06 August 2009

Goodbye, Old Friend

 

 

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“This one hurts.”

98 comments:

  1. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Southern Accents too... TERRIBLE!!!

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  2. What??? Noooo!!! Why???
    Joni, this is terrible. What, are we down to four or five decent magazines now?

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  3. I was just going to subscribe, glad I didn't. Wonder why they were still taking subscriptions??? MB

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  4. This is depressing! They are one of my absolute favorite magazines.

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  5. This is one of my favorites...are you sure?

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  6. Dropping like flies.

    What is really sad is the lack of options we have in every aspect of our society.

    I watched the movie "Food Inc." recently (I suggest it) and even our food is controlled by a handful (Say 6) companies. That's 98% of the food you can buy in a grocery store, controlled by some six companies. In 1960 it was closer to 30 companies.

    So what about media. Since 1995, the number of companies owning commercial TV stations declined by 40 percent.Three media giants own all of the cable news networks. Comcast and AOL Time Warner serve 40 percent of cable households.Cable TV rates have jumped 40 percent since the Telecom Act of 1996.The Telecommunications Act of 1996 lifted ownership limits for radio stations, leading to incredible consolidation of radio station ownership. One company alone, Clear Channel Inc., now owns nearly 1,200 radio stations across the country. Before the change, a company could not own more than 40 stations nationwide.

    That's T.V. and Radio printed media (Newspapers, magazine, books) is much more dire.

    Certainly makes a case for buying indie magazines, music, and movies. Or how about shopping at your local farmers market.

    You know I think you should start a independent COTE DE TEXAS magazine. I'd subscribe. :o)

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  7. So sad for all of the writers who became our friends via the SA blog, Gracious Living.

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  8. Really?! Wow.

    I like your blog better anyway Joni!

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  9. I cannot believe it. I am so bummed I can't begin to express.

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  10. Say it ain't so? Why..oh why, yet another one bites the dust. Same times!

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  11. Ever since Time Inc., bought Southern Progress Coporation they've changed. It was no longer a southern stronghold in the south. It became another Wall Street corp. Besides Cottage Living and Southern Accents Time Inc/Southern Progress Corp. just recently sold its home product division of Southern Living at Home to one of its competitors At Home Entertaining which is owned by Readr's digest! Long political saga there!! But you should watch out that Coastal Living doesn't get the axe next!

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  12. Worst news I have had in a long time.

    I need a moment of silence in a well done
    room...

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  13. Admittedly - I suffer from shelter magazine addiction. However, today I am pretty proud of myself for having kept every issue of SA for the past 29 years - yes, "years". Pretty much all of them in mint condition. With the sad, sad news that SA is folding, I am comforted by having all those past issues! Do you feel Veranda is next?

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  14. "I need a moment of silence in well done room" -- hilarious, Empress.

    You know, I guess really I'm learning more from quality blogs and hardback books lately than from mags. The constant eye candy was nice, but so many designer/bloggers are turning out great pics - and more "doable" rooms with that Domino "realness". There's really quite a lot still to look at.

    Still, there is something special about that "new issue" coming out and actually holding something in your hands - cutting out favorites, ear marking highlights.

    Sad. Especially consider it all means more lost jobs.

    Jacci

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  15. I can't take it anymore.

    What are we going to read?????

    I'm off to buy the latest Veranda, before it disappears too.

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  16. When Domino folded, I looked at Conde Nast's other magazines and saw tons of repetition (they publish at least two golf magazines, two food magazines, etc.). This time, I checked Time's list and found this:

    All You
    Coastal Living
    Cooking Light
    Entertainment Weekly
    Essence
    Fortune
    Fortune Small Business
    Golf
    Health
    InStyle
    Money
    People
    People en Espanol
    People StyleWatch
    Real Simple
    Southern Accents
    Southern Living
    Sports Illustrated
    Sports Illustrated Kids
    Sunset
    This Old House
    Time
    Time For Kids


    Couldn't we have done without Real Simple? Maybe some of those secondary titles like "People Style Watch" or "Fortune Small Business"? I realize that Time publishes multiple shelter magazines, but I imagine Southern Accent's circulation is a little better than Fortune Small Business'.

