Or did she just honestly expect that someone like you would even remotely consider that level of compensation?
She sure did - we are talking about WALLPAPER here - they have had a HUGE impact of the world of design, architecture, Lifestyle and to some extend fashion here in Europe. Maybe not so much these day, but 5-10 years ago a designer/architect would give away their firstborn for a 3 line notice in the Wallpaper magazine - they could literally create a designer (not talking about fashion here, I don't have a clue about that) if the wanted. So they are a used to get everything for free or close to - I'm not saying it's right - it's not!! but that's the way it is.
at that time it had quite an edge over all other magazines, by a fair margin, in that genre - in the quality of layout and graphic's everybody looked at Wallpaper and what they did and what they said.
You may dislike the appearance of their website - but you can be sure of one thing - Wallpaper is not doing anything that's not hot - they was used to that they defined what was hot or not - they maybe still are to some extend to the broader mass.
The founder of Wallpaper created some years ago a new magazine Monocle, http://www.monocle.com
, it all so have a great impact - it have more content and less surface.
The architectural magazine that is on the top amongst architects is at the moment Mark, www.mark-magazine.com
they also have a very different approach to layout and content than the typical american architectural magazine.
It's maybe a cultural thing - and I'm not trying to open up the discussion on european vs. american architectural photography - not this time
Let me say it again - I'm very found of the idea that client's should pay real money for real work!