ed­i­tor-in-chief Liz Mor­ris wel­comes you to the sun­shine sea­son

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To­day, with abun­dant de­light, I passed on my 2018 winter coat, be­cause I re­fused to need its sym­bolic man­tle of winter in­ver­sion any more. It was a great coat. I loved it, wore it non­stop around the house, around town, for­mally, in­for­mally, for five months. But as the sun came up this morn­ing, par­tic­u­larly crisp and de­ter­mined to bust out a new sea­son, I thought it was time to ad­just and em­brace change, and for the first time in a while I’m rel­ish­ing the prospect of six months of sky­rock­et­ing Cel­sius.

Sum­mer is the most af­firm­ing life force and, be­cause it’s im­por­tant to be in touch with that, we thought a how-to-do-sum­mer man­i­festo would be a use­ful kicker fea­ture to the sea­son. What to do, where to go, how to do it, with what, and why were the ques­tions Piet Sm­edy set out to an­swer for you over a very sassy and newsy 10 pages, which marks the first of our special life­style re­ports we will be bring­ing you over the next few months.

As an an­ti­dote to that en­ergy, the homes fea­tured in this is­sue were cho­sen for their knocked-back in­te­rior tones. Tan is one of my favourite colours to dec­o­rate with and, used along with white and black, is clas­sic. Good tan leather is sub­lime, but what about tan, in­digo and grey? That’s the open­ing mood of The Edit, and makes the point that sunny but not blaz­ing is the aim. And far from look­ing washed out, I feel the va­ri­ety of char­ac­ter you can achieve with neu­trals us­ing in­ter­est­ing fin­ishes and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als in chic, imag­i­na­tive ways is more al­lur­ing, es­pe­cially in the open spa­ces of sun-drenched houses. And I’m not say­ing big houses, be­cause one of the sex­i­est and clever­est spa­ces in the is­sue, Baby Grand (page 72), is re­mark­ably small. An ex­cep­tion to the neu­tral, be­cause we don’t all live in spa­ces in­fused with balmy light, is the very direc­tional Mon­dri­anesque pal­ette that we un­pack for you in two ways for two bud­gets in Stylish.

En­joy the is­sue and fol­low us on so­cial me­dia and on­line for even more H&G.

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