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Oh No They Didn’t!

by habituallychic

10 . 17 . 07

So, a certain magazine made me take down a certain post about a certain video. I guess I’m never working there. Oh well. I guess there’s always ELLE Decor and Domino.

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  1. LIBERTY POST EDITOR October 17, 2007 | 2:54 pm

    Yes. Yes. You are good enough to work there…but really, don’t you just want to be your own boss?

  2. girl meets glamour October 17, 2007 | 3:04 pm

    Hey, I noticed that too! Glad to see you post this. Um, and yes you be great at H & G!!!


  3. Brilliant Asylum October 17, 2007 | 3:08 pm

    Well, I am sure anyone that sees it on H&G knows they saw it here first. I guess you can take a little satisfaction in the fact that your “little” blog is influencing a huge, favorite design mag of all of ours.
    : )

  4. Habitually Chic October 17, 2007 | 3:09 pm

    Liberty Post Editor – I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do recently. I’m not sure I want to go out on my own and design. I love styling so that’s an option but I have also realized that i love to write since starting my blog so I have been thinking about working at a magazine. We’ll see.

  5. Habitually Chic October 17, 2007 | 3:10 pm

    Kate, glad it’s not just me who thought they might have copied my post. I would never post something about they without crediting their magazine so why couldn’t they credit my blog? Very weird.

  6. Brilliant Asylum October 17, 2007 | 4:57 pm

    After watching the video I noticed they pointed out how “kid friendly” the house really is. Do you think that was a response to doubtful comments?

  7. Habitually Chic October 17, 2007 | 5:17 pm

    Hi BA – I noticed the kid friendly comment as well. I’m sure they must have read the blogs. I also know that the house wasn’t completely finished for the photo shoot but they had to go ahead in order for it to make the November cover so that’s why it comes across a bit unlived in.

    Also, the update to the story is that Eric’s assistant took the behind the scenes photos so H&G doesn’t actually own them although they think they do and Eric has to decide if wants his lawyer to get involved and make them take it down. He also told me that Gwyneth saw my blog coverage and liked it. How amazing is that! But she might not H&G going ahead with their video so who knows what will happen. But I’ll definitely keep you posted!

  8. Anonymous October 17, 2007 | 5:52 pm

    Unfortunately this sort of thing happens all the time on blogs. People see a post and claim at as their own. It’s infuriating since you know how long it takes to maintain a blog and they just come along and swipe it.

  9. Mrs. Blandings October 17, 2007 | 6:04 pm

    Chic – I think it’s best to go the way of “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” You would be terrific at HG – and now you know they are reading your work – isn’t that fabulous? I think good things come to bloggers who do good work. Something positive will come from it.

  10. RJH dl H October 17, 2007 | 6:43 pm

    How about attaching copyright to your posts?

  11. Jane Flanagan October 17, 2007 | 11:39 pm

    I think this is a problem with traditional media grappling with their online strategy. They still see online as “inferior” to traditional media and so the same rules don’t apply in terms of intellectual property.

    On the flip side, we take advantage of that too – posting images from sites, books and magazines.

    Yes, it can be infuriating. But it also shows that those media are aware of the Web 2.0 phenomenon and the power bloggers and community have.

    Clearly, they should pay you to blog for them!!

  12. Suzy October 18, 2007 | 12:31 am

    Wow, A) its amazing that Mrs Martin is reading your lil ol blog, B) its even more amazing that H&G is swiping your ideas! I agree with Mrs Blandings, even though its extremely cheeky of them, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And yes, you’d be great at H&G, you’ve already got a dedicated following!

  13. bella October 18, 2007 | 12:32 am

    i agree it does look like a knock off, but at the same time, the mag does have a pointer to their website on one of the pages “Get an insider’s look at how we shot Gwyneth Paltrow’s home” so they obviously had something like that in the pipeline…
    I saw the video and noticed it was a slideshow but also noticed a few other parts of the home we hadn’t seen before – another bedroom and more of the living room with a wall of photos. i don’t suppose you have these shots as well?

  14. decorno.blogspot.com October 18, 2007 | 3:23 am

    Yes. They should hire you. Your taste is spot-on. Call someone on the masthead. Buy them lunch. Offer to bake a cake in the form of a Ghost Chair. If you want to work there, show up and say, “Hire me.”

    And they probably will. You’re fabulous and you could help with their online strategy. We bloggers will pick apart those magazines like vultures until these magainzes realize there is a gold mine in providing daily authoritative content on their own sites. These dinosaurs need to FIGURE IT OUT. Sell them on that, my friend.

  15. decorno.blogspot.com October 18, 2007 | 3:23 am

    Yes. They should hire you. Your taste is spot-on. Call someone on the masthead. Buy them lunch. Offer to bake a cake in the form of a Ghost Chair. If you want to work there, show up and say, “Hire me.”

    And they probably will. You’re fabulous and you could help with their online strategy. We bloggers will pick apart those magazines like vultures until these magainzes realize there is a gold mine in providing daily authoritative content on their own sites. These dinosaurs need to FIGURE IT OUT. Sell them on that, my friend.

  16. franki durbin October 18, 2007 | 12:28 pm

    how very funny. You’d think with their endless resources they would have original material and faster response time. At least you can safely say you beat everyone to the punch 🙂

  17. Things That Inspire October 18, 2007 | 1:06 pm

    Interesting post. Just curious, I have seen the term ‘stylist’ quite a bit over the past few months. What is a stylist?

  18. Natasha October 18, 2007 | 1:11 pm

    Hi, You go Girl, go get that Job!!!! Why should they not hire you, you did their work – 2weeks ahead of time! My bet is on you; your taste is fantastic & you work hard at your blog so that it can be the best…
    Yes, I agree, how about copyright laws?

