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Coastal Living Magazine Helps You Plan a Day at the Beach—or Brings It to Your Door

Coastal Living magazine October 2012Daydreaming of a day at the beach? Subscribe to Coastal Living to plan a weekend retreat or at least bring the sights, sounds and tastes of a relaxing getaway into your home.

That slight chill in the air hinting the cooler winds of winter are ahead may make you think the beach is the last place you’d want to be.

But before the temperatures drop too low, an escape to the coast is pretty peaceful about this time of year, you know, when the masses of summer vacationers have returned home.

If a trip isn’t in the cards, there’s always the next best thing—a subscription to Coastal Living magazine, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this summer.

Every bimonthly issue takes you inside coastal homes and retreats from sea to shining sea, then shares makeover tips and decorating advice to bring a little of that sun-kissed vibe into your own space.

With that easy, breezy weather for which most coasts are known, it’s no surprise that there’s a focus on outdoor spaces, like grilling areas or patios.

Maybe you’re landlocked and want to make the most of your coastal getaway. Travel tips and recommendations abound in each issue as well, for destinations ranging from Kennebunkport, Maine, New Orleans, Louisiana, Santa Monica, California, and, for the really adventurous, Brazil, South America.

All you need to know is covered—from where to stay and where to dine, to where to shop, where to tee off and where your furry friend will be welcomed. Not to mention the many ways to channel the coastal lifestyle in fashion, skin care, fragrance and more.

Whether you live on the coast or inland, Coastal Living’s recipes and entertaining advice will help you capture that relaxed state of mind so often associated with sticking our toes in the sand.

If you’re lucky enough to call a coast home, that could mean incorporating fresh catches into your meal as a way to eat local. Or it could mean creating a beach-inspired tablescape as a reminder of a summer vacation.

In short, Coastal Living can help you plan a trip to the coast or make you feel like you’ve been there.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by our customers, Coastal Living subscriptions are offered at our everyday low price of $10 for one year and $20 for two years of issues.

HGTV Magazine's October/November 2011 issue

HGTV Magazine’s Premiere Issue Reviewed

HGTV Magazine's October/November 2011 issue

HGTV Magazine debuted with its October/November 2011 issue.

I finally found it–the premiere issue of HGTV Magazine! After searching my favorite local bookstore, a big-box bookstore, a drug store and my neighborhood grocery store, I was beginning to think it didn’t really exist.

But Sunday evening, while picking up a few items at a grocery store that I don’t normally visit, there it was in the checkout line. I grabbed it without even looking at a single page. I knew I wanted to take it home, get dinner out of the way and sit down with the new magazine. There are definitely a few things about it that I love:

  1. It’s bold and bright. The pages are busy, but easy to navigate and uncluttered somehow. There is lots of information packed onto each one, but my brain could still digest it. Even the cover–with a simple couch and several bold pillows — is bright, clean and easy to look at.
  2. Help Wanted department. This section of the magazine answers common questions about home decorating, messes around the house and dealing with neighbors. My favorite feature in this department for the premiere issue is “Leader of the Pack,” a piece in which “HGTV Design Star” judge Vern Yip offers tips for keeping a house full of dogs clean and how he decorated their room. Yep, they have their own room!
  3. Weekending department. When I was growing up, my grandmother started every Saturday with a thorough cleaning of her house. I think the Weekending department should have been dedicated to her. From how often to wash kitchen sponges–and how–to tips for cleaning up leaves in the yard, this department will help get those little household projects knocked out quickly.

The one thing I found myself wanting from this magazine was a pattern of some sort. There were lots and lots of “you can do this!” tips for your home in HGTV Magazine, but I found myself wanting to be able to re-create a pillow from the cover or the window valances from the article “100% Improved.” Sure, I can get patterns for those online or at my favorite local fabric store; I just half expected HGTV Magazine to put that right into my hands.

It didn’t, but I’d still give this new magazine a “thumbs up” for those of you who are into reading about home decor and renovations. Two thumbs up if you actually dive in and do those things!