RSVP: Our Readers Have Their Say

Letters from the most recent issue of House & Home.

March 2022

Hello! I just got the new issue of your magazine House & Home with Linda Reeves on the front page. And what did my eyes immediately spot: a Bearded Collie laying beside her….looking exactly like my Libby who passed away in August last year. What a lovely surprise! Now I have to look through the magazine!
— Lilli Delf, Mississauga

It’s almost overwhelming trying to keep up with all of the “new” trends year after year. This time around, it seems everything has taken a much more grounded approach. I think it’s time I renovate.
— Julian Andrews, Moosejaw, Sask. 

January/Febraury 2022

I am an 83-year-old widower living alone. I have a number of hobbies and subscribe to a varied array of magazines, including yours. Once I am finished with them, I usually toos them in the recycling. Last month, however, the registered nurse practitioner who visits me took all of my publications and brought them to a seniors residence in town. I was so leased to hear that this small gesture brought so much joy. I thought it was a nice idea to pass thing along to other readers who might want to make someone else’s day.
— David Taylor, Berwick, N.S. 

I’m so pleased to see your magazine address reusing and recycling, and being aware of sustainability. I’d previously cancelled subscriptions to magazines due to the overly-consumption focus and throw away culture. What I’d also be interested in, and think consumers should be made aware of, is the origin of products, not just their price tags. Origin is becoming much more of an issue, particularly following the supply issues we’ve seen through Covid, and with rising fuel costs for transportation, not to mention the often lower quality of items made in China. It would be great to see where things are made listed alongside the brand and price.
— Helen Blackwood, Holland Landing, Ont. 

December 2021

When I received your December issue in the mail, I literally had to check the date on the magazine a couple of times to make sure it was the correct month. In my eyes, this issue featured virtually nothing relevant to the holidays.
Colette Sabourin, Dartmouth, N.S.

I was quite disappointed with December’s Ask A Designer column. The reader shared that they wanted to keep a table which was a family heirloom, and that they were in favour of more colour. Yet, the response was to move the table elsewhere and use a modern replacement, a black and white palette and neutral vases as accents. I feel that a family heirloom is important and was disappointed that the designer couldn’t come up with a creative way to incorporate it.
Bev Kallstorm,Victoria

I’ve always enjoyed the designs of Anne Hepfer, so I was pleased to see her gracing the cover of your December issue. I anticipate a lot of changes around my house will come from the inspiration I’ve found in these pages.
— Betty Hellance, Halifax

I was a bit disappointed to see you feature a California celebrity home. I have always cherished the Canadian content of H&H and the relatability of your featured homes and designers. Surely there are Canadian design projects (even in this unattainable for most price bracket!) that would have been a better choice.
— Gabrielle Napier

As a longtime reader, I have to say that the December 2021 cover is not my favourite. It has nothing to do with the Christmas season. Hoping for a better one next year.
— Les Hurlbert, North Battleford, Sask.

Sam Sifton’s recipe for Savoury French Toast With Cherry Tomatoes and Basil (“Recipes”) is an absolute favourite of mine! I’ve made this for guests since I opened the pages of your December issue and it’s a hit every time. Thank you for always squeezing in some good food & drink content every month!
— Ashton Gilmore, Port Hope, Ont.

November 2021

I’ve been a hopeful subscriber on and off for years, but have finally decided to no longer renew. I want to love this magazine so much because the content is Canadian and beautiful. But I find it getting increasingly further and further from the average middle-class homeowner and, quite frankly, it’s giving me an inferiority complex. Wishing you continued success, though. 
Stacey Kolesnikow, Peterborough, Ont.

I enjoy your magazine very much and share the subscription with my mother, who enjoys it as well. We’ve gotten many good ideas over the years from flipping through pages of H&H. I’m wondering if you could do a piece on quality, Canadian-made sofas. There are so many on the market that don’t last due to sagging upholstery and cheap frames. Before anything else, I’d love to support Canadian makers the next time I shop for one. 
— Lucia Wahed, Port Coquitlam, B.C.

For many years, it’s been a tradition for my mother to buy me a subscription to House & Home for my birthday. We would look through the magazine each month when it arrived and discuss decorating ideas, recipes and DIY projects together. She recently passed away in January 2021. I’m renewing my subscription annually on my birthday, not only because I love the magazine, but also because it brings back fond memories of the times me and my mom shared together.
— Carol Woods, Mount Forest, Ont.

October 2021

I should start by mentioning that House & Home is the best design magazine on the market! Now, I may be late to this design style but how does anyone change bed sheets in the close quarters of bunkies (“Cabin Fever” Jul/Aug)? Especially bunk beds with thick mattresses; weekly changes would seem to require a muscular contortionist on stilts. Despite this concern, they really are beautiful.

— Sandy Perry, Mason, Minnesota

I am a long time subscriber to House and Home magazine. I love to dream about decorating when I read your magazine. Most months I savour the magazine. I’ve been wanting to write to you for some time…. My question is this: Do you not have any agents in Western Canada? It appears that you believe that all quality decorating and trends take place in Toronto and possibly Vancouver! NOT SO! Please arrange for the monthly articles to highlight Edmonton and Calgary. OMG! There is so much happening here! Calgary has the incredible Bridgeland neighbourhood where the old blends with the new infill houses. It’s an incredible mix and makes for wonderful decorating. Edmonton, my home, has been presenting skinny homes, also infills, that often provide controversy in expensive neighbourhoods, but the homes are incredibly efficient and interesting. Take a look! It’s certainly time to look at western cities in Canada. Yes, send a few teams or arrange for those who live in these cities to offer new homes and decorating advice.

— Bette Ann Edwards

September 2021

So happy to have just watched the newest episode of The Lakehouse! (Every couple of days I was checking in to see if it was posted!) So happy that Lynda’s vision is coming to fruition! Even when the “lakehouse” is “done,” I would like to put in a good word to ask if you would continue the series and all of the upcoming “tweaks” to the lakehouse to see exactly how she refines her vision! Thank you so much for all of your inspiration!

— Martha Collins, Osoyoos, B.C.

Hi, just a friendly comment about the music you sometimes use in your videos. I watch many of them and the music often detracts from/overpowers the visuals and narration. For example, the before and after basement video that you just sent out. If there was an option, I would have turned that music bed off, not just down. It was a bit distracting. Love the designs though, they were incredible!

— Sandra Butterfield, Toronto

June 2021

I just watched the video of the landscape project which was done by Joel Loblaw. The interior of the house was done by Cynthia Ferguson. The outdoor space is very pleasant looking, but I am puzzled when Joel says that the arbor structure protects the owners from the elements as the overhead structure is completely opened. Do they have a hidden retractable awning?

— Carine

I’ve been enjoying the May issue of House & Home as the warmer weather rolls in, finding it very motivating for my hopeful backyard makeover. When I’m not turning pages, I’m endlessly scrolling on your Instagram page for decor and product inspiration as well. I never noticed how many giveaways are available… fingers crossed!

— Maria Berardi, Kelowna, B.C.  

May 2021

When I read the One-Liner Trendwatch in your April issue, I couldn’t help but think a key designer was missed — Steven Sabados (S&C Design) has some really fabulous designs but one entire collection dedicated to the simplicity of lines. It’s called “Wired.” I love that he has been able to reinvent himself after losing his life partner so tragically, turning back to his roots in art.

— Anita Young

I am a long-time fan and follower of House & Home and enjoy reading every page of every issue! I especially enjoy features that showcase my backyard of beautiful British Columbia. I was looking forward to the November issue as I had heard that an old classmate of mine turned architect was to have one of her designs featured. The article wasn’t about the home she designed, but rather a focus on interior designer, Ami McKay, and her work in the space. While the piece itself and the home were absolutely lovely, I felt the context of the article could have benefitted from a closer look at the architect’s process, I know she took so much time paying attention to the City of Vancouver’s desire for traditional elements in this neighborhood. Hoping to see more of that in the future.

— Jennifer Harbaruk, Kamloops, B.C.

Dear Canadian House and Home, after just getting into a kitchen cupboard DIY reno, my son has been temporarily laid up due to a skiing mishap. As his sons are on March Break, the timing was right for them to pitch in and help with the work. Oliver, left and Harrison, right, both ten years old. What a great job they’re doing, and they seem to be enjoying it.

— Charlotte Fraser, Bedford, Nova Scotia 

April 2021

Good day, I love receiving my issues of House and Home. The homes you feature are gorgeous and prompt so many decorating ideas. My only complaint is that you print the name of the producer and photographer in the magazine binding in such small font. These hardworking individuals are thrilled to be featured in your magazine and deserve recognition. No one is going to pull open and flatten the page to find their names. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

— Suzanne Murphy

March 2021

I’m just wondering why the December 2020 issue does not reflect many Christmas decorating ideas, and actually it hasn’t in the last couple of years. This should be a huge issue, very disappointing. Is there a reason?

— Pam Harkness, Kitchener, Ont.

Disappointing December 2020 issue. Every year I look so forward to the December issue for some holiday decorating ideas. When we are all looking for some holiday cheer this year, the December issue was a big let-down! Almost no holiday decorations. I guess this issue fits in well with the rest of 2020: not what we were hoping for.

— Nicola Jones, Whitby, Ont.

I am writing to tell you how much I was looking forward to your December 2020 issue. At a time when so many of us are looking for the comfort and warmth of the holiday season, your December issue offered an abundance of stark modern interiors that looked like they were photographed at any time of year other than the holidays. Lacking in this month’s issue was the warm glow of the holidays that would inspire me to transform my home into something special at a time when so many of us will not be able to venture beyond our own four walls. I will seek holiday inspiration elsewhere.

— Erin Gowriluk, Cantley, Que.

I got your November 2020 issue with that lovely picture of the children in a snowy Christmas scene. Why on earth did you not have that on your December 2020 cover? Every year your December magazine is a let-down. Why? It’s available early enough in November so people who are wanting some ideas and tips for decorating have ample time, but there’s no sign of the season, except for “Comfort & Joy,” which is very minimalist and some designers gift ideas. Your cover could have been any time of year. After the year we’ve had with COVID-19, I think people are looking for some joy and your front page does not reflect that nor does the content. Every year people say the same thing but for some reason you just plough on and do what you do every year, produce a bland December issue. Disappointing!

— Laura Keogh, St. George, Ont.

I just wanted to say thank you for finally sharing some beautiful soulful homes (November 2020). The homes of Philip Mitchell, Mark Narsansky and Nancy Lockhart together with the featured home that Tommy Smythe had worked on in Charleston, South Carolina, are such a nice departure from the boring, white, minimalist homes that have become the norm. These boring, white, minimalist homes don’t evoke any feeling of soul or warmth for me. It would be nice to see more color and more soul in the future! Thanks for keeping up the great work during these COVID times. Your magazines are a God send to us all!

 — Rose Blamey, Vancouver

Let me just say that I have been a subscriber for many years and love House & Home magazine, however in the October 2020 issue, in “More or Less” I found the prices of the items that were more to be unrealistically priced $20,000 for the artichoke pendant and $39,000 for the free form sofa, people who can afford those prices are not buying this magazine. Keep it real.

— Patricia Brauer, Ont. 

I agree with Penny Moffatt of Ballantrae, Ont. (“RSVP,” October 2020), the focus on the upscale markets in decorating has become more obvious. Perhaps the return of Lynda Reeves as President has something to do with this but perhaps not. But since Canada doesn’t have a plethora of decorating mags, spread the coverage from budget to luxury and give us all a chance to upgrade our look without breaking the bank. It would be a nice change wouldn’t it?

— Susan A. Frandsen, Dundas, Ont.

Finally getting around to reading your October 2020 issue and couldn’t possibly agree more with letters from Penny and Erin, Penny in particular (“RSVP”). It would be wonderful to see fewer high-profile designers, i.e. Brian Gluckstein in virtually every issue, and more “local” designers and interior decorators. Still enjoy your magazine but I suspect that most of your design ideas and products are becoming increasingly less relevant to the average home owner.

— Colleen McAloon, High Prairie, Alta.

In the September 2020 issue, you had an article about designer, Cynthia Ferguson. On page 64 there was a picture of a blue bookcase. As soon as I saw it, I knew what had to happen in my cottage renovation on Wolfe Island. Here is the before and two after photos.


— Marianne Miller, Toronto

December 2020

Thank you for all your wonderful work putting House & Home together. Here are a couple of photos from my house and home, your magazine is an inspiration!

Cindy Bean, Victoria, B.C.

October 2020

I received my May issue today and I love the articles, particularly “Home Grown.” One issue I have with your magazine, however, is the continued use of showcasing someone as a “designer,” particularly in this issue, Sarah Baeumler, who is nothing more than a TV personality presenting herself as a “designer.” We have many talented professionals in the Canadian design world and my preference as a subscriber is to see the work from those professionals in your magazine. Being the top Canadian magazine choice for home decorating, you have a responsibility to present individuals as they are — in this case as decorator, and not as a professional designer that has the academic qualifications and experience. Otherwise, what am I paying for?

— L. Samson, Brampton, Ont.

As a former art teacher and student of Arthur Lismer at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, I have found that in order to enjoy art, you do it on your own budget and creativity. Namely graphic prints — usually originals are often affordable — and should you wish to have larger pieces, posters of exhibitions are a good way to go. Laminated or framed, they are easy to buy in stores or in museums book stores. When one of Van Gogh’s famous “Sunflowers” painting was exhibited, I fell in love with it, and as a poster, it reminded me of the vivid colors and the viewing of his other works. The old-fashioned idea “where there is a will, there’s a way” works well in this situation.

— Vivien Lapa, Dollard des Ormeaux, Que.

[The following letter is in response to this letter from July-August RSVP: “Although the pictures in your May issue are very beautiful to look at, it seems that you’re only showing homes of people with unlimited money to spend. With a looming recession on the horizon, perhaps it would be a good idea to show how you can create a beautiful home with the things you already have. I’m still cooking in my old-fashioned kitchen that I’ve decorated with lovely green plants and, when I go to bed at night, I sleep very well because I have no debts and am thankful for being alive and healthy. In the end, this is what’s important in life. Lara Barrington, Rosemère, Que.”]

September 2020

My partner’s in lockdown in Canada and I’m in lockdown in Australia. He just got home from here in mid-March, but I couldn’t get out to join him in late April, so his birthday present to me, a subscription to House and Home, looked to be a non-event for this year until the March, April and May editions arrived during the week. On my birthday! I’m drooling and my daughter-in-law drools later, when I pass them onto her. The Scandi-style kitchen in Seattle (March issue) is a standout and plans are already afoot, although Ontario’s cottages do it for me every time, too. Delicious!

— Nicola MJ Stainlay, South Murwillumbah, Australia

I would like to send a big thank you to Alison Roman for her spectacularly tasty lemon tea cake (“Perfectly Imperfect,” May). Not being able to share in person, I emailed the recipe to four friends across Canada. I’m happy to report that last weekend (Mother’s Day) two friends in Ontario and two friends here on Vancouver Island baked and enjoyed the Turmeric Lemon Tea Cake. Kudos, Alison… that’s definitely a keeper!

— Sue Gardner, Victoria, B.C.

I look forward to each issue’s “Ask a Designer” page, but was disappointed with June’s. When readers are asking for color ideas, are they coming from white houses with white objets and staples? One of the photos includes a scarf on a headboard. Colorful sheets might bring cheer to the room, or non-white flowers, even. The pillows in the white great room provide so little color that they’re lost in the white. Painting non-white neutrals isn’t really “color” and showing a picture of a white pillow with a barely non-white fabric option isn’t really “color.” Finally, the pale non-white neutral behind the white dishes in the kitchen cabinet is barely color. Bringing out the colored items you own but store in the crawl space or garage also isn’t decorating with color. Other readers have commented on House & Home’s white or almost-white palettes and I’m adding my voice to support the use of color beyond these mild suggestions.

— Corinne Janow, Oliver, B.C.