  19. Alice Olive October 18, 2007 | 1:24 pm

    It is more than bothersome – that’s very polite of you!

    But yes, the internet and blog-sphere seems hard to define and own. Also there are many people who show no respect for others and just copy their work. Most people with a sense of decency will seek permission or at least give credit where credit is due.

    Frankly, my experience with publishers who are bigger than Big Brother is that they rarely show courtesy or respect to artists, especially writers and photographers.

    There is also an attitude of “Well, anyone could do that” which is a generalisation but I’ve come across it fairly often and it is extremely frustrating. Writing is not something anyone can do. Neither is photography, design or styling. They are all forms of creativity and therefore, unique to the individual behind them.

    (Oh, oops, have I just raved?! Does this sound alittle too close to the bone for me? Oh well, gave myself away there!)

    Anyway, I’m sitting down again now…. congratulations on this blog and piquing H&G!!

  20. Anonymous October 18, 2007 | 1:44 pm

    I agree with other posters here – try to take it as an amazing compliment! H&G is aware of your work, you are now connected to a major photographer, and you know for a fact that Gwyneth Paltrow read your blog! Eeeeee! That’s so exciting!!

  21. franki durbin October 18, 2007 | 2:27 pm

    SCANDALOUS. Nice to know you’ve been noticed, though. 😉

  22. Claudia @ The Crafty Weasel October 18, 2007 | 3:05 pm

    Are you serious??? Wow… hmmm… I’d be really ticked off!!!!!

  23. Sarah Dennis October 18, 2007 | 3:31 pm

    Chic, I can’t say that I’m surprise! Traditional media is realizing the power of blogging. That’s why so many of them have started their own. But what yours has that their’s will never have is a SOUL!!! I much rather read HC than H&G!

    If you’re contemplating about working for a magazine I highly suggest you read this colum written by Atoosa (Former EIC of 17 magazine) for Forbes.com.

    Here’s an excerpt: … “Speaking of brilliant Helen, if she’d have come up with Cosmopolitan today, do you think she’d want to continue to be a salaried employee? Not a chance. She’d be the most widely read blogger in the world.”

    Here’s the link to her column:

    Read it! Let me know what you think!


  24. Anonymous October 18, 2007 | 3:50 pm

    I’m sorry to see they threatened you (libel?) over something that was your OPINION. Even if it isn’t with a job at H&G, the universe will find a way to reward you for the wonderful job you are doing on your blog! Keep up the chic work!

  25. Brilliant Asylum October 18, 2007 | 4:03 pm

    I also wanted to mention that your original post immediately drove me to the news stand to buy this issue of H&G. I love reading what bloggers have to say about the magazines, but I will always want to have the real thing in my hands. I just hope the powers that be realize this instead of being bullies. I understand that it is expensive for the Mags to hire stylists and photographers, but for the most part, we are just praising them for a job well done and sharing our opinions with like-minded peers as our own hobby. In return, perhaps we give the Mags some good ideas about future layouts and trends and even damage control (“child friendly” anyone?. The blogger/magazine relationship is a two-way street.

  26. lissa October 18, 2007 | 5:51 pm

    You should look at is a complement. So you’re considering writing for a magazine, eh? What a notion… great minds think alike. I wonder who you’ll scoop next?
    Aim high.

  27. LIBERTY POST EDITOR October 18, 2007 | 6:42 pm

    Blogging puts the press back in the hands of the people. Remember that you have ‘freedom of speech’ and that includes all of your opinions, ideas and hurts. No one can take that away from you. Isn’t that a ‘chic’ thing?

  28. LIBERTY POST EDITOR October 18, 2007 | 6:46 pm

    How did they ‘make you’ take down the ‘certain post’…I think your readers would be interested in that. By the way I love H&G, but I want to know how they approach these types of situations. It’s a fair question is it not? There is no way, no how that anyone will be able to ‘make me’ take down a post. It’s mine, good or bad.
    Loving your blog daily…keep it up and smile!

  29. Mrs. Blandings October 18, 2007 | 7:38 pm

    On my worst days, I would love to know I have this kind of support. You must have graciously agreed to remove it. It’s so disappointing when someone (or thing) you know disappoints. I would agree that their viewpoint is a smidge more corporate than I would care to realize. I read a lot of blogs – a lot – and often, and yours is one of my favorites. Take the weekend off and wow us again on Monday. Patricia

  30. Jackie Von Tobel October 19, 2007 | 6:50 pm

    I can’t believe I was out of town and missed the drama! I think the girls are right – you scooped H&G and added a whole new dimension to their boring article. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when the big wigs saw your behind the scenes post. I can hear the whinning now – Why the hell aren’t we doing this?

    I would absolutely get yourself straight over there and let them know why they need you to blog for them. Cash in. I’m sure we will see all kinds of “behind the scenes” add ons in their future issues, thanks to you. If they’re not interested, hit the other big three with the impact you had at H&G. I think you are a natural at this – you should go for it.

  31. designdna October 20, 2007 | 3:42 pm

    holy cow. i seem to have missed some action!

    good news you have got some big attention and that will lead to bigger things. you always have interesting, fresh content and because of their silliness, more folks will see it. keep up the good work and i am sure you will have the luxury to choose from more than one great opportunity.

    happy weekend

  32. Anonymous October 27, 2007 | 10:52 pm

    Why are all you peoplke supporting this woman’s deceptive actions? I’m a very well known stylist to many of the magazines mentioned in your comments and I can tell you that no one would ever hire this woman after this borderline illegal behavior. This woman should never work for any magazine or reputable photographer again. H&G owned the right to that entire shoot. It’s legally their’s and she’s lucky she’s not getting her ass sued by Conde Nast.