Shelter Magazines and Living With Art

Shelter Magazines and Living With Art

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 22, 2005

I've been an apartment dweller my entire life and even as a kid making my place cozy and MINE was a top priority and something I enjoyed enormously. AT speaks to my priorities, so it's a daily must read for me - I was thrilled (and flattered!) when I was invited to do a guest blogger stint here.

While Maxwell is off in Paris, I'll be covering two things near and dear to my heart: target="blank">shelter magazines and living with art (more on that later in the week).

My addiction to magazines, especially shelter titles, is a long standing one. Sure, I enjoy looking at pretty things and imagining a version of myself with the means to have it all, but aside from that, I love getting glimpses into how other people live (even though I know that the homes featured in many features have been hugely altered from how its inhabitants experience every day). When I look at magazines, I'm looking at the whole package: not just what's being covered but how:
the writing style, the photography, layout, typography, the personalities (and gossip!) behind the scenes, the web strategy, overall tone of the publication - all these aspects are fascinating to me.

So, when I talk about titles here, I'll be covering them from every angle.I'll cover a broad range of titles too: everything from mainstream publications like Metropolitan Home, Elle Decor and Martha Stewart Living to more indie publications like ReadyMade and Dwell (does Dwell still count as indie? I'm not sure!) to hybrid trade/consumer pubs like Interior Design and Metropolis.

Obviously, with such a broad range of titles AND the art stuff, I'm not going to talk about every title I mentioned above, so to get things rolling, I have some questions for you: Which shelter magazines are must reads for you? Which do you abhor? And which do you want to know more about? Jen Bekman of Personism

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