a minuscule London flat- I didn't pay attention to magazines like this- but my new home and as a consequence my surroundings will be so much better because I found House Beautiful. The articles will introduce you to companies you have never heard of and you will have catalogues falling regularly thru your letterbox- because every edition will make you reach for the phone or make you log on to order a new catalogue.

        This is going to sound over the top- but I really believe my quality of life will be better- because the ambiance of my home will be conducive to positivity- I will awake in a lovely room and come downstairs to beautiful surroundings- all achieved within my budget- now if that doesn't set me up for a good day- what will?

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          29.12.2009 12:58
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          A magazine for everything in the home

          I use dto spend a lot of money on house magazines and decided that I only really needed to buy one GOOD one. I decided that House Beautiful fitted the bill. It has everything you would need for little projects to comlete room makeovers.
          Unlike some other magazines it is not full of over priced items that are located in places you would never go to. It has more affordable items as well asthe pricey things that are worth investing in.
          The reader homes are a real inspiration, to me, for updating my home with little touches, such as a new vase or simply rearranging the furniture.
          It also has excellent advice each month on a variety of things for around the home such as energy saving or where to buy a particular piece of furniture as well as DIY advice.
          All in all, in my opinion, this is probably one of the best home magazines on the market and not expensive like some others.
          I now recieve it as a subscription, which works out cheaper still.

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            18.06.2001 02:33
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            I do not actually own a house of my own but I got this free with a voucher from the Sunday Express. It usually costs £2.30 so I thought I would have a nosey to see what it was about. All together there was 188 pages in the June 2001 issue. A few of these were adverts but most of it was packed with information. If I had a house I would buy this magazine more often as it contains some good tips on how to turn your house into something special. The magazine contains information on shopping, people and houses, furnishings and decorating, gardens, food and drink and property and finance. In the furnishing and decorating section I found some very interesting tips on how to transform photos. I am going to keep this page for reference as I may use some of these tips for a birthday present for my mum. This magazine did feature some quite obscure things that I would not dream of having in my future house. They also advertise a lot of expensive items that many people cannot afford. They did have an article in this issue using second hand products, which would be affordable. They feature makeovers and this issue had a bedroom and a living room make over. Both rooms were totally transformed and ended up looking so much better. The magazine also has competitions were you get chance to win makeovers, home furnishings and also holidays. In this issue there was a windows special. This gave you tips on how to brighten up your windows and gave you step-by-step guides on how to do it and what you need to do it. I think this is really good as it gives even beginners a chance to create something themselves. There is a letters page in this magazine, which gives you the chance to write in with your comments. There is also a problem page called decorating doctor that enables you to write in about your decorating problems. I will definitely be keeping this magazine as I think it will come in handy at some poi
            nt when I am in a DIY mood. This is probably not a magazine I would consider subscribing to in the future, as it is the type of magazine I would flick through whilst at the supermarket to see if there is anything interesting inside before purchasing. It is only £21 for a year’s subscription, which drops the price to just £1.75 per issue. Also at the moment if you subscribe you can get your hands on a Norfolk Lavender set worth over £20.

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              21.01.2001 20:30

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              I've subscribed to House Beautiful for a number of years now and always pay less than the advertised subscription price. How? Well, the subscriptions department picked up my details from the magazine's competitions I entered and telephoned me with a special offer, which has continued ever since! I definitely like the contents of House Beautiful and the discounted price makes it even better value for money. The competitions and giveaways are always good quality and the features are always useful and inspiring. Everytime I decorate, I pick up the editions at the time and use them to help me plan. More often than not, I'll find products and ideas to help me along. Plus the magazine seems to be an expert at finding all sorts of products which make DIY and decorating that much easier - very welcome if, like me, your talents are strictly limited!

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              19.09.2000 02:01
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              Having recently bought my own home I'm keen to get it looking exactly how I want, with my own personal touches, so, for ideas, I went out and bought a few interior design/home decoration magazines. One of which was House Beautiful, and I have to say it was one of the best. The price was pretty reasonable for this type of magazine (£2.10) and it's packed full of ideas from whole rooms to the little tiny objects that fill them. All items featured have excellent photographs, the price and where you can purchase them. And they all seem to be fairly reasonable which is quite refreshing! But it's not just filled with endless pictures of rooms and cushions and ornaments, there are stories of people's unusual homes, their endeavours to get them looking how they want, and even celebrities and their DIY tales. The magazine begins with a word from the editor, and the contents page is well organized - if you're looking for something in particular it's easy to find. There's a calendar for whichever month's issue you have bought with relevant hints and tips, guided by the weather and when and where events are taking place. There's a property and finance section, DIY hints and tips (straightforward and manageable), and it ventures into the garden as well. There's even a food news section! There's quite a bit of advertising in there but it's all pretty relevant and some actually rather useful. They give away free gifts, there's often a money off coupon, and there's usually a few competitions to enter. The magazine ends with a useful stockists and suppliers list (oh, and the ever present star signs!) Definitely not just a 'beautiful homes out of reach' magazine!!

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                19.08.2000 18:25
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                I have been buying this magazine for simply ages. It's one of my must buys (especially now that we are imminent to move house). The style of the magazine appeals to around the 25-45 age group and the interiors and products featured are modern, bright, and cheerful. They are also not out of the average person's price range (which you irritatingly find in some of the home style mags). You always get at least a couple of competitions each month one of which has a 'major' prize, for example £10,000 makeover. Contents include real homes. property and finance, furnishings, gardening features etc. It's a tops publication it really is. There's a great mixture of every aspect of owning property and features interior and exterior decoration. At only £2.10 it really is THE must have mag for those interested in their home.

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