Just sending a little note to let you know how much I am enjoying your Housebound episodes. Such a wonderful, creative idea for the situation we find ourselves in… and something to look forward to watching each week. I enjoy the conversations you have with the designers and love seeing their beautifully decorated homes, as well as yours! P.S. I look forward to many more episodes… hopefully?

— June Spooner, Kingston, Ont.

I would love to see the superbly talented Scott Yetman of Montreal interviewed by the extraordinary Lynda Reeves for an episode of Housebound. Does he miss the classical elegance of his previously up-dated, old world flat? Does he see a return to mixing antiques and classical millwork with the overwhelmingly modern content of today’s design?

— Nerissa Dexter, Silicon Valley, Calif.

July/August 2020

Lovebirds aren’t ornaments (“Perennial Favourite,” May). It’s sad and disappointing to see two live lovebirds in a tiny, unsuitable and bare cage on someone’s porch. Lovebirds are intelligent parrots and deserve better.

Sharron Weeks, North Vancouver, B.C.

I received my May issue of House & Home and was surprised and disappointed that it was not in a plastic sleeve. During this pandemic, would it not be better to be able to wipe it down before opening, since we already know COVID-19 can live on shiny paper and cardboard?

Lauramary Cook, St. Stephen, N.B.

I am always anxious to get my copy of H&H in the mail. Unfortunately, the last several issues have come in an almost unreadable state which really detracts from the enjoyment. Is there a way that I can continue my subscription but receive the magazine in better condition? This is the only mail that I receive in such poor condition — ironically all the bills are perfectly legible. Help!

Amy Hagbom, Minneapolis, Minn.

I used to be a faithful subscriber, but stopped doing so because the issues always arrived damaged. I had been able to find H&H in the magazine sections of a few grocery stores, but have not been able to over the past few months. Any names of retail outlets that carry your magazine would be greatly appreciated.

Joan Fauchere, Morristown, N.J.

I have really enjoyed House & Home for many years now, having stumbled upon the magazine accidentally on a market magazine stand. The quality of photography, writing, the paper it’s printed on, products and style featured. The one thing I’m always curious about, and what I anticipate with each new issue is “where do the rest of the Canadians live?” Why not feature some middle-class, moderate income folks, their pared-down choices and styles, their family homes in locations outside the metropolitan areas or high-end getaway locations? Not having travelled much in Canada, I’d like to see more of my beautiful neighbor’s countryside represented. Just curious!

Chris Tiffany, Solvang, Calif.

I baked the Lemon Turmeric cake today and what a mess! I was eager to try it because I can’t eat cakes prepared with milk or cream but can eat those made with buttermilk or sour cream. I followed Alison Roman’s advice and used a 4″ x 9″ pan (she didn’t). The top layer oozed out and the lemon slices slid off onto the old cookie sheet I put underneath (just in case). Halfway through baking, I used a slice to remove the bits that had oozed out so far and put them on a plate. More oozed out with the lemon slices. I scooped up the slices and dumped them on top. The resulting crater from the impact site makes a dismal picture. And yes, it is delicious.

Dawn Morin, Read, Ont.

Free May issue for those with Apple devices? Really? This is not a great plan, as you will tick off a lot of non-users in an era when Android has about half the market! Time to get current…

Guy Hodgins, North Vancouver, B.C.

Thank you for your April cover. I have despaired of the total lack of color in your pages. For a lot of our year, the skies and landscape are white and gray, and so were all of your pages, with kitchens that looked like they were prepped for surgery. Now, as I am confined at home, I am catching up on my magazines and what a pleasure to see color on the cover and in the pages that follow. I went on a house tour in my town before Christmas, and you would swear that each home had been done by the same designer (they weren’t). No color, no imagination and no fun. Please include color in your issues and everyone take care.

Sharon Heinrich, Whitby, Ont.

I want to say how much I enjoyed the April and May issues. The articles with the floor plan drawings, as well as the before and after photos were great. They add so much more to the story, even though it takes me longer to read each article, as I study the details much longer. I’m sure it is difficult to find properties with before photos, but a floor plan drawing, even if not to scale, adds so much to my enjoyment. I also like to see outdoor shots as well. Keep up the good work.

Shirley Pulfer, Iroquois, Ont.

I have enjoyed your magazine for many years and have had great ideas for our home that we lived in the last couple of years. The issue of the April magazine was one of the best. Many good ideas and beautiful homes. I am so looking forward to Tommy Smythe’s article on his renovations down South. I think he is a great designer. The story of Mezari Atelier & Boutique is wonderful; it is nice to know there are people like her out there. Great job on the April issue.

Doris Iverson, Vernon, B.C.

The May issue of your magazine confirmed my suspicion that there is no diversity and inclusion executive on your editorial team. On page 60, there is an image of an ex-slave featured as “art” on the walls of a Toronto couple’s home (“The Big Picture”). This graphic image, which is often shown in history textbooks, is a reminder of the atrocities and violence my ancestors had to endure. As a descendent of slaves, I would never hang this on my walls and it is especially painful to see this image on display in the home of two white art collectors. It is simply inappropriate to use an image of such suffering for aesthetic purposes. I am deeply disappointed that in spite of your efforts this mistake has occurred.

Peggy Piet, Kitchener, Ont.

June 2020

I’m a big fan, so when Lynda wrote in last month’s editorial that she would love to hear from readers, I felt compelled to share my bathroom reno. I dreamed and planned it for a number of years, so I appreciated the cost breakdowns that started to appear in the magazine. One quote was more than $21,000 — I was so disheartened because I just couldn’t afford it. I realized quickly that my Persian luxury spa wasn’t going to happen. So, I went a different route for my enveloping, pampering space. My daughter and I joked that it would be a “Canadian Shield Luxe” look: wood, mineral, glass. We also added a little Persian pattern, hammam towels and Swedish wallpaper. The bathroom is now a place I love, and I’m glad for being able to use your content as a way-finder through all the factors that go into a renovation. We showered at the YMCA for two weeks, and it was worth it in the end. Thanks House & Home!

— Susan Heidenreich, Winnipeg, Man.




I’m a Canadian who has been living and working in Prague, Czech Republic, since 1992. I received a subscription for House & Home and enjoy the issues very much. While I don’t often use recipes in magazines, I find that those you feature are often very good, so for a weekend party at the end of February, I made three of the recipes from the February issue. I have no idea if you will be interested in knowing this, but I wanted at least to say how much we enjoyed the Squash Crostini and two winter salads. These are the recipes we served at our party at Rusty’s Retreat, the weekend of February 22, for a group of 14 people. It was a great weekend party!

— Královské Vinohrady, Prague, Czech Republic

In your March issue, you included a letter from a reader that caused me some concern (“RSVP”). In short, the letter summed up the reader’s insistence to support Indigenous art but not the harvesting of furs, as they deemed there was no possible way to be “cruelty-free.” And it is exactly this Colonial attitude still pervading our society today that makes me aware that racism and oppression of Canada’s Indigenous peoples continues. I’m a teacher in the North, and more than half my students spend time on the land with their families, learning the traditional ways of living on the land, of trapping and of being stewards of the land. I’ve spent time with Dene elders, men who spent their youth in residential schools, teaching the youth of today the importance of trapping and setting wire snares to trap their food, which they then harvest, with nothing going to waste. And finally, they teach the importance of sharing what you have with those that need it most. The commercial fur trapping (mentioned in the letter) is, again, another way of life for folks who live on the land and maintain sustainable environmental practices. The small profit made on their commercial venture is poured into their home community. Consider supporting Indigenous artists in all the ways they maintain a living, and not just through the “Euro-centric” lens of what is acceptable or not.

— Bridget McLeod, Yellowknife

May 2020

I was delighted to hear from a friend that one of their projects was going to be featured in the February 2020 issue. I picked up the copy on my coffee table and scanned the article and the source guide, and there’s no mention of the contractor or builder and construction crew. I have been a long-time subscriber but never realized you didn’t identify or give credit to the general contractors or builders in your source guide section. This feels wrong to me given the end result of the designer’s vision that you are showcasing would not be so without the talented crew. I think readers would also like to know how to get in touch with the creators of the vision. It takes a team.

— Diane, Toronto

April 2020

Congratulations on a fun and informative article on art collecting in the January issue (“The Art of Living: Illustrated Edition”). As a professional artist, I am always being told I have no room for more art. Thank you for showing art hung salon-style in this and on other pages of your magazine. I will now be able to show clients a viable hanging design to prove that excuse no longer counts!

— Cathy Groulx, Woodstock, Ont.

On page 32 of the January issue of H&H (“Home Library”), in a review of the book, Henbury: An Extraordinary House, there is a caption: “In the central hall or “piano nobile”…” This is very pedantic but I believe a “piano nobile” is not a central hall — it is: “The floor of a building where the principal bedrooms and main reception rooms are found. Very often on the first or second floor in older buildings.”

Lynne Archibald, Toronto

I had a good chuckle after noting the “The Paint Report” (January). I messaged my daughter, to inform her that the paint color she chose for her room, over ten years ago, is now considered “fresh and inviting.” It’s very similar to the muted lavender featured in the article. Her response: “Always knew I was ahead of the curve!” I had many thoughts on the Christmas issues, but now I feel I’ve moved on and will live in hope for next year.

— Nancy Bullard, Edmonton, Alta.

I like holiday issues no matter when they arrive. In fact, my November 2019 issue did not arrive and I paid $11 to buy a back issue and it was a worthwhile purchase. If I really thought of the dates as only religious holidays, I would not do any decorating, baking or gifts at all. I would privately look to art, music, words and prayer. But all the add-ons must mean we humans need celebrations with decor, food, drink and gatherings as they have not disappeared even as religious observance has diminished. It is fun to see new ways to celebrate! That is where and why you and your advertisers exist. My new decor item this year was a plain six-foot curtain of white lights bought for $15. And in the name of world peace, even though I am not Jewish, I put up a mezuzah on my door jamb. I have wanted one for 65 years. But the old traditional items showed up: my grandmother’s china, creamed corn pudding and pine cones.

— Sally Vegso, Marietta, Penn.

I have just renewed my subscription today and this is because of Lynda Reeves in particular. Lynda answered a reader’s question about the use of “interior designer” in the magazine in the January issue, and I appreciated her answer very much. Being a self-taught interior designer (highly graduated in political sciences, economics, literature and ballet by the way), I have encountered so many bad comments since I arrived in Canada two years ago. Besides taste, the ability to create harmony and creativity are not taught in any school. As far as I’m concerned, I just collaborate with someone else for the technical drawings — just as many senior designers do — and everything is fine, even for commercial interior design. Thank you for the inspiration and knowledge of the local brands that your magazine provides, and thank you Lynda for being true, free and bold in all your writings.

— Sabine Benoit, Quebec City, Que.

I wanted to write and thank Margot Austin for her wreath idea (“Designer Doors,” November 2019). I was given a wreath and quickly took off all the clutter on it and dried my own lemons, which I’ve never done before. Then I attached them to both sides of my wreath so I could see them both inside and outside of my door. I think I was very clever doing so. I look forward to every issue.

— Shelley Matheson, Stonewall, Man.

March 2020

This is the first time I’ve written to a magazine. I have been a subscriber to Canadian House and Home for at least five years. The reason I am writing is I’m wondering who your audience is now. The first few pages of the December 2019 issue have me flabbergasted — I’ll tell you why. In the House & Home + Nordstrom advertorial “What’s on Your List,” you are actually suggesting a Jo Malone candle for $90 for a hostess gift? That’s a little extravagant for a hostess gift. The next page that I really could not believe was the “Style Files” advent calendar from Tiffany’s for $152,340.00. Dream gift… are you kidding me? The cost of a house in some parts of Canada you’re calling a “dream gift”. Thanks, but no thanks. I will no longer subscribe to H&H, it’s a little rich for me.

— Sue MacDonald, Moncton, N.B.

Some nice work by Katherine Newman in “House & Home of the Month,” (Dec., 2019). But did anyone else find the idea of a 5,000-square foot pied-a-terre somewhat vulgar? Especially with the principal residence in the same commuter belt? This is almost as big as the Princess Margaret Showhome.

— Sandra Bernstein, Toronto

I am writing to tell you how utterly disappointed I was with both the November and December 2019 issues of House and Home. Now is the time that readers look to magazines for inspirations to decorate their homes for the holidays. The only thing common in both issues was greenery with no dress-up! Couple that with holiday wrapping that looked like a grade school project — I am convinced that whoever came up with this was a recent graduate of “Decorating on the Cheap – 101”. Come on, you people can do better than this. Bring back the glam that we all want to see this time of the year and stop with the minimalist crap.

— Sandy Foley, Surrey, B.C.

Sadly, I am cancelling my subscription for a number of reasons. The magazine I looked so forward to reading each month seems to have become so out of touch with its readers. It also only seems to cater to people with deep pockets. Finally, your December 2019 issue was void of any real Christmas design inspiration and an enormous disappointment. People don’t want to be reading about designers of the year during this month. We want more Christmas and holiday inspiration.

— Lisa Ferguson, Aurora, Ont.

We love your magazine and read it for inspiration and to see what’s trending. I just noticed some incorrect information on page 72 of the November 2019 issue. Nam Dang-Mitchell put Norfolk Island Pine trees outdoors for Christmas. I can see that they are already frozen, as they are usually bright green. They are a tropical plant and can only be outdoors in the summer.

Carol Onion, Perth, Ont.

You certainly brought the best with the idea of the holiday cookies (“The Sweet Spot,” Nov., 2019)! Our cookie platter boasts Laura White’s Hazelnut Amaretti; it is the new family favorite! Elegant, easy and to die for!

Joanne Brown, Kamloops, B.C.

I received two issues (including the Christmas issue) and I am very disappointed. I found its content to be ninety percent advertisement and few pages of décor. The décor was not at all inspirational, in fact very hideous. I bought a subscription for myself and my mother for Christmas and she was also disappointed. I understand that everyone has a different taste but there are many styles out there to cover, not everyone wants to cover their walls with hideous 18th-century wallpaper and make every room dark and gloomy.

Lise Romero

February 2020

I’ve been jotting notes for many years, intending to write about my favorite pieces in your magazine, which, by the way gets better with every issue, in my view. Here are just a few: Joergen Bodum’s chalet in the Engadine Valley, Martha Sturdy’s B.C. coastal home, Daryl Carter’s kitchen (January, 2011), Alix Jaffe’s house and Angela Wheeler’s kitchen (the most beautiful kitchen I’ve ever seen); the spectacular food photos such as the pasta ‘rags’ on the Saudade plate and the cherry snowflake pie (Nov. 2018); any photo with dogs (the best is a French bulldog (I think) in the arms of one of his family members while she is writing on a blackboard in a Christmas edition). What I’d love to see more often: designers’ homes such as the doors you featured in November 2019, vegan recipes (I can adapt most of yours yet I’d like more focus on plant-based menus. This season’s Food & Drink is all over it!), European homes (I’m in love with anything European and Scandinavian. I buy all of the British shelter magazines), hotel suggestions as you did a few times (I go to Tablet Hotels most often for vacations; sometimes there isn’t one). A few ‘finds’ that may be of interest to you — a Swedish calligrapher/artist I found in a European magazine named Ylva Skarp whose work is gorgeous, a coffee shop in Stratford, Ont., called Edison’s Cafe Bar (the wonderful inn is upstairs and the owners are outrageously talented and hip), a lovely market in Collingwood, Ont., called Curries Farm Market that I can imagine in a film, and the Ett Hem hotel in Stockholm, Sweden (there are no words! I just stayed there.) Thanks for the opportunity to weigh in. I do have one request — no animal heads on wall or skins on furniture. And, a thought: does it concern your magazine that so many homeowners use your company as an advertising platform to sell? I’ve counted four owners who have done so lately just in my area.

— Rozanne Stein, Collingwood, Ont.

