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June 2014

Just received the June 2014 issue of H&H. I'm not as enthralled with H&H as I once was. I frequently visit New Zealand and they have several home decor magazines. The one I prefer highlights homes that have been designed and decorated by non-professionals  —  just regular people. There is, therefore, no promotional material accompanying the articles. So the articles and pictures are always original and inspirational. Just a side note: I counted 63 pages out of a total of 136 devoted to advertising. Yikes! - Louise Robinson

Why do you make the writing so damn difficult to see with these 75-year-old eyes. It is so frustrating! - Ken Carlson

May 2014

In your May 2014 issue there were two things that really grabbed my attention. The first was the Collins Ikat pillow by Madeline Weinrib on page 36. $950 for a pillow??? Was this some kind of typo? I am fairly certain that no sensible person would pay that kind of money for a pillow unless it was either Madeline's mother, hoping to support her daughter's overdue student loan or one of those millionaire designers who couldn't care less what they spend as it isn't their money anyways. Yes, the pillow is attractive but I wouldn't exactly call it an investment piece like some furniture where one will keep it forever and have it passed down to the next generation when they are gone.

 My other point relates to safety and design. Your “Street Smarts” story on page 62 showed a very nice house transformation. However, there are NO railings along the front steps of the house. Yes, it does look better than before but with small children, elderly visitors and our poor dying-out postal carriers, these steps can be extremely dangerous. I suppose this may be different in Ontario but I know that in BC they would never let this happen. When we built our home from scratch just over ten years ago, there was no way we would have been allowed to do such a thing. I am questioning the practicality of such an idea if readers like it and then try the same thing themselves just to be later put through the wringer for unsafe practices. - Vicki W.

The interiors you feature are mostly done in East Coast modern country style. For those of us in Western Canada, whose homes are not brick and 100 years old, this style is too fussy. But your May outdoor issue may make me reconsider my decision not to renew. It is beautiful. Good job. — Carol Tamblyn

I can't even begin to tell you how disappointed I am since I subscribed to H&H. White walls, white walls, white walls! That may be the "in" thing, but you are definitely overdoing it. I wanted some inspiration on how to decorate my home. Now I know — white walls! Blah. — Gail Parkhurst

In the “Into the Blue” story, the homeowner Magela Bruno states she "couldn't live with the brown floors, with the honey color staring at me"! So she PAINTED them! Really, how awful — she could have stained them to a more suitable color, but to paint them is almost criminal. With homeowners wanting hardwood floors all the time in new builds and in older homes, I for one find this not a clever mix or design style at all. — Mrs. M. Wilson

I had to laugh when I read your May issue RSVP column about incorporating rugs in a kitchen. What better way to warm up a kitchen (especially THIS winter) than by the use of a strategically placed rug? Yes, REALLY! We have had a lovely wool rug on our ceramic floor in the kitchen for 20 years. — Jadzia von Heyman

I was surprised the backlash in the May 2014 RSVP page against a rug in the kitchen. I have had a 6' woven cotton rug in front of my sink for many years. It’s soft underfoot, and when I see at the end of a week what has landed on the rug and not on my beautiful hardwood floor, I am grateful that it is there.Sharon H.

I came across your publication via YouTube, and soon became an avid follower of your video updates. So when I discovered the magazine in the newsstand, I had no choice but to buy it — this was five months ago and now I am a firm follower and addict. I truly appreciate that all the media material is available internationally, as I'm the U.K. — Nyasha

I have been subscribing to H&H for many years. This year while on vacation I decided to subscribe to the digital edition for the iPad tablet. WELL!!!!! I was so excited to see the pages, it was as if I had walked into the rooms in person. The resolution, quality and clearness of the photography are unbelievable. Kudos to everyone who produces the magazine in this format! It was amazingly simple to sign up, and I was in another country at the time! — Judy Sawhney

