I have loved reading H&G for more years than I care to admit and am still thrilled when it arrives in my mailbox each month. That Holiday Feeling (July) was particularly inspirational. As I write, I am surrounded by burnt trees and empty blocks – where much-loved houses once stood – after our village was devastated by bushfire. It was wonderful to see Bonnie and Nathan’s house was built from BAL40-rated materials and still looks so stylish.
Joye Graves, Tathra, NSW
Seeds of inspiration
I’ve been happily perusing past issues of H&G in my local library since beginning the build of our new family home. When we moved in at the beginning of the year, I subscribed to your magazine and look forward to every issue. With so much still to do, I’m finding lots of inspiration and decorating ideas. But for me, the July issue was the best of all (so far) this year. While we have plans for a waterwise garden, a tropical-oasis pool and vegie patch, a large sand pit currently surrounds our house. Thanks to the timely feature How To Create A Happy Mix, I’m not feeling so daunted. Nola D’Souza, Rossmoyne, WA
All in the details
We’re finally planning our reno and I’m beginning the challenging but wonderful task of distilling the ideas I’ve gathered from my beloved decorator magazines over the years.
As I flick through old issues, H&G stands out, uniquely offering the perfect mix of inspiration and practical advice – not only in the beautiful and varied Australian homes you present, but notably in the editorial details you provide that most don’t.
Where else would you find the exact pricing, materials, dimensions of the most stunning projects from Australia’s leading designers? I’m trying to wrap my head around what size island bench will be best and, sure enough, your team has specified dimensions, materials and more, which gives me confidence in my decision making.
I also love that you cover gardens properly, noting the specific plant varieties as well as offering practical advice. We’ve already planted a textural bed of Raphiolepis ‘Oriental Pearl’, Mexican lily, Crassula ‘Blue Bird’ and Japanese box, a sweet viburnum hedge for privacy, and are planning a row of pleached snow pears underplanted with star jasmine – all of which I now realise have been informed by gardens featured in H&G.
I think H&G should be evaluated on a cost-per-read basis, which means my collection is paying for itself over and over! Sarah Morgan, Reservoir, Victoria