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  17. Your stuff is way better darling Joni.

    So, how do we get it in tactile form?

    Dan Pacheco owns Printcasting which prints blogposts, along with ads, in magazine form. NYTimes wrote about him recently, July 20th.

    Businesses are already printing blogpost mags to give away.

    Is this the shape of the future?

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  18. NO!! no no no no!!

    Mixing a martini with a shaking hand -- blast!! -- another great magazine gone! Blast! And all of those talented folk out of work ..... and I just adored their hardcover books too!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage ((hunting around for suitable high-calorie treats to go with the martini(s)))

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  19. That and Cottage Living...what a shame!!

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  20. Such sad news. It also seems like many magazines are "republishing" the same articles multiple times instead of producing new stories and photos.

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  21. NOOOOO! Say it isn't so! First Cottage Living, then Country Home, now this. What is this world coming too!!!

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  22. Oh no! Say it isn't so!
    Jan, shake a martini for me, too.
    Paula - Mise en scène / Elizabeth Lane

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  23. This has been my favorite magazine since I was a young girl. My mouth is still wide open in utter shock. Can it be true? I just don't believe it!!!

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  24. So disappointing. I just subscribed. I will probably be stuck with a subscription to Popular Mechanics from the publishing co. Will cling to my Veranda issues and hope it survives.

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  25. Terrible. It feels so Fahrenheit 451.
    I especially loved SA because it was so good to and for New Orleans.
    xo xo

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  26. I don't want to believe it. *sniff, sniff* :(

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  27. I am feeling a little sick to my stomache. How are designers going to have their work published? This was such a great publication with wonderful resource information. Sad, sad, sad....

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  28. Thinking about it, the subscription price of a few Time, Inc magazines dropped this year - Real Simple had a special through Amazon for something like $5 per year. Southern Living did something similar through direct mail. Southern Accents has never been too expensive, but I'm pretty sure the price was down to $12 or so this year. These mags clearly need more circulation to survive.

    Honestly, I'd settle for fewer issues per year if that would save them.

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  29. I don't think it's the circulation but instead the advertising. We have lost:
    1-Southern Accents
    2-Country Home
    3-Cottage Living
    4-Domino
    5-Home Companion
    6-O at Home
    7-Vogue living
    This one hurts the most!!!!!!!

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  30. This is so sad! Hurts me too, Joni. I love that magazine!!

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  31. Oh, no. I hadn't heard! This is terrible news. As someone who works in publishing myself, I always feel so sorry for the talented people who are losing their jobs, too.

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  32. So unfortunate!

    One must wonder how many more will fall victim to the 'The Law of Supply & Demand'.

    -Brenda-

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  33. Don't forget the first two, back in 2007:

    1-Southern Accents
    2-Country Home
    3-Cottage Living
    4-Domino
    5-Home Companion
    6-O at Home
    7-Vogue living
    8-Blueprint
    9-House & Garden

    How many gossip tabloids are we up to? It seems like I see Britney and Lindsey at the supermarket ad nauseam.

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  34. I have this very copy, when it came out I vowed to keep the issue forever, and behold it's the one you featured.

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  35. Ooops, shud have read: 'The Law of Supply and Demand' dynamics.
    -Brenda-

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  36. Wow - thanks for the update.
    I would have thought Southern Accents had a very stable subscription base. I'm really shocked!

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  37. Just renewed my subscription in July. Think they probably knew this when they took my money. Infuriating!

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  38. No way! What in the world are we going to read?

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  39. do not forget WESTERN INTERIORS..it is gone

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  40. I must admit, none of the other magazine closings really bothered me too much...but Southern Accents was my favorite. I heard the news earlier today, on the AH&L twitter, and could not believe it.

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  41. Nooooooo!!!!
    This is just getting to be too much!

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  42. I am so sad. SA was my bible in my early formative decorating years as they taught me what "good design" looked like.
    I agree, goodbye old friend... and thank you.....

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  43. A big loss--so sorry to hear this news.