Dear H&H, I have enjoyed your magazine for years but don’t think I’ve ever been as smitten by a house as the Wheeler/Malcolm home featured in your November 2019 issue (“Oh, What Fun!”). What a beautiful, welcoming and relaxing looking space! I especially loved the simplicity and white walls and concrete floors warmed up by all the wood, natural fabrics and deep, comfy colors. My family lives in a small urban home (which we love) but it is really fun to see others’ country-life dreams realized so perfectly. Thanks to the homeowners for inviting us in!

— Kate Bond, Vancouver

Wow, what a great room on the December cover — so warm and inviting. I wanted to see more but that was it — just the cover shot. Instead of more about this wonderful room we got 16 pages of two Toronto spaces that are among the coldest, most sterile and dullest I’ve ever seen in a decor publication. Very disappointing.

— Anne Edwards, Toronto

Saw this issue at the checkout, and I usually buy one, but the cover was such a disappointment that I didn’t even bother to look inside. I was so upset to see this awful cover, completely unrelated to Christmas. Why would you put a hodgepodge clutter of a bunch of pictures and objects completely unrelated to the Canadian Christmas we expect and enjoy? Why no Christmas tree, snowy scenes, cozy indoor scenes, families in front of a fireplace, kids skating and so on. Endless possibilities, and you come up with that cover. My friends and associates that read your magazine all agree, the cover was awful for the Christmas issue and hope to see better!

— Don Sanders

Couldn’t agree more with Mary Ann Lesperance’s feedback in the December RSVP section regarding your November Christmas issue. While “Designer Doors” was great, I was disappointed with the rest of the articles showing under decorated, over simplistic, and should I say “boring” photos of homes that really don’t look much like a celebration of Christmas. In Mary Ann’s words, “this is the one season to lay it all out there with sentiment and style.” Also, why not show whole or at least partial rooms more and less of the close ups of a group of candles on a mantle, a single potted plant or a coffee table display. I, for one, would love to see some beautifully and abundantly decorated homes. Enough with this minimalism!

— Janice King, Saint John, N.B.

In the very issue that Margaret Mould of Vancouver’s letter is published regarding how many Ontario homes you feature, you have done it again (“RSVP,” December)! One in Quebec and all of the others, including “Kitchen Stories” are in Toronto or nearby. Seriously, what is the reasoning behind this? I agree with Margaret, I’m over it.

— Lori Boughton, Langley, B.C.

Dear Lynda Reeves, as a long-time subscriber (for over 20 years) I’m contemplating jumping ship with my money to a more deserving decorating magazine! There comes a time when one must take the time to sit and write a letter to a magazine that I have so loved (except for the past few years or so…) and often purchased additional subscriptions for friends purchasing new homes or for Christmas to tell you about how disappointing your magazine has become! I was so looking forward to receiving one of my absolute favorite issues (November and December). Well, the December magazine arrived last week. At first glance I thought this must be a mistake… I must have received your January Trends issue and somehow missed my December issue because this “devoid of warmth, coziness, Christmas magic and holiday inspiration,” couldn’t possibly be your December issue! imagine my disbelief to see that this sterile cover is indeed your December 2019 issue. Wow! A truly horrible cover! And equally just as horrible is what is contained in most of the issue — a five-minute perusal from front to back cover of a very thin issue with limited interesting stories and others that lack inspiration of any kind. You’ve lost your touch House & Home!

— Rita

Your December 2019 issue was a real disappointment. I did renew my subscription but I think that it will be the last time…. I guess this is just not for me anymore.

— Anne Blimkie, Ottawa

I would like to say that I have been buying your magazine since the ‘90s and have for the most part loved the issues, especially in the early years. This year I’m very disappointed with your November and December issues. Especially with all the ads and not enough content. I also feel you missed the mark with your cover… the December issue arrived in my mailbox Nov. 5, so I expected more Christmas decor ideas as well holiday entertaining ideas. If I was not a subscriber, I would not have bought the issue. Very disappointed. Today I received Style at Home and they beat you by far. Hope you go back and look at your glory years and what made it work. Good luck.

— Vula Kawalez, Cambridge, Ont.

What a huge disappointment. Not a Christmas issue at all. Ugly rooms and furniture and recipes not much better. I will not be renewing.

— Julie Carruthers, Ottawa

I would love to see some of Natalie Chong’s designs in your magazine! I feel she’s one of the best designers to appear in the design world and I’m sure your readers would love her work. I was happy to see her contribution to the “What’s on your List? (Nordstrom), how about featuring her designs next?

— Sue Kessner, Laval, Que.

January 2020

I have subscribed to your magazine for many decades and start reading it as soon as I receive my copy and then wait for the next month to be published. Some of my favorite articles were: “Designer Doors” (November), “All That Jazz” and the Yorkville condo “The Bright Side” (October), “European Tour” (September) and in the past, Julie Charbonneau’s home (“Modern Renaissance,” October 2018) and Anne Hepfer’s design of a Toronto home (“Out of This World,” December 2018). It is not that I can afford these beautiful designs but they give me inspiration. I do miss the Christmas decor that once filled your November and December issues. It seems there has been less in the last few years and I am disappointed. I would like to see more fireplace mantels, staircase and Christmas tree decorating to fill the pages. It would be nice to see some hotel lobbies, resorts especially in other cities like New York city. Thanks for providing an amazing magazine that is Canadian.

— Rochelle Gibson, Aurora, Ont.

Just leafing through the October 2019 issue. Interesting that this magazine is titled “Canadian” House and Home. I note that all homes and even the chef featured in this issue are from Ontario and Quebec. Where is the rest of the country represented? Oh yes, an artist from the East Coast. It seems that B.C., and the prairie provinces are routinely left out or totally forgotten. Would be nice to see a better representation of homes across Canada.

— Marion Maxwell, Lions Bay, B.C.

December 2019

Love the September issue. It was wonderful to showcase places outside of Canada. I have been a subscriber for so many years and enjoyed the magazine but this issue was out of the box and different. Loved it. Let’s see more of other decorators. I know Canada has great ones but generally our magazines tend to feature the same ones over and over. A breath of fresh air from abroad gives one a different outlook. Much appreciated.

— June Bartel, Sooke, B.C.

As a long-time subscriber since my teens, I have rarely felt the occasion to speak up about your content but a comment in an issue this summer has stuck with me. Tip number eight regarding “Cottage” decorating really got under my skin when it stated that “the cottage is the place for all that art that isn’t sophisticated or serious enough for the city. It’s the place for kids’ drawings to be framed… ” (“View,” July). As the mother of three grown boys, I can tell you that some of the art that they have produced can certainly rival works selected in many a chaotic, bland, or soul-less interior of generic design featured over the years. The homes that have the “audacity” to show-off the quirky, characterful artwork of their family show so much more personality and warmth than the somewhat questionable pieces that are considered as “real” art simply because they are bold, bizarre or simply over-priced and geared towards the professional designers who source them. I would much rather enjoy my “kids’ art” hanging on the walls of the place I spend most of my time living and where I can share my pride with every guest I welcome. Individuality is the best way to express who you are and your house is the place to reflect your personality. I applaud all those who care more about creating a joyful, meaningful and character-filled home showcasing their family’s tastes and talents rather than visiting houses that can be replicated without any input of individuality from the homeowner. Whenever I do spot a framed piece of “child’s art” in a home (which is quite a rare thing), I am always charmed by the warmth it provides to the featured space. How about tip number eight reads “the cottage is the place for all that art that isn’t timeless or tasteful enough for the city. It’s the place for that overpriced piece of art that regretfully, your designer picked out for you but you never could admit to disliking…”

— Lisa Smith, Montreal, Que.

I am feeling a bit perturbed, not with your magazine, but with Holt Renfrew. In the “Toile or Nothing” Q&A with the designer, we are told her brief was to be a Canadian Arctic theme. The designer is from New Zealand and has never been to Canada. Research is great but why would Holt Renfrew not hire a Canadian artist and more importantly, a First Nations artist? Very disappointing,

— Janet Dominato

I have to say the September was the worst issue I have ever seen put out by H&H. Can you bring your articles down a notch to where the majority of us can relate even a little! I may need to rethink my subscription if it continues.

— Donna Jackson

Just now reading the July issue and I found a response in Your Letters truly shocking. Jane Francisco was editor-in-chief for a number of years and was exceptional in that role. Since her sudden departure I think your publication may hold a record for the number of editors who have come and gone, seems like a never-ending revolving door. I’m afraid “Life changes and people move on” was not a particularly good response.

— Colleen McAloon, High Prairie, Alta

November 2019

It’s been a few months since the article, but I had to put in my two cents after browsing again (I keep my magazines for 2-3 years) with young readers. I am at least a 10-year subscriber of House and Home and fan of your decorating advice. First time I’m writing. I think normalizing or glorifying pot does not belong in a decorating magazine especially as young individuals like to read as well. Your detailed “Come for Dinner!” (December 2018) article on pot and accessories just because it’s “legal”, was wrong. While pot may be on par with alcohol, why would you glamorize pot use or alcohol use, seeing we already have a substance abuse crisis? Further, one huge difference between pot and alcohol, whether legal or not, is the immediate altered state of mind from pot “stoned or high” as opposed to alcohol where one can have a few drinks and not have the same intoxication level as the pot. Can’t even see how pot would be a good idea at a dinner party? Maybe these are different kinds of dinner parties? My biggest problem with your article is that it was my 12-year-old daughter who pointed out your pot and politics on the patio comment and the photo of the pot and accessories. This seems highly irresponsible to send a message to kids that pot is suddenly something we embrace as a society because it’s legal?? Thank you, Lynda, for making me have the conversation about bongs with my 12-year-old just because we like House and Home and you think pot is cool.

— Danalee Gascon, Sundre, Alta.

I had to chuckle when I read Susan Braidwood’s comment on “bachelor pad” (“RSVP,” August). My suggestions to replace this term are: adobe base, dwelling figs and hizzer roost. I’m curious about what other readers suggest. I look forward to seeing how the magazine navigates under Emma Reddington’s direction.

— Odette McLure, Calgary, Alta.

When I read the September issue’s “RSVP,” I discovered some kindred souls in several of the published letters! Many comments rang true — specifically about the Enchanted Forest and Alberta prairies — but words from two readers really resonated with me. I very much support Kim Rector’s suggestion for “an edition on decorating with recycled furniture and home decor like yard sale finds…” This is both my decor and lifestyle and I would love to see what Canadians are up to, instead of spending money on pricey U.S. magazines devoted to this topic. And Penny Hebert pretty much read my mind with her musings about “seeing more houses that are in the average income range,” and the predictability of featured houses. I’m frequently disappointed to see a McMansion home that has already been featured in a previous issue (I have been reading H&H for several decades) or someone’s summer getaway “cottage” that is twice the square footage of my only home. Even though these kinds of spaces are ahh-some and inspiring, I would enjoy reading more about how real Canadians — working minimum wage jobs, parking in a small or no garage and living with kids, pets, too many hobbies and never enough storage space — are designing and decorating without spending a lot of money on gut-jobs, rebuilds, custom builds, designers and new expensive fixtures, finishes and furniture. Obviously, I’m a fan of your publication because I’ve been following along all these years, but perhaps it’s time for a review and a shift in focus for those of us who have a passion for home decor but who also upcycle, recycle, thrift, junk pick and DIY for environmental or creative reasons because we choose to, or for budget reasons because we have to. What do you say — how about a couple of issues per year?

— Dena Kubota, Okotoks, Alta.

October 2019

Hi there H&H, your June issue’s “Love Where You Live,” cover inspired me to write to you. I live in Toronto’s West End, in a big house converted into three apartments. I am fortunate to have the main floor, with has 10 ft. ceilings, a marble faced (non-working) fireplace. However, my all-time favorite is my glassed-in front porch, facing a busy street, watching the world whiz by. This is my summer living room: enjoying my many pots of flowers, a glass of wine at dusk and watching a glorious sunset. The pièce de résistance is my kitchen — a tiny space probably the size of a powder room — with a stove, a fridge, one sink, no dishwasher, three drawers and a few upper cabinets. I’m an avid cook and baker, so this tiny space gets a lot of use. Incidentally, the bathroom is off the kitchen, so the bathtub comes in handy for dirty pots and pans during the holiday season when my family is visiting. I’ve lived here for 14 years, and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Joan Sokoloff, Toronto

Just wanted to say that the July 2019 issue was one of the best ever. Being from the U.S., I find Canadian design to be so calming and clean. Sophisticated, yet comfortable. However, was I the only one who noticed the creepy blacked out hand on Ken Metrick’s crotch on page 69? I had to laugh. Although necessary, it was still funny. Keep up the great work. I love seeing your magazine in my mailbox.

— Kelly Jo Ray, Burnsville, North Carolina

Just read the June issue — I know I am a bit late to it! I thought it was terrific, one of your best ever. Lynda Reeves is obviously a great editor. And it is about time somebody began quoting real costs, not the nonsense you see on decorating shows. Well done for that too.

— Jane Karch, Schomberg, Ont.

September 2019

I just wanted to say thank you for speaking out about this because I agree (“Publisher’s Page,” June). Truth is hard to come by these days especially in the design and renovation business. Grateful,

— Wendy Kirk, Lévis, Que.

Re: Not styling with animal sourced products (“RSVP,” June). I find it much more disturbing to see the increased use of plastics and non-renewable resources. I would love to see the editors request the designers to prop their rooms using only natural products: fake fur made from non-renewable petroleum products, outdoor rugs made from plastic (“Style Files,” June), happy hour bar cart made from plastic (“Finds,” June). Don’t make me flip through the entire magazine! We all are capable of making our own ethical choices. I don’t need a magazine to try and sway my choices by only displaying certain items.

— Louise Gale, Kenora, Ont.

House & Home, considering we are in the midst of climate change extremes and species extinction, your response to Karen Webster (“Your Letters,” June) was completely inadequate. Regardless of whether or not it’s a trend to display animal parts you have a choice whether or not to showcase these people who promote this sort of “decorating.” Why not take a leadership role and “trend” towards not using animal-sourced products? That way you can pat yourself on the back for doing the right thing rather than consoling yourself that an animal gave its life for you to walk on, sit on and hang your hat on.

— Diane Thompson, Minden, Ont.

The home on June 9 video was the worst…what were you thinking? It is not opulent, it is staid, stuffy, drab, cold. Money could not buy welcoming, comfortable, uplifting.

— Sally Vegso

July/August 2019

I would like to thank you for the wonderful issue of your May magazine. We are going to try wallpapering surfaces and your issue gave us very useful information, it is great when experts share their knowledge. We live in a small town and not a lot of choices in getting trades in many areas. I also like Tommy Smythe and Lindsay, on the coastal house they did an amazing job, love their choices! Thank you for the information your magazine gives us home owners.

— Doris Iverson, Vernon, B.C.

Would you please share who makes the woven chair in which Lynda Reeves is pictured in the May issue? She’s holding an adorable dog (in the chair) on the Publisher’s Page.

— Erica Webb, St. Louis, Missouri

It was a joy to read “An Inherent Warmth” (May) on Kate Zeidler’s design of an indoor/outdoor space. Kate’s elegance and sophistication infuses your magazine with style, and I would love to see more of her work on your pages. Both fresh and classic, she offers design with a twist—endlessly elegant and delightful.

— Ann Dowsett Johnston, Toronto

May’s Canadian House and Home was one of the best cover to cover issues ever. A beautiful mix of both interiors and gardens. The interviews with the home owners were as welcomed as the those with the designers. I especially loved the quote from Rosie Daykin (Kitchen stories) ” I try not to bake or cook to impress people; that’s not the goal. The goal is to feed people and make them happy and comfortable”. This is my reason for decorating my home, to make myself and those I love happy and comfortable. Well done House and Home!

— Pauline Berkvens, Sarnia, Ont.

For heaven’s sake Wendy M. of Henderson Nev. (“Your Letters,” January). Dogs have FUR! People don’t. Regards, 17 years an SPCA volunteer.

— Garda Rowe, Parksville, B.C.

