Loss of design magazines sends people in search of other ideas

The first one to go was House & Garden.

In November 2007, the 106-year-old magazine unexpectedly ceased publication. Soon after, Time Inc.'s In Style Home and Martha Stewart's Blueprint folded, and late last summer, Hachette Filipacchi Media's Home shuttered.

Since November, three more home design magazines announced their demise: Time Inc.'s Cottage Living, Hearst Magazines' O at Home and Meredith Corp.'s Country Home. Recently, media reports have said Conde Nast's Domino is in trouble, too.

Times are tough all around, but especially so in the shelter magazine industry.

Those looking to point a finger for the shuttering of their favorite home design magazines can blame the over saturation of them in the market and the 24-hour availability of design information on TV, radio and the Internet. Of course, the biggest contributor, experts say, is the economic downturn.

When favorite magazines shut down, readers looking to fill the void can get their home design fix elsewhere. Decorating tips, room makeovers and spreads of beautiful spaces are just a click away on the remote control and laptop, 24/7.

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