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In Decorating

By Lane


On 16, Sep 2010 | No Comments | In Decorating, Inspiration | By Lane

I feel guilty for thinking about this, let alone posting for all the world to read (delusions of grandeur much?).

First and foremost, I’d like to formally announce that I was one of the very first to purchase a PRINT copy of Lonny (the online domino replacement, sniff). This act heavily outweighs any other actions I may or may not have taken with other shelter mags in the past few days.

I just couldn’t resist.

Yesterday was not only the unveiling of Lonny’s new-and-even-more-beautiful (if that’s possible) website, but it was also the launching of yet another online shelter magazine — Rue. At first glance, it looks eerily similar to Lonny, but then again, don’t most magazines in the same genre reflect a similar style? Also, who doesn’t want to see more Lonny-like design?

Reading further, Rue seems to take a slightly different approach — one that not only nods to, but embraces the community involvement in such a risky endeavor. Launching and sustaining a publication is no easy feat — just ask the former domino editors.

Rue also includes a section that I must admit I wish Lonny had — FOOD! My passion for food rivals my love of design, so I was happily surprised to discover some mouth-watering photos (and downloadable recipes) in Rue’s first issue.

Another amazing find — a feature story on HGTV Design Star winner Emily Henderson! Love, love, love her. And we all know about my obsession with HGTV.

This article alone might have me coming back for more…
So enough about Rue, and on to the next homewrecker — Anthology. A print-only mag (with a blog and preview content online), Anthology launched just a few days ago. It aims to fill the shelter/lifestyle print magazine void (oh, to be back in 2006), where few have dared to go, which might help explain the hefty $12 per-quarterly-issue price tag.
Besides the medium, Anthology distinguishes itself by playing up a new cultural phenomenon — “the slow life.” The first issue uses this theme to explore the concept of taking time to enjoy the little things that stand the test of time — gardens, hand-crafted furniture, home-cooked meals, and reading (print, of course).
Check out this adorable stop motion video promoting their debut issue. I’d say they could have a pretty good thing going on.
To Rue and Anthology: best of luck.
To Lonny: I hope you forgive me for straying, but know that I am loyally yours. SO KICK THEIR ASSES.

PHOTOS:Rue and Anthology. VIDEO: design*sponge.

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