Old House Journal October 2013
Restorations are what we’re known for here at OHJ. They usually revolve around old houses, and giving you all the information you need to help create the home of your dreams. But on the occasion of our 40th anniversary, we decided to re-envision the magazine as well. We didn’t approach the job lightly: We conducted in-depth reader research to discover what you liked best, and most wanted to see on these pages. Along the way, we learned that you craved the same types of stories from both Old House Journal and our sister publication, Old House Interiors, so we decided to merge them. The result is the bigger, brighter magazine you hold in your hands, which we affectionately call “double-stuffed.” It’s filled with tasty story treatments from both publications, and many familiar voices as well. Longtime Interiors editor Patricia Poore is shepherding our new Inspire section, and products guru Mary Ellen Polson will share her “Favorite Things.” You’ll also discover a new reader-reviewed tool page, and, in a nod to our early years, a multitude of reader voices throughout. I can’t wait to hear what you think of our new (albeit middle-aged) “baby.”
Answering our anniversary call, many of you sent pictures of your own restorations and shared how OHJ has helped you over the years. Harry and Barbara Bulkeley said, “OHJ has guided us through two house projects—the second one lasting 33 years”; Pat Durbin wrote, “I began subscribing in 1986, and still have every issue. OHJ educated me not only on the styles of houses, but also restoration methods and suppliers.”
I’ve enjoyed reading each and every one of your letters, and look forward to hearing more. Be sure to tell us what you’re up to and how you like our new look. We assembled this “double-stuffed” OHJ for you, after all—a delicious confection of old-house architecture, inspiration, and know-how (best savored with a cold glass of milk?).
Demetra Aposporos, Editor-in-Chief of Old House Journal