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  44. Adding Western Interiors to the list makes 10 that have gone away. Again, it's not the circulation numbers, it's the advertising.

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  45. Nooo, I am at a lose for words.

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  46. This is such sad news....I read the press release that said something to the effect that Time, Inc. wants to focus on its bigger and more "profitable" publications. It is yet another example of BIG box corporate mentality steamrolling the finer, gentler things in life. It truly is sad, sad news.

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  47. Soutern Accents was one of my very favorite magazines.
    I had a check made out for $10.00 for a year, ready to mail, with a special offer coupon! I'm glad it got lost in the counter "shuffle" for a week.
    This is really sad.

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  48. I am in mourning. Distraught! This is just awful. Southern Accents was such a huge part of me feeling connected to my Southern roots having moved out to Washington. It is so so upsetting.

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  49. I was having a halfway decent day until this.

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  50. This is terrible.

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  51. why won't BH&G go away?

    Seriously on my girls trip last week, the pickings were way too slim. We had hardly a thing to read at the pool.

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  52. I know - so sad!

    xo,
    cristin

    you need to drop by - I have a great giveaway you'd LOVE.

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  53. Oh no! I loved that magazine!

    Yet when I'm at the airport there are about 100 different "Star" or "People" type magazines to read fluff stories about the Gosslins or whatever the latest tacky gossip is.... Ugh!

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  54. I received my Sept. issue of House Beautiful in the mail today and as I was walking in the house I thought 'I wonder how much longer....' and now the sads news of SA.
    I love magazine day..it's like receiving an unexpected gift. I usually don't even peek until I know I can sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy. I must admit though, I am enjoying blogs (perhaps too much) even more than the mags.
    So sad....:(

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  55. Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can this be happening? You'd think that the few mags left would be picking up subscribers from the other defunct issues. What is going on in our little world. This one is just so depressing, I think I will go into mourning.

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  56. Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can this be happening? You'd think that the few mags left would be picking up subscribers from the other defunct issues. What is going on in our little world. This one is just so depressing, I think I will go into mourning.

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  57. I know, I felt like crying when I heard the news. At least I have your wonderful blog for inspirations. Come by and check out the new city escapes series, it starts today.

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  58. Oh, my goodness!! Waaaaaaaaaa!!!
    I can't believe it!
    I'm sad now :(
    BE a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  59. Oh No! I didn't know this. This DOES hurt! laurie

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  60. NOOOOOOOO!!! Please please no! Oh I don't want to beleive this!!!

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  61. Not surprised, well I really AM surprised... but the advertising has made the issues so thin. Been working on a room for a client for 7 months... ready to pull the trigger on fabric orders... called David Sutherland showroom for Koplavitch and Zimmer fabric... gone- K&Z shut down 3 months ago. Smith and Hawkins, gone. Mills are not printing fabrics until orders are placed, so much is on back-order. Hearing rumors Z Gallerie has filed for bankruptcy and closing... yikes!

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  62. I'm so tired of all the great mags closing down.

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  63. This just kills me. I can't believe I am so attached to a magazine - but obviously I am. So dang sad. And Southern Living isn't what it used to be. Pray for Veranda.

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  64. Im just ill. Sad. Pissed. What's going to go next HB???
    Times may be tough but does that mean great design, style & taste need to go by the wayside.
    Real Simple is a lot of hot air.
    Fake simplicity for people who want to feel less guilty or stressed for their overdone lives.

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  65. Okay I say we initaite a campiagn to Sylvia Auton at Ime Inc. She also axed Cottage Living.

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  66. Bu don't we have still Joni to read and spend leisure and educational time with? And soon she'll publish a book, right?
    Life is all about changes.(easy to say since I don't usually read SA but I do understand the feelings of all of you affectionate readers).

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  67. This just ticks me off! Honestly!

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  68. Sorry, I must include The Home Companion, another magazine that I love, last issue was in spring, and counting
    Great blog!!!!

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  69. Joni - what a beautiful cover to leave us with.

    –Lana

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  70. OMG!!! NO! NO! NO! NO! I am inconsolable! I LOVE SA!!!!

