letter from the publisher
Does your house have issues? Many do. Some are caused by the original builders, some by subsequent owners, and others we’ve perhaps caused ourselves. It’s important to consider lifestyle needs and aesthetics preferences before making major renovating decisions about your home.
I was talking to a friend recently who gave me an earful about mistakes her builder made on her new home. These glitches have not only made life harder, they’re also unsightly. For example, a ceiling opening for the dining room chandelier was placed next to a built-in cabinet – not ideal for her dining table – and a pool pump was installed right outside her bedroom window. Fixing these errors won’t be easy or inexpensive.
A renovation project entails making hundred of decisions and choosing correctly. Often small but critical details can be easily ignored when we’re distracted by the overall project. I hope that “Ask the Top Home Experts” starting on page 11 will have you thinking about your own future projects early and choosing wisely. Remember: working with the right expert is easier and less expensive by preventing problems rather than correcting them later.
Our home is an extension of who we are. What we do within the walls of our residence shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. Studies show we can have an impact on our happiness by modifying our surroundings. While you’re snugly curled up at home, check out “Creating a Lighthearted Home” on page 25.
March is National Women’s History Month, and 2020 is the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote. At a time when national and cultural divisions are entrenched, it’s important to celebrate women who have fought for justice and equality, as well as those who have led the way for others. Turn to “A Woman’s Place is in the House – and the Senate!” on page 44.
We all know that Earth Day relates to the environment; it’s a day to be mindful and aware of environmental issues affecting the world. But what some of you may not know is that on April 22 of this year, Earth Day will be 50 years young. Read “Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!” on page 10 and learn more about this informal holiday.
April is also National Donate Life Month. As an organ donor, I know someday I’ll be helping someone else, but I wasn’t aware that a single donor has the potential to save up to eight lives. What I’ve come to really understand is that this is not just a number – these are real people who may be someone’s parent, child, sibling, or friend. Visit “Save a Life – Donate” on page 37 to learn more.
As for your home, carve out time this month to take it all in, watch the sunrise, and enjoy your garden. And remember: whether you’re returning from a hectic day at the office or gathering with friends, your home should be a place that’s perfect for you, where you can curl up with a great novel – or magazine – and feel good.
Until next time, remember that life experiences can take us anywhere, but love always brings us back home.