methome119.jpgMetropolitan Home‘s December 2009 issue will be its last. Met Home‘s editor-in-chief Donna Warner and her staff will be leaving the company.

Publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. announced it will cease publication of the shelter magazine and focus its energy in the category solely on Elle Decor. President and CEO Alain Lemarchand said, “It is with a feeling of sadness that I make the announcement to close one of our magazines. However, we believe the best strategy in the upscale shelter segment is to boldly focus our resources and investment on Elle Decor, which is the ad-page leader within the U.S. market.”

Metropolitan Home and Elle Decor had comprised HFM U.S.’s Luxury Design Group led by Deborah Burns, who will remain with the company. As a result of the closure, Elle Decor will now become part of the ELLE Group.

Full press release, after the jump.

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