Monday, December 9, 2013

Romantic Homes December Issue 2013

It is COLD and SNOWY
and I am feeling a tad 
lazy tired.

I figured today is a
 a good day to do my
"review" of the December issue of
I have to say that I am really disappointed
they removed the little 
blogger spotlight features
they used to do.
The whole layout of the magazine has changed
somewhat.  It has a "slicker" feel to it now-
with advertising more prominent.
I hate to say this but I really liked he old
format/style better.

that does NOT mean that there aren't some
great features here.
Let's start with something to EAT!
They highlight these cookies from
Aren't those CUTE COOKIES?  
These would be fun to make, wouldn't they?

Do YOU think turquoise/aqua at Christmas?
This is so softly pretty that I just love it!

Try as I might I could not find a direct link
So, it doesn't look like she has 
a web site for her business.
She has a fourteen page spread 
in this issue and it is called
Christmas On The Cape.
Look- See for yourself!
And LOOK here!
Ellen, if you ever read this-
Can I come sit at your table if I promise not to lick the silverware?

And here is our sweet Courtney from
She has been shamelessly 
 copied but cannot be duplicated.
This Victorian Christmas table is shown by the
very talented Jo-Anne Coletti@
If you don't know her and her artwork you are in for a treat.
She is one of a kind.

You know who else is one of a kind?
MyHero's little friend!
Here he is swinging on the dining room chandelier.
He's on his own in this adventure.
My Hero hasn't done that in years-
although I may have a picture of him with 
a lampshade on his head somewhere...

Better be nice to me, MyHero,
or I will post it here!
your photo name


Gina said...

It looks like another great issue, Diana. I would definitely be seated right next to you @ Ellen's table and I just might want to lick the silverware! lol
Thanks for sharing with us!

Sharon said...

Gorgeous pictures! I use to get that magazine all the time...and many other decorating magazines...but I just rely on blogs now to get my eye candy! lol!

Ron said...

Love the one from the Cape. Gorgeous! xo

Sylvia said...

Love all the photo's and Elf is cute,wonder where he'll be found next.

Amber said...

I miss that section too. Changes are inevitable but one that I hope NEVER comes is the end of paper copies. Call me old fashioned but somehow looking at a screen magazine isn't as cozy as flipping through a paper magazine. Besides, how would you dog ear a page?

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

I used to subscribe to this magazine years ago... I will have to look into it again..
Thanks for sharing all the beauty!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

It looks like this issue is full of some beautiful photos! I love the red and white chairs in the fourth photo and the table in the fifth!

Nellie said...

That little elf really gets around, doesn't he?

I really enjoyed this issue of the magazine.

Hope you are having a good Monday! xo Nellie

Anna Hanley said...

Love the photos my fav is the Christmas on the Cape. Definitely, your little friend hanging from the chandelier-so cute. Have a great day, Anna

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Diana,
I have to agree with you on the Romantic Homes. Not liking the new style so much either. Still one of my fav magazines. I love Elf hanging from the Chandelier. How fun is that to see. Have a great week my friend.

Faye said...

I do wish they hadn't changed it. I love the magazine and was going to subscribed but I'm not fond of the increase in selling things...more advertising and less pretty decorating. I'm going to wait and see what happens. I miss the blog features, it was one of my favorites. But I agree with a previous comment...don't take away our paper magazines!!! I will never view them online...NEVER!

Tessa~ said...

Mmmmm, looks delightful. And I think I'd like that spread on Christmas on The Cape...... :-)

camp and cottage living said...

Well swinging from the chandleir did bring something to mind, but I won't share that here!!
Thank you for giving me a peek into Romantic Homes-they sure have some pretty living spaces.

Beth said...

LOL You made me smile today, thinking of your 'hero' swinging from the chandelier.

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

YOU always make me laugh my friend. LOVED it and printing those cookie ideas. I love a new fresh idea for the holidays … xoxoxo TOODLES and hugs .. and sweet blessings for the holidays to you and your beautiful family

Donna said...

I really love JoAnn and Courtney's styles. It's always a treat to see both of them in Romantic Homes. Have you gotten your Jan. issue yet? Mine came the other day, and I was very disappointed. There was hardly anything in it that interested me. Maybe it was just me!

