According to Publishers Information Bureau, ad pages through September fell by 1.4 percent, to 624. For the year, they grew 15 percent to 845 in 2006 compared with 2005. House & Garden carried more pages than corporate sibling Domino (463 pages) and Hearst Magazines' House Beautiful (495), but Elle Decor carried 811 pages through the third quarter and Architectural Digest, also a Condé Nast title, reported 1,146 pages through September. It is not yet known what will happen to the subscription list from House & Garden or what subscribers will receive in lieu of the title.
Meanwhile, the other shelter titles at Condé Nast will get more company love next year. A spokeswoman confirmed that Vogue Living would increase its frequency next year to two issues, publishing spring and fall editions. Also, Domino is rasing its rate base from 625,000 to 700,000 in February, and again to 750,000 in August. — Stephanie D. Smith
HEADING TO POLO: Departures is losing its associate articles editor, Matt Trainor, but it's not to another magazine. Starting Nov. 26, he'll be the editorial director of ralphlauren.com, a newly created title, the company confirmed. Both Trainor and a spokesman for Ralph Lauren were tight-lipped, but hinted at major changes ahead. Trainor was previously Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter's assistant and a senior editor at Cargo. — Irin Carmon
BACK TO BASE: Portfolio senior editor Brendan Vaughan is returning to Esquire to edit that magazine's 75th anniversary issue, a nine-month position. He left Esquire, where he was articles editor, in October 2006 to join the launch of the Condé Nast business title, and gave notice Monday. — I.C.