Having just cracked the April issue, imagine my surprise in seeing my work touted as inspiration for other’s gardening efforts. Yup, that’s mine – my little forest of pots on Bloor Street, that I was honoured to be chosen to create, had a ton of fun doing and am rather proud of the results. It does kind of break my heart to see it languish over the last few years but it’s lovely to know it inspired others’ gardening expressions. Since I wasn’t mentioned as the designer (and buyer and schlepper and waterer!) thought I would take the opportunity to blow my own horn. It has remained one of projects that I am proudest of and it’s lovely to be appreciated in print. Cheers and Happy Spring, owner (of the now shuttered) East of Eliza flower shop and garden center now floral and garden designer at large.

— Reed Russell, Toronto

As a long-time subscriber of House & Home, I was really happy to notice in your recent issue (June) that you have started including costs of the renovations and updates you have showcased. Cost is such a large component of considering an update or reno, and including real numbers helps with the decision-making process of whether to do a reno or not, or how intensive the reno/update should be. Also, I appreciate the cost-saving suggestions of going with less expensive appliances vs. the very high end (“Everyday is Like Sunday”). There were also other cost-saving suggestions re: vintage pieces (“Many Happy Returns”). I strongly feel in this day and age of debt – financial and environmental – it is nice to see some thought-giving to financial considerations and constraints. Thank you!!! As I’m typing this, I just had a great idea. What about dedicating an issue to updates/renos that have the environment as their central consideration, i.e. creating things out of salvaged or vintage pieces, reusing and updating, etc. etc? And how one would go about doing that themselves, etc. I recently viewed a decorating book that was marvellous: Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes, Antonia Edwards, 2017. The ideas showcased in that book were a bit high-end and out of reach for the average individual, but I’m sure there’s stuff out there that is more within the budget of the everyman/woman.

Jansje, Calgary, Alta.

June 2019

Love your May issue! So many great design ideas for inside and outside the home. After such a long winter it is so nice  to imagine warm sunny days inside and out. This year I gave my two daughters who now have their own homes a subscription to House & Home. Now we all can look forward to sitting back relaxing with our House & Home magazine!

Maureen Keehn, New Maryland, N.B.

I’d like to point out that in Ms. Reeves article, “Kitchen Skills” (March 2019), she mentions the convenient idea of a pullout garbage below her cutting board. Can we all get to a point where ‘garbage’ is the last thing we think of, and say a pullout compost bin instead? It’s no longer difficult or farfetched to reduce our kitchen waste dramatically, and it ought to be a priority in every design application.

Carolyn Smith, Mississauga, Ont.

May 2019

I used to subscribe to your magazine and mostly loved it. Now, I’ll look at it at the library but refuse to buy it. The reason? You leave out Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan (except for Calgary, occasionally) but include Nashville and other parts of the U.S. I’m looking for a magazine that looks at all of Canada, thanks. I’m sure there are others that feel the same way.

Brends Storm, Alberta

April 2019

I want to thank Beth for her astute suggestion in her February 2019 editorial “adding color in unexpected places,” and to “dig deep and develop your own formula…” We added color to our Ottawa condo dining area with special art that had deep meaning for us (the artist is Dawn Oman). It has actually made such a perfect highlight to our condo. Super good advice! Thank you Beth!!

— Janice Meisner, Ottawa, Ont.

I have not subscribed or purchased your magazine because for years you have only had homes with white, black or grey walls. Every once in a while you provide article about color but it isn’t with colored walls; it is about how to add color with accessories and art. Canada is often dull in the winter months; our population is aging and color is less bright in both these circumstances. And our skin tone is affected by the color around us, what color we wear. People need color on walls in our hemisphere and designers can provide clients with the right color for their furnishings and lifestyle. Not everyone wants or looks good surrounded by white or grey walls! Please provide articles that help people decide how to choose color, where to use it on walls, floors and even ceilings. Help them to be brave, not afraid of color. I don’t think your magazine is showing people how to use space, light, texture, line and certainly not pattern or color. You rarely talk about the principles of design either: balance, symmetry, proportion, asymmetry, repetition, etc. What about putting in the plans of the home in simple line drawings and point out how the space works, flows, creates privacy or openness, and what creates those achievements? And in the article about Gillian Gillies everything except the floor and a bit of furniture is grey! I encourage you to do more for readers. You have been giving them the same old white homes for quite some time.

— Moya McPhail, Campbellcroft, Ont.

The “fearless decorating” headline on the front cover of the February issue certainly grabbed my immediate attention. However, upon reading both, I seem to have had the distinct impression that both homeowners are of South African heritage, and their choice of color and objects were certainly not too “Canadian” inspired. Although both homes are delightful, it would not occur to most native Canadians to make these choices, as per their background. I, for one, would not be comfortable with many of these things, especially the Kelly Wearstler vessel — so very extravagant! Although I do love Denise’s gold backsplash, it’s spectacular!

— Joan Sokoloff, Toronto, Ont.

March 2019

I was surprised and disappointed with the number of times weed products and bongs etc. were advertised as cool items to have in your January magazine. Would you do the same for cigarette or heroin items? Marijuana is damaging to our health and should not be promoted as something to be desired or required as a design or food item. Please stick to helpful design articles.

— Barb Zerbin, Edmonton

To Lynda Reeves: I am beyond disappointed in your “Come for Dinner” article (December). Your casual offering of cannabis as an after-meal activity is really beyond the pale. Please do not encourage or condone either alcohol or cannabis consumption followed by a drive home. Dressing it up and calling them “fun accessories” and “an excuse to bring out your beautiful Hermès ashtray” diminishes the horrendous effects these after-dinner activities carry with them. As an operating room nurse, I have witnessed firsthand how this ends and the many lives it takes with it. This is truly reckless behaviour by you and your magazine and, as the president of this publication, I expected better from you.

Jennifer Zembrodt, Victoria

I’ve enjoyed your magazine for many years but, in the last two issues, you have shown pot paraphernalia as something to have at dinner parties. Although pot is now legal, it has about the same status as cigarettes. It will cause the same type of damage to lungs over time for routine smokers and secondhand smokers, and it impairs memory. Do you display lighters and ashtrays anymore for cigarette-smoking guests in your magazine? No. Frankly, it makes your magazine look trashy and ridiculous.

Janice T.

I subscribed to your magazine last year and it is my favorite magazine. I’m shocked to see articles on items to display cannabis. As a medical professional (35 years), I’m certain people do not understand what this drug does to your brain. I’m disappointed this is in your magazine.


I was debating about renewing my subscription, but this current issue helped me to decide. I will not be renewing. It is ridiculous that every newspaper and magazine has to have articles, recipes and “designer” paraphernalia for users of cannabis…. enough already.

Myrna Borleske

Here’s why I won’t be renewing my House & Home subscription. In a recent letter by Rob Dunne of Toronto expressing his distaste for “View” (December), on Lynda Reeves’ tips for “hosting with ease” featuring cannabis, you brushed him off with the comment, “it was meant to be amusing.” Imagine my surprise when I got to page 64 of the January issue to yet again see item 6 featuring Cannabis Chic! I guess we had not been “amused” enough. I’m of the opinion that home decorating magazines should not be a venue to promote consumption of a questionable substance.

Helene Ellison, Milton, Ont.

As a longtime subscriber to H&H, I’m more than offended by your inclusion of Cannabis Chic, (“Trends 2019: The Cultural Shift,” January). This follows December’s issue with Lynda Reeves’ tips for “good looking cannabis accessories,” which prompted a letter from a reader in “Your Letters” (January). Really! Can we just move past this titillation of the subject or whatever is driving you to be “hip”? I don’t think most of your readers expect to open a shelter magazine and be presented with drug paraphernalia.

Marge Romberger, Denver, Colo.

H&H, you’re coming perilously close to losing a longtime subscriber. First, you promised enhanced Christmas decor, and that didn’t happen. It was pretty much just more of the same tediously tasteful greenery — a tree here, an unadorned swag there. Then, there was the idea of putting out Hermès ashtrays for pot-smoking guests, along with “beautiful bongs.” I really hoped that silliness was a one-off, but no. January’s issue not only contains a recipe for “Stoner Candy Bites,” but references “Cannabis Chic.” Oh please… Of all the things H&H is, hip isn’t one of them. In the same issue, you try to blame mid-century modern design for stark, soulless spaces. What? You’ve been pushing minimalism for years, featuring endless white and grey rooms that in most cases haven’t a single element of mid-century design in them. Mid-century design which, by the way, is nicely represented by a Platner chair on the January cover and elsewhere in that featured home. I understand that the magazine industry is struggling these days, but your transparent attempt to appeal to all audiences is going to backfire on you in short order. Choose a target market and dazzle them! If I’m not in that group, I’ll wish you success nonetheless.

— Jill O’Hara, Brentwood Bay, B.C.

If you’re going to encourage the use of cannabis, then you also need to take responsibility for educating your readers as well. Last month (December), you described how to decorate with necessary tools and now (January) you supply recipes. Hosts need to realize that the effects of cannabis remain in the body for more than five hours and, if they are going to supply and encourage its use, they need to be prepared to host their guests overnight. In regards to Lynda’s reply to Rob in “Your Letters” (January), I find it difficult to think someone would find it amusing to encourage cannabis use.

Linda Deziel

I agree with letter writer Rob Dunne (“Your Letters,” January). What is a classy publication like House & Home doing writing so many articles about cannabis? Three in total the past two publications. Cannabis is not glamorous, it smells terrible and is, at the very least, controversial about negative side effects. Stick to interior decor!

N. Kruger

I can’t begin to express my horror at House & Home’s decision to trivialize the implications of cannabis use with its suggestions to accessorize homes with cannabis accessories. Legality does not equate safety. Why not bring back crystal or other decorator ashtrays while you’re at it? I believe that your suggestion to include gift recommendations in your January 2019 of cannabis-related paraphernalia is irresponsible. Despite almost 15 years of subscriptions, I don’t plan to buy another issue in the foreseeable future.

Dr. Sylvie Ouellette, Moncton, N.B.

On a scale of 0–10, cannabis equipment and recipes is given a -10 in this type of magazine.

S. Stevenson

I’ve been a subscriber to your magazine since the late ’90s and, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed the variety of styles and ideas presented in your pages. However, I was disappointed to see Lynda Reeve’s suggestions for stylish cannabis accessories in the December issue. Can you imagine how my heart sank when I turned the page to “Trends 2019: The Cultural Shift, Cannabis Chic” on page 64 in the January issue? If H&H magazine views encouragement of drug use as being stylish and trendy in this age of multiple deaths from long term effects of drug use and overdosing, then I want no part of it. Sadly, I will not be renewing my subscription.

Gwen Taylor

Dear Lynda: I just wished to tell you we are all well aware that pot is now legal in the country. But please refrain from shoving this down your readers’ throats as not everyone is excited by the fact that cannabis usage is legal. Also, in your food trend video, you suggest cookies filled with pot. Really? As one of your readers stated: please show some class and finesse. Whatever you do at home is your business; no need to share it with the world.

A disappointed reader

Dear Lynda: I have been an eager subscriber to House & Home for many years. The magazine offers creativity and inspiration on a monthly basis, and I so look forward to its arrival. Having said this, I must express my huge disappointment with two topics featured in the January 2019 issue. While I understand the reality of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, I don’t expect to see articles presenting tips about “Cannabis Chic,” or a recipe teaching me how to infuse it into my baking in the form of “Stoner Candy Bites.” Including such a recipe under the title of “High Cuisine,” was really a let-down. The appeal of your magazine’s title, House & Home, prompts an expectation of escape from controversy. I’m very disappointed in your decision to include this material. I’m hopeful that you will remain loyal to creating a profile that provides its readers with respite and inspiration. Please know that I will not renew my subscription should this type of content continue to be included.

Kathy Lovell, LaSalle, Ont.

The tone of your magazine has plummeted. On page 22 (“Your Letters,” January), Lynda Reeves claims her cannabis-styling comments were not intended to offend readers who do not “partake,” but I find this issue even more questionable than the last. “Cannabis Chic” (Trends 2019, January) features items whose very names — bong, pipes, rolling papers — were until very recently associated with an illegal and undercover activity, and which is not necessarily currently accepted by everyone in our society. “High Cuisine” offers recipes for incorporating cannabis into various foodstuffs. Foods prepared from “weed infused” recipes have the potential to harm children who may reach for items such as the “Stoner Candy Bites” or guests who may absorb a hidden substance they haven’t chosen to “partake” in. Weed-infused foodstuffs also contribute to the potential for visitors to drive home impaired by an unpredictable mix of alcohol and cannabis. The editorial team really should think long and hard about just how many of their readers want to be exposed to this content just yet, or to have it on their families’ coffee tables. And finally, for something completely different, your language! A recipe for icing a cake like a ragged shag rug is headed, “Fancy a Shag?” Do you have any idea just how rude that is in British English? Would you print “What about a quick f**k?” on your pages? Maybe if there was less partaking and more thinking about style at H&H, readers like me could reliably find a pleasant surprise in the mailbox each month.

Jackie Norris, Hamilton

Please let me start by saying I’m a longtime reader of your magazine and currently look forward to receiving it each month. I’ve been profoundly disturbed by reading your December and January issues, with their promotion of cannabis objects for the home. I’m not a prude, but cannabis is not a benign substance as is sometimes portrayed in the media. Young people can become addicted and, if abused, it can change their thought patterns, motivation and emotional, psychological and intellectual development to a heartbreaking degree. Many parents of teens and young adults have lived/are living through this nightmare scenario, and I can assure you that it is deeply disturbing to see this promoted as “hip” in your magazine. I’m hoping that the last two months’ issues were an anomaly and I can continue to enjoy reading your magazine. If that is not the case, I will have to cancel my subscription.

— Anonymous, Toronto

I’m wondering why House & Home feels the need to suggest how to style a home around cannabis use? Are you so hard-pressed for trends that you feel you need to throw this in? I think this attempt cheapens your value. Sadly, trying to stay current makes your brand seem déclassé. I expect better from your brand. There are so many other style topics to cover than ashtrays and bongs. You can do better.

— Cathy Price, North Bay, Ont.

February 2019

Last year, when your Christmas decor issue came out, I was very disappointed by your effort at illustrating the Christmas spirit, and I told you so. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one with that opinion because that idea was addressed in your following issue where you committed to doing better this year. Sadly, that didn’t happen; your latest issue makes a better effort but is still disappointing. Is it just that those bothersome Christmas decorations are so very unchic that you can’t bear to include most of them in your magazine? Well, whatever the reason, you’ve forced this decades-long subscriber to commit to not renewing my subscription at the next opportunity.

Carolyn Butzer, Windsor, Ont.

As a longtime reader and previous subscriber, I was excited to have recently resubscribed to your magazine. When my first issue arrived, I was appalled and saddened to see the article that promoted incorporating cannabis smoking into my holiday entertaining (“View,” November). As a psychiatrist with teenage children, I’m concerned that H&H magazine is promoting cannabis with its associated health risks, as if it were akin to offering after-dinner mints. I’ve contacted the subscription department to cancel my subscription. I won’t be purchasing your magazine on the newsstand again, either.

Lara Hazelton, Halifax 

I just read the recipe for roast turkey (October). Please stop telling your readers to rinse poultry! Rinsing will spread potentially harmful bacteria into the sink and possibly other places throughout the kitchen. There is no need to rinse‎ — the bad bugs are killed by the roasting temperature. I’ve subsequently confirmed this with a friend who is a senior public health official.

— Patricia O’Malley, Stratford, Ont.

As a subscriber, I was disappointed to see the references to cannabis in your latest magazine. As a teacher who teaches interior design to high school students and uses your magazine monthly in my classroom, I am beyond words. I can’t bring this issue to class. We spend so much time educating our kids to respect their bodies and you blatantly make pot a feature and tie elements of it to design?! A little social intelligence goes a long way; not everyone is “doing it.” And many of us (if you understood your readership) don’t care to see it advertised. Being on-trend shouldn’t mean compromising morals and standards.

