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Not the Country Living I Used to Love
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2019
I've finally gotten around to reading the April 2019 issue and sadly it has solidified my decision to cancel my subscription. I fell in love with this magazine while in my 20s. I love to decorate, but being young and poor, I needed to find a style that could be had on a stretched dollar. Country Living fit the bill. I loved everything about it, and felt I could easily replicate the style on a budget. I greedily read every issue as soon as it was delivered and saved every issue for future perusing. Then the editor left and I didn't quite gel with the new one. But the magazine was still good, you could still rely on it for inspiration. I learned to enjoy the new editor's style and happily continued my subscription. And then she left too. The current magazine has become tone deaf. The young 20 something that could actually visualize the pages coming to life in her own home, despite a meager budget, has become a jaded 30 something that no longer sees herself among the pages. You can no longer recreate the pages in CL in your home unless you've got a lot of money to spend. And others who complain about the ads are right, it's ridiculous how many pages are devoted to ads. The style is cluttered and the monthly features are boring. The current April 2019 issue is especially insulting. How many of your readers can just drop their day job and start an organic farm, an antique shop, a vineyard, a flower farmer, etc? It's become so elitist and I'm just a small town country girl, in need of some new inspiration.