Saturday, January 1, 2011

Stealing Beauty

What better way to dive head-first into the annus novus than with a bright new shelter pub? Nero's scanner's on the fritz, fair Nerophytes, but believe me when I decree that the February issue of House Beautiful delivers like no one's business. It's fresh, sophisticated to the core, global but appropriately cheery -- winter doldrums be damned. All you non-subscribers would do well to take a leap of faith here and go out and score a copy, stat.

Nero's been waiting in the wings like a ravenous hawk for my girl Kara Mann to unveil another one of her masterpieces in print. Alas, we're only thrown a bone here, but it'll give me something to gnaw on until her next meaty morsel drops. The woman is a design deity -- did I mention girl crush much?


Sketch42 said...

I actually thought it was one of their weaker issues! The cover didnt appeal to me, and a lot of the spreads felt like they were leftovers that didnt make it into any of last years issues...

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Hi there Sketch,

The cover certainly lacked edge and the first half or so of the pub leaned more conservative -- a touch more Hamptons cottage than I'd dig -- but I loved the Erin Martin piece, as well as many of the accessories and details scattered throughout.
Hey, second opinions are always welcome here ;)
These days, shelter pubs are running rather ragged, so anything that isn't an eyesore is a step up.
I will say I like this issue of HB better than the latest Veranda with the lovely Dara at its head.

Karena said...

Alcira, Now I am intrigued it should be in my mailbox!?

Happy New Years!

Art by Karena

Raina Cox said...

Still waiting on mine...

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Cheers Karena,

In my opinion, it's a good one -- take a gander ;)
Hope 2011 started well.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Howdy R,

It's got some good bits -- delishisness too ;)

my favorite and my best said...

i leafed through it and was pretty underwhelmed..
i suppose cuz you like it i might have to go through it again and see with a set of different eyes.
the cover alone was enough to make me want to stomp baby monkeys in the face.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Howdy MFAMB,

Ouch! Poor baby monkeys ;)
The cover did seem a little cottagey and random.
Who knows, I seem to be the only person who dug the issue.
Perhaps spending prolonged, sleepless jags at home in bad pjs with a kid this holiday season has warped my sense of vision ;)
Still, it's slim-pickens in the magazine world these days, so hell, I'll take whatever I can get ;)

Cheers, Alcira


Urban flâneuse, armchair observer, absent-minded scribbler, occasional epicure and carpool line cultural attaché, my nom de plume is Nero. Join me as I catalog a compilation of earthly delights and stuff that I dig. Alcira Molina-Ali



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