Saturday, November 17, 2012

You All Are the Best!

A really heart felt thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of House of Fifty and particularly the move to the pay-to-read model.

I know with this decision we are bucking the trend...
but when you think about it, there really isn't a choice. 

We all have gotten so accustomed to endless free content, that it can come as a surprise to have to then pay for certain content. I was talking to several friends about this topic, and we were comparing it to other products we understand we have to pay for...a note card from an Etsy shop, or a cup of coffee from Starbucks. We know these things have value, that they cost the person who is selling the item to produce, and therefore we don't question that of course we have to pay for it. (Which made me start to brainstorm about what I could begin selling on Etsy, before I came to my senses, reminding myself there is only so much I can and should do!)

'Christmas Belles' Holiday Card from artist Janet Hill
(loved interviewing Janet for the story in the Holiday issue!)

House of Fifty costs a tremendous amount of money to produce, if I told you all the costs associated with it you'd probably be quite surprised! And therefore, unless I am okay with filling the pages with endless ads, we have to begin charging the very small fee...or stop publishing.

And so for all of those who have remained HOF readers, thank you!

I adore this "job" and I look forward to making the magazine better and better. I'm currently busy working with our contributors, many talented designers and photographers for our next issue. We really have some outstanding projects and people that will be featured, including some names that will surprise you I'm certain. 

But in the meantime, if you haven't already, please enjoy the current issue of HOF!

Visit the House of Fifty Website for a Preview of the Holiday Issue
and below are the ways to read it:

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

And just an FYI, I've heard from a few people that after purchasing the PC/MAC issue they did not receive the email from House of Fifty with their link to view. If that happens to you, simply email me at and I will send you the link manually. At first hearing from people with this issue completely stressed me out, and I do apologize for the inconvenience for those that experienced this. But, on the other hand, because of this I've gotten to have conversations with several readers that I would have otherwise not "met" and that has been really nice experience for me!

Thank you,


  1. A labor of love, I tell you! It truly is a beautiful mag you have there. WELL worth the buck or buck fifty!

  2. I bought a copy and loved it! I think you do not need to apologize at all, as I want read great content not ads! Totally worth my $1.50!

  3. I downloaded my copy the other day and am drooling over all of the holiday eye candy! Janell, you do an amazing job with this publication, and I think it's a small price to pay to be a reader. Thank you for your dedication an efforts in putting it together.

  4. Well worth every penny! So much good stuff. It was my first download on my new iPad :)

  5. how can I download HOF on my kindle? Is there any way?

  6. From what I hear anyone who reads it regularly swears by it. Have to look at it again, I truly wish I had more time, hoping once the holidays are over, it will give me some time to sit back and enjoy beautiful things like House of Fifty!

  7. Yes love this magazine! I just made a post about it the other day! I wish you many years of success!

  8. worth every bit! love it! you are awesome!

  9. I look forward to each issue of HOF! A beautiful, interesting and inspirational magazine. I agree with Linda...a true labor of love. Thank you!

  10. I am happy to pay for this wonderful publication...I read it on my iPad.
    Thanks for all of your hard work and the people who help you...:)

  11. You know my supportive feelings, Janell, but when other decorating magazines are $5.00-13.00, this is the best bargain in town! It is a fantastic issue and I do not think of the price one bit. You're right! a cup of coffee or a card! This gives the reader hours of enjoyment and lingering inspiration. Happy Holidays!
    xo Nancy
    P.S. I mentioned one of your DIY's in Mondays post!

  12. Such a great read! So, so worth the tiny amount you are asking!


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