— Amberlea Daigneau 

I am extremely disappointed over your lacklustre, blasé holiday cover. So much for having a beautiful and festive cover that inspires people to start preparing their homes for the holiday season. I would challenge you take a look at your December issues over the past 5 to 10 years and ask yourselves, Is this the best you can do? If the answer is yes, please let me know so that I can cancel my subscription.

—Christine Logan 

I just received your December issue and was most disappointed in your Christmas decor ideas. A sparse “Charlie Brown” tree in shades of pink and blue does not look very festive. I’m seriously thinking of cancelling my subscription. I’m 75 years old and am not seeing anything of interest for me in your magazine anymore.

— Ineke Kalsbeek, Aurora, Ont.

I was totally surprised and disgusted at your inclusion of a cannabis corner in a family holiday setting. I had enjoyed your magazine until then, but am thinking of cancelling my subscription. That was totally unnecessary.

— Margaret Scharfenberg

In Lynda Reeves’ column in the December issue, she suggests that the family is still at the table when out comes the offer of weed. Because I own some beautiful Hermès ashtrays? Really? I can’t imagine what my teenage grandchildren would say.

Linda Gunn

I was partway through the December issue when I came across Lynda Reeves’ “best tips for hosting with ease” (“View”). I was shocked when I saw the recommendation for a Hermès ashtray to be put out for people who wished to smoke pot. If you don’t allow smoking in your home, why on earth would you promote smoking pot? I was gobsmacked!

Sandy Foley, Surrey, B.C.

January 2019

I love H&H, but I’ve always been disappointed by your holiday issue. When you promised to add more holiday inspiration this year I was so excited. But when the issue came, I had to check if there were pages missing! Yes, the article on the wreaths and the sugar plum tree got me excited — but this was not “100+ pages” of ideas. Enough with the minimalism! A single wreath and paper whites does not say “Christmas.” Sometimes I feel like my world is very different from yours. November is my last issue and now I’m considering whether or not to renew.

Karen Tesch

I love Christmas, so I was thrilled to see “Celebrate the Season” and “100+ pages of holiday decorating ideas” on the November cover. That said, I’d like to quote a statement from this same issue: “Don’t be afraid to mix materials. Often, when you find a space irresistible, it’s because it hit the perfect mix” (“Kitchen of the Month”). May I suggest you take this advice? You’ve proven that you can strip all the joy out of Christmas by using no color and minimizing all decoration! You’ve reduced festive decor to brown paper wrapping, drab ribbon, plain green wreaths and evergreens. I love a rustic centerpiece, too, but it’s the color that gives the feeling of Christmas. I think you’re trying too hard to look high-end, instead of featuring a mix of old and new, color and natural elements. (Though I did love the Sugarplum Christmas tree page 107 and the colorful punches on page 190.) While many may prefer the minimal look, you need more balance. There are still many of us that like a mix of traditional and modern!

Lee Ramage, Ontario

I’m a big fan of your H&H TV videos. But more and more I’m turned off by the fact that no one on your channel looks like my friends and family. Even taking a quick look at the “The Experts” section on your website…I’m trying to stay engaged with your YouTube channel but it’s becoming a turnoff. I know that diversity in geography, perspective, experience et cetera mean more beauty and more inspiration. And I am craving this so much versus more of the same. Right now, I’m particularly seeking out female designers of color. I hope that this is something that you will not only consider, but act on.


November 2018

House & Home is the best design and decorating publication I have ever read. I want to see innovative design, ideas I can incorporate into my home or simply dream about. I even enjoy the advertising; I get ideas there, too! Well done. I love, love, love every issue!

Barb Nichols

October was hands down the juiciest issue of the year! Loved every page! — Maria, @md2662, via Instagram

I’m writing in to express disappointment (and disgust, actually) in something that I read in your October issue. On page 57, the phrase “white is still right” was used. With today’s constant battles against racism, I’d think a publication like yours would have shot down such an ugly comment. “White is right” is a very old, very nasty white supremacist phrase. I can’t believe you allowed it to be published! This is a country where multiculturalism and kindness toward all is highly valued.

Felecia Williams

Publisher’s reply: Dear Felecia, I am very sorry that the phrase “white is still right,” as it applies to decorating, offended you. How, I wonder, do we discuss our core topic, which is design and decorating that includes color, if we can’t refer to two of the most popular colors for paint, furniture, fabrics and accessories: black and white, if we cannot name them and celebrate them? You will see phrases such as “Black is best,” and “Back to Black,” in future issues. I hope that will not offend you. We are referring to color in decorating and design and not intending any reference to race, ethnicity, or skin tone. I hope you can appreciate and accept that. Best, Lynda.

October 2018

Each time I look at photos of your many great stylists, editors and featured designers on the House & Home website, it appalls me that your roster isn’t diverse. In this day and age, it would be nice to know that H&H is a promoter of diverse hiring. Moreover, it’d be great to see more diversity in your content. I have seen more than enough blue and white kitchens to last me a lifetime. It’s time to turn the page in more ways than one …

— Yvonne

Publisher’s reply: You raised an important subject that we take seriously. Firstly, I should explain that our talented team here at House & Home Media is made up of many more faces than you see on our pages, or on our site. Our 50+ staff and freelancers includes Canadians and Americans of many backgrounds and ethnicities. As for the designers and homeowners we feature, the editors select homes based on a variety of factors: style, of course, geographical location, budget, and backstory. House & Home’s lens is focused on a mix of urban and country homes that shine for their elevated, highly personal and creative style. We look for fresh looks, new talent and products that make you look twice. It’s a high bar, and we work hard to find those homes in as many different cities in Canada (first and foremost), across the U.S. and internationally. Plus, we want homes with interesting owners who will tell you their own stories so we can all be inspired. Over the years we have featured homes by designers and homeowners of diverse backgrounds — it’s just that they are in the minority, which reflects our present population. We see that changing and hope to receive more submissions that reflect the diverse tastes of an increasingly diverse readership. Your comment about blue and white kitchens is an interesting one. There are some perennial design styles that still resonate with the majority! I hope you’re seeing much more variety of style in our new October issue.

September 2018

I was pleased to see Lynne Palmer’s letter expressing her frustration with your Ontario bias (“RSVP,” September). Although your response suggested you may be more inclusive, I felt it was condescending to say you’re “trying to source more great design and decorating work” from both coasts. You make it sound like finding quality designers outside of Toronto is very difficult — not so! Perhaps you should spend more time getting to know other parts of the country.

Susan Cowan

Publisher’s reply: While we’re certain there are great homes in all parts of Canada, finding them — when our home base is Toronto — can be more of a challenge. Although we have scouts everywhere, please send us any tips you may have on great places across Canada, or south of the border!

August 2018

I loved the August issue. In fact, I couldn’t put it down! You had me interested as soon as I saw the cover heading, “Live Small Think Big.” As I’m in the process of moving from a house to a condo, it was great to see so many small space decorating ideas; I expect to be incorporating several of them into my home. Thanks again! 

Anne Marie Lees

Have you ever considered adding a monthly details-planning column to H&H? I’m an architect working on my own reno, and whenever I delve into the fine details of my design, I realize that many homeowners — unless they’re assisted by a professional — may miss out on them. For example: planning kitchen cabinetry spacing for a hidden appliance garage or integrating power in cabinets for concealed charging. In each issue, you could pick a detailed topic and dive right in. I know I’d appreciate it! 

Daniel O’Neill 

With a busy job and family life, I wasn’t able to get to the July issue of H&H until  I was on summer vacation. But I’m so glad I waited! This way, I was able to devour every page and I must say it may be my favorite edition ever! The photography and stories were beautifully done. I particularly I loved the “Sea Change” feature.

T. Dearing

July 2018

With a busy job and family, I wasn’t able to get to the July edition of H&H until I was on vacation in early July. I’m so glad I waited! I was able to devour every page and I must say, as a subscriber for many years — it may be my favorite edition ever! The photos and stories were beautifully done. In particular, I loved the “Sea Change” feature. Thank you for such a beautiful start to summer! 


I’ve subscribed for more than 10 years, since I enjoy the fact your magazine reflects the taste of Canadians and that many of the furnishings are readily available in Canada. But lately I’ve noticed a few featured homes from the US — in the July issue there were three! If I wished to read about American homes, I’d buy one of the many American decorating magazines that flood our market. 


I enjoy reading Beth’s editor’s letter so much! The letter always paints a vivid picture of the issue for readers, with a dash of humour we all need. She’s given the magazine the spark it was missing.

Stephanie Sockett

I was delighted to see your article on Saskatoon in the March issue (“Personal Style”). However, it’s been many years since Saskatoon was an “outpost” and we have much to offer. Come and check us out!

Norma Greer

June 2018

My H&Hsubscription is one of the few luxuries I indulge in. In particular, I appreciate the Canadian locations, the “Trendwatch” page and features about paint colors! (Who would’ve thought paint could be so engaging?) The reason I’m writing is to point out some safety issues I noticed. In one June layout, there’s a lovely picture of homeowners riding bikes (“Makeover”). One person has a long scarf dangling alarmingly close to the bike chain and neither person is wearing a helmet. And in the July issue, there’s a picture on page 92 of a woman paddle boarding without a lifejacket (“Ripple Effect”). Every time magazines show people wearing safety equipment, it decreases the stigma that things like bike helmets and life jackets make us look ugly or foolish. 

Larissa Lutjen

I loved Jennifer Koper’s “Color Spotlight” on mustard in the March issue, as I’m using it as an accent color in my own living room. I recently purchased a lamp from a gallery in Oregon in the shade, and it’s the take- off point for my whole space. I just loved that you love mustard, too!

Diane Allan

May 2018

I loved the May issue! Full of amazing content and so much inspiration!  Joan Young, @fvryoung, via Instagram

April 2018

I was quite excited by April’s issue — I’m renovating my own kitchen and there were a lot of ideas that I could use in this edition. One, in particular, was the shelves on each side of the gas range, shown on your front cover. 


March 2018

The article “The High Life” in the March’s House & Home states that Saskatoon was “once a rural outpost.” When was this, exactly? 1882, when it was founded? 1961, when its population was not quite 100,000? Last month, before you recognized the city’s existence by declaring that it’s “now a booming metropolis”? I know you think Toronto is the center of the universe, but can you try not to make it so obvious?  

Laureen Marchand

We loved your March edition of House & Home and are subscribers. Your magazine just seems to be the right mix for us, and it is not too over the top. 


February 2018

What a fun story (“My Favourite Room”)! It’s so pleasant to see how bright colors can be incorporated into a space. I find them so intimidating, but Amoryn Engel has succeeded in creating timeless space. This is the type of story that I’m always extremely excited to read. 

Caroline N.

Teal is such a pretty color, but the colored walls don’t seem to go well with the kitchen in “Colour Spotlight.” It would’ve been better to see a classic wall with an eccentric work of art. 


I loved the February issue — one of the best yet! Responding to your RSVP note about more Christmas content, I personally loathe the November and December issues when they’re full of holiday stuff. (I have all my decorations and favorite recipes, and I’m not about to replace them.) You can’t please everyone! 

— Jane Karch

January 2018

On January’s “Editor’s Page,” Beth wrote that, “design’s mood for 2018 is unabashedly cheery” as the “antidote we need as the temperatures drop and the days get shorter.” But the very good news is that after December 21st the days actually get longer. This is something far cheerier than anything we could get from the design world!

M.L. Smith

December 2017

As I’ve looked through H&H over the years, there’s one thing that’s always puzzled me. Why do you photograph beautiful spaces and leave the rugs with wrinkles in them? This always catches my eye, and all I see is a tripping hazard.

Debbie Kennedy

November 2017

I haven’t been happy with the content of your magazine for a while now. I always try to support Canadian businesses, but I find that the featured homes in your magazine are barely Canadian. I don’t know why I’m seeing homes in New York, Florida and Europe, when your magazine’s title has “Canadian” in it.

Rachel Gudelis

October 2017

I found the spaces in October’s “Kitchen Special” to be repetitive — same old, same old. Does no one wish to have something different? Like appliances that aren’t stainless or backsplashes that have some life? What about countertops that aren’t marble or granite? How about wallpaper? And using space cleverly without involving open shelving (because really, how practical is that)? 

Sheryl Wright Mercer

September 2017

I loved the September issue. Great ideas for designing and organizing small spaces! 

Sherry Borsheim

August 2017

I’ve always been a strong supporter of the right of the publisher and editor of a magazine to choose its content. I would, however, encourage future issues dedicated to “Cottages You’ll Love” (August) to expand beyond New York State and Muskoka. Our country has a range of cottage experiences in a tremendous variety of settings. One New York State and four Muskoka cottages, while lovely to see in all their high-end glory, aren’t reflective of the diversity of the Canadian cottage experience (nor does a cottage need to be high-end to be “loved”!). Please try to reflect this great country of ours with greater inclusivity. 


I’d like to comment on the suggestions put forward in the H&H TV “6 Tips for a Weekend Balcony Makeover” video. Living in a high-rise presents a different set of safety concerns than a backyard patio, and putting a sofa against a railing — that a child could climb on and fall over — isn’t sensible. Another issue was the umbrella attached to the railing. Many condos have bylaws against them, and the higher you go, the more wind can catch said umbrella and send it flying! The same goes for the fireplace: many condos and fire departments would frown on having a combustible substance in use. 

D. Smythe

July 2017 

I love the little inset photos in Lynda’s July column; they nail what I wish your magazine had more of: houses where you wonder about the creative people who live there. Homes where even if the sofa is old, the room has still got it. The Muskoka cottage you featured in July’s “True North” was totally gorgeous, but the Source Guide revealed what I already knew: They went out to one store and fitted out the entire place in one fell swoop. Love getting your magazine each month! It’s clear that it’s a labour of love for so many of you. I just wish there was a little more surprise.


The Muskoka cottage featured in “True North” was gorgeous. However, you should make readers aware of the environmental problems caused by building on lakefront shorelines, like the boathouse shown in this story. The health of our lakes depends on preserving the natural environment of their shores, and such destruction of the natural state will have irreversible damage if it is widespread on any lake. Our lakefront homes are nothing without a healthy lake to enjoy.

— Jane De Greef

June 2017 

I’ve been an avid subscriber for many years, and look forward to a great read each issue. I thought the rooms in the home featured in “Turn of the Century” (“Personal Style,” June) looked so interestingly curated, beautiful and welcoming. I was disappointed, though, that the sweet cat posing demurely on the coverlet in the serene principal bedroom was not mentioned by name. Said kitty was chosen for the cover picture and, again, was not credited — so sad!

Judi Cunningham

I have a subscription to House & Home and cannot believe what a high-end magazine it is. There are very few things in this magazine that I could ever afford. I was surprised by what the editors and staff find applicable to everyday home owners.

Marlene Benoit

May 2017

As a longtime subscriber, I look forward every month to looking at interesting and creative houses and decor. But page 119 of your May issue (“In Full Bloom”) was more upsetting than inspirational. The biggest enemies of lovely old books are heat and moisture. Your stagers managed to introduce both: a handsome set of books, perhaps leather-bound, set on a radiator and topped with potted plants! Please don’t do that again, and for heaven’s sake, rescue that set.

Jill Reville Hill

April 2017

I’m writing in response to the shower curtain ideas in your April issue (“Style Files”) and online. Here’s a picture of my new boho shower curtain. I also changed my all white hand towels for towels in three coordinating colors. Thanks for the ideas! 

Leslie McIntosh

Love your magazine and this is a lovely home (“Young at Heart,” April) but why, in the family room, does the couch have its back to the big screen TV? 


March 2017

Your March issue was amazing, but I particularly liked the Vancouver city loft (“Personal Style”). I could stare at the pictures for hours on end. Its layout, furniture and travel souvenirs make it an outstanding place I could only dream of. 


