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Metropolitan Home Magazine Closes Its Doors

November 11, 2009

First it was Conde Nast’s Gourmet magazine, and now. . . Metropolitan Home.

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Metropolitan Home's june 2009 issue

As print faces an uphill battle against both the recession and the internet, I am saddened to think that the number of home decor and other magazines is on the decline. Metropolitan Home’s December issue will be its last, while owner Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. has decided to put its resources into Elle Decor.

There is something so magical about magazines, those big glossy pages with vibrant images, that simply cannot be replicated by the internet. Of course, I love blogs and the incredible amount of information and imagery accessible online, but I still feel like magazines are a treasure. I have several collections of Architectural Digest, Dwell, Bon Appetit, Elle Decor, and several others that I like to keep filed away in the bookcase to reference back to, to find inspiration, or just to spend a lazy afternoon flipping through.

From an environmental standpoint, of course, moving the home decor readership from print to online is a great thing. We can now get our fix of design without depleting resources and creating waste, which really is fantastic.

Both newspapers and magazines have been hit hard by this recession, so I’m asking you: do you cherish print? Is there something more romantic about opening the oversized pages of your favorite newspaper or magazine than pointing and clicking?

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