Top Five List: Design Magazines
by Jessica Bradford
With so many design magazines out there, how do you choose which ones to pick-up and which ones to pitch? Knowing what magazines your designer looks to for inspiration may help influence your decision. Here are my top five must read design magazines:
Elle Décor: “Elle Décor is where style lives”
Focusing on the culture of design, Elle Décor appeals to the home owner, as well as their designer. A flip through the pages will introduce you to new products for the home, a list of “must stop” shops, as well as a plan for your next vacation. With its wide range of coverage, Elle Décor is a must have for your design library.
Interior Design: “Interior Design is the magazine for the interior design professional marketplace”
With special semi-monthly editions focusing on design trends and market introductions, Interior Design Magazine is geared towards design professionals, but it also has many ideas for the home owner. Featured projects showcase homes from around the world in a wide array of design styles.
Architectural Digest: “Architectural Digest is the international authority on design and architecture”
The name Architectural Digest can be misleading – many think this magazine isn’t for the average home owner, but it is! Architectural Digest focuses on a complete home – architecture and design – and how the two interact. Many issues feature international projects which, in an increasingly eclectic world, can help a home owner define their personal style.
Luxe: “Luxe Interiors and Design Magazine is the uncompromised source for those with a passion for creating beautiful surroundings and living well”
With headquarters in Boca Raton, Luxe is a Florida favorite. By blending the flavor of local design with national trends, Luxe appeals to both design professionals and home owners. Geared towards the “sophisticated” home owner, Luxe features luxury homes that showcase unique aspects of design.
Veranda: “Veranda is both an ideas showcase and a deeply pleasurable escape, a place where homes feel as good as they look”
Veranda is a true “lifestyle” magazine – it focuses not only on the design, but also how spaces are lived in and used. Glamour and high fashion are at the forefront of Veranda’s design focus. Opulent homes with luxurious features are often high-lighted. Rarely diving into architecture or speaking in designer tongue, Veranda is an excellent magazine for the home owner.
It is worth noting that there are plenty of other design magazines, including regional publications, which may suit your needs. As this industry is constantly changing, our favorite inspiration sources change with the trends – a favorite pick today may not be a favorite pick tomorrow.