October marks a time of reflection and gratitude. We all have something to be thankful for, and I’m no different. Currently, I’m saying goodbye to my well-loved house, as my husband and I have decided to downsize. I’m sad to see this residence, a veritable museum of memories, make its way out of my life, but I’m bolstered by the fact that the wonderful family and friends with whom I built these memories remain rooted deep in my reality. And I know that, in no time, whatever place I’ll next call home will be beautifully coloured by pleasant visions of times shared with the people I love.
Happily, new digs require decorating, one of my all-time favourite pastimes. As we put this issue together, I’ve found myself lost in thought several times, poring over the stunning rooms and products featured in our Home & Garden section. The bold chinoiserie wallpaper showcased in “Flower Power” (page 82) had me swooning. Another thing that brings me joy and comfort is food. When I do find my new abode, I cannot wait to fill it with the aromas of our Tested-till-perfect recipes (I’m looking at you, The Ultimate Apple Pie, page 20). And of course, there’s no debating the uplifting powers of a swipe of lipstick when I’m feeling down, so I love the expert tips on perfecting your pout in “Balms Away” (page 23). Yes, indeed, there is much for me to be thankful for, and it starts with the little things, like this informative and inspiring issue.
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