I have a confession to make about this magazine. I avoided looking at it for a long time, even though my sister kept insisting that I'd really like it, because of the real homes featured.
Here's why I resisted real living for so long. I don't find their covers particularly inviting - they are very staged, always featuring very pretty models in perfectly styled sets, with lots of busy strap lines. And I find the habit of 'handwritten' little comments on a lot of the features irritating. I think it's meant to be quirky, but it just annoys me.
I admit now that I was wrong about this magazine. A couple of months ago I was flicking through an issue, saw a feature on interior stylist Shannon Fricke, and decided to buy it. I was very pleasantly surprised - this is a magazine full of really interesting, real, mostly Australian homes (albeit very tidy ones!). Homes owned by people with an interesting sense of style, and not necessarily a lot of money too, which is always worth reading about.
The latest issue - October! - is great. I've just flicked through it while drinking a cup of coffee, and there's a lot I like. In particular, I find Merinda Garrett's Melbourne workers cottage (page 86), and the Copenhagen family home (page 72) very appealing.
The feature on sustainable gardening is interesting too, as is the recipe for chickpeas with chilli and rosemary. In fact, my only complaint (except for those random comments everywhere) is that Sydney got twice as much space than Melbourne did in the travel feature ....
So sorry to my sister. You were right about this one - and do you have any backcopies I can enjoy?
[Photos from the real living website.]