Fall. It’s my favourite time of year and not just because it’s when my birthday comes along. The season brings a sense of renewal, of starting fresh, tackling projects and making changes. For me that means spending a little more time at home, where my heart is. I feel grounded within my own space. After a summer of adventuring I am always happy to be home, for a little while anyhow.
Fall means looking outside the windows and watching leaves begin to turn and garden colours start to take on a deeper, aged version of their more youthful selves. Fall is a reminder to make every moment count, to breathe deeply and enjoy all that we have for as long as we can. Fall also lets us know that change is unavoidable.
Within the pages of this issue, you’ll note how homeowners have made changes and improvements to suit transitional stages of life. A family kitchen gets glammed up (page 26) to meet the tastes of empty nesters with a penchant for entertaining in style. If a kitchen reno is in your future be sure to check out Paula Roy’s feature on which high-end appliances are worth the splurge (page 64). A basement renovation (page 16) speaks to the homeowners’ love of summer on the water, and a local radio personality, as well as a top Canadian designer, offer up tips on DIY projects that turn something old into something new (pages 40 & 44).
And because change can be exhausting, we have expert tips on how to create a beautifully decorated bedroom that’s ideally suited to your lifestyle and habits (page 12).
Thanks to Mary Ciancibello’s guidance, readers will be inspired to switch-up wardrobes while Melissa Shabinsky shows us how to transition herb gardens from the outdoors in.
Wherever this fall finds you, may you enjoy the comforts of home with good food and, oh joy oh bliss, even some family and friends!
From home with love,
Books That Inspire
- Love, Pattern & Colour By Charlotte Abrahams
- Cook This Book By Molly Baz
- A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament By William P. McElligott