Christmas Past, Christmas Present, But No Christmas Future For House and Garden Magazine

I was disappointed to hear that the magazine House and Garden will end with their December issue. After ten years of trying, the magazine suffered from lack of subscriptions and tough competition from rivals. Dominique Browning, who had worked as editor for those years, expressed a sad farewell. Here is a portion of her letter to subscribers.

A magazine is a reflection of all the people who put it out, and I like to think that ours expressed integrity, intelligence, beauty and above all else, a passion for houses, gardens, and the life that weaves its way through every nook and cranny. Good Bye.”

As my small tribute to a magazine I’ve enjoyed over the years, I decided to show pictures from two House and Garden magazines. One from Christmas past, 1972 and the other from Christmas present, 2007. Sadly, there will be no Christmas future for House and Garden.

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Christmas 1972, House and Garden featured many handcrafts for decorating and gifts. The felt stockings (below) were a big hit in our family. My mother made each of us children one with our names. I still have mine.

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For those of you who remember the store in New York City called Wolfman-Gold and Good Company will appreciate this. Before that store, Peri Wolfman experimented in her home with…

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…needlepoint pillows and stockings which she sold in kits. I love all the red gingham in her livingroom…

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bedroom, and bathroom.

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House and Garden’s last issue takes us to the home of Aerin Lauder for Christmas 2007.

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The Lauder’s dining room is set for a wonderful holiday meal. Thank you House and Garden for giving us a feast for the eyes every month!