For several years, my family and I have been inspired by the pages of House & Home. I enjoy DIY projects, and many of the improvements I’ve made in our current home were inspired by the fabulous pictures you display in your magazine.

Max Brett

 Although I’ve had a subscription for many years, I’ve never contacted my favorite magazine. Today, however, I need answers about smoke and CO2 detectors. Why do most of these required products look horrible and have intrusive lights that are constantly lit? Spending time and money to select just the right products for our home, only to be derailed by detectors, is very frustrating. How have others, including designers, dealt with this?

Susan Morton

February 2017

I love that the merlot of February’s “Trendwatch” exactly matched the merlot-colored banner on the front cover!

M. Way

 I’d also like to answer the question posed by Sherry in the February issue of House & Home. Purchasing art can be daunting for anyone — whether you’re looking to purchase a piece for $200 or $2,000. Art consultants can help you narrow your choices based on personal taste, budget and suitability for a room. Consultants also have established contacts in the art world to make choosing a piece easier, and can also source art from auction houses, galleries and private dealers. To go hand-in-hand with purchasing your artwork, a professional hanging company can consult on placement and installation techniques. These services are affordable and can make buying the perfect piece less daunting for homeowners.

Nicole Plaskett

January 2017

I’ve been following this publication for almost 30 years. Editors do make a difference and Beth is a keeper. From a satisfied subscriber who pays for four copies of this publication. 

Peter Ziliotto

December 2017

I enjoyed your December issue and was bemused to see your “Holiday Ideas No.1” on page 90. The “patinated pressed-tin ornaments” are a feature of our family tree passed down from my husband’s parents. They’re actually called “reflectors” and are made to fit around lights to make them look like glowing orbs. 

Marilyn Miller

I’ve been a follower of H&H for many years and have never been as disappointed with an issue as I am with December. Same old, same old! It could have been published 25 years ago. There’s nothing to challenge the reader’s imagination, nothing creative or stimulating, nothing new or edgy that would prompt me to think, “Hmm, maybe if I tried this!” Very dull, very disappointing and hopefully not a sign of what’s to come. There’s a fascinating world of design, designers and artists in Canada and worldwide who are working hard to offer new ideas. Hopefully you’ll venture out to find them. 

— Elaine

I purchased a subscription last year with the hopes of getting some new decorating ideas. To say I’ve been disappointed is an understatement! Your December issue is a prime example. Either you or your readers need your heads examined! On page 28 of your “Style Files” section you profile two designers whose products borderline on the ridiculous! A vase for $875 and an end table for $5,795? There are starving children throughout our world that need the help of such materialistic people. If you’ve already donated, you need to donate more — “until it hurts,” as Mother Teresa said! Thankfully you have your “More or Less” section, but shame on your for missing the mark on your designer “Profile.” I will not renew my subscription. 

Abby Schwenk

November 2016

Congratulations to House & Home magazine on your 30th anniversary. I wish to welcome you warmly, Ms. Hitchcock, on your new venture as Editor-in-Chief. I really enjoyed the celebratory November issue; it was beautiful, informative and entertaining. I loved Joel Bray’s favorite room pick, and Colette van den Thillart’s London living room captured my attention just as much as when I first saw it in the October 2014 issue. And I wish I could create a library bathroom in my own home as suggested by designer Brian Gluckstein — that would certainly satisfy my fondness for books. The affordable decor ideas in collaboration with Walmart were also especially well-styled (who knew Walmart could be an appreciable source for home shopping on a budget?). To close this email, my favorite space featured in this issue was Connie Braemer’s project (“Lofty Ambitions”) for its stance on balanced equilibrium — that look is also in tune with my taste in in home decor. Best regards. 

Richard Kozlowsky 

I’m a senior citizen who greatly enjoys your magazine. When leafing through your November edition and being introduced to the staff of the editorial, design, art, and copy and features departments, I immediately realized what I missed during my professional career. Twenty-two beautiful women and four men compile your excellent magazine. Undoubtedly, it must be a real joy for the four men to work at such a fine workplace.

Tony den Boef

Nothing beats snuggling up on the couch with a cup of chai and my new H&H on a Sunday afternoon — raining or not!


Here we go again, H&H, the true north strong and free — and cruel. Shame on you for, once again, featuring fur and animal hides in your magazine (“Homecoming Queen,” November). How many coyotes were destroyed just so someone like Ms. Cattrall can loll about under fur throws, surrounded by oversized, fur-covered pillows? There are more humane ways to decorate one’s house, and for one to make a living (and, if not, then it is time to relocate). Ms. Hitchcock, as the new editor-in-chief, you seem to be taking the magazine in a backwards direction. As for me, H&H, we will be parting ways if this continues.

Lou Graham

Editors’ note: We are not advocating the slaughter of animals to decorate homes. The items featured on our pages are often “faux,” while others are vintage pieces. We don’t think throwing out old furs and hides is the answer. Do you?

October 2016

I love your magazine, but if I could offer one suggestion: Could you include more vegan recipes, or add commentary to the recipes on how to make them vegan? We love gourmet, too!


Looking at the pictures of the cottage and the way it had been convinced us that this was a project we should undertake. In the spring of 2014 we purchased the south end of Home Island and set about restoring the cottage.  The old magazine has always been nearby to consult and look at and I can honestly say that there’s no way we would have purchased the property had my wife not kept the old issue. We’re now starting our second summer on Home Island or as my wife calls it, “her favorite place in the whole world.”

Steve Thom

September 2016

I was surprised to see that the “House & Home of the Month” in your September small spaces issue was a whopping 6550-square-foot “cottage.” Really?

— Barbara Gleason Kyle

Jackie Glass did such a fantastic job on the trailer [featured on House & Home Online TV]. Don’t you wonder why the original design was not as incredible? Why all that brown when it could’ve been bright and white? Lower income housing can be stylish and uplifting thanks to IKEA and others. Thanks for the video.

— Sally Vegso

I live in a 756-square-foot home and  was rather upset that you didn’t have any houses this size in your September issue. With all the recent hype on tiny homes and downsizing, I thought for sure you’d have at least one. I’ve lived in mine for 13 years and have loved every moment of it. I own two businesses which I run from home and have never found it too small. Being organized and practical with what you purchase can make any space comfortable and homey — even a small one.

Tania Plawke

I just picked up your September issue and am sitting outside on this gorgeous Labor Day Monday with a G&T, enjoying it so much that I think I’m going to subscribe. It’s very inspiring and I can’t wait to get to to work in my small space — we live in a semi-detached home — decorating, organizing and finally feeling proud to host parties and family again. (We downsized too early and haven’t felt good about the new space until now. With some of the ideas I see this month, I feel confident to actually take on the projects myself!) Thank you for the inspiration and excellent magazine.

B. Murphy

August 2016

I was disappointed to see such a negative headline emblazoned across the cover of the August issue: “Cottages to COVET”. Your magazine can allow us to enjoy beauty, study good design, and work at making our own homes lovely and enjoyable — rather than foster a competitive discontent.

Justine Taylor

Could you please do a special cottage publication instead of monopolizing a whole magazine? West-coasters predominantly don’t have access to lake country like those in the East, nor can we afford to indulge (although I would love a cottage!).

Pat Grier

I was just looking through the recent cottage edition of House & Home and thought I’d drop you a line to tell you our House & Home story. In 2013, our family rented a cottage on Lake Joseph in Muskoka. Seeing how much my wife and four children enjoyed spending the summer there, we decided to look around for a property of our own. A good friend of ours who is a real estate agent took us to see a number of places. On the way to one particular property, he asked us to keep an open mind and imagine what the property could be. We pulled up to a cottage that was in complete disrepair. It had been partially renovated and then left abandoned for almost five years. The kitchen and all the bathrooms had been torn out. Walls were partially constructed and, worst of all, raccoons had moved in. Still, as we walked around the property, my wife and I found ourselves talking about what could be done and how, over time, it could become a great spot for our children to grow up. But with the summer over, we moved back to the city and partially forgot about the cottage. One night, my wife went down to the basement and started going through all of the old House & Home magazines she’d kept. I came downstairs said, “I thought you were going to throw all those old magazines out.”  Suddenly my wife announced that she’d “found it” and came over to me.  What she had in her hands was the House & Home issue from 2007 that featured Kenny G’s cottage on Home Island. As she showed me the pictures I realized that this was the same cottage that we’d seen that summer (my wife had felt she’d seen the property before and now remembered where). Looking at the pictures of the cottage and the way it had been convinced us that this was a project we should undertake. In the spring of 2014 we purchased the south end of Home Island and set about restoring the cottage.  The old magazine has always been nearby to consult and look at and I can honestly say that there’s no way we would have purchased the property had my wife not kept the old issue. We’re now starting our second summer on Home Island or as my wife calls it, “her favorite place in the whole world.”

Steve Thom

July 2016

Every once in a while on your “More or Less” page (July, for example) some of the prices have an asterisk beside them. My eyes quickly go to the bottom of the page — nothing. Am I missing something?

— Helen Kabrien

Editors’ note: The explanation of the asterisk is located along the gutter of the “More or Less” page (where the pages are bound). The asterisk signifies that a price has been converted from U.S. or foreign currency and is approximate.

I was disappointed to discover that eight months after Elle Décor UK featured Lynda Gardener’s Australian home on its November 2015 cover, House & Home features the same subject on its July 2016 cover. Are your editors underestimating their readers’ global savvy, assuming they’ll be easily sold last year’s recycled cover stories? Whatever the reasons for recycling from other countries (lack of imagination, resources…), it doesn’t reflect well on the integrity of H&H editors or your ability to establish a leading creative edge. Instead, it smacks of a lazy cynicism, a provincial, backwater mentality and disrespect for your readers.

Mariza Teal

Why, oh why, do you think you have to include articles on homes in the US? Each month there is at least one story about an American designer or home. You have reached a new low this month with an article about a Cape Cod-raised designer living in New York, a stylist living in Australia, a couple in Connecticut and, the icing on the cake, a day trip in the Berkshires! There are many, many American publications out there. Please keep this one Canadian.

Olga Mondoux

I was so excited to get my July issue with the headline “Cottage Living on a Houseboat”. As a Lake Erie-raised girl now living in the US, I have long envisioned having a “summer home” on a houseboat. I sat down to read the article in anticipation of finding design inspiration for my floating dream cottage, and was disappointed that you didn’t include any photos of or details about the staterooms. We so rarely see alternative forms of housing in your magazine, and I think you did your readers a disservice by not including them.

Janie Manders Powell

June 2016

In your June 2016 edition, I saw a beautiful project that involved installing a bi-fold door and adding medallions (“Editor DIY”). We followed the purchasing of products and the installation to the letter. It looks beautiful. One huge problem: It’s completely non-functional! The medallions (the exact same as in the picture) are about 2¼ inches deep, but the door won’t even open halfway before they hit the door frame. The picture in your magazine shows installation on a framed door; the only way this works is with a frameless door. We spent around $175 Canadian for a non-functional door. Your instructions need to specify some of the details you happened to leave out. 

Patty Lee

The photo of the rug featured on page 37 of the May issue was so beautiful that I cut it out and framed it. If only I could afford the real thing!

Karen Walker

I’ve had opportunity to read your magazine on many occasions, and wonder which section of the population it’s addressing. The homes and furnishings are outrageously expensive, and I wonder how many Canadians can afford anything close to what’s shown in H&H. I know some readers like to get ideas for their homes, myself included, but not at those prices.

 Rosemary Mooney

Your online magazine is innovative and inspiring. — Shannon Kirby, @shannonkirbyint, via Instagram

May 2016

Regarding the “Display Artists” sidebar on page 91 (“Design,” March), how “innovative” of your American friend to use her mantels as “bases for fine art” and, please get over yourself, “expertly edited displays of objets.” How pretentious!

@HouseandHome just received the March issue! Love Nam Dang-Mitchell’s gorgeously lux elegance & the NYC brownstone just as I dreamed it to be. — Jacinta Zolob, @JZolob, via Instagram

Such a pretty cover on the March @HouseandHome mag. Love this kitchen. — David MacLellan, @prepit, via Twitter

Paris is the City of LIGHT, not “lights” (“View,” May). The term “ville lumière” is actually meant to mean “city of enlightenment” in terms of culture and learning and has nothing to do with the street lamps. Mon dieu.


April 2016

About Suzanne Dimma’s Valentine’s Day reflection (“Editor’s Page,” February). You just felt as if you were there. Cherish those very special bunkie memories! So well written.

— Marlene Lackner

I was just re-reading the “Editor’s Page” of the June 2015 issue. How refreshing to read, “be realistic about how you live.” I see all these beautiful pictures in the magazine and always wonder, “Could I live like that?” I read the articles and see the beautiful pictures and feel inadequate that I can’t do all of it. It sure is nice to have the validation that I don’t have to do it all.

— Lyse

March 2016

I must congratulate you on your January issue! I’ve been a reader in the past, but unfortunately have strayed. Your features in the past were too modern for my taste and way too expensive!

Patricia Phillips

February 2016

Lynda, I look forward to seeing your new jewel-toned velvet sofa (“View,” December)! I have always loved the look of an elegant statement sofa, and hope to see more examples in upcoming issues.

Michelle Delloch

I loved the article “In with the New” in your January issue. It was great to see a warm and modern flare to design. All too often, “modern” gets a bad rap for being cold and bare, whereas I found this home to be the opposite: the colors, warm wood and accents were so beautiful.

Madison Dalzell

I really enjoyed reading about the new trends of 2016 you featured in your last issue (January). As an artist, I find that art-driven decorating is an essential approach I have used when dressing a room: find a piece of art, and build your room from the textures and colors found in the painting or photograph.

Erik Paige

I’m a huge fan of House & Home and of course Lynda Reeves! To me, Lynda is pure design genius and a Canadian interior design icon. I have a hobby business doing designer cookies (Amber’s Creative Cookies), and was so inspired by the many holiday front doors in the December issue. Thank you for the inspiration!


It is not helpful to list the source of something as a store. Store merchandise comes and goes. Please list the designer, manufacturer, or something that will enable people to actually find it. Sometimes you do this and it is very helpful, but other times you don’t.

Sandra Bernstein

Note from the Publisher and Editor: For the product-based stories we produce, you will find designers and manufacturers included wherever possible. For our feature homes, we rely on our homeowners and designers to share their sources with us.We encourage you to contact these retailers for more information.

January 2016

As a British viewer, I love the online TV section of your website. Some of the features are really inspirational, and so well done. However, reading some of the blurb this week I came across “favorite” and “color.” Is H&H adopting American spelling now? It’s bad enough that “Christmas” has become “holiday” in North America, but this seems a new departure, or is Canada bi-spelling as well as bi-lingual now?

Russell Hogben

I’m an avid reader of both the English and French versions of your magazine. But, being fully bilingual, I can’t help but notice the poor quality of translation of the French version — especially the titles. Essentially, I find that the “punch” your titles have in English falls completely flat in French. No effort appears to be made by the translators to spin the French version. A successful translation of a title keeps the meaning and plays with words to achieve the same slant. For example “Weekend Living” from the July 2015 issue was translated to “Vivre à la champagne,” which has a much more rural connotation and completely loses the leisure aspect of the original title. While I am not a translator, and I realize deadline pressure can impact the quality of work, your French version could benefit from snappier titles that respect the original intent of the English author.

Andre Mercier

It’s very disappointing that you should show a wonderful idea of the botanical mural only to find out this is not available in Canada. Yes, it can be ordered online, but involves duties and the inability to view in person before purchasing. You should not be teasing your subscribers with something inaccessible — you are a Canadian magazine, and as such, should offer up Canadian products.

Eva Blitz

December 2015

Your October issue was the best ever. I couldn’t believe it; I thought I was reading a different magazine. The variety, the colors, the interesting places… it felt more like Vogue Living. This is what I am looking for when I buy a magazine; it makes me fly away, seeing the world and what’s out there. I was over the moon.