April 2014

When I saw the April 2014 cover, I was surprised. It looks like the room has a dirty old industrial carpet and there is no real decorating. You can't really see the room, plus the colours are so drab. It really stood out as dull and uninspiring next to all the colourful spring magazines. — Hailey Morris

Suzanne Blogs On Chester, N.S. Must-Sees I've been to many of those places them all. Hope the Rope Loft sticks around, we've always enjoyed going there. Village/Town...just semantics in my opinion. It feels more like a town to me. - Nicole

I really enjoy your many inspirational and idea-filled blogs on I look forward to them each week, as well as my weekly fix of the latest online TV episode — I can't wait for Mondays! However, I think it is time to freshen up the posts. We are all still viewing Christmas posts, and although they are informative, they’re just not what we need after such a long, tedious winter. So please, dear bloggers, give us all some fresh inspiration. - Joy

Small Home Renovation While that is a well done space I could not live with the idea of walking straight into the house and looking at my kitchen sink.  The cups and plates left over from breakfast or the lunch dishes on the counter. I like the look of open concept, but would not live in it.  I also cannot get with sinks in the island that are the only sink in the kitchen. A prep sink, sure, but my main sink — no, just no. I really hope this trend fades out. I'm probably too traditional for these things. The finishes in this house were really nice and I liked that she mixed the metals. - DinNDee

Century Home Update The bathroom is insane! Although the house is beautifully done, it does make you wonder how much energy that must take to heat and cool... - Salt's Press

Historic Mill-Turned-Cottage Beautiful but why does one decide on "Moroccan" in a former mill?  Still, I'll take it and that "fantastic" ottoman. Thanks for sharing. - Dathan

Tudor-Revival Renovation This is my style to a 'T'...loved every inch of this house, I need Samantha to transform my house!  Samantha Sensibility...that should be the name of her design firm :) - Lotusblossomed

Quebec Colonial Country House Such a beautiful home with exquisite grounds and landscape. I love the white canvas for the interior. It is clean and opens up everything. Amazing decorating too. I want to visit you there..... - K.L.

Teen Girl Boho Bedroom This is excellent low budget decor! Though I wasn't very keen on it at the beginning, I loved it in the end. — Eva Frade

Actor Yannick Bisson's Home I've never been a fan of 'modern' architecture, but I LOVE this house. And I LOVE this couple. I hope that they are as nice as they appear! My husband and I enjoy everything about the Murdoch series  Betty Duncan

In the Round Furniture Set-Up I just got rid of my couch and have been searching for the perfect one without luck. So this week I actually thought why not get 2 more chairs (for a total of 4) instead. Now that I know it's a trend — just confirms the fact that I DO know what I'm doing when following my decorating instinct and furthering my education in order to do so! Thx H&H  Angie Visintin

1960s Rowhouse Renovation Absolutely gorgeous! Two things you might want to consider in the future — the step down to the living room can become a problem. Just not a safe idea.  The second problem — the buttons on the custom banquette — will rust when fabric is steam cleaned.  Avoid those buttons in furniture. The house is so beautiful — lovely and bright.  Well done!  saltnlightful

Photo Gallery: New Life For Salvaged Finds In 2011 I framed a Hungarian embroidery this way (grey silk but a professionally assembled white frame) and it is still one of my favorite pieces! I hope it will look timeless. Seeing this makes me want to try the DIY route, maybe with a brightly coloured backround. - Danslelakehouse

Oh wow this is awesome. I have black placemats that look exactly like these doilies that Ive been trying to figure out what to do with. Thank you for the fabulous idea! - Marianna Vecchio-Zimmerman

Great idea, I have some passed down and had no idea what to do with them. - Sandy Boudreau

Oh yes. I have some my grandmother and mother made. Very good idea. Will do this for sure. - Carol Burnell


Butter's Coconut Cake Recipe I can promise everyone.... it was good. @butterbakedgoods really does it up right! - Pinecone Camp

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