I love putting together our December/January issue — we’re always fizzing with the anticipation of summer days ahead and the chance to down digital tools. Having a stack of must-reads on hand is one of my top offline priorities for the holidays, so figuring you might feel the same, we’ve filled this issue with more great stories for you to get stuck into. In the past few months, we’ve dodged the spring rain to capture some truly inspiring homes and pulled together a selection to share with you based on the idea of home as a summer sanctuary. This concept can be expressed in many different ways, and we’ve included projects that vary in scale, style and budget, but what they have in common is a certain sense of ease. Their highlights designed
to offer respite and raise the spirits include a kitchen island that doubles as a hub for connection (page 92); kids’ wings cleverly distanced from grown-up zones, and outdoor areas in which the whole family can be entertained (pages 78 and 106); and a garage turned into a studio for the ultimate creative set-up (page 40).
Although unwinding will be the mode of many once this year is done and dusted, if you do fancy a project, on page 36 we’ve come up with an easy one for creating a courtyard haven you can relax in afterwards. Or if you’re in the market for updated outdoor furniture, turn to page 24 for a few of our favourite pieces that’ll help you make your backyard the place to be.
I’m thoroughly looking forward to taking a load off and being kind to myself these holidays, and for me home will be where it’s at. Had enough of your own four walls and want to hit the road instead? You’ll find all the inspiration you need at the cool new outdoor-adventure store on page 131.
Wherever this summer takes you, I hope you discover your happy place among the family, friends and finds that bring you joy.
Alice Lines, Editor