Brigitta Lorenzen

The last magazine I received from you was very disappointing (November)! I sure hope you next one will be a Christmas one. The article on page 69 irritated me with all the “luxe”/“glam” etc. Thanks.


Love these #dogfriendly #decor tips [on H&H online]. I’ll soon have a beautifully decorated home… all that’s missing is the puppy! — Dena Gouweloos, @denagouweloos, via Twitter

Oh my goodness finally made these #blackenedbrusselsprouts [from the October issue] thxs @HouseandHome they were Delish! #brusselsprouts — Pgal, @justpgal, via Twitter

So many beautiful things and ideas! I love @HouseandHome magazine! — Allyson J. Elizabeth, @ajeteed, via Twitter

November 2015

I recently picked up your magazine after a long break from subscribing. It was so disappointing! As I read the long lists of name-dropping by Lynda Reeves, I wondered why an editor would allow this to be printed. I think you are relying on your stars (Suzanne Dimma, Lynda Reeves) to carry the magazine, which is a huge fail since all that comes across is snobbery and a privileged aesthetic. It may be time for a fresh perspective. —


About the Ikea kitchen, I realize photos have to be staged, but silly staging makes me angry. Putting artwork beside the steam of the stove and kettle, and layering decorative cookbooks where all the mess of spoons and bubbling sauces would occur, just makes the whole kitchen seem like it isn’t meant to be used. The disrespect shown to the art by placing it in such a vulnerable position is what annoys me most. I’m sure those items would be replaced with utensil holders and knife racks as soon as the cameras leave.


I am loving the #returntodecorating @suzannedimma @HouseandHome #octoberissue. So happy the embrace of pattern, texture & layers is back! — Julia Black, @JuliaWBlack, via Twitter

100% #kitchenenvy. Thanks @houseandhomemag for the unrelenting inspiration to rip everything out of my home, and make it a masterpiece. Best kitchen feature, to date. #design #modernfarmhouse #contemporary #style #micdrop #thereisnothingbetter #wantit #needit” — 12heatherm, @12heatherm, via Instagram

October 2015

Loving the new online House & Home… great job. Bright, clear, informative. Wow.

Deborah Richardson

So impressed with this new site! Congrats, House and Home; you managed to outdo even yourself (no small feat). I LOVE IT!!


I love my subscription to your magazine. Though my place is fully decorated occasionally I can sneak in one of the ideas. One of my favorite things to do is to sit with a cuppa coffee and read your magazine on a weekend morning.


I first started subscribing to your magazine in the ’80s and discontinued my subscription in the early 2000s owing to a layout showing fur. After struggling with a competitive magazine for a few years, I finally came back to you. You produce the better product. However, even after a decade an a half of animal rights enlightenment, I see once again, in the August issue, a layout with real fur used as a throw on a sofa (“Decorating”). Have you no concept of the amount of suffering and pain is lying on that sofa? Shame on you.

Norma Webb

Could we have an “All Canadian” issue? With the dollar so low, I would love to see Canadian sources for fabrics, furniture, et cetera all across Canada (please don’t forget about the prairies!)

Carol Corenblum

Love this [DIY roll-up mattress] (“Editor DIY,” July) — will have a go — the mattress looks nice and very handy for little people staying over, if you are short of beds! — Lynn Kilvington, via Facebook

Awesome tiny home featured in @HouseandHome! No space is too small to be functional. #tinyhome #tinyisthenewbig [“A Small Rustic City Cabin,” H&H TV] — Sarah Chmielewski, @dancnart, via Twitter

LOVE this! @houseandhomemag special edition “Ask a Designer” reviews how much a magazine feature kitchen really costs. This is so smart. Can’t count the times someone asks for a luxury kitchen with a minimal budget. As my grandfather used to say “champagne taste on a beer budget” good job #houseandhome — Ashley Saywell, @saywellinteriors, via Instagram 

September 2015

How unfortunate that House & Home has done an article most summers lately on a Nova Scotia residence, but is actually still stuck in Toronto. It’s become a bit of a joke, as one knows before even seeing it that it will be about Toronto designers or the Toronto people who use them, and it will be in Chester with credits for most of the products being a business in Toronto. While Nova Scotia is a small province, it does have an amazing number of wonderful houses surprisingly situated outside the village of Chester and surprisingly unlike Toronto cottages or homes. Have an adventure! Leave Toronto and have a look at the real Nova Scotia.

Carole Collins

Completely agree with Jeanne F. in your July issue’s RSVP: “trad” is irritating!


I was pleased to receive my latest edition of House & Home. Love it. I was recently recycling 10 years worth of your magazine due to lack of space (plus the fact that my shelf was buckling under the weight). I couldn’t help but notice the difference in the size of the magazine — they’re much thinner now. Why? I do miss Cameron McNeil’s articles on revamping areas in the home. And I’d like to see more articles about Western Canada, rather than cottage country in Ontario. These so called “cottages” are mansions compared to the cottage my family used to go to on Nine Mile Lake in the Muskokas. All the same, I do love your magazine and look forward to receiving it each month.

Dorothy Carney

@lyndareeves LOVED this [View column] so much! What a relief — #BeautyisBack #interiordesign #Decorating — Eric Ross Interiors, @ERossInteriors, via Twitter

Two of my fave things: #houseandhomemag and #woodlake #okanagan #BC  — Kerry Clynes @kkclynes, via Instagram

August 2015

After subscribing for a few years I must say that it’s rather disappointing to see the limited diversity represented in your magazine. Although it’s obvious that you target a certain demographic, and that many of the portraits represented are for advertising purposes, I still feel that if you are truly “Canada’s Magazine of Home and Style” you should acknowledge the design efforts, ideas and contributions of people of different ethnic backgrounds and cultures. Many of those individuals most likely own homes that they have proudly decorated and designed.

A. R.

Soaking up more inspiration & ideas in [the] latest special edition @houseandhomemag #summerstyle #projectbackyardmakeover  — Heather Pitcher, @heather_j_pitcher, via Instagram

Loved the July issue @HouseandHome So nice to see the page on @hopsongraceTO — 2 smart cookies with a gorgeous business.  — Lisa Tant, @LisaTant, via Twitter

July 2015

How unfortunate that House & Home has done an article most summers lately on a Nova Scotia residence, but is actually still stuck in Toronto. It’s become a bit of a joke, as one knows before even seeing it that it will be about Toronto designers or the Toronto people who use them, and it will be in Chester with credits for most of the products being a business in Toronto. While Nova Scotia is a small province, it does have an amazing number of wonderful houses surprisingly situated outside the village of Chester and surprisingly unlike Toronto cottages or homes. Have an adventure! Leave Toronto and have a look at the real Nova Scotia.

Carole Collins

I was pleased to receive my latest edition of House & Home. Love it. I was recently recycling 10 years worth of your magazine due to lack of space (plus the fact that my shelf was buckling under the weight). I couldn’t help but notice the difference in the size of the magazine — they’re much thinner now. Why? I do miss Cameron McNeil’s articles on revamping areas in the home. And I’d like to see more articles about Western Canada, rather than cottage country in Ontario. These so called “cottages” are mansions compared to the cottage my family used to go to on Nine Mile Lake in the Muskokas. All the same, I do love your magazine and look forward to receiving it each month.

Dorothy Carney

June 2015

After subscribing for a few years I must say that it’s rather disappointing to see the limited diversity represented in your magazine. Although it’s obvious that you target a certain demographic, and that many of the portraits represented are for advertising purposes, I still feel that if you are truly “Canada’s Magazine of Home and Style” you should acknowledge the design efforts, ideas and contributions of people of different ethnic backgrounds and cultures. Many of those individuals most likely own homes that they have proudly decorated and designed. 

A. R.

Just wanted to say how lovely it is to flip through House & Home when it arrives in my mail each month. I like to have my own copy that takes me on a fantasy home tour whenever I need to relax. It’s like going on an imaginary vacation looking at all the well-decorated, neat, colorful and stylish homes.


May 2015

Wow! I love the watercolor lampshade! (“Editor DIY,” May 2015).

Mary Alice Flood

April 2015

Your April “Fashion Insiders at Home” issue was excellent! While I recognize and appreciate the role of an interior designer, I truly enjoy the personal touch that can only be achieved by someone styling their own home — especially when that person has a great eye for design. The homes of Virginia Johnson and Rebecca Taylor were particularly wonderful expressions of their own personal styles.


It was certainly heartening to see a feature on creative talents in the April issue. As “Canada’s magazine of home and style” it would seem imperative to encourage and celebrate a wide variety of design aesthetics as well as the diversity of design talent available in this country. Along these lines, Houzz recently gave Jeremy Aykroyd, a Toronto designer, an award — surely this is a perfect opportunity to introduce readers to his work as well as that of other emerging designers.

Rhonda Kastner

I’m deeply upset and offended by the ceviche article in your April issue (“Recipe Lab”). I come from a Peruvian family and take my Peruvian heritage very seriously. In 2004, the Peruvian National Cultural Institute declared ceviche to be Peru’s National Dish, and the importance of ceviche is so great that the government declared June 28th as “Día del Ceviche.” Calling the first recipe “Classic Peruvian Ceviche,” is an insult to all who treasure Peruvian heritage. There are no apples, apple cider vinegar, piquillo peppers, cayenne and espellete pepper, or extra-virgin olive oil in a true and classic Peruvian ceviche. While I understand chefs can, and will, make their own Anglicized versions of ceviche, what is described in your article is not, by any definition, “classic” or “Peruvian.”

Mila Carvo

March 2015

I love the House & Home [digital] app! I’ve subscribed since the beginning, but I’ve noticed that the last few months have been overrun with ads. This month (March), 24 of the first 30 pages are advertisements! I understand they’re necessary, but that is a bit much. Otherwise it’s a great app.


I love the kitchen in March’s “Living.” However, look how the woman has to go on her tiptoes to reach the second shelf! I had my cabinets installed to be able to reach three shelves easily. My backsplash is 16″ high and the first shelf is 18″ from the counter — a real pleasure for a 5’3″ homemaker.


Your March issue is an example of the disconnect between decorating the pages of a magazine and decorating a home! In her Editor’s Letter, Suzanne points out that while open shelving looks “dreamy,” they “don’t really work.” But look how many of the pages that follow feature open shelving. And what a riot that the issue closes with an article by Steven Gambrel on the merits of open shelving!


I’ve been a subscriber for many years, but am disappointed with the March issue. The home featured in “Creative Licence” is a non-example of good design and decorating: the layout and style mixes of furniture make no sense in terms of space planning and good taste. Similarly, the kitchen featured in “A Study in Contrasts” is a mish-mash of wood types, finishes and paint colors that are totally discordant and unappealing.

Jennifer Butterfield

I love the look of the black cabinetry on page 87 of “A Study in Contrasts” in the March issue. The rug in the photo complements the room perfectly.


I used to subscribe to your magazine and stopped because I found the pages to be filled with pedestrian decorating. I bought March’s issue thinking that this one should be a no-brainer, with so many amazing kitchens and bathrooms out there, but I have to say this is probably the last issue I buy. I know you want to show us stuff that’s different, but show us extraordinary, not “designed by the average Joe.”


H&H has been having delusions of grandeur for the last few years. Who buys $525 throw cushions, except designers working for very wealthy clients? I loved the magazine for years, but I find it hard to relate to now.

Liz Chapple

February 2015

I’ve just received my copy of the February 2015 issue and I have to say: Really? Again? Three Toronto homes. Again. And an 8,000 sq. ft. house? In an age where global warming is happening at a faster rate than ever?

Debbie Cook

I find it maddening when readers complain about the size of featured homes. Have they no imagination or desire to dream? In February’s RSVP, I found it “pretentious” (to use her word) that one reader thinks most Canadians live in 2,500-square-foot homes. I live in a modest 1,800-square-foot home and love to take ideas from your pages to make my home my million-dollar castle.

Debra Harmer

February’s “Ask a Designer” totally missed the mark. A reader asks how to arrange furniture to accommodate their 65″ TV. Joel Bray’s solution is not to suggest where the TV should be placed, but to purchase a smaller TV and paint the room. Really, move the TV they already own somewhere else and buy a new, smaller one? That is not a solution.

Peter Psutka

I love the photographs you include in the Source Guide. The photographs highlight small details that readers may miss.

Mildred Way

January 2015

I really hope Suzanne Dimma largely turns her living room back to its original state (“Can Four Trends Live in One Room?”)! While Stacey and Joel did a great job, the original design was so lovely and classic: the drapes lifted your eyes and helped balance the visual weight of the hutch, as did that gorgeous gold mirror. The new coffee table is better suited to a garden room, and getting rid of the Mouille lamp feels criminal.

Justine Taylor

I loved the color scheme of the room featured on your January 2015 cover, but was amused by the room featured in “Child’s Play” (Rooms That Work). The ridiculous extravagance of a $2,399 Murano chandelier located in a kids’ room, within a short throw of a basketball hoop, made me laugh out loud.

Linda Wright

I’ve had a House & Home subscription for years now. I absolutely love it, and it has been so inspirational to me. I’ve just completed a design designation through New York Institute of Art & Design and most of my influence has been Lynda and Suzanne’s style and your very talented team. Someday I hope to be featured on your pages, as my husband and I are chronic renovators and sell every house we list in approximately two weeks mostly due to our obsession with improving real estate and decorating. It’s great to read about likeminded people in your stories. Bravo!

Elaine Lowes

I’ve enjoyed House & Home over the years, but sadly I’ll be letting my subscription lapse. Often, I’ll see ideas that I can use or that I think are interesting, but the January issue had absolutely nothing for me. I understand that when you’re immersed in an atmosphere you begin to think a certain way, so that a $6,000 sofa seems normal and a 3,000 sq. ft. home for four seems fine. But as an average Canadian, you’re way off the mark. My family has a household income of over 100K, yet there is no way we could spend 70K to renovate a kitchen… or maybe I should say would spend.

Debbie Cook

Love my House & Home, but one complaint. Rather a funny one coming from an immigrant: enough of using American designers in the “Ask a Designer” section. I’m sure there are designers from Canada who would do this column for a reasonable price — I can suggest a few! With the global market sucking business away from our country we need to extol our homegrown market at every turn.

Rowan Reimer

Editor’s note: Though House & Home is a Canadian-born magazine, we’re proud to say that we have wide distribution in the United States. This means we have readership across North America, and so our featured designers reflect this diversity.

December 2014

I loved the vanity mirrors in the principal bathroom of Brian Gluckstein’s Princess Margaret Showhome in the December issue. I have a bathroom with the same configuration; the window is located above the vanity and I was having trouble adding a mirror — until I saw this photo! I’d like to use this inspiration in my home!

Jessica B.

I just got my first magazine from a subscription and I have to tell you I am very disappointed in it! All the furnishings look the same: way too modern, way too many skinny furnishings. We are not all 89 pounds! There is nothing “homey” about this magazine!

V. Watson

Can you please refrain from including perfume ads in your magazine (December 2014)? I love H&H, but really do not like my magazine smelling like it was bathed in chemicals, even after I have removed the ad. As someone who is sensitive to artificial smells, I would much rather enjoy your magazine headache-free. Thanks!

Karen Webster

The Ultimate Guide To Holiday 2014

In Holiday you have a Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie recipe that does not work. I tried it the first time and the dough simply crumbled when I tried to make a thumbprint. Thinking that I did something wrong, I tried it again. Same result. There is definitely something very wrong with this recipe. I think you should try it again and see if your dough crumbles. It’s very maddening, as they ended up in the garbage.

Gail Palkeinen

Editor’s note: How frustrating for you! We triple-tested the recipe and found that it worked — the key is to ensure your dough is well mixed. If you have trouble forming balls, or find they crumble when thumb-printed, try letting the dough rest for a few minutes on the counter (so the butter softens into the ground almonds). You could also form the balls, slightly flatten and bake them, then make thumbprints with a teaspoon once they come out of the oven.

