Friday, September 19, 2008

Tribute to Cobi Ladner and small giveaway

Canadian House and Home is my all time favorite design magazine. I've been an avid fan since my first issue - May 2001. If I was somehow forced to choose only one magazine a month - this is the one I would select. Fittingly enough, it was the subject of my second post on this blog.

To me Cobi Ladner, the editor, is synonomous with the magazine. Each month I look forward to her Editor's Page. Like Dominque Browning, she has the ability to form a relationship with her readers and is willing to share both her insights about the meaning of design and on its connection to daily life. She is funny, witty and open and always willing to write about her mistakes as well as successes. For example, one year we saw the results of her kitchen rennovation and a few years later she shared the skylight addition that corrected the ceilings that turned out to be too oppressively low. One month I was thrilled to see my Letter to the Editor printed in the magazine and another month I confirmed to my husband that I was a "design magazine nut" when I shouted out, "Hey, Cobi Ladner is wearing the same sweater I have!"

This month Cobi announced that she is leaving Canadian House and Home. Her father passed away this year and she quoted him in her farewell, "You don't follow your dreams, you live them." I will greatly miss her letters and her influence on this magazine. Here is one of my favorite comments from her March 2006 Editor's page, "How does that saying go? Something about how life isn't a journey to the grave filled with intentions of arriving safely and looking perfect, but instead about skidding in broadside, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, "Wow, what a ride!" Cobi - thanks for the ride and best wishes for your future endeavors. Brava, Brava, Bravissima!


image from House and Home January 2008 Trends issue

Image from House and Home Sep 2008 via Apartment Therapy, photography by Michael Craydon
Image from House and Home July 2008 via Apartment Therapy, photography by Virginia Macdonald

(Images below are a small assortment of pics that I took of a few magazine pages - the quality does not do them justice. I had to set a limit otherwise I could have been doing this for hours! You can subscribe to this terrific magazine here.)

Canadian House and Home Oct. 2008, interior designer Melody Duron, ColeDuron, photography by Michael Graydon.


Canadian House and Home Sep. 2002, interior designer Christopher Wood, photography by Luis Albuquerque





image from House and Home March 2006, designer Andrew Fee, photography by Ted Yarwood






Canadian House and Home Oct. 2008, interior designer Lisa Rogers, photography by Michael Graydon






Canadian House and Home, March 2006, interior designer Michael Angus, photography by Ted Yarwood

Canadian House and Home, October 2008, designer Julie Charbonneau, photography by Stacey Brandford



image from House and Home October 2008, Architect Bill Mockler, photography by Ted Yarwood

Canadian House and Home June 2008, architect Sharon McKenzie, interior designer Lena Patten of Hilltop Interiors, photography by Virginia Macdonald





SMALL GIVEAWAY - this is an unopened copy of the September 2008 issue. My husband brought one home from Canada before this one arrived. It is a small giveaway but I assure you it will provide at least 2 hours of design enjoyment! Leave a comment OR email me at mynottinghill (at) gmail.com before Thursday September 25th. I will draw the name of one winner and mail them this copy of House and Home.

32 comments:

K said...

Yeah! I am the first to comment (thank you google reader and a boring day at work). I have never heard of that magazine but from the pictures it looks beautiful and would love to see it. Add me to the drawing!

MIMILEE said...

Wonderful post today! Loveliness for the EYES!!

Would love to have a chance to win the magazine.....that would be a neat treat!

Love your BLOG!!!

xoxo....mimilee<><

Tabby said...

Pick me. Fingers crossed! Yeah.

Pigtown-Design said...

ME! And I can even drive down and pick it up!

I can't wait to go back to England next month and load up on all the delicious design magazines from there!

Kwana said...

That's a wonderful quote and beautiful pics.

layersofmeaning said...

awesome!!
i would love to win the magazine!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ok..I am sold! My friend Lisa at Small Space Style is always raving about that mag! I have a B-day coming up, so I think I will subscribe. My gift....to me!!

