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The Nine Photoshop'd Lives of an Elle Decor Cover

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The November Elle Decor just landed in the Curbed National snail-mail box—it's Michael Boodro's first edition as editor in chief, and he barrels out of the gates with 250+ pages of uber-sumptuous things of all sorts: a historic property in Westchester County, a Kentucky estate, a country house decorated by Miles Redd. The product columns, too, maintain the no-holds-barred glamour that former EIC Margaret Russell became known for; luxe window treatments, dainty gravy boats, and demilune tables are all within this issue's purview. Plus, there's a masterful spread on decor inspired by organic forms. All in all, Boodro hasn't changed much yet. Except for one glaring difference: the November cover photo has not been grossly altered in Photoshop. Russell was widely known to claim her covers as her own, and a brief flippage through the past few years of her magazines—comparing the cover photos with the photos used in features—reveals exactly that. Come again? Why, whatever do we mean? After the jump: all re-colored and stamp-tool truths shall be revealed.

· November 2010 [Elle Decor]