Good Housekeeping SA - Cover

Review: Good Housekeeping Magazine SA

Good Housekeeping SA - Cover

The next time you are standing in front of the rack displaying magazines at the supermarket or bookstore, take time our to meet the new kid on the block Good Housekeeping Magazine (SA).

Yes the Good Housekeeping mag has come to our shores at last.  It might be the new kid on the block in terms of South African mags, but it is an internationally recognized superbrand which was first launched in 1885 – you heard right!  Wrap you brain around that one – 126 years ago! With more than 30 million readers across the globe. In fact in the very first issue, there is a double page spread showing you exactly the countries it is to be found in.

As I write this I am reminded of a comical local TV ad about a man that is a company’s 1 millionth client. He is being interviewed as such and the TV presenter asks him “what took you so long?” Echoing my sentiments exactly – I so enjoyed reading this GH (shortened version of name) I too have to say “what took you so long to get to SA?”

It is not specifically an interiors magazine, although it naturally has a very good décor section and pages with all sorts of gorgeous décor goodies to buy from SA retail outlets. To quote the editor Sally Emery, “It is targeted at women exactly like you and me – women with full, busy lives, who are looking for smart, easy, affordable (and fun) solutions to all the challenges life throws at us.” Having read the GH from cover to cover, I could not sum the content and mission up any better – it is as she said it.

The various sections /categories of the GH are all titled with a wonderful play on the word “GOOD”. There is “Good Choices” – good buying options shared; “Good Looks” – which deals with beauty & fashion; “Good Buzz” – insights into home, family, celebs etc; “Good Advise”- expert advise on different aspects of life; “Good Enough Housekeeping” – fun ideas, short cuts, step-by-step solutions and then lastly “Good Health” – speaks for itself.

In the Good Enough section you will meet our favourite local blogger, Vicki Sleet from I Want That. Vicki, who is also Good Housekeeping’s Lifestyle Editor, heads the lifestyle advice column called “Ask Vicki” for all house-care tipe questions. Well done Vicki!

On the cover of this first issue is none other than Heidi Klum who after 4 children still looks like so slim, trim and beautiful. There is a fab interview with her in the Good Buzz section.

What do I fancy most about this mag and in particular this issue? For starters, I don’t do bikinis anymore and was so chaffed to find an article showing full length bathing costumes and helpful hints as to what to look for when buying. Then the “101 wonders / magic must haves” – clever buys with awesome images.  I cannot actually single out anymore because the mag is jam packed with loads of interesting tips and features.

They are equally as active online. You will find loads of competitions on their website. Stay updated & interactive with them on Facebook and Twitter.  Marica and I have just had the fun-est time entering the entire lot of FAB competitions online. Get in there quick peeps – it anything from an iPad and appliances to picnic baskets and a nature reserve weekend! I have read the book “Elephant Whisper” and want nothing more than to go hang out with them ellies in Thula Thula. The iPad – okay, between Marica and I may the best woman win (hopefully).

Will I buy it again – yes I definitely will. After battling to find a Mag that I could settle into for years now (other than décor mags) I think I have found my everyday gals mag.

Happy reading all – until the next time, Yours in service to interiors.

Review: Home Magazine

Scott Peck’s first line in his book “The Road less Travelled” is: Life is difficult. That sure gets the reader’s attention! Well although that is the truth, today I want to start out by saying: “Life is fascinating!” What makes it fascinating for me is that we are all different and yet we all have something in common.

The other fascinating thing is the fact that despite there being so many local and international interiors magazines, they all have a niche market, appealing to different people for different reasons.

This month I have the pleasure of briefly reviewing “HOME” the sister magazine of “IDEAS” which Marica reviewed last month.

Coming out of the few issues that I have read, I would say this magazine does not necessarily focus on featuring the work of designers and those in the trade, or featuring specific homes and projects. Rather I have noticed that it gears itself more towards the being an informative guide to achieving good interiors. It is a much broader “Get the Look” hands-on magazine. NOW – that appeals to me and I am sure to many.

The articles cover the history of interiors, different styles of interiors, interior trends, gardens and food. And let’s not forget the tips on how to get that look.

The messages are further enhanced by the entertaining, clear and concise images.

Local gets even more lekker – you will be able to find it on the shelves in both English and Afrikaans (I believe it’s called “Tuis”).

Combine this Home mag with its sister Ideas and what do you have – a fabulous wealth of interiors knowledge being shared. I would like to give them both the Design Monarchy’s “Royal Seal of Awesomeness”.

Check out their website: here and keep an eye out for the latest issue – it’s all about green-awareness and sustainability…

Review: Ideas Magazine

By Marica

Being in the interior design industry, our studio library contains many magazines (and I mean a-freaken-lot). Magazines are a great source of inspiration and it keeps us informed about what’s happening in the local and international design scenes. Over the years (and hundreds of mags), we have separated wheat from chaff and established a short list of our favourite magazines that we seldom deviate from – we are quite the magazine elitists.

However, earlier this year and quite per chance, Rose bought an Ideas Magazine (it contained an article on Toile that caught her eye)… and we LOVED it!

Ideas speaks to a different facet of my creativity – it stirs my “you can do this yourself” muscle (a part of me I believed to have died after the horrible décor DIY trends of the mid to late 90s). However, with the current handmade and nostalgic fads doing the rounds, I am newly inspired to create with my hands (btw, something I’m not very good at).

Ideas is page upon page of awesome and original décor, fashion and culinary DIY inspiration. Every time I turn a page, I find myself exclaiming, “I can do that!”, “That is SO clever!”, “We should do this!” It completely inflames and satiates the DIY diva in me at the same time!

Predictably, my favourite features are the “Craft & Décor” and “How To” sections. Ideas also include a “Templates” section at the back of the magazine with patterns, motives & cut-outs used throughout the magazine – that way you can just have it photocopied or blown up to scale to create the brilliant items you just read about.

Guys and gals at Ideas you can pat yourselves on the back – you give out an excellent magazine, and after that one impromptu purchase we haven’t missed one issue!

Check out Ideas Magazine’s website for some more DIY goodness and very interesting and crafty ideas…here.