Graet pix!

And add me into your drawing!!! Thanks!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

You know, I have never picked up a copy of Canadian H & G! You have definitely convinced me that I should! Thank you, and have a lovely weekend!

halcyon said...

That white Canadian Bathroom is to DIE FOR!!! I love white marble and white woodwork with nickel fixtures! Beautiful!

Anne HH said...

Great post! Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful magazine. I have been meaning to subscribe-- but in the meantime I need to win the prize issue. It looks really good. Fingers and toes crossed!
I love your blog

Fifi Flowers said...

That looks like a great magazine! I've been hearing about it all over... I would to have a copy!

cartolina said...

Hey Michele, I just heard Cobi's leaving and Suzanne Dimma is taking over the helm. Cobi will be missed. But Suzanne will bring her own well known flare to the job. I think the changes will be good, I really do!
Thrilled that you're such a supporter of our best Canadian magazine.

Haley said...

I've never seen this magazine but would love te see more!

littlebyRD said...

Cool! Please enter me into the giveaway! I haven't ever read this magazine but it looks really really good. I wonder how easy it is to find used copies? Thanks for sharing that quote - it is wonderful.

pve design said...

Oh, me oh my - I am feeling weak, those interiors and words capture the spirit of what makes a house a home.
Magazine Junkie here!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Please pick me! I love pretty new magazines.

Shannon said...

No giveaway is too small! Thanks for this great post!

Lauren said...

I found the October issue in Barnes and Noble I was so pumped! I would love to see the September issue!

S and N said...

Funny, it seems to be a national trait of Canadians to be self-deprecating, and perhaps I'm guilty of perpetuating this stereotype because I've never given this home-grown magazine much credence (although I have quite a few issues peppering my stacks of design magazines). I always turn to the seemingly more sophisticated publications from the US, UK, or Europe. Your edited round-up of images drawn from several years is making me rethink my opinion. And now I'm proving another stereotype--that Canadians need external approval before we recognize our own stars. Sigh.

hello gorgeous said...

I used to buy that magazine all the time. I also love Australian Vogue. I love Canada and am thinking of investing there (and MOVING there!).

London Calling said...

Its a great mag!

Wanderluster said...

No need to include me in your contest but just wanted to share your sadness in Cobi's leaving. She always wrote in a way that was accessible and down to earth. And her editing of the magazine was superb -- even now, I can still look at old issues from 2001 and the images are as fresh and relevant as those in last month's issue.

miss britt said...

After looking through those images (and anything else I could find online) I feel like something I didn't even KNOW has been taken from me! Thanks for sharing before it was too late.

GiltTrip said...

I keep seeing you posts on Canadian H&G. The dwindling shelter mag scene has me searching for more, more, more! I will jot a note to subscribe. Hopefully, it will change too dramatically with the departure of Mr. Ladner.

GiltTrip said...

oops, dropped my S! Mrs. Ladner

MARIA said...

Hi
Can I please award you with a you are " Just Peachy" award.
Welocme in to have a look.
Maria

LindsB said...

I love your blog! You always have beautiful pictures and eye candy. I've been reading it for awhile now, so I guess now its time to come out of hiding :)

Charlie said...

Beautiful quote and a lovely tribute! Love the post!

Redgate Studios said...

Just catching up on what's happening in the blogging world as I'm in Bali for a while - that's a great quote, we should all take it to heart! Mag looks good too! Lovely images, I love the shelves with the aqua pots -my fav colour.

Dianne said...

Tell me, do you know what Dominique Browning is doing now? Is she with another magazine that I have missed?

karina said...

The bedroom grey and yellow is fantastic.

katewashere said...

I miss Cobi! I am hoping Suzanne will be able to pull it off but so far I haven't seen the perspective, depth, and layer upon layer of beautiful ideas, colours and textures that made me excited about rearranging my house and going shopping. With Cobi I renovated and moved and did it all over again. I just hope this magazine can become inspiring and exciting again.

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