AT Interview: Donna Warner of Metropolitan Home

AT Interview: Donna Warner of Metropolitan Home

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 21, 2007

"Fresh, innovative, contemporary, definitely modern." That's how VP and Editor in Chief Donna Warner describes living the "Met Home" way. She also says "modern" does not mean "minimal," that Christmas comes in August, and to those in the know, it's called a "book," not a magazine. Who knew?

And turns out you can judge a "book" by its cover. Well, when the book is the September Met Home, you can. It says "Renovate!" and that's exactly what's happened inside. The "front of book" has been totally retooled, and Donna takes us through the highlights...

The new section, "*Word," is easier for busy readers to tackle, has content regularly dedicated to sustainable design, and will give "High/Low" fans reason to celebrate monthly.

Donna also talks about why there's no longer a real need for a return to "Apartment Living" (Met Home's origin) but why you'll find its soul in every issue, and how you can get real-life ideas from the grandest of spaces (if you look close enough). She's also very candid about how Met Home does (or doesn't) cater to its advertisers.

Lovely on the outside, a deep and heartfelt commitment to the world— and world of design— on the inside. Turns out Ms. Warner and the "book" she runs have a lot in common.

Hopefully, we'll get another guided tour when the Met Home small space issue hits the stands…

She also answered the AT Top:

1. What's the smallest home you've ever lived in?

My first apartment in New York… I'm not sure how many square feet it was, but I would guess it was 650-700 square feet. It was a very small one bedroom.

2. What's the last thing you bought for your own home?

I put a new carpet/stair runner on my stairs… and I wrote about it on the Editor's page!

3. If you had to furnish one room in your own home from scratch all from one source, what would it be?

I can't answer that! I'm a HUGE mixer… so I plead the fifth!

4. What's your favorite spot in your own home?

My kitchen. Or maybe my barn… I have horses.

5. How often do you cook?

We don't eat out during the week, and even on the weekends we eat at home… so "cooking" could be buying a roasted chicken and putting stuff with it, but every night, either my husband or I put some kind of a meal like that on the table.

6. What's the one thing you couldn't live without?

My family.

7. Where should people splurge in their homes?

I think it depends upon what you love… good upholstery is a good thing to splurge on, but if you happen to fall in love with this antique, and you just can't live without it, it can make your room, so that too.

8. What designer do you admire?

Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, he's doing a line of furniture for us, and I've also used him in my own home and he's wonderful, and he's just such a nice human being… and architects, I also admire Jean Nouvel. I just think his work is just fabulous.

9. What makes a home comfortable?

The people who live there… and some horses, and dogs!

- Patrick (the other one)

(Pic of Donna: Antoine Bootz)

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