November 2014

As an interior decorator in a small town, you can imagine my anticipation at the arrival of H&H every month! So many of my inspirations and ideas come from your fabulous magazine. I especially loved “Studying the Classics” (November 2014), with the elegant decorations and traditional style. I look forward to your next issue to help decorate my clients’ homes for the holidays!

Stephanie McKenna

I love your magazine but after reading the November issue, I will no longer be purchasing it. I have reached my limit with “Happy Holidays,” “Seasons Greetings” and other such safe greetings. It is CHRISTMAS!!!! When did “Christmas” become a dirty word? This is Canada, and I welcome people of all nationalities and cultures to this wonderful country, BUT I am tired of my traditions being changed so as not to insult others. If I, as a Canadian, were to move to another country, would I expect them to change their traditions to fit mine? Never. So why should I have to deal with this? Stop this foolishness. Again, this is Christmas.

Colleen Saunders

I found the cottage in Muskoka beautiful (“A Winter’s Tale,” November 2014). I always wonder when I see these beautiful places with very few window coverings in the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms — is that done for the magazine pictures? Yes, you do get beautiful vistas looking out, but what about those looking in? The question of heat comes to mind as well, especially with the gorgeous snow views.

Loree Baker

I’ve been a faithful H&H subscriber for years and November’s item on Jillian Harris’ Vancouver home (“A Good Vintage”) has inspired me to write you for the first time. I’m sorry to start our correspondence on a negative note, but I’m very unimpressed with the girly, glittery and rather tacky decor of this house. I’m a fan of Love it or List it Vancouver, and of Jillian Harris in particular, but this house doesn’t do her justice. Perhaps her Kelowna home does?


I recently received my renewal notice and noticed that you seem to have eliminated “Canadian” from the name of the magazine. It still appears on the cover page of my latest issue, but it is also missing from the masthead of your online presence. Why is this? One of the reasons that I subscribe is to support Canadian publishing.

Lynda Bowen

Publisher’s note: We are a proudly Canadian publishing company, born right here in Toronto. However, as we publish two editions of H&H — one for our Canadian readers, and another for our readers in the United States — the name “House & Home” appears on our shared website and renewal notices. Hope that clears up the confusion.

I have hard copies going back to the first weeks of House & Home. They literally fill one side of my clothes closet! I had to cut off my subscription because I had no place to put another copy. Then one day I got a note in the mail suggesting that I get the iPhone app. At the same time I found your beautiful website with H&H Online TV! The iPad newsstand came out and I signed up immediately. Now I have a lovely collection of H&H. Just love these digital versions!


Loved the H&H Online TV episode for the small townhouse makeover. The two designers offered great ideas. Budget-friendly, too. Thank you.

Diane Novini

October 2014

I’m writing to say that I was very disappointed with your October 2014 issue! Why? Because it was like searching for something to get the next fix going! I’m sorry but a headboard made out of lattice is not okay. I love you guys, but this issue was not what I expected. I love new things, but sometimes it doesn’t have to be so handmade!

Jessica Stocker

What on earth is going on in “Flight of Fancy” (October 2014)? I really didn’t like all the name-dropping. Am I supposed to know who this Picasso biographer is? Or random art dealers from London? I really struggled to relate to this article. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the August issue — especially the “Home Truths.” Just throw the words “functional family design” out there and I’m hooked.


September 2014

I was surprised to see empty bookshelves on the cover of your September 2014 issue. I was then shocked to see that the same shelves had been filled when the photo was repeated inside the magazine. Presumably, the additional books and accessories were added using Photoshop. The unfortunate consequence is that every photo that I looked at subsequently made me wonder if the design was real, or if it had been augmented by a savvy Photoshop-user.

Justine Scales

Editor’s note: Thank you for your letter, Justine. In fact, what happened is exactly the opposite of what you thought — we had to remove some of the books from the shelves on our cover image. Sometimes, when we place text over a photograph on our cover, we need to remove distracting background items (like some of the books, in this case) to make the text easier for people to read. It is always important that our cover lines are legible so that people know at a glance what they are getting inside. You can rest assured that the interiors we feature in H&H are shot in real-life decorated homes – that’s what makes them so fascinating for us to feature!

August 2014

I laughed and laughed reading about how “toddler-friendly” the home featured in “A New Blend” is supposed to be [August 2014 issue]. Apart from the fact that the baby does not appear to eat (no high chair), the number of beautiful objet d’art-come-weapons-of-destruction is just astonishing. That baby must have the restraint of a saint! After the last two hours at my house with my three and one year old, I have come to the conclusion that the most child-friendly space would have all the beautiful things at least five feet up, and all the seating low to the ground, so as not to provide a stepping stool to anarchy. (Also, how the mother must trip over that antique race car ride-on toy on the way to the crib in the middle of the night!)

Mary Fraser-Hamilton

Editor’s note: Thank you for your feedback, Mary. In our August issue we strove to feature a variety of family homes to suit a range of tastes and lifestyles. Though you may have found this modern home impractical, the homeowners really do find it quite functional for their day-to-day life, as it’s bright, open and clutter-free. And, as the homeowner Lauren Currie shared: electrical cords are tucked safely away, the upholstery and hard surfaces are durable and easy to clean, and “anything within reach of little hands isn’t precious or breakable.” The charming race car toy you mention easily rolls to the side when the room isn’t styled for a photo shoot. I sincerely hope that you were able to get some inspiration and ideas from the rest of the issue that you can apply in your own family home.

Regarding the August issue cover — so very amazed that you would use a picture of children with such bad manners. Feet up on the table and sitting up on cupboards! Really!

S. Stevenson

Wow, so happy to hear other people do the stashing of “stuff” when company arrives unexpectedly [August 2014 issue]. My Mom had a place for everything and she always felt I had to be the same. Nope, I missed that gene, so I stash papers in big baskets and put in a closet. I know someone who stashes it all in her oven… yikes!

Margaret Hackett

July 2014

I just read the July 2014 issue and was quite frustrated regarding two articles on home decor. I am using the term “home decor” somewhat loosely… really? “On the Rocks” demonstrates not a designer’s ability to create a welcoming home set in a fabulous natural landscape that anyone would want to live in — it demonstrates that, when without any talent or inspiration at all, choose white. That this is then described as the designer capitalizing on the setting’s natural beauty is a sure bet not to ever choose this designer for any project of mine. This total lack of inspiration is then followed by an equally insipid work in “A Shore Thing.” Good grief, two out of two for white only on the walls, the furnishings and to cover all natural wood work again in the stark palette of only white on white. Sheesh, are you guys getting tired of searching for true inspiration? That these homes are also surrounded by natural beauty is a travesty, it is not inspired, it is not Scandinavian, it is without any merit at all. Deeply disappointed.

Janice Laprade

June 2014

Just received the June 2014 issue of H&H. I’m not as enthralled with H&H as I once was. I frequently visit New Zealand and they have several home decor magazines. The one I prefer highlights homes that have been designed and decorated by non-professionals — just regular people. There is, therefore, no promotional material accompanying the articles. So the articles and pictures are always original and inspirational. Just a side note: I counted 63 pages out of a total of 136 devoted to advertising. Yikes!

Louise Robinson

Why do you make the writing so damn difficult to see with these 75-year-old eyes. It is so frustrating!

Ken Carlson

May 2014

In your May 2014 issue there were two things that really grabbed my attention. The first was the Collins Ikat pillow by Madeline Weinrib on page 36. $950 for a pillow??? Was this some kind of typo? I am fairly certain that no sensible person would pay that kind of money for a pillow unless it was either Madeline’s mother, hoping to support her daughter’s overdue student loan or one of those millionaire designers who couldn’t care less what they spend as it isn’t their money anyways. Yes, the pillow is attractive but I wouldn’t exactly call it an investment piece like some furniture where one will keep it forever and have it passed down to the next generation when they are gone. My other point relates to safety and design. Your “Street Smarts” story on page 62 showed a very nice house transformation. However, there are NO railings along the front steps of the house. Yes, it does look better than before but with small children, elderly visitors and our poor dying-out postal carriers, these steps can be extremely dangerous. I suppose this may be different in Ontario but I know that in BC they would never let this happen. When we built our home from scratch just over ten years ago, there was no way we would have been allowed to do such a thing. I am questioning the practicality of such an idea if readers like it and then try the same thing themselves just to be later put through the wringer for unsafe practices.

Vicki W.

The interiors you feature are mostly done in East Coast modern country style. For those of us in Western Canada, whose homes are not brick and 100 years old, this style is too fussy. But your May outdoor issue may make me reconsider my decision not to renew. It is beautiful. Good job.

Carol Tamblyn

I can’t even begin to tell you how disappointed I am since I subscribed to H&H. White walls, white walls, white walls! That may be the “in” thing, but you are definitely overdoing it. I wanted some inspiration on how to decorate my home. Now I know — white walls! Blah.

Gail Parkhurst

In the “Into the Blue” story, the homeowner Magela Bruno states she “couldn’t live with the brown floors, with the honey color staring at me”! So she PAINTED them! Really, how awful — she could have stained them to a more suitable color, but to paint them is almost criminal. With homeowners wanting hardwood floors all the time in new builds and in older homes, I for one find this not a clever mix or design style at all. —

Mrs. M. Wilson

I had to laugh when I read your May issue RSVP column about incorporating rugs in a kitchen. What better way to warm up a kitchen (especially THIS winter) than by the use of a strategically placed rug? Yes, REALLY! We have had a lovely wool rug on our ceramic floor in the kitchen for 20 years.

Jadzia von Heyman

I was surprised the backlash in the May 2014 RSVP page against a rug in the kitchen. I have had a 6′ woven cotton rug in front of my sink for many years. It’s soft underfoot, and when I see at the end of a week what has landed on the rug and not on my beautiful hardwood floor, I am grateful that it is there.

Sharon H.

I came across your publication via YouTube, and soon became an avid follower of your video updates. So when I discovered the magazine in the newsstand, I had no choice but to buy it — this was five months ago and now I am a firm follower and addict. I truly appreciate that all the media material is available internationally, as I’m the U.K.


I have been subscribing to H&H for many years. This year while on vacation I decided to subscribe to the digital edition for the iPad tablet. WELL!!!!! I was so excited to see the pages, it was as if I had walked into the rooms in person. The resolution, quality and clearness of the photography are unbelievable. Kudos to everyone who produces the magazine in this format! It was amazingly simple to sign up, and I was in another country at the time!

Judy Sawhney

April 2014

When I saw the April 2014 cover, I was surprised. It looks like the room has a dirty old industrial carpet and there is no real decorating. You can’t really see the room, plus the colors are so drab. It really stood out as dull and uninspiring next to all the colorful spring magazines.

Hailey Morris

Suzanne Blogs On Chester, N.S. Must-Sees: I’ve been to many of those places mentioned…love them all. Hope the Rope Loft sticks around, we’ve always enjoyed going there. Village/Town…just semantics in my opinion. It feels more like a town to me. — Nicole

I really enjoy your many inspirational and idea-filled blogs on I look forward to them each week, as well as my weekly fix of the latest online TV episode — I can’t wait for Mondays! However, I think it is time to freshen up the posts. We are all still viewing Christmas posts, and although they are informative, they’re just not what we need after such a long, tedious winter. So please, dear bloggers, give us all some fresh inspiration. — Joy

The Most On-Trend Room of 2015— you all just knocked it out of the ballpark! That design was so creative and custom and colossal! Thanks for all your talent! — Franki

Just wanted to say I absolutely love the mix in Carlo Colacci’s home (Vintage Style Done Right). I wish you would show more of this style in your magazine. I just can’t get enough of it. Keep it coming. — Joelle Wilcox

I have subscribed to your magazine for a very long time and watched H&H Online TV. I am very frustrated that there is no captioning on the online videos. As a person with a hearing impairment, I feel that I can’t enjoy the videos. — Lynda Morin

The Historic Stratford Home shown on H&H Online TV is just beautiful. I have watched the video so many times — love the kitchen. Will this home be featured in a future issue? I hope so! — Kris McLean

Having to watch and listen to advertising every time I watch one of your video segments is becoming very annoying, and there is no way to skip them like on other websites. Please, if you’re going to list 10 interesting segments, don’t impose advertising before each and every one. They’re short, but a real nuisance. — Lucie

I wondered if this part of the site was new — I never realized we could watch actual episodes, they were great! Thanks! — Deb Fair

Small Home Renovation: While that is a well done space I could not live with the idea of walking straight into the house and looking at my kitchen sink. The cups and plates left over from breakfast or the lunch dishes on the counter. I like the look of open concept, but would not live in it. I also cannot get with sinks in the island that are the only sink in the kitchen. A prep sink, sure, but my main sink — no, just no. I really hope this trend fades out. I’m probably too traditional for these things. The finishes in this house were really nice and I liked that she mixed the metals. — DinNDee

Century Home Update: The bathroom is insane! Although the house is beautifully done, it does make you wonder how much energy that must take to heat and cool… — Salt’s Press

Historic Mill-Turned-Cottage: Beautiful but why does one decide on “Moroccan” in a former mill? Still, I’ll take it and that “fantastic” ottoman. Thanks for sharing. — Dathan

Tudor-Revival Renovation: This is my style to a ‘T’…loved every inch of this house, I need Samantha to transform my house! Samantha Sensibility…that should be the name of her design firm — Lotusblossomed

Quebec Colonial Country House: Such a beautiful home with exquisite grounds and landscape. I love the white canvas for the interior. It is clean and opens up everything. Amazing decorating too. I want to visit you there….. — K.L.

Teen Girl Boho Bedroom: This is excellent low budget decor! Though I wasn’t very keen on it at the beginning, I loved it in the end.— Eva Frade

Actor Yannick Bisson’s Home: I’ve never been a fan of ‘modern’ architecture, but I LOVE this house. And I LOVE this couple. I hope that they are as nice as they appear! My husband and I enjoy everything about the Murdoch series. — Betty Duncan

Round Furniture Set-Up: I just got rid of my couch and have been searching for the perfect one without luck. So this week I actually thought why not get 2 more chairs (for a total of 4) instead. Now that I know it’s a trend — just confirms the fact that I DO know what I’m doing when following my decorating instinct and furthering my education in order to do so! Thanks, H&H. — Angie Visintin

1960s Rowhouse Renovation: Absolutely gorgeous! Two things you might want to consider in the future — the step down to the living room can become a problem. Just not a safe idea. The second problem — the buttons on the custom banquette — will rust when fabric is steam cleaned. Avoid those buttons in furniture. The house is so beautiful — lovely and bright. Well done! — saltnlightful

Congrats House & Home on a truly great story featuring @colettevdthillart in the October issue, and for bringing an international perspective to your readers with her amazing work and super glam life — Grace Castaneda @gracecastaneda

Photo Gallery: New Life For Salvaged Finds: In 2011 I framed a Hungarian embroidery this way (grey silk but a professionally assembled white frame) and it is still one of my favorite pieces! I hope it will look timeless. Seeing this makes me want to try the DIY route, maybe with a brightly colored backround. — Danslelakehouse

Oh wow this is awesome. I have black placemats that look exactly like these doilies that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with. Thank you for the fabulous idea! — Marianna Vecchio-Zimmerman

Great idea, I have some passed down and had no idea what to do with them. — Sandy Boudreau

Oh yes. I have some my grandmother and mother made. Very good idea. Will do this for sure. — Carol Burnell

Butter’s Coconut Cake Recipe: I can promise everyone…. it was good. @butterbakedgoods really does it up right! – Pinecone Camp

Can’t wait to dive into the December 2014 issue of House & Home. What fun it is to be inspired page after page! — Melody Dover, @melldover

Whew. Just renewed my @HouseandHome subscription for another 2 years. I almost let it lapse — that would’ve been awful. #CantMissAnIssue — Kayleigh Platz, @write_girl

Nice to see @FeistyChef featured in @HouseandHome October 2014 issue for her Roasted Pumpkin Soup @TheCanteenNS Must try. — Renee Fournier, @HalifaxRenee

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