Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Welcome to House of Fifty's First Color Issue!

Welcome to HOF's first Color Issue!

We are so excited to release HOF's first ever Color Issue, featuring an outstanding lineup of talent including an interview with color expert Tobi Fairley. Later in the issue Valorie Hart talks with her friends Brian Patrick Flynn and Bryan Batt, who have a lot to share on the topic of color! But it doesn't stop there... browse through the preview to see all the articles packed into this 190 page issue of sheer prettiness. 

Visit the House of Fifty Website for a Preview

And of course, a very big "thank you" to all the contributors, designers, photographers and talent featured in this issue, you've all been so great to work with!

To read on your computer click HERE
To read on iPads and iPhones click HERE

To purchase a print copy or read on android devices, click HERE

Enjoy and here's to all the ways we can brighten our days,

Thank you!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Time for Some Holiday Baking!

Enjoy House of Fifty's Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipe

Bake up a batch or two this weekend, decorate, place in bags, 
wrap with a festive ribbon and enjoy sharing with family and friends!


{See more in House of Fifty's Holiday issue, available here.}

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Holiday Issue is Now Available!

Welcome to HOF's Holiday Issue

Visit the House of Fifty Website for a Preview

A very big "thank you" to all the contributors, designers, photographers and talent featured in the Holiday issue, you've all been so great to work with! And an extra big thanks to Shari, of little blue deer, for being such a talented designer and basically incredible person to work with. Lucky me. 

To read on your computer click HERE
To read on iPads & iPhones click HERE

To purchase a print copy click or read on android devices, click HERE

Thank you!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Savor the Moments This Holiday Season, Coming Soon!

Coming Real Soon, the Holiday issue of House of Fifty.

I hope you'll enjoy all we've put together for this issue!

And a reminder, in case you didn't see this post in which I explain the necessity to move away from offering the publication for free to a "pay-to-read" model, beginning with this issue it will be available for purchase for $1.50. I suspect we'll lose a few readers, and I do wish I was able to continue to offer it at no charge, but... 

It's a necessary step in being able to continue publishing  House of Fifty, offering up original content and compensating all the wonderful writers, bloggers, photographers and people behind the scenes on the tech and design side who work so hard contributing to the many pages of each issue. A big thanks to them, and to you, in advance, for sticking around! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Little Change Is Coming To House of Fifty Magazine!

I can hardly believe we're coming up on the two year anniversary of launching House of Fifty magazine. It has been a true labor of love, one that has stretched and challenged me in every possible way. And for that I'm the benefactor!

I've had the pleasure of working with so many amazingly talented designers, writers, bloggers, photographers, artists, as well as the people on the tech side of the publication...and on and on. Before this endeavor I have to say I kind of hid behind my computer. I"ll admit it. But once this thing got going I had to start picking up the phone to talk to people about their articles, interview the talent we've featured and meet with people in person. Oh, can you imagine?! (Ha, it's kind of funny, and sad, how with so much business being done online today you can get used to practically never having face to face communication with those in your "community.") I've also had to learn more about the technical side of producing a publication and developing an app than I dreamed possible, or would willingly submit myself to. 

With each story run I've learned something that I have taken to heart and applied to my own life. Tips on organizing, raising children, how to live a more serene life, fashion and beauty tips and products, foods that have a positive effect on mood, exercise, decorating tips, books and movies read and watched. Not wanting to feel like a hypocrite I've taken to heart everything we've shared, and have challenged myself to live a better life based on the information shared in various articles. As a result I feel my life has been greatly enriched and I can't adequately share how appreciative I am of this opportunity to work on House of Fifty.

Yet, while my life has been enriched...my pocket book is a bit slimmer! Like many businesses, when starting this venture I set aside funds I had saved to launch and support this business through its start up months and years. House of Fifty has been very fortunate to work with many sponsors and selling the iTunes app has helped support the publication. But with each issue costs do go up and the funds set aside to launch the venture are depleted, with some months requiring I dip further into my pocket to sustain the magazine. From the start I felt it was very important to compensate contributors and have aimed to reward their hard work and loyalty through small increases. The same goes for the designers and developers behind the scenes. Then, of course, there is business side: publisher costs, subscriber function costs, and the fees taken by the companies that push out the app. I suspect when someone looks at an online publication they are perhaps not fully aware of the layers of cost involved in providing the publication because it isn't in print. But the reality is, to create and provide original content, it costs.

So as with any business, to grow and continue to thrive, there has to be adequate revenue to sustain and build upon the venture. As a result, beginning with our next issue we will begin charging to read the magazine, essentially the same amount it has cost to download the app. I'm not sure what the response will be, and if possible, wouldn't it be wonderful to continue to offer the magazine for free? But in the end that would result in the venture closing.

I trust the readers of House of Fifty will understand, be supportive - and continue to read! I wanted to take the time to explain the reasons behind this decision today, and to give you a heads up so it won't be a surprise when we release the next issue on November 10th.

Please let me know your thoughts.
As you can imagine, I've very interested and curious about your opinion on this matter!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

It's Here, The Fall Issue of House of Fifty Magazine!

I am delighted to announce the Fall issue of 
House of Fifty is now live!

Click here to read.

To start the issue, Rachel Parcell is seen interpreting the chic rooms of 
Interior Designer Amie Corley into some fabulous outfits. 

Following is an interview with Fashion Designer Emerson Fry, 
and I'm simply smitten with her shoes! Have you seen?

And as seen on the cover, Interior Designer Mayme Baker
opens her home to House of Fifty readers. You're in for a visual feast.

And speaking of feasts...towards the back of the issue we've got some delicious recipes, 
all with the idea of the power food has to affect our moods. 

And that is just a little sampling of what we have in store for you.

A heartfelt thank you to all the contributors, 
designers and photographers 
who worked on and submitted materials for this issue. 
I really can't tell you how lucky I am to work 
with these talented people!

To read click here.

To download on the iPad click here.

For a print copy & all other mobile devices click here.

Enjoy and share with a friend! 

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Summer Issue is Live!

The new issue of House of Fifty has arrived!

Lots of goodies await you inside...

Click HERE to read on your computer

Or HERE to download the iTunes app

And visit HERE to order a printed copy or download a PDF for all other mobile devices.

{Phew, we've got you covered}

A big "thank you" to the contributors and all the people featured in the issue,
 who so graciously worked with us on their stories.

And a special thanks to the people at Sacks & Co who worked with us on the story 
featuring singer Kat Edmonson, who is a doll! 
Click HERE to listen to a sampling of her new album 'Way Down Low'