    Well, maybe it will come back...Victoria Magazine was resurrected.....We can always HOPE!!!

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  71. Sad to hear about Southern Accents but let's band together and do something about this.
    Fax your comments to:
    Time Inc. Editor- in- Chief John Huey
    Fax # 212-522-7205

    As a designer in Michigan I can tell you I have a stack of Southern Accent magazines that I refer to when thinking about projects or to enjoy with a cup of tea for my own pleasures.
    You can't "cozy up" on line.
    Let's please fight to save this one.

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  72. Hi Joni:
    You've picked my all time favorite cover!

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  73. I would be happy to pay more for a subscription if that would keep the magazines going. You have to wonder when they are selling one year for $5.

    Thank goodness for my daily Cote de Texas fix!

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  74. NOOOOOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOOO! I'm about to CRY. No, I am crying. Omg. This is terrible news. Hands down, my favorite magazine. My goal in life was to be featured in SA. You think I'm joking. I'm not. OMG. My heart is broken. Broken, ya hear?

    Ugggh. I wish I wouldn't have read it. Now, my Friday is wrecked.

    Sniffsniff,

    Andrea

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  75. This makes me sick, sick, SICK! What makes me so mad about this is, what seems to sell,, the trash. All the who's who of nothing, what they are doing, who they are doing it to, and how much flesh they can show and what condition that flesh is in. I really think style is dying, and class.

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  76. To say i am bummed about this is a gross understatement. I loved SA and Karen Carroll at the helm and am so sad that it has to end. What a casualty - i take a little comfort in knowing the website and blog will continue, though.

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  77. To say i am bummed about this is a gross understatement. I loved SA and Karen Carroll at the helm and am so sad that it has to end. What a casualty - i take a little comfort in knowing the website and blog will continue, though.

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  78. Horrified!! I could do without the other magazines, but SA was my absolute go-to favorite!! Is there a chance they will return?

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  79. Damn, what's left?! Here's my solution: all you incredibly gifted interior decorating bloggers need to get together, start your own publishing company, and put out a marvelous decorating magazine like all get out for us to enjoy! I have the utmost confidence that all y'all could do it.

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  80. So, so sad to see it go. But as my tree-hugging husband pointed out, every dead magazine saves a forest of trees. I don't want to think about the truth behind that statement. This one was a lifelong fave.

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  81. I'm in the 1000 Islands in NY reading this blog in my sister-in-law's laundry room as this is the only room with wirless! I'm speechless. Stunned. Which one is next? This loss is tragic. I'm sure anybody who is not a design nut will think this is melodramatic but this news is awful!

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  82. I just subscribed in June. I guess that $5.00 deal was a hoax. :(

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  83. This is one of those moments when I "think." I love the creative process. Often it is frustrating, maddening, elusive, confusing, but somehow there is progress toward resolution and greater clarity. And magazines help achieve a universal state inspiration to so many of us... esp if they are good.

    Like literary houses, our magazine publishers have been marginalized by changes in the marketplace dictated by the corporate takeover of huge publishing houses and a new "bottom line" philosophy. A generation ago, literary books were published by major houses in hopes they'd break even. Then why publish them? Because they were good, even though their audience was small. It was a publisher's duty to do this, to keep the literary culture healthy...and in the interior design world, these magazines kept us healthy too.

    Drats! The reflection of our culture's good taste is being stripped away one beautiful page at a time.

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  84. I'm faxing a letter, how about you???

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  85. 95 COMMENTS!!!!!!!!!! I expected 10, 20 tops. I still can't get over this loss. Three days and I'm still thinking about it. I wish we had an email address, not a fax. That Sylvia woman needs to answer us - don't you think? There's two magazines left - HB and Veranda. I wonder how Veranda is taking this news?

    thank you for all your comments - I hope that Karen Carroll reads them - it might offer just a little peace.

    Joni

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  86. I am in shock over this one too! I wonder if Traditional Home will bite the bullet?! I was thinking of stopping my subscription, since I have about 7 years stacked up. Looks like TH is not one of your faves from your comments. And I wonder why not?? :)

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  87. NNNNOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo!!!! I can't believe that!!!

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