I was excited when it arrived because I really love seeing the winning rooms from the mag's annual design contest.
But this year, I found the winning spaces to be a bit... blah.
Don't get me wrong, the transformations are impressive, and all the spaces that won are really nice, but nonetheless, I felt like something was missing.
None of the winning rooms jumped out at me or made me want to start a project or change a space in my own house.
By comparison, last year I was blown away. If you're a House and Home reader, I hope you'll take a look at the current issue. Check out the winner in the Kitchen category in particular. Then, compare the space to last year's winning kitchen. The 2009 winners - Tim Romanow and Gaétan Gariépy of Quebec City - did such an unbelievable restoration/reno of their kitchen. And it was so beautifully styled. And they rescued a seemingly hideous old light fixture and made it fabulous. And the jadite accents made me swoon. It was just a really, really lovely French kitchen.
By comparison, this year's wining kitchen was really tame and not-at-all unique.
Bust out your current issue and compare it to last year (as shown below). Am I wrong? Wasn't last year's kitchen lovely? Tell me what you think.