The December 2009 cover of Metropolitan Home

Another one bites the dust…Publisher Hachette Filipacchi announced today that it will cease publication of modern shelter magazine Metropolitan Home, with the December 2009 issue as its last. Met Home joins the ranks of shelter magazines such as House & Garden, O at Home, Cottage Living and  Domino – all which have folded amidst a tough economic climate. In the wake of Met Home’s closing, Hachette will focus its energy and resources on Elle Decor which just celebrated it’s 20th anniversary and is still holding it’s own in the shelter category. I personally am saddened by the news although it’s a great opportunity for Elle Decor to continue to grow its brand. Still, there are now just small handful of quality shelter magazines left and I can only wonder if they will all survive in the long run. Thankfully there are innovators like the newly launched Lonny in the online world that are beginning to fill the void that the fallen shelter mags have left behind…but Metropolitan Home will certainly be missed. You can read more about Met Home’s demise here and here.

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