Magazine Review: Premiere issue of Fresh Home

On my way to California last Friday, I was looking for new magazines [I hadn’t already read] in the airport lounge and saw that they had copies of the new home magazine put out by Reader’s Digest.   I was very excited, considering 3 of my favorite home magazines have just been cancelled.  So of course, I bought the premiere issue of Fresh Home and trotted off to the plane eager to sit down and have a little moment of inspiration.

Unfortunately, the magazine didn’t quite live up to my expectations.  Rather than have lots of great room porn, it ended up being filled with mediocre DIY craft projects and an overdose of random smiley people.   In fact, there were so many random smiley people that I thought it was useful to show you just what I mean.

So maybe I’m being overly picky, but I’d much rather look at great interiors than a bunch of models paid to look like they’re high on happiness.

Yes, there was one or two pics that were okay…but overall it was geared towards the person first dipping their toe  into home design.  With features like “how to choose the right light bulb”, “choosing the right paint brush”, “comparing different countertop options”, “how to load your paint brush”, “how to put together Ready to Assemble furniture” etc…this definitely told me it was NOT going to be replacing Domino.  There was nothing here about style.  It was more about simple, low-budget DIY.  And if I wanted that, I could easily find it on the internet.  I certainly don’t need to pay $5.00 an issue for it.

Needless to say, I’m bummed.  I miss Domino, Country Home, and Cottage Living…and as much as I love design blogs, they don’t take the place of a GREAT hard copy magazine.   May three of my favorite magazines rest in design peace.


11 thoughts on “Magazine Review: Premiere issue of Fresh Home

  1. ‘Room porn’. Hahaha!

    I understand what you mean about the random smiley people. While it’s fine to have one or two models in there, too much focus on them just kills it for me. People pics in interior shots should have a more practical role, eg. giving you a better impression of size and space of the room or furniture. I want to be able to fantasize and see myself living in them! Why bother buying the magazine then, I get more joy leafing through an IKEA catalogue.

    We don’t get Domino here in the UK, but I feel sad to hear it go. Rest in peace great magazines.

  2. Sorry to hear it disappointed but I’m not surprised. In any other market I think this mag may have just slipped by as another home mag directed to the masses but since there is a dearth of good design mags we are grabbing what we can which ends up being crap.

    Something will rise from the ashes of Domino but it ain’t FH.

  3. What an unrealistic view of DIY projects. My husband and I usually aren’t smiling by the end of a project, let alone on speaking terms. Okay not true…but we’re definitely wearing sweats and don’t look anything like these people. Thanks for the review!

  4. I haven’t subscribed to a magazine (besides Bon Appetite) in years because there is so little substance in the one’s I’ve flipped through. Mostly Ads.

  5. Random smiley people…you got that right…in fact in almost every picture, it is a random, smiling, heterosexual couple! Thanks for the review!

  6. I actually subscribed to this magazine. I have received only the first issue, although I have seen new issues in stores. I have contacted them twice without results. I am upset that I subscribed and paid for this magazine without even reading it first!

    I wrote AGAIN today and asked to have my money refunded!

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