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One of the first “shelter” magazines I subscribed to as newly-married homeowner was House Beautiful.  About the same time we purchased our first home JoAnn Barwick was brought on board as Editor of House Beautiful.

Isn't this a welcoming entrance?

Wikipedia says:  House Beautiful is an interior decorating magazine that focuses on decorating and the domestic arts. First published in 1896, it is currently published by the Hearst Corporation, who purchased it in 1934. It is the oldest still-published magazine in what is known by publishers as the “shelter magazine” genre.

It was launched in the UK in 1989, targeting Middle England. Is that anything like “middle earth”?  🙂

I was very sad when JoAnn Barwick left the magazine in 1991…I felt like a good friend had moved away and I would miss her musings and insights into hearth and home and all that accompanies that.  Those of us who share this passion for home I believe we get attached to those who share our love!

The other favorite I enjoyed during those Barwick years with House Beautiful was a feature that was always on the very back page of the magazine called “From Thornhill Farm” written by Dee Hardie.  Dee’s images and words about life on a farm were wonderful.  She and her husband, Tom, had 4 adult children (although I believe during her time with HB she lost one of her sons) but she shared the joy of children (and eventually grand children), gardening, cooking and family life with such enthusiasm it was like a breath of fresh air each month.

It was a happy surprise when I opened the July/August 2010 issue of Traditional Home to see a wonderful cottage owned by my “friend” JoAnn Barwick and her husband Fred.  Her style preference has always been Swedish (she has published a couple of books featuring this style of décor) although she is of Norwegian descent.  As you can see in the images, she keeps her rooms simple, understated even, but always warm and welcoming.

All images from July/August Traditional Home magazine.