Jettie said...

He's likely to say, go elf yourself if you post that lampshade photo.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Ha, you need to find that picture! LOL!

Carol Z said...

Beautiful tables! I'm not a regular reader of this magazine, but I may become one.

Debbiedoos said...

HEHEHEHE..on the elf! Little trouble maker. Kinda disappointing on the mag. I suppose they are just trying something new for now to see how it goes over.

Heaven's Walk said...

I received my copy today in the mail and haven't had time to puruse the pages yet. But what a bummer about the blog spotlights! That's where I always discovered a new blog to follow. :( (sigh) Change isn't always a good thing, but it's usually inevitable. Glad that you could spend this cold snowy day cuddled up inside, Diana! Looks like it's gonna be a lonnnnng winter. :)

xoox laurie

Missy George said...

Your hero's little friend is having a good time..Pretty table settings..I'm not a fan of blues at Christmas..Maybe navy...pretty with snow..I guess I'm just a traditionalist..More snow tomorrow..

Willow said...

Some very pretty and festive scenes here !

Cindy said...

It's too bad they have deleted the blogger spotlight feature. That was how I became famous! Hahaha!!!
Thank you for featuring this magazine once a month, I cannot afford at this time to buy magazines, they are so very, very expensive. But, looking through blogs happens to be free as long as I have a computer, so that is what I do. I love finding new blogs and you've shown me a few here and I thank you again.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I am a little disappointed in the magazine also. I don't know why they feel they have to make so many changes.
Your elf is so cute. I put a lot of them into my garland over the hutch.
Have had them for years.
You need a rest - you have been in high gear for tooooo long. Take a day off and stay in bed and RELAX, you deserve it.

chateau chic said...

There are beautiful features in Romantic Homes this month, but I'm also missing the "Site Seeing" section of highlighted bloggers.
Mary Alice

Tete said...

That elf is really getting into trouble now. I am all for the lamp shade photo, as long as he's not in his underwear again.
Cold here, too. Blah on winter.

Vee said...

I have, through the years, grown disappointed with all my favorites. I released all my subscriptions...some I'd had for thirty years...and only purchase a magazine once or twice a year. With Pinterest and beautiful blogs, I have not missed them. This issue would interest me.

Chatty Crone said...

Some people are so talented. I have to say my favorite is the Vintage Rose Garden - the pink roses. sandie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I am surprised, but I love that aqua! Thanks for sharing, I look forward to your review as I don't get RH anymore. I quit my subscription a few years ago when the format moved away from the shabby fluffy look


Simply LKJ said...

I have found that so many of my favorite magazines have gone that route...more advertising than content. Disappointing. Loving the elf. Ours looks just like him!! LOL

tammy j said...

there is something SO familiar about your hero's friend's little face. . .
it looks a lot like sweet cheeks!

Sherry said...

I'm not a reader of the magazine, but that Victorian Table setting is to die for!

Karen said...

These are all beautiful. I am partial to reds and pinks but the aqua is so pretty.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

some great magazine features for sure. Tonight I was at a friend's house, and their elf was hanging from a fan inside a pair of (clean) fun

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

That elf is having too much fun. I hate when magazines change their format like that, but looks like some great features. xo Laura

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Lots of great photos here...I'd love to see that full Cape Cod spread. I don't know who's have more fun...the elf, you or us, waiting to see what he's going to be up to next!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Great features Diana...LOVE LOVE that home on the Cape!!
Now I think you should break out one of those pictures;)

Gert said...

Pretty pictures! Who wouldn't love any of these layouts in their home! Gorgeous!


Sweet Melanie said...

Ya know...I thought the same thing when I first opened mine. But I did enjoy the photos, especially the turquoise and whites...beautiful! I sure hope you got warm...I am freezing to death!

Pam Kessler said...

I just hate when they change up my magazines. I am a creature of habit. Glad to see the elf is having fun at your house. It's like Elf On A Shelf for adults.

Red Rose Alley said...

I like E & B Designs because I gotta have my RED décor at Christmas. Such lovely ideas here. Oh by the way, if you get a chance, stop by tomorrow for the "Tis The Season Blog Tour" and say hello. I think you'll enjoy it.