FROM THE EDITOR
SUMMER BRINGS WITH IT LOTS OF DISTINCTIVE MEMORIES FROM MY YOUTH. Sunburned shoulders, the ever-present smell of barbecue smoke, the sound of pool water lapping up against hot tile and the crackling static of the radio on full blast outside, playing classic rock or Motown, sometimes reggae.
Even these days I’m likely to opt for a radio tethered to the patio wall in lieu of a fancy bluetooth speaker. There’s something about the nostalgia of that imperfect sound that makes the sun feel a little warmer and the music feel just that much more right.
That’s why this year’s annual coastal issue focuses on the sensory experiences of summer. We all have them—and they may be different for each of us—family campouts, vacations on the beach, the spirit of travel and adventure. Whatever your memory is, I bet it influences your mood this time of year and that you find yourself yearning for seasonal updates to your décor that reflect these nostalgic ideas.
In this issue, we visit amazing homes that are not only gorgeous and memorable for their style, but they also strike us as homes with an undeniable mood and energy. Whether it is a soothing, serene escape that captures the vibe of a beach vacation or a charmingly fresh and colorful home decorated with stories, each place has a special feeling. My wish for you is that you find a spot to add a summer memory or two to your home.